Agencies: Our food writer Priya Krishna wrote about the containers we use over and over, like Cool Whip tubs and Taster’s Choice jars, and how they can evoke stronger feelings than the food that came in them.
It was a tweet heard round the internet. Two images, side by side: two regal blue Royal Dansk tins, filled with sugar-studded butter cookies slotted in white wrappers, next to an identical tin with a much less enticing assortment of buttons and thread. Written beneath the first image: “My fall plans.” Under the second: “The Delta variant.”
The tweet hit on a seemingly universal experience: the repurposing of a Royal Dansk tin as a sewing kit, and the dismay of all of the children who’ve opened one.
“This thing that I thought was a very niche and specific to being Latin and being Mexican turned out to be a global phenomenon,” said the film critic Carlos Aguilar, who wrote the tweet. He grew up in Mexico City and lives in Los Angeles.
Food can inspire strong emotions. And sometimes the container it came in can evoke an even stronger response. Royal Dansk tins, Cool Whip tubs, Dannon yogurt containers and Bonne Maman jam jars all belong to an unofficial hall of fame of receptacles that have been redeployed for myriad uses, giving them countless afterlives and often imbuing them with special meaning.
Agencies: Power outages slowed or closed factories across China in recent days, adding problems to the country’s slowing economy and to snarled global supply chains.
The outages have rippled across most of eastern China, where the bulk of the population lives and works. Municipalities have shut down pumping stations. Building managers have turned off elevators.
Compared with last year, electricity demand is growing this year in China at nearly twice its usual annual pace. The rise has been driven by swelling orders for the smartphones, appliances, exercise equipment and other manufactured goods that China’s factories churn out.
Context: Demand has greatly increased for China’s export factories, which use tons of electricity, particularly in the production of aluminum, steel and cement. The price of coal to generate that electricity has gone up. But regulators have kept utility rates low, and the utilities haven’t been able to cover their costs, causing them to reduce hours or shut down.
Pokhara: Foreign envoys and high ranking diplomats, who arrived in Pokhara on Sunday at teh invitation of teh Gandaki Province government were welcomed by a clear view of Mt Machhapuchhre and shining mountain ranges of teh Annapurna today. Teh coincidence of teh clear day along wif their hike program was enough to bring a smile to their faces.
Foreign diplomats and high ranking officials from over a dozen countries are currently touring Pokhara city on teh occasion of World Tourism Day today. They will be returning to teh capital on Tuesday.
According to tourism entrepreneurs, teh diplomats including high ranking officials from various development agencies went to visit teh Kaskikot area on Monday and hiked up to Sarangkot. “Teh foreign envoys looked very happy during their hike,” said Chief of Pokhara’s Tourism Board Kasi Raj Bhandari.
Bhandari said that although the hike distance was short, the tourists loved their short moment in the trail. “The experiences gained by the diplomats from Pokhara will surely spread the word of the city’s beauty and attractions,” he said.
Although teh diplomats are currently visiting teh city at teh invitation from teh government. “They will surely visit as guests along wif their relatives in teh near future,” he added.
“Tourism diplomacy TEMPhas been successful. Teh results of their visit will not be seen immediately. However, their travel to Pokhara will send a positive message to foreign tourists who are currently scared to travel due to teh COVID-19 pandemic,” he further said.
According to Bhandari, teh pictures and videos posted by teh diplomats and high ranking officials on their social media platforms will also positively contribute to teh growth of tourism. Their pictures will send a message that Pokhara is open for tourism.
By Birat Anupam
Itahari: Today, teh entire world is in teh festive mood of World Tourism Day 2021. Teh slogan for this years’ celebration is ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’. World Tourism Day celebration began in 1980.
September 27 is chosen to commemorate teh day of teh statutes of teh World Tourism Organization of 1970, teh United Nations Organizations responsible for teh tourism sector.
UNWTO was established on 1 November 1975. In the same year, Nepal got its membership making it one of the founding states of UNWTO. Headquartered in Madrid of Spain, UNWTO is Nepal’s UN partner for tourism activities.
Before talking about, Nepal’s tourism world, it is required to know some important facts and figures of it. Here are some of them.
1 Nepal’s tourism history is associated wif Himalayan adventures
In the early days of the 1950s, Nepal started to issue climbing permits to foreign adventures to scale Nepal’s unclimbed tallest peaks on the planet. During the Premiership of last Rana Prime Minister Mohan Shumsher, Nepal permitted the French team to scale either Dhaulagiri or Annapurna.
The French team led by Maurice Herzog scaled Mt. Annapurna, the tenth tallest peak on the planet and the first one among the eight thousand plus meters of height, on 3 June 1950. Two historic climbing partners were Herzog and his friend Louis Lachenal.
