Kamal Thapa speaks to BBC World News (Video)

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Kamal Thapa has spoken to BBC World News earlier today about the recent devastating earthquake and the ongoing blockade around Indian borders in Nepal.

Regarding the recent earthquake and the inability of government in distributing the foreign aid, Thapa points out to the reasons including differences in views of political parties and the busy work of the politicians in the promulgation of the new constitution.

Thapa was further asked about the ongoing blockade situation in Nepal. He sums up saying that the blockade cannot be justified as Madheshis are equally represented in the constitution and that the government is ready to deal with this internal issue and demands of Madhesi through negotiation.

He concluded saying that India has fueled the blockade and he has taken steps to meet Indian Foreign Prime Minister twice in past two months and clarified the situation. He remains hopeful that the India will co-operate and let Nepal resolve its internal issue.

Watch the video of Kamal Thapa speaking to the presenter on BBC World news below.

Although he brings nothing new in terms of content, he has done a good job being able to answer the questions live on BBC world service.

I wonder how many Nepali political leaders can present themselves in global platforms like BBC.

At least, we now have a foreign minister who is capable of taking our voice to the world!

If his leadership and the Nepali government can solve problems of Nepal, however, is another significant topic.

What do you say?

Paris to Parsa – Nepal’s Ghanta Ghar in solidarity with Paris

Ghantaghar Kathmandu solidarity with Paris 3

Following the Paris incident, Neon Bodhi, a Nepali artist has illuminated Nepal’s Ghanta Ghar in the French tricolour in a gesture of solidarity. Several of the world’s most famous buildings showed solidarity with tricolour illumination in past few days.

Ghanta Ghar is one of the iconic monuments in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal.

The artist notes the illumination as an expression of solidarity for humanity, and against violence.

Artist: NEON BODHI (@NeonBodhi on Instagram and Twitter)
Medium: Colored Light installation at Ghantaghar, Kathmandu.
Curator: City Museum Kathmandu

Ghantaghar Kathmandu solidarity with Paris 2

Ghantaghar Kathmandu solidarity with Paris 1

Ghantaghar Kathmandu solidarity with Paris 3

Here’s the complete artist’s Statement:

If we choose to find differences and amplify them, then we will succeed easily in that endeavor but at the cost of failing as people and societies. If we find commonalities and lend ourselves to our humanity, we will win as people, as societies. The clock keeps ticking.

When news of the Paris attacks broke, naturally I too was immediately moved and wanted to express my reaction to it. But I was not sure how, until I saw these tweets by the progressive Nepali political leader Gagan Thapa:

Inspired by those two tweets, Paris to Parsa, a simple installation art exhibition on Ghantaghar clock tower, is not just in solidarity with the city of Paris but rather an expression of solidarity for humanity, against violence.

The colors – blue, white, red – are shared by flags of both France and Nepal. To me, these are colors that are shades of peace, space for peace, and shades of blood that we share, respectively.
November 14, 2015.

City Museum Kathmandu: Curator’s Note: We had been working on a different exhibition for Neon Bodhi in Nepal when the Paris attacks happened and the artist wanted to do something around but beyond just it.

Image and Note via The City Museum Kathmandu Facebook Page.

KP Sharma Oli – 38th Prime Minister of Nepal

KP Sharma Oli Nepal Prime Minister

KP Sharma Oli (KP Oli) has been elected as the 38th prime minister of Nepal. Oli has become the first prime minister after the country has released and adopted a new constitution through Constituent Assembly.

KP oli received 338 of the 587 votes cast in the Legislature-Parliament voting held on Sunday (11th October 2015). His rival candidate Sushil Koirala (Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister of Nepal) secured only 287 votes.

KP oli New Prime Minister of Nepal

KP Sharma Oli is the leader and chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML). He was elected as a chairman for the party in July 2014.

Oli is the member of parliament representing Jhapa-6 in a recent constituent assembly election. He has held several key positions in the past including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Home Minister.

Oli has been actively involved in politics since last thirty years. He joined political activities in 1966 and became a member of Communist Party of Nepal in 1970.

Who is KP Oli?

KP Oli Prime Minister

KP Oli is one of the key political figures of the country. He is the current leader of CPN-UML. Here’s his official biography in details.

KP Oli Biography

Name: Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (KP Sharma Oli)
Date of Birth: 22 February 1952
Birth Place: Terathum
Parents: Mohan Prasad Oli and Madhu Oli.
Marital Status: Married
Nationality: Nepali
Passport No: 1568090
Political Party: CPN (UML)
Education: No formal Education
Languages: Nepali, English and Hindi.
Source of Inspiration: Broadly from Marxism-Leninism

KP Oli Contact Details

Residence Address : Balkot-4, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Tel: 0977-1-6630563
Email: sharmaoli@gmail.com

Correspondence Address:

CPN (UML) Central Office, Madannagar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Office: PO Box 5471 Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel: 0977-1-4278081/82, Fax: 0977-1-4278084
Email: uml@ntc.net.np

KP Sharma Oli Images Gallery

Here are few of his images from social media profiles.

