Call for women’s representation and leadership in local governance


 I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without headscarf on." Kausilya Tharuni, a participant from Bara district at the two-day national conference on women's leadership and representation

Kausilya Tharu is one of the 39 women participants contesting the local polls who came all the way across Nepal to participate in the national conference, 'Towards Planet 50:50-Enabling Women's Leadership and Representation in Local Governance', organised by the Election Commission Nepal, together with the United Nations and Sajha Abhiyan (Women's leaders' Coalition) on 20-21 April 2017.

With the promulgation of a new constitution that contains many positive provisions to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as due to Nepal's national and international commitments for the same causes, there has been significant progress in the country in recent years. However, many serious challenges remain and a coherent approach among political parties is needed to ensure women's leadership and representation in local governance.  

The two-day conference is a response to identified shortfalls in terms of women's participation and representation. Various speakers have highlighted the message that women's participation is more than numbers and filling quotas, and that the country needs to aim for female representation and participation that substantially transforms decision making in the political sphere.


Speaking at the inauguration session on Thursday, Rt. Honorable Speaker of the Parliament, Onsari Gharti Magar, said that women's participation in local governance as voters is simply not enough. "What is more crucial is to push for greater leadership roles in the pursuit of national development."  

Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav, requested all political parties to encourage women's candidacy in all posts as far as possible. "We need to put an end to the existing socio-economic and cultural discrimination against women to see them in the leadership roles."

"Quotas help, special measures help, interest groups help, but it is when knowledge is put into practice that changes come," said UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand. "Transforming policy into practice highlights the tangible challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. At the end of it all, we need to have women who want to come to the table – this requires everyone supporting women."

Women's political empowerment and equal access to leadership positions at all levels are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a more equal world. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ratified by Nepal in 1991, calls on state parties "to take appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life".

Similarly, the Constitution of Nepal (2015), Article 38-4, states that "women shall have the right to participate in all bodies of the State on the basis of the principle of proportional inclusion." Regardless, women continue to be significantly under-represented in political and electoral processes everywhere in the world – as voters, candidates, elected representatives or electoral administrators. Nepal is no exception.

Many of the candidates contesting the election from different districts shared a common message that there are still huge obstacles for women entering politics and this is something they should collectively fight, to enable more women leaders and representatives. "The barriers, however challenging, that stop women from entering into politics can be easily overcome if both women leaders and parties are committed," said Member of Parliament, Kunti Shahi.

The Government of Nepal (GoN) has announced 14 May 2017 as the date for election of local bodies and preparations are underway. The local bodies for which elections will be held include 481 Rural Municipalities, 246 Municipalities, 13 Sub- Metropolitan Cities and 4 Metropolitan Cities. These elections will result in at least 13,360 women being elected decision makers in 6,680 wards.

The conference, aimed at strengthening knowledge and capacities among both political actors and women from across Nepal, brought together over 300 women leaders from the 75 districts of Nepal who discussed how they could take maximum benefit from the opportunities provided by the new constitution, the electoral laws and political processes. Among these, 13 will contest for the post of mayor, 16 for deputy mayor, 5 for ward chair and 4 for ward member. If elected, they will contribute to the progress of recent years and strengthen Nepal's position as a leader on the issue of women's representation in politics.

In the words of UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, "when women prosper, all of society flourishes, and political inclusion and participation, as well as access to education, are instrumental in attaining prosperity." [UN]

Corruption is a serious threat to realization of SDGs, say Nepal¹s development partners

International development partners, the United Nations Development Programme, the judiciary and the academia in Nepal have called for stronger efforts from all quarters to prevent and fight corruption, which poses a serious threat to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Speaking at an interaction programme organized by Law Campus with the support of UNDP, the representatives from donors’ community, UNDP and the Supreme Court said combating corruption is critical to meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


British Ambassador to Nepal, Richard Morris, said corruption and poor governance were constraining Nepal’s economic potential, posing a barrier to investment, growth and poverty reduction. “Foreign investors are deterred by practices that do not provide a level playing-field,” he said, “Successful anti-corruption efforts are an effective way to build investor confidence.” He rounded off his talk by applauding the dynamism, commitment and ambition of the young people in Nepal. “You can make this the country you want it to be,” he told the students at the programme.


Ambassador of the EU delegation to Nepal, Rensje Teerink, in her remarks, talked of the “social and moral” exigency of tackling the issue of corruption. She referred, notably, to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index of 2015, which had ranked Nepal 130th out of 168 surveyed countries on the basis of corruption, as an illustration of the seriousness of the issue and the work to be done.


Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Sushila Karki, also the Chief Guest at the event, highlighted some of the commitments and the achievements the country had made in the fight against corruption, with particular focus on the judiciary’s performance. She said that there were still hurdles aplenty in their path, and among these was the difficulty of putting together a strong, diverse workforce. “In Nepal, we have people who can’t find jobs, and jobs for which we can’t find people,” she said. The Chief Justice urged the students to put themselves forward and join the fight against corruption.


Sophie Kemkhadze, UNDP’s Deputy Country Director in Nepal, elaborated on how the SDGs represented a “transformative agenda” not just for Nepal, but the world at large. The costs of corruption, she said, are not merely in the abstract, there is a concrete price tag, where every year, a hefty $1.26 trillion is lost in developing countries, and $2.6 trillion globally to corruption. “Fighting corruption is not only an issue for the government but one in which each and every one of us have a role to play,” she said imploring the students to be part of an informed and responsible citizenry as well as reaffirming the UNDP’s commitment to anti-corruption efforts.


The interaction was organized with the support of UNDP through its Strengthening Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal Programme (RoLHR), the Government of Nepal, and the Embassies of Denmark, Norway and Finland.


A short interaction session followed the talks, where students raised questions on matters of corruption, sustainability and the law, which were answered by the speakers.


