Friday, November 26, 2010

Workshop on Online Journalism at MTC/NEFEJ

Yet another workshop on 'Online Journalism' kicks in at Media Training Centre/NEFEJ today in Kathmandu. This workshop will continue till 28 November 2010 and there are 27 aspiring participants from different professions who wish to pursue further career as online reporter/journalist and blogger.

Online or new media practice is in initial stage in Nepal and objective of this workshop is to make participants familiar with online media and build their technical and professional capacity with specialized issue to address. Theme of the workshop is 'Food Hygiene Consumer Rights and Environmental Justice'.

During opening session, advocate and consumer right activist Jyoti Baniya shed light on importance of consumers rights and make participants aware of dreadful state of unhygienic food in the market. Another distinguished guest Dr. Narayan Balbase, former country director of IUCN also briefed on environmental justice and need of environment conservation in the country.

Later today, Suraj Adhikari and Chandra K. Chakradhar IT expers from shared participants the development of online journalism in Nepal and various facets of running webpage and online business.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nepal Sambat 1131

Nepal Sambat, a unique calendar which is named after the country, is based on lunar calendar and is believed to have started during 880 AD when Shankhadhar Shakhwa, a local merchant from Kathmandu, paid off the debts of common people on his own, thus emancipating thousands of people from serfdom.

According to the state-owned news agency RSS, the Nepal Sambat calendar was in use for 888 years and it was banned at the state level in 1960 Bikram Sambat year.

Different efforts were made to reinstate the Nepal Sambat since the establishment of democracy in 2007 BS.

The government declared Shankhadhar Sakhwa who propounded the Nepal Sambat calendar and made notable contribution to society and the nation as national luminary in 2055 BS.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Assignment Ason II

Most probably Ason is the only place where you still see and smell of ancient Kathmandu. Each dawn parade of life get animated in Ason with full of euphoria and this is such a great opportunity for me of freeze all these dramas of life that get unfolded there.

Life begins early at Ason and this small tea stall near Annapura Temple get swarmed by people every morning to sip local tea. Even I have become one of its regular customer.

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