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Nepal Earthquake 2015: Damages and losses in the Water and Sanitation sector

Originally posted on Pragya Lamsal:

Pragya Lamsal

10481582_10102185393510681_3431946467229818161_nOn Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 11:56 local time, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake as recorded by Nepal’s National Seismological Centre (NSC), struck Barpak, about 76 km northwest of Kathmandu. Government records said that there are over 8,790 casualties and 22,300 injuries. Further, the government has estimated that the lives of eight million people, almost one-third of the population of Nepal, have been impacted by these earthquakes.

National Planning Commission, an advisory body for formulating development plans and policies in Nepal, released Nepal Earthquake 2015: Post Disaster Needs Assessment Executive summary on Friday (June 19, 2015). Among others, the summary has calculated major damages and losses in Water and Sanitation sector.

It is estimated that the total value of disaster effects (damages and losses) in water and sanitation sector caused by the earthquakes is NPR 11,379 million (NPR 10,506 million of losses and NPR 873 million of damages)

The…

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कसरी सामना गर्ने माओवादी आतङ्कको ? – सी के लाल

Siromani Dhungana:

यो लेखमा [सिके लालले] जति धेरैपटक [माओबादीलाइ] आतङ्कवादी भनेर किटान त खुमबहादुर खड्का,गिरिजा वा रुकमाङ्गदले पनि भनेका थिएनन् होला

Originally posted on tistung deurali:

मैले हिजो यी दुई ट्वीटहरू गरेँ

ट्वीटमा राखिएका चित्र पढ्न गाह्रो भएको केही मित्रहरूको गुनासो रह्यो । ट्वीटरमा शायद केही समस्या होला । त्यसकारण मैले लेखलाई जस्ताको तस्तै तल साभार गरेको छु । केवल सो प्रयोजनको निम्ति यो ब्लग तयार पारेको हुँ ।

सन्दर्भ बाँदरमुढे नरसंहारको हो । बाँदरमुढे नरसंहार भएको १० वर्ष पुग्यो । त्यसभन्दा ४ वर्ष अघि, अर्थात् आजभन्दा १४ वर्ष अघि चितवनकै भण्डारामा बसमा मान्छेहरू जिउँदै जलाइएका थिए । त्यसकै सेरोफेरोमा त्यति बेलाका चर्चित स्तम्भकार सी के लाल (C K Lal) ले फाल्गुण २०५८ को हिमाल खबरपत्रिकामा लेख्नुभएको लेख हो यो ।

लेखमा बारम्बार माओवादीलाई…

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A man for all seasons

Originally posted on tistung deurali:

Surya Bahadur Thapa possessed several traits common to many successful people in politics and business. He was cunning and charismatic, but he was also persistent, relentlessly pursuing power till the last days of his life. He could be shrewd but he was also flexible. He was opportunistic and corrupt. An astute political player, he was connected well enough to be trusted by all political quarters.

It is quite a feat for anyone to rise to the highest position available to citizens. Late Thapa accomplished this five times. Three kings, four different political systems, and an active public life that spanned more than five decades- Thapa had seen so much and adapted to each situation so well that his claim to success did not demand any remarkable contribution from him. He was already successful by just being there. For someone who was at the center of Nepalese power and politics for…

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Blogathon- नेपालका समस्याहरूमा छलफल (सन्दर्भ- गोविन्द केसीको आन्दोलन)

Originally posted on tistung deurali:

Blogathon

आउने २ हप्तामा डा गोविन्द केसीको आन्दोलन र यो प्रकरणसँग सम्बन्धित नेपालका समस्याहरुको बारे ब्लग लेख्नुहोस् । धेरै लामो हैन, ५००-८०० शब्दमा । मोबाइलमा २-३ पटक scroll गर्दा र डेस्कटपमा एक scroll मा पढ्न सकिने लम्बाइको ब्लग लेख्नुहोस् । आफ्नो ब्लगको link ट्वीटरमा share गर्नुहोस्, वा यो ब्लगमा कमेण्टको रुपमा लेख्नुहोस् । ट्वीटरमा छलफल गरेर केहिथप गर्नुपर्ने लागे आफ्नै ब्लगमा कमेण्टको रुपमा राख्नुहोस् । २ हप्तापछी यसरी लेखिएका ब्लगहरु समेटेर एउटा वेवसाइटमा प्रकाशन गरिनेछ ।

