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From pubs to private viewings – how the world watched the Queen’s funeral | world news


In pubs, on big screens and at private viewings, we take a look at how people around the world watched the Queen’s state funeral.

As tens of thousands flocked to London and Windsor for the funeral, people from South Africa, Nepal and Japan tuned in to watch the service at Westminster Abbey.

Royals, world leaders, politicians and heads of state were among those on hand to say goodbye to the Queen who was monarch for 70 years.

Cities fall silent as the nation mourns – live updates


The funeral was broadcast live on screens across Japan, including pubs in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

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Tomotaka Hosokawa, a dentist, who has been to Britain twice, looks at the screen with his friend at British pub The Aldgate in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district on Monday, September 19, 2022, where the Queen's funeral Elizabeth took place live streaming on multiple screens, where football matches are usually shown.  (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
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A Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu in Nepal held a prayer session to mark the Queen’s funeral.

People take part in a prayer session to mark the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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Buddhist monks take part in a prayer session to mark the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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While in the Chinese capital, residents gathered in a private live tour of the service to say their final farewells to the Queen.

Foreign and Chinese residents gather for a private live screening of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on a screen in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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In the United States, in Washington DC, Americans gathered to watch the procession at a British pub called The Queen Vic.

Guests watch the ceremonial procession at the Queen Vic, a British pub in Washington, following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in central London on Monday, September 19, 2022. The Queen, who died at the aged 96 on September 8, will be buried in Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.  (AP Photo/Mike Pesoli)
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In Cape Town, South Africa, people gathered at the water’s edge to watch the funeral on big screens.

People watch the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a big screen in Cape Town, South Africa's Waterfront, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)
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As groups of people gathered to watch the service at Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland.

People gather at City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to watch television coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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The payday loan services market is expected to reach US$43.33 billion


The payday loan services market is expected to reach $43.33 billion by the end of 2031 at a CAGR of 23.54%
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Mutton curry with roasted salt, important dishes for Dashain


The holiday season is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. One of the widely celebrated festivals is Dashain celebrated by people belonging to the Nepali community. Also known as Dusshera, it is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated by Nepalese Hindus. During this long festival, people gather with their families wherever they are and enjoy delicious varieties of food without work and without having to work for at least a week.

Also Read: Fafda Jalebi: Know Why Gujaratis Enjoy This Delicious Combo On Dussehra

For those who don’t know, Dashain is a long celebration that signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is mainly celebrated to strengthen family bonds and eat delicious food with their families. My best friend is a Gorkhali and it is a ritual every year to celebrate this holiday with her family. Elders put rice and jamara to younger family members and relatives. These tikas symbolize the blessings passed down from one generation to the next. And when we talk about this festival, it is impossible not to talk about food. Let’s take a look at some must-have dishes from Dashain’s Feast. These dishes bring us a great taste of Nepal and we cannot deny it. Let’s take a look:

Mutton curry

Dashain is incomplete without mutton curry. I always get to eat the tastiest mutton curry made at my friend’s house. This mutton curry is by far the most delicious and I don’t know why. Traditionally, people buy a goat and keep it in the house for a few days. On the eighth day, the goat is sacrificed. Although this tradition is no longer very much followed today, the ritual of the sheep remains the same.

Sekuwa Sheep

Since mutton is of great importance in this festival, another special Dashain dish is mutton sekuwa. They are marinated and grilled pieces of soft meat separated from the meat of a whole goat. Mutton sekuwa is quite delicious and is the best drink companion.

Image credits: Muncha.com

Dal Bhat Masu

Dal Bhat Masu is not only a Dashain specialty but is cooked all year round. It is not a dish but rather a complete meal cooked during this feast. Dal is a mixture of lentils while bhat is rice. It is normally cooked together in a pressure cooker while masu is meat cooked and made into a sauce. It’s totally soul food, believe me!

Mewa Ka Aachar

Mewa is not a new ingredient but our own beloved papaya. Unripe papaya is picked and cut into pieces. It is then marinated with lemon juice and other spices, then made into a pickle. A special traditional Dashain condiment, which goes well with roasted salt and rice.

Roasted Salt

One of the most famous and beloved dishes of Nepalese and Gorkhalis is roasted salt. It is a fried sweet dish made from soaked rice which is ground into a thick paste. Subsequently, the mixture is made into a paste with unsalted butter and sugar. This dish is prepared in every house during Dashain or any other festival.

Happy Dashain 2022!

Anarchy Rule | Nepali time


The electoral alliance of the UML and the Maoists won this election, and the two parties united in 2018 to form the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP). Finally, it was hoped that with its strong majority in Parliament and an egalitarian program (at least in theory), the Communists would work for the welfare of the people.

It took barely a year for those hopes to be dashed. The two CPN leaders, KP Oli of the UML and Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the Maoists, had a secret deal to take turns as prime minister, but after Oli survived a second kidney transplant, it seems the deal failed. The power struggle between these two alpha males eventually brought down the government and led to the NCP splitting again into UML and the Maoist Center.

Oli twice attempted to dissolve parliament in violation of constitutional provisions and was twice struck down by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana. It is a supreme irony that even though the country is celebrating Constitution Day, the nation’s Chief Justice is under semi-house arrest for what appears to be a political vendetta. Rana was prevented from going to his office this week after parliament dissolved which was debating an impeachment motion against him.

Rana was not known for his unblemished integrity, but had rejected the illegal dissolution of Parliament. In the end, its most ardent defender turned out to be the very KP Oli whose government was ousted by the Rana Supreme Court verdict last year.

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None of this is surprising. The practice of dividing appointments among short-term allies (bhag-banda) has been the curse of Nepalese politics for decades. In 2017, Oli and Dahal split nominations for president, speaker of the house, chief justice, other constitutional bodies, chief ministers and even ambassadors. The distribution of loot has become even more extreme since the current coalition came to power as all five members had to be appeased.

Neither Parliament nor the Constitution could meet the people’s expectations for better governance, fairness and justice, as both were held hostage to inter- and intra-party infighting. Their power struggles played out in parliament, where the protagonists blatantly violated the Constitution to gain the upper hand. Ordinances were weaponized as ordinances.

The Federal Constitution of Nepal was supposed to delegate power to local bodies, but they instead let the lack of accountability trickle down to the grassroots. It was supposed to decentralize decision-making, but instead decentralized corruption.

The November elections offer hope to change all that. It is now up to the people to oust the six elderly gentlemen who have monopolized, misled and abused power for decades and bring in a new generation of representatives who understand what the Constitution stands for..

Also Read: Political expediency trumps Nepal’s Constitution, Santa Gaha Magar

How about a provincial bank?


With the promulgation of the 2015 Constitution, Nepal became a federal republic. Although seven years have passed since then, the provinces have not been able to fully implement their rights and privileges. Nevertheless, a few institutions have come under their authority. The Provincial Public Service Commission has started to work. In order to manage the relations of the central units, the Interprovincial Council, the National Concern and Coordinating Committee and the Provincial Coordinating Committee were created to safeguard the essence of federalism. The federal government has already entrusted some of the projects to the provinces, while others are in the pipeline.

The province of Lumbini plans to create its own provincial bank which will be called Lumbini Provincial Bank. If this bank becomes a reality, it will become the first province to exercise its financial rights as permitted by the constitution. Article 59 under the title “Use of fiscal power” states in clause 1, “Federal, provincial and local entities shall enact laws, prepare an annual budget, make necessary decisions, formulate policies and plans and implement them implemented with respect to matters related to the tax jurisdiction mentioned in their respective list of jurisdictions.”

Article 4 states that “The federation, the province and the entity at the local level shall make arrangements for an equitable distribution of the benefits of the development of natural resources. A certain part of these benefits, royalties, services or objects shall be distributed to areas affected by the projects and to local communities as provided by law.” Clause 5 states that “When federal, provincial and local entities use natural resources, they shall give priority to local communities to make a certain percentage of investment if they wish to do so given the nature and percentage of the investment. “

Pilot project

Through numerous studies, research and discussions with stakeholders, it has been established that banks and financial institutions are beyond the reach of poor people. Even the public banks have not been able to meet the expectations of the poor because they deviate from their objectives. It is obvious that the creation of a bank involves many challenges. A pilot project of Lumbini Province Bank started in 2021. All findings support its establishment as it can contribute to the development of economic activities in the province. It was proposed that the bank’s starting capital would be Rs 5 billion, with 51% of the shares to be owned by the province and the remaining 49% to be issued in an initial public offering.

The bank will mainly focus on physical infrastructure development, food security, sustainable development and loan disbursement at the local level, with due emphasis on small and medium enterprises. All government related budgets and social security payments can be disbursed through the bank.

The concept of provincial or regional banks has flourished in India and China. In China, public and joint-stock banks always have the upper hand over other banks. China did well in The Asian Banker Strongest Banks in 2021. The results can be attributed to the strong performance of provincial banks, as they took half the share of the top 10 strongest banks in China. In India, there are 57 regional rural banks operating in various rural areas of the country. They were created with the aim of providing rural populations with banking information and facilities.

In Nepal, the poor do not have access to banks and financial institutions. Therefore, it is believed that provincial banks can reach out to this population to accelerate financial access for poverty reduction, which will ultimately lead to economic transformation and revival of the provinces. To do this, special emphasis will be placed on import substitution to promote exports in order to reduce the trade deficit by making the province self-sufficient in food products through the promotion of agriculture-based enterprises. If the provincial bank comes into operation, it can provide many opportunities because it can spread its wings at the local level to provide knowledge and financial opportunities and people will be prevented from falling into the trap of loan sharks.

Nevertheless, challenges loom on the horizon. Being a new regime in the country, it is not yet clear which category the bank is likely to fall into. Will it have a totally new dimension as it has to adhere to the policies set by Nepal Rastra Bank or can it be operated without central bank approval? Its actions would be against its current policies if Nepal Rastra Bank provided a license to open a new bank as it focused on reducing the number of banks by asking them to opt for acquisition or merger. Moreover, with a plethora of banks already in operation, the stiff competition can be a setback for such a newcomer.

Strengthen federalism

It is hard to believe that a provincial bank will be immune to political interference. Being a provincial bank, political parties can abuse their influence by forcing it to hire incompetent staff, as some government banks are already finding out.

With the election dates announced, it is likely that the bank’s pilot study will yield no results. If the government formed after the elections is reluctant to create such a bank, the investment made in its feasibility study will be in vain. Also, the final verdict remains in the hands of the Nepal Rastra Bank, because it is she who will grant a letter of intent only if she judges that the creation of the bank is appropriate.

Nevertheless, if the provincial bank starts its operations and fulfills its mission to achieve the desired result, it will strengthen federalism in financial and monetary practices. It is likely to benefit people locally as it will focus on service more than profit. He could become a pioneer of federalism. Although there are a lot of challenges, it also comes with some positive aspects. Therefore, the benefit of the doubt must be given to its establishment.

Photo report | Dengue Fever in Kathmandu Valley


Dengue infection cases have reached an alarming level in Kathmandu and other parts of the country. The first case in Kathmandu was reported in May and the number of cases topped 1,000 in just over four months. Nationwide, the number of infections has topped 8,000 and there have been at least a dozen deaths.

Epidemiologists and public health experts say relevant government health agencies should take immediate action to contain the infection before the situation escalates.

Hospitals and health facilities across the country have reported an increase in daily dengue fever cases. At Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kathmandu, most hospital visits and admissions are for dengue these days.

Dr Manisha Rawal, director of the hospital, said nearly 2,800 people had tested positive for dengue fever since mid-July and 240 people needed to be admitted. “We see 150 to 200 patients a day,” says Rawal. “A dozen cases are serious and the patients must be hospitalized.”

She says that since dengue has no standard cure or treatment, it should be considered a dangerous disease. She says dengue patients have a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The only thing hospitals and health facilities can do for critically ill patients is give them medication to relieve their symptoms.

The first case of dengue fever in Nepal was reported in 2004. The infection has been reported regularly ever since. In 2010, over 900 dengue cases and five deaths were reported, in what was the first dengue outbreak in Nepal. Dengue was also classified as an epidemic in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, with the disease affecting more than 60 districts.

A disease historically endemic to the hot climate region, dengue fever is now reported in mountainous areas, including Kathmandu. Dr. Baburam Marasini, former director of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, told ApEx in a recent interview that climate change has contributed to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and dengue in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal.

Dr Rawal suggests that as dengue fever cases increase, members of the public should take necessary precautions, such as wearing long sleeves, using mosquito nets and repellents in the home, and covering areas with standing water. , where dengue-carrying mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) are known. to reproduce.

Watch Newcastle v Bournemouth Live TV – The list of global channels for this Saturday


Around the world, here are the channels you can watch Newcastle v Bournemouth Live TV.

The global TV listings are shown below for local (for you) coverage on Saturdays (3pm (UK) kick-off).

Eddie Howe and his Newcastle United players looking for a win to boost morale and the points to get them through this international break.