KP Sharma Oli Videos

Here’re few videos of KP Oli that you might find interesting to watch.

KP Sharma Oli addressing the Constituent Assembly in one of the recent sessions.

Also, see how he responds to people questions in one of the recent episodes of popular TV programme Sajha Sawal.

Congratulations KP Oli!!

What do you think KP Oli as Prime Minister? Let us know in the comments below.

Proposed States of Nepal [Infographic]


Leaders of political parties have finally agreed to federate the country into total of six states.

The decision was agreed by four major parties in the Special Committee of the Constituent Assembly’s Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee last night.

This certainly is a break through in the constitution drafting process and the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has asserted that the country would get new constitution soon after the agreement.

Here’s the infographic showing the six proposed states of Nepal with additional details.

Details of six proposed States of Nepal

Infographic via FACTS

Districts under 6 States of Nepal

State 1: Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Udaypur, Dhankuta, Terhathum, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Bhojpur, Khotang and Okhaldhunga

State 2: Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa

State 3: Makwanpur, Chitwan, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Rasuwa, Nuwakot and Dhading

State 4: Gorkha, Lamjung, Kaski, Tanahun, Baglung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Syanjga, Parbat and Nawalparasi (From Daunne to Susta)

State 5: Kapilvastu, Rupandehi, Nawalparasi (Western region), Palpa, Argakhanchi, Gulmi, Dang, Pyuthan, Salyan, Rukum, Rolpa, Banke and Bardiya

State 6: Kailali, Kanchanpur, Doti, Achhan, Bajura, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Baitadi, Darchula, Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Kalikot, Jumla, Dailekh, Surkhet and Jajarkot.

What do you think of this division into 6 states?

Latest Update:

Here’s the final division according to the first Constitution of Nepal released by CA.

Nepal Pradesh Divisions of Country

25 Photos that will inspire you to Visit Nepal!

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There’s lot of noise around – if Nepal is really safe to visit by now. Many countries had issued travel warnings for their citizens following the devastating April 25 earthquake and this still has instilled fears in visiting Nepal.

The immediate effect was seen in the tourism industry that reported 17,000 fewer tourists between May and July as compared to the past year.

Good news is that even the affected areas have been declared safe for travel by recent reports. Although the aftershocks are still felt occasionally, a recent government-commissioned report has declared all the affected trekking regions as safe for Travel.

You can read the recent BBC report to know more about the studies carried out to declare the trek areas safe for Nepal. As mentioned in the news report, Nepal Trekking Associations however have still criticised the outcomes citing their absence in the studies and process.

Support Nepal by Visiting Nepal

But it’s not just the trekking areas that are worth seeing in Nepal. There are thousands of attractions around the country. The tourism board had previously released an infographics that showed only 11 out of 75 districts that were affected by the earthquake (see the full infographics at the end of this post).

Support to Build Nepal Visiting

Here are more than 25 photos shared by professional photographer Anton Jankovoy that will inspire you to visit several amazing places and do awesome things in Nepal.

Visit Nepal Please

1Please Come and Visit Nepal

Future in Hands Visit Nepal

2Please Visit Chitwan in Nepal

Please Visit Chitwan in Nepal

3Visit ABC in Nepal

Visit ABC in Nepal

4Visit Annapurna in Nepal

Visit Annapurna in Nepal

5Visit Bardia in Nepal

Visit Bardia in Nepal

6Visit BoudhaNath in Nepal

Visit BoudhaNath in Nepal

7Visit DhaulaGiri in Nepal

Visit DhaulaGiri in Nepal

8Visit Dolpa in Nepal

Visit Dolpa in Nepal

9Visit Everest in Nepal

Visit Everest in Nepal

10Visit Gosaikunda Nepal

Visit Gosaikunda Nepal

11Visit ilam in Nepal

Visit ilam in Nepal

12Visit Kangchenjunga Nepal

Visit Kangchenjunga Nepal

13Visit Kathmandu in Nepal

Visit Kathmandu in Nepal

14Visit Langtang in Nepal

Visit Langtang in Nepal

15Visit Manaslu in Nepal

Visit Manaslu in Nepal

16Visit Nagarkot Nepal

Visit Nagarkot Nepal

17Visit PashupatiNath Temple in Nepal

Visit PashupatiNath Temple in Nepal

18Visit Pokhara in Nepal

Visit Pokhara in Nepal

19Visit Poon Hill Nepal

Visit Poon Hill Nepal

20Visit Upper Mustang in Nepal

Visit Upper Mustang in Nepal

21Go Camping in Nepal

Camping in Nepal

22Hug Yaks in Nepal

Hug Yaks Nepal

23Play Holi in Nepal

Play Holi in Nepal

Here’s the full infographics from Nepal Tourism Board highlighting the message – Visit Nepal to help Build Nepal.

