Wednesday, December 25, 2013

CAN Infotech 2014 to be concluded today

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Type CAN and send it to 35001 for more info
And also grab your chance to win a brand new NEO Tablet everyday

CAN Info-tech 2014, being organized by Computer Association Nepal from January 2nd to January 7th, is at its final day today. Taken as a leading Information Technology, Entertainment show and conference in Nepal, CAN Infotech is organized every year with a view to give information on the latest developments in the sector of Information Technology to people. Apart from that, CAN Infotech also showcases a number of attractions such as various gadget outlets, huge discounts on popular gadgets and addressing some pressing issues in the field of IT. The entire event also garners a huge number of visitors each year. And also, today is the last chance for you to win a NEO Tablet. Simply type CAN and send it to 35001. Not only will you get more information about CAN infotech 2014 on your mobile, you will also get a chance to win a brand new NEO Tablet.

CAN Infotech-2014 saw showcased a number of major attractions for the the visitors this year. Some of the most popular attractions were:
  • Brand new Neo Tablets by Neoteric Nepal
  • Fourth Generations Tounch Screen Laptops from Dell
  • Entire Galaxy series from Samsung at special Prices
  • 3G sim distribution by NTC
  • Special discount internet packages by SUBISU and other ISP providers
  • Various animation course packages by Maya Animation Academy
  • Daily opportunity to win a NEO Tablet by Neoteric Nepal and SparrowSMS
  • And many more...
The much talked about CAN Conference focusing on "Mobile Technology for Smart Society" was organized at Everest Hotel from Jan 5-6. CAN had expected a total of around 500,000 visitors at the info-tech this year. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Load shedding schedule January 2014 increased to 80 hours a week

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To get the new loadshedding schedule on your mobile,
 Type G<Your Group No.> and send it to 35001

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has increased the load shedding to around 11 hours a day. The new load shedding schedule will be effective from January 5, 2014 (Poush 21, 2070). This is the second increase in power cuts in the month of Poush. Earlier on Poush 2, NEA had increased the load-shedding to 9 hours a day. With the peak winter days right ahead of us, the loadshedding routine is expected to increase even more in the coming days. With the ever rising demand of electricity and minimal production on the other hand, loadshedding in Nepal has been gaining more and more traction as each year passes by. You can get the latest load shedding schedules on your mobile. All you have to do is type G<Your Group No.> and send it to 35001, and you will immediately get the new load shedding routine through SMS.

Nepal has been facing acute power shortage almost since a decade. And now when the power demand is more than 1000 MW and the total power production of the country is only around 700 MW, the situation has gotten worse. With power cuts as low as 500 MW in winter, the power cuts will sure rise even more. But no matter how many changes are made in the load shedding routine, you can always get the latest load shedding schedule on your mobile using SparrowSMS. Simply type G<Your Group No.> and send it to 35001. For example, if your load shedding group no. is 5, type G5 and then send it to 35001. You will get a latest and complete loadshedding schedule of group 5 on your mobile.

For more updates on loadshedding, follow SparrowSMS on Facebook and SparrowSMS on Twitter.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HSEB grade 11 results 2070 will be published today!

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Once the results are out, get your results along with full mark sheet using SparrowSMS
Type HSEB<space>Your Symbol and send it to 35001
For example - Type HSEB 12345678 and send it to 35001

After a long wait and an unexpected delay, the students can finally sigh with relief, the HSEB grade 11 results are going to be published today. The examinations for HSEB grade 11 for different faculties were held earlier this year right after the conclusion of grade 12 board exams. Also known as the first year results of +2, the moment HSEB grade 11 results 2013 are out, you can get your results along with full marksheet on your mobile. All you have to do is type HSEB<space>Your Symbol No. and then send it to 35001. It is as easy as that.

In 2069, a total of 282,359 regular students appeared in the HSEB Grade 11 examinations, of which 114,019 students succeeded in passing. There was a rise by 1.3% in the number of students making it in the results that year. But the partial category saw a fall in the number of passing students, with only 32.47% students passing the exam. Like last year, the HSEB grade 11 results 2013 are expected to see a rise in the number of passing students. More than 50,000 students are waiting for HSEB Board Exam results of class 11. Even though the HSEB Board Nepal should have published the results sometime ago, the CA elections led to a postponement of publication of HSEB Board Exam results for grade 11. We wish all the students best of luck for a satisfying result.