कृपया विषयमा रहेर लेख्ने प्रयास गर्नुहोस्, थाहा भइसकेका कुरामा धेरै भुमिका नबाँध्नुहोस् । तर्क र तथ्यमा ध्यान दिनुहोस् । तर्क गर्ने स्थापित सभ्य तरिका अपनाउनुहोस् ।

यस किसिमका blogathon ले छलफललाई अरु बढाउने र राम्रो बनाउन सघाउने विश्वास छ । पहिलो ब्लगाथन पछि कमीकमजोरीहरू सुधारेर अरू यस किसिमका छलफल गर्दै गरौँला ।

कारण र प्रेरणा

ट्वीटरमा बहसको परिधि अलि सानो र अप्ठेरो लाग्छ । पत्रिकाहरूका आफ्नै सिमीतता र वाध्यता छन् । हामीहरू बोल्ने सजिलो…

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Learning from Turkish Flight 726 Event

The near-disaster in terms of the skidding aircraft, coupled with the disaster of four days of international airport closure, was also to be seen in terms of how it affected the economy, how it impacted on the image of the country, and the extent of the volume/depth of human suffering.

Kanak Mani Dixit

An interaction called on short notice on Sunday 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm at the YalaMaya Kendra (Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur) deliberated on the details of the Turkish Flight 726 accident at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and the lessons to be learnt. Below is a quick summary of the discussion and some of the conclusions derived from the informal discussion:

a) In terms of the cause of the accident, the overriding question is why the TK726 pilots landed the aircraft instead doing a missed approach (as it had earlier) given the low/minimal visibility at or near runway threshold.
b) Based on available information, there seems to have been a hard landing by TK726, after which the aircraft careened towards the left. Catastrophe was averted due to the aircraft’s front undercarriage digging into the soft/wet ground leading to a relatively ‘controlled’ stoppage rather than a cartwheeling. Another disturbing information that emerged was that for between five to ten minutes (different versions) after the aircraft came to a halt, the crew did not take measures for evacuation, including deploying the escape chutes. Continue reading

Five Quick Questions to Anil Shah on “म नेपाली – हाम्रो नेपाल” event and the campaign

Ashutosh Tiwari asked 5 quick questions to Anil Shah, Facilitator of “म नेपाली – हाम्रो नेपाल” campaign:

1. What exactly is this event and this campaign, and why do you think this is important at this time in Nepal?
ANIL SHAH: The event of Wednesday 4th February 2015 is the commencement of what we refer to as the ‘Ma Movement’, which in effect is based on the philosophy that if we are to truly build a prosperous and peaceful nation each of us has to start individually by being the be227148_225603777456734_349327_nst that we can be.  In the event we will hear from individuals who have excelled in their respective fields as well as from young motivational speakers on how to take hold of positivity to build on an individual’s core competencies to be the best that one can be, in their domain of choice.
The reason for the timing is the environment of negativity and despair that seems to be enveloping the nation now, with the blame game for our collective shortcomings being thrown about and everyone fixating of the faults and failures of each other. At a time like this there has to be a platform that showcases ‘hope’ and we believe the seed of that hope for a better future for our nation starts with each of us individually, with ‘Ma’!

2. Since the end of Jana Andolan 2, we are all — from Mechi ko Mahakali and from the Himalayas to the Tarai — struggling/debating/discussing/arguing/quarreling with one another to define what it means to be a Nepali and what Nepal means to each one of us and to our ethnic group. In this context, your assertion “I am Nepali [in] our Nepal” could strike some as an example of naive patriotism bordering on, well, jingoism. Your response?
ANIL SHAH: Sometimes it is the most naïve and simple thoughts that are the most transformational. Let us take the relationship of a mother with her children, one a doctor, one an engineer, one in politics, one in business, one unemployed, each will have their own strengths and weaknesses, each a unique ‘Ma’ but each will receive the unconditional love of Ama. For her each child is as special as the other. Continue reading

Who is the ‘international community’ in Nepal?