Support to Build Nepal Visit Nepal

I hope these photos inspire you to visit Nepal soon!

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Images copyright Anton Jankovoy

Indeed you can support Nepal by visiting the beautiful country! Help spread this message by sharing it on you social media channels!

20+ DubsMash Videos of Popular Actress Sushma Karki

Sushma Karki DubsMash Videos

As with everyone, DubsMash videos have lately become popular among Nepali celebrities. Several celebrities have used the social app to deliver funny and popular dialogues. One of the popular actresses, Sushma Karki has been addicted in using the viral app to create several videos. Here are some of her Dubsmash videos.

1I don’t like you Dialogue – Dubsmash

2Bas Sochti Hu Dialogue – Dubsmash

3Tadpega Tu Kamine – Time Pass Sushma Karki

4Mein tenu samjhawan ki – DubsMash

5Risto Par Mausam ka Rang – DubsMash

6Jitna Tu Danger Hai – DubsMash

7Kuch Kucha Hota Hai – DubsMash

8Tumse Pyar Jindagi Bhar – DubsMash

9Tum Pe Marti thi Please – DubsMash

10Kutte ki maut Marega – DubsMash

11Tum Jab Chaho Mere Jindagi – DubsMash

12Mujhe Tumse Pyaar Phir Se – DubsMash

13Just give me a chance – DubsMash

14Meri Galti hai Besharam – DubsMash

15Sushma Karki hobbies – Dubsmash

16Baatein Ye Kabhi Na – DubsMash

17Hamari Najar se – DubsMash

18Tum Bin Jiya Jaaye Kaise – Dubsmash

19Plan for Tonight – Dubsmash

20Pagal – DubsMash Sushma Karki

She seems to be totally loving it! Do you like her DubsMash videos? Leave your comments below, if any.

Help us make Maps for Nepal


For the past two years, we at Kathmandu Living Labs have been building community around OpenStreetMap, which is a free wiki map of the world.

One of the major reasons for building this community was that, we believed having a great map that is made by the locals themselves is a great help in building disaster resilience. We had mapped Kathmandu in great detail even before the earthquake struck, including all the school and health facilities in Kathmandu Valley along with their structural data and made it freely available to everyone in OpenStreetMap. We had started to expand our work to other cities like Bharatpur and Hetauda and also VDC’s like Bajrabarahi, Manahari, and Padampur. We went to these places and involved the local community in the mapping process. Farmers, students, and teachers in these villages mapped out their communities in great detail on the OpenStreetMap platform, including a Kiwi farmer in Bajrabarahi who single-handedly mapped all the kiwi farms in the village.

Map of Kathmandu in OpenStreetMap
Map of Kathmandu in OpenStreetMap

One of the reasons we had been building this map was to be prepared for the earthquake that was long predicted in Kathmandu. When the earthquake actually happened on 25th April, the International community stepped in to speed up our work in a big way! Almost 5000 national and international volunteers come together to help remotely map Nepal. On the other side, organizations ranging from International organizations like the Canadian Military, UN OCHA, World Food Programme and national organizations like the Survey Department and the Nepal Army have used the data from OpenStreetMap. Many of these are downloaded from http://quakerelief.info while others are using the data from OpenStreetMap to create their own maps. OpenStreetMap has become a default map from this crisis, and we are incredibly thankful to all of the volunteers that have contributed to the map.

The homepage of quakemap.org platform
The homepage of quakemap.org platform


The day after the earthquake struck, we also launched the QuakeMap.org platform platform where people can submit reports for earthquake related needs. 1800 reports have come into the system, which aggregates needs related to food, medicine, shelter, and sometimes even evacuations. We have a team of volunteers who then verifies many of those needs, and routes them to appropriate responding organizations. Responding organizations can, and do subscribe to alerts for new reports that come into the system. Many also ask us for spreadsheets aggregating certain categories of needs in certain areas that we are also able to provide organizations with. At the moment, our team of volunteers are focusing on which of the reported needs have been sufficiently addresses, and which of them haven’t, alerting appropriate organizations whenever unmet need is encountered. Our aim is to mark as many reports as possible as “action taken.”

Our work has been covered by national and international media like the New York Times, Wired, BBC, Nepali Times, Kantipur Television, and many more.


This has made us a central hub for map and GIS related resources. We are a small team and we need to quickly expand to cope with this increasing demand. At the same time we also are having to cope with issue of office space. Our office space at biruwa ventures has been damaged by earthquake. Kasthamandap School have provided us temporary space until the school starts but we need to relocate to continue our work.