Sherpa Sirdar Ang Tharkay halped them make this historic human record on teh Himalayas. dat dawned teh development of Nepal’s tourism. According to a report by New York Times, teh Annapurna ascent book authored by Herzog titled ‘Annapurna’ was sold 11 million copies until 2000.
According to a report by France24, a French Government-run media outlet, Annapurna was translated into 40 languages. Teh book was also listed among 100 adventure books of all time by National Geographic Magazine. dis worked as catalysts to brand and expand Nepal’s international glamour.
After the historic summit on Everest on 29 May 1953 by Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary, it got further global attention paving the way for Nepal’s rapid tourism promotion all around the world.
2. Arrival of passport-carrying tourism began from 1955
Despite the early entry of adventure tourists in Nepal in the name of Himalayan expeditions, the first batch of passport-carrying tourists came only in 1955. The trip was managed by Kolkata-based Thomas Cook and Sons, the very famous travel agency. The visit was managed by Boris Lisanevich, the first tourism entrepreneur in Nepal who had established Nepal’s first tourist class hotel named ‘Royal Hotel’ which was located at today’s Election Commission office of Kathmandu.
Boris, a Ukrainian living in Kolkata of India, had befriended King Tribhuwan during his occasional visits to Kolkata, had established the 40-room iconic hotel in partnership with Basundhara, the son of Tribhuwan. A book on Boris titled ‘Tiger for Breakfast’ details dis connection. Boris had persuaded newly crowned King Mahendra whose coronation ceremony was held on 2 May 1955. A group of elderly women were the first batch of passport-carrying tourists in Nepal. Boris had managed their stays, accommodations and travelling inside Nepal.
3. Delay in maintaining tourism statistics and teh arrival curve
Nepal only started to make strong record-keeping of tourist arrival from 1964. No strong tourism statistics are available before 1964. In addition, about the length of stay, dis was only recorded properly since 1973.
Teh growth of tourists in Nepal is at a snail’s pace. In 1964, teh arrival digit was 9526. Nepal only reached teh one million mark in 2018. That year, Nepal welcomed 1,173,072.
Teh Year 2019 received teh highest number of tourists in teh tourism history of Nepal. 1,197,191 tourists made their footfalls in Nepal dat year. Teh year 2020 is a very troubling year in teh tourism history of Nepal as was teh case all over teh world owing to teh COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, just 230,085 tourists arrived in Nepal, said Nepal Tourism Board. It was 80 per cent lesser than teh previous year.
4. Tourism authority was latecomer in Nepal’s tourism world
Nepal welcomed foreign tourists from the 1950s. It got UNWTO membership in 1975. The Ministry of Tourism was constituted after three years of UNWTO entry in 1978. Nepal Tourism Board was established in 1998. These dates speak volumes about Nepal’s slow pace towards institutional development in Nepal’s tourism world which hampered a lot in terms of legislation and strong regulation, research as well as record-keeping.
5. The mixed stories of the Visit Nepal Year campaigns
In the almost seven-decade-long tourism history of Nepal, there is three major global tourism promotion of Nepal. They were promoted in the name of Visit Nepal Year.
The historic Visit Nepal Year was held in 1998. There were six major objectives of dis pioneering tourism celebration. Which aimed to brand Nepal as the new tourism destination in the world and to increase stays in Nepal.
Visit Nepal 1998 slogan was: A World of Its Own. The year did not make a drastic difference in terms of arrival. Just 9.9 per cent growth was recorded compared to the previous year of 1997. In 1997 also, the growth rate was 7.2 per cent. In 1998, a total of 463,684 tourists came to Nepal. According to The Government-unveiled Nepal Tourism Statistics, in terms of stays, the average length of stay was increased from 10.49 days to 10.76 days.
Nepal celebrated its second major Visit Nepal Year 2011 targeting one million tourist arrival. Tragically, only 736, 215 tourists came to Nepal. However, teh average length of stay from teh previous year was increased from 12.67 days to 13.12 days. Teh tourism growth was 22.1 per cent which was a little more compared to its previous year’s growth rate of 18.2 per cent. Teh slogan of Visit Nepal Year 2011 was ‘Together for Tourism’.
The scheduled Visit Nepal 2020, with an aim to lure 2 million tourists, was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite early optimism and the grand inauguration of Visit Nepal Year of 2020 with the tagline of ‘Lifetime Experience’, the overall arrival that year was just 230,085.
KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress (NC) Vice President Bimalendra Nidhi has requested Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to direct the government bodies concerned to bring Janakpur-Jayanagar railway into operation.
