Friday, 23 December 2016
The Nepali and Japanese governments have signed an agreement for a loan for the Nagdhunga Tunnel Construction Project. The agreement will pave the way to start construction of a tunnel road under the Nagdhunga pass. The agreement sets August 2022 as the target to bring the tunnel into operation. Shanta Raj Subedi, Secretary at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and Masashi Ogawa, Japan’s ambassador to Nepal, signed an exchange of notes for the project on Thursday at the MoF offices. A Loan Agreement for the project was also signed by Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary at MoF, and Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Nepal. Japan and Nepal are commemorating the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. According to the agreement, the Japanese government will provide a loan of 16.636 billion yen (around Rs 15.29 billion) for the construction of the tunnel under the Nagdhunga pass to ease traffic congestion along the Nagdhunga-Naubise section of the Prithvi Highway.
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.