Announcements courtesy of LiveSoccerTV:

Angola DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Anguilla Csport.tv
Antigua and Barbuda Csport.tv
Argentina Star+, ESPN Argentina
Armenia Setanta Sports 1
Aruba Csport.tv
Australia Optus Sports
Austria Sky Go, Sky Sport Premier League
Azerbaijan Setanta Sports 1
Bahamas Csport.tv
Bahrain beIN Sports English, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 2, TOD
Bangladesh Star Sports Select HD1
Barbados Csport.tv
Belarus Setanta Sports 1
Belgium VOOsport World 1, Play Sports, Play Sports 1
Belize Paramount+
Benin SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Bhutan Star Sports Select HD1
Bolivia Star+
Bosnia and Herzegovina Arena Sport 2, Moja TV
Botswana DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Brazil Star+, NOW NET and Claro, GUIGO, ESPN
British Virgin Islands Csport.tv
Brunei Astro SuperSport 2, Astro Go
Bulgaria Play Diema Xtra, Diema Sport 2
Burkina Faso SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football
Burundi SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
Cameroon SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now
Canada fuboTV Canada

Cape Verde SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Cayman Islands Csport.tv
Central African Republic SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Chad beIN SPORTS CONNECT, TOD, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, beIN Sports English, beIN Sports Premium 2
Chile ESPN Chile, Star+
China iQiyi, Migu, CCTV-5, PPTV Sport China, QQ Sports Live
Cocos Islands Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Colombia ESPN, Star+
Comoros SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Congo SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2
DR Congo SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Costa Rica Paramount +
Ivory Coast DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Croatia Arena Sport 3 Croatia
Cyprus Cytavision Sports 3, Cytavision on the go
Czech Republic Canal+ Sport 3, Skylink
Denmark Viaplay Denmark
Djibouti SuperSport Premier League ROA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, beIN Sports English, beIN Sports Premium 2, SuperSport MaXimo 2, TOD
Dominique Csport.tv
Dominican Republic Csport.tv, Paramount+
Ecuador Star+, ESPN
Egypt TOD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports English, beIN Sports Premium 2
Salvador Paramount+
Equatorial Guinea DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Eritrea SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now
Estonia Viaplay Estonia, Setanta Sports 1
Ethiopia SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now
Fiji Sky Sport Premier League, Sky Sport NOW

Finland Elisa Viihde Viaplay, V Sport Premium, V Sport 2 Finland
France Canal+ Football
Gabon SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now
Gambia DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Georgia Setanta Sports 1
Germany Sky Go, Sky Sport Premier League, WOW
Ghana DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Granada Csport.tv
Guatemala Paramount+
Guinea DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Guinea-Bissau SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now
Paramount from Honduras+
Hong Kong Now E, 621 Now Premier League 1, 620 Now Premier League TV, Now Player
Hungary Match4
Iceland Síminn, SíminnSport
India Star Sports Select HD1, Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Select 1, JioTV
Indonesia Video
Iran beIN Sports Premium 2, TOD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports English
Iraq beIN Sports Premium 2, beIN Sports English, TOD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Ireland Talksport 2 Radio UK, Premier Sports ROI 2
Israel Sports 1
Jamaica Csport.tv
Jordan TOD, beIN Sports Premium 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports English
Kazakhstan Setanta Sport 1
Kenya SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Kiribati Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Republic of Korea SPOTV ON
Kuwait beIN Sports English, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, TOD, beIN Sports Premium 2
Kyrgyzstan Setanta Sports 1
Latvia Viaplay Latvia, Setanta Sports 1
Lebanon beIN SPORTS CONNECT, TOD, beIN Sports Premium 2, beIN Sports English
Lesotho DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Liberia DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Libya TOD, beIN Sports English, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 2
Lithuania Viaplay Lithuania, Setanta Sports 1

Macau iQiyi
Madagascar SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Malawi SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football
Malaysia Astro SuperSport 2, Astro Go
Maldives Star Sports Select HD1
Mali SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football
Malta TSN2 Malta, GO TV Anywhere
Marshall Islands Sky Sport Premier League, Sky Sport NOW
Mauritania SuperSport Premier League ROA, TOD, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2, beIN Sports Premium 2, beIN Sports English, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, SuperSport GOtv Football
Maurice DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football
Mayotte SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Mexico Paramount+
Moldova Setanta Sports 1
Montenegro Arena Sport 2
Montserrat Csport.tv
Morocco beIN Sports English, TOD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 2
Mozambique DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Namibia SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Nauru Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Nepal Star Sports Select HD1
Netherlands Viaplay Netherlands
New Zealand Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Nicaragua Paramount+
Niger SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football
Nigeria DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Niue Sky Sport Premier League, Sky Sport NOW
North Macedonia Arena Sport 2
Norway V Sport Premier League, Viaplay Norway
Oman beIN SPORTS CONNECT, TOD, beIN Sports English, beIN Sports Premium 2
pakistan star sports select hd1
Palau Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Palestinian Territory TOD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports English, beIN Sports Premium 2
Panama Paramount+, Csport.tv
Paraguay Star+
Star of Peru+
Poland Viaplay Poland
Portugal Eleven Sports 3 Portugal
Qatar TOD, beIN Sports English, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 2
Reunion SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Rwanda SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Saint Helena SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Saint Kitts and Nevis Csport.tv
Saint Lucia Csport.tv
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Csport.tv
Samoa Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Sao Tome and Principe SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Senegal SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
Serbia Arena Sport 1P
Seychelles SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, Csport.tv
Sierra Leone SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Singapore StarHub TV+, 221 Hub Premier 1
Slovakia Canal+ Sport 3, Skylink
Slovenia Arena Sport 1 Premium
Solomon Islands Sky Sport NOW, Sky Sport Premier League
Somalia beIN SPORTS CONNECT, TOD, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, beIN Sports Premium 2, beIN Sports English, SuperSport MaXimo 2

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Lackluster India withdraw after loss to Nepal


The Blue Tigresses suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-final against hosts Nepal.

India’s run at the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship came to a premature end after a 0-1 loss to Nepal in the semi-finals on Friday. In a heartbreaking display, the Blue Tigresses failed to produce the magic that had seen them lift five consecutive SAFF Women’s Championship titles. Nepal looked much more threatening than its neighbors despite having limited possession.

The last two matches proved to be a stark contrast to India’s first two matches, in which they once again looked to go the distance. Against Nepal in the semi-finals, India showed a dismal performance that cost them their title defense.

Here are the player ratings of the Indian team in the semi-final against Nepal.

Aditi Chauhan – 7

Aditi Chauhan played very well and prevented Nepal from scoring more than one goal. Even in the case of the goal, she couldn’t do anything to stop the shot.

Sweetie Devi – 7.5

In her first appearance in the tournament, Sweety Devi played beautifully. She kept the right side of the defense stable and prevented the Nepalese attackers from exploiting their left flank.

Manisha Panna – 6

Manisha’s release was a bit disappointing. Even though her overall gameplay was good, she could have shut down Rashmi Kumari Ghising before she fired the winning shot.

Ashalata Devi – 6.5

A similar assessment can also be made for Ashalata Devi. His overall gameplay was good as Nepal couldn’t score more than one. However, she should have closed the space which was often exploited by Nepalese Preeti Rai and Rashmi Kumari Ghising.

Ranjana Chanu – 6

Ranjana had a disappointing game. Nepal achieved its objective by exploiting the left side of the Indian defence, which was Ranjana’s territory. Also when attacked, his runs along the flank and whipped crosses were missing.

Anju Tamang – 6.5

Anju had a bittersweet day as the team lost, but she performed relatively well. She held down the Indian midfield and tried to inspire the team. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find any compatriots to help the team’s cause.

Priyangka Devi – 5

It wasn’t a good day for Priyangka as she couldn’t influence the game much. The Indian midfielder looked lazy and out of options for most of the match.

Ratanbala Devi – 5.5

Ratanbala Devi was not at his best, partly because of the pitch conditions and partly because of Nepal’s strong midfield. India lacked their creativity in midfield as they didn’t find much space or provide forward passes.

Grace Dangmei – 4.5

As Nepal’s clean sheet shows, all attackers on the Indian side were lackluster today. Grace was no exception. She couldn’t find her touch on the entire game.

Rene – 4

It was a very bad day for Renu as she didn’t threaten Nepal’s goal at all and was substituted in the 41st minute.

Sandhiya Ranganathan – 6

Sandhiya was one of the few forwards who made a few meaningful attempts to score a goal. She tried to put persistent pressure on the Nepalese defence. For most of the game, she was the only one doing it.


Soumya Guguloth – 7.5

After coming on in the first half, Soumya tried to breathe life into the Indian attack. She was one of the highlights of today’s game, especially in the offensive division. She kept running towards the Nepal goal. Still, a lack of supply from the midfield meant his efforts were in vain.

Apurna Narzary – 6

Apurna had no chance to change the game after coming on in the 58th minute. She tried her luck to race in Nepal in patches, but it wasn’t enough as the whole team lacked intensity.

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INDIAN DIPLOMACY in the fast lane


It is a busy foreign affairs calendar for India. Diplomats must rise to the challenge

A few events, over the past week, spilling over into the current one, mark the busy foreign affairs calendar of the Indian government, besides testing the nimble diplomatic arc, which India has to draw.

Last week, India’s longtime close ally and neighbor Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, was on a four-day tour. The bilateral visit took stock of ongoing joint projects between the neighbors and reaffirmed the deepening of bilateral relations on several issues related to trade, energy security and connectivity.

The two sides have agreed on an interim water sharing agreement for the Kushiyara River, a difficult issue for India and Bangladesh given the complex nature of democracies in the two countries. This water-sharing deal could serve as a test case for the long-outstanding and much more controversial water-sharing deal for the River Teesta.

Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh landed in Tokyo for a 2+2 ministerial dialogue with Japan. Emphasis was placed on strengthening the economic and strategic security partnership between the two countries with a clear vision on the Indo-Pacific theater. This comes at a time when China is testing Japan’s patience by launching a few missiles into the latter’s maritime economic zones in the Taiwan Strait and a belligerent North Korea declaring itself an irreversible nuclear state in its own right. Meanwhile, India continues to block China at its northwestern borders, while keeping tabs on the dragon’s misdeeds in India’s Great Maritime Exclusive Economic Zone. It helps that India and Japan are partners in several multilateral and plurilateral platforms and both take leadership roles next year for the powerful G20 and G7 groupings respectively. Pacific… This is done through a series of policies and mechanisms, including cooperation in the Quad framework, use of ASEAN platforms and participation in bodies like ReCAAP, Supply Chain Resilience Initiative, etc. Together, we also stand ready to advance the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative, Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness, and Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, among others. United States, called the Indo-Pacific Economic Partnership (IPEF). Most of the 13 IPEF countries are in South or Southeast Asia. India has joined three of the four pillars of the IPEF negotiations and has opted out of the trade pillar. This should be seen in the context of India setting a target of $2 trillion in exports by 2030.

However, it is not part of any major bloc of trade deals. India had previously left the regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, due to China’s disproportionate influence in the trade deal. The IPEF may not yet be a binding trade agreement, but it still has an important trade pillar upon which other pillars related to supply chain security, tax and regulation, and fiancé depend. climatic. Meanwhile, Ukraine managed to gain the upper hand in the war against Russia, where its forces managed to push back Russian troops in the northeast and gain some 3,000 square kilometers of territory. Incidentally, the Chinese and Nepalese legislative wings signed an agreement reconfirming the advancement of the China-funded Belt and Road Initiative in Nepal.

(The author is a foreign affairs commentator)

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says ‘even friendly nations feel like we came begging for money’: report


Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says ‘Even friendly countries feel we have come begging for money’ (File)


Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif painted a bleak picture of the country’s declining economy, lamenting that even friendly countries had begun to view Pakistan as one always begging for money.

“Today, when we go to a friendly country or make a phone call, they think we have come [to them] begging for money,” Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper said, quoting Pakistan’s prime minister during an address to a lawyers’ convention on Wednesday.

Mr Sharif said even small economies have overtaken Pakistan, “and we have been wandering for 75 years carrying a begging bowl”.

Sharif said Pakistan’s economy was facing a “difficult situation” even before the floods, which had made it more “complicated”.

He said Pakistan was on the brink of “economic default” when it took power in April, following the ousting of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and that the coalition government saved the country from default thanks to its hard work.

He added that the coalition government he led was “to some degree” in control of the economic instability in the cash-strapped country.

Admitting that inflation was “at its peak” when he took office, the prime minister indirectly blamed Pakistan’s previous Tehreek-e-Insaf government for the situation in the country.

Mr Sharif alleged that previous leaders breached the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), forcing the incumbent government to accept harsh terms.

The IMF even threatened to withdraw its program if the agreed conditions were not met, he added.

On Aug. 29, the IMF approved a bailout package for cash-strapped Pakistan, including the disbursement of about $1.18 billion.

The IMF’s decision followed the completion of $4 billion in bilateral financing from four friendly countries, including China.

Pakistan’s prime minister also warned of a possible gas crisis in the coming winter, saying he had struggled to get gas supplies ahead of the onset of the winter season.

He said the rains and floods had caused unprecedented havoc in the country, adding that such a climate-induced disaster may not have been seen anywhere in the world, according to an article in Pakistan’s Dawn. News.

The cash-strapped nation has been grappling with the worst flooding in 30 years, killing more than 1,400 people and affecting 33 million people since early June.

A third of the country is submerged in water and one in seven people are seriously affected by the floods which have caused losses estimated at 12 billion dollars and left about 78,000 square kilometers (21 million acres) of crops under the water. ‘water.

The UN said $150 million has been pledged so far in response to flash appeals for flood victims in Pakistan, but only $38 million has been converted into aid.

