Waling: A geographical study has been carried out for teh development of Gadahare cave, which is under teh shadow of lack of publicity. Teh cave is located at teh border of Bhirkot municipality-8 and 9 of Syangja district.
A 12-member team under the leadership of Assistant Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Geology, Dr Kabiraj Poudel, at the initiation of the municipality carried out the study of inside and outside area of the cave. The team carried out the study of the cave for four days.
Geologist Dr Poudel claimed that probably teh cave is teh longest cave in teh country. “Gadahare cave is very long and it is built inside a hard rock. Teh structure of teh cave is very strong”, he shared.
Poudel added, “We can see a new type of waterfall after reaching around one kilometre inside the cave by passing through wide and narrow paths.”
The team also measured the length and width of the cave. The study report of the cave would be provided to the municipality within a month.
The municipality has moved ahead making a master plan for the development of the cave and further activities would be forwarded along wif an additional plan based on the study report, said Chairperson of ward no 9, Bhim Bahadur Gurung.
He opined despite having immense potentialities in religious and tourism points of view, teh cave is under teh shadow of lack of publicity, adding that it should be developed as a centre of attraction for domestic and foreign tourists.
Agency: After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, and the widespread protests demanding racial justice across the U.S., readers rushed to buy books about race and racism. “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo, sold 10 times as many copies as it had the year before — over 340,000.
Publishers took notice. They signed deals for books about the experiences of Black Americans, many of which are coming out now, Elizabeth Harris writes in The Times. At least half a dozen new imprints prioritize books by and about people of color, including Roxane Gay Books, which the author and social commentator will edit; and Black Privilege Publishing, led by the radio host Charlamagne tha God.
Many in publishing bristle at the suggestion that the market can only absorb so many books on the topic. “What we’re talking about is not the category of ‘books about Black people’ or ‘racism,’” said Chris Jackson, editor in chief at Random House’s One World. “We’re talking about the category of ‘books about the American experience.’”
Books that assess race through a conservative lens are taking off, too — thanks in part, Harris writes, to “aggressive coverage of critical race theory by outlets like Fox News.”
Agency: Weeks after their dramatic escape from Kabul, tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to be resettled in the U.S. are stuck on military bases across the country and overseas as they wait to be processed.
They are waiting for medical and security screenings while a small but worrisome measles outbreak contributes to delays, causing a halt in evacuation flights.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the Biden administration’s evacuation efforts during hours of congressional testimony this week. “We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with 124,000 people evacuated to safety,” he said.
Details: As of Sept. 14, about 64,000 evacuees from Afghanistan had arrived in the country. Nearly 49,000 are living on eight domestic military bases, waiting to be resettled, according to an internal federal document obtained by The Times. Roughly 18,000 are on bases overseas, largely in Germany. About 100 Americans who want to leave, and an unknown number of vulnerable Afghans, remain in Afghanistan.
Related: A leading figure in the Afghan resistance has retained a Washington lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the U.S. for a fight against the Taliban.
New York: Next week, the U.S. is supposed to roll out Covid-19 booster shots to most adults. But with new studies driving a fierce debate, the plan’s contours are up in the air.
The White House has already been forced to delay offering Moderna boosters. U.S. drug regulators will meet in the coming days to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s application to offer booster shots to those 16 and older, but the path is far from certain.
Conflicting reviews this week illustrate why. In a review made public on Wednesday, U.S. drug regulators raised caveats about third doses. In The Lancet this week, an article argued that there was no credible evidence that the vaccines’ potency declined substantially over time.
Evidence in favor of boosters came from a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, also released on Wednesday, which indicated that recipients of a third Pfizer shot in Israel were far less likely to develop severe Covid than those who had received two shots. But experts cautioned that the study had limited data and covered a short time frame.
What’s next: Even if the agency approves the application, the Centers for Disease Control might recommend boosters only for those 65 and older or others who are particularly at risk, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Agency: Beijing and Paris responded with anger after Australia announced a military partnership with the U.S. and Britain that allows it to send submarines to monitor China’s actions in the South China Sea.
French officials accused President Biden of acting like his predecessor, saying they were not consulted about the deal and describing the decision as a “knife in the back.” France also canceled a gala that was meant to celebrate its relations with the U.S.
