‘National Film Award and Lifetime Achievement Award’ concludes

Kathmandu, Aug 29: The ‘National Film Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, 2080’, hosted by the Film Development Board, concluded on Tuesday.

At a function held at the President Building, Sheetal Niwas, here today, President Ram Chandra Paudel presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award-2078’ to actress Laxmi Giri and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award-2080’ to actor Shiva Shrestha. Both the awardees bagged a purse of Rs 375,000 each.

Likewise, towards film awards, actor Haribamsha Acharya (Mahapurush), actress Diya Maskey (Prakash), director Dinesh Raut (Prakash), script writer Dipendra K Khanal (Chiso Manchhe), cinematographer Puruswottam Pradhan (Lappan Chhappan 2) and editor Nimesh Shrestha (Dokh) were honoured.

Likewise, ‘Aina Jhyalko Putali’ and ‘Gorkha Beneath the Bravery’ received ‘decisive award’ terming both the movies ‘special’. Both the movies bagged cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

Addressing the award distribution and closing ceremony, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma congratulated the artists honoured and awarded on the occasion.

“Film can play crucial role in societal transformation since it is an effective medium directly linked to the society. The government is committed to develop and expand the sector”, Minister Sharma added.

“A bill of film act is being drafted. We will soon initiate a process to elicit recommendations from film artists. Once the bill is endorsed, the film sector will be in a better position”, she further shared.

Also on the occasion, Board Chairperson Bhuwan KC expressed happiness for the opportunity to honour artists with lifetime achievement awards of two years.

“I have been hell bent to resolve the problems being faced by film artists since I became the chair. The board is working placing high importance to the interests of film sector”, KC added.

On the same occasion, President Paudel presented ‘special film awards-2078’ to ‘Tulki’ and ‘Niramaya’ and ‘special film awards-2079’ to ‘Bulanki’, ‘Prasad-2’ and ‘Chiso Manchhe’. Each movie received Rs 200,000.

A total of 35 artists and lyricists including, Kiran KC, Arjun Shrestha, Ramchandra Adhikar and Arjunjung Shahi and Dabbu Chhetri were honoured with letter of appreciation for their special contributions to the film sector.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Rafting and river festival in Bagmati River

Kathmandu, Aug 26: Rafting and river festival were organized in the Bagmati River in Kathmandu in a bid to make Bagmati River conservation campaign more effective.

The Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA), Nepal River Conservation Organization and Friends Club of Kupandole jointly organized rafting from Bagmati Bridge at Kupandole to Sundarighat starting from 7:00 am today.

NARA Vice-Chairperson Sishir Khanal said that the rafting and river festival were organized to exhibit the importance of water tourism as well as to promote identity of Bagmati River civilization and its conservation campaign.

Today was 23th edition of the rafting and river festival organized by the social organizations, it was shared.

Various social organizations have been conducting Bagmati River clean-up campaign for some years after the pristine river began to turn into a putrid sewerage.

Traditional musical instruments were played towards the beginning of the river festival that aimed at sensitizing participants about the current condition of the Bagmati River and the urgency to conserve the sanctity of the river water, added Khanal.

On the occasion, participants had also cleaned the river bank, according to the organizers.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Bagmati river festival scheduled on August 26

In its attempt to effectively conduct the Bamgati river conservation campaign, the Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA) is going to organize ‘River Festival and Mahajalyatra’ on Saturday.

Nepal River Conservation Organization and Friends Club are also joining hands to convene the event.

Vice Chairman of NARA Shishir Khanal said that the event is scheduled to be held to highlight, conserve and promote the Bagmati river civilization and promote rafting and water tourism in the Kathmandu Valley.

Khanal said that the event will begin at 7:00 am on Saturday from Bagmati bridge at Kupandole in Lalitpur and rafting will be done from 15 boats.

Campaigners have been conducting various programmes to preserve the Bagmati river, which carries a social and religious history in the Kathmandu Valley.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Short film ‘Lilami’ released

A short film ‘Lilami’ has been released. The film is focused on sufferings faced by the youths in country.

Executive Producer Jeevan Bhandari informed that the short movie was released through CTC Entertainment YouTube channel on the occasion of International Youth Day today. The film depicts how Nepali youths have faced problems in different fronts, and how their capacities can be leveraged for greater good of the country.

Journalist Ramji Gyawali is the director of the short movie. Director Gyawali has already directed more than one dozen of short movies while executive producer Bhandari has written script and songs of other short movie.

Mahesh Khadka, Sabina Raut, Deepak Dhakal, Narayan Kandel, Rajesh Bhattarai, Sudin Shrestha, Shibu Pandey, among others starred the ‘Lilami’ written by Pawan Basyal.

