SAFF 2013 pictures

Here are some pictures during Nepals game in SAFF championship 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S4- the most innovative phone

With all those features, I am sure this is gonna be an iPhone Killer and speculate new innovations and censor controls in new smartphones to come.

Top Ten unbelievable incidents in Narayan Gopal's Life.

Swor Samrat Narayan Gopal's name needs no introduction to all the Nepali out there. A legend in the Modern Music's first generation (Adhunik Geet yug) was borned today, (Oct 4) in the year 1939. Marking his birth anniversary, I am here to post top ten unknown incidents in his life (taken from film maker/writer Prakash Sayami).

Top Ten Movies of all time

I always want to read top tens in everything until now that I have started writing top ten stuffs in my blog.In this post, I am putting my own best Movies of all time. These movies are not only in the top of my favorite lists, but also are the greatest movies of all time in the history of Cinema.

CG to enter into telecom sector

Chaudhary Group, one of the biggest business house of Nepal (popular for electronic products and food/beverages) is all set to enter the telecom market with the brand name CG tel.

Aug 31, 2012

Teej being celebrated for whole month: Best Teej songs 2012/2069.

Teej is a festival for Hindu women (esp in Nepal and India) in which the married ones fast for long life of their husband and children whereas unmarried girls don't even drink water to get a good husband in their life. The festival normally takes place on the third day of Shukla pakshya (bright moon fortnight) of Shrawan month but this year, the festival falls on Ashoj 2.
Marking the reunion of Lord Shiva and Parbati, Teej is celebrated for three days with lavish feasts in the night before the dawn (dar khane din), fasting the next day (barta basne din) and Richi Panchami. Women wear red saries, red kurtas and even everything red from head to toe in the festival and dance to the traditional teej songs even in the fasting days (barta basne din).
But, these days Teej is being celebrated for a whole month, with friends and family gathering at someone's place or even at a party palace to have exquisite feasts and dancing to the teej folk songs. Some women rights group/activists/organization even organize such gatherings (now termed as Teej party) to have nice time together and raise women rights issues.
Here are some best Teej songs collected from youtube.
1. Teej ko Rahar Ayo barilai from the movie Kanyadan.
2.  Sunko Chura Authu ni Sun kai cha by Ramji Khand and Devi Gharti.
3. Pheri Ayo maita jane Din by Sunita Dulal and Ghamesh Dulal
4. Baburam kun chara ko nam by Khuman Adhikari, Krishna Devkota and Devi Gharti.
5. Rato Sari by Ram Chandra Kafle and Sindhu Malla.
6. Larakai larkyo Rato sari bhuima
7. Shiraima Shirphoola by Devi Gharti & Binod Vajurali
8.  Poila Jana Pam by Komal Oli
9. Hai mero fariyo, jhan tala jharcha by Bishnu Majhi.
10. Achammai nacche Mori le by Pashupati Sharma and Radhika Hamal.

Aug 30, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 released yesterday.

A new phablet ( standing in between phone and Tablet) that what gadgets buffs would like to call it, was released yesterday at an IFA event, Berlin. Direct Succesor to Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note II comes out  good to grab the handset and tablet market. The 5.55 inch display and the curved side makes it look like a bigger version of the Samsung Galaxy III.

Here is the specifications of the new phablet II dubbed as Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Specifications (full)

  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD1280 x 720 display
  • Size: 80 x 151.1 x 9.4mm thin
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • 16/32/64GB on-board memory
  • microSDHC support of up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 2-megapixel front cam
  • 8-megapixel rear cam
  • HSPA+ support
  • 4G LTE connectivity (in selected markets)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • USB 2.0 support
  • A-GPS and Glonass support
  • 3,100mAh removable battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • Redesigned S Pen with better grip and rubber tip.
The phablet is going to release in October in Asian, European and Middle Eastern market but in other locations, it depends on how fast the carriers make contract with Samsung. In America, Galaxy Note II may be coming with the same price of $ 300 as that of Galaxy Note through AT&T.
Now that one contender is released, lets see how the device sales ahead of the two giants Nokia and Apple releasing their new smartphones with in a week interval. See also Nokia releasing three Lumia line ups, and Apple releasing iPhone on September 12.

Aug 29, 2012

Cameroon and India to battle out in Nehru Cup's final.

Nepal to meet Syria for pride tomorrow.
After loosing 3-1 to Cameroon, Maldives failed to reach the final of the Nehru Cup being held at New Delhi, India, though Maldives game was outstanding. Cameroon leads the point table with 7 points from 3 games where India stands second with same 7 points from 3 game  but Cameroon leads due to no of goals scored.
Nepal stands on the bottom of the table, loosing heavily to Cameroon (5-0) and Maldives with lack of fitness and serious mistakes but Nepal was hailed for yesterday's energetic performance against India with the result nil goals by either teams. Nepal keeper Kiran chemjong was awarded Man of the match with 1,500 USD for his save of two almost sure goals.
Nepal and Syria who were already out from their third games, will now play tomorrow for pride and this is after two decades meet up. Let's wish your Nepal Team will play as energetic as they were yesterday and come back with head held high. India and Cameroon will also have one more play against each other before their final match.
Here is the point table for Nehru Cup, coming live on Neo Prime.

Two Multinationals to search for Petrol in Nepal.

