Nepali Times
Football fever

Bottlers Nepal Ltd. and Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Ltd., official bottlers of Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite in Nepal, announced the final winner of 'Coca-Cola Football Maha Utsab'. The lucky number 1752316143 has been announced as the final winner of this offer via a lucky draw at a program held at Sherpa Mall on Wednesday. The winner gets to visit South Africa to watch the FIFA World Cup with other winners announced previously. The scheme ran from 1 April to 31 May. Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of FIFA World Cupô 2010.

Real goal
Pashupati Karki won the weekly highest correct SMS prize, a Sony Bravia 22" LCD TV, in Dabur Real's 'Score the Real Goal' campaign. The campaign started on 30 April, and World Cup 2010 is now just around the corner. Identify the real football in the contest photos (in national dailies) and sms the number to 5004.

Spreading wings
Nabil Bank opened its 39th branch with an ATM facility in Charikot, Dolakha. The bank aims to reach the remote districts of Nepal so as to improve access to banking for rural populations. Four new branches will be opened soon.

Pepsi mania
Manik Nepal from Kathmandu and Tirtha Kumar Shrestha from Morang won this week's lucky draw of a 32" Samsung LCD TV of 'Pepsi Football Mania'. This promotion started from 21 May and will run till 11 July. Pepsi glass bottles have a blue band on the crown. Consumers will need to collect three crowns featuring Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi, and Thierry Henry, and 1 Goal Crown, after which they have to SMS their name to a dedicated number. The grand prize winner will win a Hero Honda Karizma ZMR at the end of the promotion.

New mobile
Call Mobility Pvt Ltd, the sole authorised distributor of Yasuda mobile phones in Nepal, has launched the Yasuda Q5 model in the market. As the name suggests, Q5 is a full QWERTY keyboard handset with camera, FM radio, video player, Bluetooth, MP3 and MP4 players. The phone supports Micro SD card and dual GSM SIM cards. The handset, priced at Rs 5,090, comes with preloaded Facebook, MSN (e-buddy) and Yahoo applications. The set comes with a2 GB memory card and has a one-year warranty.

Rescue operation
Fishtail Air is laying the groundwork for an Alpine Rescue System in the Himalaya. It has partnered with Air Zermatt, a Swiss helicopter company, which will transfer technology. A Nepali team, including the CEO of Fishtail Air Suman Panday, Capt Sabin Basnyat, Chief Pilot Pradip Gautam and a civil aviation official attended a week-long observation training program on Alpine Rescue Operations in the Swiss Alps in March. Fishtail Air has already successfully completed many rescue missions with Air Zermatt.

Om Kumar Shrestha from Bhaktapur is the first winner of AllOut funanza, and will be going for an all expenses paid Malaysia trip. He got lucky with the purchase of an AllOut Combi from a grocery store in Narayanghat. The scheme has been running from March in all the major markets of Nepal. The good news is that there are still other Malaysia trip coupons available, as well as prizes like refrigerators, microwaves, mixers, emergency lights and lots of cash.

Branching out
United Finance Ltd has opened its sixth branch in Narayanghat. The Chaudhary Group and Morang Auto Works are the promoters of United Finance, which has been operating since 1996.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)