Since we are firm believers of the power of the crowd we have launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maps-for-nepal ) to help us cope with the strain currently put to our team.

In order to make our campaign a success we need help as much help we can get. Please help us make maps for Nepal.

Kathmandu Living Labs is a non profit tech company focusing on open source and civic use of technology.

Shristi Shrestha looks awesome in a Bollywood Music Video


Miss Nepal 2012 Shristi Shrestha has been featured in a latest Bollywood music video titled “Kabhi Jo Badal Barse…”. The video released recently is unplugged version music by DJ Chetas from the 2013 Bollywood movie – JackPot. The original music video of the song featured popular actress sunny leone.

Shristi Shrestha looks no less glamorous than Sunny Leone in the original video starring opposite to the actor Sachin Joshi. Watch the music video below.

A T-series video, the music is recreated by Dj Chetas with original voice of Arijit Singh and Samira Koppikar. Here are few screenshots of Shristi Shrestha as seen in the music video.

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Not surprisingly, Shristi Shrestha is looking to build her career in the movie industry. Spending time for modelling and other activities in the Bollywood city Mumbai also justifies her intentions. While Bollywood might be her ultimate dream, she is also set to debut in an upcoming Nepali Movie Jaar. She is currently one of the most popular models in Nepal.

After Manisha Koirala, it seems we might soon get to see this beauty in Bollywood. Keep up the great work Shristi!

How I helped Nepal auctioning my painting of destroyed Kathmandu Temple

Kathmandu Durbar Square Painting Nepal Earthquake

– By Natasha Jade

Two years ago I spent six months in Nepal, volunteering, studying yoga and painting. During my time in the country I sketched the great Maju Deval temple in Kathmandu that has now been destroyed to the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake. When I returned to London I created a large oil painting of the temple and it is this painting that I have just auctioned, raising £870 for the Save the Children Nepal Earthquake appeal.


Now that I am back in London, it seems strange to me that I kept my painting of the Maju deval temple in my room for almost two years without even taking a photo. When I read about the earthquake that had devastated the country that means so much to me, I realised that auctioning my painting was a way that I could give something back to this inspirational country and its people.

My experience in Nepal was quite amazing and unique to my journey and me. When I was on the plane coming over from India I met amazing people including one lady who invited me back to her house and let me stay there for my first few days in the country. They were a really wonderful openhearted family. When I arrived in Nepal I could almost feel myself relax as I left the chaos of India. One security guard actually looked at me and said; “it’s OK, you’re in Nepal now” as I left the plane.

While volunteering in a school in the east of Nepal I had many strange experiences including taking two of the younger orphans to the local prison to see their mothers, the meeting began with a feast that the female inmates had prepared. At one point I had to repeat a rendition of ‘the cup” with my accordion for 200 Nepali children and their parents in a very isolated village near the border of China.

I also spent some time living just outside Pokhara with a community of people nestled in the foothills on the Annapurna range. It was during this time I was able to really absorb the beauty and the silence of the country. I felt safe and inspired and so extremely welcome. Maybe this was why as an artist I felt so compelled to paint.

Like a lot of people who have traveled in Nepal, I have many stories. This country offered me so much love and warmth. Nepal has a very big heart, which is displayed in the eyes of each and every person I met. The country has a special soul, a soul that is unique, kind and forgiving.

Natasha Jade NepalAbout Natasha Jade

Natasha Jade is a British artist based in East London. After a year and a half of immersing herself in the culture of India, Nepal, Turkey and Brazil she now resides in Hackney, London. To view her portfolio, visit Natasha Jade’s website and blog. Follow Natasha Jade on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for Supporting the GoFundMe Campaign for Nepal Earthquake


It’s been just over two weeks that I initiated this GoFundMe campaign, a day after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. I want to thank everyone that helped with this campaign – both by sharing and donating to the cause. Although the campaign was massively shared across several social platforms, I couldn’t reach my funding goal of even £1000. I guess raising awareness and collecting funds are two different things but that’s a different story I would reflect on when reporting the usage of the collected funds.

I really appreciate all those who donated to this campaign and I will make sure all the funds get used carefully in the relief process. Having sent the funds already, I will report soon on how the funds get used on ground.

Stay Strong Nepal - After Nepal Earthquake

Incase, you haven’t seen the latest update on the GoFundMe Campaign page,

Amounts collected up until £826 (GoFundMe Campaign + £10 Bank Transfer)(the figure includes transaction fees) has been sent to the relief efforts in Nepal. I have sent the funds to Namrata Shrestha’s team who have been working on ground in several affected areas outside Kathmandu.

I will soon reflect more on the process and report more on how the funds were used including other details.

P.S. Unfortunately, Nepal has struck another powerful earthquake this morning, further worsening the condition. Let’s support in whatever ways we can and let’s pray for Nepal.