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The First Nepali Magazine Published in Australia

— नेपाली टाइम्स अस्ट्रेलिया / प्रकाशित मिति : सोमवार, पुस ३, २०७४

While most Australians rest and relax this holiday season, our border protection authorities will be hard at work monitoring Australia’s borders and preventing any attempt to enter the country illegally. We asked the Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, about the measures in place to stop people smuggling boats during the holiday period.
“Australia’s borders are monitored, patrolled and protected every day of the year,” Air Vice-Marshal Osborne said.
“We are always watching and we are always ready to intercept and turn back anyone who tries to reach Australia illegally by boat.
“Unfortunately, even though it’s been years since anyone managed to reach Australia illegally by boat, there are still people who think it’s worth trying.”
Asked whether Australia’s borders were any less secure on public holidays, Air Vice-Marshal Osborne was adamant in saying “no”.
“Anyone who thinks our borders are not closely watched on public holidays is wrong. Anyone who attempts to reach Australia illegally by boat will be stopped and turned back –regardless of when they try.”
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne said communities in Australia have an important role to play in preventing people overseas from risking their lives on people smuggling boats.
“We know that people in Australia can and do influence the decisions of family and friends in other countries,” he said. “If someone here tells a relative or friend overseas that they could still come to Australia illegally by boat, they are putting their friend or relative at risk of losing their money or even their life.
“I want to encourage people in Australia to do the right thing by advising friends and family overseas that there is only one way to come to Australia – with an Australian visa.”
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne finished by reiterating that people who try to come the wrong way are risking their life and wasting their money for nothing. They will never settle in Australia.

The First Nepali Magazine Published in Australia

— Niru Tripathi / प्रकाशित मिति : शुक्रबार, मंसिर १५, २०७४

Common Action for Sustainable Development (CASD) Director and yoga teacher, Marjorie Hau, is running weekly yoga sessions to raise money for rural Nepalese schoolchildren. CASD’s ‘Water for Schools in Nepal’ project seeks to raise funds for rural schoolchildren in Nepal who don’t have access to water. CASD is a non-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the living standards of these children through implementing programs targeting health, education and women empowerment. CASD operates on the belief that change can start with a little help and support where it is needed most.
The project kicked off Sunday, 15 October and the last yoga session will be held on Sunday, 17 December. These sessions run on donations, with all money going towards programs set to bring water to rural schools in Nepal’s Lalitpur District. If you are in Melbourne, check out the ‘Water for Schools in Nepal’ Facebook event, and like the CASD-Australia Facebook page. Bring a friend, and let’s yoga for Nepal! Donations can also be made at below mentioned website.

