Nepalese

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Don’t go by the size of Nepal - instead, go by its heights! Nepal is home to eight of the ten world’s highest mountains, all within merely 143,000 sq kms area. Unbelievable as this may seem to be, Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world lies in Nepal and so does Tilicho Lake, the highest lake on earth. A landlocked mountainous country, Nepal proffers travellers with its spectacular landscape, alluring mountain peaks and mesmerizing lakes. But there is more to this beautiful country than its stunning natural beauty – its nationals. Nepal is home to amazingly talented men and women who are the true jewels of the country. These nationals have through their work and life helped Nepal gain an important position on the world map. Right from Prithvi Narayan Shah who was the founder of Nepal and till date referred to as the most famous King of Nepal to Narayan Gopal, the Sur Samrat or the King of Vocals of Nepal, the bold, courageous and valiant Pasang Lhama Sherpa who became the first Nepali women to conquer Mount Everest to Tenzing Norgay the first mountaineer to stand atop Everest alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, the list is endless. Go through this section and find out in details about famous Nepalese and their contributions.
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Tenzing Norgay
(Nepali-Indian Sherpa Mountaineer One of the First People to Set Foot on the Summit of Mount Everest)
Tenzing Norgay
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khumbu, Nepal
Died: May 9, 1986

Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the other being Edmund Hillary. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. In his later years, he became the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

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Mala Sinha
(Actress)
Mala Sinha
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Birthdate: November 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
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Birendra of Nepal
(King of Nepal from 1972 to 2001)
Birendra of Nepal
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Birthdate: December 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: June 1, 2001
Nepalese king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, true to his royal lineage, had received an elite education at institutes such as Eton and Harvard. His murder, by his own son, Dipendra, during a dinner party massacre in 2001, that killed almost the entire Nepalese royal family, shocked the world.
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Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
(Former King of Nepal)
Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
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Birthdate: July 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
The last king of Nepal, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, came to power after the infamous 2001 Nepalese royal massacre, in which nine members of the royal family, including his brother, King Birendra, were killed. He had to give up his throne after Nepal became a democratic republic in 2008.
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Begum Hazrat Mahal
(Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah)
Begum Hazrat Mahal
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Faizabad
Died: April 7, 1879

Also known as Begum of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal was the second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She is remembered for rebelling against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following her husband’s exile, she took over affairs in the state of Awadh. However, she was forced by the British to abandon Awadh.

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Sandeep Lamichhane
(Nepalese Cricketer Who Played as a Right-Arm Leg Spin Bowler)
Sandeep Lamichhane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aruchaur, Syangja, Nepal

Sandeep Lamichhane is a Nepalese cricketer who plays for the Nepalese national team as a right-arm leg-spin bowler. Besides his national team, he has also played for Twenty20 franchise sides across the world. As a boy, he trained at  Chitwan Cricket Academy and was named in Nepal's under-19 squad. He is also a singer and has a YouTube channel. 

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Prithvi Narayan Shah
(First Ruler of the Kingdom of Nepal)
Prithvi Narayan Shah
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Birthdate: January 11, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gorkha, Nepal
Died: January 15, 1775

Prithvi Narayan Shah reigned as the King of Gorkha from 1743 to 1768. He also reigned as the King of Nepal from 1768 to 1775. As the first ruler of the Kingdom of Nepal, Shah began the unification of Nepal. Due to his efforts to unify Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah is regarded as the Father of the Nation.

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Ang Dorje Sherpa
(Nepali Mountaineering Guide Who Has Climbed to the Peak of Mount Everest on 21 Occasions)
Ang Dorje Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Pangboche, Nepal

Ang Dorje Sherpa is a Nepali mountaineering guide, porter, and climber. He has climbed to the peak of Mount Everest on 21 occasions. Ang Dorje Sherpa is perhaps best known for his role as Sirdar during Robert Edwin Hall's Adventure Consultants expedition to Mount Everest in 1996.

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Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
(Former King of Nepal)
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
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Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: January 31, 1972
Son of Nepalese king Tribhuvan, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev took over as the king in 1955 and dissolved the Nepali constitution and parliament by a coup in 1960. He loved writing poetry and songs. His son, Birendra, who succeeded him, was later killed in the royal massacre in 2001.
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Binod Chaudhary
(Nepalese Politician, Businessman, and Philanthropist)
Binod Chaudhary
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

Binod Chaudhary is a Nepalese politician, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known for his association with the Chaudhary Group, where he serves as the president and chairman. Also known for his charity work, Binod Chaudhary was honoured in 2015 by Sri Sri University for his contribution in philanthropy. In 2016, he received the Asian Man of the Year Award.

