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Shamarpa kin making last-ditch efforts to cremate him in Nepal

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HONG KONG, July 22: Family members of the late Tibetan guru Shamar Rinpoche are now preparing to make a last-ditch effort to perform his last rites in Nepal.

The Rinpoche´s brother, Jigme Tsering Uthap, has arrived in Kathmandu to request Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to allow them to perform his last rites in Nepal. PM Koirala, who was in the US for cancer treatment, arrived in Kathmandu just on Tuesday evening. [More]

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It’s common for informal businesses to sprout up around busy places.
         Most official locations witness a fair number of them.

You go to the Department of Transport Management to fill the form to obtain a driving license. You don’t even have to reach the office, for outside there are rows and rows of makeshift stalls – a table, a chair, and a large umbrella over the open sky—where forms are sold. Not just that, but the people at the stalls also help you fill the forms: for Rs. 50 each.

The assistance continues as you work through the process of getting a license. After you give your written examination, the results are pasted on the walls of the premises, but only after several hours. For a small fee of Rs. 30, helpers will be ready to look up the number for you and give you a call. “You may pay us Rs.30, but you save petrol worth Rs. 60,” says Maya Chhetri*, 30, who has a stall outside the premises and often provides this service.

 
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