Sunday, 30 November 2008
Posted by Krajend at 08:38
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Many people contributed a lot for the success of the programme.
The programme was held in and infront of the khg building. Thousands of passers by were attracted with the programme and stall.
Nepalese as well as continental foods prepared by students were sold there to raise fund. People were attracted with our unique shape of national flag and traditional foods.
We learned many things from this social project! Loves, respect to each other and helping attitudes are the most beautiful essense of life.
Everybody loves Nepal! Every people from allover the world has great respect and love to our country, but we need to work hard to draw their love, affection for the development of the country!
People were very curios to know about Nepal. One around 8 years old boy came there with his mother only to know about "SHERPAS" of Nepal.
Posted by Krajend at 21:33
Friday, 28 November 2008
The presentation will be about the learning from Goettingen, Germany. The presenter for this time is Dr. Ajaya Jang Kunwar. He will talk about his days in Goettingen. What have he done, how has he achieved successes here, what are his suggestions to Nepalese in Goettingen to make their life successful and worthy, what he worked in his professional career, what are his plans in coming days, how is he going to support our motherland (Nepal) would be some highlights of presentation. The presentation and discussion would be roughly 1:30 to 2:00 hours longer.
All the Nepalese and well wisher of Nepal are welcome in the presentation. All the the members of GöNeS are requested to present with their family members compulsarily. The presentation would start exactly at 4:00 pm.
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Posted by Krajend at 13:00
Thursday, 27 November 2008
From October to January, there is big ice skating event in Hardenberg. This place is must to experience for the people living in and around Goettingen. Northern Hardenberg is just one stop (8 minutes) away from Goettingen towards Hannover. After getting down from train, people need to walk around 20 minutes to reach the Old castle and this place. Hundreds of people use to visit there everyday to experience ice skating. It was very enjoyable moment to us yesterday! please enjoy short movie about the people inside ice skating ring.
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Posted by Krajend at 20:02
Khg and the nepalese students living in Goettingen are going to organise "social project" about Nepal. Few German students are going to Dolkha, Nepal and planning to support a community hospital there named "Gauri Shanker Hospital"
Posted by Krajend at 12:11
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
KATHMANDU, Nov 25 - Recent government data shows that the rate of deforestation has increased since the end of the decade-long conflict.
According to Department of Forests (DoF), about 100,000 hectares of forest cover was encroached and denuded in the last fiscal year that ended mid-July 2008. This figure stood at 80,684 hectares in fiscal year 2006/2007, and 79,987 hectares in 2005/2006, the government data stated.
Director General of the Department of Forest (DoF) Krishna Chandra Poudel, said, "Encroachment for illegal settlements in forest land and massive felling of trees for illegal trade are the major reasons behind deforestation at present."
The rate of deforestation was high during the decade-long insurgency due to lack of security in the forest sector. "Out of a total of 74 district forest offices, 40 were destroyed and security persons posted in forests were also halved during then," said the DoF director general.
But during the current political transition, various groups are involved in encroachment and illegal felling of trees with the patronage of political parties, say officials. "The components responsible for encroachment, such as land mafia, are more active now than they were during the insurgency," said Uday Raj Sharma, secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC). Official data shows the country's forests are vanishing at the rate of 270 hectares a day, even after restoration of peace in the country.
Political parties had promised free land to the landless during elections earlier this year and now the landless have encroached on forest land, say officials at MoFSC.
But on the other hand, lack of human resources and armed officers in various district forest offices of the country are also to blame for the growing the rate of deforestation, according to Sharma.
Data from DoF shows that the rate of deforestation was 2.1 percent per year in the period 1990-2000, which amounts to about 920 square kilometres of forest. Between 2000-2005, the total annual deforestation rate was only 1.4 percent.
"This decrease could be because people were afraid to encroach on forest land and fell trees illegally during the insurgency," said Sharma.
According to DoF, the total forest cover in 1990 was 4,817,000 hectares, in 2000 it fell to 3,900,000 hectares and in 2005 the forest cover stood at 3,636,000 hectares. Rautahat, Kailali, Banke, Nawalparasi, Kanchanpur, Siraha, Bara and Saptari are the hardest hit Tarai districts, according to the Department of Forests. On November 23, 2008, users of Kanchan Community Forest that covers 180 hectares of land at Saljhandi satellite camp in Rupandehi district accused Maoist combatants of smuggling timber from their community forest. In another incident in May this year, timber smugglers in Siraha district destroyed nearly 1,000 hectares of forest in the Chure range, according to news reports.