This year’s International Anti-Corruption Day is themed “Corruption: An Impediment to the SDGs”. [UNDP Nepal Press Note issued on Dec 9, 2016]

Regional conference highlights the need to address conflict-related sexual violence

Kathmandu, 27 September: Transitional justice experts and survivors from post-conflict countries, including Nepal, Cambodia and Guatemala have underscored the urgency for addressing pending cases of conflict-related sexual violence to secure lasting and sustainable peace.

Experts speaking at a two-day conference at the end of September on peer-to-peer sharing of lessons for addressing conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), said many of the victims silently suffer and continue to live with the mental trauma, and will do so until a conducive environment is created to address the consequences of conflict-related sexual violence.


The conference sought to build the capacity of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence to articulate their concerns, speak up for their rights and advocate for addressing their specific needs. Peer-to-peer support experts from Cambodia and Guatemala shared the history of their countries' conflicts, how the issue of conflict related sexual violence was dealt with and their personal testimonies, which is expected to help countries like Nepal find workable solutions and roadmap for healing the trauma.


"If crimes are left unsolved, the trauma created during the conflict gets transmitted to next generation. It is very important that we let conflict affected people share their experiences to help heal their wounds. What we need here is a healing mechanism that follows proper legal and psycho-social techniques," said Paula Martinez Velasquez from Guatemala's Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP).



While Nepal has established a set of transitional justice mechanisms, they are inadequately mandated to fully address CRSV cases. Existing legal ambiguities around amnesty and the statutory limitation to report rape, which includes CRSV cases, are some of the areas that need to be addressed to make the mechanisms fully compliant with international standards. An amendment to the Act on Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Enforced Disappearance, therefore, is expected to fill this gap.


"The fact that the conflict related sexual violence survivors have not been officially recognized as conflict affected persons in Nepal is a serious issue. The survivors could not access any services under the government's Interim Relief Programme and continue to remain excluded and uncared for", said Suman Adhikari, Chairperson of the Conflict Victims Common Platform. "Most victims and survivors could not file their complaints to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission due to stigma and lack of sufficient support mechanism including the confidentiality measures."

 "Many people have suffered. They had to get on with their lives and with their families without the issues addressed," said Sita Dev Yadav, Honourable Minister of Peace and Reconciliation. "The Government, NGOs and bilateral organisations will have to provide crucial support to bring justice and dignity. On behalf of the Government, I will try my best to take positive steps towards initiating the healing process."


Organized by the Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Taskforce consisting of IOM, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Resident Coordinator's Office, the conference held special significance for Nepal where many people still continue to suffer the consequences of human rights abuses that occurred during the 10-year armed conflict.

"This conference echoes the theme of the International Day of Peace celebrated in September, which was: Sustainable Development Goals: building blocks for peace. By addressing the psychosocial needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, we leave no one behind and in doing so, we move a step closer to achieving gender equality and supporting sustainable peace in Nepal," said Renaud Meyer, UNDP Nepal's Country Director.

"The UN remains committed to advocating for the official recognition of sexual violence survivors as conflict victims. We strongly believe that this will promote an understanding that survivors are not to blame for what happened and also open an opportunity for healing," he said.

युवा नेताहरु ! अलाप बिलाप कि कृयाकलाप ?

- सरगम भट्टराई

अाजभोलि एउटा एउटा भनाई सुनिरहन पाईन्छ मिडियामा : बूढाहरुले देशलाई निकास दिन सकेनन, अब युवाहरु अगाडि आउनु पर्छ, युवाहरुमा रहेको जोश जाँगर र बिज्ञता देशको लागि लगानी गर्नु पर्दछ।

जब जब पार्टीहरुका महाधिवेशन नजिक आउछन, यी आबाजहरु बत्तीको पुतली जस्तै एकै चोटी हररर आउछन, जब महाधिवेशन सकिन्छ, त्यहि संगसंगै यी आवाजहरु मथ्थर हुन्छन, कुहिरोको काग जस्तै क्षितिजमा हराउँछन। नेपालका सबैजसो राजनितिक पार्टीमा युवाहरुको कमि छैन: नेपाली कांग्रेसमा गगन थापा,प्रदिप पौडेल ,एमालेमा गोकर्ण बिष्ट, योगेश भट्टराई, राम कुमारी झाँकृ एमाअोवादीमा लेखनाथ न्यौपाने,हिमाल शर्मा आदि आदि। म प्रश्न गर्न चाहन्छु!

तपाईहरुको जोश जाँगर र बिद्दता के का लागि? तालीका लागि जोशिला भाषण गर्दैमा र अन्ध समर्थक र टाट आलोचक मात्र भएर देशले निकास पाउछ भन्ने कुरा एक्काईसौं शताब्दीमा कति जायज़ छ होला? राजतन्त्र समाप्ति पछि पनि भाटतन्त्र र टाटतन्त्र मौलाउनुमा दोषी तपाईं जान्ने सुन्ने युवाहरु नभएर को हुनसक्छ? बहुदल हुदै लोकतन्त्रको बाटोमा हिडिरहँदा धेरै कार्यकर्ता नेता बने यो भिडमा तपाईहरु पनि (धेरै जसो) बूढाहरुकै हनुमान बनेर उदाएको हो कि हैन? होईन भने संसारकै राम्रो ब्यवस्था लोकतन्त्रमा कमिशन, घुस, कालाबजारी र नातावाद खुलेयाम संस्थागत हुनुमा तपाईंहरुको दोष छ कि छैन?

