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Listen Swasthani Brata Katha Online

December 31st, 2009 3 comments

This time of the year is special to many of us as we are used to sit together with our family listening to Swasthani Brata Katha. Being away from the Nepal it is no more possible to enjoy the time with family but we can help you listen to the Swasthani Katha. We have uploaded audio version of the entire story in 30 different parts that you can now listen online. If your Internet connection is slow, please allow the player to buffer the audio before playing it.

Swasthani Brata Katha Part 1
Swasthani Brata Katha Part 2
Swasthani Brata Katha Part 3

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Celebrating Dashain Outside Nepal

September 13th, 2009 Comments off

Being away from Nepal is always difficult but even more so during the festival season. With Dashain in the door-step, I decided to post this article to share my experience of making Dashain enjoyable in different ways.

There are many Nepalese Associations that organize Dashain Special program to bring together Nepalese community and celebrate togetherness. This is especially true in big cities. Check out the web-site of the Nepalese association active in your area to find out what program they are organizing.

People enjoying 2009 Dashain Picnic in Seattle

People enjoying 2009 Dashain Picnic in Seattle, USA

In smaller cities, the story is a little different. There are no association as such to organize such programs but I have seen that families that have been able to establish themselves well often invite Nepalese around the area for a special get-together. If you are relatively new to the area, you should find out if there is anything of the sort being organized in your area. If you are more or less established in your area, do consider organizing something as that would be a good networking experience. Potluck or a picnic with donation may be the way to go if you do not want to stretch your expenses much!

Dashain 2007 program at Dr. Prakash Neupanes residence in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA

Dashain 2007 program at Dr. Prakash Neupane's residence in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA

Those of you in college/University can make it a really good experience by organizing Nepal Nite or something similar. I know that school and work schedule make it almost impossible but then having fun during Dashain is worth the extra effort.

If you are alone in a city or just a single Nepalese family in the area then you may consider visiting a new place during Dashain. Exploring new places is always fun and that should make your dashain memorable.

If you have some other interesting plans for Dashain, please let us know. Also, do send your pictures to share your Dashain experience with us.

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Which Nepali online media has best breaking-news coverage?

May 3rd, 2009 3 comments

Most of us living outside Nepal have a tendency to follow news from Nepal; especially after events like today when chief-of-army was sacked by the Maoist government. There used to be a limited number of online web-sites that covered breaking news from Nepal but in the past few months the online media scenario has changed a lot. Today I visited a number of web-sites to see how well they covered the news immediately after the government sacked the chief-of-army. I am presenting my finding here with a hope that it would help you find better news sources than the ones you are using right now.

1. eKantipur.com
My browser returned the “The server at www.ekantipur.com is taking too long to respond.” message. I could not figure out whether eKantipur had any covering on the issue. The site probably had a large number of visitors that it was not ready to handle which is a pity.

2. HimalKhabar.com
The web-site had two posts covering the latest development: A picture from press-briefing and a post titled ‘Katwal received the letter’. The web-site however did not present the news as a breaking-news and was short on descriptions.

3. TheHimalayanTimes.com
This website posted multiple pictures and news scoops about the event along with a breaking news status.
Here are the headlines of the news postings:
NA calls emergency meet
Maoists celebrate Katawal’s ouster
Katawal sacked, Khadka acting CoAS
NC to take to the streets

4. Nagariknews.com
This website provided a wide coverage of the issue from the development of the story to reaction from different parties and groups. It featured the news as a breaking-news and soon posted images from the protest program of the Congress affiliated student union and the welcome rally by Maoists in Narayanghat. It listed the following highlights:
कटवालले अवकाशको चिठी बुझेनन्
* सैनिक मुख्यालयमा कटवाल परामर्शमा * कांग्रेसले बलाएको सर्वदलीय बैठक जारी
* एमाले स्थायी समितिको आकस्मिक बैठक * एमालेद्वारा मन्त्रिपरिषद् बैठक बहिस्कार
* फोरमद्वारा निर्णय प्रक्रियामा असहमति * निर्णय गैरस‌वैधानिक : कांग्रेस
* माओवादी छापामार तयारी अवस्थामा * निर्णयको विरोधमा नेविसंघद्वारा प्रदर्शन

5. Dainikee.com
This website had a early coverage of the event but soon started having problems. It had faced some issues in the last few days and today displayed a single text ‘Allrounder’ instead of the news page.

6. Mysansar.com
This one of the most viewed Nepali website posted a news article on the blog with the title ‘कटवाल हटाइयो’. While the website did help people know about the breaking-news, it still lacked the details. Mysansar being just a blog compiles news from national sources like prints and television and presents it in detail after couple of hours of the main event.

7. Nepalnews.com
This one of the oldest online news source for Nepal did provide a good coverage of the event with multiple posts and recent photos. Still, it did not have as much detail as the other dedicated media sources.

To sum up, online news scenario is improving in Nepal with the latest media houses emphasizing on online coverage of news. The sources that were the best until last few months are not the best any more because of the new media houses doing really good in this area as is proved by the best coverage by NagarikNews.com today. Whether the new media will continue to out-perform the old ones is something we need to wait and watch.