Once the results are live, type HSEB<space>Your Symbol No. and then send it to 35001. You will get your result along with complete marksheets right on your mobile.

For more updates, follow SparrowSMS on Facebook and SparrowSMS on Twitter.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

HSEB Grade 12 Supplementary results 2070 have been published

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Get your supplementary results along with total marks on your mobile

The much awaited results to the supplementary examinations conducted by Higher Secondary Education Board are published now. The results are live and can be viewed in your mobile using SparrowSMS.  All you have to do is type HSEB<space>Your Symbol Number and then send it to 35001. For example: HSEB 12345678 and send it to 35001.

Earlier this year, of the 33556 students appeared in the HSEB science exams for grade 12, 25% of students could not make it in the results. The pass percentage in management results was much lower, much against the expectation of many students. Of the 29911 students appearing in the Supplementary exams this year, 25715 students have passed, taking the pass percentage an impressive 85.97%. Our congratulations to all the students who made it in the results, and our best wishes to the ones who are yet to check their results.
Type HSEB<space>Your Symbol Number and send it to 35001
And get your results along with full marksheet on your mobile

For more updates, follow SparrowSMS on Facebook and SparrowSMS on Twitter.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nepal Elections Results 2013 - Poll counts going on strong nationwide

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Type <KFM> <DistrictName> <AreaNumber> and send it to 33001
And get the latest number of votes gained by candidates from that area

For Example: Type KFM BANEPA 2 and send it to 33001
You will get the latest poll counts of all the candidates from Banepa 2 on your mobile

The Second Constituent Assembly Election results has gripped the interest of entire nation right now. The vote count in many of the constituencies have already been completed and the winners have been announced. So far, the Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) have been leading the race with most wins, the Nepali Congress (NC) is at a close second. The winners for the first Constituent Elections, Unified Moaist, are far behind in the polls and so are Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), FORUM and other parties.  

Since the poll results widely affects the completion of a popular constitution in the Nepal, citizens are closely observing the poll counts being carried out at various voting centers nationwide. Despite being in the loosing end, Maoist have been grabbing news by deciding to walk out of vote counting polled in the elections, stating that the entire process was a fraud and polls were rigged. Maoist Chief Prachanda threatened that Unified Maoist will not join the Constituent Assembly if the poll counting was not stopped immediately. The latest update - off the 240 seats, winners of 238 have been decided and congress is at the top with 103 wins. Similarly, in the Proportional Representation (समानुपातिक) polls, as of right now, congress has taken the first place in the counts being carried nationwide, with UML now running at a very close second.

Earlier in the elections held on November 19, a record number of people showed up to cast their votes throughout the nation. Dolpa saw the highest turn around with 83% polls and Dolakha and Rautahaut also saw 80% polls completed. With the live vote counts being updated all over Nepal, keeping up with latest count is now easier then ever with SparrowSMS.


All you have to do is type KFM <District> <AreaNo.> and send it to 33001. You will immediately get the latest votes count of that area on your mobile. For instance, if you want to check the polls of area number 2 of Gorkha, simply type KFM Gorkha 2 and send it to 33001Type KFM and send it to 3001 to get live election updates and voting information.

For Proportional Representation polls, type KFM <Party Code> and send it to 33001. For all the designated party codes, click on the image below.

Together let's ensure that we see a constitution for all this time.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nepal Election Results 2013 now on your mobile

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Once the vote count starts, type <KFM> <DistrictName> <AreaNumber> and send it to 33001
And get the latest number of votes gained by candidates from that area

For Example: Type KFM KATHMANDU 2 and send it to 33001
And get the latest voting count of all the candidates from Kathmandu Area No. 2

The Constituent Assembly Election 2013 was successfully concluded today all over Nepal. Apart from a few minor incidents here and there and the cancellation of voting at one poll station in Jumla, the process of voting was carried out peacefully in the various designated voting centers throughout the country. The Election Commission stated that the second Constituent Assembly Elections saw a historic turn around with around 70% of registered voters showing up to cast their votes.

