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Babajan’s chef inspires in a new place

After six years of success at Babajan’s Bakery and Cafe in Carlton North, business owner and chef Kirsty Chiaplias is gearing up for a new adventure at a second CBD location.

Proving that when it comes to its Turkish-inspired treats and renowned Middle Eastern dishes, two places for the community are always better than one.

Officially opened on June 21 after a soft opening in the previous week, Babajan’s second location on Little Collins St has already received “good feedback” according to Ms Chiaplias.

The biggest surprise for her being the community members who not only work in the area but also live there.

“I was surprised how many people live in that end of town, so it was good to meet a lot of community members,” she said.

“A lot of people come looking for stuff to take home, cook and eat.”

As a smaller store than Carlton North, the focus has been on the business aspect of the store, with a wall lined with packaged and jarred products from Babajan – something Ms Chiaplias has worked to provide people during the pandemic.

This second store also doesn’t have a ‘proper kitchen’, but the biggest selling point is the extensive counter offerings.

From homemade boreks and simits to grain salads, hearty vegetable salads and sandwiches, customers will be spoiled for choice.

“I’m just trying to focus on what we can comfortably do as a business, what my team can do and what Melburnians want from us,” Ms Chiaplias said.

Leaving the kitchen as the original Babajan grew older, Ms Chiaplias found herself doing what she loves after feeling the pressure of being in the hospitality industry and losing many of her staff. beloved.

“Getting a chef was very difficult so I’m back in the kitchen five days a week which is my favorite as I’m happy to be in the kitchen as long as someone else can do my other job” , she said.

“It has been difficult as we had so many great people and a great team of hospitality professionals from France, India, Nepal, Colombia and Ireland before COVID. It’s hard to replace people who need to move on.

Although she noticed the change in the hospitality industry even before COVID and feels the extreme pressures of a lack of staff, Ms Chiaplias is certain that being in the CBD is the place to be. .

“The city survives and it’s like a period of testing [at the moment] because the weather is not good,” she said.

“The sun will rise and the weather will calm down, and people will start to be outside again.”

In the meantime, the Babajan team will continue to delight its customers with homemade salty or sweet delicacies in the heart of the city.

Babajan is located at 1 Little Collins St and is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Group aims to stop ‘predatory’ payday loans in Michigan

(WXYZ) – As inflation puts pressure on families, others could turn to payday loans for help. But some say the law allows predatory payday lending in Michigan and it needs to change.

The nonpartisan Michiganders for Fair Lending said it submitted more than 400,000 signatures to put payday loan regulations on the ballot in November.

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It was a pothole that caused a big financial bump down the road in Amber Wyatt’s life. His car needed repairs.

“I thought it was something simple, so I took it to the mechanic. I found out it was something big. $715 big,” Wyatt said. “I couldn’t afford to pay. So I had to borrow money to get my car and go to work.”

She took out a salary advance in November.

“I got the money like this. The problem is you borrow $600, you have to pay back $677,” Wyatt said.

She then found herself having to replenish and renew that payday loan, each time getting significant new fees. And life went on. She went on maternity leave to have her beautiful baby 4 months ago.

“We’re all trying to survive and keep lights and shelter and food on our kids’ tables,” she said.


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There are currently laws in Michigan limiting the fees charged on payday loans, but many don’t realize how high the interest rates they pay are.

According to the Michigan Department of Financial Services and Insurance, if you borrow $100 for 2 weeks, the maximum charge allowed is $15. That might not seem like a lot, $15, if you’re in trouble. But if you break it down into interest, $15/14 equals $1.071429 per day. For a loan of $100, you convert it to an annual percentage rate by multiplying it by the number of days in the year. That’s 391% interest per year MAX for a $100 Michigan loan.

Source: Michigan Attorney General’s Department

Now there is a movement to lower this rate with a new law.

“There are more payday loan stores than McDonald’s,” Josh Hovey said.

Hovey is the spokesperson for the Michiganders for Fair Lending campaign.


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He points to a Center for Responsible Lending report that found here in Michigan, people spend more than $100 million a year on payday loan fees every year.

The Center says Michigan has what it calls a payday loan debt trap with average payday loans announced in 2021 around 370% per year.

“It’s fair to charge someone interest for a loan, but we don’t think 370% should be the number,” Hovey said.

Michiganders for Fair Lending has turned over more than 400,000 signatures that the state is currently reviewing. If approved, his petition would allow voters to decide whether to cap interest charged by payday lenders at 36% per year.

“It’s not an unreasonable thing to ask not to attack people,” he said.

When asked if it would put people out of business, Hovey replied, “No, I think any business should be able to make money on 36% interest.”

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7 Action News has contacted Check N Go and Advance America for their response to such a proposal, but has not yet received a response. However Advance America website says his fees are sometimes lower than the costs people face if they can’t accept a payday loan. He also says a 36% interest rate cap would not cover the cost of running their business and would be an effective ban on cash advances.

Wyatt has mixed feelings. The payday loan got her out of trouble, though she admits it got her into trouble again.

“When you have an emergency and you need money now, you don’t have much choice,” she said.

Bhutan and Nepal to sign bilateral trade deal

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The governments of Bhutan and Nepal are expected to sign a formal bilateral trade agreement in three months to promote and enhance trade and commerce.

So far, the two governments have not reached any trade agreement.

The draft trade agreement, which was discussed during the 4th virtual trade negotiations on June 20, provides for a preferential treatment agreement for imports from the other country. Such an arrangement is expected to stimulate the export of not only mining products, but also all of Bhutan’s potential export goods.

Trade Director General (DG) Sonam Tenzin said, “When we don’t have an agreement, the goods are subject to tariffs, which makes them very competitive in the market.”

The DG said that with the agreement between the two countries, the goods would enjoy duty exemption.

The meeting finalized the text of the trade agreement and its protocol as well as the draft text on rules of origin. The rules of origin stipulate that the two countries will grant a concession for the origin of the country’s goods.

Sonam Tenzin said the revised list of goods for concessions was agreed to be updated by the two countries and shared shortly.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown steadily over the past decade, with total merchandise trade reaching Nu 862 million in 2021. This is an increase from Nu 398 million in 2020, Nepal being recorded as Bhutan’s fourth largest export destination.

Bhutan has been able to maintain a positive trade balance with Nepal since 2016, with exports increasing every year. Despite the absence of a formal trade agreement, the trade record has been progressive.

Imports mainly included slag, dross, scales of iron or steel, statues, ready-made clothes, kitchen appliances, silk clothes, mobile phones, religious articles and printing machinery.

Major exports to Nepal were gypsum anhydrite and gypsum plaster, collectively accounting for 97% of total exports. Other goods included wooden crockery and cooking utensils, incense sticks, soap, handmade paper and bamboo products.

The Bhutanese delegation was led by Director General of Trade Sonam Tenzin, and the Nepalese delegation was led by Dr. Narayan Prasad Regmi, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply.

The third trade talks took place in Nepal in August 2019.

Female volunteers take advantage of Generation Amazing football for development sessions

Doha: Female volunteers from Qatar participated in Football for Development sessions organized by the Generation Amazing Foundation, a FIFA World Cup legacy program launched by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).

Held at the brand new Generation Amazing Community Club at the Al Egla Training Center in Lusail, the weekly sessions aim to teach essential life skills through football, such as communication, organisation, teamwork and leadership , while promoting inclusivity and gender equality. Participants have already supported a host of major CS events, including the FIFA Club World Cup™ and the FIFA Arab Cup™.

Generation Amazing Marketing and Communications Director Moza Al Mohannadi said the sessions are helping to leave a positive legacy of the FIFA World Cup™ in the country.

“The sessions empower women and help them learn skills that will help them in their professional and personal lives,” she said. “We are proud to offer these sessions to women who have played an active role in supporting major events across the country. A number of course facilitators have started out as participants in Generation Amazing sessions – a testament to the impact of this project. »

One of the course leaders, Yasmeen Shabsough, is the Team Services Planning and Operations Coordinator at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. She previously played for the Jordanian women’s national football team.

“Organizing projects like this is vital before we organize the World Cup,” Shabsough said. “The women here have taken part in many test events and will be integral to the success of the tournament later this year. It’s great to learn through football and give back to the community.

Veronicah Mburu from Kenya believes her attendance at the sessions will support her bid to volunteer for the FIFA World Cup™ later this year. “It’s amazing to be part of a community of women who are as passionate about football as I am. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity to work on our personal development while getting to know each other. We make friends for life,” Mburu said.

“I learned many skills, including leadership and teamwork. These are invaluable assets for me as I hope to volunteer for the World Cup so I can help welcome the world to my second home in November and December,” she added.

Launched by the SC in 2010, Generation Amazing is active in countries around the world, including Qatar, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda and Uganda.

Through its football for development initiative, the foundation has positively impacted more than 750,000 people and aims to exceed one million beneficiaries before the end of 2022.

Investors demand effective measures to lift the market as unfavorable macro indicators send the Nepse index down sharply – myRepublica


KATHMANDU, June 20: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) is currently in what experts call a “downtrend” mainly triggered by uncertainties raised by the deteriorating performance of the country’s macroeconomic indicators.

The stock market is considered as a mirror to reflect the economic position of a country. Poor stock market health is often seen as the start of a recession. Amid growing concern over whether Nepal’s economy has also recovered from a recession, the Nepse index has fallen notable points from where it was 10 months ago . Amid post-pandemic impacts, rising inflation, dwindling foreign exchange reserves and a turbulent international environment, experts are speculating on the cause of the stock market decline and its possible effect on the economy.

Less than 10 months ago, on August 18, 2021, Nepse closed at an all-time high of 3,198.60 points. On Sunday, the secondary market closed with its index at 1,934.11, down 39.5% from a record high. Analysts including Santosh Mainali, president of the Securities Brokers Association of Nepal, and Neeraj Giri, former executive director of the Securities Council of Nepal (Sebon), agree that the bearish trend in the stock market is due to the liquidity shortages and soaring bank interest rates.

“The economy has been facing a liquidity problem for a long time,” explains Mainali. Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) records show that the country’s banking sector has been in the grip of a massive liquidity crunch for the past few months.

According to the monetary policy announced by the NRB for the financial year 2021/22, banks and financial institutions (BFIs) are required to limit the credit-to-deposit (CD) ratio to a maximum of 90% by the end of the year. current exercise. . The CD ratio reveals how much a bank has lent out of its collected deposits. Due to excessive lending in the first months of the current fiscal year, banks have come under enormous pressure to manage their CD ratio, which has also hurt their loanable funds. “Banks have now started to focus on collecting loans rather than making them as the fiscal year draws to a close,” comments Mainali.

Therefore, interest rates increase. “The stock market is inversely proportional to interest rates,” says Giri, who served the regulator and recently retired.

Similarly, Mainali states that an increase in interest rates increases borrowing costs for those who invest in stocks through loans. “It makes deposit savings more attractive, leaving less to inject into the market.”

The political measures employed by NRB are another factor influencing the state of the stock market. The central bank, as part of its monetary policy for the financial year 2021/22, had restricted share-based payments, limiting an entity or individual to take out marginal loans – loans taken out to invest in shares using existing shares as collateral – up to Rs 40 million from a BFI and Rs 120 million in total. Many investors had to sell their shares to reduce their loan amount to the limit. “The loan limit has increased selling pressure,” Mainali adds.

A year ago, as the stock market soared, the central bank issued a directive prohibiting CIBs from investing in the shares of microfinance institutions and requiring them to hold the shares they purchased for at least a year. Bank officials said the measures were aimed at avoiding overexposure of CIBs in equity trading. However, this decision also prevented large sums of money from circulating in the stock market. It lowered demand in the market when selling pressure increased, pushing prices lower.

“These policies that NRB is currently using are the measures that were introduced when the index was around 3000 points – when the market was at its peak. Circumstances have changed since then and policies should too,” Mainali adds. .

In addition to this, experts consider the rising inflation in the country to be a reason for the downtrend. According to publications made available by the NRB, year-on-year consumer price inflation reached 7.87% in the tenth month of the current financial year, compared to 3.65% a year ago. “People will only invest if they can save from their income, which is less likely given they have difficulty meeting their usual expenses,” Mainali says.

Global stock markets also fell as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict nears its peak. The authorities concerned should not see this as a simple excuse, but rather as a necessity to intervene to safeguard the interests of a large number of investors.

“Overall, investors have little incentive to invest in the stock market,” Mainali comments on the current state of NEPSE. He believes that the government should intervene to motivate investors. “But the government must take action to increase demand. Taking companies that have more than 1 billion rupees in limited public capital, and letting non-resident Nepalese (NRNs) invest in the stock market could help increase demand.

However, Giri believes that apart from the liquidity crisis and rising interest rates, the trend is also caused by the exit of market investors who had entered the market after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mobility restrictions. The number of Demat accounts in the 2020/21 financial year alone increased by more than 1.5 million while it reached more than 5.2 million to date. Similarly, users of Meroshare, an online platform that allows investors to buy and sell shares of companies listed on Nepse, also crossed 3.78 million.

“When people couldn’t go out during lockdown, trading on the stock exchange was still possible through online means. So many people have entered the market,” says Giri. “Now that the pandemic has subsided and restrictions have been lifted, those who entered the market are now ceasing to invest after recording their profits. The remaining investors went into panic as the market fell. They began to sell their shares, which made the situation worse.

Giri, commenting on the impacts of NRB policies, said that although different people have suggested that central bank policies have caused the stock market decline, a certain conclusion cannot yet be drawn as no relevant studies have been carried out. has been conducted in this regard.

The fall in prices has resulted in losses of billions of rupees for investors. Margin calls are on the rise. Margin calls occur when the value of securities in a brokerage account falls below a certain level (known as the maintenance margin), requiring the account holder to deposit additional cash/securities to meet the margin requirements.

Shareholders who had taken out margin loans to invest in stocks have struggled to repay the loans when the value of their equity declines. Mainali believes that if the government, NRB and SEBON do not work in coordination to save the stock market, the downtrend can have a severe impact on the economy. “The real estate market is also in crisis, all our activities are import-oriented and the government has restricted imports. A stock market crash under such conditions would increase the illiquidity of the economy. It is a serious threat,” says Mainali.

On the other hand, Giri sees the downtrend as another part of the cyclical nature of the stock market. He believes that the performance of listed companies is central to the health of the equity market. “The downtrend may not last long. A new fiscal year is about to start, and companies are expected to release their annual reports. Their positive annual reports may encourage people to invest in the stock market. This will boost investor confidence,” he said. he added.

LIVE: Maharashtra sees 4,004 new Covid cases in 24 hours; 1,530 in Delhi

Assam was rocked by devastating floods caused by relentless rain affecting nearly 3.1 million people in 32 districts, while eight more people lost their lives on Saturday, raising the death toll to 63, officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to provide an update on the situation. The CM also visited some relief camps housing affected people in Kamrup and Darrang districts. A total of 1.89 million people were affected Friday in 28 districts across the state.

Delhi recorded 1,534 new Covid cases and three more deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate stood at 7.71%, according to data shared by the city’s health department. As of Friday, the nation’s capital had recorded 1,797 coronavirus cases, the highest in nearly four months, as well as one death as the positivity rate stood at 8.18%.

A police vehicle was torched and two Uttar Pradesh Roadways buses were vandalized in Jaunpur as unrest against the Centre’s Agnipath program spread across the state. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers protested in Meerut over this. No less than 340 people have been arrested so far, including those who have been taken into preventive custody. In Kannauj, youths staged a protest at Saurikh on the Agra-Lucknow highway to demand the withdrawal of the project.

Launch of training for newly elected local authorities on localizing disaster risk reduction and management – Nepal


Kathmandu – On June 17, USAID/Nepal launched training for newly elected local authorities on disaster risk reduction and management. The training, which will be delivered in all 753 municipalities, will help municipal councils to draft targeted DRRM laws, policies and strategic action plans. Collectively, these form the basis for enhanced capacity to reduce disaster risk and improve community and government capacity to respond to disasters.

“I hope this training will be beneficial in developing a common understanding of local government roles and responsibilities in terms of DRRM and identifying pressing DRRM issues and ways to work together to mainstream DRRM,” said Lorena Lando, IOM Chief of Mission for Nepal addressing the event.

“The reality is that if a disaster strikes your municipality, residents will turn to your offices for immediate assistance and longer-term solutions. Preparation and planning are essential for optimal and timely responses as much as for prevention and minimizing risk through planning,” added Lando.

Speaking at the event, USAID/Nepal Acting Deputy Mission Director Elizabeth Hogan said, “The well-being and continued success of Nepalese communities is highly dependent on disaster risk management. strong and fair. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Government of Nepal and local communities to address challenges on pressing DRRM issues and avenues for us to work together to mainstream DRRM in the coming days.

The newly elected Mayor of Chandragiri Municipality, Ghanshyam Giri mentioned that earthquakes, floods, fire hazards and road accidents are among the disaster threats to the municipality. With this two-day training, we hope to learn and deepen our understanding of disaster preparedness and response. Moreover, he added that a small preparedness action saves many human lives.

Co-Secretary, Rudra Singh Tamang of MoFAGA commended Chandragiri Municipality for setting a milestone on the road to disaster risk reduction and management and hopefully this will positively influence other municipalities in advance the DRRM action.

The 2017 monsoon in Nepal caused flooding in 35 of its 77 districts. More than 190,000 homes have been destroyed or partially damaged, leaving tens of thousands displaced and homeless. Similarly, following the 2015 earthquakes, 2.8 million people were displaced and more than 117,000 people in the 14 worst affected districts had to seek refuge in makeshift camps.

The training is part of IOM’s support to the Government of Nepal in strengthening the legal framework and capacity at local levels for effective and efficient disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities.

Over the next five months, USAID, in partnership with IOM and the Government of Nepal, will train approximately 18,000 locally elected officials and government officials based on Disaster Risk Management Localization Manual: An Operational Training Manual for Building DRM Capacity of Local Governments. These trainings will be organized by the consortium of project implementing partners, led by the National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) in partnership with Practical Action Consulting and the Lutheran World Federation.

For more information, please contact Ruchi Thapa at IOM Nepal at Mob: +977 9841 365 316, Email: Ruchi Thapa: [email protected]

IN PHOTOS | Strong and proud: Pride parades are back

Since the onset of the pandemic in late 2019, Pride celebrations have been suspended in Canada and around the world. But these events are returning to many cities here and abroad this year.

Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York, a watershed moment in the fight for equal rights for LGBT people. Here’s a look at some of the celebrations honoring diversity and inclusion.

In Canada

Inuvik hosted its first regional Pride event on June 10, and attendees included The Incredible Race Canada winners and youth from all Beaufort-Delta communities who flew in for the celebrations.

(Karli Zschogner/CBC)

Serenity LaDasha smiles on the Klinic float during the Winnipeg Pride Parade on June 5.

(Walther Bernal/CBC)

The annual Queen City Pride Parade returned to Regina on June 11 after a two-year hiatus.

(Radio Canada)

Some of the biggest Pride parades have yet to take place in Canada, including Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. And many other events celebrating Pride Month have already taken place. Here in Vancouver, students try out a rainbow staircase that was unveiled June 9 at the Vancouver School Board building to support the LGBT community.

(Ben Nelms/CBC)

A pedestrian crosses rainbow art in front of the Cornwall Center in Regina on June 3.

(Matt Duguid/CBC)

Pride in the United States

Fans and attendees celebrate along Hollywood Boulevard during the Los Angeles Pride Parade on June 12.

(Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

People march in the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March to celebrate Pride Month on June 4 in downtown Pittsburgh.

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A large portion of the Key West Sea to Sea Diversity flag is carried down a street in Key West, Florida on June 5. The flag, which originally measured two kilometers, was created by activist Gilbert Baker and stretched the length of Duval Street. from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico during Key West Pridefest in 2003.

(Rob O’Neal/The Key West Citizen/Associated Press)

Through Europe

Participants march during the annual Lyon Gay Pride in central France on June 11.

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Participants gather for the annual Pride March in Rome on the same day.

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A participant poses for a photo during the Baltic Pride Parade in Vilnius, Lithuania on June 4.

(Mindaugas Kulbis/Associated Press)

Participants unfurl a rainbow flag during the annual Belgian Pride Parade in central Brussels last month.

(Johanna Geron/Reuters)

Middle East and Asia

Others march during the annual Pride Parade in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 10.

(Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of people march through the streets during the Pride Parade in Jerusalem on June 2.

(Ariel Schalit/Associated Press)

People attend a pride parade in Bangkok on June 5.

(Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Members of the LGBT community sit under a rainbow flag during a pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal on June 11.

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Members and supporters of the LGBT community march during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade on April 24, in the Shibuya and Harajuku areas, on the final day of the event.

(Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Nepal to move Everest base camp. here’s why

Everest base camp is becoming dangerous due to climate change. The camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, which is thinning at a rapid pace

Global warming and human activity make Everest Base Camp in Nepal dangerous. AFP

Climate change is altering the Earth in more ways than we can even imagine. Nepal is preparing to move Everest Base Camp from its original position.

Global warming and human activity make it dangerous. Used by 1,500 people in the spring, the base camp is located on the rapidly thinning Khumbu Glacier.

Tara Nath Adhikari, director of Nepal’s tourism department, said Sky News that human activity and carbon emissions were accelerating the melting of the ice. “We have to protect the ice and snow on the mountain,” he said.

According to the researchers, the melting of the Himalayan ice, a consequence of the climate crisis, is destabilizing the base camp glacier.

Where will the base camp be moved?

Everest, located on the border between China and Nepal, has two base camps. The southern base camp on the Nepal side is more popular.

It is currently located at an altitude of 5,364 m. However, it is likely to be moved up to 400 m lower to a site where there is no ice all year round.

The plans for the venue change follow recommendations from a committee formed by the Nepalese government to monitor mountaineering on Everest.

According to Everest base camp manager Tshering Tenzing Sherpa, who works with the Sagarmatha regional pollution control committee, the existing site would not be suitable for more than three or four years, reports the Independent.

Nepalese government officials told the BBC that the camp could be moved by 2024.

How bad is the situation?

A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK showed that the segment near base camp was thinning at the rate of 1m per year.

According to mountaineering regulars, puddles have been observed on rocks as high as the South Col, a mountain pass, at 8,000m. Some said crevasses emerged under them as they slept at base camp. Frequent noises caused by crumbling rocks in the camp area have been reported.

The melting ice has created a creek that runs through the middle of the camp during the day but freezes over at night. And it’s getting bigger every year, according to a report published in Nepali time.

Does more people make it worse?

Nepal to move Everest base camp Here's why

Frequent noises caused by crumbling rocks in the camp area have been reported. AFP

The base camp attracts more people every year and that too is a problem. Khimlal Gautam, a senior member of Sagarmatha’s pollution control committee, said the presence of so many people at the base camp contributed to the problem.

“For example, we found that people urinate around 4,000 liters at base camp every day,” he told the BBC. “And the massive amount of fuels like kerosene and gas that we burn there to cook and keep warm will certainly have impacts on the glacier ice.”

Human waste and debris are also a concern, with climbers leaving behind empty oxygen cylinders, food wrappers and used ropes.

How will the change affect climbers?

Moving camp further down the mountain would add to the length of the climb from base camp to camp one, the next staging post for those climbing Everest.

A large majority of mountaineers climb Everest from Nepal. However, the number of climbers starting from China is increasing.

While the relocation of the base camp is on the cards, it will only be finalized after discussion with the local communities. “We have assessed the technical and environmental aspects of the base camp, but before moving it, we will have to discuss it with the local communities, taking into account other aspects like their culture,” Adhikari said. BBC.

With contributions from agencies

Global Payday Loans Market Report 2022: The Market Is Poised To

Dublin, June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Global Payday Loans Market 2022-2026” report has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The payday loan market is poised to grow by $8.4 billion over the period 2022-2026, accelerating at a CAGR of 4.34%

The market is driven by a growing awareness of payday lending among young people, an increase in the adoption of advanced technologies by payday lenders and the basic eligibility criteria are lower than other services and financial institutions.

This study identifies the growing number of payday lenders as one of the major reasons for the growth of the payday loan market over the next few years. Moreover, the growing adoption of online payment methods and increased spending on luxury goods among the adult population will lead to significant demand in the market.

The report provides holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers and challenges, and vendor analysis covering approximately 25 vendors. The report offers an up-to-date analysis of the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The payday loans market analysis includes type segment and geographical landscape.

The publisher’s robust vendor analysis is designed to help clients improve their position in the market, and in line with that, this report provides a detailed analysis of several leading vendors in the Payday Loans market. In addition, the Payday Loans Market analysis report includes insights into upcoming trends and challenges that will influence the growth of the market. It’s about helping businesses strategize and take advantage of all the growth opportunities ahead.

The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information, including contributions from key industry participants. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to an analysis of major vendors.

Main topics covered:

1. Summary
1.1 Market Overview

2 Market landscape
2.1 Market ecosystem

3 Market sizing
3.1 Market Definition
3.2 Market Segment Analysis
3.3 Market Size 2021
3.4 Market Outlook: Forecast 2021-2026

4 Five forces analysis
4.1 Summary of the five forces
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Threat of Substitutes
4.6 Threat of rivalry
4.7 Market Status

5 Market Segmentation by Type
5.1 Market Segments
5.2 Comparison by type
5.3 Storefront Payday Loans – Market Size and Forecast 2021-2026
5.4 Online Payday Loans – Market Size and Forecast 2021-2026
5.5 Market Opportunity by Type

6 Customer Landscape
6.1 Customer landscape overview

7 Geographic landscape
7.1 Geographic segmentation
7.2 Geographic comparison

8 drivers, challenges and trends
8.1 Market Drivers
8.2 Market Challenges
8.3 Impact of factors and challenges
8.4 Market trends

9 Supplier Landscape
9.1 Overview
9.2 Supplier Landscape
9.3 Landscape disturbance
9.4 Industrial risks

10 Vendor Analysis
10.1 Suppliers Covered
10.2 Market Positioning of Suppliers

  • Axis Bank Ltd.
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • Creditstar Group AS
  • DJS UK Ltd.
  • Enova International Inc.
  • FloatMe Corp.
  • Credit GAIN inc.
  • GC DataTech Ltd.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
  • KrazyBee Services Pvt. ltd.
  • Max U

For more information on this report, visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/l4xy12


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The fiery and inventive rice from Bangladesh

Dr Latiful Bari, a food safety and hygiene specialist at the University of Dhaka, says love for the snack is deeply embedded in the country’s collective identity: “Ask someone what he would like to have with his evening cup of tea, and if the answer is jhal muri, understand that they are bengali nationals.”

The locals also developed unspoken rules of etiquette. Using a spoon is a cardinal sin and reveals amateur status, Mitra said. And, according to Hamilton, the gesture of pouring a small pile of jhal muri into one’s hands before tossing it into one’s mouth with fluidity, precision and a bit of abandon is difficult for a non-Bangladeshi to master.

Like its resilient inhabitants, it is a brave and fiery food. Because when the muri-wallah gruffly asks, “How many jhal?”, it’s like asking if one is playful enough, bold enough – Bengali enough – to face it.

While some vendors are experimenting with high-end ingredients, such as boiled egg or quail, for purists, jhal muri will always be a robust vegetarian (and vegan) dish, where unpretentious ingredients are turned into a sublime and satisfying symphony. “I think [this gentrification] is a fad,” Mitra said. “Jhal muri is eclectic, not a one-size-fits-all, Michelin-star chef endorsed. In authentic jhal muri, no two bites – even from the same thonga – are alike. [Expensive meat add-ons] just don’t have that element of thrill.”

Ultimately, Bangladesh’s spicy snack is an ode to ingenuity and finding mystique in the mundane through a clever balancing act. Too dry, and it tastes like cardboard, Hamilton said, and if you make it ahead of time or get the liquid ratio wrong, it’s likely to go stale or soggy. But well done? “It’s quite an experience in itself,” she said, “You get a bit of everything.”

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In Nepal’s capital, rubbish puts off visitors and locals

Large amounts of rubbish, or rubbish, fill the streets of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, after protesters blocked a road leading to a dump outside of the city.

Protesters in the village where the garbage is abandoned accuse the government of not doing enough to protect them from waste.

A British visitor or tourist, Richard McSorley, recently spoke to Reuters news agency about the problem. He remembers how cleaner Kathmandu was when he first visited many years ago. “If I were a new tourist, I would be disgustedsaid McSorley, while pointing to a load of trash next to a city street.

The waste issue comes as government officials seek to attract more tourists after the country’s unstable economy was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For weeks, waste disposal has been an ongoing problem in the city surrounded by hills. The problems began after residents of the village of Bancharedanda resisted having rubbish dumped at a nearby landfill.

Biswas Dhungana was one of the protesters. He said that the villagers refused to allow the entry of trucks loaded with garbage. They say government officials have done little to provide basic amenities and efficient structures to deal with garbage.

People walk near dumped rubbish along the street of Bashantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as residents of a village near the dump site protest against the dumping of rubbish in their area preventing garbage trucks from reaching the dump site, in Kathmandu, Nepal on June 7, 2022. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Dhungana told Reuters: “We were forced to live like pigs in disgusting conditions for several years because the government did nothing to keep the village clean.

Last week, hundreds of villagers built a stone barrier on the road leading to Bancharedanda. He forced about 200 trucks full of garbage from Kathmandu to return without emptying their load.

Three witnesses said protesters also threw rocks from surrounding hills. Three police officers were injured. The police then fired tear gas to break up the protests.

Sunil Lamsal is a government official who oversees Kathmandu’s garbage treatment. He told Reuters he was working to address Bancharedanda residents’ concerns as soon as possible.

Lamsal said, “We are to coordinate with protesters and invite them to talks to resolve the issue.

But for now, trash continues to sprout on the streets of Kathmandu. This has led to increased anger for residents of the capital, such as Laloo Magar.

“I’m tired of authorities who can’t even keep the city clean,” Magar said. Magar added that the current waste situation in Kathmandu was “a disgrace.

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Gopal Sharma reported this story for Reuters. Gregory Stachel adapted it for VOA Learning English.


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Global Payday Loans Market Report 2022-2026 – Increased Adoption of Advanced Technologies Among Payday Lenders – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Payday Loans Market 2022-2026” report has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

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Tata Steel: [email protected]+ Women’s Trans Himalayan Expedition 2022


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Three long months, two countries, many challenges – uniting the spirited group is commitment and dedication

The [email protected]+ Women’s Trans Himalayan Expedition Team has just completed their month-long trip to the country of Nepal. After 90 days of rigorous trekking, the team is finally back on Indian soil.