Two Multinational company - American BBB Champion Oil and Dubai's EABG Abhudabhi will start the petrol excavation in from December. They jointly organized a press meet to disseminate information about their work, after getting license from government to excavate in three prospective blocks in Biratnagar, Rajbiraj, Janakpur. Those companies were assigned the work after International bid in March, and Government did not award the contract to third bidder China’s Hitech Capital due to less experience. Four years agreement has been inked for the two companies for 30 million USD.

They will start the work after exploring those locations for any petroleum minerals hidden within the soil. They also told media of all the people involved in the works are to be from Nepal, sans technical manpower.

Nokia new ad hints new lumia lineups with Windows 8.

With Samsung launching new Note in hours and Apple launching iPhone 5 in two weeks, Nokia with Microsoft are going to show off new Lumia line ups ( three Smartphones) along with Windows 8 OS, in between the two giants events. In a week before the windows 8 and new Lumia release at a press event on September 5, Nokia has released a new video hinting the new device with the OS will hit the shelves soon. 
The video begins with a girl riding a bike while smiling and looking into a camera. Although it is not explicitly stated, the footage gives the feel that the video was taken with a cellphone camera. This could possibly be a plug for some new video and camera features that will be available with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8. Toward the end of the video, the tagline "Things are about to change," appears with the Sept. 5 date display across the screen. 
It is known that Nokia will be releasing three smartphones coded Phi, arrow and atlas on the September 5  event. To find more details (including specs and price) about the rumored device, click here.

Merger of Ncell and Nepal Satellite but only after policy change: Teliasonera

Tero Kivisaari is the president of Business Area Eurasia, TeliaSonera, the fifth largest telecom service provider in Europe. Kivisaari looks after 10 Eurasian countries where TeliaSonera is present. Kivisaari was recently in Nepal with top TeliaSonera officials.In an Interview with him posted in Kathmandu Post, Kivisaari talked about  Teliasonera's future plans in Nepali Telecom Market. He expressed his satisfaction for the growth of subscribers/network and both data/voice services in Ncell. He also told Kathmandu Post of the simultaneous investment of Teliasonera in Ncell and Nepal Satellite both based on GSM technology, covering two different markets (Cities and Rural area). He also added that there are several places where Teliasonera has two brands in different Market. Earlier Teliasonera has acquired substantial share of Cyprus holding Company which owns 50 percent share in Nepal Satellite (Hello mobile).
Tero Kivisaari, President of Business Area Eurasia
 He had also made clear of the recent swap of Ncell CEO Mr. Pasi Koistinen and Mr. Osman Turan, Teliasonera CEO from Georgia, as their regular practice of updating management in time. Ncell former CEO Pasi Koistinen had been here from the last two years. 
In an question to whether the two companies (Ncell and Nepal Satellite) will be merged later to be dominant player in Nepali Telecom market, Kivasaari hinted of the possibility but only after policy change as NTA now does not permit this sort of merger. He also made his remarks that the merger will made them strong player but not dominant as the pioneer giant Nepal Telecom, a Government owned telecom company won't opt out of the fierce competition.

Lyrics of Badal haru ho Aakash dhaki by Deep Shrestha

Badal Haru ho Aakash Dhaki Nabarsideu. ) ×2
Juna herne Priyashi ko Man dukhayi na deu.) ×2

Badal Haru ho Aakash Dhaki Nabarsideu.

Yo Sahar bacheko cha, boki Sapana ko bhari.) ×2
Afno ikchya pura garchan aru lai nai mari. ) ×2

Jaha man salkeko cha tyaha nibhauna jau. ) ×2
Afu garjera bhae ni tyaha barsha garau. ) ×2

Badal Haru ho Aakash dhaki nabarsideu.

Lagi deu Sara khusi haru gau ghara tira. ) ×2
Sahar matra hoina timro jau gau tira.) ×2

Pakha bhari jhuleka chan ajhambari phoola. ) ×2
Barshi deu fulayideu manai bhari phoola.) ×2

Badal Haru ho Aakash dhaki nabarsideu.) ×2

* All pictures are taken from the video directed by Bhusan Dahal.

Here is the video of the song in youtube featuring Raj Ballav Koirala.

Telcos to combat free messaging apps with joyn.

Telcos have been loosing multiple billion dollars in text messaging revenues due to free messaging apps/services like iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber Media, Facebook Messenger and KakaoTalk. Mobile operators are not happy with those apps running freely in their networks, cutting their easy revenue from service like SMS that uses minimal of network resources.
joyn icon for RCS service branded as joyn

Officially announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, RCS (Rich Communications Suite) Service branded as joyn by GSMA enables user to do the same sort of Internet-based messaging and voice calls that consumers want without paying separate fees, like file sharing, video calls, Instant messaging. Joyn will be available either embedded as an icon on a smartphone or tablet, or will be accessed via a downloadable app for today’s devices, showing if a person's contact have joyn and online at the moment. Big telco Giants esp Europeans had vowed to implement joyn either with an application downloadable to users  in different platform or make available joyn embedded in the smartphone itself. Among which, Spain's Telephonica is the first operator to launch "joyn" RCS service all around Spain choosing WIT software available for download in Spanish Android Market. 
GSMA has recently hailed first RCS service "joyn" Interoperability test (IOT) between three operators (Telephonica, Orange and Vodafone in Espanya) to resolvie issues identified during testing and a product to improve user experience.
Equipment manufacturer Giants like Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia, Huawei, LG, Nokia, and ZTE have already joined hands to manufacture more devices having RCS-joyn embedded. Apple is the only one among the top 10 handset maker not to participate in the venture but it seems like it will be compelled to do so later. 
Other operators in Germany, Italy, France and Korea have already planned to launch the RCS service joyn. 
Though it's not clear how the operators are going to earn the loosing revenues, lets see how the "whatsapp" killer or the OTT (over the top) apps killer grows.
Here are some excerpts from the WIT android app joyn available on Spanish Android market only.