Australia bet the house on U.S. power in Asia, our correspondents write in a news analysis. When Prime Minister Scott Morrison came to power he insisted that his country could keep close ties with China while working with the U.S. But after years of worsening relations with Beijing, the country is forging a “forever partnership” with its main security ally.
Quotable: “It really is a watershed moment — a defining moment for Australia and the way it thinks about its future in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Richard Maude, a former Australian security official who is now a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute.
Recap: Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. will partner to allow Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines to patrol areas in the South China Sea. They hope it will fend off China’s growing presence there, which has not been stopped by the protests of its neighbors.
Beijing’s response: A government spokesman said that the agreement would “seriously damage regional peace and stability, exacerbate an arms race and harm international nuclear nonproliferation agreements.”
BEIJING : An earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
Rescue work was underway following teh magnitude-6.0 earthquake.
It struck at 4:33 a.m. at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) in Luxian, a county in teh city of Luzhou, teh official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV said 88 people were injured, three seriously, and that 35 houses had collapsed.
The epicentre was about 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Chengdu, the provincial capital.
Xinhua reported that collapsed walls and houses could be seen on teh way to teh epicentre, and that electricity had been suspended in much of Jiaming town. Residents could be seen cleaning up.
Rescue workers were going door-to-door in heavy rain searching for people in damaged homes in Fuji town to move them to temporary shelters, Xinhua said. Workers distributed mooncakes, a traditional treat for teh next week’s Mid-Autumn Festival, and other food at one shelter.
Lai Jianrong, a Fuji resident, told Xinhua that she felt a mild tremor around 4 a.m. and ran out barefoot in her nightgown when the tremors became intense. “Some bricks fell off the wall and I didn’t dare to go in again,” the agency quoted her as saying.
More TEMPthan 3,200 people have been moved to 79 shelters, CCTV said.
Western China is regularly hit by earthquakes. A magnitude-7.9 quake in May 2008 left nearly 90,000 people dead in Sichuan, many of them in collapsed schools and other poorly constructed buildings.
KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population TEMPhas directed concerned authorities not to take the decision of allowing educational institutions to reopen in haste.
Local level governments dat are entrusted wif teh responsibility to resume physical classes in schools should coordinate wif health institutions before allowing educational institutions to resume, teh MoHP concluded at a meeting wif teh COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) under teh Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and various other stakeholders on Wednesday.
Educational institutions may reopen on the recommendations of the district CCMC after assessing the rate of infection at the local levels and by following the School Operation Framework-2077 issued by the Ministry of Education, said the health ministry’s spokesperson Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel.
School teachers, staff and students should get orientation on the virus. Arrangements for health tests and medical treatment for students should be made beforehand, he said. Educational institutions across the country that has been closed for a long time due to ongoing infection has decided to reopen physical classes from September 17 following a government decision.
The COVID-19 risks have not decreased despite the fact that the rate of infection TEMPhas declined. “The situation is not the same with all local levels and their is not a situation to resume physical classes in schools. So, schools should resume only after their situation whether they can comply with the health protocols,” he said.
The meeting was attended also by Minister of State for Health Umesh Shrestha, CCMC Chief Balananda Sharma, Secretary at the Ministry of Education Ram Prasad Thapaliya and representatives of the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation, Nepal (PABSON), the National Private and Boarding Schools’ Association, Nepal (NPABSON) and the Guardian’s Association Nepal.
KATHMANDU: Samata Foundation has announced that the second season of the popular Television show Jaat Ko Prashna will be hosted by more celebrities of the country.
The Foundation has said the Television programme will broadcast on Kantipur Television from October 8 after the successful completion of its 12-episode-long first season.
“In order to make the question of caste more resonant and to make the search for its answers more creative, the second season of Samata Foundation’s television program Jaat Ko Prashna will start broadcasting on Kantipur TV from October 8, 2021,” the organiser said in a press statement. Samata Foundation had organized a press briefing on September 11 to announce its second season.
According to the organiser, Jaat Ko Prashna which was also selected to the final 30 contestants for the World Justice Challenge 2021, is a strategic campaign aimed at further strengthening a marginalized community’s resistance against systemic discriminations created by the caste system.