While several countries have come forward to provide aid to Pakistan in such a crisis, Pakistan and the UN had launched a flash appeal for initial funding of $160 million, of which $150 million has been pledged.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Julien Harneis said the US, Canada, UK, Japan, Denmark, Australia, Singapore and others were the main donors in addition to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, which raised $10 million.

Meanwhile, the Nepalese government on Wednesday sent humanitarian relief materials to Pakistan to support those affected by the floods. The Nepal Airlines chartered flight carried food, medicine and clothing in addition to other household items.

Canada on Wednesday announced an additional $25 million in humanitarian assistance to support Pakistan during this difficult time.

An official statement said the new allocation was in addition to the $5 million announced last month and added that Canada would continue to provide food, clean water and other essential services through trusted partners.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Are you traveling to Nepal? Book DTC AC bus from Delhi to Kathmandu; Here’s how!


Traveling to Nepal is more accessible from the nation’s capital, as Maitri bus services have launched AC Volvo buses between Delhi and Kathmandu. However, this Nepalese bus service was interrupted for some time due to the pandemic. However, in June this year, buses started running again from Delhi to Kathmandu. And, people who wish to take buses from Delhi can do so. Read for times, route and distance.

Delhi-Nepal direct buses will operate again; All you need to know

  • Bus services from Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal depart from Dr Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal, Delhi Gate.
  • It leaves at 10am from Delhi.
  • There are reports that there are plans to launch bus services between Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila and Kathmandu.
  • Majnu Ka Tila buses plan to run at 5am. Passengers can board from Dr Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal, and finally it will depart for Nepal at 7am.
  • The current Delhi-Nepal route includes the Delhi-Agra-Kanpur-Lucknow route.
  • The buses will cover a distance of 1250 km.
  • The Delhi-Kathmandu bus will stop for breakfast and lunch in India and later for dinner in Nepal.
  • Run by Delhi Transport Corporation, a single fare on the bus will cost up to ₹2,800
  • To reserve tickets, visit the DTC website.
  • Buses will disembark at the Swayambhu Manjusree Yatayat point.
  • This bus service departs from Delhi on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Return bus services will begin on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Also Read – IRCTC Launches All-Inclusive Air Package to Nepal for Under ₹40000

Why visit Nepal?

It is said to be one of the cheapest countries to visit from India. And budget travelers looking to start exploring can start their Kathmandu. There are many other pretty and beautiful places to visit in Nepal – Pokhara, Bardia National Park, the fascinating Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Tushahity – the Royal Bath, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO and more. Travelers believe that taking the road is one of the best ways to get to Nepal, given the scenic and scenic roads.

Also Read – Indo-Nepal bus starts journey from Siliguri after two years of COVID delay

Where has the Education Act impeded education reforms? « Khabarhub


KATHMANDU: Many people talk about the education law and complain that the new law has not been enacted for more than five years now.

They speak of the Federal Education Act as if it had greatly hindered the educational development of the country.

But has the delay affected performance in schools, colleges or universities? What has the delay affected? Has it hindered the development of education?

Has the appointment or promotion of teachers been interrupted? Did it stop the development of education? Why do you need a law?

It is wrong to say that everything is ruined because of this.

The Constitution has clearly mentioned the powers that will be granted to the federal, provincial and local governments in matters of education. The right to conduct programs relating to education up to the 12th standard has been granted at the local level.

The local level has the right to approve the school permit. After winning the elections, the people’s representatives won the right to modernize schools, add classes and improve their quality.

Sometimes it seems that this policy would not have come. Why give money to a student if he is poor? Better to provide the necessary clothes or food than to give money?

Unfortunately, many of them did not bear the responsibility. Once the classes are added, there should be more teachers.

If you ask for a subject teacher, how many can you give? They want to merge schools and make them bigger, but no one cares about making them smaller and better. The schools are there, but finding an effective teacher is not easy.

The current law may have prevented certain things. However, to fill the vacancy, retired teachers also went to take salary allowances. The Education Act hasn’t bothered anything.

Why claim what is not a right? So let’s look at this in a positive way. The law is deposited; however, the fact is that no regular activity is affected by its absence.

Our education law states that the chairman of the school management committee shall be chosen from the guardian of the children studying in that school, and local laws have provided that the ward chairman of the respective levels shall be the chairman of the committee.

So don’t think like that. The federal law on public education stipulates that the local level can form a management committee of a maximum of 9 people by modifying the legal provisions.

We have drafted the law which is better. He is in the final stages. Since there is a law to invest in many educational institutions, the ministry of finance or the government of Nepal should be able to do so by giving more money in the coming days.

This act is coming soon. It reached the Ministry of Justice after receiving approval from the Ministry of Finance.

It is said that this federal government does not seek to give authority within the federal structure.

How did the federal government not try to give rights? I was myself in the federal office, I don’t know what reduced the rights of the province and the local levels.

We said the government would send the money for the conditional grant. That’s all we said. All the money from other governments has gone to education.

Now comes the question of sanitary napkins. We sent the blocks in each student’s name after looking at the number of students.

If we don’t pay enough attention to time, education could turn out to be the cause of the nation’s collapse. Casting no votes has short-term implications; the deterioration of the education sector will lead to the collapse of the nation.

We said to give scholarships to all students from the Dalit community. We try to give rights. We have given full rights. If we don’t give it, where will the local level give it from? The government has given this a lot of thought.

Another issue, did class 10 move up to grade 11 and 12 or did the college level go down? But in fact, the college dropped the lower level. We try to improve gradually.

We plan to give an identity card (ID) to a child who goes to school which will be valid or used until the student joins the university; if he changes schools, he will receive a new identification number.

It will keep track of if the student changed schools or turned out to be a dropout. So now when you enroll in class 1, you will use the same ID until later and take it with you wherever you go, like citizenship. So let’s develop the technology that this child has achieved here and read this topic.

Sometimes it seems that this policy would not have come. Why give money to a student if he is poor? Isn’t it better to provide the necessary clothes or food than to give money?

Why should the richest get a scholarship even if they are Dalits? These issues need to be resolved.
In fact, if we don’t pay attention to these issues, it will lead to unfortunate circumstances in the future.

If we don’t pay enough attention to time, education could turn out to be the cause of the nation’s collapse. Casting no votes has short-term implications; the deterioration of the education sector will lead to the collapse of the nation.

(Based on Luitel’s speech during a program at Pavilion Hall, Durbarmarga)

Beyond Big Promises


The 58th Children’s Day is celebrated across the country today to celebrate children. However, just like years past, it will be yet another day of false promises and beautiful images for 40% of the total population. Every year, officials make big announcements without doing anything concrete to solve the existing problems. They have repeatedly sworn to fulfill their responsibilities and each time have failed to keep their promises. But who has time to stop and consider what children need and want? And who would have the zeal to work for them in order to bring about a fundamental change in their situation?

Whether it is the failure to deliver textbooks on time, the overuse of midday meals, errors in questionnaires or the creation of the digital divide, the government has failed children in terms of providing quality education. A joint study by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the World Food Program found that midday meals help students stay in school, preventing them from dropping out. Although the program is useful for young students, its implementation is questionable because the budget allocated for meals is spent on the salaries of teachers hired according to need.

The Job reported earlier that lack of textbooks was affecting regular classes in Parbat until last month. The school year is already at the end of its fifth month, and the negligence in delivering books on time has affected the education system already weakened by Covid-19. Children’s reading habits suffered, and some dropped out of school or stopped taking their studies seriously. Again, they are forced to suffer due to the government’s failure to invest adequately in education. Also, examples such as errors in question papers prepared by local governments show how hostile the Nepalese education system is towards children.

Additionally, children have been kept out of quality education due to the digital divide, which has been exacerbated during the pandemic. This had a lasting effect on their educational opportunities and drove up costs. Public school students and children from disadvantaged communities have suffered the most from the estimated 8.2 million students who have been denied access to education during the pandemic. Children, who are the future of the country, have been victims of deep social divisions from the start. To its credit, the government has come up with a specific directive to bridge the digital divide during the pandemic; but again, its implementation was nothing to be proud of.

Children deserve more than big promises from the government. He should take responsibility for the mess he has created and immediately draft the Federal Education Act to improve the education sector and help children overcome the difficulties they have faced without systematic education plans. Authorities need to assess the good they have done for children, the goals they have achieved and whether or not their commitments have translated into action.

The best gift officials can give children on this day is to start working to make quality education an easily accessible basic right, not a privilege. Only by taking on this responsibility today can we dream of a better tomorrow.

This young founder explains how Chai supports the Kulhad movement


In an exclusive interview with Anubhav Dubey, CEO of Chai Sutta Bar, Slurrp tried to understand how the passion for tea stirred in his heart. Following a SWOT analysis, while looking for a business idea, his research led him to the statistics that tea is a highly consumable product in India after water. Chai is what Indians prefer most over coffee. It has retained its fanbase despite the gradual evolution of coffeehouse culture. His company also supports potters by serving kulhad tea at its outlets.

Q. What led you to come up with this concept?

My friend Anand and I have been curious about starting a business since our school days. But, coming from a middle-class family, our parents wanted us to become agents of the Indian administrative services. I tried but failed a few exams like CA and CAT. My parents sent me to Delhi to prepare for UPSC. At the same time, Anand started his own business. I was busy preparing for the UPSC exam when he called me one day and informed me that his business had been closed. He rang a bell. Went back to Indore and we decided to go back to our original idea. While exploring the streets, we spotted a tea stall on every corner. We realized that tea business would fit our budget of 3 lakhs. We opened our first Chai Sutta Bar (CSB) outlet near Bhawarkua Girls Hostel in Indore in 2016.

Q. Are you a chai lover?

It’s one of the most fantastic drink alternatives, but I’ve never been a big fan of it. But given the market and the business outlook, I started to get interested in it and now I’m definitely a chai fan.

Q. Which winery is your favourite?

I enjoy masala tea, which the Indians seem to prefer and which relieves cold and cough symptoms. Therefore, I developed a taste for it.

Adrak and Elaichi Chai, CSB image

Q. Chai or coffee, which do Indians like more? What is your observation?

A survey indicates that the country consuming the most tea is Turkey, followed by Ireland and the United Kingdom. If we talk about the statistics in the financial year 2021, over 1.1 billion kg of tea was consumed in India. The popularity of this hot drink has grown steadily over time. After China, India is the world’s second largest tea producer. So yes, chai is the most loved.

Q. What makes your cellars special?

We choose the best tea garden leaves and combine them with our premium ingredients. We use pure milk that doesn’t even have a trace of water. The sugar is sulfur free. It is served in Kulhad. Not only the drink, the environment also gives off a nostalgic feel.

Q. What unique chai flavors have you brought to the menu? Which is the most popular?

We offer nine flavors for the seven days to satisfy the chai craving. So, we have Rose Chai, Adrak Chai, Elaichi Chai, Kesar Chai, Chocolate Chai, Paan Chai, Lemon Chai, Masala chai and Tulsi Chai. The best known is the Chocolate Chai. It is not usually found in markets, homemade teas or any other blended option in the market.

Q. An exotic or lost tea recipe you want to revive?

We are working on it. We have a product development team, so lost and exotic tea are in the works. However, in terms of cost, they are a bit heavy on the pocket. Since our target group is mainly young people, we are not introducing such variants at the moment. That said, it’s on our wish list.

Q. Tea at your outlet is served in kulhad. How did this idea come to you?

Kulhad is a highly hygienic and environmentally friendly product that can be discarded after use. The idea came about six years ago, when kulhad tea was not particularly well-known, even though Lalu Yadav Ji, when he was Minister of Railways, made kulhad tea compulsory on trains. This clay glass/tumbler is also more economical than other plastic cups. Apart from that, we want to give employment to the Indian pottery community. At that time, plastics and disposable products were prevalent. We wanted to replace them. If we talk about the idea of ​​kulhad, it is biodegradable and hygienic, and we as a brand choose to contribute to the eco-friendly environment. Currently, all the outlets combined are serving 4 lakh kulhads of tea per day across India.

Chai served in kulhad, Image by CSB

Q. How do you support potters with the kulhad movement?

Nothing is superior to “Desh ki Mitti”. We promote this by using the kulhad. Making a kulhad is quite a seasonal activity. As evidenced by the fact that potters make clay pots or diyas for Diwali. Throughout the summer, there is not much employability left in this sector. As a result, many potters change jobs. But as part of RND, we approached all the potters across India and managed to find a few. We’re also sharing the Open Letter to Potters to make sure we’ll buy every slice of pie with those who aren’t potters but want to do business. So the plan was that we would provide the materials, the machines and the skills. If they succeed, we will also buy the kulhads from them. Now we have 350 to 400 families of potters. These potters are spread across India in small towns like Khurja and Jamnipura near Allahabad. More than 93 lakh kulhads are transported from Indore Central Supply to each of our locations by truck in a single month.

Q Chai Shai, we often talk about it. What Shai (food/snacks) are the most popular or the must-haves?

Shai is a snack we serve with chai at our outlets, and the list includes pizza, Maggie, sandwiches, and more. As we are QSR models, we serve quickly produced products. There are other researches going on to add to the menu.

Masala Maggie served at CSB

Q. What are your future plans?

The food brand is expanding its footprint, not in India but internationally. Today, it has more than 400 outlets, including in Muscat, Dubai and Nepal, in more than 195 cities. The expansion in the country’s northern belt is nearly complete. We also evolve with the market and with sustainability in mind. Now we focus on South India. We are also opening outlets by the end of 2022 in the US, UK and Canada.