Sydney Hosted Global Lawyers IBA Conference 2017

Nov 4, 2017

Constituion of Nepal 2015 sets its uniqueness in world’s constitutional history and Nepali lawyers demonstrated historic roles, says Nepali Lawyer in global lawyer’s mela of IBA Conference 2017 hosted by Sydney for the first time in 70 Years history of IBA.
Recently, biggest mela of global lawyers in the Annual Conference of International Bar Association (IBA) has been commenced on 13th October at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.  IBA’s Annual Conference is the premier conference for legal professionals worldwide to meet, share knowledge, network, build contacts and develop business. It serves to advance the development of international law and its role in business and society and to provide members with world-class professional development opportunities to enable them to deliver outstanding legal services.
The IBA’s first Annual Conference was held in 1947 and it has grown to become the world’s largest and most prestigious leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations, law firms and law societies that influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and law societies spanning over 170 countries.
The IBA’s principle objectives are to exchange information among professionals around the globe, to support for constitutional development and dialogue and independence of judiciary and right of lawyers, to support for human rights for lawyers around the world, to work for the development of international law and to work for harmonisation of international law.
The Six days conference was inaugurated on October 8 at the Convention Centre of ICC Sydney. The President of IBA Martin Šolc in his opening statement stated that long-held cherished societal and legal values are being challenged in today’s difficult times. He pointed to the French example, where anti-terrorist laws that would give police sweeping powers to arrest and detain without due process are compromising the rule of law. He therefore called upon delegates to speak openly and all legal practitioners to remember their hallowed responsibilities.
Rule of Law, Order and Sovereignty: Islamic terrorism, renegade nations who challenge allegiance to global order, and rising aggressive populism.
The Chief Justice of Australia, Susan Kiefel addressed the issue of independence of lawyers, and declared that those practicing must be able “to exercise independent judgment and the ability to act free from external pressures.
The Attorney General of Australia, Senator George Brandis, spoke on the need to uphold the current global order. He pointed out that the institution of nation states is under peril, as the global order faces its existential threats. He identified three trends that threaten the Rule of Law, Order and Sovereignty: Islamic terrorism, renegade nations who challenge allegiance to global order, and rising aggressive populism. Lawyers have a role to play, to ensure that those trends do not derail the rule of law. They must recognize their obligations to defending the pillars on which society itself is built, beyond their mere obligations to their clients.  “Upholding the rule of law may involve …controversy, it may extend to the powerful, or to those thinking above the law, the marginalized or the despised. Lawyers, who do so, serve the finest traditions of our profession.”
IBA Annual conference was also attended by Nepali delegates including President and Secretary General of Nepal Bar Association Sher Bahadur Kc and Khamma Bahadur Khati respectively. Probably, for the first time from Nepali lawyers, IBA invited as Guest Speaker Advocate Saroj Krishna Ghimire, a Constitutional and Commercial lawyer of Nepal, to speak on the lawyers’ role in constitutional development in one of IBA’s session. Mr Ghimire in his presentation recalled all Nepali lawyers who always stood to defy any actions against constitutional movement, independence of judiciary, human rights, democratic values and freedom in the past. He expressed that Nepal Bar was always leading civil society in all democratic movements and in Constitutional development of Nepal and Nepal Bar has been playing is best as watch dog of civilization and democracy.
Mr Ghimire also mentioned that Nepal Bar Association got constitutional uniqueness and Nepali lawyers have taken the monopoly in legal profession to support judiciary in implementing and interpreting constitution. He recalled the historic roles Nepali lawyers played to guarantee Rule of Law and civil rights in the Constitution 2015.
Mr Ghimire in his deliberation highlighted in brief about the constitutional history of Nepal where Nepali people witnessed seven constitutions in seventy years including peaceful conclusion of Maoist armed conflict, abolition of monarch and promulgation of a constitution by the constitutional assembly declaring Nepal a federal republic and secular country. Mr. Ghimire also highlighted about the independency of judiciary guaranteed by the Constitution 2015 and briefed about the objective of establishing Nepal Bar Association to ensure an independent and responsible judiciary, to promote the Rule of Law, democracy and human rights and to promote and protect professional interest of the lawyers. He also pointed about the recent constitutional challenges arises due to conflict among executive, judiciary and legislatures including the impeachment against Chief Justice. He appreciated the role of the Nepal Bar Association for its contribution in upholding rule of law constitutional values, democracy and human rights and expressed that Nepali lawyers have played as catalysts for democratic movement and constitutional reforms of the nation and have been a force for all movements.
Similar challenges are at the Bar that lacks constitutional law practitioners and polarisation of Nepali lawyers due to political affiliations in developing their professional thoughts and opinions.
He also highlighted the importance of global lawyers networking that gives opportunity to global lawyers to share their constitutional development and educate and share via networking to contribute towards the development of constitution to build a society that ensures rules of Rule of Law, democracy, independence of judiciary and human right.
In his conclusive observation Mr Ghimire expressed that the Constitution 2015 also contains various ambiguities and vagueness and lacks craftsmanship of drafting the constitution. Hence, there is potentiality of various constitutional litigations however the reality is that the Supreme Court contains minimal numbers of constitutional expert justices despite the provision of the constitutional setup of the Constitutional Bench to be presided by 5 senior justices of Supreme Court. Similar challenges are at the Bar that lacks constitutional law practitioners and polarisation of Nepali lawyers due to political affiliations in developing their professional thoughts and opinions.  Mr Ghimire also mentioned the role Nepali lawyers have played and the roles that requires to be played by the lawyers around the world and the outstanding role Nepali lawyers played by demonstrating their solidarity against any suppression by the executives  or legislatures around the world. Various dignitaries from different jurisdiction including Ukraine Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko, Scotland’s Advocate-General, Lord Richard Keen, QC, and UK House of Lords member Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC. Eminent Australian speakers include former prime minister John Howard, former High Court judges Mary Gaudron and Michael Kirby, former governor-general Quentin Bryce, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman and new Australian Human Rights Commission president Ros Croucher. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expressed their views and interact with global lawyers too. The conference was concluded on October 13 .