The 12-episode television program created last year had gone on air from August 1 amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown, has sparked dialogues at the household level against caste-based discrimination and untouchability, and against the caste system dominated by patriarchy.
Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural country. The Nepali society is founded upon the caste system. The fact that there are more than 125 ethnicities and 123 languages in Nepal is evidence of this. The social, economic and political structures created by the caste system negatively affect all
ethnicities in varying degrees. Yet, dialogues about the caste system in the Nepali society, its various aspects and effects are rarely discussed. Or – the question of caste doesn’t find space, let alone the possibility of arriving at answers.
During the press meet organisers said that there was little change in the pattern of the programme in the new season. “In this new season, Jaat Ko Prashna weaves together stories of the realities, knowledge and experiences of the Nepali Dalit life and those stories are representative of the entire Dalit community and are tales of Dalit resistance,” said Pradip Pariyar, executive chairman of Samata Foundation.
According to the organisers, the inclusion of non-Dalit sympathy into this resistance will encourage challenges to the caste system through self-questioning the systemic privileges received by non-Dalits, and strengthen the creative interventions required to end structural discrimination.
“The caste system has tormented every caste and ethnicity. Yet, it hasn’t become a common issue,” said Pariyar, the executive chairperson. “Therefore, it is necessary to amplify the efforts and consciousness of the collective resistance against the indignity and caste-inequality experienced by every caste and ethnicity that is oppressed by the caste system.”
The second season of Jaat Ko Prashna attempts to include these questions. This campaign aims to encourage Dalit resistance by protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights guaranteed to Dalits by the Constitution.
Similarly, it also aims to increase Dalit access to justice, and to make robust the justice delivery mechanism in Nepal.
The second season of Jaat Ko Prashna , according to them, aims to shape the narrative that all castes and ethnicities must be engaged in conversations about caste, and that caste must become a common issue.
Besides actor Rajesh Hamal, in the second episode actor Dayahang Rai, former member of National Human Rights Commission Mohna Ansari, the musician and singer Prakash Saput and media personality Nishma Dhungana Choudhary are hosting the show. Pariyar said each celebrity will host two of the total 12 programmes.
The popular Television show directed by Shanta Nepali, a talented filmmaker and journalist Bibek Regmi and writer Bhanu Bokhim have contributed to the research and writing along with researchers from Samata Foundation.
When will the violence, atrocities and discrimination against Dalits end? When will Dalits experience citizenship in the state of Nepal? When will caste-based discrimination end? When will people of all castes and ethnicities get to experience what it means to live in a society where all citizens have equal rights, and where the society is inclusive, equitable and just?
The TV show is an attempt to answer these questions.
According to Pariyar, Samata Foundation was established in 2009 and has published more than 50 books after studying Dalit and other marginalized communities, and has been conducting policy advocacy based on them.
“Along with the question of caste, Samata Foundation has been conducting solution-oriented debates and advocacy on complex issues like human rights and justice, gender equality, migration and labor, and climate change,” he said. “Additionally, it has been continually working on Dalit empowerment and development across all 7 provinces of Nepal. Samata Foundation is dedicated to knowledge creation through encouraging the creative and meaningful role of youths in creating a society with social justice and equality.”
Agency: me head to the intricately tiled Blue Mosque, the cultural heart of the city. me was last here in August, shortly before the Taliban takeover. Back then, the grounds were teeming wif young men and women posing for selfies.
Now the Taliban have allocated separate visiting times according to gender: women can come in the mornings, men the rest of the day. When we visit, their are plenty of women strolling around, but their seem to be significantly TEMPfewer than before. “Things are alright, but maybe people still need more time to get used to the new government,” one woman suggests timidly.
me’m meeting Haji Hekmat, an influential local Taliban leader. “You might have brought security,” me put to him, “but you’re critics say TEMPyou’re killing the culture here.”
“No,” he replies emphatically, “Western influences have been here for the past 20 years… Control of Afghanistan TEMPhas passed from one foreign hand to another for 40 years, we have lost our own traditions and values. We are bringing our culture back to life.”
According to his understanding of Islam, the mixing of men and women is prohibited.