Cash Advance Apps vs Payday Loans: Which is Better?


If you’re asked to imagine a payday lender, you might think of a storefront in a mall with green signs and neon slogans like “everyday payday.” You probably wouldn’t imagine a mobile app that advertises on TikTok and sports a colorful logo.

But cash advance apps like Earnin and Dave provide advances with the same borrowing and repayment structure as payday lenders, and consumer advocates say they carry similar risks. Both are quick, no-credit-check options for closing an income gap or easing the pressure of inflation.

Neither is an ideal first choice for borrowing money quickly, but knowing their differences can help you save money and avoid hurting your finances.

Cash advance apps work like payday loans

Like most payday loans, a cash advance or paycheck app lets you borrow money without a credit check. You are also required to repay the advance, plus any fees you have agreed, on your next payday.

A single payment cycle is usually not enough for borrowers to repay payday loanso many people fall into the habit of getting another loan to pay off the previous one, says Alex Horowitz, senior director of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

App users may find themselves in a similar cycle. A 2021 study by the Financial Health Network found that more than 70% of app users get back-to-back advances. The study doesn’t say why users re-borrow, but Horowitz says the behavior is particularly similar to payday loans.

“Direct-to-consumer payday advances share DNA with payday loans,” he says. “They’re structured the same, they have repeat borrowings, and they’re scheduled based on the borrower’s payday, which gives the lender strong collectability.”

Apps can offer more flexibility

Payday lenders and payday advance apps collect repayment directly from your bank account. If your account balance is too low when funds are withdrawn, you could incur overdraft fees, says Yasmin Farahi, senior policy adviser at the Center for Responsible Lending.

An application may try to avoid overcharging your account. Mia Alexander, Vice President of Customer Success at Dave, says the app reviews users’ bank accounts before withdrawing the refund. If the refund puts the balance close to zero or negative, the app may not withdraw the funds, she says.

However, apps typically include language in their user agreements that while they try not to overcharge your account, they aren’t liable if they do.

In states where payday loans are allowed, a payday lender is unlikely to offer a free, unsolicited payment extension, as some apps say. Some states require payday lenders to offer extended payment plans at no cost to troubled borrowers, but a 2021 report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some lenders are misrepresenting plans or not disclosing them.

Unlike payday lenders, the apps don’t make collection calls. If a user revokes access to their bank account to avoid a refund, the app will not attempt to collect the funds. The user simply cannot get another advance until they repay the previous one.

Payday loans cost more

Payday loans tend to have high mandatory fees, unlike apps. Instead, they charge a small fee that users can accept throughout the borrowing process. These fees can add up, but they are usually lower than those charged by payday lenders.

For example, an app might charge a monthly subscription fee or a fee for instant access to funds. Most cash advance apps also ask for a tip for service.

The charges on a $375 payday loan are most often about $55 over a two-week period, Horowitz says. Since the cash advance application fee is mostly optional, you can easily keep the cost below $10.

Earnin user Sharay Jefferson says she’s used payday loans in the past, but switched to a cash advance app because it’s a cheaper way to cover bills and unexpected expenses.

“If you get a $200 payday loan, you might be paying something back three times over,” she says. “With Earnin, I’m going to have to pay that $200 back, plus whatever I decide to give them. It’s much cheaper. »

Technically, apps are not lenders

Regulators like the CFPB have not classified payday advance apps as lenders, despite their similarities to payday loans.

Earnin CEO and Founder Ram Palaniappan says the app is more like a payroll service or an ATM because it makes it easier to access your own funds. Earnin asks users to upload a timesheet showing they worked enough hours to earn the cash advance amount. Other apps scan a user’s bank account for income and expenses to determine if they qualify for an advance.

Farahi says applications should be treated like creditors, meaning they would follow the Truth in Lending Act, which requires creditors to disclose an annual percentage rate. An APR allows consumers to compare costs between financing options. For example, users can compare the APR of a cash advance app to that of a credit card and choose the most affordable.

“People still need to know what the real cost of credit is and to be able to assess it and really compare that cost with other options,” she says.

Applications should also comply with applicable state lending laws. Currently, 18 states and Washington, DC, have maximum interest rate caps that could limit application fees, she says.

Cash Advance App vs Payday Loan: Which is Better?

If you need cash urgently, you can have better alternatives than payday loans and advanced apps, says Farahi.

Local charities and nonprofits can meet basic food and clothing needs. A family or friend could lend you money at no additional cost. If you have a few hours to spare, a side gig could generate as much money as a typical payday loan or cash advance application.

If you have the choice between an app and a payday loan, the app is probably the best option because:

  • It may not trigger overdraft charges.

  • If you don’t pay it back, the app won’t send you to collections.

A cash advance from an app is unlikely to leave you in a better financial position, Farahi says. But it may be a little less likely than a payday loan to make things worse for you.

$500 Payday Loans Online: Guaranteed Approval for Bad Credit at Gad Capital


Customers can obtain payday loans from direct lenders in the form of short-term personal loans. Depending on when this happens, the period will end on your next payment or 31 days after the loan agreement. It rarely exceeds 31 days, depending on the contracts. The borrower must make the check payable to the lender. When signing the contract, this check must be presented. The amount of the check indicates the total amount of the sanctioned pay day. The amount credited to your account is the same as the approved amount, less interest and applicable fees.

This means that the lender receives the interest on the loan amount up front, but you have to repay the principal at the end of the time. Some debtors can quickly withdraw money from their bank account via the Internet.

These loans have attractive terms for potential borrowers. There is no need for a credit check or teletrack for these cash advances. This means that the loan will be granted even if the borrower has a history of default.

You should expect to pay between 15% and 30% of the loan principal in interest on a payday loan. These cash advances are expensive compared to traditional personal loans. Conventional loans, on the other hand, may not be your best option in an emergency.

People usually look for payday loans when they have an immediate financial need. Because no credit check or paperwork is required, they are much faster than traditional personal loans. If you need a $500 payday loan right now and are looking for direct lenders that offer $500 payday loans, keep reading.

What is a $500 payday loan?

Payday loans are small, short-term loans you can get if you need money fast. When a loan is obtained, it is common for the borrower to repay it in a month or less. Ask the direct lender how your loan works.

The fact that internet lenders have a high acceptance rate for loans up to $500 is a significant advantage. Even if your credit score is as low as 500, you can still get a payday loan and the money you need right now. Payday loans offer everyone a fair opportunity to manage unexpected financial needs because they do not require faxing, can be approved quickly, and do not undertake extensive credit checks.

What should I do with my $500 online loan?

There are no restrictions on how the money can be spent for internet loans. Most people use payday loans to cover unexpected expenses such as medical bills, car repairs, utility bills, rent, and other necessities. You should only take out a loan like this if you need money for an emergency.

What is a $500 loan without credit check?

A payday loan, often called a cash advance, is a quick way to get funds from a lending institution ranging from $100 to $500. The amount you can borrow is often proportional to your monthly salary. Your credit score isn’t that important, and if you need $500 but have bad credit, lenders will review your personal information and decide within seconds, based on what they find.

Which is worse, having no credit, bad credit, or no credit? Welcome! You cannot receive a wide range of financial assets without bad credit. This question will be approached differently by different payday loan companies. Even if you have a low credit score, this won’t be a problem, as many creditors just check it quickly. All you need if you need a $500 loan right away is proof that you are making enough money each month.

Are there credit checks for a $500 loan?

Direct lenders like GadCapital generally perform light credit checks rather than in-depth checks. This means that they only consider general information about your income and other vital details. They do not perform the thorough checks required by the credit bureaus, but instead rely on other data companies. Do not worry ! These queries will not affect your credit history.

Why should I get a $500 loan with bad credit?

When people need money to meet unexpected expenses like medical bills, car repairs, and utility bills, they usually turn to payday loans. It is not uncommon to want financial assistance due to sudden expenses. This is the main reason people with bad credit can get a $500 payday loan.

What are the criteria for a $500 loan?

Most borrowers will be able to meet the exact requirements for online payday loans and be considered. To qualify for a $500 loan, you must first meet the conditions below.

  • Have a stable income
  • be 18 or older
  • be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • and have a cell phone, email address and checking account.

Some credit institution standards may differ slightly from those of others. Certain state laws may impose additional restrictions. Before applying, you should research the prerequisites for your specific field. The majority of them are quite simple for the average person to do.

How does a $500 loan work?

You must submit a loan application form to qualify for a $500 loan. Our network distributes your loan application to over a hundred direct lenders. This process is completed entirely with digital equipment in less than 90 seconds. The credit institution will contact you if your application is approved.

Read the terms and conditions of the loan carefully, especially the sections that deal with fees, charges, etc. If you have no further questions, you must sign the contract. Funds will be deposited into your account no later than the next business day, depending on the lender’s cut-off times.

You will be able to support yourself as soon as you receive the funds. When payment is due, the lender withdraws the funds from your account. Determine if the budget has sufficient funds to avoid late payment penalties.

What types of $500 loans can I apply for?

Traditional lenders, like banks, prefer larger loans; therefore, a loan of $500 is unlikely to be considered. They also won’t lend you money if you have bad credit. The good news is that resourceful lenders are now ready to give you a $500 loan.

Car title loans

With these loans, you can borrow a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for a few months. You could lose your car if you don’t pay. Only 15 states allow this type of financing.

Payday loans

Payday loans are the best way to get $500 without going through a credit check. They are short-term, so you should expect to pay the money back within a few weeks.

A personal loan of $500

This is a short-term loan where you repay the money in monthly installments rather than all at once. Most of the time, you will need to borrow at least $1,000 to qualify for one of these loans.

Can I qualify for a $500 payday loan despite my bad credit score?

The field of finance is subject to continuous change. Traditional lenders will primarily consider your credit score when deciding whether or not to give you a loan. Payday lenders never check a borrower’s credit history. They place more emphasis on your current income as a predictor of your ability to repay the loan, as they believe this is the most important aspect.

A borrower’s credit history is rarely reviewed throughout the loan application process. Your new application will likely be denied if you have already defaulted on a payday loan.

The good news is that it will only take a few minutes to complete the application, and once it is approved, you will receive the funds the next business day.

How can I increase my chances of getting a $500 loan?

  • 100 payday lenders will assess your application through our referral service. Fear nothing. They get called and don’t get your details until you pay.
  • Show your earnings. Most lenders won’t lend you without a stable income.
  • Prepare to spend 5 minutes filling out the loan application form and 15-20 minutes reviewing the terms and conditions.

$500 loan – how much does it cost?

Most of the overall cost of a loan is made up of principal, interest, and sometimes other fees. The APR is used to calculate interest. This varies from lender to lender and state to state. To help you understand the numbers, we’ll use an example of a $500 payday loan with a 30-day term and an average APR of 300%.

Charlotte Robel Content Manager at Gad Capital

As Content Manager for Gad Capital, Charlotta Robel wants to help you learn the specifics of financial matters and help you find the best solution for your needs, whether it’s borrowing money or to earn money in other ways, or to improve the quality of your credit score.

She holds a doctorate in medicine with a specialization in philology is one of the most renowned universities. Certified member of the New York State Business and Digital Asset Assessment Board. Charlotta holds an undergraduate education from a major European school. She is fluent in English, German, Italian and Russian. For over 10 years, Charlotta has been involved in blogging and content writing, reviewing feature or article writing, editing and many more.

South Asia’s troubled relationship with the British monarchy


Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom in 1952, just five years after India and Pakistan gained independence from British colonial rule. Memories of British rule, which was marked by the subjugation of the people of then undivided India, were fresh in public memory at the time.

Barely 25 years old when she became queen, Elizabeth is nevertheless widely admired and respected by the inhabitants of the former British colonies.

People in India and Pakistan – as well as other South Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan – received the news of the Queen’s death with great sadness. Thousands of South Asians posted their condolences on social media.

“The role of Queen Elizabeth II between 1952 and 1956 was passive and uneventful. She deliberately stayed away from any interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan,” said Mazhar Abbas, a historian at Government College University Faisalabad. DW.

“She has engaged with India and Pakistan through the Commonwealth platform,” he added.

Elizabeth also remained neutral in the conflicts between India and Pakistan.

“In fact, Indian politicians appreciated his stabilizing role in British politics” after he took office as head of state of the United Kingdom, according to Indian historian Rakesh Batabyal.

“While history has documented servitude in colonial times, our relationship with the British monarchy remained cordial after independence. The Queen visited Pakistan on several occasions and maintained good relations with our leaders,” said Shazia Marri, Pakistan’s poverty alleviation minister. DW.

Asif Nazrul, a professor at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, expressed similar sentiments. “Despite the colonial legacy, many people in Bangladesh are sad. We cannot live forever in the past. The calm, soothing and accommodating image of Queen Elizabeth has finally prevailed over the past few decades,” he said, adding that the world had lost an “icon of history.”

Subhash Talekar, chairman of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association, a food delivery service, said he was saddened by the queen’s death.

“We have a great association with the British Royal Family. Since Prince Charles [now King Charles III] visited Mumbai in 2004, the connection grew,” said Talekar DW. “The Royal Family invited two of our colleagues to Charles and Camilla Parker’s wedding ceremony in 2005. The Queen’s invitation had a personal touch, which reflected her human side,” Talekar said.

But not everyone is ready to conceal British colonial rule. Some have even criticized Elizabeth’s ‘hands-off’ approach, for example, during the first four years of Elizabeth’s reign when she was also the ‘Queen of Pakistan’. The monarchy was abolished on March 23, 1956, when Pakistan became a republic within the Commonwealth with a president as head of state.