Nepal Telecom seizes ZTE's 4.6 million USD.

Nepal Telecom has confiscated Chinese vendor ZTE's Bid bond worth 420 million NRs (2.5 % of the total bid amount) for the delay in making contract for the remaining 5.2 Million GSM lines of 10 Million GSM project. This has come almost a year of negotiation with ZTE and after no sign of inking a deal Nepal Telecom has taken the bold decision not to wait for ZTE any more, seizing the bid bond worth 4.6 M USD. Nepal Telecom's board headed by Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication also backed the decision and directed to ask third lowest Vendor Ericsson to make a deal.

Ericsson is the third vendor by least price to offer the 5.2 million GSM lines, the contract will be awarded to Huawei (second lowest in price) again if Ericsson won't provide the deal in the same amount as bidded by Huawei. Earlier, Nepal Telecom had already signed a contract for 4.8 Million GSM lines including 3G+ (LTE) data services which is worth about 7 billion Nepali Rupees. So there is chance of Huawei ruling all over Nepal for the 10 Million GSM project in NT. 
ZTE has recently signed a deal with Teliasonera owned operator Nepal Satellite Company (Hello Mobile brand) for their expansion. ZTE had been providing telecom equipments for GSM, CDMA, 3G to big companies like NTC and Ncell from their early project. 

Aug 28, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked before its launch tommorow.

A day before what Samsung has to show of for their latest gadget ,(a cross of phone and tab- Note is what they call it) at  IFA special event in Berlin, Germany tomorrow, the specifications are leaked for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Here is the sum up of the leaked rumors by a Korean newspaper for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100, though it's hard to confirm the specs.

Rumored/Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Specs

  • 5.5-inch display with 1280x720p resolution
  • LTE frequency depending on the region.
  • 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
  • 16/32 GB Internal Storage.
  • 8MP rear camera
  • Super AMOLED panel Screen

Samsung Galaxy S Camera may also be launched at IFA event, Berlin

It is known that Samsung will also be releasing an Android powered point and shoot  camera called Samsung Galaxy S in IFA event Berlin. The phone is also seen as a point and shoot camera of Samsung Galaxy S III. The Android Ice Cream Sandwich powered camera  is having a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen and 16-megapixel sensor, the size of which is not known so far. There will be 10x zoom and a pop-out Xenon flash. In terms of design, it will have a curved right side and come in two versions - Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi +3G. So far there is no news about by when will this smart camera will be available or the price tag that it will carry.

Aug 27, 2012

Beenita Baral's third movie to be directed by Brajesh Khanal.

After the success of Chapali Height and unreleased Movie Fullstop, Beenita Baral is going to act in her third movie to be directed by Actor/Scriptwriter/Director Brajesh Khanal. Brajesh Khanal had written scripts for around 70 movies like Vijay Parajay, Chot, Manakamana,   Sankalpa, Truck Driver, Mohani, Nepali Babu, Karodhpati (a super duper hit movie that time). He started his career in this industry as an actor in TV serials and involved in writing scripts, some of them were the best of that times like Daijo, Aputali, Aankha, Afno Kamai, Tadha Ko  Bastee, Anuradha.

Brajesh confirmed the signing of Beenita in his latest venture, while other cast/crews are not confirmed but he is of the mind to give a break to all new actors. It is also known that the movie name is also not fixed yet but there is high possibility of being named as 1370, probably an off beat cinema. Let's wait and see how the comeback of Brazesh as a Director and Beenita Baral's latest acting combination works out.

Aug 25, 2012

Top Ten Greatest movies of all time.

I always want to read the top tens in everything until now that I have started writing top ten stuffs in my blog.In this post, I am putting my own best Movies of all time. These movies are not only in the top of my favorite lists, but also are the greatest movies of all time in the history of Cinema. Here is the list.
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Oh Brother Where art thou
  • Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind  
  • As good as it gets
  • Cold Mountain
  • The last American Virgin
  • Gone with the wind
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fight Club.
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • E.T the Extraterrestrial
  • The Godfather.
  • Back to the future.
  • Vanilla Sky.
  • The Matrix.
  • Psycho.
  • The Terminator.
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Artist
  • The Departed.
  • Million Dollar Baby.
  • I am Sam.
  • Edward Scissorhands.
  • The King's Speech.
  • Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • A Beautiful Mind.
  • American Beauty.
  • The life of David Gale.
  • Desperado.
Though I wanted to put only ten best movies of all time, I could not resist myself with the addition of more movies as it will be unfair not to mention the greatest movies in the top list. I know I am still missing some.