हो ,बूढाहरुले देशलाई निकास दिन सकिरहेका छैनन, यीनीहरु बाट धेरै आश पनि गर्नु हुदैन भन्ने तपाईहरुको कुरो जायज़ हो, तर तपाईहरु मध्ये धेरै जना केन्द्रीय नेतृत्वमा गईसक्दा पनि खोई त जनताको पक्षमा आवाज़ उठाएको?खोई त तराई बल्दा निभाएको? अनि खोई त कर्णाली कठ्यांग्रिदा राप बनेको? साँच्चै देश प्रति तपाईहरुको माया पलाएकै हो भने खोई त हुम्लाको दैलोमा पुगेको? देशमा बिकृति र बिसंगति मौलाईरहँदा खोई त युवाको संजाल बनाई संयुक्त खबरदारी गरेको? खोई त राम्रा कामहरुलाई सिर्जनात्मक समर्थन गरेको? खोई त नराम्रा कामलाई शशक्त खबरदारी गरेको?

बिगतलाई हेर्नुस: बूढा नेताहरुको हँ मा हँ मिलाएर तपाईंहरु कहिले टायर बाल्न जानु भो, कहिले मान्छे मार्नु भो त कहिले सार्बजनिक सम्पत्ति तोड़फोड़ गर्न पुग्नु भो अनि एउटा गुटको ललीपप पाएर उनैको पक्षपोषण गर्नु भो। म दोहोर्याएर भन्छु:

तपाईहरु घोक्रो फूलाएर दुई घन्टा भाषण गर्नु भन्दा दुई मिनेट सिर्जनात्मक काम गरेको भए अहिले बूढा गोरुहरुलाई दुत्कार्न पर्दैनथ्यो, सहि लाई सहि र गलतलाई ग़लत मात्र भनिदिएको भए आज तपाईहरु शिर्ष तहमा हुनुहुन्थ्यो, लोकतन्त्रको मिठो फल बूँढाहरु, तपाईहरु र तपाईका आसेपासेहरुले हैन आम जनताले खाईरहेका हुने थिए।

यसो भनिरहँदा मैले तपाईंहरुको शिर्ष तहमा पुगेर देश बदल्ने सोंचलाई पक्कै पनि अवमुल्यन गर्न खोजिरहेको होईन मेरो र मेरो उमेरको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्नेहरुको गुनासो यो हो कि,तपाईहरु जस्तो पढ़े लेखेको युवाहरुले भ्रष्ट र यथास्थितिवादी नग्न नेतृत्व लाई न त कुरी कुरी गर्न सक्नुभयो, न त गोकर्ण बिष्टहरु हरुको होष्टेमा हैंसे मिलाउनु भयो,तपाईहरुमा जोश थियो,सोच थियो र अवसर पनि थियो तर बूढाहरुकै दौराको तुना बनेर बस्नु भयो।

आज देशमा पश्चगामीहरुले टाउको उठाउनुमा वर्तमान नेतृत्वको असफलता हो कि होईन?राजनैतिक र निजामति कर्मचारीहरुको भ्रष्ट प्रबृर्ति हो कि होईन? हो भने भ्रष्टाचारको बिरुद्दमा दह्रो कानुन नहुनाले आरोपीले सजिलै मुक्ति पाउने र जेलबाट छुट्दा उल्टै फूलमालाले स्वागत गर्ने परिपाटीलाई तपाईंहरुले बढावा दिएको नभए के हो? हैन भने डाक्टर गोबिन्द के.सी.ले शिक्षण अस्पत्ताल बचाउन आमरण अनसन गरिरहँदा तपाईहरुले भ्रष्टाचार र कालाबजारी र छाडातन्न्त्र बिरुद्द खोई आमरण अनसन बसेको?

केही बर्ष अघि दक्षिण एशियाको ग़रीब देश भुटानले बिकासमा गुणात्मक फड्को मारिरहँदा नेपालमा तुईनको जिन्दगी बाँच्नेहरु र कर्णालीमा सिटामोल नपाएर मर्नेहरुको समर्थनमा खोई तपाईंहरु सड़कमा उत्रेको? दिल्लीमा अरबिन्द केजरीवालले छोटो समयमा दिल्लीको अनुहार फेर्दा, बिहारमा नीतिस कुमारहरुले बिहारको अनुहार बदल्दा, तपाईहरु के गर्दै हुनुहुन्थ्यो कुन्नि?

हो ,बूढ़ों गोरुले सधै जोतिरहन सक्दैन,तिनीहरुलाई अब बिश्राम दिदै युवाहरुले काँध थाप्नुपर्छ तर तिनै बूढा गोरुहरुलाई पोस्न राज्यकोषबाट अरबौं रुपैया भार पर्नेगरि सुबिधा बाँड्दा किन तपाईंहरु बोल्नु हुन्न? किन भुकम्प पिडितहरु हिउँले पुरिएर मरिरहँदा सरकारले अरबौं रुपैयाँ भार पर्ने गरि मन्त्रालय थप्दा आन्दोलन गर्नुहुन्न? यसै गरि अब पनि गफ बाहेक केहि नगर्ने हो भने तरुण गोरुहरुले पनि केहि गर्न सक्ने छैनन।

हो,तपाईंहरुले कार्यकारी पद नपाएर काम गर्न नसकेको भन्नुहोला,एउटा साधारण मान्छेको लागि तपाईहरु देशको कार्यकारी सरह हो, तपाईंहरुको सत्तासीनहरु संग पहूंच छ, शक्तिकेन्द्रहरु संग पहूँच छ जनतालाई त दुई किलो चामलका लागि पनि सि.डि.ओ. को सिफ़ारिश लिनुपर्छ हाम्रै नेपालका दुर्गम क्षेत्रमा।

युवा नेताहरु हो! हार्नेको कुनै इतिहाँस लेखिदैन, आउनुहोस जीतको बिगुल फुकौं, लोकतन्त्र सर्बांग नांगो नहुदै यसको लाज बचाउन प्रण गरौं,यथास्थितिवादलाई सिर्जना र साधनाले जितौं ,जनताको मुटुमा बस्ने काम गरौं, तपाईहरुमा बिद्दता र नैतिकता छ, त्यसैले दलगत स्वार्थ त्यागेर सत्यको साथ र असत्यको पर्दाफ़ाश गरौं। देश बर्बाद हुन बाट बचाउन तपाईंहरुले नगरे कसले गर्ने? अब नगरे कहिले गर्ने?