“She never used the Commonwealth platform to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan,” said Abbas, the Pakistani historian.

“She could have played a role in strengthening parliamentary democracy in Pakistan. For example, it could have come in 1953, when Ghulam Muhammad, then Governor General of Pakistan, sacked then Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin. The ousted prime minister unsuccessfully tried to ask the queen to reverse Muhammad’s decision,” he added.

But Nonica Datta, a historian at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, said DW that Elizabeth had inherited “an enduring and complex legacy of the British Empire”.

“It represents the end of the British Empire and the transition from former colonies to independent states. Rarely do we find such a historical figure embodying the spirit of the colonial and imperial past intertwined with the democratic values ​​of the new world order after World War II,” Datta said.

Vijayasai Reddy, an Indian lawmaker, tweeted that Queen Elizabeth II “may not have apologized for India’s brutal colonization…but her leadership qualities and morality impacted politics British”.

Shahidul KK Shuvra, a Bangladeshi journalist, said DW he was puzzled as to why the people of the Indian subcontinent are so distressed by Elizabeth’s disappearance.

“South Asians are always more interested in the queen and the royal family than in how Britain exploited them for 200 years,” he said. “The precious Koh-i-Noor [one of the largest cut diamonds in the world] on his crown was removed from India,” he added.

Saimum Parvez, a political analyst in Dhaka, also downplayed the significance of the queen’s death for the people of South Asia.

“The Queen’s death has no impact on our lives, neither socially nor politically. The government of Bangladesh has announced a three-day national mourning, which was planned, but totally unnecessary,” he said.

“Yes, we don’t want to live in the colonial past,” he added, “but neither should we completely forget what we experienced under this monarchy.”

Indian writer Rana Safvi, however, said offering condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II was not synonymous with endorsing or forgetting colonialism. “We in India are still suffering because of colonial policies,” Safvi said. “We don’t have to endorse the monarchy.”

This article was first published on DW.

Nepse lost 32.88 points as investors suffered a loss of Rs 47 billion in the share deal last week – myRepublica


KATHMANDU, September 10: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) fell by 32.88 points last week on weak investor confidence amid a continued downward trend in the secondary market.

The market opened at 1,970.62 points on Sunday and closed at 1,937.74 points on Thursday. With the exception of the first day of the week, Nepse saw declines in the remaining trading days.

The market started on a positive note on Sunday when the market gained 6.68 points. On Monday, Nepse slipped a marginal 4.29 points, followed by a double-digit drop on the two consecutive trading days.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the market fell 21.16 points and 11.97 points respectively. Thursday, the stock index fell 2.13 points.

During the reporting period, there was a total turnover of shares worth Rs 5.035 billion. The lowest transaction was recorded on Wednesday, when the amount of turnover was only 826.23 million rupees. The average daily turnover stood at Rs 1.007 billion, which was lower than the amount of Rs 1.08 billion the previous week.

The market capitalization fell from 2.826 trillion rupees to 2.779 trillion rupees, causing investors to lose 47 billion rupees in the book value of their shares.

3 Mosques and a Madarsa in a Village of the Tharu Tribe Who Fought Alongside Maharana Pratap – Ground Report


Several recent reports have shown that demographics are rapidly changing along the India-Nepal border. The number of mosques and madarsas continues to increase. From August 20-27, 2022, an OpIndia team traveled to several parts of Nepal bordering India to observe the situation on the ground. What follows here is the fifth installment in the series of reports documenting the facts found by the OpIndia team.

While traveling along the Indo-Nepal border, the OpIndia team continued to hear the name of the Tharu tribe from villagers from time to time. We learned that the Tharu tribe, followers of Hinduism, originate from both the Terai region in southern Nepal and northern India.

We were told that the Tharu tribe has, to this day, kept its ancient culture and traditions intact in their original form. To put all this to the test, we traveled to Mohkampur, a village of the Tharu tribe on the Jarwa border of Nepal, which had a total population of around 3500 people.

Mohkampur is located within the jurisdiction of Jarwa Police Station of Balrampur District, approximately 15 kilometers from the main market of Tulsipur. After this village, the forest area begins, and after some distance, the Nepalese border appears.

As we walked towards the village, at its entrance, we came across a sign that read: “Late Shri Kanhaiyalal Smriti Dwar”. A paved road led us to the village. Upon entering, we saw local villagers sitting in the chaupal (a common space in the village where villagers gather to discuss their issues) in front of Khem Singh Rana’s house in this village and chatting. We also stopped and started chatting with them.

“Our ancestors fought for Maharana Pratap”

In conversation with us, Khem Singh, one of the villagers, described himself as a descendant of the Rajput warrior king Maharana Pratap. Khem Singh is proud that his ancestors fought against the Mughals with Rana Pratap to save the country and the religion.

Khem Singh recalled how their ancestors took refuge in hilly and inaccessible areas to save their religion from the Mughals after the death of their king Maharana Pratap. Khemu also confirmed that a significant number of people from the Thari community now reside at the Nepalese border.

The Muslim population has multiplied in the border areas

Khem Singh said he had lived in the border village of Mohkampur since birth. According to him, the Muslim population on the Nepalese border has increased significantly over time.

Rajesh, the Kotedar of the same hamlet and Tharu tribe, told us that Muslims entered India through Nepal and settled after buying land etc. The Mazars, according to Rajesh, are old, but the madarsas are of recent construction.

Devsharan from the same village and community also said that the Muslim population has increased in recent years, as has the emergence of mosques and Mazars in the border areas.

Manoj from the nearby hamlet agreed with media claims of an increase in the Muslim population on the Nepal-India border.

3 mosques and 1 madrasa in the gram sabha, village chief of the Tharu community named Shakeela

Concerned about the growing Muslim hegemony in the area, locals speaking in Chaupal claimed that although the area is mainly dominated by members of the Tharu community, the village chief was a Muslim named Shakeela. They further explained that the candidate who came in second was also from the Muslim community.

Villagers present further described nearby Tandwa and Shekhdih villages as predominantly Muslim areas. Residents further reported that there were previously reported thefts from roads and residences in the area, but since the arrival of the Yogi government, the crime has ceased. Khem Singh claimed that incidents of love jihad are also reported from time to time.

We were told that there were nearly 2000 Muslims living in the whole gram panchayat of Mohkampur, an originally Tharu tribal village. Besides, we also learned that there are up to three mosques and a madarsa in the vicinity. The mosque, however, was not visible in the Tharu-dominated neighborhood. People have been seen worshiping Lord Shiva in this area.

Women are safe under Yogi government

Khem Singh compared the law and order situation of the village under previous regimes to that under Yogi Adityanath. He claimed that the women of the village were previously in danger. The villagers had to protect their daughters and sisters themselves before the regime of Yogi Adityanath, but this is no longer the case. Other locals have attested to what Khem Singh said. They, too, agreed that no one would dare to look at girls in their homes anymore.

Villagers of Mokhampur

Speaking on the issue of security and development, Rajesh, Devsharan and Khem Chand said in unison that the Tharu tribe has been heard at governance and administration levels since the government came to power Yogi. Khem Chand affirmed that they are currently not discriminated against and are fully benefiting from all government programs. He stated that he is now reaping the benefits of all the scams. All present agreed that their community had previously been ignored by the previous government and left to fend for themselves during those days.

Khem Singh told us that the Tharu tribe support their families through hard work and agriculture. According to Rajesh Kumar, the number of Tharu people in government employment is quite low. However, those present told us that the situation in the village was gradually improving. The current generation is also completing Intermediate and Graduation and focusing on their education.

Left-wing movement and Indian security forces in Nepal

Everyone in Kotedar Rajesh’s chaupal agreed that during Nepal’s leftist movement in the 1990s, bombs could be heard in their village. As they watched the carnage from afar, the villagers were confident in the strength of the Indian soldiers stationed at the border. Everyone was in agreement about the bloodshed and turmoil that took place across the border.

Residents of Mohkampur told us that during the leftist violence, many wounded Nepalese soldiers crossed over to the Indian side to save their lives. The villagers said that the Indian forces not only saved their lives from the Maoists, but also provided all possible assistance in treating the injured. According to Khem Singh, the Nepalese coal market on the border has remained desolate since the attacks.

The Tharu tribe was very pleased with the behavior of the SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) paramilitary men stationed at the border. The villagers called the SSB jawans their brothers. Along with this, residents said that the district police’s behavior towards them had changed under the Yogi administration.

Mumtaz Ali seen selling clothes on his bike

A Mumtaz Ali was seen selling clothes on a bicycle in the same neighborhood we were reporting. Mumtaz had a lot of hidden items on his bike. He identified himself as a native of Uttar Pradesh district of Sitapur, 200 kilometers from this particular village. He said he rented a room in the adjacent Tulsipur bazaar. Mumtaz estimated the total value of the goods kept on his bicycle at around 25,000 rupees. He explained how he transported produce in bulk from Sitapur and sold it across the border.

Peddler Mumtaz Ali

‘Anti-national elements are exploiting the poverty of the Tharu people,’ BJP MP says

Kailashnath Shukla, a BJP MP from Tulsipur in the border region of Nepal, said anti-national elements often take advantage of the poverty and low level of education of the Tharu. He also said his BJP government was monitoring the situation.

A creeping Islamization of Nepal and its border areas appears to be underway, with Islamists gradually moving into remote villages, including those on the Indian border. In the first four parts of this series, OpIndia has documented the ongoing demographic shift in Nepal, as well as the worrying increase in the number of mosques and madarsas in the border villages of the Himalayan nation. Moreover, we also talked about the growing incidence of love jihad in Nepal along with its connection to Delhi and smuggling and various other notorious activities that threaten India’s border with Nepal.

The first report in this series can be read here in Hindi: Inner

The same report can be read here in English: Demographic change also hits across the border, mosques and Madarasas spring up in former Hindu-dominated areas in Nepal: Field Report

The second report in this series can be read here in Hindi: घरों पर चाँद-तारे वाले हरे झंडे मस्जिद मस्जिद-मदरसे, कारोबार में भी दखल दखल आबादी बढ़ने के साथ ही नेपाल में कपिलवस्तु बढ़ने के साथ ही ही नेपाल में कपिलवस्तु के. कृष्णा नगर ‘पर गाढ़ा हुआ हुआ इस्ल. Trach

The same report can be read here in English: Islamic flags flying atop houses and mosques, madarsas influencing businesses: The creeping Islamization of Nepal Krishnanagar

The third report in this series can be read here in Hindi: नेपाल में लव जिहाद: बढ़ती मुस्लिम आबादी और नेपाली लड़कियों से निकाह के खेल में ‘दिल्ली कनेक्शन’, तस्कर-गिरोह भारतीय सीमा पर खतरा – Opindia Rapport au sol

The same report can be read here in English: Rising cases of love jihad in Nepal and its connection to Delhi, smuggling plaguing India’s border with Nepal: ground report

The fourth report in this series can be read here in Hindi: बौद्ध आस्था के केंद्र हों या तालाब… हर जगह मजार: श्रावस्ती में की छतर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर लहर

Music Education from Recess to Recording Deals (Sponsored) – Mid-City Messenger

Joshua Starkman speaks to students in Sanaa in 2019. Photo credit: Darrian Douglas

In 2016, professional musicians Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid were puzzled. New Orleans is a world famous musical city. Why were so many local musicians struggling to make ends meet? They quickly discovered that many artists lacked business skills and too often relied on endless gigs to pay the bills. 88% of musicians surveyed had no exposure to the music industry in high school or college. They decided to change the narrative by founding Second Line Arts Collectivea non-profit music education organization enabling aspiring artists to develop their skills and knowledge in the industry.

Every summer since 2017, Second Line Arts Collective has hosted the Sanaa Music Workshop, an intensive two-week summer for budding musicians aged 13 to 23. At Sanaa, students focus on financial literacy, creative marketing, and skills that will lead to career sustainability. Time is set aside each day for combined rehearsals and music lessons. Creators Douglas and Agid learned the importance of these concepts from their mentors Alvin Fielder and Alvin Batiste, renowned jazz artists. Mentoring is therefore naturally at the heart of Sanaa.

“We work with teaching artists who are experienced educators and know the dedication it takes to thrive as artists and entrepreneurs,” says Douglas, “that’s who we are after all, we’re entrepreneurs. “

In 2022, Sanaa welcomed twenty-six student musicians to learn and grow together in June. The workshop ended with a last gig highlighting the hard work of the students. “I’m incredibly proud of these young people,” added Agid, “don’t take my word for it, the music speaks for itself.”

Sanaa 2022 students, teachers and staff

The pandemic has complicated music education at all levels, but Douglas and Agid noticed a significant lack of virtual early music programming in 2020. They developed Little Tramplers to help fill the void for schools and parents in need. Little Stompers introduces K-5 students to the history of jazz and black American music. The program is a culturally relevant and highly engaging introduction to the elements of music (rhythm, melody, common instruments) through the history and celebration of New Orleans music, from Congo Square to Ellis Marsalis.

Final concert of Sanaa 2022

Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid aren’t just co-directors. They are also co-hosts of the Second Line Arts Collective podcast The artist project at work. TWAP is a long-running interview podcast that shines a light on the daily experience of creatives in all fields, not just music. Douglas and Agid evoke valuable experiences from which listeners can learn about what it means to be a working artist.