Metallica covers Deep Purple's When a blind man cries: ReMachined Tribute Album

Metallica are one of the acts featured on the forthcoming Deep Purple project, "Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head.
Due September 25, the compilation CD presents re-interpretations of Deep Purple’s landmark 1972 album with songs recorded by Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society and more.
Metallica covers "When A Blind Man Cries," a song recorded during the 1971 sessions. The tune did not appear on the album’s original release, but was issued as the B-side to the single, "Never Before". "Blind Man" was eventually included on the 25th Anniversary 2CD edition of "Machine Head".
Deep Purple’s most successful record, "Machine Head" reached number 1 in the UK and stayed in the top 40 for 20 weeks; it reached number 7 in the United States, remaining on the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks.
"Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head" song list

01. "Smoke On The Water" – Carlos Santana / Jacoby Shaddix
02. "Highway Star" – Chickenfoot
03. "Maybe I'm A Leo" – Glenn Hughes / Chad Smith
04. "Pictures of Home" – Black Label Society
05. "Never Before" – Kings of Chaos
06. "Smoke On The Water" – The Flaming Lips
07. "Lazy" – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
08. "Space Truckin'" – Iron Maiden
09. "When A Blind Man Cries" – Metallica
Exclusive to this special edition:
10. "Highway Star" – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley

Aug 24, 2012

Nokia to launch three smartphones 'Phi', 'Arrow' and 'Atlas' with Windows 8.

Nokia and Microsoft set to launch new smartphones with windows 8 OS in a September 5 event called Nokia and Microsoft press conference. According to 'The verge', Nokia is working on to launch high end smartphone 'Phi', another cheap smartphone coded 'Arrow' and the CDMA version of Arrow named 'Atlas, all with windows 8 OS and are said to be new line up of Nokia Lumia. 

Nokia 'Phi' handset is expected to have 4.7 inch curved glass display with polycarbonate uni-body similar to Nokia Lumia 900 and 800 but little thinner than the predecessor. The new LTE compatible Nokia Phone coded 'Phi' price should be around $ 900 according to a Russian blogger.
Nokia 'Arrow' and its CDMA variant 'Atlas' is believed to be mid range smartphones, without much details about the specifications other than the rumored price of $800 and $650 respectively.

Nokia 'Phi' specifications and features:
  • 4.7 inch curved glass display.
  • Qualcomm dual core processor.
  • Micro SD expansion.
  • LTE support.
  • Thinner than Lumia 900.
  • NFC support.
  • Price around $900.

Nokia to introduce indoor GPS solution a.k.a HAIP

What is HAIP- Indoor GPS Solution?

Nokia, the pioneer in mobile itself, keeps on adding new features in its mobile, the latest being indoor navigation solution that gives user the ability to find specific spot/thing in a big mall/stores, big airport. Founded by Nokia, a new alliance named In-Location alliance including 20 different companies including Samsung electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, Qualcomm.

According to a blogpost by Nokia, the Fnnish Company focuses on the feature named Nokia High Accuracy Indoor Positioning (HAIP) Solution, using a modified new generation, low energy feature of the Bluetooth® 4.0 specification, that allows for an accuracy of one meter. The blog adds the accuracy can be extended to 20 centimeters with further changes. 
The indoor location of a component in a position or on an object can be calculated by HAIP antenna elements installed in the ceiling or the area from the reception of the wireless signal that is transmitted by the component. The components can be installed in a mobile device, or they can be made as separate tags, which can be attached to any asset.
Here is a video for the Indoor Navigation by Nokia.
It seems like this new Indoor GPS feature (already having trial tests) is to be showcased in the upcoming Nokia and Microsoft event on September 5 to launch New Nokia Smartphones 'Phi' and 'Arrow', believed to have the HAIP.

Several people shot dead in New York near Empire State Building.

Several people were shot by a man who was either inside or just outside the Empire State Building shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, according to the police and the Fire Department. The shooter was killed by the police.
The precise number of people who were shot or their conditions was unknown, but several victims were being treated at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.
Newsday reports at least four people were feared dead in the incident though more details are yet to come.
The shooting caused a major traffic backup in the area with surrounding streets closed.
Here is a picture posted in Facebook by a witness who works in an office near the spot.
People shot dead near Empire State building Source: Suchitra Maskey

The Expendables 2 shot in Nepal??

Update: Though the movie says it's opening scene is from Nepal as mentioned in the first frame of the movie with Distreto Di Sindhupalchok, Nepal, it seems like the movie is either shot in a Hollywood studio or some other locations other than Nepal. Also all the mercenaries in the Nepal action are Chinese, resembling Mongolian People in Nepal. Here is a picture of the opening frame of the movie.

Sylvester Stallone Starer and Directorial act with 2010 successful movie The Expendables has a sequel The Expendables 2 and is going to release in Nepal from Saturday, one week after the Hollywood release. This time the movie has all star acts of the greatest and old action heroes of Hollywood from Stallone himself to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jean Claude Van Damme to Chuck Norris to Jet Li to Jason Statham
Movie buffs has written that the opening scene of the movie takes place in Nepal, where The Expendables are deployed to rescue a Chinese Businessman and then the team, Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Strathan), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) takes on another assignment for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) for the rest of the movie.
Though it is reported from Several media and reviews that the movie starts out with action from Nepal, it is not known if the movie is really shot in Nepal. It could only be known after watching the movie, releasing tomorrow in QFX Cinemas.

If you have already watched the movie, please feel free to write in comments if the movie has real shots from Nepal.

Man bites snake to death in Nepal

In a very rare news in Nepal, a man in the eastern part of the nation near Biratnagar takes revenge on a cobra snake by biting it to death. Annapurna Post reports that 55 year old Mahommad Salmo Miya chased the snake after being bitten by the snake in the rice field, caught it and bit it till it is dead.
"It took me 15 minutes to kill the reptile. I could have simply killed it by using stick but I took it the bite way as I was so furious" Mahommad told media about his action. He believed that if a man could bite a snake that have bitten you, you won't be affected with the venom. The venturous farmer then went to a local clinic to have his checkup and was found to be out of any danger.
Mahommad shows the snake that he killed by biting. Source: Annapurna Post.

