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Nepal: Former King Gyanendra of Nepal is not satisfied with the present situation in the country. The former king visited the Pashupatinath Temple on Monday evening.

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, he extended his greetings to all the Hindus in Nepal and around the world, upon a brief encounter with journalists.

The former king expressed his disappointment with Nepal’s present situation which seems to be going downhill. Political uncertainty in Nepal has made it extremely hard for its economy to grow.

Nepal’s rocky geography, scarcity of tangible natural resources accompanied by poor infrastructure are factors to its declining economy. Also, the ineffective post-1950 government and the long-running civil war are contributing factors in demolishing the nation’s economic development.

The King prayed to the Lord Pashupatinath for country’s peace and relief from the present situation.

The 2,000-year-old temple of Pashupatinath is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River in Kathmandu valley. It comes under one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva who is considered the creator of the world.

Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the King of Nepal from 2001 to 2008. He also briefly served as king in his childhood from 1950 to 1951. This was when his grandfather, Tribhuvan, went into exile in India with the rest of his family.

There’s a celebratory flavor to Maha Shivaratri, and maintaining the long followed tradition, he performed the 45 minutes long pooja at the Pashupatinath Temple on the festival’s occasion. (With Inputs from Agencies)

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Nepal Restaurant Replaces Its Waiters With Robots

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.

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A newly-launched restaurant in the capital of Nepal is using robots as waiters under the slogan, “where food meets technology”.

The Naulo Restaurant (“naulo” means new in Nepali) operates with the help of five robots, three named Ginger and two named Ferry, designed and manufactured by Paaila Technology, a Nepali company established by six young engineers, specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“Naulo is the first digitalized robotic restaurant not just in Nepal, but also in South Asia. We believe that our robot is one of the most advanced service robots in the world which is user friendly and very easy to operate,” Binay Raut, CEO of Paaila Technology and Naulo Restaurant, told Xinhua.

The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables from where orders can be placed directly to the kitchen. After the dishes are ready, the robots collect them from the kitchen counter and serve the customers.

This is the first time in the Himalayan country that a restaurant has used “Made in Nepal” robots as servers.

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The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables. Flickr

Raut, 27, who completed engineering studies in India and the UK, said: “We travelled to different countries including China and Japan to learn about the design, framework and operation of robots before launching it in Nepal. Now, our target is to introduce this Nepali innovation in the international market.”

Robot Ginger is powered with swarm intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, auto-dock ability, among others. The robot also cracks jokes and answers basic IQ questions in both English and Nepali.

Paaila Technology entered the hospitality sector after the operation of its first humanoid robot named Pari stationed in a branch of Nepal SBI Bank.

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Pari has been deployed in the digital branch of the bank known as inTouch branch, which functions as a source of information and guides customers. The robot started work by greeting customers with “Good afternoon. Welcome to Nepal SBI InTouch”.

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.