Now that the first phase of voting is over, the second and a very vital phase of counting of votes is about to start. To see through the entire process of counting as soon as possible, in some of the districts the voting will start from today itself. A majority of terai districts will commence the counting of votes by midnight. The announcement of final results of the entire vote count will take an approximate duration of 10 days.

But keeping up with the latest ballot count could not have been any easier this time. All you have to do is type KFM <DistrictName> <AreaNo> and send it to 33001. You will immediately get the latest and updated vote count of all the candidates appearing in the elections from that area on your mobile. For example, if you did cast your vote for the candidates who stood in the election from Area 1 in Jhapa, simply type KFM JHAPA 1 and send it to 33001. You will immediately get a message on your mobile which will show the latest and updated number of votes scored by each of candidates Jhapa Area number 1.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Nepal all set to play in the friendly game against India

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For more footballing updates, type GOAL and send it to 35001

All the Nepalese footballing fan will get a chance to see the national team in action against India in a friendly game on November 19th. The game will be held at Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri of India. Any match in which Nepal goes one-on-one against India is always a major attraction for the footballing fans. Last time the two teams met, it was the group game in SAFF 2013 where Nepal displayed a solid gameplay and won by a score of 2-1. The game was held in Kathmandu, and the national team had a massive home support.

(ANFA) All Nepal Football Association is yet to decide the final squad for the friendly game, but a 20-men squad has already reached the venue. A possible team line-up will be chosen off these players:

Kiran Chemjong, Bishal Shrestha, Ritesh Thapa (Goal Keepers)
Biraj Maharjan, Sandip Rai, Rabin Shrestha, Jitendra Karki, Sagar Thapa (Defence)
Shiva Shrestha, Prakash Budathoki, Bikram Lama, Bhola Silwal, Raju Tamang, Tanka Basnet, Jagjeet Shrestha (Midfield)
Deepak Rai, Anil Gurung, Santosh Sahukhala, Jumanu Rai (Forward)

The Nepalese team will be brimming with confidence from the recent win upon India. India on the other hand will try to make good use of home-ground and home support to make it count. But no matter where the game is held, the Nepalese fans sure will cheer out even louder to support our players. Our best wishes to our team to score a win in this game. 

And remain updated with each and every moment of this very exciting match. Simply type GOAL and send it to 35001 and get all the footballing updates on you mobile. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Miss Teen Nepal 2013 - Call for participants

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For more details on the event, type MTN and send it to 33001

The organizers of Miss Teen Nepal, Kathmandu Jaycees (JCI), have announced the application call for "Kathmandu Jaycees Miss Teen Nepal 2013". Popularly taken as the second largest beauty pageant in Nepal, Miss Teen Nepal was first started in 2002 and then on have been held annually. The applicants must age between 16 years to 19 years to be eligible for participation.

Ever since the initiation of the pageant, the organizers have been highly encouraging those who are eligible to participate and explore as well as hone their talents. Last year, the winner at the Grande Finale of Miss Teen Nepal 2012 was Keshu Khadka, with the runner-ups being Monica Sapkota and Ayushma Shrestha. 

Get all the updates on the even on your mobile
Simply type MTN and send it to 33001

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BBS and BA 2069 3rd Year Results Published!

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Type BBS<Space>Symbol No. and send it to 35001 for BBS 3rd year results
Type BA<Space>Symbol No. and send it to 35001 for BA 3rd year results
Get your results on your mobile, exclusively via Sparrow SMS

Tribhuwan University today published the long awaited results for 3rd year examinations of Bachelors in Business Studies (BBS)  as well as Bachelors in Art (BA). The final examinations of both faculties were held last year and students have been looking forward to the results for a long time. 

The results for both the faculties have been mixed affairs. Of a total 22,081 students that appeared for BA 3rd year 2069 examinations, only 8,367 students have passed, taking the total pass percentage to 37.89%. Similarly, a total of 43,940 students appeared in the BBS 3rd year examination for the year of 2069. Of them, 16,352 made it count in the exam, the pass percentage being 37.21%. As per the given stats, the BA students fared slightly better than the BBS students. 

The results are out and live now. Be sure to be the first to check out your results using SparrowSMS. 

