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Nepali Film Makes International Impression

Nepali filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar is intent on telling stories based on authentic situations and experiences of the people of his homeland. His first feature film, entitled Highway, was selected for the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, proving that the film industry, and the audiences that support it, are not simply looking for a Bollywood spin-off, but are keen to hear real stories about the triumphs, hardships and relationships of everyday people. This is the first Nepali film ever to be selected for a major international film festival, and the inspiration for the film was taken from a scenario which is playing out all too often in post-conflict Nepal – that of the general strike, or bandh.

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Aviation in Nepal – Overcoming Obstacles

When aviation in Nepal started in the 1950s, training as a pilot was reserved exclusively for men, and while women have proven to be competent pilots in many countries around the world, change in Nepal has been relatively slow in this regard. Of the 205 airport transport pilot licenses issued in Nepal, only four are reportedly held by women, and of the 214 commercial pilots, 24 are female. Nevertheless, there are those who are determined to follow their dream of becoming a pilot, despite the gender inequalities in this sector.

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Visit Some of Nepal’s Revered Pilgrimage Sites

With hundreds of ancient temples and many religious festivals, Nepal attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, and religious tours offer travelers the opportunity to gain insight into the religious and cultural practices of this fascinating mountainous country. UNESCO lists the pilgrimage sites of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swyambhunath as heritage sites in Nepal. Moreover, the country is considered to be the gateway to the mythical abode of Lord Shiva, referred to as Kailash Mansarovar.

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Nepal's Clouded Leopard

Found in Southeast Asian countries, including northeast India, Bangladesh and Nepal, as well as in the eastern Himalayas, parts of China and western Malaysia, clouded leopards have been classified as vulnerable by IUCN since 2008. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources gathers information from conservation organizations around the world to compile the IUCN Red List, documenting species considered to be endangered, with the aim of raising awareness of conservation issues among authorities and the public. It is estimated that the global population of clouded leopards is fewer than 10,000 adults, with indications that this number is decreasing and conservation measures need to be taken.

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Ashok Binayak – A Tribute to the Remover of Obstacles

Dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha, the shrine of Ashok Binayak is one of the most visited religious sites in the complex of structures known as Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. With its intricate decoration, raised position and dark pink coloring, Ashok Binayak is an easily recognizable landmark among the protected monuments on the eastern side of the square, near the bustling vegetable and flower market of Durbar Square. Depicted with an elephant head and considered to be the Remover of Obstacles, among many other attributes, Ganesha is one of the most widely venerated of the Hindu gods. All Hindu sects, regardless of their affiliations, pay homage to Ganesh. The temple is a respected pilgrimage site for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, who all worship Ganesha.

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Nepali Man Hopes for Guinness World Record

Since 1954 the Guinness World Records has been documenting a host of interesting facts about people from all around the globe, and has come to be viewed as an authority on who sets the world record in some really bizarre categories. Some are recorded for achievements of skill, while others for physical attributes that they may have been born with or cultivated. It was recently confirmed by Guinness World Records officials that they would be traveling to a remote village in the southwestern Dang-Deukhuri District of the Rapti Zone, some 280 kilometers west of Kathmandu, to confirm and document the details of 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who claims to be the shortest adult man in the world, and in recorded history.

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Pema Namding Monastery in Kharikhola

Opened in April 2008, the Pema Namding Monastery stands as testimony to the strong yearning of the residents of Kharikhola to have their own monastery. The project of building the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist monastery in this remote village in the Solu Khumbu District of the Sagarmatha Zone of Nepal, was supported by Tulku Ngawang Jigdral Rinpoche, with the arduous work being carried out by local villagers as a sign of their faith and devotion. The project covered a time period of exactly three years, three months and three days, which is seen as significant as this is the traditional period for the Nyingma School of Buddhism's meditational retreats.

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Kalidas Shrestha – Dedicated Nepali Artist

Nepalese sculptor, artist and social activist, Kalidas Shrestha, has done much to bring art to the ordinary people of Nepal, while at the same time encouraging local artists to express themselves. In 1960, he began organizing art exhibitions to achieve his goals of promoting Nepalese art and artists, establishing an art gallery at his private home, and selling his paintings and displaying artworks for the general public to view. Possibly Kalidas Shrestha's single biggest achievement in Nepal's art world was to initiate the establishment of the first art college in Nepal. Upon Shrestha's request, King Mahendra agreed and the Nepal Fine Arts College was established in 1967, thriving under his direction for the first years of its existence.

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