Miss Nepal on August 23

Kathmandu:

After much speculation and a long wait, the date for Dabur Vatika Miss Nepal 2008 pageant was announced at a press meet organised on August 12. Originally scheduled to be held on August 7, the pageant will now be held on August 23, though the venue is yet to be finalised

Miss Nepal 2007 Sitashma Chand, President of Hidden Treasure Gopal Kakshyapati, MD Giriendra Rajbansi, Chairman Subarna Chettri, Abhaya Gorkhalee, product manager of Dabur, and Sushil Malla, Executive Vice President of JCI were present to answer media queries.

Kakshyapati said the postponement of the event was not due to any external factors as informed by the media. “We are in talks with the protesting groups and taking their suggestions and ideas in positive way.”

Chand said, “Most of the protestors think we are participating without much knowledge about the pageant, but that is not true. When we participate, we need to produce a no objection letter from our parents. So, if they and all participants who are adults are fine with it, I think they have the right to participate in pageants of their choice.”

This year a large number of girls from outside the Valley are participating. Out of 146 applicants, 20 have been finalised. They are being given trainings in subjects like history, culture, tradition, among others. They will take part in a four-day closed camp.

The winner will win a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a Kinetic Nova Scooter, while first runner-up will win Rs 60,000 and second runner-up Rs 40,000. Theywill also be competing for other titles, and the winners of each will win Rs 10,000.

The event is organised by Hidden Treasure, sponsored by Dabur Vatika with Annapurna Post as the official print media.