As a sovereign country of Southasia, if we have to listen to international opinion, does not Nepal also need to heed the views/feelings of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, or should we continue to go by the amorphous and selective use of ‘international community’?

Kanak Mani Dixit

893035_558874680856096_914955205_oAmidst the current jousting between Government of Nepal/ruling parties and certain members/combines of the ‘international community’, I would like to know who do we refer to when we say/accept the usage of ‘international community’. Are we talking of the entire community or selected members/combines? Are we talking of the European Union, in which case do the statements/activism that have been emanating therefrom include, say, Germany? Where does South Korea stand? What about the embassies unrepresented in KTM but with interest in Nepal? Do we mean ‘West’ when we say ‘international community’? When we do say ‘West’, is the focus mainly on a US-EU combine, or do we include Australia and Japan and Canada? Is there absolutely unanimity among the ‘international community’ and the “West’, or is it he who makes the noise that gets heard? When the UN Resident Coordinator puts out a note in the name of the ‘international community’, who is included – the multilateral agencies, the Bretton Woods institutions (IMF, WB, IFC), and which all embassies, and should we not have a listing at the bottom of all statements to clarify rather than add to the murk?

The broadest use of ‘international community’ in Kathmandu seems to include India and China. As a sovereign country of Southasia, if we have to listen to international opinion, does not Nepal also need to heed the views/feelings of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, or should we continue to go by the amorphous and selective use of ‘international community’? Let us have some clarity!!

(Note: I believe that the ‘international community’ has a right and duty to speak for the protection of democracy and human rights of any country, including Nepal. (In that sense, my own use of ‘international community’ includes every country from Bangladesh to Belgium.) However, the members of the diplomatic corps, from countries near and far, must keep off the terrain of constitution-writing so the Nepali people and political forces are left to themselves on this matter.)

(This article was originally posted as facebook status by Mr Kanak Mani Dixit. We have reproduced here with his permission.)

Nepal, where progressive agenda gets hijacked by “progressive elites”

Our progressive elites conveniently believe all these pahade Chhetri/Bahuns are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, just like them.

Bineeta Gurung

In Nepal, it has become fashionable to call yourself a progressive, particularly if you come from an elite family and want to rid yourself of the guilt of being born into one. No wonder all those claiming to be the voice of the marginalized are part of the PEON (Permanent Establishment of Nepal- Thanks to CK Lal for that coinage- though I don’t agree with him on the definition). Go through any English daily in Nepal, they reek of these progressives, with their immaculate English, ever ready to condemn any pahade Bahun/Chhetri. The only fault of these pahade men being their castes, as if they had voluntary control over it. Our progressive elites conveniently believe all these pahade Chhetri/Bahuns are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, just like them.

You don’t need to engage with the truly marginalized. You just need to attack your fellow elites to prove you are a progressive. Those that don’t toe your line of politics are all reactionaries. You are the lone voice meaning well for the unprivileged. The rest are oppressors.

Regarding identity politics in Nepal, the space for a nuanced discussion is shrinking. People do not speak for fear of being labeled status quoists by our progressive thinkers. Nepali progressives are the ones who use the “diversity” argument to beat up non-leftists. But they forget respecting diversity includes respecting diverse and opposing opinion as long as they are not imposed through coercion.

“अग्रगमनको सिरक ओढ्ने प्रतिगामी”

 प्रविधि र ज्ञानको विश्वव्यापीकरणले गर्दा अब २०१७ वा २०५२ मा गरिएका कुतर्क र हो-कि हो-कि जस्तो भान पार्ने भ्रामक गफ र आस्वासन, विषयको सार होइन व्यक्तिको नियत, तुच्छ गाली र ad hominem आक्रमणको बलमा गरिने राजनीति अब सकियो ।