In the same month, some 2,000 'sal' trees worth Rs. 50 million were indiscriminately felled at different national forests in Rautahat, reports from the district said.
Similarly, a report from Kailali district in 2007 said that 75 percent of forest cover in the district was encroached by land mafia, saying the areas were for bonded labourers and squatters.
Sharma said the government is in the process of formulating a national strategy with the involvement of all political parties and concerned stakeholders to control the alarming rate of forest encroachment in the country. "The framework will be formed next month and it will help solve problems related to forests in every district," he said.
Posted by Krajend at 08:14
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This is the teenager practicing meditation and getting wider popularity throughout the world. From BBC to CNN, Discovery to many reputated television channels have already telecasted the movie about him.
In this short movie clip, prepared by Discovery Channel, it is clear that he has some magical power.
He has been without regular activities and foods during 6 months long meditation in 2006. Me and my family was lucky enough to visit that place during that time and paid respect to his hard works and honesty.
Posted by Krajend at 12:07
Friday, 21 November 2008
Germany has already reached the climax of modern development. People are richer and they are not supposed to think about to fulfill their basic needs. Therefore, they use to think about new ways of enjoyment and recreation. People are tired of urban life and like to travel and experience the nature. And, government has maintained well infrastructure and natural amenities. Mountain biking is the popular habbits among young and old people.
I have taken this short movie about mountain biking in my last visit to Heidelberg. During the weekends people use to bike to the hills near to city. I have seen many people biking into rocky and gorgoreous mountain. I enjoyed by seeing people enjoying by climbing hills and forests.
Posted by Krajend at 19:45
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
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Monday, 17 November 2008
In one experiment, Mimi Kao in Doupe's lab used microelectrodes to record the activity of neurons in a brain region called LMAN, a component of the avian basal ganglia. When a male finch sang to a female, LMAN neurons fired in a predictable pattern, with individual neurons firing when he sang a particular element of the song. But when the same male sang on his own, the pattern deteriorated and became less precise--much like his song.
When it comes to singing, Doupe suspects that the male zebrafinch brain has two modes: a performance mode, in which he tries to nail every note, and an "exploratory" or "singing in the shower" mode, in which he loosens up a bit and lets more variability creep in. Theoretical neuroscientists have proposed that variability--in the form of slightly sloppy execution of a movement or behavior--may actually help refine that behavior. Flipping back and forth between these two modes, Doupe said, would enable a bird to give it his best shot when it counts, while continuing to perfect his repertoire when he doesn't have an audience. (And the females do notice the difference: given a choice, they'll sidle up to a speaker playing a "performance" piece, Doupe's lab has found).
Doupe proposes that switching between performance and exploratory modes may be a crucial part of what the basal ganglia does, and she argues that figuring out how this switch works in songbirds could have implications for understanding human disorders associated with basal ganglia damage. Could a switch stuck in performance mode produce symptoms such as the rigidity of Parkinson's disease or the repetitiveness of obsessive compulsive disorder? Would a switch stuck in exploratory mode result in the erratic movements of Huntington's disease? Perhaps these questions are for the birds.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
This is the photo taken at recent exhibition about "Domestic Animal" at hannover, Germany. In the photo, cows are seen doing catwalk. The cows were participated in the ramp. Wow! What a wonderful events! Germany is considered as the land of ideas ! Everything here is the genius !Interesting to see everything in Germany because it involves everything with the highest level of creativity !
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Posted by Krajend at 17:22
As a layman in the subject, me rajendra, is surprised with the production capacity of the animals here in Europe. That might be due to several reasons such as the improved breed, nutritious food, availability of advanced veterinary facilities and the management. I am expecting if we can do something like that, then will we remain poorer after few decades? Certainly not. If we can keep the animals that gives just half of the production that we saw here, we donot need to stretch our hands for few dollars or euros to developed nation. For that we have to promote our animal husbandry systems and develop improved breeds based on our local.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
This is the immortal song in Nepalese Folk Music. I donot know exactly when this song was first made public but I have been hearing it since my childhood. It used to be enjoyed by many people.
The singer was the Late Jhalak Man Gandharva. Gandharva were and still used to be discriminated as the lower cast in Nepal, however I donot believe in cast system and extremely hate anykind of discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and such other things.
These Gandharvas are still very poor in Nepal and make their livelihoods by singing door to door. The famous singer of this song, Jhalak Man never enjoyed his life to the full extent due to deep poverty.