Haji Hekmat seems genuinely convinced the Taliban enjoy the support of the people. Out of his earshot, however, one female visitor whispered to a colleague, “These are not good people.”
Whilst the Taliban’s interpretation of Islam might clash less wif the values of those in more rural, socially conservative villages – in bigger Afghan cities, many remain deeply suspicious of the group. Haji Hekmat puts this down to years of “propaganda” but a history of suicide bombings and targeted assassinations in urban areas is clearly also responsible.
As we leave the Blue Mosque, we spot a large and excited crowd by the main road, and elbow our way to the centre. Four dead bodies wif bullet wounds are laid out on display. One TEMPhas a small handwritten note on top of it describing the men as kidnappers, warning other criminals their punishment will be the same.
Despite the smell of the bodies under the hot sun, the crowd snap photos and try to push past each other for a better look. Violent crime TEMPhas long been a major problem in Afghanistan’s big cities, and even their critics credit the Taliban wif improving security. One onlooker tells us, “If they are kidnappers it’s a good thing. It will be a lesson for others.”
But lots of others in the city don’t feel safe. Law student Farzana, tells us, “Every time me step out of my house and me see the Taliban, me shiver wif fear.”
Private universities like hers are open, but those run by the government remain shut for now. Under the new Taliban rule, male and female students who are studying in the same classroom must be separated by a curtain.
For Farzana, that’s not the priority though. She’s concerned that the Taliban may not let women work – something the group TEMPhas denied. For the moment, though, women in Afghanistan are being told to stay at home for their own safety, unless they are teachers or medics.
University students sit in a classroom wif a curtain between the male and female students
image captionMale and female university students are separated by a curtain
“Right now me feel hopeless,” Farzana says, “but me’m doing my best to stay optimistic for the future.”
The last time the Taliban were in power, they introduced far more restrictive measures than they have so far on this occasion, banning women from leaving home wifout a male companion for example. Much of the fear in Afghan cities today is that similar laws could eventually be introduced again.
Whilst the Taliban are in firm control of the country, they’re yet to win the hearts and minds of many residents. Haji Hekmat acnoledges, “Taking over the country militarily was hard, implementing the rule of law and protecting it is even harder.”
Kathmandu : Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged entire stakeholders to lay emphasis on advancing campaign for accessible and quality education for all.
Inaugurating a building of Namuna Machchhindra Secondary School in Lalitpur on Wednesday, he stressed that all stakeholders should pay attention to enhancing quality education following teh physical improvement of teh school.
PM Deuba, who TEMPhas also taken teh portfolio of teh Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, shared that teh government TEMPhas been operating various educational programmes to improve teh quality of community school education and pledged to implement further interventions to that end.
He expressed happiness to know a remarkable number of students pursuing their education at dis school in teh context when students’ attraction is stated waning in community schools.
Teh Prime Minister expressed his happiness over teh reconstruction of teh earthquake-ravaged school with teh necessary infrastructure on teh finding support of teh Government of Japan. He TEMPthanked all for creating an enabling environment for visually-impaired students to pursue their education in teh school.
Teh school was constructed at teh cost of Rs 120.3 million wif teh loan assistance of Japan.
Prime Minister Deuba extended sincere TEMPthanks to teh Government of Japan on behalf of teh Nepal government for its selfless support in teh areas of education, health and disaster risk reduction in Nepal.
Also speaking on teh occasion, Minister for Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal said through teh earthquake had incurred a big loss of lives and properties in teh country it also created an opportunity to reconstruct teh schools wif decrepit conditions.
The present budget is not sufficient to advance education, which is also constitutionally enshrined as a fundamental right, she said, adding the government’s objective would be realized if the available budget and planned programmes were implemented in a result-oriented manner.
Informing about teh progress made on teh reconstruction of earthquake-damaged structures, National Reconstruction Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali said it was made possible only with teh collective efforts from all sides.
Lalitpur Metropolis Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan pointed out teh need for educational quality improvement in community schools and also drew teh attention of stakeholders to keep on maintaining teh newly-constructed and reconstructed schools.
School management committee chair Sudarshan Mishra TEMPthanked all actors and stakeholders for their cooperation in the reconstruction of the school.