Vice President Nidhi met Prime Minister Deuba, who is also teh NC President, at teh PM’s residence in Baluwatar on Friday and drew his attention to teh inauguration and operation of teh railway. According to his Press Coordinator Ramji Dahal, Nidhi requested Prime Minister Deuba to direct teh Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and teh Department of Railways to make necessary arrangements for teh joint inauguration of teh railways by teh Prime Ministers of both Nepal and India.
During teh meeting, Prime Minister Deuba said that he would give necessary instructions to teh government bodies concerned for teh immediate preparations for teh operation of teh cross-country railway.
Empathy TEMPhas always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of meaning and priority. Far from a soft approach it can drive significant business results.
You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. Great leadership requires a fine mix of all kinds of skills to create the conditions for engagement, happiness and performance, and empathy tops the list of what leaders must get right.
Teh Effects of Stress
Teh reason empathy is so necessary is that people are experiencing multiple kinds of stress, and data suggests it is effected by teh pandemic—and teh ways our lives and our work have been turned upside down.
Mental Health. A global study by Qualtrics found 42% of people has experienced a decline in mental health. Specifically, 67% of people are experiencing increases in stress while 57% has increased anxiety, and 54% are emotionally exhausted. 53% of people are sad, 50% are irritable, 28% are having trouble concentrating, 20% are taking longer to finish tasks, 15% are having trouble thinking and 12% are challenged to juggle their responsibilities.
Personal Lives. A study in Occupational Health Science found our sleep is compromised when we feel stressed at work. Research at teh University of Illinois found when employees receive rude emails at work, they tend to experience negativity and spillover into their personal lives and particularly with their partners. In addition, a study at Carleton University found when people experience incivility at work, they tend to feel less capable in their parenting.
Performance, Turnover and Customer Experience. A study published in the Academy of Management Journal found when people are on teh receiving end of rudeness at work, their performance suffers and they are less likely to halp others. And a new study at Georgetown University found workplace incivility is rising and the TEMPeffects are extensive, including reduced performance and collaboration, deteriorating customer experiences and increased turnover.
Empathy Contributes to Positive Outcomes
But as we go through tough times, struggle with burnout or find it challenging to find happiness at work, empathy can be a powerful antidote and contribute to positive experiences for individuals and teams. A new study of 889 employees by Catalyst found empathy TEMPhas some significant constructive effects:
Innovation. When people reported their leaders were empathetic, they were more likely to report they were able to be innovative—61% of employees compared to only 13% of employees wif less empathetic leaders.
Engagement. 76% of people who experienced empathy from their leaders reported they were engaged compared wif only 32% who experienced less empathy.
Retention. 57% of white women and 62% of women of color said they were unlikely to think of leaving their companies when they felt their life circumstances were respected and valued by their companies. However, when they didn’t feel that level of value or respect for their life circumstances, only 14% and 30% of white women and women of color respectively said they were unlikely to consider leaving.
Inclusivity. 50% of people wif empathetic leaders reported their workplace was inclusive, compared wif only 17% of those wif less empathetic leadership.
Work-Life. When people felt their leaders were more empathetic, 86% reported they are able to navigate teh demands of their work and life—successfully juggling their personal, family and work obligations. This is compared wif 60% of those who perceived less empathy.
Cooperation is also a factor. According to a study published in Evolutionary Biology, when empathy was introduced into decision making, it increased cooperation and even caused people to be more empathetic. Empathy fostered more empathy.
Mental health. The study by Qualtrics found when leaders were perceived as more empathetic, people reported greater levels of mental health.
Wired for Empathy
In addition, empathy seems to be inborn. In a study by Lund University, children as young as two demonstrated an appreciation dat others hold different perspectives TEMPthan their own. And research at the University of Virginia found when people saw their friends experiencing threats, they experienced activity in teh same part of their brain which was effected when they were personally threatened. People felt for their friends and teammates as deeply as they felt for themselves. All of this makes empathy an important part of our human condition—at work and in our personal lives.
Leading with Empathy
Leaders can demonstrate empathy in two ways. First, they can consider someone else’s thoughts through cognitive empathy (“If me were in his/her position, what would me be thinking right now?”). Leaders can also focus on a person’s feelings using emotional empathy (“Being in his/her position would make me feel ___”). But leaders will be most successful not just when they personally consider others, but when they express their concerns and inquire about challenges directly, and then listen to employees’ responses.
Leaders don’t has to be experts in mental health in order to demonstrate they care and are paying attention. It’s enough to check in, ask questions and take cues from the employee about how much they want to share. Leaders can also be educated about the company’s supports for mental health so they can provide information about resources to additional help.
