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  1. Thank you. I think it's good for the general public to know about the process of screening that takes in Nepal and that certain protocols are adhered to.
  2. i am a little disappointed with not being able to claim the discount though...since it's going to be quite an expensive trip, i have to be tight fisted. i found a train from baroda to ahmedabad which is 2.5 hrs and then an over night train to udaipur...i'm still on the look out for a train from udaipur to jodhpur...i think there is a change at Marwar. and i am able to purchase the tickets online, unfortunately i need a delivery address in india...anyway i'll sort something out. thank you for help.
  3. I think a lot of schools offer O levels. Shuvatara, Rato Bangalal, Malpi...
  4. I know Nepal is quite short of blood and blood donation camps are a fantastic way of getting that resource. However, I am a bit concerned as to whether you do any tests to see whether the donor is safe or not. Like the donor could have many diseases such as Hep B, C, HIV... How do you guys go about screening people in a proper ethical manner? And also here, in the UK, only people of certain weight are allowed to donate to prevent anysort of problems to themselves,...do they do that in Nepal or you guys just glad of the free blood coming your way.
  5. oh ok...I'm planning to go to India for two weeks, I dont have a nagarikpatra but a Nepali passport, guess that would be suffice. I dont have anything to state I'm a nepali student other than my profession in my passport. Also I plan on ordering all the rail tickets online, so that I dont have the hassle of it there, so how do I get my student discount? And does anyone know how to get from Baroda to Udaipur and Udaipur to Jodhpur...there doesnt seem to be a train service. thanks.
  6. As a nepalese, do we need visa to go to india by any chance? cheers.
  7. i don't mean to have a negative approach but there are literally a handful of nepali medical students here in the UK...infact it's probably less than 5... Similarly, i dont think UK is taking any more foreign nursing due to lack of jobs and increased number of nurses the schools here are generating. How are you going to make your information relevant for those who want to come here when it's virtually impossible? UK itself is generating more students than there are jobs...i'm worried i wont get a job! I don't think giving information about going to med school in the UK and working in UK will be of much use to be honest. For those who want to do medicine here, it's pretty much streamlined. I think you should have appropriate informations for (i) those who want to persue a medical degree in Nepal or elsewhere (ii) those who want to do their PG else where, like the states, or australia, canada...
  8. well i did half my schooling in nepal and the other half here in the UK. And I have to say i dont' agree with the teaching methods of nepal. Do the teachers even have a teaching degree? I believe most of the teachers who teach English are people who can speak english because they went to an english borading school, they probably dont even have a degree in english. I also dont agree with the parrot fashion learning, is it really of any use. the science course definitely needs revision. the course here is always fresh consisting of new information as the world moves forward, nepal's course seems to be stuck in it's ways...having to learn about the different classes and genu and species of animals...why is that any use to anyone unless they want to take zoology. And maths too, why is trigonomentry any use for thsoe who dont want to take that as a further study....there should be more vocational subjects in nepal.
  9. i guess you are aware of the current situation regarding the immigration process and the prohibition of foreign doctors entering the UK. So you might have to amend what information you provide is likely to be useful and what isnt. The doctors who want to work here starting from the foundation programme, can find work here, but it's very last minute and should not have had completed their internship. But then starting ST1 training becomes a problem because hospitals aren't provinding work permit unless they really need the doctor. i think nepali doctors should head towards other english speaking countries and not the UK, giving the PLAB exam is a waste of time. I'm suprised the PLAB centers haven't closed, another money making scam!
  10. yes i do...and why not! not because it appears cool or hip, i dont want to disclose my name.
  11. i agree. immunosuppressants in nepal must be so expensive and also the added costs of going to india to actually to do the transplantation. Having living donor kidney transplantations has found to have better outcome compared to deceased donor transplantation, and there is a higher chance of HLA match from living related donors however there is still a risk of rejection. however, to avoid complete rejection of the organ, it's best if the organ is from an identical twin, however that's not possible in most cases. stem cell growth of the organ would be ideal or "cloning of an organ". however, from the growth of dolly the sheep, there were numerous complications found - dolly died a premature death (sheep of her breed live upto 12 years, dolly died after 6 years of lung diease and arthritis), is the world prepared to put humans in such risk?