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Yama Buddha
(Music Department,Actor,Soundtrack)
Yama Buddha
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leguwa, Nepal
Died: January 14, 2017
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14, 1959
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Apa Sherpa
(Nepalese Mountaineer Who Retired After Summiting Mount Everest 21 Times)
Apa Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Thame

Apa Sherpa is a Nepalese mountaineer who held the record for reaching the peak of Mount Everest on more number of occasions than any other person until 2017. He retired after summiting Everest 21 times, a record that was broken by Kami Rita Sherpa. Apa is credited with co-founding The Apa Sherpa Foundation, which aims at improving economy in Nepal.  

Bhanubhakta Acharya
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chundi Ramgha, Nepal
Died: April 23, 1868
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Jung Bahadur Rana
(8th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jung Bahadur Rana
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1817
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borlang, Nepal
Died: February 25, 1877

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

Shrinkhala Khatiwada
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hetauda, Nepal
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Queen Aishwarya of Nepal
(Queen Consort of Nepal from 1972 to 2001)
Queen Aishwarya of Nepal
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Birthdate: November 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lazimpat Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: June 1, 2001
Queen Aishwarya of Nepal was the Queen consort of Nepal from 31 January 1972 to 1 June 2001. Referred to as Bada Maharani, Queen Aishwarya was the wife of King Birendra. Widely regarded as beauty with brains, Queen Aishwarya of Nepal was energetic, outspoken, and catered to the needs of her people. She was also a poet and song composer.
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Peter Aufschnaiter
(Austrian Agricultural Scientist Who was in Tibet for Seven Years as a Fugitive During Second World War)
Peter Aufschnaiter
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kitzbühel
Died: October 12, 1973

Peter Aufschnaiter was an Austrian agricultural scientist, mountaineer, cartographer, and geographer. His experiences in Tibet during the Second World War with fellow climber Heinrich Harrer were portrayed in the 1997 biographical war drama film, Seven Years in Tibet. Peter Aufschnaiter played a prominent role in Tibet, where he helped plan a sewage system and a hydroelectric power plant in Lhasa.

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Priyanka Karki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Girija Prasad Koirala
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Girija Prasad Koirala
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saharsa, Bihar, British Raj (present-day India)
Died: March 20, 2010

Girija Prasad Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of the country on four occasions. Although he was accused of institutionalizing corruption in Nepal, Koirala remains one of the most popular politicians in the history of Nepal. In 2015, he was posthumously honored with Nepal's highest honor, Nepal Ratna Man Padavi.

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Rajesh Hamal
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Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tansen, Nepal
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Manisha Koirala
(Actress Known for Her Leads Roles in the 1990s and Early 2000s Indian Films)
Manisha Koirala
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Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

Manisha Koirala is a Nepalese actress known for her work in Indian films. One of the most critically acclaimed actresses of the 1990s, Koirala has won several prestigious awards. She is also known for her social activism and is credited with promoting women's rights. Her achievements in films and off-screen work have made her one of the most recognized Nepalis.

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Chandra Bahadur Dangi
(Shortest Adult Male in Recorded History)
Chandra Bahadur Dangi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalimati, Salyan district of Nepal
Died: September 3, 2015
Nepalese weaver Chandra Bahadur Dangi lived in oblivion in Rhimkholi, a remote village, till he was discovered by a forest contractor, who was stunned by his size. At 21.5 inches, Dangi became the Guinness record-holder for being the shortest man ever. He died at 75, while touring with a circus.
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Matthieu Ricard
(Buddhist monk, author of more than a dozen books, including Happiness (2006), Why Meditate? (2010) and An Ode to Beauty (2016))
Matthieu Ricard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aix-les-Bains, France

Matthieu Ricard is a French photographer, writer, translator, and Buddhist monk. He serves as a board member of the popular not-for-profit organization Mind and Life Institute. After having received a Ph.D. degree from the Pasteur Institute, Ricard gave up his scientific career to practice Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the co-founder of another international non-profit organization, Karuna-Shechen.

