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There had been organized a solemn event by the Consulate of Nepal in Slovenia in cooperation with the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and Kranjska Gimnazija for inauguration of the Consulate General of Nepal and the presentation “Could life be also different – Golden Nepal” by the students of Gimnazija Kranj at the premises of the Museum on 5th December 2012. The event was in fact organized to celebrate the up gradation of Honorary Consul of Nepal, Mr. Aswin Kumar Shrestha to Honorary Consul General of Nepal by Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha in kind recommendation of H. E. Ambassador Mr. Suresh Prashad Pradhan of the Embassy of Nepal, Berlin. There had been gathered more than 100 participants: High delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, Foreign Ambassadors located in Slovenia, Honorary Consuls and Consul Generals of different countries and friends of Nepal in Slovenia in that function. The celebration started with live playing the National Anthem of Nepal in flute by Ms. Anita Prelovšek and singing of National Anthem-Zdravljica of Slovenia by Ms. Tanja Kern with the background music in guitar by Mr. Matevž Kovačič, while the whole programme was moderated by renowned Leader of Entertainment Programme of the National Television of Slovenia., Ms. Mojca Mavec.
Dr. Bojana Rogelj Škafar, Director of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum welcomed the guests and congratulated Mr. Shrestha for his up gradation to Honorary Consul General of Nepal and expressed her great satisfaction to host the event at her Museum in which there had been gathered so many dignitaries. Dr. Rogelj was pleased to find the continuation of mutual cooperation with the Consulate General of Nepal in organizing such cultural programme since so many years, which is the evident of good relations between two institutions.
Mr. Shrestha then addressed the guests and expressed his great satisfaction that he could share his joy of his up gradation to Honorary Consul General of Nepal with so many dignitaries and friends of Nepal at the premises of esteemed Slovene Ethnographic Museum. He expressed his gratefulness to Madam Dr. Bojana Rogelj Škafar, Director of the Museum and thanked her for hosting that solemn event. He further pointed out the great cooperation between the Consulate General of Nepal and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum since numbers of years in organizing jointly in cooperation with the Alpine Association of Slovenia and NRN many events such as: the first ascent to Makalu, first ascent to the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest by the Slovene Mountaineers, different cultural programme: Nepalese – the Lords of the Mountains, photo exhibitions, film presentation on “a road to school Ruše – Mustang, celebration of Nepal Tourism year 2011, awarding the recognition to Slovene Mountaineers, who summated Mt. Everest from Nepal’s side etc.
Mr. Shrestha also stressed excellent cooperation between the Alpine Association of Slovenia (PZS) and the Consulate General of Nepal in Slovenia, among which it is worth to mention the awarding of the recognition of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of the Government of Nepal to all Slovene Mountaineers, who summated the Highest Peak of the World, Mt. Everest from the Nepal’s side last year at the year of tourism 2011 at this very premises. He remembered Mr. Aleš Kunaver, Former Leader for Foreign Mountains of the Alpine Association of Slovenia, who initiated the Government of Slovenia to support financially to build the School for Mountain guides in Manang, Nepal. So he expressed his gratitude to the Government of Slovenia for their financial support to build that school. According to the data of Mr. Bojan Pollak, Head for organizing the training for mountain guides of PZS that there have been trained more than 1000 mountain guides in cooperation with Nepal Mountaineering Association, Kathmandu. Regarding to that it is worth to mention that the successful participants of that training receives a certificate which qualifies them to work as a tourist guide, to guide the trekking and more over the participants achieve the skill of climbing the Himalaya safely and also trained to rescue the accidents in Himalaya. Thus Mr. Shrestha stressed the results of such cooperation with PZS with great pleasure and thanked to it’s former President Mr. Franc Ekar and his successor Mr. Bojan Rotovnik and other staffs of that Association to which in one or other way cooperated and continue their cooperation further with the Consulate General of Nepal for the development of Nepal in the fields of Mountaineering, trekking etc.
Mr. Shrestha pointed out that Ms. Marija Štremfelj (as first couple with her husband Mr. Andrej Štremflj in the world summated the Mt. Everest) has led her students of Kranjska Gimnazija to visit to counter British School in Patan to implement MEPI programme in the initiative of Ms. Neda Kajfež, Coordinator of MEPI Association. She led them further a trek to Suriya Peak 20145 m high in the frame of that programme. We may count that as a new chapter of cooperation between Nepal and Slovenia in the field of education.
Last but not least Mr. Shrestha informed the guests that the Government of Nepal has announced “Lumbini visit year 2012” and encouraged them to visit that, the birth place of Lord Gautama Buddha.
Mr. Matej Planko, Secretary General of the Alpine Association of Slovenia(PZS) congratulated Mr. Shrestha for his up gradation and pointed out the successful cooperation between Consulate General of Nepal and PZS from the very beginning when the Consulate of Nepal was established in Slovenia. He pointed out on great success of different expeditions of the Slovene Mountaineers to different peaks of Himalayas in Nepal and their organization of the training for mountain guides together with the experts of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Kathmandu in Manang. Mr. Planko also mentioned good cooperation with International Mountain Museum, Pokhara, where have been exhibited permanently the success of Slovene Mountaineers to different peaks of Himalayas in Nepal.
Mr. Tomaž Kunstelj, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal, Chief Guest addressed the guests and pointed out good cooperation between two friendly countries Slovenia and Nepal. He admired the successful achievements of the Slovene Mountaineers in summiting different peaks of Himalaya in Nepal. He stressed on the financial support of the Government of Slovenia to build the school for mountain guides in Manang and thanked all instructors of the Alpine Association of Slovenia, who travel Nepal every year to train the Nepalese for safe climbing to Himalayas.
After completion of his address to the guests, he inaugurated the office of the Consulate General of Nepal in Slovenia together with Honorary Consul General of Nepal, Mr. Aswin Kumar Shrestha.
After official inauguration of the Consulate General of Nepal Ms. Anita Prelovšek played the music of two songs related on mountains, which is common for both countries as being both of them mountain countries. After that Ms. Tanja Kern sang a beautiful song with the title “King of the Heaven" with background of music of guitar played by Mr. Matevž Kovačič.
Ms. Neda Kajfež, National Coordinator of the MEPI programme (International Award for Young People) in Slovenia introduced the objectives of that programme to the attendees of the event. According to her it is one of the sixth biggest programmes for young people, which encourages the young people for spending their free time actively and creatively. It is designed for youths from 14 to 25 years old. The programme was designed originally in Great Britain (The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award). This programme, which has been implemented in more than 130 countries of the world, already 8 million young people cooperate in it.
Ms. Marija Štremfelj, Head of the project explained that she chose Nepal for conducting this programme by her students, since she knows Nepal very well and also the suitable possibilities for implementing the programme in this country. She asked her students then to introduce their cultural programme, which had been prepared by them for that event.
Firstly there had been projected a film on Golden expedition to Nepal for 8 minutes, produced by one of the students of the MEPI programme, Mr. Rožle Bregar. All the participants enjoyed the film and admired Mr. Bregar that it is produced so professionally.
Secondly, three students of Kranjska Gimnazija presented Nepal and their impression from there in very interesting way with the help of puppets: one pupate called Yeti, the second Kekec and the third, Harry Potter.
Afterwards there followed a nice concert of Nepali folk music in violin by Dr. Lasanthi Manaranjanie and in tabla by Mr. Vasja Štukelj. Lastly Dr. Manaranjanie sang a song dedicated to Lord Gautama Buddha in Singhali language. The purpose of performance of a song dedication to Buddha was also to draw the attention of the participants of the event on “Visit Lumbini Year 2012” announced by Government of Nepal.
Last but not least Mr. Shrestha expressed his gratitude to Dr. Bojana Rogelj Škafar, Director of the Museum that she had kindly hosted that solemn event as so many such events in the past and awarded her a Certificate of Recognition in the name of the Consulate General of Nepal in Slovenia.
Later he thanked to all Speakers especially to Mr. Tomaž Kustelj, Chief Guest of the event for their good wishes and congratulations to him for his up gradation to Honorary Consul General of Nepal. He then thanked also to all the Performers of the cultural programme, sponsors and donators of foods and drinks for that event.
Mr. Shrestha stressed the results of such cooperation with PZS with great pleasure and thanked to it's former President Mr.Franc Ekar , current President Mr. Bojan Rotovnik, Mr. Matej Planko, Secretary General of PZS, who addressed the guests in the name of PZS and it's other staffs, especially Mr. Tone Škarja, Head for Foreign Mountains for their constant cooperation with the Consulate General of Nepal for the development of Nepal in the fields of Mountaineering, trekking etc.
After the end of official part of the event Ms. Mojca Mavec, Moderator thanked all the guests for their kind participation to the solemn event of that evening and invited for refreshment with Nepali cousin and glass of Slovene wines and beers.
Ljubljana, 5th December 2012
Mag. Aswin K. Shrestha, MSc. MBA
Honorary Consul General of Nepal
Foto: Alenka Seher
[Published: 20th January 2012]
There had been organized a Solemn Event by the Consulate of Nepal in Slovenia in cooperation with the Alpine Association of Slovenia, Nepal Mountaineering Association and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana for awarding recognition of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of the Government of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to the Mountaineers from Slovenia, who have conquered the Peak of the Mt. Everest at the premises of Slovene Ethnographic Museum on 16th December 2011.