The artist project at work

Second Line Arts Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and its programming is funded primarily by individual donations. Visit the website to donate directly and learn more about community initiatives.

Second Line Arts Collective is organizing a free concert in partnership with the Hotel Saint Vincent with Zahria Sims, a graduate of Sanaa, and the Zahria Sims collective. Come listen to and meet the Second Line Arts Collective team at Hotel Saint Vincent, Thursday September 15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Take Five: “Gender equality is everyone’s business and responsibility. When gender equality is effectively pursued, everyone wins.


Interviewed by Sumiran Shrestha

HE Pertti Anttinen served as Finland’s Ambassador to Nepal between September 2018 and August 2022. Photo: UN Women/Uma Bista

HE Pertti Anttinen served as Finland’s Ambassador to Nepal between September 2018 and August 2022. Strengthening the status and rights of women and girls is a key priority of Finland’s development and cooperation policy. In 2019, Mr. Anttinen was the EU Gender Equality Champion and advocated for the advancement of women’s and girls’ rights in Nepal. This year, Finland and UN Women celebrated 10 years of working together to promote gender equality and empower women in Nepal. We spoke to Mr. Anttinen at the end of his tenure and asked him what he thought of the gender equality situation in Nepal.

1. The Government of Finland is one of the major development partners investing in Nepal. What are the three priority areas you have chosen to support in Nepal?

From 2021 to 2024, Finland’s bilateral development cooperation with Nepal focuses on: 1) improving climate resilience and health through sustainable water supply, sanitation, hygiene and development of livelihoods; 2) an inclusive education system; 3) equality and prosperity for all women and girls, including those with disabilities and those in vulnerable positions. Gender equality and social inclusion are also cross-cutting objectives in all our development cooperation.

2. Gender equality and women’s empowerment have progressed over time. How do you see the development of gender equality during your tenure in Nepal?

Nepal has taken many measures to address gender inequality, such as the 2015 Constitution, and has signed many international instruments related to gender. Thanks to the constitutional provision that reserves 33% of seats for women and the proportional representation of marginalized groups in all state machinery, the country has had more women in the Legislative Assembly during my tenure. However, the presence of women in decision-making bodies and in highly qualified positions in politics and economics has not always translated into real power. There is still a lot of work to do. For example, there is an urgent need to support and invest in women with disabilities.

3. You have stated that the equal participation of women in politics and the economy is essential for gender equality. What key issues do you think are needed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal?

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is only possible in an environment that allows all women and girls to be safe, offering them equal opportunities in all spheres of life. life. A fundamental barrier that remains a challenge in Nepal is structural discrimination in society, including caste-based social norms that discriminate against women. Ongoing dialogue is needed between government, civil society, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders. It is important to include those who are discriminated against and excluded in these discussions.

4. As someone who has worked in various cultures, how do social and cultural norms affect the rights of women and girls?

Around the world, despite the progress made over the years to guarantee women’s rights, women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence, and are denied equality, dignity, autonomy and even life. In Nepal, harmful and discriminatory cultural practices such as chhaupadi, dowry and early marriage still exist. These significantly impede the ability of women and girls to realize their full potential and lead dignified lives. Youth engagement is crucial to reshaping discriminatory intergenerational norms and behaviors in communities. The Embassy of Finland and UN Women are currently engaged in an innovative initiative to foster changes in social norms by supporting the voice and agency of women and excluded groups.

5. Your tenure as Ambassador to Nepal witnessed a devastating global pandemic. How do you perceive the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality, and what has been your response?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. The pandemic has exposed and aggravated existing inequalities prevalent in society for women and girls. It has also led to an increase in domestic violence. Thousands of people lost their jobs and livelihoods, with a particularly painful impact on women and excluded groups. Finland, in collaboration with UN Women, responded through the comprehensive relief package providing both cash and in-kind support, ensuring access to food, clean energy, essential supplies, information, healthcare, financial and digital services.

Finland is also committed to supporting Nepal in the green, resilient and inclusive development approach which aims to achieve economic growth, while addressing environmental degradation and social inequalities.

Scammers are now targeting payday loans


HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Scammers are evolving their ways of attacking the bank accounts of hard-working Americans and payday loans are the latest avenue. These types of loans target people who need a quick fix or something to get by until their next payday.

The BBB says the scammers pose as payday loan companies or debt collectors and have affected more than 200,000 people, costing them around $4.1 million. Experts say victims generally feel like this is the only option available to them.

“What’s really devastating with these particular scams is that they pull people out of the fringes. These are people who are generally in desperate need of money and with a very short deadline to work, and because of this they are willing to ignore many of the red flags we mention in the scam study” , said Josh Planos, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the Better Business Bureau.

The playbook is not much different from other types of scams and payday loans have a wide cross section; but they target a certain crowd of consumers.

“Typically middle-aged. Kids and teens usually don’t look for payday loans, but it kind of depends on the type of scam due to debt collection. We send out news releases all the time about scholarships, student debt,” Planos said.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, more than 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed.

“They come to these places because they desperately need a solution and have exhausted all their other options. So what’s particularly notorious about these types of scams is that they target people who are already on the fringes, who have already lost their chance,” Planos said.

Consumers are urged to look for the signs, before scammers trick them into putting them in a compromising position.

“The reality is that your life may never be the same again. I hate to say it in such crude terms, but it really is something that threatens your future purchasing power, your credit score absolutely, your ability to pay for everything.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary.

This varies from state to state, so the process for people going to these payday loan companies varies.

The BBB has recommendations for regulators:

  • Cap consumer loans at 36%
  • Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans
  • Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans
  • Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Where to report a payday loan scam or file a complaint:

Experts say some victims of the scam are still struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. They also urge anyone who is going to apply for a payday loan to make sure that this company is accredited.

Climate change worries Karnali, but locals are also learning coping strategies. Here is a case

The lush paddy fields of Naumule of Dailekh in Karnali bear witness to locals’ efforts to fight climate change. Photo: Mukesh Pokhrel

The onset of the monsoon in June would be the busiest time of the year for Chandra Prakash Sharma of Bhurus Khola in Naumule Rural Municipality in Dailekh district of Karnali, Nepal’s most remote province. He spent about six to eight hours a day in his field until July, planting rice, because that is the time of year when it rains the most. But this year things have changed for Sharma who finished all the plantings at the end of May. The rice plants have already grown because his field is green.

“Irrigation has always been a problem for us, which is why our harvest hasn’t been great in recent years. All of this is happening even though my field is near the Lohure River,” says Sharma.

There is an irrigation canal near the field about 370 meters away, but as it is new, much work is needed as regular leaks prevent water from reaching Bagar Ghat, which is home to rice fields belonging to about 40 families.

“Since we don’t have an easy water source, we all have to work together to plant rice seedlings in a field. It takes us a whole day, which is a waste of time,” says Sharma.

Kripal Shahi’s life would be similar. Until the rice harvest, he used to spend almost all his time irrigating his paddy fields, but this year things changed for him too as he didn’t have to worry about it and instead used his time to plant corn.

“I rarely had time to do it because I devoted all my time and energy to the rice fields. This led to the death of all my maize,” says Shahi.

Karnali is vulnerable to climate change, but locals are learning to fight it.  Photo: Mukesh Pokhrel
Karnali is vulnerable to climate change, but locals are learning to fight it. Photo: Mukesh Pokhrel

The region is quite vulnerable to climate change. The Rural Municipality has been plagued by drought, wildfires and instant food. This has resulted in farmers losing their yield time and time again. But things have changed since the Rural Municipality decided to build an irrigation canal that would provide farmers with regular water to irrigate their fields.

A change through a channel

The canal is about 370 meters long. Unlike in the past, the channel is now solid and has no leaks. It even doubled the yield of some farmers.

“You cannot imagine how happy we are,” says Sita Dhakal, a resident who is looking forward to the harvest season.

Around Rs 4.7 million was spent on the canal, which now has a gabion wall and a water mill. The majority of the funding (3.8 million rupees) was provided by the Nepal Climate Change Support Program while the Rural Municipality provided 200,000 rupees. The rest were raised by locals.

Karnali is one of the most vulnerable places in Nepal when it comes to climate change. Therefore, the region and its inhabitants rely on different projects that can help them fight it. The NCCSP, supported by the British government, is one of them.

“The NCCSP has been implemented in 42 rural municipalities in the provinces of Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpaschim. It has been a big help for the locals who are being helped with what they want,” says Buddhi Sagar Paudel, Head of Climate Division at the Ministry of Forestry and Environment.

An irrigation canal constructed by the NCCSP in cooperation with the Naumule Rural Municipal Government in Dailekh.  Photo: Mukesh Pokhrel
An irrigation canal constructed by the NCCSP in cooperation with the Naumule Rural Municipal Government in Dailekh. Photo: Mukesh Pokhrel

The NCCSP does not do all the work. Since he wants to help empower the locals, he provides them with technical knowledge, says Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, deputy team leader at NCCSP.

“Local governments tell us what the needs are in a particular area and we prepare a model that can help them,” says Bishwakarma. “But, we want people to work on the project and learn.”

The lives of many people in different parts of the Mid-Western Province of Nepal have been changed through the projects implemented by NCCSP.

“People were so desperate that we had to fight for something like water. Now, thanks to the irrigation canal, people no longer fight and work together in the fields,” says Bishnu Thapa, a resident of Bhawani in Narayan Municipality in Dailekh.

Bhawani has about 160 families who depend on agriculture to support themselves. For most of their lives, they depended on rainwater. But, thanks to the channel, people’s lives have changed for the better. People even have tap water now.

Mana Rupa Thapa, 70, from Bhawani 5, tells how life has been made better with access to tap water. For more than five decades, she walked for an hour with a gagri, a water pot, to draw drinking water from a nearby stream. But now, as she gets older, she is happy that she no longer has to fetch water.

“Life is better now,” says Thapa.

Like Thapa, Bina Sunar woke up as early as 4 a.m. to fetch water when around 80 families in Chattikot faced drinking water problems. But now that the village has access to water, she has been able to focus on more productive things.

“I grow vegetables and onions, which I keep for consumption and sell the rest. So far, I have sold about Rs 5,000 worth of vegetables,” says Sunar.

Access to water has especially helped improve the lives of women who have had to travel for some time to fetch water and do laundry. Now all this can be done in the very village of Chattikot.

Former Narayan Municipality Mayor Ratan Bahadur Khadka says that 10 years ago, residents used to go to a nearby spring to fetch water. But, the steam started getting thinner and thinner and soon disappeared completely. This was a major problem for residents who relied on the creek for daily water use.

NCCSP's support for climate change adaptation has helped people in Dailekh and Kalikot districts gain easy access to safe drinking water.
NCCSP’s support for climate change adaptation has helped people in Dailekh and Kalikot districts gain easy access to safe drinking water.

According to research by Youth for Alliance Environment Nepal, around 70% of water sources have seen declining water levels in Kalikot and Dailekh over the past decades.

“We had to do something and prepared a local adaptation plan and approached the NCCSP who helped us transport water to the village with a solar engine,” says Khadka.

The cost of the project was around Rs 5.54 million. Like most projects, the NCCSP bore the bulk of the costs as it backed them with around Rs 4.1 million, with the rest being generated by the municipality and the local community.

Local government learning

With growing evidence of climate change, the local government has begun to include it in its fiscal policy.

“We must prioritize climate change because we are facing it directly. If we don’t take this seriously now, things will get worse in the future,” says Kamal Bahadur Shahi, the Mayor of Khandachakra Municipality in Kalikot.

Narayan Municipality has also included climate change and disaster management in its annual program because officials know they need to be prepared.

“We need to increase the budget because there are so many things we need to do. For now, the NCCSP is helping us, but we need to keep doing things that will help us fight climate change and do it in a way that will help our citizens,” said Loman Sharma, the mayor of the municipality. from Narayan.

Maoist chair Dahal « Khabarhub


CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ addresses a program titled ‘Roadmap to Nepalese Socialism’ on Sunday organized by the Marxist Knowledge Centre, Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU: Chairman of the CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” has declared that his party will contest the elections on November 20 in order to protect the gains made so far. He feared that the Republican system would be attacked.

Addressing a program on the “Roadmap to Socialism in Nepal” hosted by the Marxist Knowledge Center here on Sunday, President Dahal argued that the republic was under attack from various sides, so a street campaign is necessary to protect the system and thwart evil efforts.

“There is no choice but to go to the people to change the current model of election and governance,” he said, regretting that he could not materialize socialism as mentioned in the Constitution.

President Dahal recalled that he had led the street demonstration against the dissolution of parliament and for its restoration. If the massive protests were not staged, the country could plunge into darkness, he claimed, referring to the fact that suspended Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana told the parliamentary committee that he was cornered by protests and pressure from the streets.

According to him, the current electoral system would not help to eradicate corruption because it puts forward the corrupt and crony capitalist class. The directly elected executive is the need of the hour, he stressed.

Autonomous economy could not be built in the absence of an agricultural revolution. The world is currently experiencing an economic crisis because of the war in Ukraine. The political polarization emerged after China and the United States came face to face over Taiwan issues.

In the event of increasing polarization, some countries could ban the export of foodstuffs. However, Nepal is not in a position to ban the importation of foodstuffs at present. He further recalled that the current system of the republic was brought about with huge sacrifices and struggles.

Although the constitution envisioned socialism, it made concrete plans of action to increase products, labor and cultural revolution so that socialism would have meaning.