For BBS 3rd year results type BBS<Space>Symbol No. and send it to 35001 
For BA 3rd year results type BA<Space>Symbol No. and send it to 35001 

Our best wishes to all the students who appeared in the exams. For more updates, follow SparrowSMS on facebook and SparrowSMS on twitter.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mobile Penetration Reaches 72.58 Percent and Internet Users Reach 26.93 Percent in Last Month

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The monthly report based on data collected till the date of 16 August, 2013 released by NTA shows an increase of 1.21 percent in telephone users in Nepal. Compared to the figure of a month ago, telephone users have increased from 80.51 percent to 81.72. The increment is due to 1.12 percent increase in mobile users and 0.01 percent increase in fixed telephone users.

There hasn’t been any change in the market shares of the telecom companies from last month. NCell and NT have 49 and 43 percent of market shares respectively while UTL and Smart Tel have 3 and 4 percent each.

There has also been an increase of 0.83% in the internet penetration in Nepal from 26.10 percent last month to 26.93 percent as per August 15. Although, there is increase in number of users of all the internet services, GPRS still leads the users’ choice of internet service while NT’s CDMA comes second with 233,677 users and WiMax service from NT has gained 611 more users since last month and now has 3,177 users. Ncell  still leads with 50 percent of entire market share in internet, while NT has 48 percent. UTL and other ISPs have 1 percent of market shares each.

If we look at the data over the last one year, the mobile penetration has increased by 13.88% while there has been 7.61 percent increase in internet users in Nepal.

Overall, the data suggests that the penetration of communication technologies in Nepal is getting stronger and with the introduction of new operators and service providers there is strong competition in the market. While, Ncell still remains to be the most popular brand in telecommunication.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Together, We Can End GBV in Nepal

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There is no denying that Gender Based Violence is on its ever high in Nepal now. It becomes more evident if we look at these figures collected with the help of reports published by various organizations in Nepal
  • 43 per cent of women in Nepal have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • 22 percent of women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence at least once since age 15 (NDHS, 2011)
  • 77 percent of the episodes of violence against women are reported as being from within the family
  •  According to Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), 793 cases of domestic violence, 200 cases of social violence, 256 cases of rape, 42 cases of attempt to rape, 163 cases of murder and 22 cases attempt to murder, 32 cases of trafficking and 55 cases of sexual violence were recorded between April 2012-13.
  •  According to a report released by Nepal Demographic and Health Survey, 2011, between 5,000 and 12,000 girls and women aged 10 to 20 years of age are trafficked every year, 75 percent of whom are below 18 years of age and the majority of whom are sold into forced prostitution.
Incidents of GBV between 16 July and 16 August, 2013 source: WOREC Nepal
It isn’t that nothing is being done to curb gender based violence in Nepal. Between 2034 BS to 2067BS alone a total of 2305 NGOs working for the empowerment of women were registered with Social Welfare Council Nepal. Most of these organizations, in some way or other fight against GBV, and it is obvious that these figures of GBV cases would have been much higher in the absence of them.

But in the recent times, looking at the rise in GBV cases, it has become extremely important that irrespective of what profession we are from and what organization we belong to, we need to unite in whatever capacity we can in the fight against GBV in Nepal.

Opendata, a project initiated by Sparrow SMS, is one such platform that encourages open data sharing and co-operation amongst the organizations fighting against GBV. The project involves following features

·         Reporting of GBV cases via SMS through the shortcode 5455. Subscribe for alerts and cases that falls under your jurisdiction will be forwarded to your mobile/email so that you can look into the cases and help in whatever capacity you can.
·    Mapping of the cases of GBV categorically and in accordance to their time of occurrence on Sign up for complete admin access and map your data and/or look into the cases and help the victims.
·         Download the cases available on the site and generate monthly or annual report.

How can it be beneficial?

To the victims/witnesses
                               Reports reveal that about 80% of the acts of violence are inflicted from within the family. In such cases, it is very difficult for the victim or friends or any other relatives of the victims to report about the incident discretely. SMS can be a very useful tool in the violence perpetrated from inside the family. SMS service is available 24 hours and reporting via SMS can be done discretely as well. SMS also allows for a quick response to the reports.

To the Organizations
                Unlike the reporting done through helpline numbers via voice call, SMS does not require a dedicated person at the receiving end. The SMS is received and stored and if necessary forwarded to individual email or mobiles automatically by the system developed by Sparrow SMS. Thus the reports of GBV can be received anytime of the day directly into one’s mobile or email and acted upon immediately. Besides mapping of the cases and reports on will allow easy and timely monitoring of the cases and ease the report generation and publication processes.

We request all the concerned stakeholders and organization to join us in our fight against GBV in Nepal. Visit the following links to know more about the project

or call 01-5522942/ 5009147

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NEA announces reduced loadshedding schedules for Dashain

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Type G<Your Group No.> and send it to 35001 to get latest schedules on your mobile

Nepal Electricity Authority has announced new loadshedding schedules with reduced hours keeping the festivities of Dashain in mind. The new loadshedding routine will be applicable throughout the Dashain holidays starting from 25th Ashwin up to the 30th of Ashwin. The power cuts have been substantially decreased in comparison to the present routine. 

With the dry season starting to gain more traction, people will get some respite from increasing loadshedding hours even if for a short period. And you don’t have to hassle around arranging the new routine. Simply type G<Your Group No.> and send it to 35001. You will immediately get a fully organized loadshedding table on your mobile. For example, if you live in the area of Group 1, type G1 and send it to 35001. As easy as that!

This service is available 24/7 in all the Telecom networks (NTC, Ncell, UTL, CDMA & Smarttel)

Use the services from the leading VAS provider in Nepal, Sparrow SMS

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Nepal will play against India in the AFC Under-19 Qualifiers tonight

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After some very impressive performance at home in the AFC Under-16 Qualifiers, Nepal is trying to make a strong front in the AFC Under-19 Qualifiers being held in Doha, Qatar. Nepal is placed in Group A alongside some very strong teams like Qatar, India, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Tonight Nepal will face off against India in its second group game of the qualifiers. Nepal has already lost its first game to Turkmenistan by 2-1. Despite having a player sent off in the first half, Nepal showed some resilient game and will look forward to win the game today. On the other hand, India too faced defeat in its first game at the hands of the hosts Qatar. Both the teams will want to add some points on the table.

These qualifiers games are being played for the 2014 AFC Under-19 Championships to be held in Myanmar. The draw for the qualifiers was held along with the draw for AFC Under-16 Qualifiers on April 26, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A total of 40 participants are divided into 9 groups. The winners from each group alongside 6 best runner-up sides and Myanmar will qualify for the 2014 Championship.

After playing against India today, Nepal will next go head to head against Uzbekistan on October 8th. Similarly, in it final game of the qualifiers, Nepal will face-off against the hosts Qatar. Since all the games are being played on away grounds, Nepal will need to capitalize on its stealth attack and strong defense to win the remaining games without any home support. But with so much footballing action happening, the fans will be sure to cheer even louder for the team. Come on Nepal..!!!

And yes, no matter where your are, regardless of the untimely load shedding, do not miss a single moment of the games. Simply type GOAL and send it to 35001 and get all the live updates on your mobile.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

[Update:2] #hack4good in Kathmandu- The Geeklist's Int'l Hackathon

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#hack4good-the Geeklist international hackathon held simultaneously in more than a dozen cities around the world concluded with amazing output. It was a 48 hours restless hackathon where the experts, developers and entrepreneurs built their project on an idea that would do some good to the society. We were covering this event here in Kathmandu and have been updating you with every activity of the local event. Now we have finally got the global winners of #hack4good 0.2 and we would like to share them with you here:
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Donate4Good: the 2nd runner-up at #hack4good 0.2

The 2nd runner up is Donate4Good from Kathmandu. This app allows people to apply micro donations to the disasters of their choice via SMS from supported regions. They are using Sparrow SMS's API.
The 1st runner up is Stop Web Disabilty from Minsk. It allows disabled people to access internet with the help of voice and facial motion.
And the winner is Mobile Rescue from London. This tool allows you to locate lost people in a natural disaster using their wi-fi enabled devices.

We, at Sparrow SMS and hopefully all other following the event closely, would love to see these projects out from prototypes or beta into a fully functional distributable product very soon. Congratulations to all the winning teams and hats off to all other amazing ideas shown at the hackathon. If you would love to read more about them, click here.

