The Embassy of Nepal, London organised a programme to exchange best wishes on the auspicious occasion of the great festivals of Nepal among Nepalese people living in United Kingdom on Monday, 10th October 2016.
The programme initiated with Nepalese National Anthem followed by welcome remarks from Ambassador of Nepal to United Kingdom, His Excellency Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi. His Excellency wished very happy and prosperous Dashain, Tihar, Nepal Sambat, Loshar, Maghi and other festivals to all Nepalese people residing in UK, Northern Ireland, Malta and Ireland.
There were around 200 guests presented at the programme. The Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal, Dr. Somlal Subedi and Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Nepal, Mr. Naindra Prasad Upadhaya were also present in the programme.
The programme was conducted by the Third Secretary, Mr. Bhupendra Prasad Ghimire.
The programme ended with exchanges of wishes among attendees followed by typical Nepalese Dashain dinner.
Same day morning, the Embassy of Nepal, London observed Flag-Raising Ceremony for the first time, where HE Ambassador, Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi raised the flag.
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His Excellency Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi have assumed his office on Thursday 29th September, 2016 at Embassy of Nepal, London as Ambassador of Nepal to the United Kingdom.
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The Embassy of Nepal, London organised a programme with grand reception for celebrating the National Day of Nepal on Tuesday, 20th September 2016. The National Day is being celebrated to mark the promulgation of new Constitution of Nepal which took place on 20th September in 2015.
Speaking at the occasion, the Charge d Affaires a.i., Mr. Sharad Raj Aran highlighted Nepal as land of Mt. Everest, birthplace of Lord Buddha, Pashupatinath Temple which is rich in natural, cultural and religious heritage. Focusing on long-historic bicentenary relationship between Nepal and UK, Mr. Aran also recalled the successful Nepal visit of His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Harry on March 2016. In addition, he also presented his great compliments to UK for their massive humanitarian and funding support last year for recovering damage caused by Nepal Earthquake 2015. Emphasising on Nepal-UK relationship, he also mentioned that around 2600 Nepalese are currently working in Brigade of Gurkhas in UK.
Ms. Laura Clarke, Head of South Asia Department from Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mentioned that around 80,000 Nepalese people reside in UK whereas around 30,000 British people visit Nepal for Tourism. She also made audiences aware about yearly Chevening Scholarship that UK provides to Nepal. She informed that 13 Nepalese has been awarded Chevening Scholarship this year in UK top universities. She also expressed her gratitude to Nepal as it is the 6th largest country providing armed forces to UN peacekeeping mission for over centuries. With all support and cooperation between Nepal and UK in past and present, she expressed her hope and assurance that this historic-deep relationship will go further in future.
All the diplomatic staff of the Embassy together with spouse greeted and welcomed the guest at their arrival.
The representative from FCO, Home Office, Protocol, Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ambassadors, High Commissioner and other Diplomatic Mission representatives, Mayors and Councillors, Nepalese Media Personalities, representative from Foreign and Nepalese organisations and many other prominent peoples of around 200 were present at the Celebration.
The programme was ended with the reception where typical Nepalese foods were served by the Everest Inn Group.
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The Embassy of Nepal in London, Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Ireland Society jointly organized ‘Nepal Ireland Day’ on Sunday, 4th September 2016 to mark the 17th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Ireland, at Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in Dublin.
The Nepal Ireland Society has been organizing Nepal Day in Ireland since 2013 with support from Office of Public Works (OPW) who has been continued its exceptional support by providing the venue and all logistic help for organizing Nepal Ireland Day at Farmleigh. This year Nepal Ireland Day event was supported by NRN-Ireland, South Dublin County Council, South Dublin Migration Integration Forum and Dublin City Council.
In addition to celebration of 17th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Ireland, the event was also focused on promoting Nepal Tourism in Ireland. The visitors were fascinated by the atmosphere of Nepalese art and culture and thoroughly enjoyed different activities that was comprised of cultural performances from both Nepalese and Irish artists, a photo exhibition of 120 photographs taken by 34 Irish tourists who travelled to Nepal after the Earthquake on 25th April 2015. The event also had the Information desks of Irish Charities who are working in Nepal, video and slideshow on Nepal at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) booth, Panche Baja and a Nepalese cultural procession in Dublin City Centre. Moreover, various delicious Nepalese Food Stalls and Nepalese Handicraft Stalls added glow to the celebratory event.
Speaking at the event, the Charge d’ Affaires a.i., Mr. Sharad Raj Aran thanked Irish Government and Irish public for providing support and help to the victims of Nepal Earthquake. Focusing on Nepal-Ireland diplomatic relationship, Mr. Aran noted that the relations between Nepal and Ireland has grown rapidly in past few years. With hope of same trend to continue with active collaboration in trade, business and investment in future for the mutual benefit of both countries, he also assured that Embassy of Nepal, London will take this as a priority going forward and will do the best it can.