  12. also there isn't any option for different fonts/ colours/ emoticons....a bit dull init?!
  13. Health would probably be better. But then again, if people come with health related issues, who's going to be the one to give the appropriate response. I guess medical studies implies various research work/ courses that is being carried out, and isn't applicable to the general public.
  14. The problem that arises with cloning is the genetic engineering, chosing the best possible genes. Have you seen GATTICA? It's about only best genetic people becoming successful. Also another problem with cloning is the loss of lives as in embryos, why should people play god and choose which embryo lives and dies. It's good if stem cells are used for growth of organs because that will definitely aid in shortening the demand in organ supply.
  15. I think I had this problem when i was in nepal a month back. People would ask me about ayurvedic things and I wouldn't have a clue, and if I was to explain about the modern medicine, they wouldnt believe it. There is definitely a new trend where Ramdev has taken over, and I'm not sure everything he says is true. But in a society where the older generations dont have access to correct information, they will believe every other information that is thrown at them. There was an article in kantipur in august, about some herb which cures piles. As a medic, that seems impossible, but then again I dont know much about herbs and alternative medicines. May be there is some truth in it, however, since the new trend in the medical world is evidence based, there isn't much evidence behind ayurvedic medicine, I guess more studies are required. I don't believe yoga cures heart disease, diabetes, dimentia....what's that all about. Yoga is a form of exercise to keep fit.
  16. isn't that the case everywhere in the world, there is always traffic at rush hour. the problem in nepal is there is no system on the roads, there are no lanes. cars over take when ever and where ever they want, it's all chaotic. there's no point of zebra crossing or traffic lights. and since there is so much more chaos on the roads, the vechicles use up more petrol as the engine can't be efficient with all the braking, therefore adding to the fuel consumption- supply/demand issue. i guess the problem in nepal is there is no disapline.
  17. hey. i am where i've always been sadly, nothing has changed as far as my position in life is concerned. As for the monarchy, I guess we all have a problem with the fact that Paras is the crown prince...and knowing his past i.e. that he killed a man, it's very difficult to accept that he will be our future king. May be we should give the crown prince title to paras's son?
  18. apparently we can make free calls from our mobiles provided we have any network minutes. I have o2 leisure 25, allowing me 1000 free mins off peak to any uk network. does any uk basindas here know how i can use my minutes to call nepal mobile by any chance. for all those who didnt know, any network orange and T mobile allows free calls to nepal, once again provided the contract consists of any network minutes.
  19. Nepal’s troubled Shah dynasty faces extinction By Sam Taylor Today, Gyanendra is powerless, living as a recluse in one of his palaces and awaiting the November elections to see whether his dynasty has any future in the impoverished nation WHEN Prithvi Narayan Shah, the forefather of Nepal’s current King Gyanendra, finally conquered Kathmandu in 1768, he did so on the day of the most important festival of the year, Indra Jatra. The kings who had ruled Kathmandu Valley for centuries before the Shah invasion worshipped a young girl who was the living incarnation of a powerful Hindu goddess, and when she blessed Shah over the fled Malla kings, his conquest was spiritually sealed. Every year since, Nepal’s kings have gone to receive blessings from the girl but this year after the king has been stripped of most of his powers he will most likely not be going, as his 238-year-old dynasty hangs in the balance. The biggest political party announced late last week it was set to back a republic in November elections and fiercely republican former rebel Maoists have ended their decade-long people’s war and entered government. The polls to elect a body to rewrite the constitution could be the endgame in an incredibly turbulent dynastic history. In the 18th century, Gyanendra’s forefather, Prithvi Narayan Shah, was king of Gorkha, a small hill kingdom in central Nepal that was not particularly fertile nor on any trade route. But the king had big ambitions. One of at least 60 kingdoms between the Himalayas to the north and the southern plains bordering India, the Shah dynasty founder used political wiles and force to conquer dozens of kingdoms and create what became known as modern Nepal. “His success was due to effective military leadership and his