This song made him immortal in the nepalese people. He made this song with the bitter situation of Nepalese Lahure (rented soldier) into Indian Army. There has been widely recruited brave Nepalese youngster in some Nepalese Batallion in Indian Army, and they always lead from the front line under the flag of India (and also as Gurkhas under the British flag). The situation of nepalese soldiers are poorer in Indian Army. They have been fighting many war and lost many lives. This the story of one such Lahure (rented soldier), who use to remember is relatives and friend before he lose life. In the song, he shows his great respect to his mother and donot want to let her know about her death. He remembers his father and wants to say that he his winning the war since he doesnot want to let his father head down! What a honor!
Similarly, in the song he wants to say the bitter things about his elder brother and his wife. May be he had faced torture from these, so he wants to say him to celebrate his death since after his death, they can enjoy the properties alone.
He has respect to his sister, daughter and friends. He wants to say that he is dead only to his friend on the song.
The last sentence on the song is so powerful that when father knows abou the death of his beloved song; "he cries for one year: but for mother, she cries for her whole life" The simple and very rough translation of song is:
"Donot cry too much my beloved mother:I will send my photographs if I survive
What a poor destiny is given to me by almighty! My destiny is so poor !
Father may ask, 'where is my son?'
say him that I am conquering the war!
Mother may ask, 'where is my son?'
Say her that the war has begun!
Elder brother may ask, 'where is my brother?'Say her that be happy !
sister in Law may ask about me!
Tell her to celebrate for enjoying my property alone!
Sister may ask, 'where is my dear brother?'
Say her that presenter of clothes reduced!
Daughter may ask; where is my father?
Donate her some good golds and bangle!
Son may ask, where is my father
Please tell him to take out his cap!
Wife may ask, where is my hubby?
tell her that to enjoy her bachelorhood!
Friend may ask, where is Lahure?
Say him that his LAHURE has died.
The situation is so poorer there they cannot know when even I am dieing!
Father may cry for one year!
My mother will cry for whole life!
The lead has been cut by bullet, and "LAHURE" died in the war!
These was short description of song, however in many places, I couldnot find such a powerful and appropriate word that he used. I am surprised while I heard the sentences about his wife, elder brother and sister in Law. He used some bitter and satirical words to these people, that might be the malpractices of that time (at least 30-50 years back) or he himself might have experienced the same.
The musical instrument that he had used is just a "SARANGI" which is very common and probably the native to Nepal.
Posted by Krajend at 21:48
Woke up this morning with an extraordinary thoughts and being inspired by the type of conversations that I had last evening, few of them being monologues though. I must say, I am in the best shape I could ever be. I had such feelings quite a long ago- almost I can date it back to 1998. It's like a sweet 'deja vu' indeed. But, I am sure there will be a recession soon; therefore I would like to cash this up- this 'state of my mind'.
So, what inspired someone is most of the time, not what is extraordinary and impossible, but the simple easy and daily common matters- which touches someones' inner instinct. Yesterday, I was first speaking to a fellow I met before 15 years and he told me so many things to reveal his philosophy of his own, but what stroke me most was that- "one should do anything passionately to be successful"; that is why in fact, "there is a small margin between failure and success". Failure always doesn't mean the end, but one should keep ones spirit and learn from the mistakes. One can not turn the clock back, however one can integrate the learning experience into ones life for moving ahead.
Then, of course, everybody should leave in present and now, putting less emphasize on ones past and future. However, looking back past is always an interesting event for me. I remember, what my father always used to tell me- "look back- specially when you are climbing a hill, look back so that you know and can recognize how far you have already come". This is the general philosophy of the majority of the mountain folks; at least it is a famous proverb being exchanged in 'Jumla', Nepal, where I am from. We do look back our ways- sometimes the toughest and the hardest ways that we have crossed. It was the same talking to one of the very successful and intelligent Goettingeli Nepalese colleagues yesterday. No matters how hard the path to his success was, looking at his success and the way of his life, I am simply proud of him. I share almost similar platform of the past, if not the same form of life from him.
That was an amazing coincidence- but it is true and inspiring. I immediately started revaluing my past. This was another reason that I am so much up today despite many known challenges that are in my surrounding. I am once again in a shape that I was a decade ago.
To conclude, our life is shaped through the decisions that we take in different segments of our life- and we can never say that any decisions were wrong or right at that point of time unless we wait and see. The decision that the fellow, I was talking about, took to go for his study than being a school teacher; the decision my fellow took to join high-school than being a shepherd shifted the paradigm of his life. So, what next.... think about the surprise you might get by answering who this fellow is...
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Monday, 10 November 2008
This is the pond made of treated water, exited from Goettingen University Teaching Hospital.