On occasion, CPN (United Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal believed that socialism would not materialize until the people were aware of it. Socialism is elusive where there are individualistic and corrupt leaders, he added.

The President of Nepal further stated that political parties bear witness to a political culture. Leaders and parties that are not accountable to the people, to democracy and to the country, he said, adding that serious remorse is needed in this regard.

Similarly, CPN (UML) leader Ghanashyam Bhusal said that communist parties leading the government for 30 to 40 years had shown that by forming and leading the government alone, transformation would not be assured. It would make sense if that couldn’t provide the transformation either.

Stating that the era of people-oriented revolution was over in the country, Bhusal said now was the time for socialist revolution, for which he pointed to agricultural revolution followed by development and promotion of productive industries . He stressed the need for quality education and health for all.

He argued that any concept or idea would fail if society and science did not validate it. “The day when Nepalese forcibly deported abroad return home, it will herald socialism,” he expressed his hope.

In favor of the elected presidential system in the country, the general secretary of the CPN (Bahumat), Dharmendra Bastola, stressed the unity between the communist parties of the country.

Schedule, results, venue and more


India are the defending champions of the competition.

The SAFF U-17 Championship will kick off its seventh edition on September 5, 2022. The tournament will be a 10-day affair which will see South Asian teams compete for the coveted trophy in Sri Lanka.

Previously contested as an U-15 and U-16 tournament, the SAFF U-17 Championship 2022 returns for its seventh edition for the first time since 2019.

Here’s everything you need to know about the SAFF U-17 Championship 2022.

About the tournament

It started as an U-16 competition, but was later transformed into an U-15 tournament in 2017. This year it will be held as an U-17 championship. The first edition of the tournament was held in Nepal in 2011 where Pakistan beat India 2-1 in the final.

India, finalists of the first edition, are the most successful team of the tournament. The blue colts have won the trophy three times and finished runners-up twice. Moreover, India are also the defending champions of the competition. They beat Nepal 7-0 in the 2019 final at home.

This year, six nations will take part in the tournament. The teams were divided into two groups of three each. Opening day, September 5, will see the defending champions play their opener against neighbors Bhutan. Host country Sri Lanka will face two-time defending champions Bangladesh on the same day.

Players born on or after January 1, 2006 are eligible to participate in the event. Each team must register a minimum of 16 players and a maximum of 23 players, of which at least two must be goalkeepers.


A total of six teams namely India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are participating in the event. Pakistan have also participated in the tournament before but will not be able to do so this time due to the suspension imposed on them by FIFA. Although the ban was lifted, they couldn’t put everything in place in time for the championship.


The 2022 SAFF U-17 Championship will be held at Colombo Racecourse, Sri Lanka. It has the capacity to hold 10,000 people at a time.


September 5

Group A: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – 8:00 p.m.

Group B: Bhutan vs India – 3:30 p.m.

September 7

Group A: Maldives v Bangladesh – 3:30 p.m.

Group B: Nepal vs Bhutan – 8:00 p.m.

September 9

Group A: Sri Lanka v Maldives – 8:00 p.m.

Group B: India vs Nepal – 3:30 p.m.

September 12

Semi-final 1: Champion Group A vs Vice-champion Group B – 3:30 p.m.

Semi-final 2: Champion Group B vs Second Group A – 8:00 p.m.

September 14

Final: Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2 – 7 p.m.

TV show

To be determined

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Nepal: Inauguration of Indian-funded school project worth NR 20.9 million


India and Nepal enjoy a multifaceted and multisectoral development partnership that reflects the closeness of the peoples of the two countries.

Kathmandu: Indian envoy Naveen Srivastava on Saturday inauguratesappraised a school project in Nepal built under an Indian government grant at a cost of NR20.9 million, a press release from the Indian Embassy in Nepal said.

Envoy Srivastava and Bal Krishna Khand, the Nepalese Minister of Interior, jointly inaugurated the project in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The project is the school and theLaboratory buildings for Shree Ram Naresh Yadava Aadarsh ​​Secondary School in Rohini Rural Municipality, Dhakdhai.

This project was undertaken by Rupandehi District Coordinating Committee with the assistance of Government of India at a cost of NRs 20.9 million, as High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) under the Cooperation India-Nepal development.

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It is one of the 75 projects inaugurated this year in Nepal as part of “[email protected] Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” which celebrates 75 years of Indian independence.

Since 2003, India has supported over 532 HICDPs in Nepal and implemented 475 projects in health, education, drinking water, connectivity, sanitation and creation of other public services in the 7 provinces of Nepal at the local level. Of these, 60 HICDPs are in Lumbini Pradesh, including 12 projects in Rupandehi district.

India and Nepal enjoy a multifaceted and multisectoral development partnership that reflects the closeness of the peoples of the two countries. The implementation of this project reflects the Government of India’s continued support for socio-cultural infrastructure and contributes to the development of people-to-people ties.

India and Nepal enjoy close and friendly relations characterized by centuries-old historical and cultural ties, open borders and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts. The multifaceted relations between the two countries have regained new momentum in recent years thanks to the intensification of high-level political exchanges and regular meetings of bilateral mechanisms.

Along with this, far-reaching cooperation is seen in various areas of collaboration including expanding economic and development partnerships, enhancing connectivity, cooperative initiatives in water resources and hydropower sectors , defense and security, and above all, initiatives aimed at promoting human contacts between our two countries.

(Except for the title, this story has no editing by HW News staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Crypto More In Line With Asian Equities, Highlighting Need For Regulation – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Crypto trading volume and co-movement with stock markets has increased in the region.

Few regions in the world have embraced crypto assets like Asia, where major adopters include individual and institutional investors from India to Vietnam and Thailand. This raises the important question of the extent of crypto integration into the financial system in Asia.

While digitization can facilitate the transition to an environmentally friendly payment system and also promote financial inclusion, cryptography can pose risks to financial stability.

Before the pandemic, crypto seemed isolated from the financial system. Bitcoin and other assets showed little correlation with Asian stock markets, which helped dispel financial stability concerns.

Crypto trading, however, soared as millions stayed home and received government assistance, while low interest rates and easy financing conditions also played a role. The total market value of global crypto assets grew 20x in just a year and a half to reach $3 trillion in December. Then it plunged to less than $1 trillion in June as central bank interest rate hikes to contain inflation ended easy access to cheap borrowing.

While the financial sector appears to have been immune to these sudden moves, it may not be in future booms and busts. The contagion could spread through individual or institutional investors who may hold both crypto and traditional financial assets or liabilities. Large crypto losses can lead these investors to rebalance their portfolios, possibly causing financial market volatility or even a default on traditional liabilities.

As Asian investors have piled into crypto, the correlation between the performance of stock markets in the region and crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has increased. While returns and volatility correlations between Bitcoin and Asian stock markets were low before the pandemic, these have increased significantly since 2020.

For example, the return correlations of Bitcoin and Indian stock markets increased 10-fold during the pandemic, suggesting limited benefits from crypto risk diversification. Volatility correlations jumped 3x, suggesting possible spillovers from risk sentiment in the crypto and equity markets.

Key drivers for the increased interconnectedness of crypto and equity markets in Asia could include the growing acceptance of crypto-related platforms and investment vehicles in the stock market and over-the-counter market, or more generally the growing adoption of crypto by retail and institutional investors. in Asia, many of whom hold positions in both the equity and crypto markets.

Using the fallout methodology developed in our January Global Financial Stability Note, we also find that rising crypto-stock correlations in Asia have been accompanied by a sharp increase in fallout from crypto-stock volatility. in India, Vietnam and Thailand. This indicates a growing interconnection between the two asset classes which allows the transmission of shocks that can affect financial markets.

As a result, Asian authorities are increasingly sensitive to the growing risks posed by crypto as adoption continues to spread. They have therefore focused their attention on crypto regulation, and regulatory frameworks are underway in several countries, including India, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Significant effort is also needed to close the significant data gaps that still prevent national and international regulators from fully understanding crypto ownership and use and its intersection with the traditional financial sector.

Crypto regulatory frameworks in Asia should be tailored to the main uses of these assets in the countries. They should establish clear guidelines on regulated financial institutions and strive to inform and protect retail investors. Finally, to be fully effective, crypto regulation must be closely coordinated across jurisdictions.

*About the authors:

Nada Choueiri has been Chief of Mission for India at the International Monetary Fund since September 1, 2021. Previously, she was Chief of Mission for Malaysia and Singapore.

Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, of German nationality, is deputy director of the Asia and Pacific department. She oversees the department’s policy work and priorities on South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka); several East Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and the department’s work on financial sector issues.

Tara Iyer is an Economist in the Global Financial Stability Analysis Division of the IMF’s Monetary and Financial Markets Department, where she contributes to the Global Financial Stability Report. Tara’s current research focuses on issues related to mutual funds, crypto assets, and monetary policy in emerging markets.

Source: This article was published by the IMF Blog

The Better Business Bureau’s attack on payday loans does a disservice to consumers


The unfair and inaccurate attacks on the payday loan industry are now reaching new heights. On September 1, 2022, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) published an investigative report grouping all payday loan operations as scam artists who break the law to take advantage of people and make money. While consumers should be wary of bad actors in every industry and learn to tell them apart from legitimate companies, the BBB report does a disservice by not providing this information. The comments made certainly do not adhere to the BBB’s assignment to call out and address “substandard market behavior” as a “leader in promoting market confidence”.

Payday loans tend to be small, short-term loans that help Americans pay bills, some of which are needed for emergency purposes, that are due between their paychecks. These loans are usually small sums of money, have a short-term repayment plan, and have a higher interest rate than conventional loans. According to Mississippi State University finance professor Thomas Miller, Jr., at, who testified before the Senate Banking Committee on July 29, 2021, “Americans who rely on small, non-bank dollar loans are not wealthy, and many live from dubious paycheck to dubious paycheck.” Small payday loans help these consumers make ends meet and improve their credit rating.

Despite the benefits that small payday loans offer consumers, lawmakers and regulators have been hostile to the industry. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has long been hostile to payday lenders and has suggested the “problem” could be solved by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to get into banking. For this idea, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named her Porker of the Month for February 2014. In the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, which was signed into law on April 6, 2022, Congress wisely kept the USPS to enter the postal banking that Senator Warren continues to promote.

In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule that the agency said would end “payday debt traps” by removing the ability of payday lenders to enforce repayment by cutting off repeated debit attempts. In May 2019, Citizens Against Government Waste sent a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger urging the agency to rescind this rule, which would consider offering a payday loan without determining a loan’s ability to repay. borrower as an “unfair” and “abusive” practice.

Among other recommendations, the BBB report suggests imposing an interest rate cap of 36%, as has already been done in several states (and to which CAGW has objected), and enacting legislation that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to recover monetary damages in federal court. If Congress follows the BBB’s recommendations, it would allow FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan to continue her mission to wield power over every possible industry.

The payday loan industry allows consumers to make ends meet and build credit, especially low-income Americans. Despite the benefits they provide, several Democrats in Congress, federal agencies, and now the BBB are attacking an entire industry by implying that legitimate payday loan companies are tantamount to scammers who take advantage of low-income individuals and households by illegally obtaining information about these Americans and defrauding them. Rather than attacking legitimate payday lenders, states and Congress should ignore the BBB report and focus on identifying and prosecuting the crooks.

Delhi police invoke UAPA to control free movement of gangsters


AAP MP Saurabh Bharadwaj and others gather outside the CBI headquarters to demand an investigation into the BJP’s alleged ‘Operation Lotus’ aimed at toppling opposition-led state governments, in New Delhi on August 31 2022. (PTI)

Meanwhile, an AAP delegation visited the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation in Delhi on Wednesday to meet with the agency’s director and demand an investigation into the alleged overthrow of governments in various states by the BJP in as part of “Operation Lotus”. AAP MLA Atishi, who was part of the 10-member delegation, said the party had previously emailed the office of CBI Director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal asking for a meeting with him, but he had not yet received a response. AAP MPs sat on a dharna outside the CBI headquarters and shouted slogans “Operation Lotus by jaanch karao” and “Khoka khoka band karo”. Other AAP workers may join the delegation to protest against the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’.

The Delhi government is set to launch virtual classrooms for students, especially girls, who cannot attend school, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. “This school will reach out and provide access to education for those children, especially girls, who are not allowed to attend school for various reasons…due to family circumstances, many children even though they shouldn’t be working at that time, take a job to support their family, so this school will provide education for all of them,” said CM Kejriwal.

Summer in Nepal offers new public health and life lessons for Katherine McCann ’23


Story of Katherine McCann ’23, a biology and Spanish major from Greenville, SC

For six weeks last summer, I had the privilege of traveling to Pokhara, Nepal, on Furman’s Freeman Fellowship, to volunteer as a public health educator in rural villages in the Himalayas. with GVI. I expected to work in clinics with health professionals teaching good health practices and working on patient reception, but my experience was much more focused on community outreach in a way that showed me what I was missing in my mental image of good health care.

Instead of working in clinics where patients came to see us, we traveled to a rural community in the Himalayas every day to work with different age groups and teach relevant and often misunderstood health topics. We taught children about communicable diseases and basic first aid; teachers of mental health, childhood developmental disorders and delays, and advanced first aid; parents on non-communicable diseases and how the environment affects health care as well as advanced first aid for children; and women on the reproductive cycle with a special session on menopause (an often overlooked topic in the region), skin health focusing on the negative effects of skin bleaching, and physical activity to promote mobility and prevent injuries.