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Teriya Magar
(Dancer)
Teriya Magar
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 12, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rupandehi, Nepal
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Maha Maya
(Gautama Buddha's mother)
Maha Maya
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Birthplace: Devdaha Municipality, Nepal
Died: 0563 AD

Maha Maya was the mother of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Maya is often depicted as a beautiful queen of the Śakya clan. She is revered in Buddhism and is often mentioned in the stories pertaining to the life of Gautama Buddha.

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Anuradha Koirala
(Social worker)
Anuradha Koirala
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumjatar, Nepal
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Sushil Koirala
(47th Prime Minister of Nepal (2014 - 2015))
Sushil Koirala
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morang, Nepal
Died: February 9, 2016

Sushil Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of Nepal from 1 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. His government was panned for its slow response to the April 2015. Nepal earthquake. After his demise in 2016, the Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation was established in his honor.

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Ram Baran Yadav
(President of Nepal from 2008 to 2015)
Ram Baran Yadav
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sapahi, Janakpur

Ram Baran Yadav is a Nepalese physician and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Nepal from 2008 to 2015. An important politician, Ram Baran Yadav also served as the Health Minister from 1999 to 2001.

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Anatoli Boukreev
(Mountaineer)
Anatoli Boukreev
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Korkino, Chelyabinsk Oblast
Died: December 25, 1997

Anatoli Boukreev was a Russian Kazakhstani mountaineer best remembered for his efforts that saved the lives of many during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The following year, he died in an avalanche in Nepal. In the 2015 historical adventure film Everest, which depicts the 1996 disaster, Anatoli Boukreev is played by actor Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson.

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Suman Pokhrel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mills Area, Biratnagar, Nepal
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Baburam Bhattarai
(35th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Baburam Bhattarai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khoplang, Gorkha, Nepal

Born in a remote village in Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai completed his education in India on scholarships. The former prime minister of Nepal also boasts of a PhD from JNU. A member of the Maoist faction of the Communist Party of Nepal, he later launched his own party, Naya Shakti.

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Prachanda
(Prime Minister of Nepal)
Prachanda
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhikur Pokhari, Nepal

Nepali Communist Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, or “fierce,” played a major role in the Maoist insurgency that put an end to monarchy in the country and brought about democracy. He thus served as the first Nepali prime minister, and returned to the post later.

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Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
(The First Nepalese Woman to Reach the Peak of Mount Everest)
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solukhumbu District
Died: April 22, 1993

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was a Nepalese mountaineer. In 1993, she became the first Nepalese woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest. However, she lost her life while descending. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was honored posthumously in various ways by mountaineers around the world. She also became the first woman to receive the prestigious Nepal Tara by the King of Nepal.

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Babu Chiri Sherpa
(Nepalese Mountaineer Who Climbed Mount Everest on 10 Occasions)
Babu Chiri Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Taksindu, Solukhumbu District, Nepal
Died: April 29, 2001

Babu Chiri Sherpa was a Nepalese mountaineer best remembered for reaching the peak of Mount Everest on 10 occasions. He was also a humanitarian and environmentalist who wanted to build schools in Nepal. Babu Chiri Sherpa's dream was realized before his death when a school was erected in his home village. 

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Narayan Gopal
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: December 5, 1990
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Bidya Devi Bhandari
(President of Nepal)
Bidya Devi Bhandari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manebhanjyang, Nepal

Bidya Devi Bhandari is a Nepalese politician and the current president of Nepal. An important politician, Bidya Devi Bhandari previously served as the minister of environment and population from March 1997 to October 1997. She also served as the minister of defence from 2009 to 2011. In 2016, she was included in Forbes magazine's world's 100 most powerful women list. 

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Gaurika Singh
(Swimmer)
Gaurika Singh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Swastima Khadka
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Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Curtis Waters
(Musician)
Curtis Waters
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Siddharth Koirala
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Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Dayahang Rai
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Birthdate: April 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khawa, Nepal
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Tul Bahadur Pun
(Military personnel)
Tul Bahadur Pun
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Myagdi District
Died: April 20, 2011
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Ananda
(Primary Attendant of the Buddha and One of His Ten Principal Disciples)
Ananda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Kapilavastu, Nepal
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Saugat Malla
1
Birthdate: June 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nepal
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Anmol K.C.
(Actor)
Anmol K.C.
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Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Namrata Shrestha
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dharan, Nepal
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Manita Devkota
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khandbari, Sankhuwasabha, Nepal
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Bhuwan K.C.
(Singer)
Bhuwan K.C.
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Birthdate: August 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Prashant Tamang
(Singer, Actor)
Prashant Tamang
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Birthdate: January 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata