Nepalese paper to launch in May

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 April, 2000, 12:00am

The first Nepali-language newspaper in Hong Kong will be published next month, its publisher said yesterday.

Called the Everest Express Daily Newspaper, the 12-page tabloid will make its debut on May 1, and will carry international, Nepalese and Hong Kong news for SAR Nepalese.

'The Nepalese are one of the largest communities in Hong Kong,' said Gurung Karam, a guard-turned-publisher. 'It is also the place where the largest number of Nepalese live overseas legally.' An estimated 40,000 Nepalese live in Hong Kong, mostly working as security guards, construction workers, drivers, waiters and domestic workers.

Many are sons and daughters of ex-Gurkhas, who were born here and obtained right of abode in the 1990s. They include Mr Karam, chairman of the paper's publishing and printing company, Everest Media Group.

Mr Karam, who has worked as a reporter in Nepal, and six other people set up the company late last year with capital of $500,000.

They could not get loans from banks 'perhaps because we were not Hong Kong people', said Mr Karam.

The Yuen Long-based company employs 20 people, 11 in Kathmandu and nine in Hong Kong.

Mr Karam plans to print 2,000 copies daily for local readers, to be sold at $5 each. He said the newspaper would eventually also be distributed in other countries.