Even it is made of treated water, it seems quite beautiful and lots of people use to visit there.
The technology and investment can make even a very minute thing into the wonderful attraction.
Your comments are welcome !
Posted by Krajend at 20:13
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
5 semi finalists for the Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) award selected.
The results of the first round of the 2008 Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) award are in! External evaluators, representing different regions, conducted independent field visits to eight projects last month and short listed the semi-finalists. Based on these results, the following projects have been selected:
1. Biodiversity Conservation through a Community-based Enterprise Approach' from the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB), Nepal
2.Totally Online Six Year High School for People in Educational Risk' from Iberoamerican Virtual Foundation, Ecuador
3. Scavenger Livelihood Programme' from Palapa Plastic Recycle Foundation, Indonesia
4.The South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX)' from Greater Good South Africa Trust, South Africa
5. Aflatoon Child Social and Financial Education Program' from Meljol, India
After a further round of in depth on-site evaluations of these short-listed projects, three finalists will be selected by December 8th, 2008. The competition will then conclude at GDN's forthcoming Global Development Conference in Kuwait, where an eminent panel of judges will select the winner. As we are affiliated with ANSAB in the past, we would like to wish them to surprise the development partners by winning the prize. Our best wishes are always with them.
The prize has been established by Global Development Networks (GDN).
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Friday, 7 November 2008
If you see this movie, probably you will not resist yourself to hate politicians. How and in what level our ministers (former) used to talk and behave in foreign soils, could be seen in the movie. Not needed to say that they are in official visit to the USA. Probably, they have gone there to participate in UN convention. What a pity that we have such a lowhead leaders ! What a shame that they never think seriously about the betterment of Nepal and Nepalese. Drinking (alcohol!), smoking and watching (indian movie in TV) made the movie sufficient to hate the leaders. Donot forget (if you watch the movie) to listen the slangs used by Aftab. Afterward, may be the author of this movie delete it from the site, it is better record it again if someone want to keep it as proof to scold this leader in future.
In the movie we can see former minister Aftab Alam, Tek Bahadur Chokhyal, Ananda Prasad Dhungana and others. In the later part, we can see Mahendra Bdr. Pande (UML) who is seen tired and bored with this kind of Faltoo discussion.
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This is the longer movie speech by Sahana Pradhan, the leader of NCP (UML). The speech is before the CA election however we are destined to know her opinion about Nepalese politics.
Sahana Pradhan is well known Nepalese women leader full of struggle and sacrifice. We have great respect to her irrespective of his political ideology.
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The Basic Law divides the federal government's legislative responsibilities into exclusive powers (Articles 71 and 73), concurrent powers (Articles 72, 74, and 74a), and framework powers (Article 75). The exclusive legislative jurisdiction of the federal government extends to defense, foreign affairs, immigration, transportation, communications, and currency standards. The federal and Land governments share concurrent powers in several areas, including civil law, refugee and expellee matters, public welfare, land management, consumer protection, public health, and the collection of vital statistics (data on births, deaths, and marriages). In the areas of mass media, nature conservation, regional planning, and public service regulations, framework legislation limits the federal government's role to offering general policy guidelines, which the Laender then act upon by means of detailed legislation. The areas of shared responsibility for the Laender and the federal government were enlarged by an amendment to the Basic Law in 1969 (Articles 91a and 91b), which calls for joint action in areas of broad social concern such as higher education, regional economic development, and agricultural reform.
All policy areas not assigned to federal jurisdiction are within the legislative purview of the Laender. These areas include education, law enforcement, regulation of radio and television, church affairs, and cultural activities. The Laender retain significant powers of taxation. Most federal taxes are collected by Land officials.
The Land governments also exercise power at the national level through the Bundesrat, which is made up of representatives appointed by the Land governments. In this way, the Laender affect the federal legislative process. Half of the members of the Federal Convention, which elects a federal president, are Land officials, and the Land governments also take part in the selection of judges for the federal courts.