डा स्वर्णिम वाग्ले

Dr Swarnim Wagle

हिजो (माघ ६, २०७१) हिंडेर सीतापाईलाबाट त्रिपुरेश्वरसम्म र त्यसपछि प्रहरीको गाडीमा संविधानसभाको बैठक हेर्न बानेश्वर गइयो । दर्शक दीर्घामा पत्रकारबाहेक अरु देखिएनन्, माथिबाट डेढघण्टाजति नाराबाजीगर्नेहरुको अनुहार एक्लै नियालें । त्यसपछि मलाई लागेका केही कुरा :

१. कराउँदै संसदनै कब्जा गरेजस्तो देखिँदा पनि माओवादीहरु हतास थिए, अवकाशको संघारमा उभिएको सेनाको असफल जर्नेल जस्तै ।खित-खित हाँसोका बीच गरिएको विरोधमा कुनै sincerity को छनक थिएन ।


“उत्पीडित जनता त भजाई खाने भाँडो वा सत्ता उक्लने भर्यांग भएको कुरो उनीहरुको अन्तर्मनमा थियो होलानै, अब यसको “सुइँको” बाँकी दुनियालाई पनि छ भन्ने कुरा थाहा भएर होला सायद हो-हल्लाको कर्मकाण्डमा कुनै नैतिक दम देखिएन ।”


उत्पीडित जनता त भजाई खाने भाँडो वा सत्ता उक्लने भर्यांग भएको कुरो उनीहरुको अन्तर्मनमा थियो होलानै, अब यसको “सुइँको” बाँकी दुनियालाई पनि छ भन्ने कुरा थाहा भएर होला सायद हो-हल्लाको कर्मकाण्डमा कुनै नैतिक दम देखिएन । त्यत्रो पद ओगटीसकेका प्रचण्डको टिठलाग्दो उपस्थिति र अस्तिदेखिनै उद्दण्ड देखिईरहेका जनार्दन शर्माको प्रस्तुति बिझ्ने खालका थिए।

२. सभामुख र मर्यादापालकहरु असाध्यै शालीन, बुढा कांग्रेसीहरु भद्र। एमाले पनि उस्तै संयमित – आज सुरेन्द्र पाण्डेले त भने रे हामीपनि एकताका यस्तै उग्र थियौं तर अहिले सुध्रेम ।लोकतन्त्रमा धैर्य र परिपक्वताले फल दिदोरैछ ।

३. यो नाटकको उत्कर्सबारे कांग्रेस-एमाले पूर्ण परिचित भएजस्तो गरेपनि, उनीहरुले जोर-जबरजस्ती नगरुन् । माघ ८ को मिति जाने भैगो, अब एक-दुइ हप्ता राप सेलाएपछि संविधानकालागि “बृहत सहमति” को प्रयास जारी रहोस, नयाँ वर्ष वा जेठ १५ लाई अन्तिम मौका ठानी । तर ठुलो जनमतलाई पनि साथ लानु पर्छ — हरेक मुद्दामाथि आफ्नो तर्क र logic खुलारूपले राखुन् । माओवादीहरू पतनोन्मुख भए भन्दैमा लोकतन्त्रवादीहरु गैर-जिम्मेवार हुनहुन्न — विगतको पीडा सम्झदा रीस उठ्दोहो, तर त्यसलाई schadenfreude मै सीमित राखून् ।