हो नेपाली कांग्रेसमा बूढाहरुकै बोलवाला छ, एमालेमा पनि बूढाहरुकै चुरिफुरी छ, एमाओवादीमा पनि नेतृत्वमा बूढाहरुकै दवदवा छ, मधेशबादी दलहरुमा पनि बूढाहरुकै चलखेल छ, तर किन तपाई युवाहरुको ठोस कार्ययोजना छैन? किन जोश र होस भएका युवा नेताहरु संग बिद्दता र शुद्धता हुँदा हुँदा पनि प्रतिबद्धता छैन? किन शुसिल कोईरालाहरु हजुरबाको उमेरमा पनि दा बन्छन? किन के.पी.वली र झलनाथ अनि प्रचण्डहरु सदाबहार सभापति र अध्यक्ष हुन्छन? किन गगन थापा,गोकर्ण बिष्ट र लेखनाथ न्यौपानेहरु ओझेल पर्छन? किन उज्वल थापाहरु तपाईको फ्रेम भित्र अटाउदैनन?

त्यसैले युवा नेताहरु हो! संसारकै उत्तम ब्यवस्था लोकतन्त्रको चीरहरण नहुदै गगन थापाहरु सभापतिमा किन नलड्ने? गोकर्ण बिष्टहरु किन पार्टी अध्यक्ष नहुने र लेखनाथ न्यौपानेहरु किन महासचिव नहुने अनि समृद्ध राष्ट्र नेपाल बनाउन किन प्रण नगर्ने? युवा नेताहरु अझै पनि सभापति, अध्यक्ष बन्न पाईन भन्दै अलाप बिलाप गर्ने कि कृयाकलाप गर्ने?

[भृकुटी न.पा.६ कपिलवस्तु हाल : शिकागो अमेरिका]

Nepal's Fewa Lake in tourist city Pokhara is at risk due to sedimentation

Nepal's precious Fewa Lake in tourist city Pokhara is at risk due to sedimentation

--> Ecosystem based Adaptation, a joint initiative of Government of Nepal, UNDP, UNEP and IUCN with support from German Government, has carried out a study on the solutions to stop this sedimentation in the fewa lake and also in overall conservation of Panchase (including the Phewa catchment area). One of the solutions proposed is construction of check dams in the upstream rivers and ecosystem based inervention such as slope stabilization, controlled constructions, plantation of amriso, bamboo and other trees that protect soil erosion. 

About Phewa Lake:
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal, the largest in Gandaki Zone followed by Begnas Lake. Phewa lake is located at an altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft) and covers an area of about 5.23 km2 (2.0 sq mi). It has an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) and a maximum depth of 24 m (79 ft). Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 43,000,000 cubic metres (35,000 acre·ft). The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake. The lake is also famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake

Nepal Television Report on EBA Ecosystem-Based Adaptation UNDP on 08 01 2016

Nepal’s national economy and people’s livelihoods largely depend on natural resources and ecosystems services. These are increasingly negatively influenced by the effects of climate change, including increased variability on water availability, extreme weather events and natural disasters. Drought, flood, glacial lake outburst floods, avalanches, landslides and forest fires are some climate related disasters that Nepal experiences. In response to this, the Government of Nepal’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and other national strategies and action plans have recognized that immediate actions are needed to minimize climate risks to society, economy and ecosystems. In line with NAPA and Government’s strategies, the Ecosystem based Adaptation Nepal (EbA) project aims to strengthen the resiliency of ecosystems within these countries and reduce the vulnerability of local communities with particular emphasis on mountain ecosystems. It also aims to demonstrate EbA measures for continued provision of ecosystem services, and support in strengthening the institutional capacity of key national Nepalese actors to build and better integrate ecosystem resilience options in national, sub-national and local level plans.

Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) project for mountain ecosystems is currently being implemented in Nepal, Peru and Uganda. Each country is working in close collaboration with their respective government partners and in case of Nepal, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC)/Department of Forests (DoF) is one of the prominent implementing partners while the overall coordination role is carried out by Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE). The pilot site for this project is the Panchase area, encompassing Kaski, Parbat and Syangja districts. This area was chosen due to its vulnerability to climate change impacts, including negative impacts on water resources, agriculture and biodiversity. The major climate risks in this area are from landslide hazards during the monsoon season.

Nepal component of the project is therefore designed on the premise that the social/human adaptation is best achieved by ensuring the continued provision of ecosystem services and enhancing human capacities to address current challenges and future uncertainties. This is especially true in the context of the mountain regions of Nepal where communities continue to be highly dependent on ecosystem services for their livelihoods. Hence EbA has implemented different programs at the ecosystem level in all seventeen districts of Panchase area to restore the ecosystem and to support vulnerable communities. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative and is jointly implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project has four major components: the development of methodologies and tools for EbA decision-making in mountain ecosystems; the application of EbA tools and methodologies at the ecosystem level; the implementation of EbA pilots at the ecosystem level; and the formulation of national policies and building an economic case for EbA at the national level.

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Gurung dai of Chitre village shares secret of his happiness

“I still don’t understand why people migrate to the cities when you have everything here,” says Mekh Bahadur Gurung, Chitre-2, Parbat.

The couple of Mekh Gurung and his wife Vhim Kumari is among the few families who have returned Chitre after few months’ “dreadful” experience in the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

“I am going back to cities again even if I am given Rs. 100,000 a month,” Grung says.