I had recently got an opportunity to join a program in Stuttgart organized by world renowned Merceedes Benz Company. It is a famous place where everyday 2000 wedding ceremonies are performing since long back. The brides come either from Stuttgart downtown or from Berlin who meet their respective grooms at Sindelfingen, Stuttgart. About 36,000 people (20% of them are females) work daily to make the ceremony a grand success. About 2700 Robots work here regularly utilizing1700 tons of materials/day. The total area occupied by the company is around 2.9 Sq. km. How many weddings have been completed for the particular day at any moment can be observed on the screen round the clock. The total path that all the grooms to travel inside the company, altogether, is around 220 km. They need not to travel by themselves but are carried on by the conveyer belts. After the wedding, a pair becomes a single entity and according to the colour, capability, environmental friendly and on the basis of some other already set criteria, a single entity can be priced from 15,000 to 5,00,000 Euros! The wedding ceremony of each pair completes when the bride punches her respective groom into 24 points with her sharp and robust parts! After punching, the pair becomes a single identity. Every visitor can look each and every activity going on during the ceremony but taking photo is strictly prohibited! Even though, I was well equipped with the camera, I could not take a photo inside the hall. Among 2000 identities, about 40% are black, majority of them will go to USA and rest are of different colours. They will be sent to 180 countries of the world including Germany. The company is highly efficient in performing the task. One of the executive members of the Board of Company had explained us that everything was made possible because they follow the policy: “Right Person at Right Time in Right Place”. After the ceremony, every visitor can enjoy with very delicious meals as he/she wishes but payment of the bills depend upon which organization you belong with. You can see few pictures of the dinner ceremony where photo taking was allowed.
Now, I would like to request to our respective readers to tell us what was the wedding ceremony about? The first person, who can answer correctly within 12 hours of uploading this clip in the website of GöNeS, will be rewarded with a wonderful prize. I look forward to seeing your answer with the comments in the GöNeS website itself or to the email address: paudelloknath@ yahoo.com
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America. A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain.
Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.
I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they've achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama.
Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House.
And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them.
And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.
To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way. To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done. But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.
It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep. It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.
This is your victory. And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education.
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.
This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other. Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.
Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.
And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
I would like to request readers to guess, who is going to win the election and going to be the president of the USA? The result is expected to come shortly.
Agriculture is the mainstay of more than 2/3 population of Nepal. It contributes about 38% to the national gross domestic production (GDP). Livestock is the integral part of Nepalese agriculture which contributes about 1/3 to agricultural GDP. A 20-year (1995-2015) priority-focused agricultural prospective plan (APP) has been adopted by the government of Nepal as a forward looking strategy which envisage to increase livestock contribution to 45% by 2015. The plan aims to accelerate agricultural growth by about 5% and increase agricultural income from 0.5 to 3 percent over that period. It has identified livestock sector as one of the most potential sectors with expected average annual growth rate of 5.5% as a whole in livestock sector and 6.1% in dairy sector. APP has given first priority to milk and then to meat. Out of the total domesticated animals, buffalo enterprise alone contributes about 53% to the livestock sector producing about 70 and 65% of the national milk and meat production, respectively. So, buffalo farming has to get top priority in agricultural policy and programs of Nepal. However, productivity of local buffaloes is very low. Government has been trying to increase the number of improved buffaloes by different means since last four decades but the adoption rate is less than 12% till now.
Most of the buffalo keepers are small holders who keep only 1-3 buffaloes with them. Research has shown that majority of the farmers of Nepal still prefer local buffaloes (Lime, Parkota and Gaddi) over improved breeds (Murrah and its crosses) because of smaller body size, disease and parasite resistant capacity, efficient production even in a low profile of nutritional regime, and higher percentage of fat and total solid in their milk. There have been found some elite local buffaloes that may produce more than 2000 litres milk per lactation (average of Murrah breed is only 1800 litres). Farmers complain that the marginally better milk performance of Murrah breed is because of the good health care, feed and management which majority of them are lacking. So there could be two alternatives as far as the policy is concerned, for the improvement of the buffalo farming enterprise in Nepal:
1. Launch significantly enough programs related to feeding, health care and management as per the need of Murrah buffaloes which may not be feasible in short time.
2. Select the elite local buffaloes by performance testing and take them to breeding programs with the full participation of the farmers.
There is no doubt that the new constitution of new Nepal would be formulated for the betterment of its people. The betterment of the people is only possible if their real needs are sufficiently addressed. Since most of the farmers are small holders keeping buffaloes as their most favoured animals, policy should be focused on such enterprises. The members of the Constitutional Assembly should critically think upon such issues which could be surfacely thought as ‘minor issues’ but have significant impact in Nepal. Such ‘minor’ but important issues of agricultural sector are to be sufficiently addressed while formulating the new constitution of Nepal.
Improved livestock farming as per the needs and realities of the Nepalese farmers and subsequently supports from the government should be a part of upcoming constitution. Relevant laws and regulations are to be formulated based on these grounds. Everybody should have easy access to modern/improved technologies and facilities related to livestock farming in Nepal.