४. नेपाली जनता धेरैनै शिक्षित र सु-सुचित भैसके । प्रविधि र ज्ञानको विश्वव्यापीकरणले गर्दा अब २०१७ वा २०५२ मा गरिएका कुतर्क र हो-कि हो-कि जस्तो भान पार्ने भ्रामक गफ र आस्वासन, विषयको सार होइन व्यक्तिको नियत, तुच्छ गाली र ad hominem आक्रमणको बलमा गरिने राजनीति अब सकियो । धेरैनै आशा गरिएका तर चाडैं विश्वसनीयता गुमाएका केही क्रान्तिकारी ठुला नेताहरु यसका प्रमाण हुन् । नपत्याए एक पटक पढे-लेखेकाहरु चर्न निस्कने social media मा आँखा जाओस – जनमतलाई प्रभाव पार्ने तिनै १० प्रतिशत सुकिला-मुकिलानै हुन् | ठुलो सामाजिक मूल्यमै सही, माओवादीले ग्रामीण चेतना र हक-अधिकारको विस्तार गरे बापत इतिहासमा सधन्यबाद यथोचीत स्थान पाउनेनैछन्, तर अब बोक्नुपर्ने सम्वृद्धिको agenda मा माओवादीहरू अग्रगमनको सिरक ओढ्ने प्रतिगामीनै हुन् भन्ने धेरैको ठहर छ । “प्रतिगामी” सस्तो गालीको रूपमा हैनकि साच्चैनै उल्टो बाटो हिंड्ने अर्थमा । Median voter नै निम्न-मध्य आय आर्जने व्यक्ति र वर्ग भएको मुलुकमा सबै दल समाजमुखी र परोपकारी हुन अनिवार्य छ : सच्चा प्रगतिको मापन त अब राष्ट्रिय wealth create गर्ने र त्यसको न्यायोचित बांडफांड गर्ने/गराउने सवालमा कसको मार्ग-चित्र दह्रो छ भन्नेनै मूल प्रश्न हो । राष्ट्रिय चुनौती र विश्व अवसरहरु ख्याल गरी नेपाललाई कसरी चाडैं धनी बनाउने भन्ने हो । यो अभुतपूर्व कसरतमा उग्र-वामपन्थी सोच र कार्यशैली सहायक नहोला ।

५. नेपालमा तीनवटा ठुला राष्ट्रिय पार्टीहरूको लागी space देखिन्छ | यसमा कांग्रेस-एमाले र एउटा लोकतान्त्रिक त्तेस्रो शक्ति अटाउनेछन् । साना-मसिना जातीय वा क्षेत्रीय दल-रूपी पसलहरू त चल्दै गर्लान् । तर आजैदेखि अर्को चुनावलाई कसरी १००% स्वच्छ र निस्पक्ष्य बनाउने हो भन्नेतिर लागौं – आधुनिक प्रविधिमा आधारित राष्ट्रिय परिचयपत्र, विधुतीय भोटिंग मसीन लगायत अन्य विश्वसनीय माध्यमलाई पूर्णत लागु गरौँ । चुनावमा पैसाको प्रभाव र धाँधली कसरी कम गर्ने र पछि बल्झने gerrymandering को संभावनालाई पनि रोक्ने उपाय एवं अन्य बिकृतिहरु हटाइ कस्ता incentives हरूले राजनीतिलाई सफा बनाउला भन्नेबारे गृह-कार्य थालौं । तत्पश्चात अझ धेरै दक्ष युवा पिंढी राजनीतिमा पक्कै आउनेछ भन्ने आशा गर्न सकिन्छ ।

(This article was originally posted as facebook status by Dr Swarnim Waglé. We have reproduced here with his permission.)

República’s Editorial on Brawl at the Constituent Assembly

“…any constitution that emerges from the sovereign CA cannot be labeled just another piece of paper.”

Nepal’s popular Republica daily has a powerful editorial today slamming the mid-night brawl in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) on Tuesday (January 20). The editorial reads: “…Speaking in the Constituent Assembly on Monday, Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai came down heavily on ruling parties that he said were intent on ´proclaiming a useless piece of paper´ as the constitution of new Nepal. First of all, any constitution that emerges from the sovereign CA cannot be labeled just another piece of paper. The people elected the CA to deliver a constitution, preferably through consensus, or absent that, through due process…”

Here’s the full text:

Move ahead

Nepal is at a crossroads. The choices before it could not be starker. One, the sovereign Constituent Assembly delivers a timely constitution, thereby ending the prolonged and debilitating political transition. Two, constitution making gets deferred once again and the state of uncertainty deepens. Speaking in the Constituent Assembly on Monday, Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai came down heavily on ruling parties that he said were intent on ´proclaiming a useless piece of paper´ as the constitution of new Nepal.

First of all, any constitution that emerges from the sovereign CA cannot be labeled just another piece of paper. The people elected the CA to deliver a constitution, preferably through consensus, or absent that, through due process. Whether the Maoist and Madhesi parties like it or not, Continue reading