Mekh and Vhim Gurung on the yard of their home

All of his sons and daughters have left the village home for jobs and other comforts in the cities. Gurung and his wife Vhim Kumari live a peaceful and healthy life in a beautiful stone house that faces a majestic Mt. Fishtail.

“My sons have left for wealth and comfort. But I am not going to go anywhere. I have everything there, there is no loadshedding, no shortage of water and fresh air,” says Gurung dai. Along with other members in his community, he runs a home stay service also in his home.

A group of 10 visitors, including five journalists form Nepal Television, OnlineKhabar, ABC news and UNDP, who stayed overnight in Gurung dai’s home left the next morning with some sort of inspiration that would always make them miss the life wise people of Chitre are living.

An informed journalist who does no harm

December 26, 2015

"Woman burns her boyfriend alive," a local online news portal ran a sensational news that went viral in the social media, immediately triggering a series of abusive comments about the woman in question. The news spread like wildfire, all demonizing the woman sex.

What followed was angry protests from women's rights activists against the 'media malice' against women. "The news insults the entire women's lot, as it makes a gross generalization," they said. "The media should be condemned."

Most of the media went on sensationalizing the news further. Some went on to write "woman burns man for unrequited sex". This further infuriated the women's rights activists in particular. The truth about the incident, however, was still far from clear.

One of the journalists, Rudra Subedi was not happy with the way news was being crafted and the way the NGOs were slandering the entire media fraternity. A big confrontation was impending.

"I was not convinced from any angle that the news was true," Subedi said. "Many were behind cheap sensation without checking the ground reality as it was a very sexy news to make a quick sell."

Subedi's investigation with the help of the police led to a revelation that the woman did not burn the man for sex but instead the inebriated man attempted rape with her 13-year-old daughter (from earlier husband) and he got burnt with an oil lamp in a fracas.

Subedi's investigation and the balanced news that followed did not only save the woman from being socially outcast, it also helped douse the fire that was burning following the wrong news. Subedi also cautioned the NGO activists not to criticize and demonize the entire media.

"I would have followed the insensitive bandwagon had I not oriented on Do-No-Harm approach," said Subedi, who had just attended a Do-No-Harm training from UNDP's Conflict Prevention Programme (CPP). "As a chair of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists in Banke, it quickly clicked in my mind that it is the right time I should orient my fellow journalists on Do-No-Harm and gender-sensitive approach."

Under Subedi's leadership and facilitation of Fedeartion ofNepalese Journalists, over the next one month, around 200 journalists from the local radio, FM, television and newspapers were oriented on gender-sensitive reporting and DO-NO-Harm approach.

Thanks to the DO-NO-HARM approach. It has enabled quite a few journalists like Subedi to play crucial and proactive role in promoting peace journalism which helps maintain social cohesion and avert potential conflicts at troubled times. [Story by Kamal Raj Sigdel, Photo by Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi]

अमेरिकामा; नायिका केकी अधिकारी र गायिका नलिना चित्रकारको फोटो खिच्नेहरुको घुँईचो लाग्यो


चर्चित गायिका: नलिना चित्रकार र गायक: रन मगरको आवाजमा रहेको एउटा बिल्कुलै नयाँ शैलीको गित "क्यामेरामा हैन मेरो फोटो" को म्युजिक भिडियो हालै मात्र अमेरिका पुगेकी नायिका केकी अधिकारीको बेजोड अभिनयमा अमेरिकाको न्यूयोर्क,रोचेस्टेर सिटिमा छायांकन गरिएको छ ।

पछिल्लो समय एसिड प्रकरण संबंधि भिडियोको "ओईलिएर झर्न दिन्न" र अर्को समसामयिक रमाईलो "सेल्फी हाँनौला" बोलको गित लेखेर चर्चा बटुलि रहेका युवा गितकार: डि.पी. खनालले फेरि पनि यो फरक शैलीको "क्यामेरामा हैन..." बोलको गित लेखेका हुन् भने सोही "सेल्फी" गितका शसक्त गायक तथा सँगितकार: शँकर थापा"स्माईल"को सँगित र युवा सँगित सँयोजक: उदय राज पौडेलले यसमा सँगित सँयोजनको काम गरेका छन् ।

अमेरिकामा बसोबास गर्दै आएका गायक : रन मगर र चर्चित गायिका: नलिना चित्रकार को यूगल आवाजमा रहेको यस गितको म्युजिक भिडियोको निर्देशन भने : प्रजित रानाले गरेका छन् । नन्दु तरालीको प्रस्तुति रहेको यस् भिडियोमा अर्जुन देवसनले छाँयाँकन तथा सम्पादन गरेका छन् ।

काँशी कँडेलको फोटोग्राफी र ग्रीस तमु को ड्रेश डिजाईनिङ्मा बनेको यो म्युजिक भिडियोम नायिका केकी अधिकारिको साथमा गायक : रन मगर स्वयं र मोडेल: रेबिका शँकर तथा दुर्गा कट्टेलले अभिनय रहेको छ! यस म्युजिक भिडियोलाई अब चाँडैनै प्रदर्शन गर्ने तयारिमा रहेको र यो गित र भिडियोलाई पनि दर्शक तथा स्रोताहरुले मन पराईदिनु हुनेछ भन्ने आशा राखेको बताए गायक: रन मगरले ।