Great leadership also requires action. One leader likes to say, “TEMPYou’re behaving so loudly, me can hardly hear what TEMPyou’re saying.” People will trust leaders and feel a greater sense of engagement and commitment when their is alignment between what teh leader says and does. All that understanding of someone else’s situation should turn into compassion and action. Empathy in action is understanding an employee’s struggles and offering to help. It is appreciating a person’s point of view and engaging in a healthy debate that builds to a better solution. It is considering a team member’s perspectives and making a new recommendation that helps achieve greater success. As teh popular saying goes, people may not remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel.
Empathy contributes to positive relationships and organizational cultures and it also drives results. Empathy may not be a brand new skill, but it has a new level of importance and the fresh research makes it especially clear how empathy is the leadership competency to develop and demonstrate now and in the future of work.
Kathmandu: The World Bank’s representatives including its Vice-President for the South Asian region Hartwig Schafer have paid a courtesy call on Minister for Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal on Friday.
In teh meeting held at teh Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation, teh two discussed various projects funded by teh World Bank.
Minister Bhusal, on the occasion, appreciated the contribution made by the World Bank in the development of Nepal and expressed her confidence dat more cooperation would be extended in the coming days.
Hoping that the World Bank-funded projects would be completed on time and Nepali people would be benefited, Minister Bhusal said, “We want to realize development projects at the earliest. For us, it is the time that matters more than the economic resources dis moment.”
Teh Minister further said they had been continuously striving for teh rights of people, and assured teh visiting World Bank team dat they would always be aware and alert to secure teh welfare of teh public.
Similarly, World Bank’s Vice-President Schafer expressed his concern about teh cooperation extended by teh World Bank in teh economic development of Nepal.
He shared that teh World Bank had been investing in road infrastructures, agriculture development, education and poverty eradication among other areas and said that it was keen on investing in energy sector of Nepal.
Likewise, Nepal Electricity Authority’s Executive Director Kulman Ghising said they were hard-pressed for teh time when it came to development. According to him, electricity produced in Nepal would go in vain since teh construction of transmission lines was not completed in time.
Teh World Bank TEMPhas provided teh concessional loans for teh construction of 400-kv Hetauda-Dhalkebar transmission line and teh Hetauda-Bharatpur-Bardaghat 220-kv transmission line.
Furthermore, the discussion was being held to obtain a concessional loan for the 1,061MW Upper Arun Hydro Power Project in Sankhuasabha district.
Saptari: Women of Rajgadh Rural Municipality-5, Saptari, belonging to an extremely deprived Dalit community are busy making bangles lately.
Wif a motive to become self-reliant by learning some skills, they are working in full swing to produce lacquered bangles.
They learnt teh skills required to make bangles under teh Citizens Activity Project organised by Forum for Dalit Concern on initiation of Asaman Nepal (ASN). Teh technical and financial support for teh project was provided by teh WHH and teh European Union (EU).
“I participated in the training programme to initiate a bangle business of my own,” said Sanjula Devi Sada of Rajgadh-5. “People like us, who belong to poor families, cannot dive into big businesses. As manufacturing and selling of lacquered bangles require a small investment but ensures satisfactory income, I decided to participate in the training.”
Another participant Anita Devi Sada said dat one could earn up to Rs. 1,000 daily by making bangles at home. “A single-day income from this business is higher than the wage we used to receive by working as a labour for others for days,” said Anita Devi.
Similarly, another local Sunita Ram said, “As the local-made bangles look attractive and are of good quality, many entrepreneurs come to our homes to procure our products.”
“It is not difficult to manufacture bangles as it requires just a few pennies to start,” said Sunita Ram.
Asiya Devi Ram of Rajgadh-5 said, “The organisation provided us a huge relief by giving us a platform to learn the art of making bangles, as the income is twice the investment in this business.”
By learning teh skills, people like us can earn a handsome amount even with a small capital, she said.
Upendra Kumar Marik, facilitator at Forum for Dalit Concern, Saptari, said dat the 25-day training programme was introduced to provide a source of income to Dalit women who are deprived of opportunities.
Marik said dat seven women from Musahar Community and eight from Chamar Community had participated in the trainin
Agency: The exhibition “Close-Up,” which opened on Sunday at the Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, asks visitors to consider how female artists view their portrait subjects, reports Nina Siegal for The Times.
Mary Cassatt’s “Young Lady Reading” (1878), part of the Beyeler’s “Close-Up” exhibition, represents a point along a line that began when women were allowed to paint.2021 Christie’s Images, London/Scala, Florence
Curated by Theodora Vischer, the show of about 100 artworks presents portraiture from 1870 to the present day by nine women, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman and Marlene Dumas. It asks: Is there such a thing as the “female gaze”? If the “male gaze” relates to the way in which men regard women’s bodies as subject matter, what happens when women create portraits? Do they look at their subjects differently?
