Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Road expansion project in Kathmandu from Tripureshwor-Nagdhunga affects 10 thousand indigenous Newar and other communities in Kathmandu. The project allegedly violates rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and participation of the affected communities. Affected communities staged protest for long time urging for their participation in implementation process and justifiable compensations. Ironically, the government of Nepal (GoN) deployed around 500 armed police forces to resume the project on 2072 Chaitra 17 (29 February 2016). At that time several protesters were injured and 4 were arrested.
The community members lodged Complaint to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asking to monitor the violation of human rights in the project areas. Further, they have also petitioned two separate writs urging protection of human and property rights at Supreme Court (SC). SC issued interim order for both cases on 8 and 26 April 2016 respectively. lahurnip.org
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.