नेपालमा पहिलो पल्ट सेल्फी संबंधि गितको भिडियो सार्बजनिक।।।

 हुन त सेल्फि सम्वन्धि गित र म्युजिक भिडीयोहरु अन्य मुलुकहरुमा धेरै बनिसकेका छन् र बन्ने क्रमपनि जारी छ. तर नेपालको सन्दर्भमा भने पुर्णतया सेल्फिमा आधारित रहेर बनेको प्रथम गित यही नै हो 'सेल्फि हानौला'। सेल्फिसम्वन्धि रमाईलो अनि व्यंग्यात्मक यस गितको परिकल्पना तथा रचना युवा गितकार डि.पी. खनालले गरेका हुन् । गायक तथा संगितकार शंकर थापाको संगित, स्माईल स्वयं र प्रतिभाशाली नवगायीका लक्ष्मी नेपालीले यसमा आवाज दिएका छन् । यस गितमा संगित संयोजन उदयराज पौडेलले गरेका हुन् । पछिल्ले समय गितकार डि.पी. खनाल, संगितकार तथा गायक शंकर थापा र संगित संयोजक उदयराज पौडेलको सहकार्य नेपाली संगित बजारमा निकै चर्चामा छ । उक्त म्युजिक भिडीयोमा निर्देशन कमल एक्चै मगरको रहेको छ । निरोज श्रेष्ठले खिचेको यस भिडीयोमा कोरियोग्राफी दिपक सुनारको रहेको छ । भिडीयोमा मोडल सुरज अधिकारी र सुस्मिता श्रेष्ठको अभिनय रहेको छ । यस गितको म्युजिक भिडीयो विशेषतः सेल्फिमा आधारित हाउभाउ र भाव-भंगिलाई आधुनिक विबोईङ डान्सको समिश्रणमा अब्बल तुल्याईएको छ । म्युजिक भिडीयोलाई सम्पादन विदुर दहालले गरेका हुन । यस गितको म्युजिक भिडियोलाई आरबी म्युजिक ले बजारमा ल्याएको हो ।Please Watch & Share This Funny Selfie Music Video.
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Ling Ling, Rasuwa - Nepal Road to Tibet

The top 10 Most Beautiful Countries are:


10. Kenya
9. Italy
8. Tanzania
7. Colombia
6. Argentina
5. Namibia
4. China
3. New Zealand
2. United States of America
And at the number one spot? 

1. Nepal

Nepal is by any means the most beautiful country in the world. The recent earthquake has given some dents but still the country retains its breathtaking beauty, smiling and welcoming as ever.

In praise of the beauty of this country, a travel writer said:

"If I have a second to tell my friends what could make them feel really good and happy and i am dying, i would tell them that; You must travel Nepal at least once in your lifetime before you die. Or else, you will not know what precious moment the world had to offer to you."

With world's top mountain, Everest, birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, most diverse flora and fauna (found in 70m to over 8,000 m altitude), and welcoming and humble people, we couldn't agree more! What do you think? Plan for your vacation.

[This is an opinion of this blogger, you are free to disagree with this conviction.]

Earthquake triggered Landlisde in Sindhupalchowk - Canadian Army clears

On May 12, the day when Nepal was shaken by second major earthquake, we were traveling back from Sindhupalchowk. Suddenly the earthquake shook the entire mountain and there were hundreds of landslides all around. One major one was this, video-taped here while we waited for the Canadian Army (was here fore rescue after April 25 quake) to clear it. Read more at:

Reaching Rasuwa's Ling Ling after earthquake with relief materials

A group of resident and nonresident Nepalis have distributed relief materials to earthquake affected people in Ling Ling of Rasuwa. The Ling Ling village is one of the most affected villages of Rasuwa, a district bordering Tibet on the north.

Despite the mighty rain and storm of Saturday, our mission to reach out to earthquake survivors near Nepal-Tibet border in Ling-Ling, Rasuwa was successful.

With live and active landslides and rain and 16-our long non-stop journey, it was challenging. But this was way less challenging than the life of the people in Ling Ling since the April 25 earthquake. More than 50 percent of the families in the village were landless and had received very little as relief, mainly due to its remoteness and lack of access by good road. The landslides kept many people away from the district.

Sincere Thanks to the team who contributed in purchasing the relief materials by raising Rs. 108,000 which paid for transport of two trucks and relief materials. The key contributors includes Kumar and Radha Pradhan and the family, JohnParajuli​ and his family, KamalSigdel and his family, VijayaSingh, VijayKeshari and others. The relief (1000Kg rice, 250kg beans, 100 kg salt packets, 50 liters cooking oil, soaps etc) reached to 200 members of 50 families in mountanious village.

Landslide blocks Kali Gandaki River Nepal: risks of floods, water overflows

A huge landslide has blocked the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal, north of the tourist city Pokhara. Few hours after the landslide occurred (midnight on May 24, 2015), the blocked water has formed a huge lake, submerging the blacktopped road, some settlements for over 7 kilometers above the block point. The Nepal Army and the geologists have observed the river blockade and the landslide, which is still active. The experts have ruled out any possibility of clearing the landslide debris to let the blocked water pass through. The local authorities have issued flood alerts and warned people in the downstream to evacuate their homes and go for safer places in high altitude. The reports are still coming in.

The risks of floods however was reduced after the water started draining out from the suddenly formed lake.

Live Earthquake Footage at Avenues TV - Dolakha after May 12 quake

Missing US helicopter found crashed

KATHMANDU, MAY 15 - After more than 60 hours, a search and rescue mission on Friday recovered the debris of crashed UH-1Y Huey helicopter at the Northern slope of Kalinchowk hill in Dolakha district. No survivors have been reported.  

Defence Ministry Secretary Ishwori Prasad Paudyal confirmed that the US military chopper was found crashed on the hillside. Further details are yet to come.

The chopper with six US Marines and two Nepali soldiers on board had been missing since Tuesday evening. The chopper was deployed for search and rescue mission to Dolakha, one of the districts hit hardest by both the quakes.