Spending an entire month in Nepal, home to 8 of the 14 mountains above 8,000m, including Mount Everest, Earth’s highest peak, the team eagerly awaits the third and final leg of the expedition into the sub -Indian continent.

This journey started on March 12, 2022 at the Pang-sau pass on the India-Myanmar border where a group of 12 women aged between 50 and 68 under the leadership of Padma Bhushan Bachendri Pal, embarked on a 5 month trip. 4,977 km journey through the extreme Himalayas from east to west. The team had traveled a distance of 650 km across four states of the Indian subcontinent viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Upper West Bengal and Sikkim as they traveled over 1500 km in western, central and eastern Nepal.

Standing the test of age, these women have quietly paved their way across the state of Arunachal Pradesh. At an elevation of 3,727 feet, the Pangsau Pass marked the start of the expedition. Located in the Patkai Hills on the India-Myanmar border, this pass offers one of the easiest routes to Burma from the plains of Assam. The team paid homage to the village goddess before hitting the roads.

Leave the “I’m too old for that” barrier, the team walked an average of 25 km per day in the initial phase of the expedition, gradually increasing the distance over time. This was the acclimatization phase where the participating women as well as the support staff tuned their bodies to the mountain conditions.

The terrain is rough, the weather is calm, morale is high and the team is tough. The Indian Army, safeguarding the nation, accompanied the group to all counter-insurgency areas. Trekking through the highlands, resting on the side of the road, the team received a lot of warmth from the people of Assam. ‘Atithi Devo Bhavo’, some were offering refreshments, others wanted to know more about the expedition. Resting in the corn fields, visiting all the local authentics, having tea in the tea gardens of Assam, the ladies never miss an opportunity to mingle with the vast cultural expanse.

No amount of bad weather or adversity dampened the team’s spirit. There is no denying that the journey involved the ultimate human endurance – physical, mental and emotional. The day started quite early for the team around 4am. They used to start the hike at 4:30am while the sun was still down to cover more distance on cool, windy mornings. Crossing counterinsurgency areas, army men protected hikers throughout the stretch.

Crossing the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra River to the next destination, celebrating Holi in the accommodation, the warmth our team received from the people of Assam is amazing.

Gone are the days when the upper age bracket after retirement served to relax. This is the era of adventures and these women are the best example. Trekking through the rugged terrain under the guidance of the Indian Army, these brave women overcome every fear or doubt that arises. These women have broken the shackles of hectic city life to stand and gaze at the beautiful, serene mountains.

Crossing the high mountain passes of Nepal, the team is finally back on Indian soil. The mountains have always been a source of pride for Bachendri Pal who grew up on their knees and this endeavor is close to his heart. After two long years of meticulous planning, she embarked on this journey of a lifetime.

The team trekked the Annapurna circuit and reached Muktinath in Nepal. Dissecting high passes to get from mountain to mountain, the ladies reached Thorangla Pass at an elevation of 17,769ft – the highest so far. They are ready to tackle tougher passes in the Indian subcontinents like the Pharangla pass at an elevation of 18,300 feet and the Lamkhaga pass at 17,330 feet.

The trek is now open to the public. Interested women can join the sub-routes and enjoy the unique opportunity to trek with this legendary team.

This historic expedition will reach its final destination in Kargil during the last week of July. Shipping details are available at https://www.transhimalyanexpedition.org/.

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A certified workplaceMT organization, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel has been included in the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and is consistently ranked in the top 10 first steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. In addition to being a member of ResponsibleSteelMT, worldsteel’s Climate Action Program and the World Economic Forum’s Global Parity Alliance, Tata Steel has won several awards and accolades, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Recognition for its factories in Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden, and the Trophy of the Prime Minister for the most successful integrated steel mill for 2016-17. The company, ranked as India’s most valuable metals and mining brand by Brand Finance, was among CII’s Top 25 Indian Innovative Companies in 2021 and India Hurun Research Institute’s Top 10 Sustainable Organizations in the Capri Global Capital Hurun India Impact 50 in 2021, received Steel Sustainability Recognition as champion of worldsteel for five consecutive years, Ethisphere Institute’s ‘Most Ethical Company’ 2021 award, RIMS India ERM Award of Distinction 2021, Masters of Risk – Recognition for the metals and mining sector at the India Risk Management Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and ICAI Financial Reporting Excellence Award for the 2020 financial year, among several others.

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Students stage protest to demand rebuilding of Tri-Chandra campus – myRepublica

KATHMANDU, June 14: Students staged a protest in the capital, demanding the reconstruction of the Tri-Chandra multi-campus. Students demonstrated outside the college on Tuesday, demanding the reconstruction of the campus building, saying they are forced to study in dilapidated classrooms because the physical infrastructure of the campus has not been rebuilt.

Students complain that the very people in charge of government tend to forget the same place where they studied, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. They say it was unfortunate that the neighboring cities of Dharahara and Ranipokhari could not become an educational institution to improve the quality of education for students and make them qualified.

Speaking at the protest, Govinda Koirala, a student from the Trichandra campus, said there was a shortage of classrooms and students were forced to study standing up as the reconstruction of the building with red stickers after the 2015 earthquake has not yet started.

Koirala said the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) was commissioned to construct the building, but the Ministry of Education took over as the campus was not rebuilt last year. However, the ministry also made no effort to rebuild the damaged classrooms. Similarly, Sheren Joshi, another student on campus, said she had to study in constant fear of being buried as she felt the roof and walls of her classroom could collapse at any moment.

Similarly, students Surendra Bishwakarma and Bishnu Pandey said students had to take to the streets as the college buildings were not being rebuilt. Joshi shared that they had to take classes while being overwhelmed with fear due to the state of the campus classrooms.

Likewise, Jeevan Lama, the campus caretaker, said it was a shame that a campus where many financially disadvantaged students study could not be rebuilt. He said Nepali Congress General Secretary Gagan Kumar Thapa had also studied at the same school but was no longer interested now. He said immediate steps must be taken to rebuild the school with the help of stakeholders.

Lama said he had worked on campus for 20 years and said the college was not monitored by any government agency. He stressed the need for government employees and the government to begin repairs as soon as possible.

Parliament tells government to guarantee chemical fertilizers anyway


The House of Representatives has ordered the government to procure chemical fertilizers by any means necessary, even as countries around the world scramble to avoid a seemingly inevitable drop in crop yields due to a global shortage of nutrients.

On Monday, lawmakers from the main opposition party CPN-UML tabled an emergency motion of public importance demanding that other regular parliamentary programs be halted to discuss shortages of chemical fertilizers across the country. UML Chief Whip Bishal Bhattarai filed the petition.

“The attention of this House has been drawn to the shortage of chemical fertilizers,” said Agni Prasad Sapkota, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament.

He said 48 lawmakers spoke on the matter Monday. “Therefore, the motion has been presented to Parliament for deliberation.”

Fertilizer shortages have gripped countries around the world, raising fears of a food crisis if production does not meet targets. Nepal announced a 30 percent increase in food production, especially cereals, in its recently released budget statement.

During Monday’s deliberations, lawmakers, including those in Nepal’s ruling Congress, wondered how this would be possible without an adequate supply of chemical fertilizers.

A report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development published on June 8 indicates that the repercussions of the war in Ukraine extend human suffering far beyond its borders. The war has exacerbated a global cost of living crisis not seen in at least a generation, jeopardizing lives, livelihoods and our aspirations for a better world by 2030, according to the report.

According to the report, rising energy costs, trade restrictions and the loss of fertilizer supplies from the Russian Federation and Belarus have caused fertilizer prices to rise even faster than food prices.

Many farmers, and in particular smallholders, are therefore forced to reduce their production, as the fertilizers they need become more expensive than the cereals they sell.

Critically, new fertilizer plants take at least two years to become operational, which means most of the current fertilizer supply is limited, according to the report.

“Because of this key fertilizer issue, global food production in 2023 may not be able to meet growing demand. Rice, a major staple that has so far had low prices due to good supplies, and is the most consumed staple in the world, could be significantly affected by this declining affordability phenomenon. fertilizer for the next season.

Time is running out to avoid a food crisis in 2023 in which we will have both a food access and food availability problem, the report says.

“If the war continues and high grain and fertilizer prices persist until the next planting season, food availability will be reduced at the worst possible time, and the current crisis in corn, wheat and vegetable oil could spread to other staples, affecting billions more people.”

Lawmaker Bhattarai told parliament that the government should immediately start the process of importing chemical fertilizers through a government-to-government agreement.

Farmers across the country have faced a shortage of chemical fertilizers as the transplanting season for paddy has started in many districts.

“Plants cannot grow without fertilizer, we all know that,” Ganesh Kumar Pahadi, a UML MP, told parliament. “The government knew about this problem for months, but no one took it seriously.”

Pahadi said the fertilizer crisis had escalated and it was no longer up to the Minister of Agriculture to solve it. “The Prime Minister should take the lead and ask his Indian counterpart to bail out the country.”

Nepalese farmers are beginning to feel the effects.

As hill farmers have started transplanting paddy, farmers in Tarai are starting to sow the seeds as monsoon clouds entered Nepal from the east on June 5, eight days ahead of the scheduled start date revised June 13, according to meteorologists.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nepal’s annual requirement for chemical fertilizers is 600,000 tonnes. A third of this amount will be used during the paddy planting season, and farmers need to have at least 150,000 to 170,000 tonnes on hand to avoid a disaster.

The paddy transplanting season extends from early June to August.

Diammonium phosphate (DAP) requirements for the paddy season are 60,000 tons. The Department of Agriculture says there is no shortage of DAP this season.

But urea is another story. He doesn’t even have a grain of nutrient in stock.

Nepalese Congress legislator Bharat Kumar Shah told the House that they had reminded the government to set aside 30 billion rupees to import chemical fertilizers for the next fiscal year as prices soared.

“But the government didn’t listen. One of the reasons Sri Lanka has fallen into economic distress is poor agricultural policy. We should not repeat this mistake,” Shah said.

He added that it was not possible to import fertilizer from India as the southern neighbor was also struggling to manage it.

The government had allocated 15 billion rupees to import fertilizers for this fiscal year. Initially, it was estimated that the amount would be enough to purchase at least 500,000 tons. But due to rising prices, officials say it could be difficult to buy even 200,000 tonnes with the money.

According to the Customs Department, Nepal had imported 172,000 tons of chemical fertilizers in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year ending mid-July.

The legislators said that a shortage of chemical fertilizers always appears during the paddy transplanting season.

“In the next fiscal year, the coalition government has set a target to increase grain production by 30 percent,” Nepali MP Dila Sangraula Pant told parliament.

“Is this possible without applying chemical fertilizers to the plants? The motion filed by the opposition party is important. The government should be serious. Farmers should get chemical fertilizers in time,” Pant said.

The Agriculture Ministry said it was accelerating the import of chemical fertilizers from India through a government-to-government deal as the country faces one of its worst fertilizer crises yet. the paddy growing season.

The firm had recently cleared a bunch of legal hurdles to facilitate an urgent shipment of nutrients for urgently needed crops, and allowed the Agriculture Inputs Company to release the full advance payment to the Indian supplier nominated by New Delhi.

The Cabinet has also authorized the state-owned company to accept quality certificates and other documents issued by the Government of India at the port of discharge where the cargo will be discharged.

The Nepalese authorities are very hopeful that agricultural inputs will arrive by mid-July, thus avoiding a shortage with the paddy transplanting season already underway.

The shortage of chemical fertilizers, a political commodity, has become a headache for the government ahead of general elections due later this year.

According to the Nepalese Embassy in India, Agriculture Minister Mahendra Ray Yadav met Mansukh Mandaviya, India’s Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in New Delhi last Monday and requested a rapid supply of fertilizer, stressing its urgency. in Nepal.

The Indian minister assured Yadav that the fertilizer shipment would be sent to Nepal as soon as possible.

On Monday, lawmakers said the government should import chemical fertilizers even if it has to airlift the shipments from third countries if India hesitates to help Nepal.

The Minister of Agriculture is confident to receive chemical fertilizers from India, at least enough to alleviate the current crisis.

“We wrote to many countries asking if they could support us. But no one responded,” Agriculture Minister Mahendra Raya Yadav told parliament on Monday. “India has provided delivery. We are making arrangements to bring in chemical fertilizers from our southern neighbour.

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The news that the average Indian can expect to live about 69.7 years, about two years longer than the life expectancy of 10 years ago, is clouding the country’s self-image as a power emerging on the world stage. Of course, when viewed over a broader time horizon, India‘s life expectancy can be said to have improved by leaps and bounds from an abysmal 32 years at the time of independence. But 70 years of life expectancy for a 75-year-old nation seems modest compared to the world average of 72.6 years and compared to neighboring Bangladesh (which became independent 50 years ago) at 72.1 years and in Nepal at age 70. The country’s life expectancy rate is also significantly lower than China’s at 76.9 years. Although life expectancy exceeds the world average in the following Indian states and union territories – Delhi, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra – none of them surpass the record of China.



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First published: Monday, June 13, 2022. 11:17 PM IST

How an actor slapping a monk angered the Buddhist community

Gangtok: The release of Nepalese film Kabaddi 4 was meant to be a joyous occasion. Instead, the film was embroiled in controversy after lead actor Meruna Mangar slapped a monk, Phurba Lama, at the film’s premiere in Kathmandu, Nepal last month.

In a video shared widely on social media, actor Meruna Mangar accused monk Phurba Lama of touching her inappropriately during the first rush to a cinema in Kathmandu. She was seen in the video punishing the monk by making him “hold his ears and do sit ups”.

The incident worsened when representatives of various monasteries in Nepal and the Buddhist community at large tore down movie posters with calls for “Ban Kabaddi 4” during the screening in Nepal. While echoing the call for “Justice for Phurba Lama”. The incident also pushed the film’s release to other parts of the Himalayas. However, Phurba Lama and Meruna Mangar reached a consensus a few days later.

The film has since been released in theaters in Nepal, ending 15 days on June 13.

However, feelings for the monk reached Sikkim a few days later. Initially, a monk named Ongdi Pintso raised the issue in favor of Phurba Lama, demanding the film be banned in Sikkim. On June 11, representatives of the All Sikkim Monks Association also demanded that Kabaddi 4 be banned.

The members of the Association asserted: “We are not saying that the film should be banned indefinitely in Sikkim. We want justice for monk Phurba Lama who was unfairly slapped and disrespected by the actress. Until the controversy is settled amicably in Nepal, Kabaddi 4 is not expected to be released in Sikkim. This is our honest appeal to Government of Sikkimfilmmakers and movie theater owners in Gangtok and Namchi,” the Sikkim Monks Association said.

The association demanded a public apology from the actress “for hurting the feelings of Buddhists”. The association maintained that the monk is innocent of the incident and was humiliated for an incident of which he was not guilty.

On June 13, the producers of the film Kabaddi 4 – Sushma Production – directed by Sushma Gurung and executive producer Anmol Gurung held a press conference in Gangtok. They have initiated an apology to the Buddhist communities of Sikkim and Nepal for the controversy surrounding the monk and the actress.

Executive producer Anmol Gurung, speaking on behalf of Sushma Productions, said, “We are not against the Buddhist community in Sikkim or Nepal or anywhere else in the world. We support the call for “Justice for Phurba Lama”, we understand that the question raised is valid. We have sent letters of apology to the Buddhist association here in Sikkim and Nepal. The case was settled out of court in Nepal, and there was no ban on the film in Nepal. It works so well, and everyone is curious to know what happens in this love and cultural saga involving the main character Kazi.

Gurung maintained, “Since the matter was settled out of court in Nepal, we believe that the Buddhist community here in Sikkim should accept the apology we have offered. We are not against the Buddhist community, the film does not portray anything against the community. But the incident involving the individual actress has engulfed a call for a ban here in Sikkim as well as Darjeeling Hills. Initially, when the incident happened, we didn’t know who to apologize to or send our apology letters to. But now we have contacted the All Sikkim Buddhist Forum, the All Sikkim Monks Association and even movie theater owners for lifting the call to ban the film in Sikkim.

Anmol beat for producer Sushma Gurung, who hails from Gangtok. “Sushma Gurung is a girl from Sikkim, to have her production, which caters to so many artists not only from Sikkim but even from Nepal, people here must be proud of all she has put into the direction of Kabaddi 4. She too deserves justice here in her home state, for her dedication not only to this film, but to the countless social services she has rendered in the state.She ran a film production house promoting the talents and the state of Sikkim to the world. She deserves to have her film shown here in Sikkim,” Anmol added.

The producers placed Khadas on the microphones as a sign of respect to the monks of Sikkim, while apologizing for the incident. “We think Phurba Lama should get justice, but Meruna Mangar should get justice as well. It’s a war of perspectives. But those who are currently suffering are the film’s fans who are silently awaiting its release far from any controversy. We are also inclined to hold a special screening for Sikkim monks at different theaters here in Sikkim.

Additionally, the film producers opened up about how they cut the actress from the film’s promotional events, film posters, and even a few song releases were canceled due to the controversy. The producers claimed that this was all done to respect the feelings of the Buddhist communities.

The film, which has been running in cinemas across Nepal for 15 days, has generated more than 17 crore rupees in Nepalese currency. The filmmakers have affirmed how crucial the Indian market is for them, starting with Sikkim, where a large part of the Nepalese diaspora lives.

Producer Gurung shared, “We have reached a no-objection consensus with the three cinemas in Sikkim – Vajra Cinema Hall, Denzong Cinema Hall in Gangtok and Imperial Talkies in Namchi for the film’s June 17 release in Sikkim. We have also written to police officials so that the controversy does not occur in cinemas while ensuring a smooth premiere in Sikkim.

With or without the monks’ protest calling for the film to be banned, the filmmakers have approached cinemas for the film’s June 17 release in Sikkim.

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COLOMBO: Wasana, a 16-year-old kidney transplant recipient in Sri Lanka, relies on life-saving drugs to prevent transplant rejection.

But with Sri Lanka’s public health system bearing the brunt of the country’s worst economic crisis, Wasana’s family now faces the twin challenges of procuring new tablets and finding the money to pay for them.

“We can’t not give it to her,” Wasana’s older sister, Ishara Thilini, told Arab News. “In the areas where we live, we don’t even have these drugs.”

Most hospitals in Sri Lanka are struggling to provide the universal health care the country was once praised for, forcing patients like Wasana to find essential medicines elsewhere.

“We are hanging on. But there will be a limit to how long we can do that,” Thilini said.

The devastating economic crisis that has led to political unrest and ongoing mass protests is now rippling through health services and exposing patients to unprecedented vulnerabilities, as doctors warn they run out of medical supplies and life-saving drugs.

The country defaulted on its $51 billion external debt for the first time in its history last month, as inflation hit a record high of 39.1%. The island nation of 22 million people is suffering from shortages of essentials including food, fuel and medicine.

Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of its medical supplies, but with foreign exchange reserves depleted due to the crisis, hospitals are facing worsening shortages and dependence on foreign donors .

There is a lack of anesthesia, oxygenators and even betadine in some public hospitals, two unnamed doctors told Arab News. They declined to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

“It’s a very difficult situation for us right now where we can’t do what we have to do,” one said. “It is the patients who suffer.”

Sri Lanka’s health ministry said there was a shortage of medicines and obstacles to getting essential supplies.

“We need about $32-34 million for monthly expenses (on drugs), and we hope it will come from donations,” Dr. Hamdani Anver, a health ministry official in charge of the health ministry, told Arab News. coordinate healthcare donations.

Even with help from abroad, the Government Medical Officers’ Association, a union of government doctors, said the coordination was ineffective.

“There is a shortage of drugs. There was an intervention from the World Health Organization and friendly countries, and expats are also helping right now,” Dr. Naveen De Zoysa, deputy secretary of the GMOA, told Arab News.

“But the ministry failed to coordinate and there were delays in distributions.”

Nafeel Jefferey, of community development and social protection non-profit Care Station, said he had noticed more and more people asking for help from the charity.

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There is also a spike in drug prices, he said, as drugs that cost around $14 a month just eight weeks ago now cost around $21.

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A textbook case: what’s in it, what’s not in Karnataka’s textbooks

Revision of Kannada and Social Science Textbooks for Grades 1-10 in Karnataka Government Schools by a Textbook Review Committee set up by the BJP State Government and headed by a Mathematics teacher established a political storm due to the alleged saffronization of school textbooks.

Since the manuals were made available in the public domain on May 23, writers, politicians, religious seers and scholars have, while accusing the government of promoting a right-wing, conservative and pro-Hindutva ideology, have requested the return to the previous version of the books.

The ruling BJP, its education minister, right-wing ideologues and textbook committee head Rohith Chakrathirtha argued that the new textbooks had been sanitized of a previous bias towards “communist ideology and anti-Brahman.

The textbook controversy centers on omissions and commands in chapters relating to religious icons such as Basavanna, the holy founder of the Lingayat community which forms nearly 17% of the state’s population, and personalities such as the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India. Even Dalit BJP MPs raised objections as seers from several Lingayat pooches gave the government 10 days to revise the controversial chapter on Basavanna in a ninth standard social science textbook.

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The textbook row in Karnataka is expected to have political ramifications as protests continue to mount against the changes. The Karnataka government has not indicated whether it will revert to the old manual or scare it away by changing the most politically sensitive topic. For now, the government has agreed to revise the controversial chapters.

The current textbook review committee has been disbanded since the controversy. The government has also withdrawn a textbook revision exercise for pre-university classes under Chakrathirtha.

Here is a list of some of the controversial textbook changes made by the committee:

Chapter on Basavanna: While the previous class 9 social science textbook portrayed Basavanna, the founding saint of Lingayatism, as rebelling against Hindu practices and founding the Lingayat way of life, the revised textbooks only portray Basavanna as reforming the Veerashaiva faith. There is also no reference to his rebellion.

“The revised manual shows a distorted history of the spread of Lingayatism by Basavanna and hides the real facts. The manual says that “scholars introduced reforms in the Veerashaiva caste.” It should have been “scholars introduced Lingayat dharma into society”. There are several changes like these which have reflected very badly on the Lingayat community,” said Lingayat seer Shri Panditaradya Shivacharya Swami of Sannehalli Math in a recent letter to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai.

Ambedkar as architect of the Constitution removed: References to Ambedkar as head of the Constituent Assembly that crafted India’s Constitution and his rebellion against the caste system have been dropped, according to Dalit leaders.

“A conspiracy has been waged to destroy Dr Ambedkar’s credentials as the architect of the Constitution of India. A poem attributed to Dr. Ambedkar has been deleted. The names of Dr. Ambedkar’s parents and place of origin have been removed. Why was the sentence stating that Dr Ambedkar was the architect of the Constitution removed? Major social movements that Babasaheb was involved in – such as the Mahar Satyagraha and the entrance to the Kalaram temple – have been omitted. The position taken by Babasaheb Ambedkar regarding Hindutva and the caste system has been suppressed. Why ? said Congressman Priyank Kharge.

P Lankesh out, Hegdewar in: The writings of prominent Kannada writers such as P Lankesh, Sara Abubacker and AN Murthy Rao were removed from Kannada Class 10 textbooks and replaced with essays written by RSS founder KB Hegdewar, right-wing ideologue Chakravarthy Sulibele and Sanskrit scholars Bannanje Govindacharya and Shathavadhani. Ganesh. Essays written by Sulibele and Ganesh are about freedom fighters Rajguru and Sukhdev.

“We believe that Hegdewar is not an icon we admire in this country. The RSS has opposed the freedom movement on many occasions and this is evident in the writings of many RSS leaders who opposed what the Indians are wasting their time fighting the British,” said All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) Secretary General Ajay Kamath.

Renowned writers such as Devanur Mahadev, G Ramakrishna, SG Siddaramaiah, Roopa Hassan, Chandrashekhar Talya, Mundanakudu Chinnaswamy and Sarju Katkar withdrew permission to use their essays in textbooks in protest against the abandonment of essays by Lankesh, Abubacker , Rao , and others.

“This protest is not directed against any particular person, but against the distorted lessons and ideologies being propagated. In the name of nationalism, the state instills communal and corrupt thoughts in the minds of students,” said writer SG Siddaramaiah.

“I don’t want my work included in a community school textbook. Class 10 Kannada textbook also contains disrespectful lessons towards women. I don’t want to be part of such an ecosystem,” Siddaramaiah said.

Chapters on Bhakti, Sufi saints deleted: “They cut parts of Purandaradasa, Kanakadasa and Shishunala Sharif, which is very strange because they are all local figures and people must know them,” said Professor Chandan Gowda, president of Ramakrishna Hegde at the Institute of social and economic sciences. To change. Akka Mahadevi, a 12th century poet, was also removed from the Class 7 books.

Swami Vivekananda’s teachings on humanity: “The revised textbook uploaded to the public domain has many changes in the Swami Vivekananda chapter, where lessons on humanity are excluded and replaced with religious sentiments,” said Ajay Kamath of AIDSO.

A new flag: An image of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari holding the Kannada state flag in the Class 6 Kannada textbook has been replaced with an image of the Goddess holding a saffron flag. The Karnataka government reportedly agreed to return to the previous image after the protests.

Ancient India as Bharathavarsha: In the class 8 social science textbook, a chapter titled “Geographical Features and Prehistoric India” is now titled “Bharathavarsha”.

The lesson says that India, along with Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, was previously called “Bharathavarsha, Bharatha Khanda, Sindhudweepa, Akhandabharatha and Greater India too” .

There are other problems too, according to Professor Chandan Gowda of ISEC. “There are several textbooks for grades 1-10 in Kannada and social studies and we have to check them all to see what has been included and deleted,” he said.

While denying the alleged saffronization, the Karnataka government and Chakrathirtha, who headed the controversial textbook revision committee, claimed that these were only corrections to alleged distortions that had been made under a previous committee headed by the writer Baragur Ramachandrappa under a Congress government.

Distortions alleged by the BJP government in the old textbooks:

* Glorification of Muslim leader Tipu Sultan has been corrected, said BC Education Minister Nagesh. “The previous committee reduced the lessons on Mysore Maharajas and their contribution to social reforms from five pages to a few lines while giving more space to Tipu Sultan,” the minister said.

*According to Chakrathirtha, the introduction of a class 8 social science lesson indicated that the food shortage was caused during the Vedic period due to the sacrifices of agricultural animals, the offering of milk and ghee during the ” havans” by the brahmins. It has been removed.

* A chapter that said Jainism and Buddhism began to develop in India due to a disconnect with Sanskrit was removed after the committee found it was ‘just an opinion’ . “The changes reflect a new way of thinking. These philosophers and their works will introduce students to new languages, especially Sanskrit,” Chakrathirtha said before the controversy erupted.

* “The ancient textbooks said that Periyar believed that Rama represents Vedic culture and Ravana represents Dravidian culture. Moreover, Periyar was a staunch critic of Rama who even decorated the picture of Lord Rama with slippers,” the minister said Nagesh: “This is not what we intend to teach our children and these have been suppressed.”

“Most of the critics are leftists and I can prove that they brought communist ideology into the textbooks,” Nagesh said of previous textbooks.

Hindus in Nepal hold rally in support of Nupur Sharma, watch videos


Thousands of Hindus in Nepal have shown their support for suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma following death threats she received after her remarks about the Islamic prophet, according to videos that have gone viral on the internet . Visuals emerged of people gathering with signs reading “We support Nupur Sharma” and Jai Shri Ram chants hoisted with Nepali flags.

Several videos have surfaced on Twitter and other social media platforms showing people holding signs in support of Nupur Sharma with the Nepali flag. Another video was also posted on the YouTube video streaming platform in which a large number of people can be seen gathering in support of Nupur Sharma and the Nepal Police officers.

Nupur Sharma is garnering global support following public outcry over his words and widespread violent protests in various cities. The rallies in Nepal are one such incident. Recently, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders supported Nupur Sharma. In the Netherlands, Wilders frequently took a tough stance against Islamic radicalism. Even Wilders received several death threats after showing his support for Nupur Sharma.

Several Hindu seers have also openly supported Nupur Sharma in this controversy. Hindu saints have explicitly stated at the Dharma Parishad in Kashi that those who threaten Nupur Sharma should be arrested and punished. They also denounced the violence that erupted in several parts of the country on Friday Namaz on June 10, 2022.

Controversy over the alleged “blasphemous” statements has intensified, with numerous reports of violence at various locations during rallies against Nupur Sharma. On Friday, June 10, 2022, acts of violence were committed by Islamist mobs in different parts of the country to protest against Nupur Sharma’s supposedly controversial speech, which Islamists consider blasphemy.

On June 10, Islamists attacked police officers in the holy city of Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, during “protests” against suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma for her statements on the Prophet Muhammad. On Saturday June 11, 2022, a confrontation broke out between police and so-called protesters at the Panchla Bazar in Howrah.

The Home Office has ordered state and union territory police chiefs to be prepared and vigilant as they would be on target after Friday’s violent rallies across the country, with Muslim mobs throwing stones and becoming violent in several towns.

The monks of Sikkim demand an immediate ban on the broadcasting of “Kabaddi-4”; Until the actress issued a public apology

  • Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim

Today, monks representing various organizations and monasteries jointly appealed to the state administration to ban the release of the Nepalese film – “Kabaddi 4” across Sikkim, until its lead actress – Meruna Mangar issues a public apology; on the “bad touch” allegation against the monk – Phurba Tamang during movie promotions.

Speaking at a press conference, one of the representatives of this group – Sonam Bhutia claimed that “we have no problem with the film, but we are only concerned about how the monk was humiliated, beaten in public while dressed as a monk which is a big insult and they don’t have proof Phurba touched him as such videos don’t exist so we want actor Meruna apologize to monks and Buddhists for hurting our feelings, or prove Phurba wrong and punish him if he is guilty.”

It should be noted that the members of the All India Buddhist Forum (Buddhist Umbrella Organization) also wrote a letter to Sangha MLA Sonam Lama (Sangha seat means MLA religious seat in which only monks can contest the election, and that is something very extraordinary thing with Sikkim because there is no such seat in the name of religion in the whole nation).

In a letter, it was mentioned that “you may be aware of the incident in Kathmandu, Nepal, involving a Himalayan dharm lama Phurba Tamang and an actress Meruna Mangar from the Nepali film ‘Kabaddi 4’, which caused widespread resentment among the Buddhist community of Nepal and India.

