Monday, February 27, 2012

Twin earthquake in Far west - Bajhang-Darchula border

Kathmandu, February 27: Two minor earthquakes hit Bajhang-Darchula border within a time difference of about 10 minutes this morning. Earthquake scaling M4.4 hit at 4:42AM local time (22:57UTC on Feb 26) followed by M4.9 tremor at 4:54 (23:09UTC Feb 26). Previously twin earthquakes hit eastern part of the country within 10 minutes interval on February 14.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nepal Loadshedding

Update: Sep 5 Loadshedding hours increased! Now daily average ≈8:20 (weekly 58.5hours) effective from September 6 / Bhadra 21 (Sat).


Update: Aug 21 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily average ≈7:25 (weekly 52hours) effective from August 22 / Bhadra 6 (Fri).

Update: Aug 8 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily average ≈8:25 (weekly 59hours) effective from August 9 / Srawan 24 (Sat).

Update: Jul 4 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily average ≈6:45 (weekly 47hours) effective from July 5 / Asar 21 (Sat).

Update: Jun 3 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily approx 8 hours (weekly 56hours) effective from June 4 / Jestha 21 (Wed).

Update: May 13 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily 10 hours (weekly 70hours) effective from May 14 / Baisakh 31 (Wed).

Update: Feb 8 Loadshedding hours increased! Now daily 12 hours (weekly 84hours) effective from February 5 / Magh 26 (Sun).

Update: Jan 3 Loadshedding hours increased! Now daily approx 11.5 hours (weekly 80hours) effective from January 5 / Poush 21 (Sun).

Update: Dec 16 Loadshedding hours increased! Now daily average of 9 hours (weekly 63hours) effective from December 17 / Poush 2 (Tue).

Update: Oct 11 Loadshedding hours reduced for festival of Dashain to daily approx 3.7 hours daily in average (weekly 25.75 hours) effective from October 11 thru 16 / Ashwin 25 (Fri) ~ 30 (Wed).

Update: Sept 15 Loadshedding hours increased by average two and half hours daily to daily average of approx 6.6 hours (weekly 46.5hours) effective from September 15 / Bhadra 30 (Sun).

Update: July 16 Loadshedding hours slashed by average one hour daily to daily average of approx 4 hours (weekly 27hours) effective from July 16 / Srawan 1 (Tue).

Update: July 2 Loadshedding hours slashed by average one hour daily to daily average of 5 hours (weekly 34hours) effective from July 3 / Asar 19 (Wed).

Update: June 9 Loadshedding hours slashed by average 2 hours daily to daily average of 6 hours (weekly 42hours) effective from June 9 / Jestha 26 (Sun).

Update: May 3 Loadshedding hours slashed by average 2 hours daily to daily average of 8 hours (weekly 56hours) effective from May 5 / Baisakh 22 (Sun).

Update: Mar 9 Loadshedding hours slashed by 2 hours daily to daily 10 hours (weekly 70hours) effective from March 11 / Falgun 28 (Mon).

Update: Feb 1 Loadshedding hours slashed by 2 hours daily. NEA to officially revert power outage hours back to 12 hours daily (84 hours weekly) effective from February 3 / Magh 21 (Sun).

Update: Jan 19 Loadshedding hours increased to approx 14 hours daily (weekly 97 hours) effective from January 19 (Magh 6), Saturday

Update: Dec 25 Loadshedding hours increased to 12 hours daily effective from December 26 (Poush 11), Wednesday

Update Dec 7: Effective from December 8, Saturday (Mangsir 23), Loadshedding hour to be INCREASED to 69 hours weekly

Update Nov 28: Effective from November 28, Wednesday (Mangsir 13), Loadshedding hour INCREASED by up to two hours daily

Update Nov 9: Dipawali wishes: NEA announced NO loadshedding during the festival of Tihar from Nov 13 thru Nov 15 (Kartik 28 thru 30). Happy Tihar!!

Update Oct 15: Due to seasonal change, loadshedding timing changed effective from October 15, 2012 (Asoj 29, 2069) Monday.

Update Aug 20: Citing cut in import of power from India and lesser rainwater collection at Indrasarowar Water Reservoir, NEA to increase loadshedding hours from 35 hours weekly to 46 hours weekly (max 7 hours a day) effective from August 20 (Bhadra 4, 2069).

Update Jun 26: NEA to reduce loadshedding hours from 42 hours weekly to 35 hours weekly (max 6 hours a day) effective from June 27 (Asar 13, 2069).

Update Jun 21: NEA reduced loadshedding hours from 49 hours weekly to 42 hours weekly (max 7 hours a day) effective from June 21 (Asar 7, 2069).

Update Jun 1: NEA announced load shedding hours to be reduced from 56 hours weekly to 49 hours weekly (approx 7 hours daily in average) effective from June 1 (Jestha 19, 2069).

Update May 25: Citing improvement in water level in reservoirs and effective control of power leakage, NEA reduced load shedding hours to 56 hours weekly (8 hours daily in average) effective from May 25 (Jestha 12, 2069).