October 5:
#hack4good has kicked off yesterday at 4 PM in Kathmandu, along with several other cities across the globe at approx the same local time. The excitement to participate was overwhelming here in Nepal as the number crossed the availability of seats days prior to the event.
The hackathon is being held at Islington College in the heart of the city and the whole place was filled with enthusiasm of the participants, guests and the local organizers when we made a visit there on the inaugural program. Here are few pictures of the first evening of #hack4good at Kathmandu.
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As known, the whole theme of the event is to deploy technology to solve social problems especially those which scale at large. Developers, entrepreneurs and experts gather in this 48 hours hackathon to blend their ideas and knowledge in a bid to develop solutions that are reliable and useful. Nepalese developers are participating in a hackathon of such a global scale probably for the first time and we at Sparrow SMS plus everybody following the event are definitely hopeful about getting to see some cool apps out of this hardwork.

But before we reach the final pitching on 6th October, here is a brief description of what the folks are working on at #hack4good (these are all we could manage to cover by far, more coming up):
  1. Jootau: The first project we came to know is this one that aims to serve users by informing them about events based on the location & interest specified by the user. The project is using Sparrow SMS API and APIs of Facebook & Twitter by far. The team behind this idea comprises Sudip Kafle, Narayan Prasad Kadel and Subit Raj Pokharel.
  2. Room Rental: This project aims to facilitate the process of finding a room or lending a room to tenants. By far the team has thought to develop it as an Android app connected with SMS functionality (using Sparrow SMS' API). The team members are Yogesh Ojha and Suraj Gyawali.
  3. Donate4Good: This sounds similar to the event title but is a different and nice concept. The team wants to develop a solution through which anybody can donate some bucks for some social cause especially natural calamities. It relies on donating money by sending only SMS and the whole system will be integrated with Sparrow SMS' API. Users do not need to make payments via credit cards or mobile money accounts. A simple SMS and you have donated. The brains behind this idea are Sajesh Khadgi, N.J. Subedi, Bobby Basnet and Saurav Bajracharya.
  4. Campaign4Good: Another similar sounding name but again a different concept. It is an online platform to create and share campagins for social cause. People can be a part of such campaigns by giving monetary help, kinds or voluntary work. No API is being used here and they rely on deep social media integration for growing their user base. Roshan Bhandari, Santosh Ghimire, Sijan Bhandari and Sujit Maharjan are the members of the team.
  5. VNats: It is "a visual social network" as the team puts it. People share information of various types in their groups where other can see it and respond to it too. It sees the application in fields as diverse as research work and job search. The data is also mapped to be used for other purposes. The project is smartphone based app with some web compliments. Sabin Bhandari and Aashish Acharya make up the team for this ambitious idea.
  6. Corruption Meter: This simple idea is equally useful. Users use the solution to post details about acts of corruption as they experience(or say suffer) it in their daily activities. They can also know about the standard procedures of undertaking a public service. These data are shared with other users and authorities and also mapped (using Google Maps API) for further reference. Suraj Subedi, Ganesh Pandey, Sushil Shrestha and Ravi Prajapati complete the team for this project.
These are some of the ideas being worked upon in #hack4good here in Kathmandu. The prototypes must be ready by tomorrow when we bring you the updates from the pitching session.So keep following our blog and twitter handle (@sparrowsms) to get the latest updates as we cover the 48-hours hard-hacking. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Grand Finale of Prostyle Manhunt International Nepal 2013 to be Held Tomorrow

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Type PMH<space>contstant-code and send the SMS to 33001 to vote for your favourite contestant

Ten contestants will be competing for the title of Prostyle Manhunt International Nepal 2013 in the Grand Finale tomorrow. Organised by Group of Event Entertainers, an event management company established in 2000, the final round of the Prostyle Manhunt will be held at Army Officer’s Club, Sundhara.

The top ten contestants for the final round can be selected by public voting. You can vote your favourite contestant by SMS. The SMS format for the voting is as follows:

Type PMH<space>contstant-code and send the SMS to 33001.

The winner of the Manhunt will be awarded with a cash prize of NRS One Lakh and a motorcycle from Hero. The winner of the contest will also have the opportunity to represent Nepal at the 17th Manhunt International 2013, to be held in China in October 2013. 

The event has been sponsored by Prostyle, Srinath, Hero, Real, Sparrow SMS, as SMS partner, and others.