Aug 23, 2012

UK's Prince Harry Naked Photo Controversy

Pictures of a naked Prince Harry, grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, cavorting with a nude young woman in a hotel room in Las Vegas were published on a U.S. website on Wednesday, in a potential embarrassment to him and the royal family.

A royal source confirmed to Reuters that it was Harry in the photos.
One photo published on the celebrity gossip website TMZ shows Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot in the British army, covering up his genitals with his hands while an apparently naked woman hides behind his back.

The other shows the 27-year-old prince, third in line to the British throne, pictured from the back hugging what appears to be the same naked woman.

The blurred pictures were taken in the VIP suite of a hotel in Las Vegas where the prince was enjoying a private holiday with friends.

According to TMZ, the pictures were taken after Harry and his friends went down to the hotel bar and invited some women, who have not been identified, back up to their room.

The photographs of Harry were taken after the group started playing a game of strip pool.

"We are not commenting specifically on the photos," a spokesman for the prince said.

Harry, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late ex-wife Princess Diana, earned a reputation when he was younger as a royal wild child after he admitted in 2002 dabbling in marijuana and under-age drinking. Three years later he made headlines when he wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party.

However, in recent years Harry, who served in the army in Afghanistan four years ago and has spoken of his desire to return to frontline action, has shed much of this earlier playboy image.

He recently embarked on a highly successful solo royal tour of the Caribbean and Brazil as part of celebrations for the queen's 60th anniversary on the throne, and stood in for his grandmother at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games earlier this month.

The prince appeared on the front pages on British newspapers on Wednesday - not because of the naked pictures but over reports of a race he had with double gold medal winning U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte in a pool at a Las Vegas resort.

However, the love life of the single prince, whose elder brother William got married last year to Kate Middleton in a ceremony that attracted huge global interest, continues to attract great media attention.
Source: Reuters

Aug 20, 2012

Samsung releases unpacked event teaser for Galaxy note 2 release on 29th August

Samsung released a teaser for their August 29 Unpacked event at IFA this evening. The video all but confirms that we will be seeing the next version of the Galaxy Note, dubbed by many as the Galaxy Note 2. In the short clip, we get to see the S Pen in action, up close and personal on a touch screen. The focus is on being creative, inspiring, and the thought that anyone can do.
So what's in store for the 5.3 inch new device other than the display and existing features from Samsung+Android. Lets have a round up of rumors for the Galaxy Note 2 specifications.
  • 5.3 ” Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • Android 4.04 at launch with an update Android Jelly Bean software.
  • Thinner.
  • 4G LTE data access.
  • Quad-Core processor.
  • 1.5-2GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA,
  • AllShare Cast & Play
  • S Voice, S Beam, photo share, Smart Stay, Direct Call, Smart Alert, and other software goodies found on the Samsung Galaxy S III.
  • Pop up Play.
  • S Pen Software.

Aug 19, 2012

Hike in Loadshedding and Electricity tariff.

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has increased the load shedding hours, just 4 days after the increase of the electricity tariff up to 20 percent. Earlier, City supply cut was dropped to 35 hours due to monsoon season, but now that India has cut off the 35 Mega watt supply to the National Grid, NEA hikes the load shedding hours to 46 hours per week. 
The new load shedding schedule is going to be effective from 20th August, Monday (Bhadra 4). 
Though NEA has not increased the tariff for householders users consuming less than 20 units (KWH) of electricity monthly, the new tariff for the users consuming more than that will be now from Rs 7.30 to Rs 11.0. 
New Load shedding comes into play not only due to India's 35 Mega watt cut but also due to the 100 MW increase in electricity demand and the low accumulation of water in the reservoir.
Click here to download the new electricity tariff.
And the new load-shedding schedule is here: Click the picture to enlarge.. 

Aug 18, 2012

Night bus service in Kathmandu from yesterday.

Kathmandu Metropolitan in association with Nepal Yatayat Byabasahi Rastriye Mahasangh (a transport entrepreneurs federation) has begun night bus service in Kathmandu from Yesterday. Minster for Foreign Affairs along with Federal and Local Developement, Narayan Kaji Shrestha inaugurated the service yesterday evening in a small event at Shanti batika, Ratnapark by being a passenger himself sitting in the first row of the bus. This bus service is going to aid people working at night shifts and other night business. People used to suffer even in metro city like Kathmandu to travel at night due to unavailability of public vehicles and unmanaged taxi fares.

Though it is told that 14 buses would run in Kathmandu and Lalitpur from Ratnapark and around Ring road, only four buses were operational from yesterday. Officials added more buses will be operational as the installation of solar powered stations at various location gets done. The bus, known to include one armed security personnel and is under CCTV surveillance and is having its service from 8 pm to 11 pm. The night bus fares is made same as that that of day time, and the fare to increase after 3 months.
Available routes for the night bus are:
1. Ratnapark to Sahidgate to Kalimati to Rabhibhawan to Kalanki and Back
2. Ratnapark to Bhrikuti Mandap to Kamal Pokhari to Gyaneshwor to Maitidevi to Purano Baneshwor to Gaushala to Jorpati and Back
3. Ratnapark to Singhadurbar to Babarmahal to Tinkune to Sinamangal and back.
4. Ratnapark to Thapathali to Kupondole to Pulchowk to Jawalakhel to Lagankhel and back.

