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  • After ChaiWala, TarkariWali wants to be a model


    TarkawriWali, a Nepali girl who shot to fame last week after her pictures selling vegetables were posted online, wanted to become a model.

    Kusum Shrestha, 18, found fame after her pictures were clicked by photographer Rupchandra Maharjan near the ‘Fishling suspension bridge between Gorkha and Chitwan’, The Gundruk Post said.

    The pictures surfaced days after a Pakistani ChaiWala broke the internet with his intense blue eyes.

    Now, in an interview to BBC Nepali, the young girl said she found out about the pictures through a friend.



    “First my friend asked me if I am the same girl whose photos became viral on Facebook. But I didn’t know,” BBC quoted Shrestha as saying.

    “Then she sent me the pictures and when I saw them, I found it was me. On that day, I came to sell the vegetables to help my parents. When I was on my way to sell the vegetables, Rupchandra (the photographer) took my picture – but at that point of time, I didn’t know that I was being photographed,” the report added.

    Thrilled with her newfound fame, the girl, when asked if she would like to take up modeling like the ChaiWala, she said: “Yes, I will go.”

    “I hear that her photos have become popular on the Internet. Who had imagined that she would get such publicity? My daughter has always been a shy girl; she is a girl of very few words,” said her father Chandra Narayan Shrestha to MyRepublica.


    After Pakistani Chaiwala, This Nepali ‘Sabziwali’ Is All Set To Go Viral! She Has Looks Of A Model!

    Internet is the best platform to become a sensation overnight. Every single day, we keep reading viral stories and sharing viral videos; this is the only source of ‘Good’ entertainment for many of us, isn’t it? However, Internet is such a place, which can reverse your fortune and make you super-successful in no time.

    If you are confused, let us tell you that we are talking in reference to that blue-eyed Pakistani chaiwala who became popular in just 1 day. A photographer named Jiah Khan uploaded his picture on her Instagram account and very soon, he went viral.





    This was not it; this one viral photo of his, made him bag international modeling contracts. Moreover, now he has hired his personal advisor, tour operator and also a social media team. Arshad is indeed very lucky and must have never even thought of this, few days back. He also won the hearts of many girls, owing to his killing looks.

    Forget the Pakistani chaiwala, we have someone who is all set to go viral now! Yes, after a charming blue-eyed chaiwala, we have an innocent and beautiful vegetable seller from Nepal. People call her ‘Tarkariwali’ there, and believe me, she has ‘Those Looks’ to compete with a model.

    A photographer named Rupchandra Mahajan clicked her pics and shared it online. Within no time, these photographs spread like wild fire. So now, we can imagine the fan-following she will enjoy.


    Now, her identity is revealed; she is Kusum Shreshtha.(18)Miss Shrestha comes from a farming family based in Bagling, Gorkha, some 55 miles (90km) west of the capital, Kathmandu. She told BBC Nepali she is a student in the nearby district of Chitwan, and was helping her parents during college holidays when the snaps were taken.

    Just like Arshad, very soon, this Nepali beauty too will bag some modeling assignments; she has already become a mini celebrity. So all you guys there, have you developed a crush on her? Very soon we will update you with more pictures of this Sabziwali; I am sure you aren’t satisfied with just couple of them!


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  • A Muslim girl wasn’t allowed to box in a hijab, so her opponent shared victory with her


    Sixteen-year-old Amaiya Zafar was about to put on her gloves Sunday at the Sugar Bert Boxing National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla., when officials called off the impending fight.

    Zafar, a devout Muslim from Oakdale, Minn., wears a hijab under her headgear as well as a shirt and leggings under her shorts and top. Such apparel has been deemed a violation of uniform regulations set by the International Boxing Association for reasons USA Boxing executive director Michael Martino called “clearly a safety issue.”

    As a result, Zafar was disqualified, and her opponent, Aliyah Charbonier, was declared the winner — though that didn’t quite sit right with Charbonier. So she approached Zafar.

    “This girl comes up to me then and puts her belt in my lap and says, ‘This is yours. They disqualified you. You’re the true winner. This is unfair,’ ” Zafar recalled over the phone Tuesday morning. “Then we started hugging each other, and the owner [of the event] came and got me to make sure I got [a belt.]”

    Charbonier said she felt she needed to do something.