The details about the event are available at the official site of the event

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HSEB Non-Science Faculties Result Published

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[ To view your result with marksheet, just type HSEB<space>symbol-no.  and send the SMS to 35001. ]                         
The results of grade 12 Management, Education and Humanities faculties have been published today. The examination held between 17thand 29th of Baisakh 2070 had a total of 2,08,701 students in regular and 1,374,12 students in exempted category from all over the country out of which a total of 8,06,20 students in regular and 4,25,38 students in exempted category  have cleared the examinations with a pass percent of 38.63% in regular and 30.96% in exempted category. In detail statistics, the result of grade 12 management faculty can be presented as below


Total Appeared : 2,08,701         

Total Passed :  8,06,20           

Pass Percent : 38.63

Cancelled : 151

Withheld : 5


Total Appeared:  1,37,412

Total Passed : 42538

Pass Percent : 30.96

Cancelled : 55

Withheld : 11

To view your result with marksheet, just type HSEB<space>symbol-no.  and send the SMS to 35001.

Complete result of grade 12 with marksheet  is available on SMS via Sparrow SMS.

To view your result with marksheet, just type HSEB<space>symbol-no.  and send the SMS to 35001.                           
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[Updated] HSEB Management, Humanities and Education Results Published Today

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[Type HSEB <space> Symbol-no and SMS to 35001 to get results with Marksheet]

It seems the long wait of the management, humanitites and education students of HSEB for their results is finally coming to an end. HSEB has announced that the results for the +2 non-science faculty will be out today have been published today. The exams for grade 12 were held from April, 30, 2013 to May 12, 2013. It has been more than four months since then and management students quite understandably had grown extremely desperate and frustrated in the meantime.

Earlier on August 13, 2013, HSEB had published the result of science facultySEHSEHH, and after a gap of more than a month, the non-science faculties results are to be out today by the late afternoon.  Just as there had been the provision of viewing your results through IVR and SMS for SLC, and HSEB science faculty, results for management will also be available via SMS and IVR.

Result via SMS can be viewed by the service provided by Sparrow SMS. To view the result through SMS, all you got to do is type HSEB followed by a space and your symbol-no and send the SMS to 35001. With 75.32 pass percent, 25236 students had cleared the science faculty exams among a total of 33556 appeared.

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Nepal plays Bahrain in the AFC Under-16 qualifiers today

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The footballing season for Nepalese fans is far from over. With the AFC Under-16 qualifiers on the way, Nepal will take on Bahrain in its opening group match today. The game will begin at 5 pm in the evening at Dashrath Stadium.

These qualifier games are being played for the 2014 AFC Under-16 Championship. The draw for qualifiers was held on April 26, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Altogether 48 teams have entered in the qualifiers for the Championship and have been divided into 10 groups of 5 teams and 4 teams. The winners from each group along with the best 5 runners-up among all the groups will make it to the AFC Championship Finals joining host Thailand next year. Being the host, Thailand got a free walk-bye to the finals.

Nepal is placed in a rather tough group where the opponents are strong contenders like Bahrain, Iraq and Turkmenistan. But with all the Group C games being held in Nepal, the Nepalese team will want to make the most out of impressive home support. After facing Bahrain in the opener, Nepal will then face Iraq in its second group match on September 27th. The final group match against Turkmenistan will be played on September 29th. With all this footballing action taking place around us, lets us all raise our voice to support our players. Cheers for Nepal!

And yes, no matter where you are, you don't have to miss a single moment from the games. Simply type GOAL and send it to 35001. You will get all the updates on the on going AFC U-16 Qualifiers. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PicoVico to Launch Android Application on GDG DevFest 2013

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For info SMS GDG to 34001

Google Developers Group DevFest is a large scale community-run event that feature speaker sessions on various Google products, an all-day hackathon, code labs, and more. Last year 77 DevFests were organised across 41 countries that saw the participation of over 14,000 developers.

In past Google Developers Group Kathmandu has conducted various workshops and training programs on Android apps development, HTML5, Google APIs, Google Maps, App Engine development, Game Development, Web Applications and APIs development and always played a global exposure medium for developers in its community. Till date, GDG Kathmandu has provided starter's android development training to more than 500 developers in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan.