“According to the latest video clips, it appears the llama cannot be proven guilty however, under pressure from the police and the actress, he inadvertently accepted his mistake.” – the letter reads further.

“Our intentions are to condemn the atrocities inflicted on an innocent lama and to seek a thorough and fair investigation to find out the truth from the government of Nepal and bring justice for both. And we must peacefully stop releasing the ‘four Kabaddi’ in our region to press for justice for the undisputed dharma until the case is not resolved legally. In light of the facts above, we ask that you please intervene on behalf of the region of Himalayas, the Tarai, the Gates and the State of Sikkim seeking peaceful solutions for the pursuit of truth and dhamma. We believe this will certainly have a valuable impact and bring justice to all concerned,” adds the letter.

‘Kabaddi 4’ is set for release in Sikkim on June 17.

World News | Nepal starts exporting 364 MW of power to India


Kathmandu, Jun 10 (PTI) Nepal has started exporting the approved total of 364 MW of electricity to India through its power exchange market.

Buoyed by continued rainfall this year, the Himalayan nation is exporting its excess electricity to India through its power exchange market for the second consecutive year, according to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the public electricity company.

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The state-owned body is currently selling 37.7MW from Trishuli and Devighat hydropower projects, 140MW from Kaligandaki hydropower project, 68MW from Middle Marsyangdi, 67MW from Marsyangdi and 51MW from privately developed Likhu-4, according to Pradeep. Thike, deputy director general of the NEA.

The NEA began selling electricity generated by Trishuli and Devighat on June 2, as the country’s power stations are producing surplus energy due to rising water levels in the rivers where the hydroelectric stations are located.

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After the NEA started selling 51MW of power from Likhu-4 to the Indian market from Friday, a total of 364MW, generated by six projects with export approval from Indian authorities, is now being sold. to India.

It is also the first time that privately generated electricity has been sold on the Indian power exchange market.

“Nepal receives an average price of Rs 7.14 per unit for Friday,” NEA officials informed.

“Being able to sell all of the excess power generated for export with the approval received from India is a significant milestone for the country’s power trade,” the NEA said in a statement. hurry.

The NEA is working with the Indian authorities to sell additional electricity to the Indian market in the near future.

Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the Independent Power Producers Association of Nepal (IPPAN) hailed the NEA’s decision to export excess power generated during the rainy season to India.

Nepal needs to further explore the Indian market to sell an additional 636 MW of electricity, which will be surplus during the rainy season, IPPAN pointed out.

By selling 364 MW of electricity to India from June to the end of November, Nepal will receive Rs 4.78 billion, according to the statement.

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China still in favor of left-wing unity in Nepal

The CPN (Maoist Centre) won 122 mayors and municipal leaders in local elections on May 13, 16 more than in 2017. The party contested the elections as part of a five-party alliance alongside the Nepali Congress , the CPN (unified socialist), the Janata Samajbadi party and Rastriya Janamorcha. The primary objective of this alliance was to mount a challenge against the CPN-UML with its formidable organizational strength.

While the Congress established itself as the largest party, second place went to the UML. The Maoist Center came far behind. Irrespective of the outcome of the elections, the main Maoist leaders are of the opinion that the current alliance of five should continue until the legislative elections.

At the same time, the discussions on an alliance on the left, in particular between the UML and the Maoists, do not go out. In fact, there is a strong feeling among the second-tier leaders of the Maoist Center and the UML in favor of a leftist alliance.

In this context, ApEx’s Kamal Dev Bhattarai spoke with top Maoist leader and party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, a close confidant. Haribol Gajurel.

How do you rate the party’s performance in local elections?

The five-party alliance was formed to fight against the authoritarian leanings of the UML, whose leader twice tried to dissolve a democratically elected parliament. Overall, the alliance has been successful. The local election was a battle between progressive and regressive forces. The regressive force has been weakened. The Maoists expected to win around 150 seats, but the alliance did not work as expected in some places.

Will the current alliance last until the legislative elections?

Regressive elements attempt to undermine the republic and the federal organization. The continuity of the current left-democratic alliance is therefore necessary to rout them. The five parties are in discussion on how to make the alliance even more successful in the legislative elections.

Are there rumors that Maoist Chairman Dahal will be offered the post of Prime Minister if he agrees to a left-wing alliance?

These rumors aim to sow confusion in the population. The party base is unhappy with the KP Oli leadership which failed to maintain the unity of the former Communist Party of Nepal. As a result, the previous communist government could not stay in power for the full five years. It is also important to consider that Oli’s UML suffered defeat in recent local elections.

Thus, the offer of the post of prime minister to the Maoist party is nothing more than a UML ruse to neutralize the growing resentment within the UML party and divert the attention of the leaders and cadres of the party.

So you see no chance of an alliance on the left?

Personally, I don’t know, at least not until Oli lets go of his regressive and authoritarian bent. Oli instructed some of his leaders to convince the Maoist party of a left-wing alliance. But there has been no progress. At present, the Maoist Center sees no solid basis for such an alliance.

But this does not mean that there are not leaders within the Maoist party or the UML who sincerely believe in the sanctity of the left alliance.

What about reports that China is once again pressing left-wing parties to come together?

China is always in favor of left-wing unity in Nepal. By China, I mean the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), not the Chinese government. It’s no secret that the CCP wants to see left-wing forces in Kathmandu working together.

Delve into lesser-known facts about India

Due to its vibrant culture, diverse terrain, and vast history, India has always held a special place on every traveller’s bucket list. While Mughal architecture, the Statue of Unity and Indian cuisine are world famous, it becomes extremely crucial to deviate from the usual to learn more about lesser known facts that have rarely been covered in textbooks. and tourist guides:

A floating post office

After having the largest postal network in the world, India is the only country in the world to have a floating post office, which has existed since British times and is two centuries old. It is located in Dal Lake of Srinagar and was inaugurated in August 2011. Prior to that, it was called Nehru Park Post Office.

India was once an island

Over 100 million years ago, around the time dinosaurs roamed the earth, most of what is now India was an island. India was part of a Gondwanaland supercontinent and 50 million years later it collided with Asia, which distorted the coastal areas of the continents and created the Himalayas.

Many borders of Uttar Pradesh

Few geography textbooks will point out that the most populous state in the country, Uttar Pradesh shares borders with nine different states and one country as well. These states include Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Moreover, Uttar Pradesh is also a neighbor of Nepal.

Adopt a Hornbill Nest in Pakke, Arunachal Pradesh

In Papum Forest Reserve and Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, the Hornbill Nest Adoption Program (HNAP) has been initiated, a community-based initiative working for the conservation of tropical birds – hornbills and their housing in the state. This initiative makes it possible to adopt the region’s hornbill nest, which ultimately saves a tree. To ensure that the birds and the nest are safe, the village appoints a caretaker for the adopted nest.

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar in Jorhat, Assam

Founded by the reforming saint Madhavdeva, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor is a Vaishanvite place of worship in the Jorhat district of Assam. It is believed that in 1528 Madhavdeva lit an earthen lamp in a ceremony and it has been burning continuously ever since. The village priest of Dhekiakhowa regularly fills the lamp with mustard oil to keep it lit.

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In Nepal’s capital, heaps of rubbish put tourists and locals off

KATHMANDU, June 9 (Reuters) – British tourist Richard McSorley walked past a stinking heap of rubbish in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Thursday, reminiscing about the much cleaner, temple-studded city he had first visited. times decades ago.

“If I was a new tourist, I would be disgusted,” the 48-year-old told Reuters, pointing to a pile of rubbish on the side of a street in Kathmandu, where the government is keen to attract more tourists after the country’s money. -The cash-strapped economy has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For weeks, proper waste disposal has become a chronic problem in the city surrounded by hills after attempts to dump rubbish at a small landfill in a village outside Kathmandu met with resistance from locals. local residents.

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Biswas Dhungana, a protester at the Bancharedanda dump site, said villagers would not allow the entry of trucks loaded with garbage, alleging authorities had done little to provide infrastructure and manage garbage.

“We were forced to live like pigs in disgusting conditions for several years because the government did nothing to keep the village clean,” Dhungana told Reuters.

On Wednesday, hundreds of villagers, including women and children, erected a stone barrier on the Bancharedanda road and forced about 200 trucks loaded with garbage from Kathmandu to return without dumping their loads.

Protesters threw rocks from hilltops, injuring three police officers, who fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protests, three witnesses said.

Sunil Lamsal, an official in charge of waste management in Kathmandu, said he was working to address concerns raised by residents of Bancharedanda as soon as possible.

“We are coordinating with protesters and will invite them to talks to resolve the issue,” Lamsal said.

But the piles of rubbish in the streets of Kathmandu continue to grow, adding to the anxiety of the inhabitants.

“I’m sick of the authorities who can’t even keep the city clean,” said Kathmandu resident Laloo Magar. “It’s a shame…a shame.”

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irctc: Bharat Gaurav Scheme: India’s first IRCTC agency to connect two countries by tourist train

will be India’s first agency to link two countries by tourist train under Indian Railways’ Bharat Gaurav scheme as the train will depart on New Delhi’s Shri Ramayana Yatra circuit on June 21, according to an official statement from the Indian Railway Catering and (IRCTC).

The train, departing from Safdarjung Railway Station, will travel the distance of approximately 8,000 kilometers between India and Nepal on the Shri Ramayana Yatra circuit.

This train will run on the Ramayana circuit identified under the “Swadesh Darshan” program covering important places associated with the life of Lord Shri Rama. A visit to Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur located in Nepal by train will be part of this tour itinerary, the first time in its history.

According to IRCTC, the 600-person train will cover major cities including Ayodhya, Buxar, Janakpur, Sitamarhi, Kashi, Prayag, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi, Rameshwaram, Kanchipuram and Bhadrachalam.

Bharat Gaurav tourist train is the initiative of the Union Government “Dekho Apna Desh” to promote domestic tourism.

The proposed Bharat Gaurav tourist train tour has its first stop at Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, where tourists will visit Shri Ram Janmbhumi Temple and Hanuman Temple as well as Bharat Mandir at Nandigram.

In addition to this, IRCTC will also provide a safety kit to all tourists containing a face mask, gloves and hand sanitizer.

The trip will cost around Rs 65,000 per person. It will cover states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Payday loans used to cover buy now, pay later expenses

Buy now, pay later users are borrowing money to cover expenses, with some turning to payday loans or guarantors, a charity reveals.

More than two in five Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) customers have had to borrow money to make repayments, research by Citizens Advice has found.

BNPL programs are a form of credit, giving buyers the ability to buy something now and pay for it later. But because of the way some plans work, they can quickly become expensive if the debt isn’t cleared, with interest and other fees added.

The charity found that 52% said they used money from their checking account, 26% used a credit card and 23% used savings.

However, 9% used their bank overdraft, 7% borrowed from friends and family, 6% used a personal loan while 5% admitted to using a personal loan and 3% turned to a guarantor loan .

Young buyers were the most likely to borrow to repay purchases from BNPL, as 51% of 18-34 year olds borrowed money to repay BNPL debt, compared to 39% of 35-54 year olds and 24% of over 55s.

Citizens Advice interviewed a nationally representative survey of 2,288 people in the UK who had used BNPL in the past 12 months. He said the findings come as the market “continues to grow at breakneck speed” but the industry remains unregulated.

As the government announced its intention to regulate BNPL products, Citizens Advice is calling for market-wide accessibility checks and clearer information at checkouts, as one in 10 BNPL shoppers did not fully understand how refunds would be put in place.

“Counting on one debt to pay off another”

Millie Harris, debt counselor at Citizens Advice in East Devon, said: ‘Most of the people I speak to who use BNPL live off overdrafts and credit cards so use them for repayments. It’s just relying on one debt to pay off another debt.

“It’s heartbreaking to see parents who can’t afford to buy clothes or shoes for their children turn to BNPL, thinking it’s doing them a favor. In reality, it’s just more debt and more creditors, on top of what they already face.

“What scares me the most is how easily people can slip into using BNPL. They use it much faster than other forms of credit. It’s just a few clicks to checkout. Too often that means people don’t realize how bad it is; it’s a credit and there are consequences if they don’t pay it back.

Clare Moriarty, managing director of Citizens Advice, added: “Buyers are piling on borrowed money and pushed themselves into increasingly desperate situations from which it may seem impossible to escape.

“The BNPL’s debt spiral into credit cards, loans and even payday lenders shows that it is not a risk-free alternative. BNPL is part of the credit industry and urgently needs to be regulated as such.

Ikwaput’s podium moment to shine

Fortebet Real Stars Rewards | May 2022:

  • Soccer Winner: Fazilah Ikwaput (Doves and Crested Cranes)

Other winners:

  • Locust: Janet Mbabazi (Soroti Challengers & Victoria Pearls)
  • Netball: Stella Oyella (National Insurance Corporation and She Cranes)
  • Athletics: Victor Cherotich
  • Basketball: James Okello – City Oilers

Fazila Ikwaput, the Ugandan striker for Crested Cranes and Lady Doves, has been voted the Fortebet Real Stars Best Football Player for the month of May 2022.

In absentia, Ikwaput received a plaque and a cash award for the achievement as the best player of the month.

The coronation took place at Route 256 restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala on Tuesday 7e June 2022.

Ikwaput finished top scorer in the 2022 FUFA Women’s Super League, although the Lady Doves failed to replicate the form of the previous season which saw them win the league.

She beat national and Uganda Christian University (UCU) team-mate Hasifa Nassuna as well as Uganda Cranes and Vipers midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga.

Ikwaput’s award was received by Isaac Mukasa, the executive director of sports agency Real Stars which has been organizing these awards since 2018.

Isaac Mukasa (left) receives Fazila Ikwaput plaque from Henry Zzimbe of Jude Color Solutions at Route 256 Restaurant, Kampala

Other winners:


Janet Mbabazi (Soroti Challengers and Victoria Pearls) was the best cricketer of the month.

She beat club and national team mate Kevin Awino as well as Aziz Damani’s Simon Ssesazi on the gong.

Mbabazi was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the bilateral series against Nepal.


Proven shot-stopper Stella Oyella of new East African champions National Insurance Corporation (NIC) defeated KCCA’s Shafie Nalwanja and Jessica Achan (Prisons).

Oyella was the top scorer in the championship held at Kamwokya Community Sports Ground in Kampala as NIC won another trophy.


Two-time ISF World School Games 2022 medalist Victor Cherotich won in athletics.

He won the silver medal in the 3000m and the bronze medal in the 1500m at the World Secondary School Games in Normandy, France.

The teenager beat legendary athlete Joshua Cheptegei and Stella Chesang.


City Oilers basketball player James Okello won the basketball gong ahead of JKL Dolphins teammate Tony Drileba and Brenda Ekone in basketball

The Fortebet Real Stars Awards are held monthly, organized by Real Stars Sports Agency since 2018.

Betting company Fortebet is the lead sponsor, joined by Jude Color Solutions and Canan Bulls Limited.

LR: Janet Mbabazi (Cricket), Stella Oyella (Netball), James Okell0 (Basketball), Sarah Adong (journalist representing Victor Cherotich), Isaac Mukasa (Executive Real Stars Agency) and Henry Zzimbe (Official of Jude Color Solutions)

Regulator cuts fees for payday loans in Nova Scotia

The province’s Utilities and Review Board is reducing fees charged to Nova Scotians for payday loans.

The regulator also wants clearer information from payday lenders on the number of borrowers unable to repay.

Nova Scotians currently pay the second highest payday loan fees in the country: $19 for every $100 borrowed for a two-week period.

This fee will drop to $17 on September 1 and $15 on January 1, 2024.

“I’m happy with it,” said David Roberts, a Halifax lawyer who acts as a consumer advocate. He argued for the changes at a public council hearing in March, part of a regular review of the industry every three years.

“They align us where we should be, which is with the rest of the country,” he said.

Lenders oppose lower fees

A spokesperson for small payday lenders told the UARB that lower fees would be unsustainable for lenders.

But Roberts says the industry is still thriving in other parts of Canada, in some cases branching out into other types of business loans such as installment loans.

“The majority of Canadians already live in jurisdictions that allow nothing more than $15 percent,” he said.

While the UARB has the right to set fees for payday loans, the other two recommendations in its 2022 report require provincial government approval.

The first is that people who take out more than two payday loans in a two-month period should be given one or two pay period extensions to repay those loans.

Service Nova Scotia, the department responsible for enforcing payday loan rules, rejected the same recommendation in 2015, saying it was too onerous due to technical issues and privacy concerns.

The council’s second recommendation is that payday lenders disclose the total number and value of Nova Scotians’ overdue loans each year.

Roberts says the public deserves more transparency because lenders currently classify all late payments as “defaults,” even if the loan is eventually repaid.

He says default rates matter because the board sets loan fees based on industry profitability.

“Everyone knows what the difference is between a loan that never gets collected and a loan that’s a few days late,” Roberts said. “That could have different implications in terms of the performance of the industry, the payday loan industry.”

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The report says Service Nova Scotia is reluctant to follow its advice.

“Service NS has indicated that it will need to conduct research and consultation with the payday loan industry before deciding whether to implement these two recommendations,” the report said.

Roberts is disappointed.

“I think the board said the time for studies is over and it should be done. And that’s something we totally agree with.”

Meanwhile, Service Nova Scotia says it is committed to continuing discussions with payday lenders.

“We look forward to reviewing the UARB report,” spokesman Blaise Theriault wrote in an emailed statement. “Once we have reviewed, we will identify any necessary consultation and research before making a decision on next steps.”

Reviews | Bamboo is a balm for impoverished Nepal


I also spoke with Shankar Thapa, Chairman of the Human Rights and Environmental Development Center in Udayapur, which is World Neighbors’ partner organization in the district. (By law, all international non-governmental organizations must work through Nepali organizations.) He said he liked World Neighbors’ focus on teaching skills rather than just donating money. . “Recipients become very active because they are doing the main work,” he said. “If they want to progress, they have to do it.”

Although bamboo covers a large part of Nepal, Nepalese people do not know everything about it. As in the United States, where agricultural extension branches of universities help farmers, this is how villagers can learn some useful tips from experts in Nepal and sometimes outside.

The Bamboo’s Secret, a US-based charity, has a school in Chapakot township in central Nepal that teaches widowed and divorced women salable bamboo crafts. He has his own on-site bamboo nursery.

Habitat for Humanity teaches Nepalese women to build bamboo houses, a job that was once reserved for men, and to make bamboo handicrafts. “Before, we didn’t weave these trays. We didn’t even have the knowledge to weave bamboo,” a woman named Maya Sunuwar says in a Habitat for Humanity Great Britain video.

There are up to 1,600 species of bamboo, some more commercially useful than others. For example, Arundinaria bamboo is rare, grows in ground above 2,900 meters, is grazed by yak and other wildlife, and is made into arrows, brushes and straws, according to a detailed chart by Keshab Shrestha, a former professor at the Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu.

And as any agricultural extension worker would tell you, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything on a farm. “Bamboo should be harvested during the dry season, preferably at the new moon (first quarter), and the leaves left for a few days (until they turn yellow) to allow them to extract moisture from the stems. “, explains a set of instructions made by Sjoerd Nienhuys, an architectural engineer based in the Netherlands.

There is much more to Nepal than bamboo, of course, and many national and international non-governmental organizations are working on other pressing issues, ranging from other types of agriculture to reproductive health and education. But for many Nepalese, turning bamboo into money can be a step towards financial independence.

Establishment of a national food laboratory to test food products imported from Nepal – The New Indian Express

Express press service

NEW DELHI: The central government has set up a national food laboratory under the India-Nepal bilateral agreement, which will make it easier and faster to test food products imported from Nepal.

Previously, all legally sacred imported samples were sent to the National Food Laboratory in Kolkata for testing.

The National Food Laboratory of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Health, was inaugurated on Sunday by Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, in Raxaul in Bihar, located on the Indo-Nepal border.

Officials said the lab was established as part of the India-Nepal bilateral agreement to reduce the testing time of imported food samples brought to Raxaul from Nepal.

Now it would be easier for Nepalese exporters to export more and more food products to India, the minister said.

The lab is expected to gain accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) by July-August this year.

They will test and analyze all imported samples in the categories of grain and grain products, fats and oils, spices and condiments, fruits and vegetables, and packaged beverages.

The minister also said that India is ready to provide all necessary assistance to obtain NABL accreditation for the food laboratory in Kathmandu.

fii: FII announces Nepal Investment Desk

GURGAON: The Federation of Indian Industry (FII) is to set up an investment office in Nepal to provide a one stop shop solution related to trade and investment. The investment office would help ease the process and help the business community achieve the desired goals by providing a one-stop solution. The announcement was made during the recent visit of former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Sujata Koirala to Gurgaon.
“There has been an increase in interest from the Indian business community towards Nepal. Infrastructure, energy, environment, health, biotechnology, automotive, skills and education are the main sectors for strengthening links. When economic relations grow, people come together,” said Deepak Jain, Managing Director of FII. Seeing the enthusiasm of Indian investors in Nepal, an investment office in Nepal has been set up to provide a one-stop solution.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Sujata Koirala has announced the appointment of Deepak Jain as President of the Indian Chapter of the Girija Prasad Koirala Foundation, Nepal. The GP Koirala Foundation for Democracy, Peace and Development (GPK Foundation) was established as an independent non-profit think tank. It undertakes a wide range of initiatives, research and studies, produces publications, initiates academic, political and public debates aimed at promoting peace, democracy and development. It also brings together national and international personalities to promote these activities. Deepak Jain is the Managing Director of FII.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Sujata Koirala was in Gurgaon to attend a program organized by FII. Sujata Koirala, has been quite talkative on Indo-Nepalese relations. She was passionate about Indo-Nepalese historical relations and called them “Roti-Beti ka Rishta”. She said it is the right time to invest in Nepal with the progressive government in power in Nepal. She spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lumbini and how the infrastructure is welcoming investors. Lumbini, Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and he attained Bodhisattva and Parinirvana in India. After this visit, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba also visited India. Koirala recalled that Prabhu Shri Ram had his “Sasural” in Nepal and Ayodya, Rama’s birthplace, is a much loved place of worship in Nepal. Thus, we have since time immemorial cultural, social and religious ties. Now is the time to bring industries together for mutual cooperation and benefits as closest neighbors.
Ramayana and Buddha circuits can be developed. She said skilled labor is another requirement in Nepal that can be met from India. Mrs. Koirala called on the leaders of various industrial sectors present at the meeting to open up industries in Nepal. She spoke about the Gorkha regiment and how the two countries share a common vision and concerns. She promised to offer assistance for their business in Nepal.
Remembering her father, Girija Prasad Koirala, Speaker of the Nepali Congress and Prime Minister several times from 1991 to 2008, Sujata Koirala said: “During the past few days, my father promised me to work for the improvement of links between India and Nepal. She said her father and uncles were followers of Mahatma Gandhi and greatly influenced by Gandhi’s principles. Following in the footsteps of her father Girija Prasad, Sujata believes in nurturing cordial relations between India and Nepal.

Stock Trading and Traveling the World: How a Kolkata Girl Lives Her Dream


A well-paying banking job is the dream of many who aspire to succeed in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. So when Rajarshita Sur from Kolkata landed a job in the treasury department of a private bank in Mumbai, it’s no wonder she felt like a big win. But a few years later, she could no longer resist her dreams. The dream of seeing the world, of traveling to unseen places got the better of her, and the letter of resignation disappeared as Rajarshita packed her bags to take the path of stock trading – and travel.

“The work was good, but I wanted to have more control over my working hours so that I could travel and be wherever I wanted without having to worry about a source of income,” Rajarshita said at the end of her stay. a week in Nepal.

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Rajarshita Sur, a freelance stock trader and solo traveler

Involved in Forex (FX) trading during her tenure as a banker, she was well accustomed to the ropes of the stock markets. However, becoming a full-time stock trader was not easy.

“I took the risk because I was confident in my knowledge of the stock markets. I learned the technicality on the job and my college education also helped me in the course. Also, being a technical analyst in a bank , I had the opportunity to hone my skills,” says Rajarshita.

She’s also grateful to her parents “for not being too dramatic” about her decision to quit a regular job. After resigning from his position in the bank, Rajarshita joined a company for three years as a proprietary stock trader and simultaneously started trading independently in the stock market.

Today, after eight years as an independent trader, Rajarshita has become a shrewd investment “guru” while keeping her greed in check. “If someone has a taste for money, he wants to bet more. And, in this area, people lose everything,” Rajarshita says, comparing the trade with a casino.

However, despite her successes, she admits that stock trading is not a hunky job as it requires a lot of mental toughness. She acknowledges that her biggest loss ever in the stock market occurred when she tried her hand at futures and options (F&O) trading. “It’s easier to make a profit during a bull market, but my biggest loss was when I got into F&O trading in 2016. In one trade I was wiped out. I lost about 2,000,000. It humbled me,” she said.

Calling futures and options a deadly combination, Rajarshita says she lost 70-80% of profits in just a trade or two. “If someone wants to start trading futures, they need to work on their skills and presence of mind because a 1-2% move can wipe out 50,000 in seconds,” she adds.

According to Rajarshita, Exchange Traded Funds, commonly known as ETFs, are the safest bets if one wants to be a part of the stock market without having extensive knowledge of it.

If the market drops 500 to 700 points, Rajarshita says she reallocates a good chunk of the money to ETFs. She says her 10-20% of trading profits are spent on travel and the remaining amount is invested in ETFs, Gold BeES, Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs), blue chip companies and mid-cap stocks, Portfolio Management Service (PMS) or small cases. In addition, she also reinvests part of her earnings in trading. “Trading is like an IPL match while investing is like a cricket test match. You can only accumulate wealth while waiting,” says Rajarshita while mentioning that she prefers blue chip companies for long-term investment, which make up 60% of its portfolio. .

Rajarshita said she sets her monthly gain target at 3%-4%, and as soon as she hits her target, she shuts down her trading terminal and flies off on a “well-deserved” vacation. “I live my life like there’s no tomorrow,” says the prolific solo traveler. His passport crossed the UK, Turkey, South East Asia and almost 70% of Europe.

After a week’s vacation in Nepal, Rajarshita now intends to reach the coasts of Kenya and Iceland. “I am passionate about travel and happy to have chosen such a profession which helped me to realize my dream”, she says. Rajarshita keeps at least 10 lakh aside for his vacation every year. “There are two reasons why I travel. One is to rejuvenate myself after the market downturn and the other to celebrate that I have succeeded,” she jokes.

Rajarshita Sur, a freelance stock trader and solo traveler

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Rajarshita Sur, a freelance stock trader and solo traveler

Her Instagram bio, “Forever on vacation,” is surefire proof of her lifelong love affair with travel and exploration.

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Economic corridors, energy hubs and cross-border initiatives

In promoting regional cooperation in South Asia, each country’s natural resources that can benefit others are hardly targeted. There are also natural demands for resources that people can see beyond their borders but do not have access to. A major consequence of trade and other barriers is smuggling which deprives governments of revenue and gives rise to underground economies across borders.

However, authorities and entrepreneurs still have more leeway to create new demands based on the natural resources available on both sides of the border to make the cooperation a success. Energy and electricity is one such area that can remain unused unless countries are willing to share it by harnessing the potentials for the benefits of their peoples and businesses.

Countries in the BBIN sub-region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) continue their development, mainly focusing on lifting people out of the curse of poverty and improving the economic status of countries globally. . Energy is the basic requirement for achieving development goals and hence the demand for energy would increase day by day.

Thus, they have common goals and, due to their geographic proximity, can leverage each other’s energy and natural resources to further their economic development.

Since any cooperation model on paper may not work in real life, these countries can work on projects that can be realistically implemented. Cross-border power and power projects will only succeed if there is demand, while industries will not be created based on external supply unless there is a guaranteed supply uninterrupted.

There are already routes for the movement of people and bilateral trade through the border points. The use of the economic potential of these routes can be enhanced if collaborative energy projects are undertaken. Energy to be produced on one side of the border, say Bangladesh or India, can be traded to the second and third countries such as Nepal and Bhutan depending on proven demand.

In this case, consumers – large and small – can find an assured source of energy or electricity supply. They can be encouraged to start new business ventures that can increase the demand for energy and electricity and so a competitive cross-border market can emerge and remain operational.

Once cooperation is offered and demand is created, the process can lead to lasting collaboration that is considered unthinkable in times of non-cooperation or lack of cooperation.

Policymakers and entrepreneurs from BBIN countries could reach an agreement to establish a comprehensive package of cooperation in the field of economic development and energy trade. They can connect the economic development corridors of each country to those of the other country and thus generate energy and electricity and supply them to the corridors of high demand.

In this way, the economic development of each country would be supported by the other members of BBIN and the benefits of cooperation could be materialized and made visible to all stakeholders.

The Lafarge Surma Cement plant is a classic example of successful cross-border cooperation. It is located in the Sunamganj district of Bangladesh but depends on stone supply from the Indian state of Meghalaya. The two countries have also started power trade and there are huge opportunities for enhanced cooperation if they focus on economic corridors for power trade.

With Bangladesh seeking investment in economic zones and the northern part of the country being close to the Indian Corridor (Shiliguri), the Indian districts of Jalpaiguri and Coachbihar adjacent to Nepal and Bhutan can be considered as a hub of energy supply.

Each of the BBIN members can trade natural resources as raw materials for industries to be created in the respective territories. Such collaboration can be a game-changer for people living in and around hallways. In such an atmosphere of cooperation, informal cross-border trade can be replaced by formal trade that benefits all parties.

Given some physical infrastructure improvements, especially in road transport, there may be joint venture power projects for supply wherever needed in each country. Market-targeting energy and electricity generation in economic corridors would ensure the sustainability of the projects.

To achieve this, a government-to-government diplomatic approach and people-to-people contacts can be helpful. Demand for energy and electricity from consumers and entrepreneurs can encourage governments to launch collaborative efforts, while official initiatives can assure people that it’s time to act on projects that can shape their future. culture of cross-border cooperation.

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This article was prepared under an EIB press grant with the support of the SARI/El project secretariat under IRADe and USAID

5 Best Online Payday Loans – Online Payday Loans Same Day Deposit & No Rejection Payday Loans Direct Lenders in 2022

Online payday loans are the solution to almost any type of financial lock-up. Whether you need money to redecorate the spare bedroom, buy an expensive birthday present, or pay for an expensive car repair, online payday loans can provide you with the cash you need. Many Americans have experienced the financial flexibility offered by online payday loans, and if you’re looking for financial relief, you can too.