Aug 17, 2012

Exodus of Assamese from different Indian cities for fear of ethnic violence.

North Eastern People especially Assamese, scattered all around different cities in India, continued to move back to their native lands for the fear of  possible backfire over ethnic violence against Muslims in Assam. Thousands of north easterners have taken to railway stations in Mumbai, Chennai, Pune to head home from Wednesday night, following rumors about possible attack on them in social media and some even received sms with warning of possible revenge by Muslim groups if they don't leave the city. Muslim groups, furious about situation in Assam have killed some north easterners in Pune and even had a riot in Mumbai over the ethnic situation.
Targets have been mostly the students whose inhabitants are easy to identify, reports Indian media adding students to return home as their parents call them back home for the fear of possible violence.
There are rumors about the possible target on North easterners on Eid Day (Monday) to avenge the killings of Muslims by tribal in Assam.
Source: Indiatoday

But the exodus seems to be abated as PM promises to give security to all the migrants people in major cities, addressing in the upper house of parliament.

Salman + Katrina starrer Ek Tha Tiger opens big.

Salman Khan- who has had three biggest opener of all time with Bodyguard ( IRs 21.5 Crore), Dabbang (IRs. 14.4 Crore) and Ready (IRs. 13.5 Crore) has again topped the biggest opening records with Ek Tha Tiger, beating Agneepath (IRs. 25.65 Crore) and Ra.One (IRs. 22 Crore). Salman and Katrina starer movie was released on August 15, a national holiday for their independence from British Rule, and made it to earn IRs. 32 Crore with perfect combination of national holiday, Strategic promotion from Yash Raj Films and Salman +Katrina hype. Indian Media reports there were never such crowd before both in the multiplex and single screens.

Not only in India, Nepal has also witnessed the biggest blockbuster Indian Movie as all the multiplexes now shows Ek Tha Tiger and due to which several Nepali movies are in trouble, among which some have postponed their release date. QFX has all of their shows for the movie and advance booking is all full for coming 2 days.

Aug 16, 2012

Nepal Telecom is again the top tax payer for the fiscal year 2068/2069.

Nepal Telecom has once again topped the tax paying company for the last fiscal year 2068/2069. As the top ten tax payer to the Nepal Government is out, it is known that the government owned company (92% share) NT had paid 5.64 billion rupees income tax whereas Ncell- the private mobile operator (GSM) stands next to NT in the second place, giving 1.48 billion rupees as income tax.
This year, 7 banks are in the top ten list to have the honor, out of which Nepal Agriculture Developement Bank (Krishi Bikash Bank) stands front with 1.21 billion Nepali Rupees (NRs.), which is third position in the overall rank.
Here are the remaining taxpayers.
4. Nabil Bank: 800 million Rupees.
5. Nepal Investment Bank: 580 million Rupees.
6. Standard Chartered Bank: 570 million Rupees.
7. Himalayan Bank: 470 million rupees.
8. Surya Nepal Pvt. Ltd.: 420 million rupees.
9. Bank of Kathmandu: 410 million rupees.
10. Rastriye Banijye Bank: 380 million NRS.

Forget about iPhone Samsung, as Xiaomi MI-2 arrives with Qualcomm Quadcore, Jelly bean and $315 price.

Now as three handset Giants (Samsung, Nokia and Apple) are planning for special events to launch new flagship Smartphones that they believe will turn the table in the current rivalry, Xiaomi tech that once shocked the handset market with Xiaomi MI-one has announced the release of Xiaomi Phone 2 (小米手机2 in Chinese) or MI-2 at an special event in Beijing and  has impressive features like Quadcore Qualcomm processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and 4.3-inch 720p IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. It is the first Smartphone in the market that comes with Qualcomm's Latest and Greatest chip Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and will run Android Latest OS Jelly Bean, and the best thing is the price that you can buy it with. 

The handset is also powered by 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of memory, with the 4.3-inch IPS display manufactured by Sharp. The pixel density works out at 342 PPI, beating out the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III, and HTC One X. The touchscreen also makes use of in-cell technology which decreases thickness that provides room for better, larger battery, that is also believed to be included in Apple's to be released iPhone 5.
MI-2 comes with backside illuminated (BSI) 27mm wide angle 8 MP rear camera with F2.0 aperture(F stop) and a 28mm 2MP front camera. The main camera is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps or 720p at 90 fps. The standard release comes with 2,000mAh cell, but you can also purchase a 3,000mAh version if you don't mind the extra 2mm thickness on the phone.
The Xiaomi Phone 2 will be running a custom MIUI interface as in previous Xiaomi phone, but it will be on top of the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.
More of the good news is that the MI-2 comes with it's own personal assistant similar to Apple's SIRI. Only thing lacking in the device is LTE network that it cannot run with, not to mention the device runs up to HSPA+ network running data speeds near to LTE.  Xiaomi says the new handset will be available in China starting October, for only 1,999 CNY (about $315 or €255). Carriers like China Unicom and China Telecom will also offer the handset. Multiple color versions will be available, including silver, blue, pink, and yellow. 

Aug 15, 2012

Today's Indian youth wants 'Naukri aur Chokri': Chetan Bhagat.