Likewise, pointing out 2016 as a year to commemorate of 17th anniversary of Nepal-Ireland relationship, the Chief Guest Dublin Lord Mayor Rt. Hon. Brendan Carr appreciated to Nepal Ireland Society, Irish organisations and individuals who have involved in the effort to rebuild Nepal as sign of the close bonds between the two countries. Lord Mayor also stressed the need to establish an exclusive bond between Ireland and Nepal .
Focusing on renaming the event as ‘Nepal Ireland Day’ to celebrate the completion of 17 years of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Ireland this year, the President of Nepal Ireland Society and Nepal Tourism Board Honorary Public Relations Representative for Ireland- Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya was confident that this event will help in deepening the close connection between the two countries and get more Irish tourists to Nepal.
More than 8000 visitors visited at the exhibition and programme held at Dublin historical place Farmleigh, Phoenix Park. Former State Minister for Trade and Development Mr. Joe Costello, Former Member of European Parliament and Former Dublin Lord Mayor Ms. Emer Costello, NRNA European Regional Co-ordinator Mr. Kul Acharya and NRN Ireland President Mr. Rajan Kafle also spoke at the opening ceremony. All of them echoed the gratification in attending the event and stressed on the need to take this further to form an excellent bond between the two countries and as well as amongthe people of Nepal and Ireland. Likewise, in the welcome speech, the Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Fenlon and Vice President Mr. Jiwan Timalsina of Nepal Ireland Society thanked the guests for being a part of this historical chapter in the link between Nepal and Ireland.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Director Mr. Brian O Brien, Colonel Pradeep Jung KC from Embassy of Nepal and various other dignitaries were also present at the ceremony.
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The Embassy of Nepal, London and Nepal Tourism Board UK jointly participated in London Mela which was held in Wembley Park, London on Saturday, 3rd September 2016. The main aim of participation was to promote Nepal, its diverse culture, art, crafts, traditions, religious and culture heritage in London. The Embassy of Nepal in London has been participating in London Mela since 2010.
The Embassy of Nepal, London and Nepal Tourism board set up stall displaying diverse information about Nepal. At the stall, there was also tourism information desk which assisted potential tourists to Nepal with necessary travel and tourism information. The participating staff of the Embassy and Nepal Tourism Board also involved in distributing leaflet and sharing the information about the potentiality of Nepalâ€™s tourism.
At the Cultural stage of London Mela, Miss Muskan Ghimire, Miss Oshin Thapa, Miss Tina Balal and Miss Guna Thapa performed Nepalese Folk dances whereas Mr. Binod Chipalu from Pasa Pusah Guthi Samaj performed Lakhe dance. The Naumati Baja was also played around the stall and VIP reception by First Naumati Baja Gulmi Samaj UK.
In the afternoon, Mayor of Brent, Hon. Cllr Parvez Ahmed and the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt hosted the reception. There were speeches from various prominent personalities including The Worshipful Mayor of London- Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan.
The Third Secretary of Embassy- Mr. Bhupendra Prasad Ghimire, Attache, Mr. Tejendra Regmi, Nepal Tourism Board HPRR- Mr. Pashupati Bhandari, Embassy staffs and various other Nepalese prominent persons were present at the London Mela and VIP reception.
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The Embassy of Nepal, London and Tamudhee UK jointly organised Nepali Mela UK 2016 on Sunday, 28th August, 2016 at Kempton Park in London. Preserving and promoting Nepalelse culture, tradition, and pride in UK was the main moto of the event.
The opening ceremony was commenced by the chief guest of the event- Charge d’ Affaires a.i., Mr. Sharad Raj Aran, Hon. Dr. Ganeshman Gurung, Member of Parliament of Nepal, Mr. Bhagwanji Chauhan, Deputy Mayor of Brent Council, President of Tamudhee UK- Mr. Ram Chandra Gurung by lighting Panas and ribbon cutting.
Speaking at the event, the Charge d’ Affaires a.i., Mr. Sharad Raj Aran thanked Tamudhee UK for their great effort in showcasing, preserving and promoting diverse Nepalese culture, tradition, costumes among mass audiences. Likewise, he also emphasised and appreciated great role of the Mela in integrating Nepalese communities in Britain. He also took an opportunity to thank all the participants and audiences for their valuable presence at the Mela.
Hon. Dr. Gurung and Cllr. Mr. Chohan thanked to the organiser and appreciated for organizing such great event to promote and preserve the Nepalese traditional values and cultures in UK.
There were around 30 UK-based Nepalese organisations who participated in traditional cultural Jhanki and dances marching this year. The Mela gave them the opportunity to showcase their unique colourful attire, dances, culture, values, customs and traditions. Likewise, five youth band also performed their musical show.
The Ambassador Cup which is one of the important aspect of Nepali Mela was won by the Lamjung Samaj UK. The cup was presented by Charge d’ Affaires a.i., Mr. Sharad Raj Aran.
More than 8000 people were present in this year. Many Ambassadors and Representatives from diplomatic missions were present in Mela. Deputy Mayor of Ealing, Councillors and other high dignitaries were present in Mela.
Rt. Hon, Saddiq Khan, Mayor of London, apologising for not being able to attend, praised the effort of Nepali Mela organiser in promoting and preserving Nepalese diverse culture through his video message.
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