ability to play other states off against each other,” John Whelpton, author of “A History of Nepal,” said. The jewels in the crown of his conquests were three towns - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - nestled in the fertile Kathmandu valley, epicentre of a major India-China trade route. Still seen today as an impressive military leader and shrewd political operator, Prithvi established the kingship that passed down the male line and ruled until his death in 1775. Proving leadership is not hereditary, his heirs were a much less impressive bunch, historians say. After his death in 1775, “Nepal was ruled for the next 70 years by kings who were either underage, inept, insane or all three,” wrote Manjushree Thapa in a history of Nepal, “Forget Kathmandu (An Elegy for Democracy).” Kings were allowed to take numerous wives which meant conflicts over succession, intrigue and killings. “Successive kings, family members and courtiers were involved in power struggles, and many of the Shah kings of this time did not die natural deaths,” said royal expert Sanu Bhai Dangol. Events came to a head in the 19th century when a regent queen, Rajyalaksmi Shah, summoned her advisors, furious that one of her aides - believed to have been her lover - had been murdered. After her orders to execute the suspected culprit were defied, she tried to kill him herself. The row triggered court in-fighting, leaving 55 people dead, and prompted the prominent Rana family to take power and declare themselves “hereditary prime ministers.” By the early 20th century, the Shahs were “virtual prisoners of the Rana maharajas,” Thapa said. The Ranas kept the Shahs under tight control until 1950 when King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah told his overlords he planned to leave his palace for a hunting trip but fled to the Indian embassy and was spirited to Delhi. Tribhuvan departed with most of his family but left his toddler grandson, Prince Gyanendra, today’s king, whom the Ranas enthroned as a child monarch. The royals’ flight combined with unrest by outlawed political parties meant the Ranas were forced to end their 104-year rule in 1951. After negotiations between the Shahs, parties and the Ranas, it was agreed the king would return as a constitutional monarch under a democratically elected government. But it was not to last. Nepal had a nine-year flirtation with democracy that Tribhuvan’s successor, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah, ended with a royal coup in 1960. “The parties were unprepared to govern, some say. Others say the king, his family and courtiers undermined democracy, schemed for its downfall,” Thapa said. Mahendra introduced a form of governance that became known as the Panchayat system, dubbed a “party-less democracy,” with him as leader. His direct rule continued until 1990 when Mahendra’s son, Birendra, was forced to allow democracy in the face of popular protests and to allow political parties to operate. Tragedy struck the Shah family in 2001 when Birendra’s son, Dipendra, whose parents had stopped him marrying the woman he loved, went on a drink-and-drug-fuelled rampage and massacred nine members of the royal family, including popular King Birendra, and then apparently turned the gun on himself. The “palace massacre” vaulted the current king, Gyanendra, to the throne. Already disliked due to conspiracy theories linking him to the massacre, his unpopularity deepened when he fired the government and seized control in 2005. His authoritarian rule lasted 14 months, until massive protests by political parties and rebel Maoists forced him to climb down in April 2006. Today, Gyanendra is powerless, living as a recluse in one of his palaces and awaiting the November elections to see whether his dynasty has any future in the impoverished nation. ................................................................................ ................................................................................ ........... So what do we think about our king? Do we want Nepal to be a republic country?
  20. yeah, you're right. there are no nepali restaurants in Sheffield by the way...hint hint!! So if you want to set up one, I'll be dropping by for momos all the time provided you dont charge extortionate prices...i've seen restaurants seeling 4 momos for £5...BOOO!!
  21. http://www.workpermit.com/uk/work_permit.htm think the number of people getting work permits has decreased majorly now...
  22. i personally think most of them are REALLy ugly...gee the competition is really poor...it's come to a point where anyone can enter. surely there should be some sort of criteria for entering the contest...the organisers must be seriously desperate for contestants if there are such ugly participants. Also i thought the age deadline was 23, it seems they've extended it to 25.
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