Best selling Author of five novels including "Revolution 2020", "Five point Someone", Chetan Bhagat has launched his sixth book this time a nonfiction. The book is entitled "What Young India Wants" and is based on his experience as a successful writer and motivational speaker. In the book, He analyses some of the issues facing modern India, puts solution and invites more discussion on those issues. Chetan Bhagat, credited for his good understanding of youth urban Indian, must have put nice stuffs (that deserves an early read) in the book with his experience in journalism and previous writings all circling around youth minds. Chetan speaking at the launch of the book expressed his view that today's youth wants 'Naukri aur Chokri' i.e a well-paying job and a nice girlfriend in a decent urban city. 
Though book reviewers and online sale details say the sluggish book sales is not even comparable to his previous fiction, I think it's early to review it that way. More on the book after I eat it.

Aug 13, 2012

Nepal: The land of Raksi.

CNN has placed Nepalese drink 'Raksi' in the list of world's 50 most delicious drinks. With water topping the list, next to Coca-cola (second in the list), Coffee (third) and Beer (fourth), our very own 'Raksi' is spotted in the 41st position winning over Indian 'Lassi' and German's Fanta.
Describing the Raksi, CNN writes in the report as : Made from millet or rice, Raksi is strong on the nose and sends a burning sensation straight down your throat that resolves itself into a surprisingly smooth, velvety sensation.
Explaining the usage of Raksi CNN further puts Raksi as: Nepalese drink this home brew to celebrate festivals, though we think that the prized drink itself is the reason to celebrate.
With this report, Nepal will now also be known as the land of Raksi along with several other identities as: Highest peak on Earth(Mount Everest), Top 10 out of 14 Biggest Mountains on Earth, Birthplace of Buddha, Second richest in Water Resources,and many more.

Aug 9, 2012

Krisnastami being celebrated in Nepal

Thousands of Hindu devotees are gathering around Krishna temples across the country today to celebrate Sri Krishna Janmashtami festival, the birthday of Lord Krishna.
Revered as the eight incarnation of Lord Bishnu, the almighty was born in Dwapara Yuga on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Srawana as son of King Vasudeva and Devaki of Mathura.
Hindus, especially devotees of Lord Krishna, fast throughout the day by consuming only fruits and milk products and singing devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Thousands of devotees are queuing up since early morning to the temple built by King Siddhi Narasingh Malla.
Patan Krishna Mandir Source:Amit Khanal

When there was monarchical rule in the country, the then kings used to visit the temple whereas after the declaration of republic President started visiting the temple. 
President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav visited the Krishna Temple, Patan in the morning and received prasad, tika from the priest.
Krishna Pranamis and society of Krishna consciousness also taking out processions on the streets carrying idols and images of Krishna.
Radha Krishna Rath Yatra will be taken out from Biratnagar tomorrow.
Meanwhile, people in the Far-western region are observing the Gaura festival today.

Aug 8, 2012

Big Cinemas to shut down in Nepal.

Indian Cineplex Brand "Big Cinemas" is returning from Nepal as it did not see any good market here in Nepal according to them. Three cinemas inside Big Cinemas at City Centre, Kamalpokhari is going to shut down with their decision. People have been frequently complaining about the cinema hall regarding its quality and electricity cuts during the show. Big Cinema is a brand under Indian Giant Reliance Entertainment which has many cinemas all over India, and major city in Malaysia, USA. They had been operating Cinema halls with the same name from last 2 years at the top of City Centre, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu. Big Cinemas business in Kathmandu was going down as compared to QFX (another multiplex hall in K-town), and it was also biased for not showing decent Nepali movies except one or two. I happened to watch one movie in the hall and felt not so impressive as compared to International cinema halls and our very own QFX.
It is learned that Nepali company Shanghai Group has taken the ownership of the cinema hall and will be re-launching the cinema as "Big movies".  Hope they won't be treating Nepali cinemas in the same way as their predecessors did.

Aug 7, 2012

Nokia releasing new Lumia before iPhone 5 launch.

Whole of tech websites and gadget freaks are talking of the new iPhone, presumably iPhone 5 expected to release this September 12 in an Apple iPhone event, but Nokia has not already given up to be in the race to get a good slice of the market, which now seems to be dominant with Samsung + Android. According to Bloomberg, Nokia is going to launch its latest Lumia flagship phone with Windows 8 Os at its own Conference in Helsinki on September 5-6, which is exactly a week ahead of rumored Apple iPhone event on September 12.

Though little is known about the event and the new Lumia smartphone, Nokia believes it will put them well ahead to go to people's hand with some alluring features.
It is also not known if that windows 8 handset is Nokia 910 0r 1001 as talked earlier in the web or that was just a Photoshopped Application developer image.
The Finnish pioneer mobile company shipped nearly 11 millions of Smartphones in Q2 2012 as compared to 52.1 million Samsung and 26 million iPhone. Among them, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S are the ones who went rampant in the market.
Samsung is well ahead among three which is planning to launch new Samsung Galaxy Note in a mysterious "unpacked" event in Berlin on Aug 29.
With all that, it seems the competition will be more fierce, not forgetting ZTE and Huawei who are releasing more handsets with different features ranges.
Let's wait and see which of the rumored launch will turn out to be true to be ahead in the race.

Aug 6, 2012

Rekha Thapa slaps Journo.

