Watching FIFA World Cup: A Nepali Experience (Personalized)
By Dinesh Wagle
I call that the World Cup Fever. The temperature was well above 104 degrees in fahrenheit and I was in terribly bad condition. I couldn’t sleep for that night and my friends in the hostel of Dorjee High School, Boudha, were in the middle of something very important: the final match between [West] Germany and Argentina. That was in 1990 and the two countries representing two continents were fighting for the FIFA World Cup in the form of a ball: Football. That was my first world cup (in TV). I came from my room, friends brought me, to the TV room of the hostel with a pillow and lied on the carpet and fixed my eyes on the box. The game was fantastic, I felt like the real fever was decreasing as the Cup fever was increasing within me. Continue reading
By Chattra Bahadur
The role of intellectual class, which had played prominent role in providing impetus to the pro-democracy movement, has not been commendable after reinstatement of the Parliament. Rather than urging and allowing the government (and the reinstated Parliament) focus on the immediate task of initiating the stalled peace-process, they are pushing forward agendas which, at the best, may have weak link with the peace-process itself.
Some of the experts, while analyzing the present situation of widespread confusion with frequent noxious bouts of lawlessness in the capital city, asserted such instances being ‘normal’ during transitional phases. They are also quick to cite such instances during transition period in many countries all over the world. On the other hand, various leaders of different political hue, ministers in the government and other distinguished members of the civic society are often heard playing the blame-game or forewarning of some imaginary conspiracy by the disgraced members of the previous regime (without producing any evidence to support their hypotheses) and dire consequences of such actions. They would advise/request all to come forward to safeguard the ‘achievements’ of the Jana-Andolan 2062/63. At the same time, the Maoist leadership has maintained both high decibel and visibility. The Nepalese media, of course, is hyper-active in helping all the Nepalese realize their ‘right to know’ by reporting all these events. Continue reading
Joint Press Statement, Official Visit of Rt. Hon’ble Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal, to India from 6-9 June 2006 issued on 9 June, 2006. Is this good for Nepal? Lets wait and see.
The Rt. Hon’ble Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal, paid an official visit to India from 6-9 June 2006 at the invitation of His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. The Prime Minister of Nepal was accompanied by Hon’ble Mr. Gopal Man Shrestha, Minister for Physical Planning & Works, Hon’ble Mr. Mahantha Thakur, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Hon’ble Dr. Ram Saran Mahat, Minister for Finance, Hon’ble Mr. Rajendra Prasad Pande, Minister for Local Development, Hon’ble Ms. Urmila Aryal, Minister of State for Women, Children and Social Welfare and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise. The delegation also included senior officials of the Government of Nepal, a business delegation and a delegation of media representatives.
2. During his visit, the Prime Minister of Nepal visited Rajghat and paid homage to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister called on His Excellency the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and on His Excellency the Vice President of India, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who hosted a dinner in his honour. The Prime Minister of Nepal had a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, which was followed by delegation-level talks, led by the two Prime Ministers, on issues of mutual interest and concern. The Prime Minister of India hosted a dinner in honour of the Prime Minister of Nepal. Minister of Defence Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of Home Shri Shivraj Patil, and the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Shri L.K. Advani called on the Prime Minister of Nepal. The Prime Minister of Nepal had a meeting with the Chairperson of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the President of Indian National Congress, Smt. Sonia Gandhi as well as former Prime Minister Shri Chandra Shekhar. Continue reading