NRNA Election Commission Victoria all set for Election

Mr Sunil Bhandari is the NRNA Election Commissioner in the Victorian Election. Victoria’s Nepalese community is busy and excited in the lead-up to Election Day, and soon will see some of the upstanding members of their community who work so hard gain official merit and prestige. Each candidate in this election has their own manifesto and contributions to offer, with each voter hoping that their preferred candidate will have the opportunity to implement their initiatives and promises. For the past month, the NRNA Election Commission has worked tirelessly in ensuring that this election will run fairly and peacefully. Ms Niru Tripathi, Editor at the Nepali Times Melbourne, sat down with NRNA Election Commissioner, Mr Sunil Bhandari, to ask a few questions to ensure voters know how to cast their vote on the day.
1. How is are preparations going in the lead-up to the election. And what information can you provide in terms of venue, time, and election process?
All preparations have been completed, with the election due to be held on Saturday 8 July 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Cyprus Community Hall 495 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.
NAV has helped in this process by providing volunteers to help the Election Commission conduct their business in the lead-up to, and on the day of the election. The Election Commission is thankful to all people and parties who have helped and who will be helping in different ways during this election.
2. What do people need to know before they vote?
The election will be handled by means of electronic ballot. All voters will be provided with a unique User ID and PIN which they can enter into one of the 10 available computers used for voting. Voter validation and the issuing of user IDs and PINs will be carried out at desk 4.
Please be mindful that you spare sufficient time for voting, as it may take longer to vote depending on the flow of voters and voter concentrations during peak times.0 There will be no priority voting, so if you require assistance in casting your vote, please contact one of the Election Commission Members who will assist you in voting as per your preference.
Identity validation will be completed based on official photo ID which may be any Australian/Nepalese drivers licence, passport or photo ID issued by government authorities. Identity validation is necessary in order to vote, so please bring appropriate ID documentation.
3. What time do the polls open and close?
The polls will be open from 8:00AM until 5:00PM. Please be in the voting venue before 5:00PM in order to cast your vote. The Election Commission will do everything to make sure that voting will start on time. If due to any unforeseen circumstances voting does not commence until after the scheduled time of commencement, we appeal to all voters to cooperate with us. Please note that a change in commencement time will not change the closing time of the voting time.
4. Who are your team members and how you define them in terms of working together?
Shree Pant, Diwaker Basnet, Bhola Giri and Niru Tripathi are members of the Election Commission who have shown great professional approaches in preparing for this election. I would like to thank all the members for their dedication and team effort. All of them, including myself, have agreed to the codes of conduct for Election Commission members. If you require any information or help regarding the election process, please contact one of us.
5.  Are there any other categorised teams?
Yes, there is the Crisis Management Team and the Election Observers team. The Crisis Management Team includes Chandra Yonzon, Jog Limbu, Durga Acharya, Mahendra Karki and Election Observers include Deepa Rai, Dr Anupam Pokhrel, Suresh Hada, Ramkumar Shrestha and Jamuna Parajuli. Each will play an integral role on the day of the election. I would like to thank all the members of the Crisis Management Team, Election Observers and volunteers for their time and contribution.
6.  When will the results of the election be announced?
Due to the time difference in Western Australia, the election will be closed around 7:00PM Eastern Standard Time. This will allow the IT Team only after 8:00PM to start working on the election results. The Election Commission is expecting to accumulate all results by 11:00PM from the IT team, and will hold a quick meeting to resolve the election results which will proceed results being published. Therefore, it is fair to assume that the election results will be announced after 11:30PM on Saturday 8 July 2017.
7.  And your last message to all?
My team and myself would like to wish all the very best of luck to all, and we ask that you please help us in making this election run peacefully and smoothly.