    “It’s just not right,” the 15-year-old from Clermont, Fla., said. “It’s not really a distraction for me what she’s wearing. She still had on gloves and headgear. I felt really bad for her. They didn’t give her a chance to fight. We tried to tell them that it was all right, but for safety purposes they say they need to have a visual of your arms. And yet they still have 18-year-olds fighting 20-somethings. It wasn’t right.”

    The journey to a bout hasn’t been easy for Zafar, who fell hard for boxing at a Minneapolis-area gym over two years ago and has since fought to fight in traditional dress. Her father, Mohammad, initially suggested that she take up fencing, to which she responded, “I’ll box before I’ll fence.” Mohammad Zafar worked with his daughter on the finer points of amateur boxing, and she found a group to train with, winning the support of male teammates after meeting one in the ring.

    “All the boys around the ring kept telling him, ‘She’s just a girl. Punch her pretty little face off. You can’t let a girl beat you,’ ” Amaiya Zafar recalled last year. After she scored the final jab, Zafar had the last word with the boy and his friends: “I might be a girl, but you hit like a girl.”


    While she developed a comfort level in the ring, she struggled to find opponents because she stands just over 5 feet tall and weighs about 114 pounds — with clothes on. Even if she could find a challenger, her Muslim faith is at odds with the sport’s dress code. “If you’re covering up arms, if you’re covering up legs, could there be preexisting injury?” Martino told MPR News last year. “And then if someone got hurt during the event, the referee wouldn’t be able to see it.”

    Another issue: possibly setting a precedent for USA Boxing.

    “We have 30,000 amateur boxers in the United States,” Martino said. “So if you make allowances for one religious group, what if another comes in and says we have a different type of uniform we have to wear? You have to draw a line someplace.”

    USA Boxing continues to await a change by AIBA in Lausanne, Switzerland, even as FIFA, for instance, has lifted a ban on head coverings.

    Seeking a wider pool of opponents, Zafar headed for the weekend competition in Florida with her family and others from the Circle of Discipline gym in Minneapolis.

    “I know it’s been really hard for her [to find opponents],” said Charbonier, who said she took up the sport “two or three years” ago and has fought seven times. “It’s already hard for females to fight, and I don’t know if or when she’ll be able to do it again.”

    That’s why Charbonier, in an act of sportsmanship, took matters into her own hands.

    “I went to the people in charge of the belts and said she deserves it,” she said. Both girls will be going home with belts, Sugar Bert officials confirmed.

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  • 82,190 Muslim prisoners in jails across India by 2014


    New Delhi: As many as 82,190 Muslim prisoners are lodged in different jails across the country by the end of 2014, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

    Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that as per data compiled by National Crime Records Bureau, at the end of 2014, there were 82,190 Muslim prisoners of which 21,550 were convicts, 59,550 were undertrials, 658 detainees and 432 other prisoners.


    “As per data compiled by NCRB for 2014, the percentage of convicted Muslim prisoners to the total convicted prisoners was 16.38 percent and the percentage of Muslim undertrial prisoners to the total undertrial prisoners was 21.05 percent,” he said replying to a written question.

    An Indian Express report “Most Prisoners in India Are Muslims, BCs: NCRB” by Rohan Premkumar says:

    hough Muslims comprise only 14.2 percent of the total population of the country according to a recent census data, they constitute 26.4 percent of the prison population.

    Moreover, 60.3 percent of all inmates are classified as belonging to the OBC, SC and ST communities. ‘Other’ communities constitute the remaining of the prison population. OBCs and STs constitute 38.1 percent of all ‘detenues’. Detenues are persons detained in prison on the orders of a competent authority under relevant preventative detention laws.

    “Prisoners’ Data

    Total Prisoner Population                    4.18 lakhs

    Percentage of Hindus                           63.6

    Percentage of Muslims                         26.4

    Percentage of Sikhs                             2.3

    Percentage of Christians                     5.85

    Other Religions                                  1.65

    “While “Muslims constitute around 30 percent of all prisoners, in the ‘pre-trial phase’, the number of convicted Muslim prisoners stand at only 16.4 per cent.

    “Activists point out that the last statistics clearly points to a ‘prejudiced’ police system across the country, where minorities are ‘targeted’ by the law enforcement agency.

    “Speaking to Express, A Marx, a human rights activist and Chairperson, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, said that the criminal justice system was inherently prejudiced against members of the backward communities and Muslims.

     “Since 1980, it has been established that Muslim 



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