ICRC - Lake Chad: Striving to meet growing needs

Lake Chad: Striving to meet growing needs
Violence in Nigeria is not only claiming lives and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in the country itself; it is spilling over into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, where the humanitarian situation is also deteriorating. Across the Lake Chad region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing displaced people with food and household essentials and helping medical facilities to cope with the influx of casualties.
Months into the conflict, places such as Maiduguri, Yola and Gombe, in north-eastern Nigeria, have become home to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence. Some have settled in schools, government buildings and camps for internally displaced people. Others are staying with relatives and host families, putting additional strain on already impoverished communities.
“We are increasingly concerned about the impact of the conflict on thousands of families,” said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria. “Many of those affected in north-eastern Nigeria have had to travel long distances to reach safety and are now struggling to meet their basic needs. The aid we’ve provided will improve their living conditions, but it’s not enough. More has to be done.”
Increased burden on host communities
Most of those arriving in Maiduguri in recent weeks were fleeing Baga, scene of heavy fighting about 220 kilometres away. “The vast majority could not afford to buy their own food or other essentials,” said Janet Angelei, an ICRC economic-security specialist working in Nigeria. They therefore had to rely on the solidarity and generosity of host communities, already struggling to make ends meet, and on humanitarian aid. Since December 2014, the ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross have delivered food and essential household items to 15,000 displaced people in Maiduguri, 17,000 in Yola, 6,000 in Gombe, 3,000 in Jos and 5,000 in Kano. Distributions are still ongoing in Maiduguri.
In addition, the lack of sanitary facilities and insufficient water storage capacity in Maiduguri’s camps contributed to the spread of acute diarrhoea among this vulnerable population. The ICRC built latrines and improved access to safe water by increasing the water storage capacity in five camps, thereby benefiting more than 3,000 people.
Many families have been split up by the conflict, as they had to flee in different directions and many children became separated from their parents. ICRC and Nigerian Red Cross staff have registered unaccompanied minors in internally displaced communities in Yola, Maiduguri, Jos and Kano and worked with parents wishing to report their children missing. The number of children waiting to be reunited with their parents is growing. The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross will spare no efforts to reunite dispersed family members.
Surgical and medical assistance
The ICRC supported the authorities in upgrading Mala Kachala primary health-care centre in Maiduguri and training staff there. Over 100,000 patients now enjoy improved health care. The ICRC has also donated medical supplies to various hospitals in Potiskum, Damaturu and Maiduguri to treat people injured in the fighting and bomb blasts in the area in recent months.
The ICRC surgical team, working alongside local medical staff, operated on 38 patients at the Federal Medical Centre in Azare, as well as seven patients in Jos State Hospital, following bomb blasts in Bauchi and Yobe in November 2014.
Visiting detainees
In 2014, the ICRC visited people held in connection with the armed violence in more than 20 detention facilities. ICRC staff assessed detainees’ treatment and living conditions, and shared its findings in full confidentiality with the authorities. In-kind assistance was provided where necessary.
Impact on neighbouring countries
Thousands of people have now crossed into neighbouring countries in search of safety. The ICRC has stepped up its assistance to those affected by violence not only in Nigeria itself, but also in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Niger: Food for 45,000 people
Among those fleeing the violence in north-eastern Nigeria are tens of thousands who have found refuge across the border, in the Diffa area of Niger. In 2014, some 45,000 benefited from ICRC food aid there. Some 11,000 of them also received other essential goods, such as blankets, mats, clothes and mosquito nets. Thousands more have received ICRC aid in the first few months of 2015.
The ICRC also delivered medical and surgical supplies and equipment to Diffa regional hospital, to ensure that war-wounded patients received the care they needed.
Chad: Helping children trace their parents
Those fleeing the violence in Nigeria often had to leave their homes in a hurry. This resulted in families being separated, sometimes across borders. In this situation, children are extremely vulnerable. Working closely with the Red Cross of Chad, the ICRC has set up two stations in Chad where people can make free phone calls to their relatives. More than 2,000 such calls have been made so far, allowing family members to get back in touch.
In Chad, the ICRC has also:
  • registered 46 unaccompanied minors and is working on tracing their parents in order to reunite them;
  • visited 200 people arrested in connection with the violence;
  • trained some 100 judiciary police officers in international humanitarian law in relation to arrest, detention, and the use of force and firearms;
  • provided training in international humanitarian law to several presidential guard contingents about to be sent to the Lake Chad region.
From mid-February, the fighting spread across the Lake Chad region and spilled over into Chad itself. The ICRC quickly stepped in and provided a war-wounded kit, containing approximately one tonne of medical supplies, to Bagassola hospital.
Cameroon: Preparing to meet basic needs
In Cameroon, needs are also growing. ICRC teams are preparing relief efforts to meet the basic needs of displaced and host communities in the far north of the country. The ICRC has also:
  • trained Cameroon Red Cross volunteers to support the ICRC’s efforts to restore contact between family members separated by the conflict, some of whom have sought refuge in Minawao camp;
  • visited detainees in Maroua prison, in the north of the country, to assess their conditions and treatment.
The ICRC is also pursuing its dialogue with Cameroonian security forces operating in the north with a view to improving their knowledge of and respect for international humanitarian law.
For further information, please contact:
Dénes Benczédi, ICRC Abuja, tel: +234 706 418 90 02 or +234 703 595 41 68
Oumarou Daddy Rabiou, ICRC Niamey, tel: +227 96 66 12
Daphne Lucas, ICRC N’Djamena tel: +235 6 20 10 05
Sylvie Pellet, ICRC Yaounde, tel: +237 699 41 65 79
Jean-Yves Clémenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17
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Four levels of interpretation of 'If Not Higher' BBS, BSW, BA 1st Year

Four levels of interpretation of 'If Not Higher'

For your understanding:

There is a tendency among many religious communities to try to please God (out of fear/hope) despite the fact that many know serving the poor would better serve the God. In the story “If not higher”, I.L Perethz tries to convince the people that serving the poor and the needy is way more meaningful than just doing the prayers. He handles this religiously sensitive issue very carefully. In Nepal's context, this story could be interpreted as an advocacy to reject temple worship and accept people service -- believe in humanity (like Laxmi Prasad Devkota said). This could have been a very controversial story at that time, if it were handled poorly. He does not tell people to stop prayers but shows how people could serve poor and still continue their prayers. Here lies the greatness of the writer, and the story. Hence, we are still reading it today!