Slovenia and Nepal are two friendly mountain countries, if Slovenia have got small mountains, Nepal have got the highest mountains in the world. The mountains in Nepal do not mean just scene for sport reach and unforgettable experience but, they are also home for Gods and people, surviving means, hard work and bread for lot of families living in the valley of those mountains. Thus the Government of Nepal and Nepal Mountaineering Association wish to return kindness and achievements by awarding high recognition to the Slovene Mountaineers not only for their victory to the Peak of the Highest Mountain in the world Mt. Everest 8.848m from the direction of Nepal, but also for their contribution to the development of Mountain Tourism in Nepal, and further to their concern for safe work of the Nepali porters in high mountain at the end of Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Slovenia having only two million populations has got 17 Mt. Everest summiteers and has been rated among the best Mountaineers in the World. The first expedition of then Yugoslavia respectively Republic of Slovenia to the Mt. Everest was organized under the leadership of Mr. Tone Škarja from Slovenia through the most difficult south direction of the Everest, which hasn’t been conquered by any expedition of the World so far. Mr. Andrej Štremfelj, Jernej Zaplotnik, Mr. Stane Belak from Slovenia, Mr. Stipe Božič from Croatia and Mr. Ang Phu Sherpa from Nepal had conquered the peak of the Everest in the expedition 1979. It is worth to point out some significant victory of the Slovene Mountaineers such as: Mr. Davo Karnicar as a fist Mountaineer in the World conquered the peak of the Everest and skied down to the bottom of the Everest at a time without break, Mr. Viki Groselj have conquered 10 eight thousand high mountains of the world out of 14 and Mr. Andrej Štremfelj and his wife Marija Štremfelj are the first couple in the world, who have conquered the peak of the Everest. Besides them four other Mountaineers of Slovenia: Mr. Tadej Golob, Matej Flis, Gregor lačen and Mr Tomaž Jakofčič have been awarded the recognition of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of the Government of Nepal by Mr. Aswin Kumar Shrestha, Honorary Consul of Nepal in Slovenia in the accompany of Mr. Bojan Rotovnik, President of the Alpine Association of Slovenia, who presented the flowers to the summiteers and Mr. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, President of the Nepal Mountain Association awarded them khata. Besides that Mr. Sherpa awarded the plackets of NMA to the Management and Leader of the Expedition as meritorious of organizing the expeditions to Himalaya in accompany of Honorary Consul of Nepal in Slovenia Mr. Shrestha to present flowers to the receivers of the plackets: Mr. Bojan Rotovnik, President of Alpine Association of Slovenia and its Former President Mr. Franc Ekar, Mr. Tone Škarja, Head of the committee for foreign mountains, Mr. Bojan Pollak, Head of the Training for Mountain Guides, Mr. Aleš Kunaver, Founder of Mountain School in Manang, Mr. Zoran Jerin, Journalist and Mountaineer writer of many books about Nepal, Mrs. Dušiča Kunaver, Collector of data and publication of many books on Slovene expedition and Translator of Folk Tales of Nepal. .
During the speech of Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Sherpa, both thanked and expressed their gratitude to the Alpine Association of Slovenia for their kind cooperation with Nepal Mountaineering Association in organizing the training for Mountain Guides to the Nepalese for safe climbing to the Himalaya, for rescuing in the mountains, skill of First Add etc. at the School for Mountain Guides in Manang. The school was built with the financial support of then Yugoslavia and then Republic of Slovenia in the initiative of Mr. Aleš Kunaver in 1979. According to Mr. Zimba, there have been trained 1045 mountain guides in that school to date, among which he counts himself as one of the trainees. He further, appreciated the Honorary Consul of Nepal in Slovenia Mr. Aswin K. Shrestha for the organization of such majestic event on the occasion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011. According to him the gravity of such program will be definitely observed in the promotion of Nepal’s mountain tourism year and in the following years.
Mr. Bojan Rotovnik, President of the Alpine Association of Slovenia thanked Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Sherpa for their kind words and expressed his satisfaction in developing good cooperation with the Nepal Mountaineering Association, especially in organizing jointly, the training for Mountain Guides in Manang. In the mean time he thanked the Consulate of Nepal in organizing the solemn event to award the certificates of the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Nepal to successful summiteers of the Mt. Everest from Slovenia in approaching the end of the Nepal Tourism Year 2011. He also expressed his sincere thanks to the Nepal Mountaineering Association for providing a corner to the Alpine Association of Slovenia to introduce its success in Himalaya at the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara, Nepal.
In the cultural programme of that event cooperated Mr. Ravi Shrestha in Guitar, Ms Anica Prelovsek in fluit, Dr.Lasanthi Manaranjanie Kalinga Dona in violin and Mr. Vasja Stukelj in Tablas, who entertained all the participants of the event with real Nepalese and Slovene songs.
The solemn event had been participated by more than 150 participants: Foreign diplomats located in Slovenia, Consuls and Honorary Consuls, VIP delegates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Slovenia and friends of Nepal from Slovenia.
After the end of the solemn event the guests were invited to enjoy the Slovene national sweet-potica, Slovene wines, Slovene beer, fruit juices and other drinks sponsored by Slovene companies and Wine producers.
Mag. Aswin Kumar Shrestha
Honorary Consul of Nepal in Slovenia
Foto: Zdenka Mihelič
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