Loan search services such as Viva Payday Loans give borrowers quick access to lenders offering the best payday loans online. With so many payday loan providers online, it can be difficult to choose the right one. This article features the top five direct online payday loan seekers on the market, putting you in direct contact with lenders.

Best online payday loans 2022 – a quick overview

What are the best online payday loans? See our top 5 below:

  • Viva Payday Loans – Best payday loans for fast payments
  • Heart Paydays – Best for No Disclaimer Payday Loans, Direct Lenders Only
  • Credit Clock – Best Online Payday Loans With Fast Approval Process
  • Money Lender Squad – Best for $255 payday loans online same day
  • Very Merry Loans – Best online payday loans with same day deposit

Best General Eligibility Criteria for Online Payday Loans

Borrowers must meet the following criteria to obtain payday loans online.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must hold US residency
  • Must earn a minimum of $1,000 per month
  • Must pass accessibility checks
  • Must have a US bank account

If you have bad credit, you can still apply for the best payday loans online through Viva Payday Loans if you meet the criteria above. While none of the loan finder sites do credit checks on your name directly, lenders offering financing might.

Five Best Online Payday Loans: Same Day Deposit for Bad Credit

1. Viva Payday Loans – Best Payday Loans for Fast Payments

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Viva Payday Loans is known for its fast turnaround time, providing access to lenders who offer the best payday loans online in the shortest possible time. To be a successful applicant, you must meet the above loan criteria and pass affordability checks. Once the loan is approved, the funds are disbursed to the borrower within an hour. Interest rates range from 5.99% to 35.99%, depending on the lender.


  • Repayment terms from 2 to 24 months
  • Loan values ​​up to $5,000
  • Fast payments within 60 minutes of loan approval

The inconvenients

  • High interest rates up to 35.99%

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2. Heart Paydays – Best for No Disclaimer Payday Loans Only for Direct Lenders

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Borrowers with bad FICO scores or no credit history can apply for the best online payday loans for bad credit through the Heart Paydays portal and still stand a chance of getting the money they need if they are currently in an excellent financial situation. When using this loan finder service, borrowers are tempted to be matched with direct no-disclaimer lenders only who are most likely to view their financial situation favorably. Loan amounts range from $100 to $5,000 with APRs of 5.99% to 35.99% and 2 to 24 months to pay off.


  • Simple eligibility requirements
  • Almost instantaneous request feedback in 2 minutes
  • Flexible repayment terms

The inconvenients

3. Credit Clock – Best Online Payday Loans for Fast Approval Process

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When the best online payday loans are needed in a hurry, time seems to fly without giving you a second to catch your breath. This is where Credit Clock comes to the rescue with lenders that offer fast approval processes and even faster payments.

Credit Clock connects borrowers and lenders with the click of a button. Lenders through Credit Clock offer borrowers affordable loan amounts from $100 to $5,000 for 2 to 24 months. Interest rates range from 5.99% to 35.99%, which may seem high but may be worth the convenience, fast loan approvals and fast repayments. Check if you meet the loan criteria above and apply today!


The inconvenients

  • Interest rate up to 35.99%

4. Money Lender Squad – Best for $255 Same Day Online Payday Loans

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Money Lender Squad gives borrowers direct access to lenders without the usual hassle of traditional financial institutions. Their loan finder service helps borrowers apply for the best direct online payday loans online with a single application.

The process is simple and requires borrowers to enter their details, choose their loan amount and repayment period, and the best payday loans online appear in minutes. Online payday loans through lenders on the Money Lender Squad portal range from $100 to $5,000 with APRs of 5.99% to 35.99% and 2 to 24 months to pay off!


  • The fast online application process
  • Offers $255 payday loans online and same day deposit
  • Loan amounts up to $5,000

The inconvenients

  • Not all requests are guaranteed to be approved

5. Very Merry Loans – Best Online Payday Loans with Same Day Deposit

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If you don’t need a large loan, the best online payday loans are available through the Very Merry Loans portal lenders. Loan amounts are kept small to keep them affordable, and APRs typically range from 5.99% to 35.99%. Additionally, lenders on the Very Merry Loans platform are known to pay on the same day as loan approval, giving borrowers access to seemingly instant cash. If you meet the general loan criteria mentioned above, you can easily apply for some of the best payday loans online through lenders on the Very Merry Loans platform.


  • Same day payments
  • Flexible loan terms
  • Quick online application in 2 minutes

The inconvenients

  • Loan amounts capped at $2,000

Best Online Payday Loans Same Day Features and Considerations

Credit checks

Most online payday loans through US-based lenders are subject to credit checking by law. No credit check, instant approval. However, if you have a bad FICO score but your financial situation has improved, you can still apply online for the best payday loans.


Affordability is key when applying for the best payday loans online. When processing your application, lenders will do an affordability check, such as comparing your bank account to expenses and pay stubs.


Your loan agreement will specify the penalties and fees associated with your loans. Therefore, it is best to familiarize yourself with the terms of the loan agreement to avoid paying early or late repayment fees.


Online payday loans are an excellent form of financing for those who need funds quickly. They give you the flexibility you need between now and your next payday if you find yourself in a difficult financial situation.


What are the best and easiest payday loans to get same day?

Online payday loans are fast, simple and convenient. First, borrowers complete a simple online application that connects them to a panel of lenders. From there, lenders assess the borrower’s affordability and, if they can afford the loan, funds are usually disbursed the same day.

What is the highest payday loan to get?

Online payday lenders offer loans between $100 and $5,000. Depending on the lender, APRs can range from 5.99% to 35.99% with the providers mentioned above. However, most lenders offer flexible repayment terms of 2-12 months or 2-24 months.

What are the best online payday loans?

Borrowers asking about the best payday loans online can use a range of loan search platforms such as Viva Payday Loans to find the best loan for them. Loan finder services simultaneously connect the borrower to a wide range of lenders. This means they are more likely to get a loan because multiple lenders have assessed their applications.

Disclaimer – The above content is not editorial, and Economic Times hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, in connection therewith, and does not necessarily warrant, guarantee or endorse any content. The loan websites reviewed are loan matching services, not direct lenders. Therefore, they are not directly involved in the acceptance of your loan application. Applying for a loan with the websites does not guarantee acceptance of a loan. This article does not provide financial advice. Please seek the assistance of a financial advisor if you need financial assistance. Loans available only to US residents.

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Our poverty surveys while others are doing them to inflame communal tensions, Kerala will never implement CAA: CM Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while other states were carrying out “house of worship surveys”, the state was carrying out surveys under better conditions. “In our country, in many places, different types of investigations are going on. These are surveys that would divide people. There are reports that some places of worship are being investigated to create communal tension. We also do polls here, but it’s not to divide people, but to relate to people. A survey has been completed, to find out the extremely poor families in our state,” he said, addressing his government’s year-long celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram. READ MORE

Assam tea at risk as growers raise concerns over illegal import of tea from Nepal into the country

All that glitters isn’t gold and the purple orange tea that starts your morning might not be the Assam tea you think it is. Assam tea growers and planters have expressed concern over the unethical trade in illegally imported Nepali tea sold as Assam branded tea. READ MORE

Puneeth Rajkumar, Sidharth Shukla & Now KK: Decoding the Ingredients of Heart Attack as Young Indians Face Risk

Amit Kumar, a journalist with an international news agency, was only 29 when he survived a heart attack. Like many others, Kumar mistook the chest pain for acidity from a heavy supper. Skipping a few antacids didn’t bring him much relief. In fact, his GP initially did not assess him for heart disease. READ MORE

Harini Logan, 14, crowned Scripps National Spelling Champion

Harini Logan won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, claiming victory in a searing, one-of-a-kind spell that capped off a marathon duel of one dark term after another. Harini, 14, an eighth grader from San Antonio, beat Vikram Raju, 12, a seventh grader from Denver, after spouting word after word in a 90-second speed lap. She spelled 21 words correctly during that time, compared to Vikram’s 15. READ MORE

WB Madhyamik Results 2022: Raunak Mandal Gets Rank 1, Check West Bengal’s 10th Merit List

West Bengal Madhyamik Result or West Bengal Board 10th Result is declared. Of the 11.8 lakh students who took the exam, up to 86.60% passed the tips and will now advance to class 11. This is a drop from last year, when all students were promoted on the basis that 100% of the students who enrolled were promoted to class 11 on the basis of an alternative mode of assessment. READ MORE

Aether Listing on BSE, NSE Today: Time, Listing Price, Strategy, Aether Stock Price

Shares of Aether Industries Limited are set to make their trading debut on Friday. Aether stock will be listed on both the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at 10 a.m. on June 3. Aether Industries’ initial public offering (IPO) received a decent response from investors during its subscription period. READ MORE

Not sure what you can be good at? This puzzle will help you find it

We’ve seen and solved several optical illusions and puzzles over the past month. The latest puzzle from ‘The Mind Journal’ will help you find your dream job. Let’s see how. The number you see at first glance will help you understand your talent and your professional view of the world. READ MORE

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Nepal vs Oman: Live stream, score updates and how to watch the 2022 friendly | 02/06/2022

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Tune In Here Nepal vs Oman Live Score

Don’t miss any match details with live updates and commentary from VAVEL. Follow with us all the details, comments, analysis and lineups for this Match Nepal-Oman.

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What time is the Bulgaria vs North Macedonia match for UEFA Nations League 2022?

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Watch out for this player from Oman:

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Watch out for this Nepalese player:

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Watch out for this Nepalese player:

For this match, Darshan Gurung will be the player to watch for the Nepal national team throughout these 90 minutes. At his young age, Darshan has become an important player for his national team and promises to be one of the gems to carry the brunt of the attack in the future and be the benchmark player for the national team. .

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Final composition of Oman:

I. Mukhaini; A. Harthi, F. Durbein, J. Habsi, A. Kaabi; H. Saadi; A. Fawas, A. Alawi; S. Yahyaei; K. Hajri, Z.

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The last composition of Nepal:

K. Chemjong; A. Bista, A. Tamang, D. Rajbanshi, SJ Thakuri; S. Lama, P. Uparkoti, T. Tamang; A. Bista, D. Gurung, A. Ghalan.

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Nepal and Oman have met in a total of 11 matches (all matches ended in victory in favor of Oman) where the balance is overly tilted in favor of the Omani team. Similarly, in terms of goals scored, the Oman team has the advantage with 45 goals against 1 for Nepal. Their last meeting dates back to the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup in South Africa where Oman won 0-2.

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About the Stadium:

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Expectations continue to rise

The North Macedonian side have been talked about a lot in the last matches they have played, as they were in the eye of the world when they managed to qualify for the UEFA qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022, and after that knocked out the reigning European champions in the first round; Italy coached by Mancini at home and in front of his people with minimal difference. Even so, despite not getting the qualification ticket to Qatar after losing to Portugal by a score of 2-0, Macedonia have started to raise their hand in world football and now they will be looking to new to surprise in this new edition of the UEFA Nations League.

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Give everything for the Cup

The Nepal national team is not far from continuing its participation in the third qualifying round of the Asian Cup to face Jordan, Kuwait, Indonesia, and to be present in the next edition of the cup. For Nepal, this game will be very important as it will help them find a rhythm and keep it for their elimination matches, as well as visualize the mistakes and good things they are doing in their football as a whole.

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One more prominent friend

For these teams, it will be one more friendly game to consider in order to continue their growth in soccer. Likewise, although they are not high quality football teams, both countries will be able to use this duel to improve, see the imperfections in their ways of playing and visualize the good things they are doing in order to have great long-term growth and be able to achieve great achievements internationally.

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Freshman at Caldwell University dies in crash while with family in Nepal

CALDWELL, NJ – A freshman from Caldwell University died in a “tragic accident” while vacationing with his family in Nepal earlier this week, the university announced on its website Wednesday. evening.

Rabina Shrestha majored in computer science and business administration, the school said.

A Nepalese media reported on memorial day that the student, Rabina Shrestha, 20, was among 22 people who died in a plane crash, including her two parents and her older sister Rojina, 23.

The himalayan reported that other family members would travel to Nepal to identify the deceased passengers.

“It was learned that Roshan Shrestha, who is the son of onboard passenger Ganesh Narayan Shrestha, as soon as the news of the incident broke, is returning to Nepal from the United States,” the report said. media. “Both daughters Rashmi and Rojina used to study in USA and visit Nepal during which the family decided to visit Pokhara. Later the family decided to visit Jomsom from Pokhara.”

Caldwell University offered consulting services to students who needed it and posted the Suicide Hotline number (below).

They said there would be a keepsake at a later date.

“She was looking forward to completing her second year and being an orientation manager this summer,” the University wrote. “Our Nepali students are a special part of the Caldwell University community and we mourn and mourn with Rabina’s family and friends. The campus community will come together for a remembrance of Rabina’s life and prayer at a date and time to be announced.”

The full message is here:

The Caldwell University campus community mourns and mourns the death of student Rabina Shrestha who passed away last weekend in a tragic accident while traveling with her family in Nepal.

In a statement to the Caldwell University community, President Matthew Whelan offered his prayers and deepest condolences to Rabina’s classmates, friends and loved ones. “Rabina was majoring in computer science and business administration. She was looking forward to her
sophomore year and to be an orientation leader this summer.

Our Nepali students are a special part of the Caldwell University community and we grieve and grieve with Rabina’s family and friends. The campus community will gather for a remembrance of Rabina’s life and prayer at a date and time to be announced.

The Office of Counseling Services is there to support university students. Counseling services are located in the Wellness Center on the 2nd floor of the Newman Center. Appointments can be made by emailing the office at [email protected] or by calling our main number at 973-618-3307. Counselors are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday. The after-hours support lines are:

Crisis Textline: Text HOME to 741741
NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The new law would allow 100% interest on payday loans; Louisiana governor vetoes what critics call a trap

Governor John Bel Edwards rejected new legislation that would have inflicted undue hardship on state residents.

Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has vetoed new legislation that would have inflicted undue hardship on state residents who take advantage of payday loans.

Senate Bill 381 was sponsored by Republican Senator Rick Ward, who said it would help those who use the loans deal with unexpected expenses. The legislation would have offered installment loans of up to $1,500. However, with fees and interest, the amount owed or principal could increase by 100%, depending on the lawyer.

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The report notes that with “maintenance fees” of up to 13% of the original loan amount, a $1,500 loan could have fees equivalent to $195 per month.

Edwards agreed with critics of the bill who complained that predatory lending would have further trapped low-income people in cycles of debt. In his veto note, he references Ward, writing, “despite the best efforts of the sponsor of the bill, I do not believe that this bill adequately protects the public against predatory lending practices.”

“I have long been opposed to payday loan products,” Edwards added, “that are designed to keep vulnerable people in debt, often paying exponentially higher interest rates than would otherwise be available in commercial banks”.

The governor said he “would be willing to support and enact legislation that reforms payday loans in a way that provides appropriate safeguards on interest rates and fees.”

the lawyer noted that Senate Bill 381 would not have replaced or reformed the existing system. Instead, he would have created a new product, with monthly payments over three to 12 months.

According to research by The Pew Trust, “Black people make up about 13% of the total US population, but they make up 23% of all storefront payday loans.”

Bench finds that many payday lenders, both in storefronts and online, rely on returning customers, noting that “regular customers are also desirable as they do not repay loans at lower rates than new customers.” Industry analysts estimate that even charging a fee of $25 for every $100 borrowed per pay period, an online lender would need the customer to borrow at least three times to make a profit.

The University of North Georgia notes that many families who use payday loans are unbanked and underbanked and are disproportionately black or Hispanic, recent immigrant, and/or undereducated. The university has a Student Money Management Center, which helps students establish emergency savings funds and financial plans.

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Our mega development projects


Over the past 12 years or so, the country has seen a good number of development projects that can be described as mega-projects. The mega-projects, whose completion is expected to boost Bangladesh’s GDP by up to 4%, are expected to receive around 48% additional allocations in the next fiscal year, as part of the government’s efforts to ensure their timely implementation .

Seven of the eight mega-projects – Padma Bridge, Padma Bridge Rail Link, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Line 6 (Metro Rail), Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Rail Link, Rooppur Nuclear Power Station, Power Station Coal-fired Matarbari 1200MW and the Payra Deep Sea Ports are extremely crucial to the economic growth of the country and therefore the government’s main focus now is their timely completion.

After the Awami League government came to power in 2009, it undertook several monumental development projects to transform the country’s communication, transport and electricity infrastructure. A total of 10 megaprojects, which would have a substantial impact on the economy and the well-being of the population, have been chosen for acceleration. Unforeseen events like the Gulshan coffee attack or the global coronavirus pandemic have led to increased costs and extended implementation time for some of the projects. Still, authorities hope some of the projects will be ready in the 2021-22 financial year. Among them, the most talked about is the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project, which started in January 2009 with the aim of connecting the southwestern part of Bangladesh to the capital and most of the country. It has missed several deadlines but should be ready for use in June next year at three times the original cost. As part of the project, a 169 km railway line is being constructed from Dhaka to Jashore via the under construction Padma Bridge at a cost of Tk 39,246 crore.

The Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 ​​or MRT-6, the country’s first metro rail system, being built at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore, could be ready for use next year. The metro test has already started on almost half of the track. Nearly 63.3% of the project has been completed to date.

The scheduled completion date for the Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar rail line is June next year. As of April, 59% of the work was complete and project officials hope to complete it by late 2022 or early 2023.

One unit of the Rampal coal-fired power station, another fast-track project, is expected to come on stream in the next fiscal year, while the other three projects would take two to four years to come on stream. All expectations depend, to a large extent, on the rapid return of the country to a normal pandemic situation which again depends on a rapid vaccination program. The government is sincerely trying to get most of the

people covered by this program.

“Electricity for all” is another slogan of the current government. The Rooppur nuclear power plant project and the 1200 MW coal-fired Matarbari power plant project, when completed, will make a remarkable contribution to the realization of this slogan.

The Payera deep-sea port project will bring great changes to the country’s navigation system. Bangladesh has managed to occupy its own slice of space by launching. Bangabandhu Satellite which has been running smoothly since launch. To get rid of traffic jams in the capital and its surroundings, an elevated expressway is underway.

Bangladesh’s market economy is the 46th in the world in nominal terms and 33rd in purchasing power parity; it is ranked among the next eleven emerging market economies and a frontier market, according to the IMF, Bangladesh’s economy is the second fastest growing major economy with a rate of 7.1 percent. Dhaka and Chottogram are the main financial centers of the country, hosting the Dhaka Stock Exchange and the Chottogram Stock Exchange. Bangladesh’s financial sector is the second largest in the subcontinent. Bangladesh is strategically important to the economies of northeast India, Nepal and Bhutan, as Bangladeshi seaports provide maritime access to these landlocked regions and countries. China also sees Bangladesh as a potential gateway to its landlocked southwest, including Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan.

This brief overview paints a picture of things to come on the country’s development front in the near future. What is important at this stage is to ensure that cost overruns in the execution of projects for various reasons are avoided at all costs.

Syed L. Ali Bahram, MBA is a freelance journalist

In Bihar, the change in the course of the Kosi River has given rise to land disputes

Satyanarayan Yadav is a resident of Nirmali village, located between the two banks of Kosi river in Supaul district of Bihar. The 2.75 acres of land Yadav, 60, cultivated last year was flooded by Kosi. “The river flows through my field. I had to pay Rs 1 lakh as land tax to the government,” said Yadav, whose ancestors owned 27.55 acres of land here, of which only 11.02 acres remain. Over the years, the Kosi River changed course so much that Yadav and his ancestors had to give up much of their land.

“Not only did our lands get lost with the changing currents, but our homes were also drowned in the river so many times,” Yadav lamented. “I am 60 years old and, as far as I can remember, every year our house is damaged. Since this will continue to happen in the future, we have not built a pucca [permanent] Houses.”

This is not only the story of Yadav but that of thousands of other families living between the banks of the Kosi River. Notorious for causing annual floods and submerging vast tracts of land, Kosi also brought bad news to 45-year-old Mohammad Zakir.

The river submerged five acres of his land. Having no other choice, Zakir now farms on a small plot of land but does not know who owns the land. Talk to mongabay hindi, says Zakir, “When the current of the river crosses the ground, its old path gives way to the land. As this land is not marked out, people living nearby start to cultivate it. Maybe next year, when the river changes course again, someone else will start farming in my field.

Satyanarayan Yadav’s ancestors owned 27.55 acres of land, of which they are left with only 11.02 acres of land. Photo credit: Umesh Kumar Ray/Mongabay

People living between the banks of the Kosi River have lived with this uncertainty for decades. Some years their lands are submerged by the river, and others they are lucky when their lands reappear due to a change in the course of the river once again.

However, the new cadastre introduced by the government of Bihar is about to change everything and make things worse for the common man living in this region.

Surveying process

The first survey of agricultural and cultivated land in Bihar was called the cadastral survey. It started around the middle of the 19th century and continued until the second decade of the 20th century. The survey was carried out under the Bihar Tenancy Act 1885.

Later, the government came up with the Bihar Survey and Settlement Manual 1959 by making amendments to the Bihar Tenancy Act 1885. However, the survey could not be completed in many parts of the state due to the process of investigation complicated.

Two years ago, the Bihar government decided to conduct the survey again. As part of the first phase, the survey was carried out in 20 districts. The process for the remaining 18 districts is expected to be completed by 2023. Surveying is carried out under the Bihar Special Survey Settlement Rules of 2012.

Pictorial representation of Kosi route change from 1736 to 1949. Photo credit: Water Resources Department Bihar

On April 4, 2021, in response to a Right to Know petition, Supaul’s Deputy Settlement Officer detailed the land settlement rules. According to details shared under the Right to Information Act, if the river crosses agricultural land, the land in question will belong to the state government. Further, it states that the parts which have been submerged by the river in the cadastre but have been converted to farmland will now also belong to the Bihar government.

In response to RTI’s request, the Deputy Settlement Officer said that the land crossed by the river will now go into the account of the Bihar government.

Farmers living between the two banks of the Kosi River in Supaul strongly oppose these rules. They argue that with this they will lose all their land to the state government. Farmers argue that unlike other rivers, the Kosi has its own unique character and the lands inside the river embankment should be studied differently.


The Kosi River originates in the Himalayas and enters India from Bihar via Bhimnagar in Nepal. It joins the Ganges near Kursela. Its total length is 929 km, of which about 260 km falls in Bihar.

Experts say that Kosi is one of the few rivers in the world that carries a huge amount of silt, causing the river to change course at high speed.

In his book, Dui Patan Ke Beech Mein, writing about the Kosi, river expert Dinesh Mishra quotes Capt FC Hurst (1908) saying that the Kosi River brings about 55 million tons of silt every year. “The extent of this silt can be estimated from the fact that if a weir one meter wide and one meter high is made, it will suffice to cover about two and a half turns of the earth’s equator.”

Mishra, Deputy Director of Flood Management Improvement Support Center of Bihar Water Resources Department, Patna, writes in an article titled “Flood and Sediment Management in the Kosi River”, “The Road through which this river passes receives 1,456 mm of rain. Soil erosion at its origin is high, causing the river to bring in a huge amount of silt.

An Anganwadi along the banks of the Kosi River in Bihar. Photo credit: Umesh Kumar Ray/Mongabay

He further writes, “Siltation in the plains obstructs the course of the river, because of which the river must take another route. This moves the current of the river here and there. Moreover, earthquakes, landslides and neo-tectonic activities also cause changes in its course.

A 2005 conference paper, “GSI in Flood Hazard Mapping: A Case Study of the Kosi River Basin, India”, by Rajiv Sinha of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, claims that the river moved 150 km from its original course in the past 200 years. The newspaper says there were no embankments before and the river flowed freely.

Mishra said: “In the 1960s-70s, the river was restricted within 10 km by building dykes on both sides. Previously, the silt that accompanied the flow of the river spread over a wide area, but now it is confined to a radius of 10 km, so the river began to change course more quickly. Many river currents flow through the embankments of Kosi.

Notably, there are about 3.5 lakh acres of land between the two embankments of Kosi, which is also home to a population of 2 lakh people.

NDRF rescue operation during the Kosi floods in Bihar in 2008. Photo credit: Kumarrakajee/ Wikimedia Commons

Farmers protest

Resham Devi, who lives inside Kosi wharf, said mongabay hindi“The river flows through my 2.75 acres of land.”

“According to the survey, all of my land will go to the state government,” Resham Devi said. “How are we going to survive? Even if the land is submerged by the river, I pay the property tax to the government because if not today, tomorrow the land will reappear.

“Government should change survey rules and give ownership of land along the course of the river to farmers,” Resham Devi said.

Santram Yadav, a local resident who worked as an Amin (land surveyor) in the Kosi area of ​​Supaul for three decades, agreed: “More than 70% of the farmland in the Kosi embankments is submerged in the river. This implies that after the survey, 70% of the land will belong to the government. This is a total injustice to farmers. They should get ownership rights to the lands inside the river. »

The Nirmali village of Supaul has 261,745 acres of land, where 1,500 families live. “Farmers in this village say that if the survey is carried out according to government rules, only 14 acres of land will be left for farmers,” Yadav said. “If this happens there will be famine as most farmers will become completely landless.”

The Kosi River flows through 2.75 acres of Resham Devi land. According to the Bihar government survey, all of its land will go to the state government. Photo credit: Umesh Kumar Ray/Mongabay

On April 25, a public hearing was held by the Kosi Navnirman Manch regarding the farmers living inside the embankment. Dozens of participating farmers unanimously opposed the rules of the survey. The Kosi Navnirman Manch works for farmers living in the embankment of the river.

Mahendra Yadav, the founder of Kosi Navnirman Manch, said, “So far an injustice has been done to the farmers operating inside the Kosi embankment.

“After independence, dykes were built on both sides of the river, but the farmers did not receive any compensation,” said Mahendra Yadav. “They barely manage to live inside these embankments. Despite the fact that there are no schools, hospitals or roads inside these embankments, farmers continue to pay taxes on education, health, roads and l agriculture to government. Now they will even lose their land after the new survey.

“If today the government puts the fluvial part of the river into its account, what will happen to the land falling into the old flow when the river changes its course again tomorrow?” asked Mahendra Yadav. “Will the government return the land to the farmers after carrying out a new investigation? If the government takes into account the existing part of the river, then it should develop a mechanism so that if the land reappears later, the farmers become owners of it.

“If the government does not take such action, the investigation will only make the problems of the farmers worse,” Yadav said.

He added that the farmers decided not to cooperate with the investigation process. As a result, the investigation has been postponed to the inner part of the Kosi embankment for the time being.

Talk to mongabay hindi, Supaul’s settlement agent, Bharat Bhushan Prasad, said, “Farmers are demanding that the land that has been submerged by the river belongs to them. But the investigation manual does not specify any such thing.

“We have asked the department to give the necessary guidelines through a written request, regarding the objections raised by the farmers,” Prasad added. “Soon guidelines will come from the department, and we will inform farmers accordingly.”

This article first appeared on Mongabay.

Amber Heard warned of possible jail time for fabricating injury photos for trial


Actress Amber Heard could face jail for allegedly editing photos of injuries in her legal dispute with Johnny Depp.

Libel lawyer Aaron Minc has warned that “more and more objective evidence that she is lying about things under oath” could lead to a conviction of the Aquaman actress, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Minc spoke as the jury in the feuding couple’s case is set to resume deliberations on Tuesday after their legal teams finish delivering furious closing arguments.

Although he told the JOE website “a few days ago”, he didn’t think there was a chance that Heard could be prosecuted for anything she said on the stand during of her ex-husband Depp’s defamation lawsuit, Minc admitted to changing her mind as the case rushed towards its conclusion.

“I think as this case goes on, and we start to see more and more objective evidence that she’s lying about things under oath,” he said, “it’s at which point the possibility of her fabricating evidence begins to be crossed, fabricating photos, fabricating bruises, altering evidence and then submitting it.”

Minc warned that fabricating evidence is not only “really serious”, but also “really offensive” to the justice system. He said: ‘I hope prosecutors take a close look at it because if there is very clear evidence that she did this, it should definitely be taken into account.’

Nepse welcomes the new budget with a negative note; the index plunges 50.33 points, closing below 2,200 points – myRepublica


KATHMANDU, May 30: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) plunged 50.33 points on Monday, the very day after the announcement of the annual budget for the financial year 2022/23, as the government’s annual financial plan failed to meet restore investor confidence.

The market which opened at 2,223.78 went into free fall during trading hours, eventually closing at 2,173.44. All 13 trading groups landed in the red while the sensitive index that measures the performance of blue chip stocks also fell 10.33 points.

Investors say the next fiscal year’s budget failed to introduce notable packages for the country’s stock market at a time when the secondary market has already lost more than 1,000 points in the past few months. As part of the promotion of the country’s stock market, the annual budget, however, talks about allocating a 10% reserve for migrant workers to invest in IPOs, diversifying stock market instruments, promoting stock transactions. ‘government bonds in the secondary market and to compulsorily provide a large corporation to issue primary shares, among other things.

In Monday’s intraday trading, the total amount of turnover stood at 1.33 billion rupees, slightly higher than the average amount of one-day transactions last week. Among individual companies, Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited completed the largest transaction of its shares worth Rs 49.63 million. Nepal Investment Bank Limited was the biggest loser, while Balephi Hydropower Limited gained the biggest percentage of its share price.

Nepal finds nearly all plane crash victims

  • Authorities say 21 bodies have been recovered or located
  • Fate of another aboard aircraft unknown, survivor unlikely
  • Government forms five-member commission to investigate crash

KATHMANDU, May 30 (Reuters) – Nepalese authorities on Monday recovered or located the bodies of all but one of the 22 people who were on board a plane that crashed into the Himalayan mountainside on Sunday, officials said. , and the government formed a panel to investigate the incident.

Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalese were on board the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter plane which crashed 15 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) away. west of Kathmandu on Sunday morning.

“There is very little chance of finding survivors,” said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

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Nepalese soldiers and rescue workers had recovered 20 bodies from the wreckage, strewn down a steep slope at an altitude of around 14,500ft. They were trying to recover another body they had seen, officials said.

The government said it had set up a five-member panel to determine the cause of the crash and come up with preventive measures for the future.

The difficult terrain and bad weather hampered the search teams. An image published in Nepalese media showed uniformed rescuers pulling a body from the wreckage and using ropes to hoist it onto a stretcher and up a steep, grassy ridge.

“There is a very thick cloud in the area,” Netra Prasad Sharma, the top official in the district of Mustang, where the crash happened, told Reuters by phone.

Location map showing the flight path of the plane which crashed in Nepal on Sunday May 29

In Kathmandu, the capital, relatives of the victims were waiting for the bodies to be brought back from the scene of the accident.

“I’m waiting for my son’s body,” Maniram Pokhrel told Reuters, his voice muffled. His son Utsav Pokhrel, 25, was the co-pilot.

Operated by private company Tara Air, the plane crashed in cloudy weather and the wreckage was not spotted until Monday morning by the Nepalese military. Read more

The plane was heading for Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Pokhara – typically a 20-minute flight.

But the plane lost contact with the Pokhara control tower five minutes before landing, airline officials said. Read more

The crash site is close to the Nepal-China border, in an area home to Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak at 8,167 meters (26,795 feet).

Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said the plane first flew 43 years ago.

Air accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, including Everest, as the weather can change suddenly and create dangerous conditions.

In early 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed on landing and burst into flames, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.

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Sher Bahadur Deuba calls Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani an integral part of Nepal

Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has called Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani integral parts of Nepal.

“The Nepalese government is ready to defend its territories. The regions of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani are Nepalese and the government knows them well. The border issue is sensitive and we understand that it can be resolved through dialogues and talks through diplomatic channels,” Deuba said during his address to parliament.

Highlighting Nepal’s approach of working on issues of mutual benefit as far as its neighbors are concerned, Deuba said the country has adopted a non-aligned foreign policy.

“In acting accordingly, we have deployed our efforts through diplomatic channels. This issue has been given proper place in the plans and policies introduced by the government,” he added.

Deuba’s statement comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth visit to the Himalayan nation during which he took part in a Buddhist ceremony to mark the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth in Lumbini in the southwest from Nepal.

During Modi’s visit, India and Nepal signed an agreement to build a 695 megawatt (MW) hydropower plant as New Delhi seeks to increase its influence among its smaller neighbors, where China is also increasingly active.

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The border dispute between Nepal and India would be resolved through diplomacy and established mechanisms according to Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka.

After Nepal unveiled a new political map incorporating the Kalapani region currently occupied by India, ties between the two neighbors have been strained.

Former Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had opposed India’s inauguration of a road link via Lipulekh to Kailash Mansarovar in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

China has invested heavily in the landlocked Himalayan nation, although Nepal has traditionally balanced between New Delhi and Beijing.

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Sri Lanka gets Russian oil to ease shortage


People line up to buy kerosene oil for kerosene cookers amid domestic gas shortages due to the country’s economic crisis, at a gas station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 21, 2022 REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte


People line up to buy kerosene oil for kerosene cookers amid domestic gas shortages due to the country’s economic crisis, at a gas station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 21, 2022 REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka yesterday took delivery of Russian oil – which could soon be subject to a European embargo – to restart operations at the country’s only refinery, the energy minister said.

The island nation is suffering its worst economic collapse since independence, with shortages of fuel and other vital goods making life miserable for its 22 million people.

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The state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) refinery was closed in March following the foreign exchange crisis in Sri Lanka, which prevented the government from financing crude imports.

Delivery of Russian crude had been waiting for more than a month off the port of capital Colombo as the country was unable to raise $75m to pay for it, Energy Minister Kanchana said Wijesekera.

Colombo is also in talks with Moscow to arrange direct supplies of crude oil, coal, diesel and gasoline despite US sanctions on Russian banks and diplomatic outcry over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I made an official request to the Russian ambassador for a direct supply of Russian oil,” Wijesekera told reporters in Colombo.

“Crude alone will not meet our needs, we also need other refined (petroleum) products.”

Around 90,000 tonnes of Siberian light crude will be sent to the Sri Lankan refinery after the cargo was acquired on credit from Dubai-based middleman Coral Energy.

Wijesekera said Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) already had $735 million in arrears with its suppliers and no one even showed up to bid on its oil tenders.

He added that the Siberian quality was not ideal for the refinery, which is optimized for Iranian light crude, but no other supplier was willing to extend credit.

Sri Lanka will nevertheless launch new tenders in two weeks before the stock of Siberian light runs out, Wijesekera said.

The Sapugaskanda refinery, on the outskirts of Colombo, will resume operations in about two days.

European Union leaders are meeting on Monday to negotiate a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict, including an oil embargo.

Russian oil is already subject to a US embargo and its barrels are trading at a steep discount to international benchmarks, which have risen considerably since the start of the conflict.

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has seen long queues of motorists outside petrol stations, waiting hours and sometimes even days for meager supplies of petrol and cooking gas.

Its residents are also grappling with severe shortages of imported food and pharmaceuticals, as well as record inflation and long daily blackouts.

Anti-government protests erupted into riots earlier this month, killing nine and injuring many others.

A protest outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office in Colombo demanding his resignation over the government’s economic mismanagement entered its 50th day yesterday.

Gertrude Emerson, hailed as a globetrotting adventurer in the United States, made India her home in the 20th century


When Gertrude Emerson india speechless was published in 1930, it came with a deserved word of approval from none other than Rabindranath Tagore. In the foreword to the book, the bard of Bengal wrote:

“The author did not choose the comfortable method of gathering information behind lavish bureaucratic hospitality, under a spinning electric fan and in an atmosphere of ready-made official opinions…She boldly supported herself without help to enter a region of our life, almost unexplored by Western tourists, which had the great advantage, despite its difficulties, of offering no other way to the writer than that of sharing the life of the people.

Emerson’s book – which followed fierce criticism mother india by Katherine Mayo and Come with me to India by Patricia Kendall – was considered empathetic. Like Mayo and Kendall, Emerson was American, but contrary to their accounts, hers was the result of a year spent in immersion in Pachperwa, a village on the border between present-day Uttar Pradesh and Nepal.

Emerson was 36 when she wrote india speechless. But by this time she had already established herself as a prolific writer and, in the words of News from Le Havre, “an extraordinary globetrotter”. She had traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia and written acclaimed stories. It seems that no task intimidated her. Once, when asked about her travels to countries that many Western women choose to avoid, she replied that it had never occurred to her to be afraid.

His india speechless received the same warm reception as his other writings. A critic for The geographic review wrote about Emerson’s ‘hostile references’ to British policies in India, his ‘sharp writing’, ‘sharp observations’ and his ‘free’ and ‘comprehensive’ treatment of ‘vital questions’ like caste, social customs and religion. Another reviewer said there wasn’t a boring page in the book.

Gertrude Emerson flanked by her brother Willard (banker) on the left and her brother Alfred (entomologist) on the right. Behind them is their sister Edith (musician and artist). Credit: New York Public Library Digital Collections, 1915.

First trips

Born May 6, 1890, in Lake Forest, Illinois, Emerson moved to Ithaca, New York after her father, Alfred Emerson, became professor of ancient languages ​​and archeology at Cornell University. His mother, Alice, was a concert pianist. She had three siblings, all of whom distinguished themselves in their chosen field.

Emerson traveled with her father to Europe when she was 10, but her traveling life began in earnest after graduating from the University of Chicago, majoring in history and literature. In 1914, she flew to Japan, where her grandfather had once been consul, and learned the Japanese language and the long bamboo flute, the shakuhachi. While there, she immersed herself in Japanese culture, writing about its poetry and gardens, the state of education, and the role of history in building national pride. A journalistic curiosity informed his writings of Japan which would become the hallmark of much of his work.

A year later, Emerson returned to East Asia with her friend Elsie Weil for express journalistic purposes. At a time when xenophobia against Asian migration was at its height in the United States, Emerson and Weil became the first American journalists to interview senior figures in Chinese President Yuan Shi Kai’s administration as well as in Japan.

Both had an abiding interest in the area. Emerson became one of the founding editors of Asiaa magazine founded by philanthropic couple Willard and Dorothy Straight, and contributed to it until the 1940s, while Weil remained its longtime editor.

In 1919, Emerson and his brother Alfred, an entomologist, joined an expedition to Guyana (then British Guiana) in South America. There, Emerson explored the lives of Indian indentured laborers who worked on the sugar cane plantations. When the expedition returned, it brought back with it a menagerie of animals and insects, including butterflies, alligators, a family of boa constrictors, three parrots and a silver-tailed hawk. A particularly dashing monkey called Jellico was taken by Emerson on his personal charge.

Around the world

But handling a mischievous simian was nothing compared to the project she took on next. In 1920, Emerson embarked on a world tour with aviator-photographer Donald Thompson and his wife Dorothy Thompson, achieving instant stardom.

Chroniclers praised Emerson’s insatiable thirst for adventure and her delicate build – she was just over six feet tall, had piercing blue eyes and fine hair. In an article from New York Grandstandwriter Katherine Anne Porter said that, for a year-long trip to the Orient, Emerson took “five trunks, three handbags, a hatbox, a shoebox” as well as gifts such as trinkets , colored pencils, necklaces of wooden beads and bouquets of dyed feathers.

Throughout his journey, Emerson wrote widely circulated dispatches of his adventures: about aerobatic flight and exploring subterranean caves in the Philippines; tiger hunting in Vietnam; and travel to Angkor Wat in a sampan through dense forests.

A clipping from the Hanford Morning Journal, April 20, 1922.

His first visit to India dates back to 1922, in the midst of the non-cooperation movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi. It was a turbulent time and the spirit of freedom struggle was blazing. Emerson caught a glimpse of this revolutionary fervor at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, where Gandhi was addressing a large gathering. Gandhi was an “almost emaciated little figure”, she writes in The New York Times, “with bare head and feet, wrapped in a nondescript shawl of the kind that Lincoln wore.” But his words were full of meaning. He did not plead with the crowd, nor flatter it – he insisted that swaraj could only be achieved if people struggled for it.

Always eager for adventure, she traveled, accompanied by a Gurkha bodyguard, from Mysore to Malabar, where the Mappila rebellion was raging. His visit to a village 20 miles from Calcutta reconnected him with the scientist Basiswar ‘Boshi’ Sen. A junior colleague of physicist Jagadish Chandra Bose, Sen had traveled to American universities, including Michigan and Cornell, where he had met Emerson and Dorothy Straight.

For Emerson, this brief experience of village life was an eye opener. She saw with her own eyes the impact of malaria on people’s lives, the daily drudgery of women and the oppression inflicted on sharecroppers by zamindars and loan sharks.

Even after returning to the United States, India never left her. In 1925, along with other female explorers – Blair Niles, Marguerite Harrison, Gertrude Mathews Shelby – Emerson founded the Society of Women Geographers which still exists. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

A news clipping from the Kansas City Star, July 5, 1922.

Life in India

In 1926, she made her second visit to India via Europe and Western Asia, entering the subcontinent through the Khyber Pass. Pushing on a young elephant, she reached Pachperwa, a village in Balrampur on the border between Nepal and Uttar Pradesh. At that time, she knew a little Hindustani and was equipped with a medicine chest which made her popular among the villagers.

Emerson was aware, despite her restricted lifestyle in the village, of her privilege. His simple house, with its adobe walls, was built quickly, with the villagers providing the necessary labor. The walls were adorned with colorful designs made from herbal dyes produced by the women of Pachperwa.

india speechless, based on her days at Pachperwa, was published in 1930. In the book, Emerson pointed out that most Indian women lived sheltered lives and were far less educated than men – and yet they had to be judged in their own context. , and not unlike women in the West. Change was inevitable, she said, but it would be slow.

In November 1932, she married Boshi Sen in Calcutta. And three years later, they moved to Almora in northern India with the Vivekananda lab that Sen had founded to experiment with plant cells and agricultural products. The Kundan House, where the Senses established their lives, overlooked the eastern Himalayas and provided welcome refuge for family friends: the painter Earl Brewster, Lama Anagarika Govinda and members of the Nehru family.

Basiswar ‘Boshi’ Sen. Credit: Marine Biological Laboratory Archives/Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0].

Emerson wrote his second book, A spectacle of Indian civilization, in 1948. Illustrated by his sister Edith, it followed the flawed periodization of Indian history established by James Mill, and yet evoked the artistic and literary achievements of the reigning dynasties. For this book, she was named co-winner of the Watumull Prize. In 1965 she wrote cultural unity of indiatracing the cultural traditions that have given India an essential unity.

The couple, as Girish Mehra notes in Closer to heaven than to earth (2007), helped famous dancer Uday Shankar establish his dance academy in Shimtola, Almora. But despite the talented artists on its roster, the Uday Shankar India Culture Center sadly did not last long.

Sen, who was heavily affected by the 1943 famine, was a pioneering figure in India’s green revolution, spearheading research into hybrid maize and onion varieties. He received the Padma Bhushan in 1957 and the Watumull Award for his contributions to agriculture in 1961. He died a decade later. Emerson survived him by 11 years. She lived in Almora and was distressed by Cold War rivalries and how foreign interference was undermining local lives and customs. During these years, she organized a series of local initiatives to discuss important issues. The Vivekananda Laboratory, a cause dear to both Sen and Emerson, is now part of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and is called the Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan.

In 1936, journalist Lowell Thomas wrote an article about Emerson titled “90 Pounds of Courage”. Detailing her life and travels, Thomas concluded that she stood out for an “unusual combination of qualities”: “A capable leader, a gifted writer, a magnetic speaker, a scholar, an intrepid traveler and explorer, a penetrating intelligence at work on our problems of tomorrow, an interpreter of the Orient for us who really need it, she is a woman of whom we should not expect our children to be proud.

This article is part of a series on notable Americans who visited India before the mid-twentieth century. Read the rest of the series here.

Nepal’s adobe architecture is collapsing

The 15th century Chhode Monastery is nestled in a side valley of remote Mustang, a district in northern Nepal. Outside, scruffy sheep search for greenery among the cold, arid moonscape flanked by pure white Himalayas while locals spin raised prayer wheels. The monastery, with walls made of clay and gravel, merges with the windswept cliffs; its imposing roof is supported by a forest of wooden pillars. Huge golden statues stand in the desolate, desolate landscape.

Inside the monastery, Chhimi Rinjin chants “Om mani padme hum” in rhythm. He performs a ritual prayer ceremony in front of a crowd of crimson-robed devotees of Tibetan Buddhism. The sound echoes through the walls of crusty earth. Soot, smoke and grease from butter lamps rise to the domed ceiling covered in paintings of fearsome creatures with fangs and turquoise skin. For Buddhists, these figures represent protective deities.

Besides being an essential part of daily life in Mustang, the monasteries attract visitors to the remote region. Tourism revenue is an important part of the local economy.

Rinjin has been a member of the local monastic community for 30 years, giving continuity to some of the last surviving relics of an ancient Tibeto-Buddhist culture that was systematically wiped out inside neighboring Chinese-controlled Tibet. While Chhode is a living temple for Rinjin and others who live and meditate under its roof, for budding practitioners it is one of the last centers of learning for the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries – at least one in every village in Mustang – also create tourism revenue that helps sustain the native community.

But the monasteries that have passed through the centuries are now collapsing. Experts say drastic climate change is to blame and other earthen structures could succumb to a similar fate if urgent action is not taken for preservation.

This is not an abstract problem; the roofs of Chhode Monastery began to sink. The sacred art inside, which has existed undisturbed on the walls for over 500 years, is now chipping away and may be lost forever as rising humidity peels paint and plaster mud walls.

“These are our homes,” Rinjin said. “Without the cultural identity of Tibetan Buddhism, there is nothing left of us. If it continues like this, there will be fewer monks in the monastery, and the culture will soon be strangled.

The same rammed earth technique used to construct the region's religious buildings was used for housing in places like Dhye Settlement.
The same rammed earth technique used to construct the region’s religious buildings was used for housing in places like Dhye Settlement.

The rammed earth technique used to build Chhode Monastery is common throughout Mustang. Across this rugged land, people erected Buddhist chortens, or small stupas on hilltops, on paths leading to villages and even inside caves, in part to ward off evils that would harm them, and the Loba people, the inhabitants of the region, have also built and lived in fenced mud houses for centuries.

This traditional construction method “compresses locally available clay, sand, gravel and cement into vertical molds to build walls. The materials are locally available and are cheap and have provided insulation in the cold and harsh region for centuries,” says Neel Kamal Chapagain, an archaeologist and heritage professional from Nepal. “It’s perfect for the Himalayan environment.”

But the data shows that storms and rainfall have increased in intensity across the region in recent years. The unpredictability of rainfall combined with rising temperatures presents a constant threat to these structures. “More rain here also means the clay is saturated. The roofs are starting to leak. Rising damp draws moisture from the wet floor to the walls,” explains Chapagain.

Residents face a painful choice: make a living building concrete structures or safeguarding their ancient culture. With road access and lower construction costs, many residents are already rebuilding and repairing their homes with cement imported from China.

Chapagain argues that if the dirt buildings are replaced by the concrete frame structures that are already proliferating wherever there are roads, Mustang will have lost a significant part of its heritage. Furthermore, the study shows that when combined with traditional earthen architecture, cement quickly disintegrates and cracks due to the temperature difference between day and night, winter and summer.

Cement replaces the traditional building material, but it cracks easily in Mustang's extreme weather conditions.
Cement replaces the traditional building material, but it cracks easily in Mustang’s extreme weather conditions.

Roads that bring in concrete can also lead to rapid population decline, as many young nepalese living in Upper Mustang are looking for opportunities to improve their economic prospects in the region’s cities. “Another major factor contributing to the erosion of culture here is the out-migration of young people,” says Bruce Moore, senior program director for the American Himalayan Foundation (AHF), a US-based nonprofit organization. States that helps preserve the Himalayan culture. “If you don’t have people of a culture in an area, the culture disappears. Without young people, it is not possible to draw attention to these legacies.

When AHF first visited this hinterland of Tibetan culture, the then-king appealed for help to restore the soul of the ancient kingdom, starting with its religious buildings. and its schools. The restoration sparked a cultural renaissance, Moore says. Long-abandoned festivals like Tiji and Yartung have been successfully revived, elaborate murals are once again suitable for worship, and monasteries are thriving.

Over the past 20 years, the foundation has trained more than 100 indigenous carpenters and craftsmen from Lo Manthang, a rural township bordering Tibet, who have revived the walled city’s three main monasteries. They hope these craftsmen will manage the upkeep of the monasteries for decades to come, but that will become an increasing challenge, Moore says. “We can see a direct effect of climate change here. It is a fact here. »

The monks who live in the monasteries of Mustang see their heritage collapsing.
The monks who live in the monasteries of Mustang see their heritage collapsing. “For Buddhists, the paintings [in the monasteries] are embodiments of the gods themselves, and they cannot worship a half-damaged idol,” an observer explains.

The loss of revered traditions and material heritage can profoundly affect isolated and close-knit communities. “For Buddhists, the paintings [in the monasteries] are embodiments of the gods themselves, and they cannot worship a half-damaged idol. And also the tourists who came to Mustang were interested in religion. So we thought those are the things that need to be kept intact for the livelihoods here, in addition to their historical significance,” says Moore.

As he tenderly passes a string of Buddhist prayer beads between his fingers, Rinjin says that it used to be the monastery that people come to for spiritual security and well-being, but now it seems that the monastery needs protection from this faceless man. enemy.

Nepal’s statute of limitations denies justice to rape victims

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the prime minister’s office and elsewhere in the country to demand reform after the latest horrific rape allegations in Nepal. In a series of devastating social media posts last week, a 24-year-old woman said that when she was 16 she was drugged, raped, filmed and then blackmailed by the organizer of a beauty contest.

Other women have since come forward and shared their own stories of abuse, some as children, with many saying they were blackmailed.

The protesters, mostly young women, demand justice for girls and women. They call on the government to end the one-year statute of limitations for rape and establish fast-track courts to deal with the growing number of cases. On May 24, female lawyers went to the Supreme Court to argue that the statute of limitations violates constitutional rights that guarantee the right to justice for victims of crime and seek to ensure that all acts of sexual violence are punished by law.

A 2021 report on sexual violence in South Asia noted that despite thousands of rape allegations filed each year in Nepal, nearly two-thirds do not end in a conviction. Each year, many more cases go unreported.

Among those still seeking justice are survivors of rape committed during Nepal’s civil war, who have been excluded from reparations programs and are routinely denied recognition or justice.

In a society where rape victims continue to be threatened with death, harassed, victim-blamed, stigmatized and embarrassed, it can take more than a year to find the courage to file a complaint. The statute of limitations for rape in Nepal is therefore a major obstacle to justice.

The Nepalese government should ensure that all rape allegations are investigated, whenever the alleged crime has been committed, and reduce long delays in processing cases, while ensuring fair proceedings . The government should also act urgently to tackle gender-based violence online, including by preventing and responding to blackmail. Survivors of sexual violence need legal assistance, advice and support to remove images and videos from the internet.

Protesters are tired of waiting for survivors to get the help and justice they deserve. The government should act quickly to remedy the situation.

BIMSTEC seeks a bigger role in the Indo-Pacific


Author: Nazia Hussain, Nanyang Technological University

After a two-year delay induced by COVID-19, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) concluded its fifth summit on March 30, 2022. The grouping – comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand — has attracted renewed interest in recent years. Changing geopolitical realities make the strategic geography of the Bay of Bengal crucial to the larger concept of the Indo-Pacific.

The summit saw the signing of the BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, a Memorandum of Association on the Establishment of the BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Facility and a Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Cooperation in the field of diplomatic training. BIMSTEC has also adopted the Master Plan for Transport Connectivity which provides a framework for improving regional and national connectivity in the Bay of Bengal. The plan lists 264 projects requiring an investment of $126 billion between 2018 and 2028.

The summit marks an important step for the group. BIMSTEC now has a charter which gives it a “legal personality” and is formally recognized as an intergovernmental organization. To further strengthen formal institutionalization, New Delhi has sought to rejuvenate the BIMSTEC secretariat by pledging US$1 million for its operating budget. BIMSTEC has maintained a permanent secretariat in Dhaka since 2014, but the secretariat had remained underfunded and lacked agency.

BIMSTEC member countries have approved a complete reorganization of the cluster’s priority areas into seven pillars, with each member state assigned to one pillar. This ensures a streamlined approach to project implementation and makes it easier for the consortium to take stock of progress and deliver on time. Despite several ongoing connectivity projects, such as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project, slow field movements and missed deadlines have largely rendered the clustering ineffective. so far.

The issue that foreshadowed the summit was Myanmar’s representation after the country’s military takeover in February 2021. The United States reportedly issued a diplomatic note of protest against Myanmar’s participation in the summit. But Colombo and New Delhi justified their decision not to exclude Myanmar on the grounds that the success of cooperative activities requires the presence of all member states and that Myanmar is an integral part of the Bay of Bengal community.

Myanmar was represented at the summit, albeit at foreign minister level, but the other member states had their respective leaders present. The summit marks Myanmar’s first participation in a multilateral forum after ASEAN expelled junta leader Ming Aung Hlaing from its 2021 summit.

BIMSTEC not excluding Myanmar from its summit is not surprising. If South Asian countries have learned anything from their experience with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, it is not to interfere in the domestic politics of member countries or to try to exclude a member within the group. Yet, as long as the junta remains in power, Myanmar’s participation in BIMSTEC poses a challenge to the grouping’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific. The BIMSTEC secretariat must tactfully manage Myanmar’s participation so as not to send the wrong message about forgetting a military takeover of a democratically elected government in the region.

Connectivity remains high on BIMSTEC’s agenda. The Bay of Bengal is one of the least integrated regions in the world despite being home to almost 23% of the world’s population. Providing seamless interconnected transport links would facilitate cross-border trade and integrate the Bay of Bengal into the wider Indo-Pacific.

As Thailand takes over the chairmanship of BIMSTEC in Sri Lanka under the slogan “Prosperous, Resilient and Robust, BIMSTEC Open”, Thailand is also named as the new leader of the connectivity pillar. A Thailand-initiated program to ‘connect connectivities’ aims to link BIMSTEC members through a network of ports spanning Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka and paves the way for exploring synergies with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025.

In 2021, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand proposed the “3Cs” for the future of sub-regional cooperation: complementarities between the development agendas of sub-regional frameworks and key ASEAN initiatives, connectivity synchronizing the development of sub-regional economic corridors with MPAC 2025 and coordination between ASEAN and sub-regional frameworks as well as cooperation with external partners and the private sector. Given its geographical location covering both the Mekong and Bay of Bengal sub-regions, Thailand is well placed to enhance inter-regional connectivity between South and Southeast Asia.

Regional integration and cooperation have become relevant at a time when events in Europe are raising concerns about the stability of the international order. As BIMSTEC leaders deliberate on establishing the basic institutional structure and mechanisms of the grouping to better facilitate regional integration, a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) should be urgently pursued. Trade between BIMSTEC members is worth US$40 billion, although its potential has been estimated at US$250 billion. BIMSTEC should consolidate its transport connectivity charter and master plan to boost intra-BIMSTEC trade, which barely exceeds 5%.

With negotiations for a BIMSTEC FTA dragging on for 18 years, New Delhi could push for a quick conclusion, especially as India remains outside the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India’s involvement in the RCEP would have justified the economic integration of BIMSTEC. As it stands, the group now has a charter that gives it a new orientation and a revitalized secretariat. BIMSTEC should build on this momentum and reassure the region that it is on the right path to realizing a community in the Bay of Bengal.

Nazia Hussain is a Senior Analyst at the Center for Multilateralism Studies, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.

Watch: Nayla Albaloushi becomes the first Emirati woman to climb Mount Everest – News


In 2011, Saeed Al Memari became the first Emirati man to reach the top


Published: Thu, May 26, 2022, 10:30 AM

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Nayla Nasir Albaloushi made history by becoming the first Emirati woman to climb the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, clearing the milestone on May 14.

Before that, Albaloushi managed to climb smaller peaks including Mount Ararat in Turkey which reaches 5,140 meters while Mount Everest is 8,848 meters above sea level.

“I decided to go to Nepal and climb Mount Everest in January. I spoke with the operator and was asked if I could do it. After some medical questions related to my health and the way my body reacts to the high altitude, they said it was possible as I was physically fit to undertake the mission,” she told the Khaleej Times in an interview.

Nayla reached Nepal on April 16 to fulfill her dream of climbing the world’s tallest peak.

“Everyone told me that you were very late because most of the people who were supposed to go to the top were there at base camp about 10 days before me. Therefore, I did not have time to acclimatize. Before leaving for the expedition, I did not reveal it to anyone except my parents and my brothers and sisters. They supported me well and prayed for me. I was constantly talking to them during the expedition,” she said.

In 2011, Saeed Al Memari made history and became the first Emirati man to summit Mount Everest.

The Emirati mountaineer revealed that she had not undergone any special training before embarking on this mission. But being a fitness enthusiast, Nayla maintains a healthy lifestyle, which is important for such tough tasks.

“I exercise regularly to stay in shape and it has helped me a lot to achieve my goal,” she said, adding that people who want to climb the highest peaks in the world should have the passion and the will to achieve their goal.

Nayla said the weather was really nice during her expedition, which made it possible to complete the feat in one go without descending to base camp.

“Glory to the Lord, I didn’t encounter any difficulties. Everything was very smooth. The weather was incredible. We started our night journey around 10 p.m. when the weather was calm and normal. The wind was blowing exactly as we feel it at Jebel Jais. There was no wind at all.”

She advised Emirati women to pursue their dreams and goals and not to think negatively about their targets too much.

“Just focus on your goal and you will achieve it.”

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Top US diplomat in charge of Tibetan affairs visits refugees in Nepal — Radio Free Asia

Uzra Zeya, the U.S. special coordinator for Tibetan issues, met with Tibetan refugees in Nepal as well as government officials during a recent visit to Kathmandu during the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in a decade. told RFA sources in the Himalayan country.

Zeya, who also met Tibetans in India on her trip, reportedly discussed the refugees’ undocumented status at the meeting. In 1995, Nepal stopped issuing refugee cards to Tibetans crossing the border from their homeland, which has been under Chinese control since 1951.

Nepal is seen by China as a partner in its Belt and Road Initiative to boost global trade through infrastructure investment, and the Nepalese government has cited pledges of millions of dollars in Chinese investment as a reason to restrict Tibetan activities in the country.

Zeya’s May 20-22 trip was intended “to deepen cooperation on human rights and democratic governance goals, and to advance humanitarian priorities,” the State Department said on its website.

“Zeya met with Tibetans in Jawalakhel where they discussed the problems they face with the lack of proper documentation in Nepal…and the deteriorating human rights conditions,” a Nepalese journalist told the service. Tibetan from RFA on condition of anonymity to speak freely.

The lack of proper identity cards for refugees is the result of pressure from the Chinese government, former Nepalese ambassador to Denmark Vijay Karna told RFA.

“Over 5,000 Tibetan refugees and their families are facing problems with their refugee cards. Addressing this issue would also be of paramount importance to the Nepalese government,” he said.

“Zeya’s meeting with the Tibetan community in Nepal during this visit sends a clear message to the Chinese government,” Karna said. “It is high time for the Nepalese government to solve the problems of Tibetan refugees in Nepal with obtaining their identity cards.”

Sangpo, who works at the Nepal Human Rights Organization, told RFA that any solution to the ID card problem should be practical.

“Right now, an ID card would only act as an ID card and nothing more. To obtain a travel document, one must first go to three or four different offices… and since there are no proper guidelines in place, the government should reconsider this,” Sangpo said.

Zeya’s meeting with the Tibetan community in Nepal was closely watched by China, Santosh Sherma, co-founder of the Nepal Policy Research Institute, told RFA.

“Ahead of the arrival of Uzra Zeya and his delegation to Nepal, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi called on the Nepalese Interior Minister to discuss the one-China policy and bilateral relations between the two countries to get assurance from Nepal, so Zeya’s visit definitely made China anxious,” Sherma said.

Commenting on his meeting with Zeya, Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba tweeted: “It was a pleasure to receive the US delegation led by the Under Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights. ‘male. We exchanged views on Nepal-US relations and issues of mutual interest. »

Zeya announced in a tweet on May 21 that the United States would provide Nepal with $659 million through the United States Agency for International Development.

The United States, the United Nations and the European Union have urged the Nepalese government to protect the rights of Tibetans living in Nepal and refugees fleeing Tibet. The recent visit also coincided with the 75and anniversary of Nepalese-American diplomatic relations.

Washington-based Freedom House ranked Nepal “partly free” in its annual 2022 Global Freedom Index, with a score of 57 out of a possible 100. China was rated “not free” with a score of 9, while Tibet scored even lower. ranking of only 1.

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

Detained in Nepal for ‘carrying printouts of US dollar bills’, Bengal photographer awaits relief


Kolkata (PTI): A trip to Nepal turned into a nightmare for a West Bengal photographer as he ended up in jail for allegedly carrying jpeg image prints of $100 bills, which he allegedly “needs there to shoot a short film”.

Alone and helpless in Nepal, Durlav Roy Chowdhury (24), a resident of Salkia in the Howrah district of West Bengal, had been waiting for help from India since November.

Speaking to PTI by phone from Ward Number 2, Jhapa Karagaar in Nepal, Roy Chowdhury said his case was scheduled for hearing on May 25 and he hoped to get a reprieve because “I haven’t done anything of illegal”.

Eshor Raj Poudel, the Consul General of Nepal in Kolkata, when approached by PTI said he had no information on the case.

“I will explore this and speak to the authorities and the Jhapa District Magistrate. As this is a legal matter, we need to see the evidence. But I can give the assurance that all support will be given to the family. of the man on trial,” Poudel said.

The photographer, who identifies himself as a National Geographic contributor on his Linkedin page, claimed he was denied basic facilities in the prison.

He also said he was subjected to “torture” for 20 days since his arrest on November 24 before being brought before a court which then remanded him into custody.

“I started my journey last November. At each checkpoint, I had shown the security personnel the printouts of the dollar bills I had with me for filming. They let me through. At the Chandragadi airport, however, the authorities sent me to an office and I was then detained,” he said.

Roy Chowdhury said he was carrying around 230 pieces of US dollar bills, which “did not match actual currency in any way when forensic tests were performed”, the report of which he shared with PTI.

“I had planned to throw them in the air and shoot a sequence for my movie ‘Money Is Not Everything’. I never thought I would be charged with ‘Mudra Sambandhi Kasoor’ (misdemeanor related to currency) for this in Nepal, he said.

“I was treated like an animal by the Nepalese police. They didn’t allow me to call my mother in India for weeks or share my ordeal with anyone else. For the first few weeks, I didn’t get my inhaler. My health deteriorated and only then did they show mercy,” he said.

The 24-year-old also regretted that language was a major obstacle.

“I don’t know Nepali and none of the prison officials speak English. I gave them all the details and documents, but they didn’t understand. They made me sign papers that I couldn’t read. nor understand,” Roy Chowdhury, who lost his father in 2015, said.

He claimed that the Indian Embassy in Nepal did little to help him.

“I keep calling the Indian embassy here every day, but the officials there say they can’t do much for me. The only thing they helped me was a lawyer,” the photographer said.

His mother, Tripti Roy Chowdhury, a cancer patient, said she had run from pillar to post to secure her son’s freedom over the past few months.

She said she only learned of her son’s imprisonment in January.

“I spent days trying to locate him. In January, when I learned of his ordeal, I was shocked,” said the 63-year-old, who visited her son in March.

She said her attempts to contact Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had so far yielded no results.

Roy Chowdhury’s mother, who is currently in Nepal for the hearing, said she would appeal to the judge for the release of her son, “who is suffering in prison for no good reason”.

“I also want to ask the chief minister for help. I am a cancer patient and I have no one to turn to other than my son. I believe the CM will understand my situation,” a- she added.

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The government’s ban on wheat exports raises a host of questions

If many members of your own family were hungry, would you send food to feed your neighbors?

This is the first and foremost question that arises in the wake of the Indian government’s ban on wheat exports, a decision that the United States and the G7 countries have asked New Delhi to reconsider in view of the conflict in Ukraine which has affected global food supplies, raising fears of severe grain shortages in Africa and other countries.

India has defended its decision citing the rising domestic cost of wheat and wheat products which over the past month has risen by 20-40%, in part due to recurrent heat waves in many large parts of northern India which led to crop failures.

The ban on wheat exports brought to light a fact that few people in the country knew, namely that India is the world’s second largest producer of wheat after China, followed by Russia and the United States.

Last year, we produced over 109 million tonnes of wheat, of which 7 million tonnes, valued at over $2 billion, were exported, mainly to neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.

It’s a friendly gesture to provide food to neighbors. But shouldn’t we first ensure that our own people are fed enough? Currently, India ranks 101st out of 116 countries on the Global Hunger Index, slightly lower than sub-Saharan Sudan; and about 14% of our population, some 200 million people, do not have enough to eat.

So why the wheat export ban now, and not earlier, when chronic hunger and slow starvation have plagued the country for years?

And why are more than 20 million tons of wheat and other food grains lying in government depots, and even out in the open under a makeshift shelter? More than 1,500 tons of food grains are destroyed each year by exposure to the elements or are eaten by rats and other vermin. The administration works in a mysterious way, its wonders are not to be accomplished.

All of this gives food for thought, in more ways than one. Or, considering that such acts of non-benign negligence are an offense against intelligence if nothing else, should it be food for tort?



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.


Sunil Chhetri returns to the national team for the international friendly match against Jordan


On Tuesday, talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri returned to India’s soccer squad after a six-month hiatus when he was named in the 25-member squad for the international friendly against Jordan in Doha on May 28.


Chhetri, 37, last played for India in their 3-0 win over Nepal in the SAFF Championships final in October but has since been sidelined due to injury.

The squad, announced by national coach Igor Stimac, was chosen during an extended training camp in Kolkata.

Apart from Chhetri, Ishan Pandita has also returned to the forward line at the expense of VP Suhair and injured Rahim Ali.

In midfield, Glan Martins, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam and Aashique Kuriniyan have been included, with Pronay Halder and Danish Bhat being the notable omissions.

The defense includes Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose and Pritam Kotal.

While Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Amrinder Singh remain under the crossbar, Laxmikath Kattimani replaced Prabhsukhan Singh Gill after his heroism in the ISL final.

The Blue Tigers, as part of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup final qualifiers, had camped in Bellary and Kolkata. They played practice matches against ATK Mohun Bagan, All-Stars Hero I-League and Hero Santosh Trophy team and West Bengal team.

The Blue Tigers leave on May 25 for Doha, where they will continue their training before facing Jordan.

After the friendly match, the team is expected to return to Kolkata on May 30, before resuming training for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The 25-member team:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Laxmikanth Kattimani, Amrinder Singh.

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose, Pritam Kotal.

Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco.

Attackers: Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.

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Beijing: Senior Ambassadors Celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by Re-Living India’s History at Indian Embassy

The Indian Embassy in Beijing, Indian Consulates General in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou celebrated Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav by reliving the story of India’s struggle for independence. A play “The Oudh Quatrain”, a musical revolving around the last king of Oudh Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and his wife Begam Hazrat Mahal’s clash with the British East India Company in 1857 was staged occasionally.

During a diplomatic campaign by India, the Ambassadors of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Nepalese Embassy in China also joined in the celebrations and enjoyed the play at the Embassy. from India to Beijing, broadcast live from Hong Kong. The main envoys could easily correlate this piece of history and thanked the Indian Ambassador for inviting them. Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman hailed India’s shared culture and heritage and recalled Indian films and the beautiful traditions of Indian theater and dance forms. Nepal’s Deputy Chief of Mission to China, Kaushal Ray, said watching the historic play brought him back to his college days as he studied Indian literature, drama and drama.

Senior diplomats appreciated the significance of the creative masterpiece which evoked the shared cultural heritage and historical ties between their countries and India. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China, Dr. Palitha TB Kohona, said India’s freedom struggle remains an inspiration to the entire Indian subcontinent. He added that many Sri Lankan leaders look to India for inspiration. On this occasion, Dr Kohona also praised the Indian government for its support to Sri Lanka during the current difficult times. “I hope the relationship between the two countries will continue in the same way. Sri Lanka is going through a difficult time at the moment and we hope that India will be one of our friends who will come to our aid at this stage” , said Dr. Kohono recalling the ancient cultural and civilizational ties with India.

Members of the Indian community, audiences from other countries and Chinese audiences were totally absorbed in the drama staged in the Parsi theatrical style that flourished in India between the 1850s and 1930s. The play was produced by Teacup productions under the aegis of the Consulate General of India in Hong Kong, to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence.

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HThere are three stocks with a buy rank and strong value characteristics for investors to consider today, May 23:

Sports and outdoor academy ASO: This Texas-based retailer, which supplies sporting goods and outdoor recreation primarily to the United States, carries a Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) rating and has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings from l next year increase by 11.8% over the past 60 years. days.

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. Pricing and Consensus

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Academy Sports and Outdoors has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 4.39, compared to 35.90 for the industry. The company has a Value Score of A.

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. PE Ratio (TTM)

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. PE Ratio (TTM)

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Marine Max HZO: This largest pleasure boat and yacht retailer that sells new and used pleasure boats and related marine products and services, as well as yacht brokerage and charter services, carries a Zacks n 1 and witnessed the Zacks consensus estimate for its current year revenue up 4.6% over the past 60 days.

MarineMax, Inc. Pricing and Consensus

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MarineMax has a price/earnings ratio (P/E) of 4.93, compared to 8.90 for the industry. The company has a Value Score of A.

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UBS UBS: This financial firm that provides advice and solutions to private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide is ranked No. 1 by Zacks and has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current year earnings rise by 9.6% over the past 60 days.

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UBS has a price/earnings ratio (P/E) of 7.80, compared to 10.60 for the sector. The company has a Value Score of A.

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Lightstorm to invest $1 billion in fiber and cable landing stations


Lightstorm, an infrastructure platform provider, aims to invest $1 billion over the next three to five years in India and Southeast Asia to increase the capacity of its fiber network and base stations. cable landing, a senior executive said.

The company plans to double its number of data centers and increase its fiber capacity by more than 60% by December this year, as it anticipates increased demand from telecommunications service providers, enterprises and startups ahead of the launch of 5G services in India.

Managing Director Amajit Gupta said the Delhi-based company will also launch a network-as-a-service model in Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh later this year as part of the investments for data infrastructure sectors. booming in India.

“Over the past 18 months, we have built a state-of-the-art digital network in India spanning over 12,000 km of fiber network, 200 nodes connecting nearly 50 multi-tenant data centers across the country’s five major economic hubs. . We plan to expand this to 100 data centers and cloud locations by the end of this year,” Gupta said in an email.

Fiber capacity will increase to cover 20,000 km by the end of the year, while the number of cable landing stations will also increase. The company has partnered with US-based Cinturion Corp, a provider of submarine and terrestrial networks, for the Trans Europe Asia system in India. The company will build a network of Open Cable Landing Stations (CLS) in India to launch new routes and provide neutral access to landing parties, thereby reducing the cost of internet access by reducing over-reliance on a few locations and captive landing stations. Currently, India has two main CLSs in Mumbai and Chennai which is not enough, Gupta said. This will allow the provider to provide low cost access to high speed fiber optic capacity from open access cable landing stations.

“Later this year, we will launch our network in Indonesia, connecting more than 40 data centers, and offer high-quality fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure on a network-as-a-service (NaaS) model for service providers and ISPs in Indonesia. We will soon connect services in Nepal and Bangladesh,” Gupta said.

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Why does Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prefer to travel at night for overseas tours?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Japan to attend the Quad leaders’ meeting on May 24 (Tuesday), but an interesting fact has been revealed regarding his trip. It has been revealed that Prime Minister Modi prefers overnight trips for overseas tours, Indian news agency ANI reported.

Ahead of the summit, Prime Minister Modi tweeted on Sunday May 22: “Tonight I will be leaving for Japan to attend the second Quad Summit in person. The Quad leaders will again have the opportunity to discuss the various Quad Initiatives and other matters of common interest.”

After analyzing his travel habits, it was understood that PM Modi apparently prefers night trips. ANI reported that PM Modi is trying to buy time. Most of the time he attends engagements and meetings the next day and after that he travels again when needed.

WION @ Quad: Updates from Japan

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Modi was on a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France. He recently visited Nepal on Buddha Jayanti. The ANI analyzed his travel schedules as he reported that Prime Minister Modi only spent one night in Germany and Denmark each.

Prime Minister Modi will depart on the evening of May 22 for the Quad Summit, where he will hold meetings with world leaders and prominent businessmen, and will also address the Indian community.

READ ALSO | Quad Summit 2022: Here is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s schedule for Tokyo’s visit


According to ANI, a source who has known PM Modi for several years explained that in the early 90s he used the special loyalty card wisely.

The source added that PM Modi used to visit the destinations during the day and usually take the last flight home so that the hotel stay money can be saved. He used to sleep very often on planes and airports, the source added.

Ahead of the visit, Prime Minister Modi said in a statement: “In Japan, I will also attend the second Quad Leaders Summit in person, which will provide an opportunity for the leaders of the four Quad countries to review the progress of the Quad. We will also exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual concern.


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Teenager’s sudden death, payday loan rage and concern over collapsing Liverpool markets

These are the last headlines from ECHO this morning.

Mum feels a part of her is gone after her 18-year-old son’s sudden death

An 18-year-old man who “saw the best in everyone” has died in his sleep from a rare heart condition.

John Nesbitt had just completed his A-Levels and was eager to take up a place at the University of Birmingham. But the teenager died suddenly in his sleep from a rare heart condition which showed no signs or symptoms.

John’s heart stopped beating following an arrhythmia caused by myocarditis – a condition in which the body’s immune system causes inflammation in response to infection. The condition is extremely rare and can be triggered by something like a cold.

Read the full story here.

Dad disgusted with payday loan company compensation

A father has racked up thousands of pounds in debt with a payday loan company which he says is ‘playing on people’s misery’.

George Lea, 76, and his wife Linda, 71, from Tuebrook, have taken out a number of loans from home loan provider Provident over the years to help pay for groceries, Christmas and birthdays. George said the loans were a “quick fix” at the time, but with sky-high interest rates they quickly got into debt.

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Provident, was part of a company called PFG, which previously provided short-term, guarantor and home loans with interest rates of up to 1,557.7% APR – but after being hit hard by sales claims abusive, the company permanently closed its doors on December 31 of last year. .

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Concern over multi-million collapse of Liverpool markets company

A collapsed firm which handled contracts for Liverpool City Council owes the local authority millions of pounds.

Liverpool Markets Limited, (LML), which ran council markets across the city, went into liquidation in May 2019. A report by FRP Advisory Limited LLP liquidators has now revealed that LML owes the council £3,469,896.00.

Colin Laphan, chairman of the Liverpool Markets Traders Association, said he did not understand how debt had risen to such levels before the lockdown period.

Read the full story here.

Dad disgusted with payday loan company compensation

A father has racked up thousands of pounds in debt with a payday loan company which he says is ‘playing on people’s misery’.

George Lea, 76, and his wife Linda, 71, from Tuebrook, have taken out a number of loans from home loan provider Provident over the years to help pay for groceries, Christmas and birthdays. George said the loans were a “quick fix” at the time, but with sky-high interest rates they quickly got into debt.

Provident, was part of a company called PFG, which previously provided short-term, guarantor and home loans with interest rates up to 1,557.7% APR – but after being hit hard by sales claims abusive, the company permanently closed its doors on December 31 of last year. .

READ MORE: Man fined £293 for driving 60mph on motorway

George and Linda are among Provident clients to whom the company recently offered compensation for loans they mis-sold – but only for less than 10% of what is owed to them. This follows a court ruling in August last year, which granted the home lender permission to cap repair payments for mis-sold loans at just 4p to 6p per £1 owed for fees and interest charged to them.

In George and Linda’s case, that means they were offered up to £4.50 in compensation – a figure which George says wouldn’t even cover the cost of buying a bar of chocolate for each of his seven grandchildren.

George told ECHO: “They played on people’s misery. Even if you just needed to get groceries for that week, that’s how serious it was, we were skinny.

“It was Christmas most of the time or maybe a birthday we couldn’t afford so we just had a quick fix which helped at the time it did the job but when it came to pay for it every week and you’re still struggling.”

George said that every week an agent from Provident came to their Tuebrook home to collect the money they owed and each time they asked if the couple wanted to take out another loan. He said: “[The agents said] ‘Listen if you can’t afford it, why don’t you get another? Pay that one and you’ll have a few pounds to spend.

“When you’re depressed and you’re destitute, you do things like that, you’re desperate. We always fell for it. If you get a loan, you have to pay it back. It was a desperate time and they knew this.

“If you borrow £200 straight away it goes to £400. It just kept going up and in the end I said ‘we have to put a stop to this’.”

After paying off all the interest they owed on the loans and refusing to borrow any more money, George said they didn’t expect to hear any further news from Provident until they recently received a letter regarding compensation.

He said: “They contacted us – they sent us a letter saying you were entitled to compensation and they [had] close. We thought we were going to have a few bobs because we had given them lots of interest and that’s what they offered us: £3 to £4.50.

“It was a shame. I couldn’t even buy a chocolate bar for my grandchildren, I told the guy ‘keep it’.”

George and Linda are in the process of appealing the amount of compensation they have been offered and it is currently being reviewed by an independent arbitrator. To be eligible for a refund, you must have taken out an unaffordable loan between April 2007 and December 17, 2020 from Provident or its sub-brands Satsuma, Glo and Greenwood.

Provident closed its claims portal in February 2022. This was for customers who believe they were mis-sold of a loan before December 18, 2020. People who believe they were mis-sold of a loan on December 18, 2020 or after can always submit a complaint to Provident through their Complaints Hotline or through a complaints form on their website.

ECHO has contacted Provident for comments.

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Top 10 news: US economy set to overtake China, Indian cricket legend sparks anger and more

According to reports, the US economy is set to overtake China for the first time since 1976 amid the coronavirus pandemic. China has consistently beaten the United States in GDP growth for decades, even as President Xi has warned officials that China’s growth must be sustained to beat the United States.

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Pandemic effect: US economy set to overtake China for first time since 1976

The Bloomberg report said China’s coronavirus lockdown means it will fall behind the United States. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) previously projected that China would overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy by the 2030s.

Anthony Albanese claims election victory: Everything you need to know about Australia’s new PM

Albanese was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and served as a minister after Labor Party leader Prime Minister Rudd won in 2007.

Biden approves $40 billion in aid for Ukraine: armored vehicles and air defenses in package

As the war with Russia enters its fourth month, the Biden administration has approved a massive $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, which included arms and economic support for the Zelensky government. The US Congress had approved $14 billion in aid for Ukraine in March just days after Putin announced his “special military operation” on February 24.

UK plans to revise legal smoking age, could raise to 21: report

Diagnostic requirements for COPD may need to be updatedAccording to the report, the legal age for smoking could be raised to 21 against 18 in the country. The independent review is commissioned by the country’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, who is said to have considered recommending that it be set at 25 years.

Partygate scandal: UK opposition demands Boris Johnson to ‘urgently explain’ secret meeting with Sue Gray

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been asked by the country’s opposition Labor Party to ‘urgently explain’ why he ‘secretly’ met with senior civil servant Sue Gray to discuss the report of an inquiry into the holiday who are breaking the lockdown in Downing Street.

Johnny Depp was financially broke and had anger issues, actor’s former agent reveals

Looks like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s libel case won’t end anytime soon. The case that began in early April in Fairfax County Court in Virginia took a week-long hiatus and the hearing has now resumed.

Nepal reduces number of BRI projects with China: report

The Kathmandu Post reported that Nepal has cut several projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with China. The agreement, which was signed between the two countries five years ago, has been hampered by political and ideological reasons according to a report.

Gavaskar slammed for nasty remark about Hetmyer and his wife

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Russian Defense Ministry says destroyed Western weapons sent to Ukraine using Kalibr cruise missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday (May 21) that the armed forces destroyed a large arms shipment in northwestern Ukraine using long-range missiles. The cargo was apparently provided by the West.

Quad Summit: Here’s everything to expect from the Tokyo event

Ahead of the third edition of the Quad Summit in Japan, where the leaders of India, the United States, Japan and Australia are to meet in a bid to secure the Indo-Pacific region, Indian Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra briefed reporters in New Delhi on what can be expected from the long-awaited encounter.

A collision took place between a car and a tank truck full of Nepalese passengers… Three dead and others injured”


Lucknow: A painful road accident has occurred in Bahraich, UP. Three people lost their lives in the accident. While 12 people were seriously injured. The injured were admitted to hospital. After much effort, the bodies trapped in the car were removed. According to reports, a Tata Winger car and a tanker truck full of Nepalese passengers collided on the Lucknow-Bahraich highway on Saturday morning. In the accident, three passengers died on the spot, while 12 passengers were injured. The injured were admitted to the district hospital for treatment.

The commander inspected the scene and ordered the police station to inform the relatives. Around 16 people are said to have left for Nepal in a Tata Winger car from Delhi. On Saturday morning, as the car arrived near the Marimata temple in the Kotwali police station area in the countryside, it collided with a tanker truck coming from the front.

Reports say the collision was so severe that the car exploded and three people lost their lives at the scene in the accident. On the information of the incident, CO City Vinay Dwivedi and Countryside Kotwal Satyendra Bahadur Singh reached the place. The police sent the injured to the district hospital and the body was sent for an autopsy. The commander said next of kin have been notified and further action is being taken.

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Maryland today | Early warning for a warming world

Monsoon season anomalies increase diarrheal disease rates among young children in Nepal, new University of Maryland study finds that could help spur development of an early warning system for infectious diseases climate-sensitive such as diarrhea, typhoid and cholera.

the studyled by Professor Amir Sapkota of the School of Public Health, was recently published in the journal Nexus PNAS. The researchers found that the overall risk of childhood diarrheal diseases in Nepal is higher during the monsoon season, as expected, but these changes in monsoon dynamics had a surprising impact on the risk.

“When the monsoon starts late or the season is shorter, the risk was greater. The risk of diarrheal disease in young children was also higher during the La Niña period, a cooler phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle that corresponds to lower than normal equatorial sea surface temperature,” said he declared.

Using Nepalese government data on diarrheal disease from 2002 to 2014, the Sapkota team found among other things that the monsoon season is generally associated with a 21% higher risk of diarrheal disease in children under 5 years. Similarly, the risk was 32% higher during the La Niña period, compared to the ENSO Neutral period.

While improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene and increased childhood vaccination against rotavirus have helped reduce diarrheal diseases in recent years, they remain the second leading cause of death among young children in the world. around the world, hitting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) such as Nepal particularly hard, where a significant portion of the population lacks safe drinking water and practices open defecation.

The UN and other global bodies have urgently called for early warning systems to reduce health threats related to climate change. But Sapkota and his colleagues say weather-based early warning systems currently being considered with lead times of just a few days are not sufficient to mobilize a public health response.

“Unlike the notoriously difficult weather conditions to forecast beyond seven to ten days, monsoon anomalies and ENSO phases can be predicted months or even a year in advance with reasonable accuracy,” said Sapkota.

That’s enough to plan public health responses, including targeted awareness campaigns, rotavirus vaccination efforts, and the allocation of oral rehydration therapy.

“Climate change is here and now,” Sapkota said. “Therefore, we need to learn how to adapt to it as a society while working on mitigation efforts. Discoveries like ours will lead to the development of tools to improve community resilience and protect public health.

GoFirst in India prepares for a $463 million IPO in early 3Q22


With plans to increase capacity and add ten more aircraft by March 2023, Wadia Group is targeting a long-delayed initial public offering (IPO) for its airline Go First (G8, Mumbai Int’l) in early July, officials said. sources to the Business Standard and Moneycontrol journals.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) gave Go Airlines Private Limited the green light to debut on the Mumbai Stock Exchange (BSE) last summer, but the carrier has been planning a listing since at least 2015. , at which time it was known as GoAir.

Go First held back due to the emergence of Omicron, then the Russian-Ukrainian war, and later to avoid a clash with Life Insurance Corporation’s mega-IPO, which took place this month- this. It plans to raise up to INR 36 billion rupees (USD 463 million) to reduce debt and repay donors (INR 22 billion (USD 283 million)) and increase operations in India and internationally, including adding routes to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Sources told Business Standard that the budget carrier’s management will resume its roadshows and presentations to investors, with one saying, “Given the comments from bankers, we are ready for an IPO.” The surge in domestic traffic encouraged investors in India to revise the draft IPO prospectus, despite record fuel prices and a weaker rupee against the dollar.

“You can never bet on a market peak or everything is going well for an IPO [but] bankers are quite enthusiastic and optimistic. We are all ready and would be open for registration as soon as possible,” the insider said.

A source told Moneycontrol that “more than 27 investors have shown positive interest. The company will be presenting again soon.

In the lead up to the IPO, Go First has resumed its capacity expansion plans. It currently operates around 300 daily flights compared to 288 in 2019 and held 9.8% of the domestic market in March, just behind IndiGo Airlines (6E, Delhi Int’l) with 54.8% and slightly ahead of SpiceJet (SG, financially troubled ). , Delhi Int’l). The ch-aviation capabilities module shows it had 2,073 frequencies scheduled for the week beginning May 23.

It aims to add new aircraft from August, namely ten new Airbus A320neos by the end of March 2023. According to ch-aviation’s advanced fleets module, it currently operates a fleet of fifty-two A320-200Ns and six A320-200s, with another ninety-two A320neos to be delivered. The schedule is for ten such deliveries this year, ten next year and the remaining 72 from 2024 to 2027.

However, it has yet to reactivate all of its current fleet, ten of which are still inactive. “We have ten more planes to deploy, but all planes should be operational by the end of June,” an unnamed Go First official told Business Standard.

According to Indian broadcaster CNBC TV18, Go First is considering converting some of its A320neo orders to larger, longer-range and more fuel-efficient A321neo jets or even switching its entire fleet to A321neo.

UK faces legal action over working with PPE manufacturer accused of labor violations – JURIST

The UK High Court on Wednesday cleared legal action against the UK government over its continued use of PPE maker Supermax. All the Citizens, represented by UK law firm Wilson Solicitors, is suing the government for continuing to deal with the Malaysian company, despite an investigation finding allegations of forced labor at Supermax factories.

In December 2021, the UK awarded a contract to Supermax to supply the National Health Service (NHS) with disposable gloves. The decision was met with derision as it came after an explosive November investigation by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CPB), which found at least 10 of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) forced labor indicators. in the Supermax manufacturing process. The CPB accused Supermax of abusing its Nepalese migrant workers, including alleged violations such as “inhuman working conditions…, isolation, restriction of movement, withholding of wages, excessive overtime, etc. The CPB has then made the decision to ban further imports from the company with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stating: “[w]With this stay order, the Biden-Harris administration continues to clarify that products made in whole or in part by forced labor will not be permitted in the United States.

This was followed by a temporary suspension of future Supermax contracts in Canada, although two contracts were initially upheld, pending an investigation by an independent firm, hired by Supermax. The government subsequently canceled its current contracts with Supermax, stating: “[b]Given the seriousness of the allegations and the expected timelines for the final results of the audit, the Government of Canada and Supermax Healthcare Canada have decided to terminate the two existing contracts for the supply of nitrile gloves. Supermax is still eligible to apply for future contracts with the Canadian government.

Supermax released its first results of the survey, along with the updates it planned to make to its employment policy, saying:

The company is making significant changes to improve benefits, facilities and living conditions for Supermax workers. Several measures to improve working and living conditions are currently underway, including a major renovation of its accommodation facilities which will provide workers with adequate privacy. New facilities to enhance the leisure and lifestyle elements of the workers have also been added to the company’s existing modern dormitory. …Workers will soon be able to take advantage of the newly added facilities which will include a designated smoking area, ATM facilities, canteen and restaurant upgrades and other amenities.

According to Amnesty International, Supermax is just one of many companies that profit from Nepalese migrant workers. James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme, said: “Nepalese migrant workers are systematically and ruthlessly trapped. Forced to take out loans to pay the huge fees that recruitment agencies charge them to work abroad, they find themselves so in debt that they have no choice but to stay in jobs that prove often poorly paid or dangerous.

Family Physician Centered Primary Health Care – The New Indian Express

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented health and socio-economic crisis, and is a calamity at all levels. The virus has affected people all over the world and millions have died. The pandemic has revealed deep inequalities. Division and inequality between and within countries have deepened and the impact has been severe on people who were already marginalized and disadvantaged.

The World Health Organization has done an admirable job during the pandemic. Many WHO committees and panels have worked hard and produced very commendable reports and documents. In addition to this, the global body has worked closely with all its member countries, extended its support and tried to strengthen their health services.

In May 2020, WHO established an independent panel to launch an impartial, independent and comprehensive review of the international health response to Covid-19 and make recommendations for the future.

The expert panel’s report titled “Covid-19: Make it the Last Pandemic” recommended strategic action to end this pandemic and ensure that any future infectious disease outbreaks do not become as catastrophic. The panel called on policy makers at all levels to champion major change and make resources available to increase effectiveness. Two important recommendations from this panel are to strengthen public health institutions and increase investments to build resilient health systems based on high quality primary and community health services.

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), which represents over half a million doctors, reiterated the above WHO recommendations. He noted that countries with stronger primary care offered a better response to the pandemic and recommended increasing investment in primary health care (PHC) to address emerging global health challenges. He made it clear that the family physician-led primary health care team is a cost-effective practice that governments should put in place to address future global health risks.
Learning from the experiences of Covid and addressing the concerns of WHO and WONCA, we must prioritize high quality primary and community health services to build a fairer and healthier world for all.

To do this, we must learn from our critical experiences, from WHO recommendations, and from new practices in family medicine and primary care around the world.

A comprehensive and integrated understanding is needed of the parameters of a radical new approach to primary health care, widely propagated by WHO over the past two decades. According to this new approach, primary care and essential public health functions are at the heart of integrated health services. Besides this, multisectoral policy and action, as well as the empowerment of people and communities, are equally important.

Comprehensive general practitioners, commonly referred to as family physicians, play a central role in PHC-focused health systems with quality primary care. Family physicians are central to the delivery of effective primary health care, meeting the needs and preferences of people at both the individual and population level.

Primary care teams work productively at the community level with a range of skills and address many health issues. Primary care teams are multidisciplinary and will include family physicians, community health workers, rehabilitation workers, care managers, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, traditional healers, nutritionists, social workers , dentists and support staff. The primary care delivered by these teams has shown clear benefits in a wide range of settings.

Family medicine has been recognized and integrated into the primary health care system in various settings around the world. Canada, Australia, Norway, Brazil, Latin America, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, China, Russia, Nepal and several other countries have prioritized to family medicine throughout the health system.
Family doctors were on the front line of Covid services all over the world.

They are the leaders of primary care teams. They are the trusted leaders in their communities and are committed to encouraging patients and families to become partners in safer care. They managed social and occupational risks to ensure the highest quality and safest healthcare possible. They actively participated in the vaccination process. They provided quality health care in person, in the clinic, at home and via telehealth, to patients with Covid and those with other health needs. Their community health referral role has been strengthened in the pandemic.

Indian policy makers should ensure that the state invests significantly in family doctor centered primary health care, preventive public health, social development programs, opening of new health facilities, safe universal health coverage, investment in public health and primary care research and infrastructure development, including major public health reforms. They should make serious efforts to create a pandemic-free world for our future generations.

Dr V Sreenivas
Director, Academics, Indian Academy of Family Physicians

DC Edit | Links to healing Nepal?

The warm welcome the Indian Prime Minister received during his last visit to the Federal Democratic Republic in the Himalayan region is an indicator of how India-Nepal relations have repaired themselves since the difficult time there. was two years old when, under the communist regime of KP Sharma Oli, territorial claims were made and a border dispute stirred up by Kathmandu. India is credited with seizing the opportunity to restore relations to earlier levels through close interaction with the government of Sher Bahadur Deuba.

The signing of a number of Indo-Nepal pacts may have more to do with religious exchanges related to the ancient Buddhist connection between the two countries. These ties can be further extended through the active promotion of Buddhist holy sites in both nations by creating a circuit to facilitate the spiritual journeys of half a billion Buddhists around the world.

Transfer of technology regarding the exploitation of hydroelectric power sources to help the energy deficient nation with rich hydroelectric resources is a necessity. He is likely to help at a time when the world itself is reeling from the situation in Ukraine, with fuel and food costs skyrocketing, just as global food shortages are feared as the breadbasket of the Europe is in the throes of war thanks to Vladimir Putin. assault.

Regional imperatives saw India playing an active role in trying to help Sri Lanka during the worst economic crisis in its history, while the Maldives issued a presidential decree to halt the opposition’s ‘India Out’ campaign combined.

India can’t do much about Pakistan’s historical attitude and even the return of Sharifs and Bhuttos can’t end old dreams about the Kashmir valley while China will remain in the category of thorny neighbors .

India’s policy of winning regional trust seems to be bearing fruit, including in relations with Bangladesh, despite the obvious presence of the Chinese hand ready to shell out funds in exchange for influence. India may not have a lot of cash to dole out in a difficult time of runaway inflation for all, but reassuring diplomacy through the lens of the Prime Minister’s visits appears to be helping to change the outlook in the under -continent.

Top 5 Online Payday Loans For People With Bad Credit

Payday loans are a form of financing widely used by thousands of people across the United States, providing a quick way to generate cash for unexpected expenses. Payday loans for bad credit tend to be characterized by high interest rates – although if you dig a little deeper you’ll find an array of payday loan providers who can offer reasonable rates to consumers with bad credit. credit.

Payday loans for people with bad credit – fast, hassle-free decisions

As detailed above, there are tons of payday loan services out there, and below you’ll find a list of the top picks while highlighting their strengths.

  1. Viva Payday Loans: Overall best for bad credit payday loans
  2. Core paydays: Ideal for installment loans with bad credit
  3. Credit Clock: Overall best for fast payday loans with bad credit
  4. Lenders Team: Ideal for online payday loans same day deposit
  5. Very Happy Loans: Best for Bad Credit Online Fast Payday Loans

Payday loans bad lenders online in 2022

Payday lenders are financial institutions that consider giving loans to people with bad credit, while taking into account that a borrower can repay their loan on the agreed date based on their current financial capacity. Typically, bad credit payday loans can come with higher interest due to higher repayment risks, but this varies from lender to lender.

Below are the top 5 choices for getting an online payday loan with bad credit.

1. Viva Payday Loans – Best Bad Credit Payday Loan

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Viva Payday Loans is one of the best bad credit payday loans that serves between borrowers and direct lenders and welcomes US customers regardless of a person’s credit scores. Everything you need to do to access
payday loans online is to visit their website and follow the instructions there.

Final loan approval and lender decisions are based on your credit and financial capacity.

Benefits of Using Viva Payday Loans

  • Access to small and large amounts of money, ranging from $100 to $5,000
  • It connects borrowers to credible lenders
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Disadvantages of Using Viva Payday Loans

  • High interest rate, minimum being 5.99% and maximum 35.99%
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2. Heart Paydays – Best for Installment Payday Loans with Bad Credit

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Heart Paydays is renowned for its installment loans and low rates in the United States. This platform is inclusive. Heart Paydays has an exemplary user interface that is easy to navigate. In addition, the application process is confirmed as soon as possible.

Benefits of Using Cardiac Paydays

  • Lenient repayment terms
  • Reimbursement can be made in several instalments
  • Fast approval of applications
  • Your application can be approved even if you have a bad credit rating.

Disadvantages of Using Heart Paydays

  • It is not available in some states, such as Hampshire, New York, and Montana.
  • Taking out a short-term loan can be more expensive than a traditional bank loan.

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3. Credit Clock – Overall best for same day loans with bad credit

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Credit Clock is a loan matching service that acts as a link between borrowers and lenders. This company has an impeccable reputation in the market, providing small online payday loans to borrowers even if their credit score falls below 630. The application process is seamless, with Credit Clock offering several types of loans, including payday and short-term loans. term loans.


  • Payments are available quickly, based on approval
  • Loan up to $5,000
  • Bad credit score applicants welcome
  • Transparent application process.

The inconvenients

  • Credit clock services are not available in 11 US states
  • You can only access the loans if you earn at least $1,000 per month.

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4. Money Lender Squad – Best Quick Payday Loan With Bad Credit

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Money Lender Squad is a loan matching platform that offers easy online payday loans with instant bad credit approval, subject to final checks by the lender, which you can repay within 3-24 hours months, according to your agreement. This platform also provides one of the best bad credit loans ever.

You can take advantage of its services using the easy-to-navigate platform, which connects you to credible lenders to choose from. You will need to read a contract containing terms and conditions before payment is made.


  • The application process is quick and easy
  • You can access loans of up to $5,000
  • Online payday loans same day deposit
  • The repayment tenure could last for 24 months

The inconvenients

  • High fees and interest rates
  • Loans may be higher than you bargained for, putting you further into debt.

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5. Very Merry Loans – Best for fast online payday loans with bad credit

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Very Merry Loans provides loan matching service for fast online payday loans. It is a reputable online broker founded in 2013, working with lenders who offer competitive loan terms, with users receiving up to $2,000 quickly.

The application process is transparent. The borrower can request the term of the loan that suits him. Very Merry Loans also offers a service where you can get bad credit payday loans online on the same day, depending on whether or not you are accepted by a relevant lender.


  • Works with lenders offering same day payments
  • Several short-term loan options to choose from
  • The repayment tenure can last around two years.

The inconvenients

  • Rates differ from lender to lender

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Bad credit payday loan application process

If you’re looking to get connected to the best lenders in no time, regardless of your credit score, check out Viva Payday Loans. Here is a step by step guide to follow the procedure.

Step 1: Choose your loan amount on VivaPaydayLoans.com

2nd step: Complete your registration by filling out the application form

Step 3: Wait for the decision of one of their lending partners

Step 4:
In case of acceptance, subject to additional verifications, receive your loan

Online payday loans for bad credit are exceptional to meet urgent needs and emergencies, but be careful and apply them wisely. If you need to take out a payday loan, you should look for reliable and credible services, like Viva Payday Loans. However, before applying for payday loans, make sure you have explored other loan options.

Bad Credit Online Payday Loans FAQ

How did we choose the best bad credit payday loans online?

The above are some of the top picks for the best online payday loans with bad credit, based on working with a wide range of lenders, lending networks, and third parties who consider those with bad FICO scores to help you with your application.

What are the general eligibility requirements for applying for a bad credit payday loan?

  1. To be eligible to apply for a loan, you must be at least 18 years old
  2. You must have proof of permanent address
  3. The borrower must have a stable source of income, earning at least $1,000 per month
  4. You must have a valid US ID

Are bad credit payday loans approved same day for everyone?

You may be able to get your bad credit payday loan approved the same day, but it will depend on which lender approves your application. All requests are subject to additional checks, therefore in some cases the approval time may not be until the next business day.

Warning – The above content is not editorial, and TIL hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect thereto, and does not necessarily warrant, guarantee or endorse any content.

The loan websites reviewed are loan matching services, not direct lenders. Therefore, they are not directly involved in the acceptance of your loan application. Applying for a loan with the websites does not guarantee acceptance of a loan.

US Special Coordinator for Tibet Uzra Zeya to visit India and Nepal


U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Uzra Zeya will travel to India and Nepal this week to deepen cooperation on human rights and democratic governance goals with the two nations, the department said. of state.

Mrs. Zeya, Under Secretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights and Indo-American, is expected to travel to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh during her visit to India.

Dharamsala is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

“Ms. Zeya, Under Secretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights and U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Uzra, will travel May 17-22 to India and Nepal to further cooperation on human rights and democratic governance goals, and to advance humanitarian priorities,” the State Department said on May 16.

“She will also discuss partnership with India and Nepal during this Year of Action for the Democracy Summit. The delegation will include USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, Anjali Kaur,” he added.

It will be the first high-level contact between the United States and Tibetan leaders after Joe Biden became president in January last year.

In New Delhi, people close to development said last month that Ms Zeya would meet with the Dalai Lama and other senior Tibetan government leaders in exile in Dharamsala, signaling the Biden administration’s commitment to the cause. Tibetan.

Last month, exiled Tibetan leader Penpa Tsering visited Washington DC and met with Ms. Zeya. Tsering – the elected head of the India-based Tibetan government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration – had also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congress leaders.

China regards the 14th Dalai Lama as a political exile who tried to separate Tibet from China under the guise of religion.

According to the people quoted above, key issues relating to the Tibetan cause should feature in the talks.

As U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Ms. Zeya coordinates the Biden administration’s policies, programs, and projects related to the Tibetan cause.

Ms Zeya was sworn in as Under Secretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights by Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 14 last year.

On December 20, she was concurrently appointed United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

The United States has always supported the Tibetan cause despite China’s strong objection.

In 2020, the United States introduced legislation reaffirming the Tibetan people’s absolute right to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama and the preservation of Tibet’s environment.

After the legislation was passed by the US Congress, China accused Washington of interfering in its internal affairs.

China insists that the selection of the next Dalai Lama must be decided on Chinese soil and that it must have a say in the matter.

The question of who will succeed the 14th Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in Dharamsala since 1959, gained momentum as he turned 86 in July last year.

Mr. Blinken had met a representative of the Dalai Lama during his visit to New Delhi last year.

SACUA talks about public safety, anti-racism and faculty representation

The Senate Assembly University Affairs Committee (SACUA) met in a hybrid format in the Ruthven Building on Monday afternoon to discuss public safety, anti-racism efforts and representation in faculty governance.

SACUA heard a presentation from Jessica Drake, a representative of 21CP Solutions, and Alexander Pietrantoni, Project Manager for the Advancing Public Safety Task Force of the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS). 21CP Solutions is a private consulting firm dedicated to law enforcement reform that the University has employed to help DPSS assess its internal practices and community outreach.

Drake began by outlining the scope of 21CP Solutions’ work at the University, which includes analyzing and making recommendations on technology services, data collection and dissemination, recruitment and retention, and community engagement. . Drake also highlighted the unique challenges and opportunities presented by public safety departments at universities.

“We think universities have such a special, amazing space when it comes to public safety,” Drake said. “In order to address community care, (we need to consider) what do University stakeholders need to feel safe, to feel supported and supported on their campus? »

In response to a question from Simon Cushing, a SACUA member and professor of philosophy at the University’s Flint campus, Drake provided examples of previous recommendations made to other universities.

“Often, different departments are siloed in their work and do not collaborate in their mechanisms to serve the community,” Drake said. “Right next to Yale’s public safety building was their mental health building, both of which served the community wonderfully, both of which responded to mental health calls, and neither was cooperating. And so within weeks, we’ve brought them together around the table, reimagining public safety on campus and how they can create their own version of a co-respondent model.

Drake also mentioned 21CP Solutions’ role in forming community public safety advisory boards on the Harvard and University of Southern California campus.

Rebekah Modrak, SACUA member and professor in the School of Art and Design, asked Drake to explain how 21CP Solutions works with Ann Arbor residents who are not directly involved with the University but who may still be affected by DPSS and University policy. Drake spoke about the local partnerships the company is engaged in and how they have applied their work with other universities to their work at the University of Michigan.

“21CP has a larger contract with Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and has worked for a long time with the Ann Arbor Police Department and the community oversight board in Ann Arbor,” Drake said. “We have collected a lot of knowledge about community public safety through our previous work on another campus, and the University of Michigan benefits from what we have learned from the community in this space. More than that, we’ve been targeting the community in our on-campus interviews right now.

SACUA also heard a presentation from the Senate Assembly Committee on Anti-Racism (CAR) regarding a proposal resolution include recognition of caste discrimination in the University’s anti-discrimination policies.

Dinesh Pal, CAR Fellow and Assistant Professor at Michigan Medicine, addressed common misconceptions about the caste system, including that it is confined to India and the Hindu religion. Castes, Pal said, are present in other South Asian countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, and in all religions. Pal stressed the importance of including caste in anti-discrimination language, citing a recent example of a violent attack about a man who married a woman from an upper caste.

“What we are asking is that caste be included as another protected category,” Pal said. “It doesn’t ask for any tangible benefit… but it does raise awareness. It gives a voice to those who might find themselves trapped in such situations.

Pal added that other establishments have already implemented this language in University policy and says he believes the University is behind in this regard.

“We always talk about being the leaders and the best,” Pal said. “I think we are behind the two in this because there are so many other institutions that have already done it. We are just following. So we are neither the leaders nor the best when it comes to is to identify caste as one of the protected categories.

Durga Singer, a SACUA member and associate professor at Michigan Medicine, then moved a vote. The resolution was adopted unanimously.

SACUA also heard an update from the clinical faculty working group. Allen Liu, SACUA Fellow and Associate Professor in the College of Engineering, presented the group’s recommendations for clinical faculty representation in faculty governance. These recommendations included the incorporation of clinical professors at all ranks into the Faculty Senate, increasing the number of seats in the Senate Assembly in proportion to the number of clinical professors, and allowing all clinical professors to run for a SACUA seat.

Kentaro Toyama, member of SACUA and professor at the School of Information, presented a proposal for the complete restructuring of the Faculty Senate. Toyama proposed having four separate and parallel governing bodies for the Flint campus, the Dearborn campus, the non-medical Ann Arbor campus, and the Michigan medical campus. This proposal would also create a centralized body with representatives from all four bodies who would be responsible for communicating with the university’s central administrators, such as the president.

Toyama also proposed the incorporation of lecturers and clinical professors into the Faculty Senate and asked SACUA to consider a system that would record which types of professors vote on certain resolutions.

“Any matter subject to a vote of the Faculty Senate must be explicitly submitted to a relevant subset of the above FS subgroups,” the proposal states. “For example, a vote on a policy affecting only the Michigan Clinical School of Medicine might seek votes only from the Michigan Clinical School of Medicine. A vote affecting all instructors in Dearborn or Flint would seek votes from all types of instructors at those two campuses, but not from anyone in Ann Arbor. Votes should of course also be reported accordingly, “The Faculty Senate speakers voted overwhelmingly for…” or “The entire Faculty Senate voted in favor of Resolution X”.

Silvia Pedraza, president of SACUA and professor of sociology and American culture, raised concerns about the incorporation of lecturers into the Faculty Senate, pointing out that they already have union representation through the Organization employs lecturers, unlike clinical faculty.

“I care a lot about speakers, but they have the union, and the union represents them,” Pedraza said. “They have to say, and they have to think, what the union says or what the union thinks. So I think we should talk about clinical professors and lecturers separately because the issues are very different.

Cushing disagreed with Pedraza and pointed to differences in the benefits offered by unions versus faculty governance.

“Union representation is a very specific type of representation,” Cushing said. “He has representation on salary and legal protections in case of complaints, but the Faculty Senate doesn’t just deal with those kinds of issues. So I don’t think the fact that teachers are unionized should be the reason they’re not represented.

Liu suggested the creation of a new Senate Assembly subcommittee to deepen and improve faculty representation. Pedraza agreed that such a committee would be beneficial and gauged the interest of SACUA members at the meeting to determine who would attend. Based on members who have expressed interest, Pedraza said the committee will include Toyama, Liu, Singer and Cushing, as well as representatives from the Rules, Practices and Policies Committee. Sergio Villalobos Ruminott, SACUA member and Spanish teacher, offered to create the committee. The proposal is adopted unanimously.

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SJVN Signs MoU for 490MW Arun-4 Hydropower Project Worth Rs 4,900,000,000 in Nepal; Stocks gain 2%


SJVN Ltd has informed that a Memorandum of Understanding for the Development of 490MW Arun-4 Project in Nepal was signed in Lumbini, Nepal on Monday in the august presence of Honorable Pime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Honorable Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba of Nepal.

The project will be developed in JV mode by the company and the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), with the company holding a majority stake and is expected to generate around 2100 million units of energy per year. The expected cost of this project located in Sankhuwasabha – 1 district province of Nepal is Rs4900 crore.

This is the Company’s third project on the Arun River Basin. Two other projects, namely 900 MW Arun-3 and 669 MW Lower Arun are already under development by the Company. With the signing of this MoU, the company will have a portfolio of three projects in Nepal with a total capacity of 2,059 MW.

These projects will help the Company achieve its ambitious shared vision of 5,000 MW by 2023, 25,000 MW by 2030 and 50,000 MW by 2040 and simultaneously contribute to the goal of adding renewable energy capacity of 500 GW by 2030 set by Indian government.

By 10:09 am, SJVN was trading at Rs27.85 each, up Rs0.55 or 2.01% from its previous close of Rs27.30 each on BSE.

India and Nepal agree to build hydropower plant


India, which has a power trade deal with Nepal, is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure, including hydroelectric plants, as New Delhi seeks to increase its influence in its smaller neighbors, where China is also increasingly active.

The Arun IV project will be jointly constructed on the Arun River in eastern Nepal by India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd and Nepal’s state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), which own 51% and 49% respectively. % stake, NEA spokesman Suresh Bahadur said. Bhattarai said.

“Nepal will get 152 megawatts of free electricity from the plant for its consumption and the rest will be split between the two on the basis of 51% and 49%,” Bhattarai told Reuters without giving further details.

“The cost of the project is being worked out and whatever happens, it will be shared according to the ratio above.”

The power plant deal is among six agreements reached between India and Nepal during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth visit to the Himalayan nation on Monday, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

During the visit, Modi met his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba and took part in a Buddhist ceremony to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, southwestern Nepal.

Indian companies are negotiating with the government for power stations that would produce a total of 8,250 MW and Nepal hopes to export the excess power to India, officials said.

Nepal has the potential to generate 42,000 MW of hydropower but currently generates around 1,200 MW, less than the demand of around 1,750 MW. The deficit is made up by imports from India.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; editing by David Evans)

By Gopal Sharma

How I opened the Bida glass factory to the international community – Lababidi

Lesley Lababidi is a travel writer and author. In this interview, she discusses how her documentary on the ancient technique of making Masaga glass led to the recreation of an ancient technology lost in Bida that researchers could not find anywhere in the world, and her recent recognition by UNESCO.

JTell us what was your role in popularizing the Masaga glass coated bead industry?

In 2015, our PRO Alhaji Isa died after working for 20 years in the company.

He was from Bida and had taken us across Nigeria. However, one place he didn’t take us to was Bida. We had planned a trip to Bida to see their culture as the Nupe culture is well known but it passed, almost overnight.

So, I told my husband that I would like to go to Bida to personally offer my condolences to his family. I had never been to Bida and didn’t know anyone there, but got in touch with his older brother – Alhaji Dangaladima, who was one of the ministers in the Bida emirate palace.

Well, I finally went to Bida, spent a week there, and his older brother, Alhaji Dangaladima, took me everywhere to see all the crafts, customs, and Masaga glass beads.

I didn’t expect to do anything with all the information I got there. I went home to Lagos, logged on to my website blog and wrote about my trip to Bida with photos and all.

After six months, I received an e-mail from a professor from a Parisian university and another professor from a Scottish university. They said they had seen my videos of the seemingly glassless bracelets made in Bida and were interested in it because it’s the same technology that was made thousands of years ago.

They sent me a long list of questions and I didn’t know the answers. So I called Alhaji Dangaladima and told him that I would like to visit Bida again.

So, I went back and Alhaji Dangaladima took me to Etsu Nupe Palace and told him the story. Etsu said I could ask any question and I was free to take as many pictures as I wanted.

This started my story about researching and raising awareness about Masaga’s glass works. I started writing magazine articles, brochures, and we did several exhibitions in France with Gothic glass making because what they did was they learned through the Bida glassmakers how to rebuild using this ancient technique.

We don’t know if this was born out of their indigenous technology, if they may have developed it on their own, or if it’s something that has traversed the trans-Saharan routes over these centuries.

We don’t know how it developed, but universities studying archeology have been all over the world looking for this technology (if it survived) and they couldn’t find it anywhere in Nepal, in India, China, South America. It was through this video that they found it on my website.

Thus, Bida glassmakers answered all the questions and I made a very specific video and sent it to the university in France. Based on this, they were able to mount an exhibit that showed how to make the no-sew bracelets and how they built their own ovens.

And, based on the Bida glassmakers learning, they were able to make glass and from there they had a huge summer exhibition in France, showing how the Bida glassmakers taught them to recreate this ancient technique of thousands of years ago. . This lasted in 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, I returned to Bida and met Etsu Nupe. I told him that we had done books, magazine articles and put things on the website. The next thing to do is the documentary. I asked him to help me get permission from the community as many people were involved and we came to an agreement.

During the years I spent there, I discovered that there were two types of glass making. The glass making they do now with recycled bottles and the glass making they did 60 years ago when they made their own glass.

Oral tradition has it that people migrated from Egypt to Bida with the secret of glass making. They settled in Bida and other places in Niger State but later congregated in Bida and became part of the Nupe. It happened in the middle of the 18th century.

They brought their eyewear manufacturing secret called Bikini.

I started asking, what is Bikini? It was a secret that their ancestors used to make glass and only one 95-year-old man ever saw it and participated in it.

I asked if he was still alive and they said yes. So, I said we had to document this but we had to get everyone’s permission because many families were involved and they had a hierarchy from the head of the glass-making cooperative.

So, the Etsu accepted all of this and he brought everyone together; we asked lawyers in Lagos to work with lawyers in Bida to draft the contract.

The documentary was successful. I spent a month in November 2019 making this documentary and it is now on the British Museum website.

When was the Masaga glassworks recognized by UNESCO?

Last year Etsu Nupe was contacted by them. I was not involved in the process but it was extremely complementary. He called me and said he was grateful for the role I had played and I was so touched that he would give me this honor. So I take no credit for the UNESCO designation.

But, the Etsu Nupe, I mean, is a leader. The closeness he has with his people, the appreciation he has for their culture, he put that first. Over all these years, I have seen and admired him because of his dedication to his heritage, to his people, to his role as a traditional leader.

How do you feel honored by Etsu Nupe as “Jakadiya Gargajiyar Nupe”?

I’ve always appreciated that because all over the world people take things but they don’t give back or say thank you in appreciation. He also said that in Nupe culture they always appreciate when people give them, that’s how I got the title of “Jakadiyar Gargajiyar Nupe” (Cultural Heritage Ambassador in Nupe).

What do you expect them to do?

I don’t know what is expected of me, but I continue to work with the Masaga. At the moment, we are doing a training program for young people, to try to interest them in the preservation of glass culture.

What is your assessment of the Nupe people?

I find them extremely sweet in a way. They have respect, not only for me as someone who is not part of the community, but for each other. By their greetings they have the structure of a society and they follow that structure.

Also, within the structure, it creates a lot of respect, constant helpfulness, and I have always been well received.

In England or the USA, the greetings have ended. People don’t greet each other anymore. If you walk past me and I say “hello” you will wonder what I want, but in Nupe culture, walking in and out you will always greet. I like this.

I also notice that the people of Nupe listen, when we have meetings, people have their say and they listen too. They listen to each other, and they listen to everyone. I saw this especially in the community of Masaga.

During the time you were there, how did you manage in terms of food and sleep?

I eat local food. And to sleep, I sleep without air conditioning, I take a mosquito net with me for my personal protection. I can wash with a bucket if I have to, that’s fine.

And do you feel comfortable wearing the local clothes or is it because of the title?

I have been in Nigeria since 1971. I am a chief in Lagos, Chief Otunyeye Oluwa. So I lived in Nigeria, taught in a school and did a lot of things in Lagos.

What brought you to Nigeria?

My husband and I came here with nothing. We started in Ghana in 1970. His father – Fu’ad Labbabidi – had a role in a flour mill there so he sent my husband there and we started in Ghana working in the flour mills from my father-in-law, then my husband decided to open a flour mill in Nigeria, but we had no money.

My brother-in-law was already working here in small businesses in Lagos, so we came to live with him in a very small, high-density place in Apapa. We all lived in one room with just a fan so I started from a very humble beginning in Nigeria and I’m very proud of that because I can live anywhere.

It took us ten years for my husband to finally open Crown Flour Mills; ten years of serious struggle to get there.

I have three children here, my eldest is 46 and he works in Lagos. So I am very connected to Nigeria and when I am in Nigeria I only wear Nigerian clothes because that is where I feel like I belong.

I know people look at me and say I don’t fit in, but in my heart and in my mind, I fit in.

Here you are in this building (the Islamic Academy Fouad), what is your connection?

My husband and Alhaji UK Umar were very close. When the Crown Flour Mills were being developed he was in the civil service and I think they knew each other from there. Anyway when UK Umar and the community wanted to start school he went to my husband and through them they decided to start with primary school so my husband built this primary section here, then the mosque. I have nothing to do with it.

My father in law died around this time and the community decided to name the school Fuad Lababidi Islamic Academy. My husband is always involved in whatever they need. I am not aware of any information on how this happens.

What ambition do you have?

At 73 years old, my ambition is to have the energy to see the opportunities that come my way and to seize them and to have the ability to follow those opportunities because there are so many opportunities in this world and it doesn’t. has nothing to do with business and the rich, it’s true.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath provides an update on preparations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Kushinagar


Kushinagar/Lucknow, May 14: As this will be the first time in history that a Prime Minister will travel to Kushinagar to mark the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is leaving no stone unturned to make a special event. The CM himself traveled to Kushinagar on Saturday to take stock of preparations and security measures at the site.

While scrutinizing every detail of the event, the CM set important guidelines and instructed officials to be constantly on their toes to make the event a success. He also held a meeting with administration and police officials at the Kushinagar International Airport complex and discussed security preparations and arrangements and gave necessary instructions. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath warns that “no religious events should take place on the roads”.

He took a close look at the main Mahaparinirvana temple, where the event is to be held, and the helipad from the Prime Minister’s helicopter. While taking stock of the preparations, CM Yogi offered prayers before the statue of Lord Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Temple.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kushinagar on the occasion of Lord Buddha’s birthday on May 16. He will arrive at Kushinagar International Airport around 9:30 am. It should be known that the preacher of truth, non-violence, love and humanity attained Nirvana in Kushinagar. The Prime Minister will also visit Lumbini in Nepal, where Lord Buddha was born. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath orders to provide reliable internet connectivity in villages.

PM Modi to offer prayers at Mahaparinirvana Temple

PM Modi on Monday will offer Goat (Chadar) and prayers to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha at Mahaparinirvana Temple. A delegation of Buddhist monks, including the president of the Bhikshu Sangh AB Dnyaneshwar, will also be present in the temple during the offering of the ‘Goat’. The Prime Minister will also spend a moment in meditation at the Mahaparinirvana temple. During it, he will also donate ‘Goat’ and ‘Sangdaan’ to Buddhist monks from various monasteries.

PM Modi to visit Mahaparinirvana site for second time in seven months

The Prime Minister will visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple of Lord Buddha for the second time in seven months. Previously, he came here on October 20 to inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport. On the same day, he offered prayers at the Mahaparinirvana temple and offered a ‘Goat’ to the Tathagata statue.

Saturday’s groundbreaking-foundation ceremony postponed due to state bereavement

The inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony at the Mahant Digvijaynath Memorial Park in Gorakhpur, scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, has been postponed. Due to the declaration of state mourning by the Indian government following the death of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the ceremony will now take place on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. During the ceremony, CM Yogi will inaugurate 40 projects worth Rs 33.16 crore and lay the foundation stone for 21 projects worth Rs 111.33 crore.

Virginia Court Approved $489 Million in Aid for Victims of Illegal Internet Payday Loans

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The federal court in Richmond has given preliminary approval to a class action settlement that would provide $489 million in relief to victims of illegal internet lending.

The ruling was released Thursday, May 12, and will affect approximately 555,000 consumers who have been charged more than 600% interest on loans by predatory internet payday lenders.

Litigation against predatory lenders began more than three years ago when a coalition of law firms, including the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Kelly Guzzo and Consumer Litigation Associates, came together to address the ongoing challenge of lending illegal wages.

“These law firms have taken the illegal lenders to court,” said Jay Speer, executive director of the Virginia Poverty Law Center. “We are very grateful for their tenacity and passion in engaging in this three-year fight for today’s settlement.”

Today’s settlement is one of many these law firms have secured with illegal internet lenders in recent years, including a $433 million settlement in 2019.

The proposed settlement provides $450 million in consumer debt forgiveness that will be paid in cash for most consumers.

The settlement will also set aside $39 million for the creation of a common fund for those who have repaid illegal amounts.

Settlement Class Members will not need to submit a Claim Form and will receive notice by email or US Mail.

In addition to litigation, VPLC helps borrowers through the organization’s predatory lending hotline to 866-830-4501 and advocating for better laws to protect borrowers.

Nepal’s economy hammered by power outages

Nepal’s industrial sector has been hit hard by power cuts in recent weeks, with many small, medium and large businesses forced to shut down due to lack of power. The Himalayan nation relies heavily on imported energy from India, especially during the summer months.

But power generation in India is down as it faces one of the worst power crises in years, resulting in little power to export to Nepal. The Asian giant, which shares a long land border with Nepal, has itself faced power outages amid high demand, due to the hottest pre-summer months in decades, industrial activity and supply bottlenecks due to shortages of coal, which generates up to 70 percent of its electricity.

Heavy reliance on Indian electricity

Pre-summer stocks at Indian thermal power plants have fallen to one of the lowest levels in recent years, forcing the Indian government to reverse its course of overseas coal purchases and organize its supplies by accelerating imports. But imports have become more expensive since the start of the year, as spot coal prices climbed after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

“We import 30 to 40 percent of our electricity needs from India during the dry season,” said Suresh Bahadur Bhattarai, spokesman for the Nepal Electricity Authority. DW. “Now, due to severe coal shortages and higher domestic demand, India itself is facing an energy crisis, so we could only import a quarter of our demand.”

Bhattarai pointed out that the power cuts will likely remain in place for a few more weeks, before the start of the monsoon season, which officials hope will bring enough rain to raise water levels in rivers across the country. Nepal and stimulate hydroelectricity production. Electricity generation in Nepal relies heavily on its run-of-river hydro projects, which are intermittent power generators that generate more electricity when seasonal river flows are high and less during the summer months. dry summers.

Gokarna Awasthi, chief executive of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), an umbrella organization of more than 900 private sector companies, said the industrial sector is suffering because of the problems. “Industries are not able to operate at full capacity without electricity,” he said. “They’re using diesel generators to try to fill the supply gaps.”

Nepal bans many imports to save foreign exchange reserves

The power cuts come at a time when Nepal is already grappling with the problem of depleted foreign exchange reserves. Nepal recently banned imports of cars, alcohol, tobacco and other luxury items and shortened its working week to help conserve its foreign currency reserves. The ban, in effect until the end of the fiscal year in mid-July, also prohibits imports of toys, playing cards and diamonds.

The main sources of foreign exchange for Nepal – which exports little and imports almost everything from abroad – are tourism, remittances from foreign workers and foreign aid. Visitor numbers plummeted after the onset of the COVID pandemic, while remittances – which account for around 60% of the country’s foreign exchange reserves – also fell as Nepalese workers abroad had to return home during the global health crisis. This has hit Nepal’s $36 billion (€34.69 billion) economy hard, leaving many of the country’s 29 million citizens struggling.

Although there was a recovery in foreign arrivals in the first quarter of 2022, Russia’s war against Ukraine has halted the flow of tourists from these two countries, while contributing to a rise in the prices of everything , edible oils and food to air fares. .

Shortened work week to save fuel

Rising prices and a soaring import bill have had a negative effect on the trade deficit and the value of the national currency, raising fears that it could lead to a balance of payments crisis, which occurs when a country is unable to pay for its imports or service its external debt payments. The trade deficit rose 34.5% year-on-year to 1.160 billion Nepalese rupees ($9.5 billion, 8.8 billion euros) in the first eight months of the financial year, costs import increased.

Nepal’s gross foreign exchange reserves fell to $9.75 billion in mid-February, down 17% from mid-July last year at the start of its financial year. Reuters reported. Current reserves are estimated to be sufficient to support imports for approximately six months. To ease the pressure on foreign exchange reserves, the government has also reduced the working week from five and a half days to five dazs as part of its efforts to reduce fuel consumption, as rising crude oil prices add to pressure on Nepal’s foreign exchange reserves.

Nandini Lahe-Thapa, director of the Nepal Tourism Board, said DW that the decision is an “extremely promising step” for the promotion of domestic tourism. “We were pushing to have a two-day weekend not only for the promotion of tourism, but also for the mental health and recreation of the workers,” she said, adding that domestic tourism has proven to be vital. for the survival of the entire tourism and hospitality sector during the pandemic.

A look at recent changes in the online lending industry – CONAN Daily

Over the past few years, there have been big changes in the online payday loan industry. In particular, many lenders have moved towards more responsible and ethical lending practices. This is a welcome change, as online payday loans can be a useful tool for those who need cash fast.

However, it is important to ensure that you are borrowing from a reputable lender who follows all regulations and offers fair terms. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at recent changes in the online payday loan industry and explain why they’re so important.

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The payday loan industry is a $40 billion a year business in the United States.

There are approximately 22,000 payday loan stores in operation in the United States. The industry has been accused of preying on financially vulnerable people and trapping them in a cycle of debt.

Over the past few years, there have been significant changes in the payday loan landscape. New players have entered the market, offering alternatives to traditional personal loans that are more flexible and easier to repay. These new lenders are using technology to create a better experience for borrowers and restore morality to the industry.

One of these new players is Trick Technologies, which offers three main products, namely home equity lines of credit (HELOC), installment loans and refinance loans. All of these products have lower interest rates than traditional payday loans and can be repaid over time rather than all at once.

Another new player in the industry is Ipass.Net, which offers unsecured personal loans with fixed interest rates and terms up to 36 months. Borrowers can use the money for any purpose, and there are no origination fees or prepayment penalties.

These new lenders are using technology to create a better experience for borrowers and restore morality to the industry. With more flexible repayment options and lower interest rates, these companies help borrowers avoid the debt trap that payday loans can create.

What is the current state of online payday loans?

The online payday loan industry has come under fire in recent years for its high interest rates and aggressive collection practices. In response to these criticisms, some lenders have started offering more reasonable terms and conditions. However, many of these same lenders still engage in questionable practices, such as using hidden fees and loan renewals.

Rolling over a loan means that the borrower takes out another loan to repay the first loan. This can be extremely detrimental to borrowers, as it can quickly lead to a cycle of debt. Hidden fees are also problematic, as they can add significant costs to the already high interest rates charged by payday lenders.

These practices have led to calls for stricter regulation of the online payday loan industry. Some argue the industry should be banned altogether, while others believe more reasonable conditions should be put in place.


Payday loans are short-term, high-interest loans that are typically used to cover emergency expenses or unexpected bills.

Orville L. Bennett of Ipass.Net warned us that while payday loans can be helpful in some situations, they can also be very detrimental to borrowers who are unable to repay the loan on time.

Over the past few years, there have been a number of changes in the online lending industry that have made it more difficult for borrowers to access payday loans.

Ipass.Net says one of the biggest changes was the introduction of new regulations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency created in 2010 in response to the financial crisis. One of its main purposes is to protect consumers from predatory lenders. Its payday loan regulations are designed to prevent borrowers from being trapped in a cycle of debt.

The regulations require lenders to assess a borrower’s ability to repay the loan before making the loan, and they place limits on the number of times a borrower can renew or renew a loan. These changes have made it harder for borrowers to access payday loans, but they have also made it harder for lenders to profit from these loans.

As a result, many payday lenders have stopped offering loans altogether. While this is good news for borrowers, it has created a new problem: borrowers who need quick access to cash now have fewer options available to them.

One option that is always available to borrowers is called an installment loan. Installment loans are similar to payday loans, but they are repaid over a longer period and generally have lower interest rates.


The CFPB is working to reform the payday loan industry by introducing new rules that will prevent consumers from being trapped in a cycle of debt.

The regulations, which came into force in July 2019, require lenders to verify a borrower’s ability to repay the loan before extending credit.

The CFPB actions are a response to growing complaints about payday loans, which typically have high interest rates and fees. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 12 million Americans take out payday loans every year, and they often end up paying more in fees than they originally borrowed.

The new rules are designed to help borrowers avoid getting trapped in a debt cycle by ensuring they can only borrow what they can afford to repay. This is good news for consumers, as it will help protect them from the predatory practices of some payday lenders.

The changes that the CFPB is putting in place are a step in the right direction when it comes to restoring the morality of personal loans. These regulations will help prevent consumers from being exploited by predatory lenders and being trapped in a cycle of debt.

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New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) One of the newest manifestations of India’s soft power initiatives is sustainable cultural diplomacy and Buddhism is a crucial component of this due to its historical significance. India applies the principles of Sanskriti evam Sabhyata (Cultural and Civilizational Ties), keen to leverage its rich and centuries-old cultural ties with other countries as part of its non-coercive soft power strategy. The Buddhist faith, because of its emphasis on peaceful coexistence and its broad pan-Asian presence, lends itself well to soft power diplomacy.

In Buddhism, there is a prominence of all places that are associated with Lord Buddha. Buddhists seek the fragrance of Buddha’s teachings and the quest for inner happiness. India has most of the Buddhist sites of immense importance such as Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali, Sarnath Varanasi, Shravasti and Kushinagar etc. Moreover, India has nurtured its image as protector of the persecuted due to the presence of the Dalai Lama. in Dharamsala following China’s brutal crackdown on Tibetan Buddhists.

Above all, India is doing its best to deepen its relations with other Buddhist countries and create a conversation between several currents of this faith.

Recall that in 2011, India hosted the Global Buddhist Congregation to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment. India, in collaboration with Nepal, has identified a number of tourist routes that cross national boundaries, for example the identification of a Buddhist tourist route such as Lumbini and Kapilavastu, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya, etc. Additionally, the joint statement released following the BIMSTEC leadership retreat in 2016 highlighted the organization of a Buddhist circuit in the region.

In October 2016, the “5th International Buddhist Conclave” was held in Varanasi, Hindu-Buddhist initiative on conflict prevention in Bodh Gaya. India has also organized international conferences that have facilitated interaction among members across sectarian and national boundaries, such as the Buddhism in the 21st Century conference at Rajgir in 2017.

The opening of Nalanda University is another example of India’s commitment to rebuilding Asian values ​​and ethos for the long-term benefit of Asia, and indeed the world.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit Lumbini (Nepal) on May 16, 2022, the birthplace of Lord Buddha recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. India’s prime minister is expected to pay homage at the Mayadevi Temple, which marks the birthplace of Lord Buddha, who was born over 2,600 years ago. Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is also expected to join Prime Minister Modi in marking the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

This would be the second summit-level interaction between the two Prime Ministers in less than two months after Prime Minister Deuba traveled to India for a bilateral visit in April 2022. It would also mark the Prime Minister’s first visit Modi in Nepal since his re-election in 2019. During his previous term, he visited Nepal four times, including twice in 2014 and twice in 2018. In May 2018, Prime Minister Modi undertook visits similar religious and cultural experiences during his visits to Janakpur and Muktinath.

It should be noted that Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world. It is estimated that no less than 506 million people in the world practice Buddhism as a religion, which would represent approximately 6.6% of the total world population. According to 2010 Pew Research Center estimates, half of the world’s Buddhists live in China. Yet they represent only 18% of the country’s population. Most of the rest of the world’s Buddhists live in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia, including 13% in Thailand (where 93% of the population is Buddhist) and 9% in Japan (35% Buddhists), 10% in Nepal and 1% in India. Today, 97% of the world’s Buddhist population lives in the Asian continent, and a number of countries such as Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, and Japan, etc. conceive of Buddhism as intrinsic to their national values, to their history. , cultural heritage and identity.

Keeping the importance of Buddhist massage of peace and harmony, India is continuously spreading the teachings of Buddha. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lumbini would follow a revitalization of ties after Deuba’s visit to Delhi in early April 2022, when four deals and a number of infrastructure projects were launched. The four agreements are Nepal’s official membership in the international solar alliance, Indian technical assistance to Nepal’s railway sector, cooperation in the field of oil sector and exchange of expertise between Nepal Oil Corporation and Indian Oil Corporation. .

During the Nepali Prime Minister’s visit to India in April 2022, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated passenger rail services between Jaynagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal. The Hindu pilgrimage center of Janakpur Dham, believed to be the birthplace of the epic Ramayan’s Mother Sita, is said to be one of the main attractions of the rail link of the Jaynagar-Kurtha section between the two privileged neighbours.

This rail link will be the first broad gauge passenger rail service in Nepal. The establishment of the Jayanagar-Kurtha railway line is also among the priorities of trade and cross-border connectivity initiatives for a smooth and hassle-free exchange of people between the two countries.

The rail link between the two neighboring countries is part of an overall strategy of improving border management, planned and integrated development of border areas and infrastructure in a selective and progressive manner.

Another important issue for Nepal is air connectivity. Nepal has requested India to provide three additional entry routes from Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj and Janakpur, and has also finalized another near-border operation agreement for Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairahawa, Nepal.

The airport, located less than 10 kilometers from the Indo-Nepal border, will commence operations from May 20, 2022. The use of Indian RuPay Card in Nepal was jointly launched by India and Nepal on the month latest. This would open up new avenues for cooperation in financial connectivity and is expected to facilitate bilateral tourist flows and further strengthen people-to-people ties between India and the Himalayan state.

Interestingly, China has proposed linking Lumbini by road and rail to the Tibetan town of Kyirong on the China-Nepal border, which would effectively connect it to the BRI network. China’s Buddhist soft power initiative has focused on strengthening its relations with other Buddhist countries, which of course includes those involved in the BRI negotiations, such as Sri Lanka as well. In fact, using Buddhism to promote the BRI agenda was explicitly on the agenda of the 2018 Global Buddhist Forum, which China hosts every three years.

Contrary to the true spirit of Buddhist principles, for several decades China has also been using its inhumane oppressive state apparatus to destroy Buddhism, its original literature, its indigenous identity, including the destruction of the Dalai Lama’s palace, a large number of monasteries and Buddha statues with historical, spiritual and religious values ​​and the systematic reduction of Tibetans to a state of misery in their own land. It is widely known that out of thousands of monasteries, only five exist, they too are created by the Chinese, and the rest were completely wiped out by the Chinese.

Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of Tibetan peasants and other civilians were not only shot but also starved to death in prisons, concentration camps, workplaces and their own homes. Tibetan identity is Buddhism and their culture is also Buddhism and the Chinese are destroying Buddhism in order to destroy the identity of Tibetans.

Nepalese Prime Minister Deuba’s visit to India and Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Nepal would produce mixed results, but at least high-level political engagement between the two countries has resumed. He also brought normalcy back to Nepal’s geostrategic debate by bringing India back into the fold. This gives a strong message that India is not only promoting spiritualism and Buddhism in its own country but also in Nepal.

Deepening ties with Asian nations on the basis of Buddhism could potentially feed into broader policy goals of the Indian government, namely the ‘Neighborhood First’ policy and the ‘Act East’ policy.

In conclusion, Buddhist diplomacy will help India to strengthen its relations with Asian countries which clearly reflect India’s vision of peaceful coexistence and a happy world.


Updated: May 13, 2022

PM Modi will visit Lumbini in Nepal on May 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Lumbini in Nepal on May 16 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on May 12.

Mr Modi is visiting the neighboring country at the invitation of Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

This will be Prime Minister Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.

“In Lumbini, the Prime Minister will visit the holy Mayadevi Temple to offer prayers. The Prime Minister will also deliver a speech at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the auspices of the Government of Nepal,” the MEA said.

In addition, the Prime Minister will participate in the “shilanyas” (laying of the foundation stone) ceremony of a Buddhist culture and heritage center on land belonging to the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in New Delhi, in the monastic area of ​​Lumbini, he said. The two prime ministers will hold a bilateral meeting.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit comes in the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Nepal under our Neighborhood First Policy,” the MEA said.

“This underscores the common civilizational heritage of the peoples of both countries,” he said in a statement.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Sam Raimi’s Movie Is Messy, But the MCU Hasn’t Been This Interesting in Years


Before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi hadn’t directed a feature film in nearly a decade. But more distressingly, he hadn’t done a Sam Raimi Film™ since 2009, when he stepped back from big-budget blockbusters and returned to his roots with Drag Me to Hell.

Entering Doctor Strange 2, the 28th film in the increasingly depressing Marvel Cinematic Universe, I had assumed it was just a director’s gig for hire for him. After all, he was literally a stand-in (the first movie’s Scott Derrickson was supposed to return, but he dropped out due to creative differences). And Raimi, a product of the ’80s generation of DIY filmmakers, had been largely out of action in the decade immediately following his industry-shattering Spider-Man trilogy. So, even if he had contributed to cultivating the cinematographic landscape that we see flourishing today, he no longer sprinkled it with new films.

With tempered expectations – I’ve long been wary of Marvel’s assembly line approach to filmmaking – I sat down to watch Doctor Strange 2, which in its opening act confirmed my worst fears. . Not only do the early scenes require you to do a lot of homework before watching them, but they’re visually ugly and extremely mechanical in their writing. Doctor Strange 2’s cold open doesn’t bode well for the rest of the film. It puts you in the middle of a fantasy action scene so contrived that I started to wonder if the hairs in Doctor Strange’s beard were also computer generated. Then it slips into a convoluted backstory and throws you another CGI-heavy fight scene. Sigh.

About the decline in visual quality of these movies, a direct correlation can be drawn to when Marvel began filming their projects on Atlanta sound stages as opposed to real-world locations. For example, parts of the first Doctor Strange movie were filmed in Nepal; I don’t think I can identify a single on-location footage in the entirety of Doctor Strange 2. So you can imagine how odd that was for a filmmaker like Raimi – a man with a particular affinity for in-camera stuff – to enter the standardized Marvel sandbox.

But unexpectedly, after that rather disappointing first act, glimmers of Raimi’s style became visible through the Marvel muck. As well as a plot that involves a spellbook, a real witch, and dozens of undead soldiers – all elements reminiscent of Raimi’s Evil Dead days – early signs of his kinetic camera work can be seen in the sequence where Wanda Maximoff poses besiege Kamar-Taj, as she attempts to capture multiverse-jumping teenager America Chavez. It’s inventively staged, littered with quirky little horror moments, and shot with Raimi’s offbeat zooms and framing.

But the scene that really made it feel like they let him down happens much later, when Doctor Strange visits his other self in an alternate universe. There, the two Stranges inevitably find themselves at an ideological crossroads and decide that the only way to resolve their differences is through a good old fashioned fight. But what unfolds next isn’t the typical Hollywood punch; you know, those frenetically edited fight scenes where no one can tell who’s who. The ones where random passers-by shout things like, “Watch out! Get behind you!” while a generic score adds to the confusion. Well, in this scene, the two Doctor Stranges are fighting not with their fists, but with music. Specifically, musical notes.

They literally throw symphonies at each other – percussion, strings, brass, all visualized in vivid color on screen – as they chop things up. As the fight progresses, the music builds crescendo, until our Doctor Strange – the good Doctor Strange – emerges victorious with a single harp note. Words cannot do justice to the sheer madness on display. It’s silly, subversive, and serves no purpose other than to see how far things can be taken, truly delivering on the promise of the film’s title.

The scene doesn’t just cement Doctor Strange 2 as the most filmmaker-focused Marvel feature in many years, it also gives composer Danny Elfman a chance to really flex his muscles. People will talk about John Krasinski and Charlize Theron’s appearances in this movie, but this scene – actually Elfman’s cameo – is more memorable than the two put together. The moment is all the more special when you remember Raimi and Elfman having a fight after Spider-Man 2, and watching a fight sequence in which the music is literally gunned down feels like Raimi honoring their friendship.

It’s so refreshing to see Marvel allow directors to put their own stamp on the hardware. It was the foundation on which the franchise was built, but for some reason – a lack of trust in the audience, most likely – these films have become too simple for my tastes in recent years. Just look at all three MCUs The Spider-Man movies; you have no idea what kind of filmmaker Jon Watts is after watching them. But they made billions of dollars. Marvel would like to pretend Eternals was kind of an experiment, but it really wasn’t. It was just new wine in an old bottle.

What’s weirder is that every time they allowed the filmmakers to run with it, the movies worked. Taika Waititi literally saved the Thor franchise with Ragnarok. But that was five years ago. The last time Marvel gave a director that kind of freedom, in my opinion, was when they allowed Shane Black to make a Shane Black movie inside the MCU. It happens to be called Iron Man 3.

Doctor Strange 2 is by no means a perfect film, but at this point it’s far more interesting to see ambitious misses than successes in numbers. If Marvel is going to ruin the culture, might as well watch Sam Raimi play the violin because everything burns.

“We are treated like ATMs”

Despite a Supreme Court verdict in 2018, Nepal’s electoral commission has yet to act to allow the diaspora to vote.

Four years ago, the six-point directive from the Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the government to make the necessary arrangements to allow Nepalese citizens living and working in foreign countries to vote in elections at diplomatic missions and universities in the country. country abroad. He also ordered the government to prepare a list of Nepalese who have not renounced their Nepalese citizenship or obtained the citizenship of the countries in which they live.

Admittedly, only 45 out of more than 200 countries currently have procedures for allowing mail-in ballots. But for a country whose constitution is considered more progressive than previous ones, this is a glaring omission.

No less than 14% of the total population of Nepal lives abroad. Many are migrant workers in India, the Gulf, Europe or East Asia. Others are students in Australia or the United States. The approximately $7 billion they send home each year is keeping Nepal afloat during the current economic crisis. In fact, Nepalese remittances abroad account for almost a third of Nepal’s GDP, second only to Kyrgyzstan in Asia.

Overseas Nepalese are also exposed to a diverse global perspective of work experience and education. They have more data points to know what Nepal needs, how possible solutions could be viable, who can implement solutions and vote as informed citizens. And yet, they do not have the right to vote.

“It’s not that the Nepalese parties aren’t aware of this situation,” said a student whose family members work for the government in his country. “But they are afraid that our votes will be against failed politicians who have ruled Nepal for so long.”

Nepali officials privately admit they fear there will be a lot of cheating if postal votes are allowed. But if the Philippines can do it, there’s no reason Nepal can’t, and that indicates a lack of political will.

Overseas Nepalese all have access to the internet, so electronic voting would be a simple, efficient and fraud-proof solution. All it needs is a law allowing mail-in voting.

“Our contribution to Nepal has been ignored, we don’t want to return to Nepal until our hard work is valued“, said a Nepalese worker here who, like others, did not want to be identified. The government just sees us as ATMs.

Back home, Nepali Congress leader and former foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat indicated that postal voting may not be possible for the foreseeable future. He reportedly said recently: “This may not be possible in local elections, nor in the next legislative elections. It would be a great achievement if we were able to make this possible within the next five years. »

Despite this inability to exercise their right to vote, most are worried about the political disarray and economic crisis in Nepal. They closely and constantly follow the developments in Nepal on the Internet, and express their concern and frustration.

Crisis in Sri Lanka: Violent protests to oust the rocky island nation of Rajapaksas; details here


Sri Lanka has been rocked by violent protests against the ruling Rajapaksa family amid a deepening economic crisis. At least 200 people were injured while 8 people lost their lives due to violence in central Colombo. Violence erupted in Sri Lanka’s capital on Monday after supporters of ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters seeking to oust him from the worst economic situation since 1948. Months of shutdowns and blackouts of electricity have resulted in massive shortages of food, fuel, medicine and other essential supplies.

Meanwhile, India has extended support worth over $3.5 billion to help Sri Lanka overcome current challenges, in addition to providing assistance to alleviate shortages of essential items like food, medicine, among others.

Main developments in Sri Lanka so far

1. External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said India “fully supports its democracy, stability and economic recovery”.

2. Sri Lanka has given emergency powers to its military and police apparatus to detain people without warrants after a day of clashes.

3. Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam has advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to conduct a thorough investigation into the instances of interference with people’s constitutional rights, the circumstances that led to such incidents and the commission resulting criminal offences, the PTI news agency reported.

4. The AG stated in a letter to the IGP that the Colombo incident triggered sporadic acts of violence of a serious nature involving people and their property across the country. He also advised the police chief to investigate the aftermath of the incidents.

5. Earlier today, the ancestral home of Rajapaksas at Hambantota in Sri Lanka was set on fire by anti-government protesters. Video footage showed the entire home of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Medamulana in Hambantota town burning as protesters booed.

6. Mahinda’s house in Kurunegela was also burned down by protesters while a mob also destroyed DA Rajapaksa memorial which was built in memory of Mahinda and Gotabaya’s father. The homes of parliamentarians Tissa Kuttiarachch and Santha Nishantha were also set on fire.

7. Amarakeerthi Athukorala, a Sri Lankan MP for Podujana Perumana (SLPP) from Polonnaruwa district, was surrounded by anti-government groups in the northwestern town of Nittambuwa. According to eyewitnesses, shots were fired from his SUV. When mobs overcame his car, he fled and took refuge in an apartment building and killed himself using his own revolver.

8. Following reports of attacks on protesters in Sri Lanka, the World Bank expressed deep concern over the worsening situation. World Bank Country Director for the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Faris H Hadad-Zervos, tweeted: “We are deeply concerned about the perpetration of violence in Sri Lanka. He added, “Officials are only hindering the country’s immediate economic recovery and making it even more difficult for development partners.”

9. The current economic crisis in Sri Lanka has also led to a massive devaluation of the currency and resulted in the recognition of an exceptional item of Rs 48.50 crore for foreign exchange loss arising from Causeway Paints’ foreign currency obligations in the consolidated financial results for the quarter and year ended. March, 31st.

10. The Colombo Stock Exchange declared Tuesday a public holiday due to settlement difficulties exacerbated by the current economic crisis. A CSE circular read: “The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has been advised that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system will not operate today (10 May 2022).

11. Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on Monday amid economic turmoil in the country.

12. Rajapaksa said in his resignation letter, “Several stakeholders have indicated that the best solution to the current crisis is the formation of a multi-party caretaker government.” He added: “Therefore, I tendered my resignation so that the next steps can be taken in accordance with the Constitution.”

(With contributions from the agency)

Also Read: Mahinda Rajapaksa: A Street Fighting Politician Who Failed Amid the Worst Economic Crisis

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The Booming Payday Loan Services Market Globally with Top Key Players

“Global Payday Loans Service Market Research Report 2022 »This research report offers Covid-19 outbreak study accumulated to offer latest information about acute features of Payday Loans Services Market. This intelligence report includes investigations based on Current scenarios, historical records and future predictions. The report contains different market forecasts related to the market size, revenue, production, CAGR, consumption, gross margin, charts, graphs, pie charts, price, and other important factors. While emphasizing the major driving and restraining forces of this market, the report also offers a comprehensive study of the future market trends and developments. It also examines the role of major market players involved in the industry including their company overview, financial summary and SWOT analysis. He presents the 360 degrees overview of the industries competitive landscape. The market for payday loan services is stable growth and CAGR is expected to improve over the forecast period.

Major player detail
Cash America International
Payday advance
DFC Global Corp
Instant Cash Loans
MEM Consumer Financing
Fast payment
Check and go
Finova Financial
TMG loan processing
Just military loans
Allied cash advance
Same day payday
LendUp Loans

Segmentation by Type (Platform Financial Support, Off-Platform Financial Support, , , )
Industry segmentation (staff, retirees, , , )

Global Payday Loan Services Market Report provides you with in-depth insights insights, industry knowledge, market forecasts and analysis. The report on the global payday loan services industry also clarifies economic risks and environmental compliance. The Global Payday Loan Services Market report helps industry enthusiasts including investors and policy makers to make capital investments with confidence, develop strategies, optimize their business portfolio, innovate successfully and perform safely and sustainably.

Payday Loan Services Market: Regional Analysis Includes:

  • Asia Pacific (Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia)
  • Europe (Turkey, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
  • North America (United States, Mexico and Canada.)
  • South America (Brazil, etc)
  • The Middle East and Africa (GCC countries and Egypt.)

Main points covered in the table of contents:

  • Insight: Along with a broad overview of the global Payday Loan Services market, this section provides an overview of the report to give an idea of ​​the nature and content of the research study.
  • Analysis of the strategies of the main players: Market players can use this analysis to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals in the payday loan services market.
  • Study on the main market trends: This section of the report offers a deeper analysis of recent and future market trends.
  • Market Forecast: Buyers of the report will have access to accurate and validated estimates of the total market size in terms of value and volume. The report also provides consumption, production, sales, and other forecasts for the Payday Loan Service market.
  • Regional Growth Analysis: All major regions and countries have been covered in the Payday Loan Services Market report. The regional analysis will help market players to tap into unexplored regional markets, prepare specific strategies for target regions, and compare the growth of all regional markets.
  • Sector analysis: The report provides accurate and reliable forecasts of the market share of important segments of the payday loan services market. Market players can use this analysis to make strategic investments in key growth pockets of the Payday Loan Services Market.

Key questions answered by the report include:

  • What will be the market size and the growth rate in 2027?
  • What are the key factors driving the global payday loan services market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the Global Payday Loan Services Market?
  • What are the challenges of market growth?
  • Who are the leading vendors in the Global Payday Loan Services Market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global Payday Loans Service Market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of Americas, APAC, Europe and MEA.
  • What are the key findings of the five forces analysis of the global payday loan services market?

Chapter One: Presentation of the Report
1.1 Scope of the study
1.2 Key Market Segments
1.3 Players Covered: Ranking by Payday Loan Service Revenue
1.4 Market Analysis by Type
1.4.1 Payday Loan Services Market Size Growth Rate by Type: 2020 VS 2028
1.5 Market by Application
1.5.1 Payday Loan Services Market Share by Application: 2020 VS 2028
1.6 Objectives of the study
1.7 years considered

Chapter Two: Growth Trends by Regions
2.1 Payday Loan Services Market Outlook (2015-2028)
2.2 Payday Loan Services Growth Trends by Regions
2.2.1 Payday Loan Services Market Size by Regions: 2015 VS 2020 VS 2028
2.2.2 Payday Loan Service Historic Market Share by Regions (2015-2020)
2.2.3 Payday Loans Service Forecasted Market Size by Regions (2021-2028)
2.3 Industry Trends and Growth Strategy
2.3.1 Key Market Trends
2.3.2 Market Drivers
2.3.3 Market challenges
2.3.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
2.3.5 Payday Loan Services Market Growth Strategy
2.3.6 Key Interviews with Key Payday Loans Service Players (Opinion Leaders)

Chapter Three: Competition Landscape by Key Players
3.1 Top Payday Loan Service Players by Market Size
3.1.1 Top Payday Loan Services Players by Revenue (2015-2020)
3.1.2 Payday Loan Services Revenue Market Share by Players (2015-2020)
3.1.3 Payday Loan Services Market Share by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier Two Chapter: and Tier 3)
3.2 Payday Loan Services Market Concentration Ratio
3.2.1 Payday Loan Services Market Concentration Ratio
3.2.2 Top Chapter Ten: and Top 5 Companies by Payday Loans Service Revenue in 2020
3.3 Payday Loans Service Key Players Head office and Area Served
3.4 Key Players Payday Loans Service Product Solution and Service
3.5 Date of Enter into Payday Loan Services Market
3.6 Mergers and acquisitions, expansion plans

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