Four level

Literal Comprehension

There was a village and they used to have prayer every morning. But during the prayer the priest, Rabbi, would vanish. One curious fellow, Litvak wants to know where Rabbi goes during the prayer time. One day he secretly follows Rabbi and finds out that Rabbi actually disappears every morning to serve the poor and the needy. He sees Rabbi going to the forest, collecting firewood and giving it to an old women. Rabbi even helps the old women in kindling fire. Litvak was surprised to see this. He was very much impressed by Rabbi and immediately becomes his disciple.


Literal interpretation

The story tries to tell us that heavenly pleasure can be found here in earth in serving the poor and the needy. This story also tries to convey the message that serving the poor and the needy is more important and meaningful than prayers. The story redefines the concept of heaven in that it shows heaven in earth and demystifies the myth about Rabbi’s “ascend to heaven”.


Critical Thinking

One of the striking features of this story is that it draws from and relates to religious texts. However, instead of preaching any religious dogma, the story attempts to challenge the traditional notion of religious duties of a religious person. Without offending the religious community, the story tries to tell that religion is for humanity and God is happy when you serve the poor. This makes the story evergreen.

Another striking feature of the story that it presents some powerful characters, such as Litvak and rabbi. While Litvak is presented as a common man (a doubting Thomas) who is cynical of rabbi’s activities and people’s faith, rabbi as a wise priest who believes in serving the poor than just preaching or praying.


[How did you feel after reading the story? It's your feelings and views. So you can write yourself. You cannot be wrong in this, as it is just your own reflection. You can say the story chanced your views, behaviour, thoughts. Or say that the story taught some lesson, if any. Relate to yourself.]

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CA members clash during session

KATHMANDU Post , JAN 20 - Tension ran high in the Constituent Assembly in the wee hours of Tuesday after the UCPN (Maoist)-led bloc rampaged the Assembly following the move of CA Chairman Subas Nembang to allow a proposal for the formation of the Questionnaire Committee to work out the disputed issues of the new constitution before they are put to a vote.

The bloc, which had not given the names of its representatives in the Business Advisory Committee of the CA for the Questionnaire Committee, is against forming such committee arguing that the move may signal the end of the CA itself.

“Formation of the questionnaire panel will split the CA, paving the way for its demise,” said Baburam Bhattarai, chairman of the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC), before Nembang initiated the process for new committee formation. After CA members from the 19-party bloc encircled the well, Chairman Nembang put off the meeting until 1pm on Tuesday.

The CA members broke the seats and injured marshals deployed in the CA hall. One dozen security officials were injured in a scuffle when CA members attempted to break the cordon and reach for the CA chair’s seat. According to Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel, UML Chief KP Sharma Oli and Vice-chairperson Bidhya Bhandari sustained minor injuries.

This kind of unruly Maoist behaviour in the House is not new though. On September 19, 2010, representatives of the former rebel party assaulted then Finance Minister Surendra Pandey and broke his briefcase while he was due to present the budget in Parliament.

“The situation resulted from the unilateral approach of both the ruling parties and the CA chairman and they should be held responsible,” said Maoist Chief Whip Giriraj Mani Pokharel.

The ruling parties have condemned the action. “The Maoists have shown their true colours but the process will not be halted,” said Oli.

Before asking Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha to table the proposal for the Questionnaire Committee, CA Chairman Nembang said that since the PDCC has failed to either come up with consensus or to form the questionnaire as directed, the Assembly was undertaking the task as per the Rules of Procedure.

“This is a condemnable act. It cannot be excused,” Nembang said after the meeting was disrupted.

The major parties who claimed to be “closing gap” on the contentious issues on Sunday, failed to come up with concrete proposals though top leaders remained busy in cross-party meetings throughout Monday. The ruling parties in the cross-party meeting had floated various options including leaving the issue of federalism and forwarding issues related to judiciary, electoral system and forms of government to the Drafting Committee via the PDCC.

Another option put forth by the ruling parties was forming the questionnaire committee to sort the disputes. “But the Maoists and the members of their Morcha were averse to the idea. In that case, we suggested that the CA Chairman be allowed to act as per the Rules of Procedure,” said UML Vice-Chairman Bhim Rawal.

The Maoist-led bloc maintains that they agreed to demonstrate flexibility only if the other side was ready to concede ground. “We could be flexible on the forms of government only if the other side was willing to be flexible on federalism,” said Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Leaders of the agitating block maintained that the ruling NC and UML did not even agree to give them two days to discuss the options floated by them. “This made the conflict inevitable,” said Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahanta Thakur.

But ruling party leaders accused them of lingering negotiations as a ploy to get past the deadline. “They neither agree to withdraw their protest programme nor to initiate the process in the CA. Seeking extra time is a ploy to get rid of the deadline,” said UML senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal. Earlier on Monday Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli had a separate meeting. The two leaders also discussed a power-sharing arrangement after constitution promulgation and assurances that war-era cases will not be revived later, according to a senior Maoist leader.

Parties had been discussing multiple options for a “breakthrough”. For consensus sake, the Maoist party consented to six states provided that the ruling parties agree to give them “mixed” names.

On electoral system, the parties had claimed they had agreed to mixed system with the Maoists claiming equal distribution on direct and proportional representation categories. But sources claimed that the ruling parties floated 80/20 ratio, which was turned down by the alliance.

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