Actress Rekha Thapa has slapped a Journalist in his office today with her strong dissent over a Gaijatra Satire "Rekha Thapa's Mini Skirt mystery'' (Rekha Thapa ko Miniskirt Rahasya) published in Sourya Dainik last Friday. She reached Sourya Daily's office accompanied by a film Journalist, had furious discussion with Journalist Chiranjibi Poudel over the Gaijatra item and reaching ultimately to a slap. Both Rekha and Chiranjibi confirms of the slap whereas Chiranjibi also told merocinema of his return slap to the 'Malati ko bhatti' actress. Actress Rekha Thapa comes into controversy time and again, this time with this slap may create turbulent in Nepali Gossip industry.
In the Gaijatra satire, Chiranjibi has made a good mockery of short Miniskirts of actress like Rekha Thapa and he has even dare to put his ex-husband Chabi to be troubled by her Miniskirts. That is just his imagination to put the plots as a Gaijatra fun but for a serious offense to someone as claimed by the actress, I leave it to the readers who have read the article.
To see what Chiranjibi had written in the satire, Click here and go to the middle of the pages.

Nasa's Curosity Rover lands on Mars.

NASA's rover Curiosity successfully carried out a highly challenging landing on Mars early Monday, transmitting images back to Earth after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet.
The $2.6 billion Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the "seven minutes of terror."
This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world's largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen.
The mission control in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California burst into cheers as the rover touched down. Team members hugged and high-fived one another as Curiosity beamed back the first pictures from the planet, some shed tears.
"The successful landing of Curiosity -- the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet -- marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future," President Barack Obama said in a statement congratulating the NASA employees who had worked on the project.
The scientific community reacted to the achievement with a mixture of elation and relief.
Source: CNN

Aug 3, 2012

Lyrics of Queen of California by John Mayer.

Goodbye cold  
Goodbye rain 
Goodbye sorrow  
And goodbye shame 
I'm headin' out west with my headphones on  
Boarding a flight with a song in the back of my soul  
That no one knows I just found out her ghost left town  
The Queen of California is a-steppin' down, down 
Hello beauty 
Hello strange 
Hello wonder  
What's your name 
Looking for the sun that Neil Young hung  
After the gold rush of 1971 I just found out her ghost left town  
The Queen of California is a-steppin' down, down 
If you see her  
Say hello  
Just don't tell me 
I told you so
Joni wrote 'Blue' in a house by the sea 
I gotta believe there's another color waiting on me  
To set me free 
I just found out her ghost left town 
The Queen of California is a-steppin' down, down, down  
Get down

Jism 2 review.

Jism 2 review: A saga of love, betrayal and guilt!

As the ‘Jism 2’ story unfolds on screen, a topless Sunny Leone introduces herself as Izna in the packed movie hall - the audience start hooting for the woman who has made almost all men across the nation go weak on their knees. Forget men, even women can’t help but admire her raw sex appeal.

Pooja Bhatt’s much hyped erotic thriller makes a mockery of the genre. ‘Jism 2’ starts with Izna, a porn star, narrating her (love) story with a pinch of guilt while she is on her deathbed. Izna earns her daily living by sleeping with men at random hotels. Enter Ayaan (played by Arunoday Singh) who sleeps with her one night and the following morning introduces himself as an officer of some secret Indian intelligence agency. Ayaan’s mission is to convince Izna to do ‘desh ki madad’ by approaching her ex-lover Kabir (played by Randeep Hooda) who is now an assassin wiping out prominent figures from the political and security arena. So, Izna packs her bags with Ayaan and flies down all the way to Sri Lanka with the aim to extract Kabir’s secret data that helps him in helming all his criminal activities.

So here we have a typical Bollywood cliché - a complex love triangle where a woman is trapped between her long lost emotions for her ex-lover Kabir and Ayaan’s growing fondness for her which she too, at times, reciprocates. But our ‘patriot’ porn star Izna must kill her emotions for Kabir to save the nation.

The story maybe a bit obscure but the screenplay is quite well-written though it is hard to compare the movie with ‘Arth’ as the film’s director Pooja Bhatt claims it to be. Also, keeping aside the few aesthetically shot sex scenes in the film and Leone’s cleavage show, it is unfair to bracket it as an erotic or a sleazy film.

Both, Arunoday Singh and Randeep Hooda fit well into their respective characters but the trophy goes to Randeep for portraying such an intense role with élan. As Kabir, Hooda does things passionately- be it making love, killing or even reciting Urdu poetry.

Moving on to the new heartthrob of millions in India- Sunny Leone is not that bad either. Despite her dubbed dialogues, it shows that she has put an effort in her debut Hindi film. The girl looks fresh, beautiful and convincing onscreen.

But the film falls short to create that much needed impact. It is hard to decipher why Arunoday Singh has to first sleep with Sunny Leone before introducing himself. Was it because even he could not resist the ‘golden’ chance of making love to her? Second, Sunny Leone claims herself to be a porn star in the film, but there is hardly any scene that shows her getting filmed while doing the act. Funnily, she is shown sleeping around men to earn her bread and butter. Can someone please tell Ms Bhatt that a porn star need not be a prostitute?

Like most of Bhatt camp’s films, this one too has soulful music which strikes the right chord in one’s heart. The songs are just apt for every situation and it is difficult to pick a single as your favourite.

Final Verdict: ‘Jism 2’ is worth watching once- for the bikini clad Sunny Leone of course!
Source: Zee news.

Gaijatra 2069 in pictures.