‘Lilami’ also features the story of youths being forced to go to abroad after not getting any opportunity and support in the country.

Source: National News Agency

Six tiktokers held with police uniform in Rajshahi

Police arrested six persons, including a woman, with police uniform on charge of their involvement in making talk with an ulterior goal of tarnishing the image of the police.

The arrested Persons are: Raonak Biswas, 23, Muhammad Mustakim, 25, Al Mamun, 47, Sazu Ahmed, 33, Habibur Rahman, 19 and Ayesha Siddiqua, 22.

A team of the Detective Branch (DB) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) conducted a sudden raid at Terakhadia Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Divisional Stadium area around 10 am and arrested them red-handed.

DB Deputy Commissioner (DC) Al Mamum said the arrested persons were making tiktolk videos and still photograph wearing police uniform coupled with using manuscripts containing information and body language which were detrimental to police image.

A case was recorded with Rajshahi Kotwali Police Station in this connection and the arrested persons were handed over to the court.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

‘The Red Suitcase’ selected for 80th edition of Venice Film Festival

‘The Red Suitcase’ directed by Fidel Devkota has been selected for the 80th Venice Film Festival.

The Nepali film, which portrays the impact of foreign employment in Nepali society, was selected for the festival under the Horizon category, shared Devkota.

This is the third Nepali film that made it to Venice Film Festival after ‘Kalo Pothi’ and ‘Seto Surya’. Both of the latter films had foreigners as producer and cinematographer.

‘The Red Suitcase’ has become the first Nepali film completely made by domestic production group to be selected in the Venice Film Festival.

Director Devkota wrote the screenplay of the Film that features artistes such as Saugat Malla, Bipin Karki, Pravin Khatiwada and Shristi Shrestha among others.

The Venice Film Festival will be held from August 30 to September 9 in Venice, Italy.

Source: National News Agency

Call to recognize Hindi as official language

The State has been urged to recognise the Hindi language as an official language of the government.

In a discussion on Hindi language and its interrelations with the politics of Madhesh organised by the Trubhuvan University, Central Department of Hindi, in Janakpurdham on Saturday, the people concerned said Hindi has been spoken in the Madhes for long and it is the mostly used language for communication in the region. “Thus it needs to be endorsed as the government official language.”

Federal Minister of State for Education, Science and Technology, Pramila Kumari Yadav, said the Hindi language had had contributed to consolidating the ties between Nepal and India and it deserved to get the recognition of the official language. “The language remains as the common language for communications at the civic and political level in the Madhes.

Lawmakers Rekha Yadav and Kiran Kumar Shah said the Hindi served as the simple and widely used language for exchange of information and enhancement of the freedom of expression and opinion in the region. They said they would advocate in the House for accepting it as the official language.

Madesh Academy chair Rambharos Kapadi said the Hindi has played a significant role in strengthening the ties among the people’s to people level in Nepal and India and it is also widely used language at the civic level within the Madhes, urging the government to pay a due respect to it.

Chief of TU Central Department of Hindi, Dr Sangeeta Barma opined that the government should accord due priority to Hindi as it has made an incomparable contribution for the propagation of language and education as well as political reawakening in Nepal.

According to her the contribution of Hindi cannot be negated in the expansion of language, literature and education and strengthening the social and cultural ties in Madhes and other areas due to the open border.

“We all are well-informed on the extraordinary contribution of Hindi language and literature in bringing democratic awareness in Nepal. Hindi was the language of education and administration well until 1951. Even now Hindi has much influence and importance in trade, commerce, communication, entertainment and education,” she said and called for providing recognition to its legal use in all levels and regions.

Hindi language campaigner Sudarshan Lal Karna, litterateur Poonam Jha, Prof Chandreshwor Prasad Yadav, Abha Sinha, among the speakers, urged one and all to take Hindi as the lingua franca of a large number of Nepalis and not merely as an Indian language.

Binod Kumar Bishwokarma, who is teaching faculty at the TU Central Department of Hindi said that although the Department has been running classes in Hindi by formally giving recognition to it, the Department is going to conduct discussion in all provinces in order to further boost understanding towards this language at the citizen’s and political level.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Culture Ministry to honour four with BP Koirala Award

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has decided to honour four persons with the BP Koirala National Award.

The selected personalities are senior politicians Kul Bahadur Gurung (Ilam) and Dhundi Raj Paudel (Arghakhanchi) under the political philosophy, and Devi Prasad Upadhyay Regmi (Syangja) and Giri Raj Acharya (Dharan) under literature.

The award will be handed to them on July 22 amid a function at the BP Museum in Sundarijal on the occasion of the Memorial Day of BP Koirala. The ministry took a decision to honour the four persons on June 28.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal