Thank you Direct Relief!

Originally posted on Bowen to Bangladesh:

Earlier this week, Direct Relief awarded SIRC with funding of US$300,000 to continue SIRC’s great work in providing post-earthquake medical care and SCI rehabilitation services to their patients.  WOW!

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Direct Relief are a California-based NGO whose primary focus is the provision of medical resources in times of emergency or as a result of poverty.  Their reputation is second to none, they have been active in Nepal for many years and know the lay of the land.  Having this local expertise is key to making a real difference on the ground, and with Direct Relief, it shows.

This award is in no small thanks to the hard work and dedication of SIRC’s admin team including (but not limited to!) Esha Thapa SIRC Executive Director and Nikita Shrestha, SIRC Program Coordinator.  Huge thanks to Stephen and Maggie Muldoon of Livability International for their continued support, guidance and encouragement.  A team effort as…

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Ashes 2015: 4th Test Preview………………few words

from a humble scribbler

for Aussies:

Lets wipe out Edgbaston memory and start afresh like a beginner.

i)  practice session :spend at least 5-6 hours a day in the field like a professional test match day…………for Michael Clarke and the rest of the batters: practice batting with competitive bowlers………..practice with your own team bowlers so that you could understand where you are lacking. Huge batting practice is needed. [ the tailenders performed well on the last day of the previous match much to our surprise.]

ii) thorough study of each batsman of your opponents……………..their strong position…………….onside or offside……..which ball they play comfortably, which one they want to avoid or not so strong to face, their best played shots  and according to that change of field positions……………….take your coach and go for constant discussion on bowling and field changing ………its time consuming but once practiced is worthy to implement.

iii) Let Michael Clarke play in 5th position………….Adam Vogue is not in the run…………lets start with Chris Rogers, Dave Warner, Steve Smith, Adam Vogue, Michael Clarke, Peter Nevill and so on…………..let Clarke regain his form. Give him some time.

iv) The five bowling combination is okay…………… any case for experience you need to call back Haddin [if not as a wk but as a batter] don’t hesitate……….there should be no ego play in profession.

v) Pitch study and toss: take it that you guys lost Edgbaston toss and were sent to bat so you have to be prepared to bat or bowl in any condition………………… the way you prepare the team that toss should play only 2% chance because its sheer luck; in spite of that, discuss with coach and other teammates about the pitch and the chances you are going to take once you win the toss. [Dave Warner perhaps not agreed with the toss decision in the first innings of Edgbaston Test as he was seen chatting with the non striker while a crucial decision had  gone upstairs  for reviewing(score 7/1). Even the call for review was pretty casual. Take it as a feedback not as a criticism]

for Michael Clarke : please dont say again that they have played with 11 and we with 10. We all are with you.

hope its not looking flashy, just wanted to put some insight :)

Ashes 2015 : spectator’s review

Its sad the way Australia failed in the recent Edgbaston test but the positive side is the interest is still retained in the contest. Was reading viewers review about Michael Clarke and reason of the possible failure. Some says, that it might be Phillip Hughes death  creating havoc on Michael Clarke……………… many I also believe this firmly. If that is the case let us help Michael Clarke by supporting him so that he can perform and lead the team the way he should as a Captain. Every cricketer goes through rough phases in life, bad form, injury and many other reasons loom large over performance, one has to overcome them, regular focus and concentration is needed for that. Accept his death and move on Clarke. We all have tragedies in life, some are fatal, some are brutal, still we try to survive, try to overcome. You have to try it to  the level best for your overall betterment. May the almighty bless you for your immense sensitivity. But one should be  professional enough  when you are playing International Cricket………take your teammates support, your large number of fans support on your side  and be strong. Look around and see, think about Kevin Pietersen, so far I noticed very few people in this world would like to speak good about him. He is in good form, I have seen his innings in CPL one is 72 and another one is 83 both are superb innings…but one wrong decision, giving ball to Fletcher in second final over and they lost the tournament……… Only because a certain group of people do not like him to play for England, he is out of the team……………..don’t you think he is in pain? Only because he could not solicit himself properly in front of the team he is out of it. Can anybody ever give a single scratch in his confidence? None……. He is strong and going stronger this days. Wish you good luck Michael Clarke and be strong.

Good news: The Gadhimai Festival Has Come to an End

Originally posted on Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox:


The Gadhimai festival of 2014 was the last ever!

Ram Chandra Shah, chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust announced:

“The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life … For every life taken, our heart is heavy. The time has come to transform an old tradition.”

Nepal chooses kindness — ENDING the world’s largest animal sacrifice event

“In a glorious tribute to the power of compassion, the Gadhimai slaughter festival will now be a ‘momentous celebration of life.’

“For centuries the Gadhimai festival in Nepal has seen temple grounds awash with the blood of animals slaughtered in the name of ‘tradition’.

This sacrifice has occurred every five years for the last 300 years.

And it stopped — today.”

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Are You Covered to Travel Nepal?

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Originally posted on Adventure Travel Blog:

Many tourists, including adventure tourists, are wondering if their travel policy will cover their trip to Nepal.

World Nomads, a leader in adventure travel insurance, has clarified that traveling to Nepal is safe and their current policy do cover a trip to nepal.

On 9th June 2015, Nepal Tourism Board declared the country was safe and open for tourism. Of the 75 districts of Nepal, only 14 suffered significant damage. Most of trekking trails and peaks are safe and open for the upcoming Autumn season.

Therefore, if you are looking to travel Nepal in the Autumn 2015, you can do so. Many travel insurance providers like World Nomads will support your trip.

CEO Sue Badyari (World Nomads),

A major decline in tourism would be another disaster for Nepal. We need to be very clear it’s business as usual in Nepal from September.

Am I covered by travel insurance if I…

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Indian Police Arrest Airline Staff for Attempting to Traffic Nepal Quake Victims

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what a shame!

Originally posted on TIME:

Police in India have arrested two airline employees in connection with what is suspected to be a human trafficking operation centered on smuggling female victims of the Nepal earthquake to Gulf countries, the Agence France-Presse news agency reports.

The two ground staff members working for the national carrier Air India were arrested earlier this month after police at New Delhi’s international airport found seven Nepalese women heading to Dubai who had their travel documents stamped despite not having cleared immigration controls.

Under questioning, the airline employees said they had been paid to furnish forged documents for the seven women. In a subsequent raid on a local hotel, police found an additional 21 women who will now be returned to Nepal along with the seven stopped at the airport on 21 July.

Human trafficking has been a major problem in the region since before the April quake, with some 10,000-15,000…

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Monsoon troubles Nepal quake survivors three months on

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Originally posted on Himalayan Geographic:

Monsoon troubles Nepal quake survivors three months on The rain has made life even more difficult in Nepal. Photo: AFP

Kathmandu: As dark clouds loomed overhead, Rabi Baral hurriedly secured his tent to the ground at a camp for victims of Nepal’s earthquake, three months after the disaster upended his life.
The 7.8-magnitude quake on 25 April destroyed the 41-year-old’s home and left him without a job, forcing him and his young family to take refuge in a makeshift camp in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
“The rain has made life even more difficult, but we have no choice right now,” Baral told AFP.
As his wife Parwati nursed their 18-month-old son, Baral said he was desperate to return home to the hills east of Kathmandu but was too afraid to risk travelling on quake-hit roads that now face the threat of landslides triggered by heavy rains.
“We are in limbo right now. I am counting days for monsoon to…

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a death sentenced on a day of birth………………

Recent Gurudaspur incident might have  strengthened Yakub Memon’s prosecution to hang till death. Might the late night reviews of the judgement have occurred due to this. The question is what was the purpose of Gurudaspur incident[ there are few more susceptible incidents related to the terror attack]? To strengthen the decision of Memon’s prosecution? India Govt felt pressurized by the recent terror incident? The whole thing seems a little crafty………………it all held so that Memon could be wiped…………….so that the information he was  holding could not be extracted by India and at the same time a message to the terrorist bhai-log ,  “beta, India ke pass surrender karoge to Memon banoge” . I believe a thorough  CBI inquiry is needed for the entire 27th July incident.