I was in an organizing committee of a workshop, “Social Media for Learning,” that took place in Kathmandu on December 24. Though the topic was “learning,” i was not surprised with the diversity of the topics discussed. As many of us, journalists in the program, we discussed about the way Nepali media are functioning. Some questions that came time and again were: Why aren’t Nepali media serious about their online site? Are Nepali media conscious about the media convergence happening across the globe?
By Rajneesh Bhandari
Kathmandu, Sept 16: One day in 1999, Kalyan Bhudathoki, 50, left his home in Ramechap that lies in the hilly and mountain region of Nepal and came to Kathmandu. Kalyan used to work as a farmer in his own field.
12 years earlier, in the insurgency-prone Ramechap, 150 km east of Kathmandu, Kalyan had two options: either to support the Maoists or flee the place. He chose the second option and has been struggling in the capital for his living ever since.
“They came to search me three times. I used to think that I could face them (Maoists),” said Kalyan at his rented home in Gothatar, Kathmandu, “But there were incidents in other places on people getting killed. And my family and relatives suggested me to flee the village.” Continue reading
Kathmandu: Janai Purnima, the sacred thread festival of the Hindus, was observed on Tuesday. Brahmins and Chhetris (men) get a new sacred threads (janai) and others tie yellow-red threads around their wrists as a symbol of protection.
This year i went to Pashupatinath Temple to find out how the festival was being celebrated.
News story. News story. And another news story… This has actually been my routine these days. Working as a television journalist for the last six years in one of the leading televisions of Nepal, I have been largely dealing with different stories and characters. I have been doing up to four or five TV stories a day. These could be short to long format stories and also television packages.
I was doing live coverage from outside the Constituent Assembly building, New Baneshwore on May 28, 2011. Political parties, youth groups and citizens organized different programs throughout the day to create pressure on the major parties for peace and constitution. Here are some pictures from my lens.
My second album from the series Nepal in Pictures.
All pictures by Rajneesh Bhandari.
Here is a good news for television journalists based in Nepal. Television Journalists Association Nepal, a group of television professionals in partnership with the DW Akademie one of the premier institutions of media education and training in Europe has come up with a training on the latest and globally accepted techniques on television news reporting. Last year i had taken this training and it proved to be very useful for me in many ways. You can check my experience at this link and the video that our team produced below.
This year I will be working as a facilitator in the workshop as I am in the organizing team of TVJ, where I work as a program coordinator.
It’s not rumor but truth that fake passport are easily available in Nepal. If you have 20 thousand rupees and a photo, a passport could be easily made with in a week, according to the police investigation. Police arrested 11 people on charge of being involved in making fake passport. Police also recovered dozens of fake passport. I investigated the story and two episodes were broadcasted on KTV. The first one on July 28, 2010 and the other one on July 29, 2010. The second day had a special interview with a SSP who was doing this operation.
Video of the first part broadcasted on July 28, 2010. Navigate from 8:30 to 10:45.
Video of the first part broadcasted on July 29, 2010. Navigate from 10:45 to 18:00.
The Chairman of Constitution Assembly Subash Chandra Nemwang has said that around eighty-percent of constitution making process is completed. But political parties haven’t yet reached any conclusion on some fundamental issues like basis of federalism, structure of government and independent judiciary. CA extended it’s tenure for one more year. In the last two months, CA had only one meeting. But the expenditure of CA is increasing, with the increase in the rent of it’s building. My report on the expenditure and peace process of Nepal was broadcasted on Kantipur Television on September 08, 2010.
For the video report click here(Navigate the first five minutes of the video).