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WOW Events – June
Care Nepal backed by H&M Conscious Foundation hosted an award function at Yak Palace, on May 30. The event was also an interaction programme on the significance on entrepreneurship development. Chief guest Secretary at the Ministry of Industries Surya Prasad Silwal and Care Nepal Country Director Lora Wuennenberg honoured successful women entrepreneurs from different parts of the country. Their work was highlighted through video presentations.
MVIC National Culinary Competition
Mid-Valley International College, affiliated to Help University Malaysia organised the first National Culinary Competition on June 12 at its campus in Gyaneshwar. Aspiring chefs participated in the two-hour competition designed to recognise outstanding professionals in Nepal. Judge panel comprised of Dr Souji Gopalakrishna Pillai and Hairul Hisam Bin Bujang from Malaysia, Govind Narsing KC and Yuba Raj Pokhrel. The winners and runners-up received rewards up to Rs 25,000. “We have so many excellent cooks in this country who are eager to learn, grow, and advance their careers, as well as cook on a national stage,” said Reetal Rana, Managing Director, MVIC. “This competition is a celebration of the generation of aspiring, talented chefs. It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-learned line cook, a culinary school graduate, a second-career cook. Let the best chef win!” she added. The competition had 3 phases with 5 chefs competing. Challenges depended on the selected category: Chicken or Fish. Assessment was based on taste, presentation, professionalism and innovation. The first position was backed by Uttam Thapaliya, commis chef, Hyaat Regency. Paban Khatiwada, commie, Shangri-la hotel stood second and Ajay Sharma, commis chef, Hyatt Regency stood third.
Nepal India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NICCI) in collaboration with the Indian Embassy, held a workshop to discuss and prepare recommendations prior to the second Joint Committee Meeting (JWC) on Indo- Nepal Bilateral Tourism Expansion and Promotion on June 6 and 9 at Hotel Annapurna under the initiative taken by NICCI Tourism Convener Shreejana Rana.
The tourism industry has been very vulnerable post earthquake followed by other disturbances. The stakeholders believe in unity as their soul weapon to overcome the tourism crunch. It’s essential to invigorate tourism with our closest allies India. Following similar workshops previously promoting Nepal Tourism a formal Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and Nepal in the last SAARC Summit. While some have come in practice many are yet to be accomplished.
A follow-up on June 9 was a formal programme attended by both Indian and Nepal government delegates. NICCI President Saurya Rana officially handed over the recommendations for discussion in the JWC Meeting in Nepal closing with his observance remarks.
Soaltee Crowne Plaza celebrates World Environment Day
On June 5, Soaltee Crown Plaza celebrated World Environment Day by organising various programs including cleaning the Mahadev Temple of Kuleshwar and planting trees in its close vicinity. A rally of 100 hotel staff proceeded towards the temple from the hotel premises early morning creating awareness about the green city, clean surroundings and importance of trees in the environment. The ‘Green Team’ of Soaltee Crown Plaza has been actively working for clean environment since the International Hotels Group started. The team headed by Chief Engineer and Chairman of Green Team Bhakta Shakya has been working efficiently on multiple aspects with objective to reduce Co2 emission following the IHG Guidelines. The hotel has invested a lot in its infrastructure to make it more sustainable and green.
Transgender pageant Miss Pink Nepal 2016 was held at Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal on May 17 and Aniee Lama was crowned as winner. Aakanshyaa Timsina and Pallavi Sharma became the first and second runner-up respectively. The winner will be competing in the international level contest as well. Organised by Cruise Aids Kathmandu and supported by Blue Diamond Society, the event strives to create awareness about LGBTI people and their capability to contribute to the society contrary to common belief. The pageant, which started in 2002, is one of the many programmes organised to highlight the LGBTI rights in Nepal.
Oxy Spot the O Contest
Japan’s No 1 Men’s skincare brand Oxy has started an online contest for men “Oxy Spot the O photo contest” through their facebook page Oxy Nepal for a month promoting the company and mass creativity. The participants have to inbox their picture associated with O shape. Group pictures must have a representative. Five winners will be announced weekly based on maximum likes. One winner will be decided by the company and another will be chosen through lucky draw. All the winners will be awarded with attractive gift hampers. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/oxynepal
Acnes Face of the Month
Japan’s No 1 skincare brand Acnes has launched an online photo contest named ‘Acnes Face of the Month’ for female participants through their facebook page AcnesNepal for a month promoting their brand. To participate, one has to inbox her picture to Acnes facebook. Based on the highest number of likes, five winners will be declared out of whom one will again be chosen by the company weekly. Also one winner will be announced amongst the voting audience through a lucky draw. At the end of the month Acnes Face of the Month will be chosen amongst the contestants who meet the criteria. The title winner will be handed a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and her picture will be uploaded as the cover picture of AcnesNepal facebook page for a month. Other winners will be awarded with attractive gift hampers. For further details, visit: www.facebook.com/acnesnepal
Reading in Primary Level in Nepal
Kathalaya Inc organised a serious of talk programme during the 20th Nepal International Book Fair held at Bhrikuti Mandap on June 1. The event centred on the topic ‘Reading in Primary Level in Nepal’ on which education expert Dr. Vishnu Karki gave a presentation. It aimed to shed more light on the current reading skills and culture scenario of Nepal and the government’s plan in improving it. Dr Karki is also working in Early Grade Reading Programme dedicated to development of reading skills among children of grade 1-3.