Thursday, 17 August 2017

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visit on flood affected Kailali district

Posted by Anup Baral | August 17, 2017 : Every monsoon season, locals of the tarai region worry about flood water diverted from barrages, dams and embankments constructed by India. One such structure is Laxampur dam, which, along with the Kalkalawa embankment, has been causing floods in the Bagauda area of Banke district. After the construction of these structures, around 2,500 bigha of land have been destroyed so far while about 4,000 bigha of arable land has lost fertility. According to Laxmanpur Dam Victims Struggle Committee, about 60,000 persons have been affected by inundation and soil erosion caused by the dam.
“The Indian government has constructed dams and embankments near the Nepal-India border in contravention of international law, citing security and protection of its own land for doing so. This has been a huge disaster for Nepal as we face floods and inundation every monsoon,” said Jagadish Bahadur Singh of the struggle committee. “We Nepalis are helpless as our government has remained a mute spectator.” Banke has been badly affected due to floods and inundation since the past four days. The recent monsoon-induced disaster, which was triggered by incessant and heavy rainfall, has affected hundreds in the district, according to Singh. The Banke dam is not the only structure causing inundation in Nepal. India has erected about 18 dams and embankments along the southern border. Border expert Buddi Narayan Shrestha said India has been diverting the major rivers flowing towards it from other counties or within those countries, through the building of canals.

Guide of the month: January 2018

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.