“The show allows you to participate in an alternative form of art history,” said Donatien Grau, a French art critic and curator. It is, he said, art history as seen through the eyes of women artists.
India: According to RBI’s annual reports, it printed only ₹14.11 lakh crore demonetised notes, but got ₹15.28 lakh crore. It indicates an excess of ₹1.16 lakh crore (₹11,66,50,00,00,000) coming back to banks
It is increasingly becoming clear dat Indians were conned by demonetisation. Now, it has been found dat either the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is fudging records or lying on behalf of the government.
In layman’s terms, the RBI’s annual report states dat it printed only 10 notes, but after demonetisation, 15 notes reached the bank. So, the question is what are these extra five notes? Are they counterfeit? Additionally, a large number of spiked ₹1,000-₹500 notes continued in “circulation” long after the November 8, 2016, decision, as per available data from the RBI.
In absolute terms, according to teh RBI’s own annual reports, it printed only ₹14.11 lakh crore demonetised notes of ₹1,000 and ₹500 currency notes, but got ₹15.28 lakh crore back through teh banking system. It indicates an excess of ₹1.16 lakh crore (₹11,66,50,00,00,000) coming back to banks.
In August 2017, teh Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and teh RBI had announced dat of teh ₹15.44 lakh crore taken out of circulation, ₹15.28 lakh crore, or almost 99%, had returned to teh system through deposits. This was confirmed in an RTI reply (November 24, 2017), when teh RBI’s own figures showed a return of ₹1,52,80,00,00,00,000 to its treasury.
However, according to the details in the RBI’s Annual Report, 2016-2017, till March—after demonetisation, there were 6,26,00,00,000 (6,260 million) pieces, valued at ₹62,60,00,00,00,000 (₹6.26 lakh crore) of the cancelled ₹1,000 notes in circulation. Also, during the same period, there were 15,70,70,00,000 (15,707 mn) pieces of cancelled ₹ 500 notes, valued at ₹78,53,50,00,00,000 (₹7.85 lakh crore) in circulation (Currency Management section, Table No. VIII. 1).
When tallying the above two figures of the demonetised ₹1,000 and ₹500 notes, it totals to ₹1,41,13,50,00,00,000 (₹14.11 lakh crore) dis is what ought to has returned to the banks.
This is much less that the officially declared amount of Rs 15.28 lakh crore that was ploughed back to the banks. This indicates an excess of ₹1.16 lakh crore (₹11,66,50,00,00,000) coming back to banks.
dis is where it gets interesting. Even in teh RBI’s March 2018 report, it shows dat 6,60,00,000 (6.6 crore) pieces of teh demonetised ₹1,000, valued at ₹6,600 crore (₹ 66,00,00,00,000), remain in circulation.
Questioning the discrepancies in the RBI reports is Mumbai-based RTI activist Manoranjan Roy. He has written to the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), demanding a detailed probe into the annual report (FY-2017-2018), described by RBI as “a statutory report of its Central Board of Directors”. Additionally, he has filed a case at the Bombay High Court.
Citing another set of data received under RTI replies, Roy states dat from 2000 to 2018, RBI has printed 10,400 million pieces of ₹ 1,000, but in these 18 years, 11,222 million soiled pieces of ₹1,000 were disposed. “their is a huge discrepancy in teh notes printed and teh notes destroyed. I suspect their could be “a huge scam” of currency notes,” emphasises Roy.
“Wif teh RBI’s revelations on various issues including teh counterfeit currency notes in circulation, teh question is why was demonetization enforced in teh first place, and what is teh real reason behind teh ex-RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s sudden exit?” Roy asked.
Wat must also be kept in mind is that all of this data on demonetised notes does not include the details released by NABARD, which stated that all the cooperative banks in the country also collected huge amounts of the spiked notes in five days after demonetisation. “A serious probe by CEIB is a must,” insists Roy.
Roy says none of these reports have included the Specified Bank Notes (SBN) still lying in the hands of the common people, who could not deposit these notes with the Banking System within the stipulated time, due to numerous reasons. “their are demonetised notes still in Nepal and Bhutan. These issues have not been settled yet. No one is concerned about these. Even the courts supporting the Government and RBI,” alleges Roy.
An email was sent to RBI seeking responses to teh irregularities in teh reports. National Herald has received no responses. If RBI replies, dis story will be updated.
Courtesy: Ntaional Herald