Friday, February 16, 2007

An Unconvinient Truth - that is our country

It was chilly morning but I made myself ready to watch the much talked film "An unconvinient Truth".
Wow! I had to say when I came out of the all.

It was only Al Gore, the former vice-presiden of the US, who was speaking, in the form of a talk programme. In which he easily, technically, socially and humously described what the whole topic of global warming is. Adding some touching topic of his family and his experiteince worldwide, he proved himselfe more scientiests than a scientist.

I'm not going to review the film here. But let me say thit was indeed a must see film for all, for those who cares about the earth, the environement and the global warming.

There might be some politicla touches, when he subtly criticised the Bush governmetn for not listening to voices of ratifying Kyoto Protocol. But, I'm not criticising Bush if I say that it must be done in time, no matter which government comes in which country.

Lastly, I wondered, is there any single politician who can talk about the technicalities of global warming. The face and way of talking of our great "loktantrik" minsiter for Environment, Science and Technologies Man Bahadur Bishowakarma came in my mind. What will he be speaking if I ask him what is global warming. He might say, "When the seminar is gong on? In which country? You know, I'm very busy but I will certainly go. I believe it is a very important issue". F***
And it was a Army Day today.

Our glorious Gurkhas have shown how able they are when they were fighitng in full-scale agains "terrorists" and what achievements they have gained. This year, they are enjoying the full freedom of deploying in Tundikhel, where even the idols were plucked out and thrown out.

I come to believe the our army, if they failed to be anything, will certainly be best musicians. I salute them.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Today's bandh

The indigineous people today finally had to call Valley bandh, obviously to have thier say heard. There are thousand of reason sto applaud the April movment but I'm sorry to tell you it also taught us that you have to go for banth, some pelting of stones, some threatening to riders and drivers and some other "forceful" elements to make the government listen to you.

When the king Gyanendra was enjoying his "by-chance" regime directly after importring his valued advisors like Tulsi Giri and others, we thought that the kings are all miser to give what we ask. But this great "statesman" Girija Prasad Koirala broke the record of Gyanendra by not giving even in his second address to the nation. It was only a remix of the first version. Let it be.

And this led the indigineous people to go for this kind of unpopular ways of protesting for their demands. Their demands are all genuine they need to go for protests to get them fulfilled. But I belied those had to be addressed even before they were demanded, so that they could be managed in more "civilised" way.

And, I wonder why we are wasting our energy in demanding something which is now almost fulfilled. I don't think anybody again can seat on the hot seat without making Nepal a federal republic, with ethnic and regional autonomy now. Then why the fuss?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I promise, I will be regular here nowonwards

Oh my god!
I have had my blog here.
I will be regular, I swear.
I'm craving to blog in English....

Razen's personal life

Razen's personal life

Happy Valentine's Day !!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tiger census planned in Nepal

Razen Manandhar

Kathmandu, January 31[2007]:
Various international non-government organisations are making plans to carry out a census of Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris) in Nepal's national parks.

Recent studies have put the number of the wild cats in Nepal at about 350 to 375.

A tiger survey has been initiated in the Bardia National Park with a focus on the Babai river floodplain. A team of seven park personnel will start monitoring from the Chepang area, the gateway of the Babai, according to the last updated draft of the tiger count plan.

"We are currently working on methods to conduct a survey in the national parks to find out how many tigers are living in the habitat, which is constantly under human threat," Dr Ghanashyam Gurung, the action country representative of WWF Nepal, told The Himalayan Times.

He expressed the hope that the count will most probably begin this season with support from various other institutions and will last for some six months.

"This is the first time the WWF is initiating such a survey. The past five years of the insurgency have had a marked impact on wildlife population in the Babai river floodplain," he said.

Gurung added that the WWF will also develop a congregated methodology of counting rhinos. He, however, refused to comment on the financial aspect of the surveys.

The current tiger population estimation is based on various sources and surveys carried out in the past three decades.

However, it has been felt that there is insufficient information on the demographic patterns of the tigers such as population structure, spatial distribution, home-range size, movements, social organisations, age-structure, survival rate, extent for breeding etc, according to a recent outline document for tiger conservation.

Currently, three isolated areas in Nepal remain as tiger habitats. Chitwan occupies the largest area where 75 per cent of the tigers are within protected areas. The other two populations are those in Bardia and Shuklaphanta.

A $1million revised action plan to conserve tigers and their habitat is on the final stage of drafting. It will consolidate various programmes on tigers for the coming five years. filename=aFanata0va2qzpa4a9Ta8a9a.axamal&folder=aHaoamW &Name=Home&dtSiteDate=20070131

Time running out for EC to hold polls

Razen Manandhar
Kathmandu, January 31[2007]:

Only four months are left for holding an election to a constituent assembly but political parties are yet to decide the type of proportional representation system they have talked about.
The Election Commission (EC) has held around a dozen meetings with the parties in a bid to end uncertainties regarding CA polls but they (parties) have not yet decided about the poll process.
The EC had called a meeting today to bring party leaders together and discuss the election process but it was cancelled after none of them turned up.
“It is going to be difficult for the EC to do everything in this short period, as basic issues about election system are yet to be decided,” said EC spokesperson Laxman Bhattarai.
According to him, proportional representation through mixed system means either to choose parallel system (PS) or mixed member participation system (MMPS). “The two systems will produce entirely different results for they are meant for different kinds of representation,” he said.
NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC said his party supported PS. “NC will stand for PS for constituent assembly polls. We will present our views to EC soon,” he said.
NC-D leader Dr Narayan Khadka said his party would most likely moot for NC’s choice “though the party is yet to come up with final decision on the issue”.
“Our demand is to adopt total PR. If it is not possible, our party will go for MMPS,” said Shankar Pokharel of the CPN-UML.