Update April 27: NEA without public notice increases loadshedding hours by approximately 2 hours daily - light goes off half an hour before the scheduled time and comes back 30mins later than the latest published schedule.

Update March 4: Load shedding hours shall be slashed from prevailing 68 hours weekly to 62 hours starting from March 5 (Falgun 22), Monday. There will be 6 hours power cut once, 8.5 hours for two days, 9.5 hours for another two days and 10 hours load shedding for the remaining two days.

Update Feb 25: Good News! NEA is preparing to slash load shedding hours from prevailing 75 hours weekly to 68 hours starting from February 27 (Monday). There will be 9 hours power cut for three days, 10 hours for other three days and 11 hours load shedding for a day.

Update Feb 23: Thanks to effective control of leakage of electricity, effective from February 23rd (Falgun 11), Loadshedding hours is slashed by 5 hours weekly. Weekly loadshedding hours is reduced from current 80 hours to total of 75 hours weekly.

Kathmandu, February 13: Thanks to the increase in water-level in Kulekhani reservoir, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) slashed existing loadshedding by an hour daily with maximum powercut of 13 hours effective from February 13 (Falgun 1), Monday. It is also learnt that Mid-Marshyangdi project also come into operation. Effective from today, total loadshedding hours is reduced from 88 hours weekly to 80 hours weekly

Let there be light!

Latest Loadshedding Schedule in effect

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Samyak Festival of Patan, Lalitpur

Once in five year grand divine festival - "Samyak" is taking place in historic city of Patan, Lalitpur Nepal this weekend. Preparation and preliminary phases of the festival is already underway. The grand finale will take place on the evening of February 24th, Friday and the next day (Saturday). Some one hundred plus bigger-than-life-size statues of Dipankaras and other Buddhist gods and goddesses will gather at the historical place of Nagabahal in Patan. detailed schedule of the event (in Nepali)

About the Samyak Festival
Of all the Buddhist festivals of the Kathmandu Valley, the Samyak or Dipankara festival seems to be unique in many ways. A special highlight of this festival is the display of many large images of Dipankara in the courtyard of Nagbahal.

The word ‘Samyak’ implies the oneness of all sentient beings. In Buddhist literature, we find three forms of enlightenment, namely Enlightenment of Hearers (sravaka-bodhi), Enlightenment of Solitary Realizers (pratyeka-bodhi) and Perfect Unsurpassable Enlightenment (samyak-sambodhi). In this context, Samyak stands for ‘Perfect’ and Sambodhi for ‘Enlightenment’. The Samyak festival thus denotes those practices which lead to Perfect Enlightenment, namely, the path of the Bodhisattvas that will bring samyak-sambodhi.

The essence of this festival is the practice of Giving, or dana-paramita – specifically, to monks (Sakyas and Vajracaryas in the Newar Buddhist tradition) and to Buddhas, especially to Dipankara Buddha, who predicted Lord Sakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment in a previous lifetime. At this time, Newar Buddhists also honor and venerate the Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, Arya Tara, and so on. Sakyas and Vajracaryas are said to be householder Bodhisattva monks. It is on this occasion that they receive alms and dana from lay upasakas and upasikas. Often, those who give dana or make offerings are referred to simply as bhaktajana, or devotees.

Click here to read more about Samyak by Min Bahadur Shakya (scholar of Newar and Tibetan Buddhism) at NIEM

Where is the event taking place

View Itilahne Samyak in larger map

A glimpse of previous Itilahne Samyak, 2008

Kwabha Aaju on its way to Nagabahal after welcoming all Dipankaras and gods and goddesses.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Twin earthquake hits Taplejung and Taplejung-Sikkim Border

Kathmandu, February 15: Two minor earthquakes hit Taplejung and Taplejung-Sikkim border within a difference of 10 minutes on the evening of February 14, Tuesday. Earthquake scaling M4.5 hit Taplejung-Sikkim border at 7:26pm local time (13:41 UTC) followed by M4.4 at 7:33pm (13:38 UTC).

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Kathmandu temperature plummets sharply - more chill with rain and clouds

Kathmandu, February 8: Kathmandu woke up Wednesday morning with cold morning welcomed with rain and thunder that continued from previous night around 11pm. By the noon time, mercury measure in Kathmandu was more than 10° lower compared to the previous day same time. Total precipitation accumulated in Patan by noon time was 17mm.

It is not uncommon to receive rain towards the end of the winter for the year. The cloud spreading through out the nation may bring more rain or at least continue till tomorrow morning in Kathmandu.

Still not time to close your winter clothes in your closets.

Below comparison of hourly temperature Feb 7 and Feb 8.

Update: The official record by the meteorological forecast department of Nepal reported 32mm of rain collect in past 24 hours (24 hours from 5:45pm). Similarly, the maximum and minimum temperature converged at around 10 degrees with a difference of mere two degrees.

Below 7 days weather forecast for Kathmandu:
If the current weather trend and factors remain unchanged there is possibility of another shot of rain in Kathmandu exactly one week from today.

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