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This man from Nepal Terai used to make quilts during winter. Nowadays, he sells Panipuri and Chatpatey or what they say in Mumbai Bhelpuri. He makes lots of bucks in comparison to his investment.
We have to make it understood that a writer is no more important than someone who sells coconuts. – Paulo Coelho
True. Similarly, we have to make it understood that a President, a King, a Prime Minister or a General is no more important than someone who makes shoes or someone who sells coconuts. In fact, often the barber, the shoe or quilt makers and the tea or coconut sellers are more important than a President or a King. – Divas
This man from Nepal Terai used to make quilts during winter. Nowadays, he sells Panipuri and Chatpatey or what they say in Mumbai Bhelpuri. He makes lots of bucks if compared with his investment.
We have to make it understood that a writer is no more important than someone who sells coconuts. – Paulo Coelho
True. Similarly, we have to make it understood that a President, a King, a Prime Minister or a General is no more important than someone who makes shoes or someone who sells coconuts. In fact, often the barber, the laborer, the shoe or quilt makers and the tea or coconut sellers are more important than a President or a King. – Divas
Author:Dr. Abdul Ruff
Unsafe planes and poor weather conditions often cause tragedies and many people do not return home from their air journey.
All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather in Nepal were killed on Sunday, the 16th February. The announcement came after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event.
The passengers, among them a foreigner, and a crew of three were killed in crash at Masine hill in the village of Dhikura, 200 km (125 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu.
The crash highlights the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.
Army spokesman said all 18 dead bodies have been found. One was an infant, and nine of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, police added. There were no immediate further details from the remote area, authorities said.
Officials said the plane, a Canadian-made Twin Otter on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jumla in the far west, had broken into pieces, scattering the hillside.
The aircraft, owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corp, featured in the country’s first hijacking 40 years ago, when it was seized by the activists of Nepali Congress party during a struggle against the ruling monarchy.
At least 97 people have died in six air crashes in Nepal since 2010, the worst occurring in September 2012, when 19 people died after a Dornier plane crashed in Kathmandu just after taking off for Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
Many parts of Nepal experienced rain this weekend, with snow covering some mountainous areas. The downpours and bad weather prevented search and rescue helicopters from reaching the area of the crash until Monday.
In December the European Union blacklisted Nepali airlines and banned them from flying to the EU on safety grounds.
The monarchy was abolished in 2008 and the current Nepali Congress party chief, Sushil Koirala, a member of a noted political family who spent three years in jail in India over his involvement in the hijacking, is now Nepal’s prime minister.
Many people are wondering what Divas’s doing these days.. so, i’d like to give you some glimpses into my life these days…
The place I live nowadays is full of nature…
He’s one of my current neighbors… he’s a happy man… and proud of his long mustache… in fact, i’ve never seen him unhappy… he’s got one cow and one goat…and he tends after them all day every day… on the background is his house..
Recently his cow gave birth to her baby.. so nowadays he’s even more busy..
Don’t tresspass my territory: even a cock challenges me these days :D
This place is full of simple but beautiful ‘indigenous’ mud houses like this.. very close to my idea of an ideal house..except that it’s a bit bigger… n instead of the modified Tin roof, i’d prefer the original thatched roof made from Khar or dry grasses
This is the house adjacent to the house i live in..
Another simple yet beautiful ‘indigenous’ style house…
However, i live in this concrete house nowadays… some people call it ‘White House’ near the Pool House… coz there’s a snooker pool house nearby… my prodigal dad wasted all the bucks in making this house.. :(
This place is full of gigantic and artistic trees like this… n you’ll see many types of wild birds as well…
A disadvantage of concrete jungles: destruction of nature n consequently the climate..
The people here are fond of farming and growing veggies..
Hiking on the way to Changu… through the pine forests…
a girl lost in her Thangka painting… being a human being is an art..
btw guys, what are you staring at? The Thangka or the Thangka painter… ;)
A famous temple in Bhaktapur… Is it Nyatpol? i’m not sure..
Interaction of cultures: a ritual dance march with Jeans n T-Shirts…the local people love their own way of life.. walking through the streets of Bhaktapur gives you a feeling of human comraderie…
No entry to the same politicians :D : A sticker on the door of an ATM.. i really lol-ed when i saw it.. n the shopkeeper nearby lol-ed looking at me.. People everywhere in Nepal are wary of politics nowadays..
Nepal’s online media have started their censorship on my comments.
But, they don’t know that this is the age of internet revolution.
The media which have started boycotting my comments are setopati.com and onlinekhabar.com
i’m sure they must have gotten the order from their corrupt bosses.
However, what they don’t know is that i express the voice of the people.
And no one can stop me.
If used my influence, i can easily make them publish my comments.
But, I won’t do that.
Better to expose them.
The following are examples.
I don’t, how does finite explain the infinite.
What cycles? I’m generally agnostic, but it’s a question, how did mankind, with limited understanding, explain something with am unlimited capacity in all respects?
i use the word god in a utililitarian sense
u can also define god as a resultant force that makes the universe fuction the way it does
or u can also use the word god to define the level of higher conciouness
perhaps pantheism is the most beautiful utilitarian definition of god..that advises tolerance & acceptance of all living creatures
hwever, often it’s necessary to refute the idea of a ‘judgemental’ god to accomodate the changing cycles of so-called civilization
Guys, perhaps you don’t know that i’m one of the unofficial Obama Team consultants. Since i’m also interested in public health issues, some of Barack’s people are asking me to show my solidarity publicly with Barack on his ObamaCare.
Well, it’s true that i admire Barack – especially for his spontaneity and friendliness.
That Barack is the President of the United States is itself a phenomenon in the history of mankind.
Those who’re fond of digging into history know it well that I’m not exaggerating.
Still, you guys know that I do not support any policy blindly, even if it were Barack’s.
I may also disagree with the presidents of the United States on many issues especially on foreign policy and on their military strategies as well as nuclear programs.
Yet, I do feel like supporting Barack on his social security programs, including the ObamaCare.
ObamaCare or legally the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010 with the goals of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance.
The law requires all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or pay a per month fee for each month without coverage.
The new health care law makes Health insurance available to most uninsured low and middle income individuals through a health insurance exchange also known as a health insurance marketplace.
I don’t want to go into the technical details, I myself don’t know many of the technical aspects, and you can find everything on the net.
Moreover, there’s also a fierce debate going on for & against ObamaCare’s affordability & efficacy.
Whatever, I just wanna say something about the philosophy behind it.
It’s based on the philosophy that it’s the government’s responsibility to make the basic services like healthcare affordable for its citizen – especially for the lower income people – and it should not be left at the mercy of market alone.
And that’s the philosophy of people like us who passionately believe in that no one should go astray in want of basic needs & services.
Ironically, although US is a rich country and a world leader in many aspects, especially in nuclear arms(satire intended), US governments so far have been among the most irresponsible governments when it comes to look after their own people.
And there’s where i support Barack on his domestic policy.
I’ve been suggesting US governments for a long time that instead of wasting their time & energy in manipulative foreign policy based on attacks & paranoia, the US policy makers should rather focus on domestic policies and in the well-being of American people.
And Barack seems to be doing the same, despite his limitations.
For example, look at the following ObamaCare policies – which could be a guideline for the governments and policy makers of other countries as well.
ObamaCare at a glance:
* Free preventive care, including check-ups and vaccinations
* Money back if your insurance company doesn’t spend at least 80% of your premium on care
* No more lifetime limits on how much your insurance company will pay for
* Children and young adults can stay on their family plans until they turn 26
Moreover, look at some specific healthcare benefits they promise:
No Denials: You can’t be denied coverage, regardless of your health.
Preventive Care: Go ahead, get that checkup or vaccine — thanks to ObamaCare, preventive services are no cost to you.
Maternity and newborn care: Is your family getting bigger? ObamaCare will keep you and your bundle of joy covered.
Pediatric Care: Their care is covered, including vision and dental.
Emergency care: With ObamaCare, any emergency room visits are covered.
Prescriptions: Your health care plan must now cover prescription drugs.
Women’s Health: You won’t be charged more just because you are a woman.
Financial Assistance: You may qualify for financial assistance to help you pay for your plan.
Mammogram & Contraception: You’ll no longer have to pay out of pocket for a mammogram or contraception.
Rehabilitation: ObamaCare will help cover your rehabilitation if you get injured.
So, for a quixotic & utopian person like me, it’s but natural that i support Barack & his team’s ObamaCare.
And i don’t understand why some critics still claim that ObamaCare is a false promise.
Editor’s Note: An Example of a Regulated but Friendly Border. Millions of people cross the Canada-US border every year with ease. When traveling between Canada and the United States, it’s necessary to pass through Customs and Border Protection at the border. The professionals who work at Customs are highly trained and the process is generally very simple. They’ll ask to see your ID, ask about your citizenship and ask you to show one of the documents. India & Nepal governments also need to work toward strict but friendly regulation of the Indo-Nepal border. Better to seal the border except for the trading points between the two countries, so that unwanted activities both from the state & non-state actors may be checked. This blogger Divas has felt an improvement on the Indo-Nepal border conditions since his last report.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited & Rearranged by Divas
Canada is worried about pollution from US factories near its border, and about the possible impact on the environment of the exploitation of oil deposits in Alaska.
Nearly 90% of Canadians live within 200km of the border with the United States, which means that Canada contains vast expanses of wilderness to the north.
The US and Canada are each other’s largest trading partner. The North American Free Trade Agreement, involving Canada, the US and Mexico, has brought a trade boom for Canada.
In the past years, Canadian officials have complained of drug, cigarette and firearms smuggling from the United States while U.S. officials have complained of drug smuggling from Canada.
Close economic integration exists with the US, but Asian markets are growing in importance.
Strong historical ties to the UK remain, while Quebec looks towards France.
Canada often plays a major role in UN peacekeeping missions.
The relationship to its “powerful neighbor” USA is said to be a defining factor for Canada.
Canada often cooperates closely with the US, but does go its own way sometimes.
But thorny issues abound. American moves which impact on Canadian exports, in the form of tariffs on Canadian timber and increased subsidies for US farmers, have created particular tension.
Canada has been asserting its sovereignty in the Arctic with growing vigor and has become embroiled in territorial spats with the US and Denmark. At stake is the possible bounty from previously-untapped reserves of oil and gas.
Similarly, Canada pursues a foreign policy that is distinct from that of the US.
Canada has committed troops to the American-led war on terror, but does not back the US trade embargo on Cuba. Canada also did not send troops to join the US-led war in Iraq.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, the challenge of securing the 9,000-km Canada-US border from possible terrorist infiltration prompted both countries to look at ways of sharing information.
Canada’s indigenous peoples make up around 1.5 million, more than 4% of the total population.
The way in which provincial governments share land and natural resources with native groups is an ongoing issue.
Canada Citizenship Reforms
Focusing on checking the dual citizenship the Canadian government has proposed sweeping changes to its rules on citizenship.
Under the plans underway, Canada would be able to revoke citizenship from dual nationals who have been convicted of terrorism, spying or high treason.
Also, applicants would now have to pass a knowledge test and have proficiency in English or French.
The new measures target those with dual citizenship found or suspected to have membership in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.
Citizenship could also be revoked for any dual nationals “convicted of terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offences”.
Other proposals for new applicants include having to wait six years to apply for Canadian citizenship instead of the current four.
Would-be citizens would need to be physically present for four of the six years and declare their “intent to reside”.
Currently they must establish legal residence for three of the four years but do not have to be physically present or intend to reside in Canada.
The proposals also include tougher penalties for immigration fraud.
The largest source of new immigrants to Canada is Asia, led by China, India, the Philippines, and Pakistan and their number keeps increasing every year.
Chinese immigrants have flocked to Canada’s west coast and transformed Vancouver into Canada’s very own Asian metropolis.