“For us DevFest is an opportunity to invite different circle of developers and professional who are working on or want to build career on similar kind of technologies. We plan to organize DevFest every year one week before the beginning of Dashain festival and we plan to continue doing this. In future, with collaboration with GDG Pokhara and proposed GDGs in Chitwan, Birgunj & Biratnagar we have plans to organize DevFest throughout the country. Making it a national developers event, a place for celebrating tech geekery - a festival, a common place for developers to engage, share and learn technologies with like minded pals”, said Bhupal Sapkota, the Community Manager of GDG. 

The success of the event last year has inspired the Google Developers to organise the DevFest this year too. Expecting to host over 30,000 developers, in about 63 countries, a total of 160 DevFests are being organised this year. With a core belief that when developers come together to share ideas amazing things can happen, the GDG DevFest in Kathmandu is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 28th of September at Trade Tower in Thapathali. Supporting the general theme behind DevFests - i.e - "Engage, Learn & Share with the Google Developers Community", the DevFest this year will be focusing on the agendas speaker sessions and codelabs on Android, AdMob Platform, Google App Engine, Google+, Google Maps, GWT.

On the occasion of DevFest, PicoVico, a San Francisco based company founded in Nepal will be launching its android application. PicoVico, where Pico stands for pictures and Vico stands for videos, allows the users to make creative and innovative slideshows using their photos.

“With the increasing popularity of android mobiles and mobile cameras, it was necessary that we launch the app that allows users to create and share slideshows with the photos clicked using their mobile phones”, said Suraj Sapkota, one of the co-founders of PicoVico. “With large number of developers coming together for google products discussion, hackathon and code labs, DevFest is the most appropriate platform for us to launch this app”, added Manish Modi, another co-founder of PicoVico.

Organised by Google Developers Group, Kathmandu, the event is supported by Sparrow SMS, as an SMS partner, Google, Google Developers and others.

For registration and more please visit or

For info SMS GDG to 34001

Date : September 28, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Software Freedom Day- A day to unite for freedom in Software

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Sparrow SMS keeps bringing you events that are related to you in with the increasing dependency on different types of technologies, it’s high time that we stop and think for a moment; ponder upon the impact these technologies have on us, on our daily life, on our freedom. While technologies have been built for the betterment of human life, there are times when these very technologies limit us, and even harm us. And, that is where software freedom comes into play. 

Software freedom, what does that even mean? How is freedom even related to software? Well, when you use a software, how fair is that only the developers of the software can hold the rights to change, modify, improve or demand pay for it. When you’re happily browsing through your web browser, how can you be sure that your browser is not logging in and sending your browser history to someone else? How can you be absolutely sure that the software is doing only what it says it’s doing and not more than that? And, this is what Software freedom is; free, transparent and sustainable technologies, which ensure that the “right for freedom” that we tend to emphasize so much on, is being provided to us.
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Software Freedom Day 2013 in Nepal

To highlight the importance and to spread awareness on “Software Freedom”, we celebrate Software Freedom day on the third Saturday of every September. Software Freedom Day is a global, grass root effort to educate the public about the importance of software freedom and the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Free and open source software as it can be inferred by its name is both free as well as open source software. That is unlike the proprietary software where the software is under restrictive copyright and the source code is hidden from the users. With FOSS, anyone is  freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. Free and open source software is linked with “software freedom” not only because it is free, but also because FOSS allows its users to check and modify the software itself to ensure that the software is not breaching any privacy matters. 

The pioneers in the use of Free and open source software in Nepal, FOSS Nepal (Free and Open Source Software Nepal) is organizing Software Freedom Day Celebration this year around too on 21st September. This is the ninth time, FOSS Nepal has organized the Software Freedom Day Celebration and every time, they seem to do it better than the year before. 

FOSS Nepal has been tireless in its effort to promote Free and open source software in Nepal, and celebrating Software Freedom Day is one of the many ways it has been doing so. FOSS Nepal Community has even won Best Event Award for organizing SFD, three times in a row!! So, join the Sparrows and FOSS Nepal community on this big day, and show your support for Software Freedom by attending the celebration. Let us also be responsible for promoting Software Freedom here in Nepal- because its about our RIGHT.

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