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 ।
3. New Zealand
2. United States of America
And at the number one spot?
1. NepalNepal 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.]
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.
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.
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.
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
or visit our website: www.icrc.org
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!
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.
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”.
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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