Is it a change in conservative ideology or just a political strategy : Australian Federal Budget 2017-18?

In the past, the federal budgetsof the Liberal–National Coalition Government were consistent with the conservative values of Liberal and National political parties, reflecting a higher degree of liberalisation of economy by which services provided by the Australian governments shifted in private sector reducing government spending on public services, for example the privatisation of Commonwealth Bank, Telstra and capital city airports and the construction of freeways. In those budgets, the Guru Mantra of Liberal-National Coalition Government has always been the balancing of the budget by cutting spending and raising taxes. However, the conservative values and the Guru Mantra of balancingfederal budget have been put aside by the Hon Treasurer Scott Morrison of the Turnbull led Liberal-National Government in this year’s federal budget. In other words, the proposed budget appears to have moved a little bit away from the coreideology of Liberals and Nationals in the sense that the TurnbullGovernmenthas put more emphasis on spending and less on bringing the budget in surplus. Since high public spending has always been the core value ofAustralia’s Labor Party, this is why some budget commentators have labelled theproposed budget as Labor-Lite budget. Hence,a million dollar question that might have been floating inside the mind of millions of Australians is whether Liberals and Nationals are indeed moving away from their conservative ideology or is it simplya political strategy to win the next federal election?
In the last year’s budget, the Turnbull Government had placed highest priority on spending cut in order to bring the budget in surplus by 2020-21. The budget deficit was $39.6 billion in 2015-16and expected to be of $37.6 billion in 2016-17, $29.4 billion in 2017-18 and $21.4 billion in 2018-19 and $2.5 billion in 2019-20before turning to surplus of $7.4 billion in 2020-21.The amount of deficit is not expected to improve a lot under this year’s proposed budget. The level of expected deficit and surplus and the length of recovery period remain the same in this year’s budget as those outlined in the last year’s budget. The total expenditure presented in this year’s budget is $464.3 billion and it includesa massive increase in infrastructure investment, around $75 billion over the next ten years.
There is a saying that anything could happen in politics, especially when you are in government and opinion polls are not favourable to you and some backbenchers are critical towards your policies. Opinion poll generally moves along the movement of economic performance of the country. The performance of the Australia economy was not encouraging in the last financial year and is not expected to do well in this financial year. The real GDP grew by 2.6 per cent in 2015-16 and it is expected to increase by 1.75 per cent in 2016-17. With the increase in infrastructure investment, the real GDP is projected to increase by 2.75 per cent in 2017-18 and 3.0 per cent in 2018-19. The Australia’s mining boom is over and other sectors have not been able to perform satisfactorily in order to createinvestment opportunities and jobs to keep the Australian economy growing at a satisfactory rate.
Moreover, the performance of the world economy remained very poor in 2016, and it is not expected to improve a lot in near future given the likely adverse impact of Brexit on the European economy, the slowing of Chinese economy, the flooding of refugees in Europe following the ongoing severe political conflict in Syria and the likely cancellation of a number of free trade agreements under the presidency of Donald Trump.
The slowingof the Australian economicgrowth might have been the main reason why the proposed federal budget hasemphasised much on investment to create more jobs to keep opinion polls in favour of the Government. To increase the infrastructure investment, the Government even has gone as far as categorising debt into two category, good debt and bad debt, inorder to justify its debt to be taken to finance large infrstruutre projects in Australia. As per the Hon Treasurer Scott Morrison, any debt taken for investment that is likely to yield a good economic return in future is a good debt and debt taken for the consumption of unproductive goods and services is considered to be a bad debt. With the expectation that infrastructure investments will create job opportunities and push the economic growth up, the Turnbull Government has gone for manyinfrstruutreinvestment projects considering debts taken for these projects are good debts. The major projects included in the proposed budget are Western Sydney Airport, National Rail Programand Brisbane-Melbourne Freight Railway.
The Western Sydney Airport Project is the biggest infrastructure investment project included in this year’s budget. It will cost $5.3 billion to build the airport but it will generate about 20,000 jobs in the early years of the project and 60,000 jobs over a longer period. The airport is expected to reduce air traffic congestion in SydneyAirport and push forcompetitive airfares on domestic routes as the Western Sydney Airport is expected to provide passenger services only on domestic routes for a long period of time.
The second largest investment project proposed under this year’s budget is the National Rail Program which will provide rail link between Australia’s cities and regional areas and is expected to boost the economic growth of Australia due to the flow of labour and goods between cities and regional centresat a relatively cheaper rates. The project will cost $10 billion to complete.
The third largest investment project is Brisbane-Melbourne Freight Railway Project which will cost $8.4 billion. The railway will pass through Australia’s regional areas providing cheaper freight services to rural producers, mainly farmers and graziers. It will help farmers and graziers to bring their produce to markets relatively quickly and at cheaper costs.As a result, the economic activitiesin regional areas are expected to increase over time.
In addition to the above projects, the government is also spending millions of dollars on the development of railways in different states, including $530 million in Victoria and 792 million in Perth.
In conclusion, a massive increase in infrastructure investments is good for Australia to put the rate of growth of the Australian economy back on track. This is a very encouraging step taken by the Turnbull Government, especially when the world economic environment is not very encouraging. China, India, UK and USA, all are focusing on its domestic economy to overcome the adverse impact of the slowing of the world economy resulting mainly from the Global Financial Crisis. However, onlytime will tell whether Liberals and Nationals have indeed changed their conservative ideology or merely addressing opinion polls in order to win the next federal election.

Multicultural Children’s Festival reflects the reality of today’s society

The NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, has hailed the Multicultural Children’s Festival 2017 as a true reflection of the state’s success as a culturally diverse society.
Speaking at the annual gathering of hundreds of children from scores of cultural backgrounds on Saturday, 13th May, at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay, Sydney, Mr. Williams said:
Mr. Williams told the crowd at the festival that “what started as a very, very small event 18 years ago has now morphed into a major festival celebrating the many people that make up our society today in New South Wales, through our children.”
“We are the most culturally diverse country on this earth and yet we are the most socially cohesive and I don’t think there is any other way to express the fact that we embrace our rich diversity than through our young children.
“We want people to come and be a part of this country. We want them to be a part of Australia. We want them to be wonderful Australians. We never want them to forget where they come from, we never want them to forget their heritage and we never want them to forget their language and all that has been celebrated so wonderfully well today.”
Mr. Williams told the crowd at the festival that “what started as a very, very small event 18 years ago has now morphed into a major festival celebrating the many people that make up our society today in New South Wales, through our children.”
The Festival’s Founder, Thuat Van Nguyen, said during the opening ceremony:
“The success of the festival over the past 18 years has proved that it meets the expectation of our community in so many ways.
“We strongly believe that children are a starting point in building social cohesion and therefore the Children’s Festival is one of the best ways to create harmony in our community as well as to make us feel proud of being Australians.
“Whilst some performance groups strictly reflect the physical backgrounds of their culture, others are now happily reflecting the diversity of the society itself and this is wonderful to see, especially amongst children”
“Our success with this festival suggests that we are contributing to a more cohesive society and promoting peace in our community.
“One of the pleasing features of the Children’s Festival 2017 was the involvement of an indigenous cultural group who were proud to appear with children of many more-recently arrived communities. We also presented a choreographed modern dance performed by children of different cultural backgrounds.
“Whilst some performance groups strictly reflect the physical backgrounds of their culture, others are now happily reflecting the diversity of the society itself and this is wonderful to see, especially amongst children”, he said.
Altogether, some hundreds of children from dozens of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds participated in stage performances and in the colorful multicultural children’s parade as well as a dozen of outdoor activities.
The festival which had originally been planned for March 19 was cancelled due to continuous rain over many days prior to the date. It was presented as part of The City of Sydney’s Living in Harmony Festival 2017 and sponsored by Multicultural NSW and other project partners.
The Children’s Festival 2017 in Bankstown will be held on Sunday 17th of September.

Dr Chintamani Yogi and His Teachings on The Art of Life, Art of Living and Spiritual Life

Apr 15, 2016

Dr Chintamani Yogi has been visiting Australia for the past five years on an invitation from South Australia University and Schools to share his teachings on “The Arts of Life, Arts of Living and Spiritual Journey”. During his visit, he travels Australia wide to meet Nepalese communities to share teachings with the Nepalese communities and second generation Nepalese. He was recently in Melbourne where the Victoria’s Nepalese communities successfully organised the above program. This time, Dr Yogi’s program is planned in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and South Australia. The program is organised by Shani-Sewa Pariwar in collaboration with communities associations. Following coordinators Sudeep Karki (NSW), Bishnu Devkota (Perth), Raju Upadhya (South Australia), Keshav Sharma/Rajan Koirala (QLD, TBC). Shiva Neupane, Dr Deepak Pant, Saroj Sharma, Dr Bimal Shrestha, Kusum Pokhrel, Dr Mahesh Bhandari , Surendra Sedai (Melbourne) of Shanti-Sewa pariwar, have been working voluntarily to help coordinate this program. This year Victoria programme comprised of following two programme and meeting Australian people who have been associated with Dr Yogi on above project in Nepal. The first day of the Melbourne program was 4 hours program for kids The Art of Life, Art of Living which was held at 59 Rosemary Avenue, Preston.

Participants were grouped and the program was creatively crafted to train the innocent minds with a take home message to remember. The first part of the program kicked off with definition and importance of Namaste in our culture. The atmosphere of the room was filled with love, joys, peace and friendliness and kids loved and enjoyed every second of the program. Further kids were also introduced general knowledge quiz and video clip on Nepal, Yoga practice and were told about the benefits of simple to do meditation postures. Kids were relaxed and enjoyed all the games, singing bhajan and national Nepali songs. Dr Yogi also delivered his talks, poems and songs encompassing culture, values, personalities and spirituality. With the Guruji’s song and poems, the room filled with love and compassion and was charged with an atmosphere of appreciation for our motherland, culture, values, beauty and more importantly being a NEPALI. Guru ji narrated about the importance of Nepal word as “Never Ending Peace and Love” – NEPAL, which kids themselves explained the meanings. It is the beginning of a new chapter in their life which will benefit them enormously to build a better society and individual through his teachings.
Satsang program from 6.30 to 11.30 pm was held at Rajendra and Kabita Pokhrel’s residence on the day of Shivaratri and was attended by over 200 people from all walks of life. The preaching dealt on many aspects of human life and about the process of purifying our mind and spirit in today’s world to live in peace and harmony and preparing ourselves to spiritual path for ultimate peace. Yogi shared his message of character building exercise following five sensory human values truth, peace, love, selfless service and non violence as very important to build all dimension of a person. Dr Yogi also highlighted the misperception about the meaning of Satsang as being only dharmik and worship gathering. The real meaning of Satsang is the; “Right Company” with “Right People” for the “Right Cause’ and need for understanding and cultivating “right relationships” in family with indescribable sense of humour. Dr Chitamani shared the importance of Shivaratri and lord Shiva’s blessing for the mankind and Nepal as the country where Lord Shiva had lived and spent his life.
Following the pravachan, in an interactive session participants asked several questions on a range of contemporary topics. Deepak and Bahini Pant, Satsang Coordinator said it was a life time opportunity to listen to his teachings. The session concluded with lovely bhajans and dance activity. All participants said that they were spell bound with enlightening teachings and they all feel enriched today and his teaching has impacted their thinking and perception about life, family values and happiness. NAV President Sudhir Shakya and Vice President Surendra Sedai welcomed and thanked Guru ji for the camp program and his message to Nepali community. He said that the program was great and that kids really learnt a great deal of teaching through practical oriented program. He further said such program should be organised in regular basis and NAV is fully committed to help organise this program every year. Mr Keshav Kandel, NRN Vice coordinator and VP thanked Guruji and said that NRN is always committed to support such a program and he was honoured to be involved in being part of this great initiative. He thanked Dr Mahesh Bhandari for providing the travel support. Dr Adhikari, the program convenor highlighted Guru’s overall mission in Australia to share his teachings on The Art of Life, Art of Living and Spiritual Life. He said over the years, Guru ji program has become hugely successful and embraced by the diaspora communities and second and third generation Nepalese children’s. He also thanked Santi-Sewa pariwar, NAV, NRN-Australia, Nepali Pathsala, Consulate Office for their continued support and Deepak ji, Shiva Neupane and Rajendra and Kabita Pokhrel for help in hosting the programme. =

St George Nepalese Club (SGNC) Kids the rising stars

Feb 19, 2016

Ohm Bhandari

From within the dark pits of anguish and sorrow, there arose a team of elite players, destined to change the world. They were the SGNC kids…..
SGNC was the force to be reckoned with, the frontline of attack and the brick wall of defence, proposed by none other than Lionel Messi himself. Stars cannot be made, they are born and on April, 2015…
The world witnessed the beginning of power. Of resilience. Of football.
We were the chosen 20, the St. George Nepalese Club.
Lead to glory by the coach UD Gurung, we stand proud and strong, the bringer of light into a world concealed in immeasurable darkness. We brought to this land, the might of football and together, we strive towards success.
The 23 elite registered players are, Nawang Sherpa, Aryan Pokharel, Sambhav Gurung, Aditya Thapa, Abesh Dangol, Samman Gurung, Trizan Gurung, Sameer Gurung, Suyog Bogati, Ohm Bhandari, Marvin Gurung, Nawasin Subba, Sidhant Tuladhar, Aayush Poudel, Nirbhaya Thapa, Bikal Shrestha, Srijak Koirala, Sayal Koirala, Agrim Gurung, Ashutosh Godhar, Ansh Khadka, Neon Khanal and our brick wall Bidhan Gurung, the new Manuel Neuer.
Our first Tournament was rough but we got there. We advanced to the final winning with a close score of 2-0. The training of UD Gurung had payed of and now our team had finally united.
Hoping to continue on the extraordinary performance we are aiming high for our next tournament. We are being led by an older league of players who have destroyed other puny teams and shattered their hearts, but it is not over. It is just the beginning of so much more.
We were encouraged by the SGNC Senior Teams in many tournaments as they have played in NAWS, GNC, BUDDHA CUP and many other similar tournaments.
Each Saturday, we chuck on our gear and put on a shirt for another day of intense training by our systematic and fierce coach. We dribble with excellence and pass with skill and shoot with pride. Always one step closer to our next tournament victory. After almost a year of hard training our bodies are growing into steel.
We welcome any other excited children to join our evolving club to have fun and make new friends.