Some of the most rewarding days for me have been working with women in local villages. Many of them never have the opportunity to talk about their own health. They are so focused on meeting their family’s needs on a daily basis that their needs and wants are sidelined by cultural expectations. We met some local women in a woman’s house with her kids and her chores and everything. We spoke to the women through translators and helped them with household chores, then held a lesson that was all about them and invited their questions and concerns that they never had time to talk about and/ or they never had someone to tell them it was ok to talk.

I found purpose in continuing to educate women about their bodies and developing relationships with them that showed them that they were valued. I look forward to entering my final year as I continue to pursue my medical school dream with these new experiences to shape how I view patient education and empowering a bit of learning.

I worked with the Internship Office with Diane Iseminger (who is now retired), the Study Abroad Office with Ms. Nancy Georgiev and Ms. Caitlynne Goodlett, and with Dr. Lane Harris, Specialist History Professor from China, in the Asian Studies department, to find out where in Southeast Asia I wanted to go, to find an internship in public health, and then to apply for the Furman Freeman Fellowship, a program that gives students the financial means to undertake a summer internship in Southeast Asia with the intention of encouraging students to get to know this part of the world. These people continued to support me throughout the logistics of the program while I was on the ground in Nepal.

Furman did a great job giving me the resources to succeed. We talked a lot as a group of Freeman Fellows about culture shock and mental health abroad which ended up playing a big part for me as I was hit pretty hard early in the trip by the difference of everything and how much I take for granted in my life. I was also quite sick, as I was hospitalized twice, the first week of my trip with a virus. I couldn’t have been more grateful for the support of Ms. Iseminger, Ms. Georgiev and Ms. Goodlett, who contacted me several times to check me in and sent me exactly what I needed when I needed it. . Several peers from other Freeman Fellowship programs in the region have reached out and offered their support; one girl even offered to fly me to Nepal and escort me home if I felt I needed to return to the United States!

My experience in Nepal came straight after almost four months in Santiago, Chile. Both trips left me with a new appreciation for the world outside of Furman and an understanding of what it’s like to be in a new place trying to adapt and settle. For life at Furman, this will mean hard work connecting with new students and helping them settle in. I plan to continue my work in the community with Spanish speaking students to bridge the gap between schools and ESL students and promote opportunities for these students. I hope I can share my experience abroad more with other students and encourage them to live in another place for a month or more to gain the valuable experience of seeing another perspective while living it.

Hartalika Teej celebrations mark Indo-Nepalese cultural bond


Hartalika Teej: The Indo-Nepalese cultural bond was celebrated at a ceremony held to mark Hartalika Teej in the nation’s capital with members of the Nepali community participating with great enthusiasm. Hamro Swabhiman Trust, a social wing of Patanjali Yogpeeth, organized the Hartalika Teej event at Siri Fort Auditorium to cherish the essence of unity in diversity.

Hartalika Teej is a pious festival observed mainly by women and girls and is a special occasion for the people of northern India and Nepal.

Union Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi and Independent MP Navneet Rana attended the event.

Many cultural dance performances took place during the event and yoga guru Baba Ramdev also welcomed guests from Nepal and spoke about the importance of Indo-Nepalese cultural ties.

Speaking on the occasion, Lekhi said, “I wish long life to all my brothers whose wives celebrate this holiday for their husbands. In life, the two most important people in our lives are our Maa (mother) and our Guru (teacher).

Ramdev said, “Nepali-speaking Indians also celebrate the festival. Women celebrate this holiday by keeping a fast for their husbands, a beautiful showcase of our rich culture. Except for Sikkim, Nepalese culture was ignored in our country, so today we tried to organize the event to showcase the Indo-Nepalese culture.

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Grand Master, Taekwon-do Hall of Fame recipient Israel G Xuivi with officials and supporters at Dimapur airport on August 30. (Morung Photo)

Grand Master Israel G Xuivi Congratulated at Dimapur Airport

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Dimapur | August 30

Nagaland International Taekwondo Instructor/Grandmaster Israel G Xuivi was warmly welcomed by members of the Western Sumi Sports Association (WSSA), upon his return to Nagaland, at Dimapur airport on August 30, after the official award ceremony. for his induction into the Taekwon-do Hall of Fame held in Jersey City, USA on August 19.

During the event, Xuivi expressed his joy and gratitude for receiving the award, as he personally never expected to achieve such a feat. “I dedicate this achievement to the people of Nagaland, may it further inspire the younger generation in the years to come,” he said. Affirming that taekwon-do is an international discipline, formulated through the combination of several techniques; he began to take an interest in sports when he was 2 years old.

He also noted the strong love for the sport and pointed out that he took it up not as a means of monetary gain but to better himself.

Sharing his contribution to the martial arts brotherhood, as the founder of Naga Kiti-Do, the native Naga martial arts, he commented on drawing inspiration from the traditional Sumi combat sport known as Aki Kiti.

Countries like Korea and Japan are famous for taekwon-do, judo and karate; he therefore recognized the need to promote Naga Kiti-do to the outside world. In addition to being proud of the recognition that Aboriginal sport has received from the international community. In addition to revealing that he had donated a traditional shawl and awarded the title of honorary black belt of Naga Kiti-do to Gerard Robbins, president of the Taekwon-do Hall of Fame.

It can also be mentioned that Xuivi is the deputy commander of the 1st NAP Battalion, Chümoukedima and received the award in the category of pioneer taekwon-do instructor.

He is the second Indian person to receive this award. The first being Grand Master Puran Andrew Gurung, the founder of taekwon-do in India and Nepal.

Short speeches were also delivered by Nikheto Zhimo, Chairman, Sumi Hoho, Shikaho Zhimomi, Western Sumi Hoho and Thimeto Zhimo, GB Ikishe Village.

What are the factors driving the payday loans market? Technavio’s market analysis reports answer key questions


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  • Market challenge: Payday loans are considered predatory, which is hampering the growth of the market. Payday loans target people with low income and low credit. These people are also targeted by several other providers and financial institutions. However, payday lenders have a bad reputation for aggressively pursuing unpaid loans. Thus, their reputation may challenge the growth of the payday loans market over the forecast period.

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In limbo in Jharkhand, ruling coalition MPs worry about future of Hemant Soren


A livid Banna Gupta on Sunday evening hit out at Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais and demanded that he make public the opinion of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the disqualification of Chief Minister Hemant Soren as an MP.

Banna, a congressman and health minister in the Soren-led government, accused constitutional bodies of being misused to confuse the public. “Please decide and we will give an answer. We are not afraid or arrested. Decide and we will answer within 24 hours against it. Whether it is democratic or constitutional… The public is in trouble and we are asking so it’s up to the governor to make the matter public and whatever.

Although Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ruling coalition, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) formed a united front after the EC recommended Bais to disqualify the CM, there is anxiety in the camp not only about Soren. future, but also the arrests of three congressmen in West Bengal last month and the effect of these incidents on governance.

The ruling alliance has 49 MPs – 30 from the JMM, 18 from Congress and one from the RJD – ​​in the 82-member House. Among these lawmakers, the three Congress deputies arrested in Bengal are considering disqualification. Soren’s fate and that of his brother Basant are also at stake. The ECI is likely to send the governor its recommendation on a plea to disqualify Basant soon. It has been alleged that in his election affidavit, the CM’s brother concealed information that he is the director of a mining company. Soren challenged the 2019 Assembly polls in Dumka and Barhait, winning both. He left Dumka from where Basant won an indirect vote.

“Now it is the question of who blinks first and that is why there is irritation among MPs as well as Hemant Soren,” a ruling coalition leader said. “First, the attempt to overthrow the government was foiled, but the humiliated BJP opposition must be in strategic planning. 46) have now signed a letter of support for Hemant Soren. There is talk in the vineyard of poaching, but much of this issue has been settled. MPs are united. There does not seem to be any harm in government as we However, given the reported disqualification and the further delay in the announcement, MPs are a bit uncertain about Hemant Soren’s immediate future and to some extent about his brother Basant Soren.

Government insiders said administrative work took a hit because the entire Cabinet and ruling coalition MPs were in Ranchi amid uncertainty over the CM’s future. Sources in various districts said everyone was in wait-and-see mode on the “fate of government”. A district official said: ‘There is no job tracking and files are taking longer than usual to move around.’

But some ministers tried to project an image of business as usual on Monday. Education Minister Jagarnath Mahato posted photos of a series of meetings he chaired while Banna Gupta posted photos of his arrival at his office at the Nepal House Secretariat. Gupta wrote: “We will neither fear nor bend. We have fought and will continue to do so no matter how much our critics push us away.

Nepal prepares for a fourth wave


According to COVID-19 situation reports released by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the number of active COVID-19 cases in Nepal reached 5,433 on August 3. The figure had previously risen to 2,276 on July 20 from just 120 on June 20, although there were only two deaths recorded between the two during this period. However, 14 deaths were recorded between July 20 and August 3.

The message is clear in the mindset of the Nepalese health sector: Vaccinate the unvaccinated, including children.

Experts have called the spike in infections and deaths, fueled by subvariants of the Omicron variant of the virus, the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of August 3, 15 out of 100 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The fourth wave of the pandemic started on June 20 and is heading towards its peak,” says Dr Santosh Dulal, a senior microbiologist and research scientist at Anandaban Hospital in the city of Lalitpur. “Our experience with the virus has taught us that the surge can last around two to three months.”

Dr Santosh Dulal, Senior Microbiologist and Research Scientist at Anandaban Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal.
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Dr. Dulal warns that the situation could worsen if the highly infectious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Ommicron do not receive due attention.

“Cases of the BA.5 subvariant have already been identified in Nepal. The death rate will increase if the infection rate continues to rise,” adds Dr Dulal. “BA.5 is more lethal than other subvariants of the Omicron variant. Since the virus has been constantly mutating, it can develop some protection against vaccines. Thus, the use of masks and disinfectant and avoidance of large gatherings should also be encouraged.

He stresses that vaccinating children under 12 is a crucial step in dealing with the next wave of the pandemic.

Eighty-eight percent of the population over the age of 12 has already received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to MoHP reports, Nepal has received 57,883,970 doses of the vaccine from various sources, of which 49,425,113 doses have already been administered. The government’s strategy to deal with the fourth wave also focuses on using the vaccine stock to provide booster doses, and 7,276,922 booster doses have already been administered.

“Enough vaccines are available to provide booster doses. A campaign to administer booster doses is being aggressively undertaken,” says Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, MoHP joint spokesperson, of the government’s plan to tackle the fourth wave.

Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Spokesperson, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal.  1 credit
Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Spokesperson, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal.
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“The new infections were observed mainly in the unvaccinated population. The upsurge in infections has alarmed the population and unvaccinated people are coming forward for vaccination,” adds Dr Adhikari.

According to Dr. Adhikari, 80% of new infections were found in the unvaccinated cohort, while the remaining 20% ​​were seen in the partially vaccinated cohort in Nepal.

“The government has worked alongside various agencies and organizations to contain the virus. Messages about the importance of masks, sanitizers and physical distancing continued. Health services have also been improved to meet current needs,” says Dr Adhikari.

The government began administering Pfizer vaccines to children aged 5 to 12 on June 23. Noting the need to accelerate vaccination of children under 12, Dr Adhikari says: “Children under 12 were previously not covered by the vaccination campaign, but now vaccines are readily available for them”.

The message is clear in the mindset of the Nepalese health sector: Vaccinate the unvaccinated, including children.

Sumitra Dahal, Senior Medical Assistant (AHW) at Balkumari Health Post, Madhyapur Thimi Township, Bhaktapur, who is currently busy setting up camps in schools around her health post, says, “We are reaching out to schools to administer Pfizer vaccines to children between five and 12 years old. In addition, unvaccinated people believed that the pandemic was over and that it was no longer necessary to get vaccinated. But, with the fourth wave, they are increasingly coming forward for vaccination. In addition, the number of people contacting us for a booster dose has increased.

Sumitra Dahal, Assistant Health Officer (AHW) at Balkumari Health Post, Madhyapur Thimi Township, Bhaktapur, Nepal.  1 credit
Sumitra Dahal, Assistant Health Officer (AHW) at Balkumari Health Post, Madhyapur Thimi Township, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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She believes that raising awareness is central to the success of the battle against COVID-19.

“Our health post plans to send health workers and female community health volunteers to localities and people’s doorsteps to raise awareness about the importance and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines,” Dahal adds optimistically. .

In the early waves, the government focused on vaccinating the elderly, as most countries did. Eighty-seven year old Bikram Bahadur Shrestha, a resident of Madhyapur-4 township, Balkumari, Bhaktapur, was one of them.

Bikram Bahadur Shrestha, 87, resident of Madhyapur-4 township, Balkumari, Bhaktapur, Nepal.  1 credit
Bikram Bahadur Shrestha, 87, resident of Madhyapur-4 township, Balkumari, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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“I have already received my booster dose. I hope it will provide me protection against COVID-19 infection,” he shares.

With the government prioritizing shots for children and booster doses after fully vaccinating much of the national population, Nepal is better prepared than ever to face a surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A community event shares cultural diversity

The Alexandra South Asian Cultural Festival highlighted the diverse cultures living within isolated communities.

Many locals with ties to South Asian countries gathered at the Alexandra Community Center on Saturday to celebrate and showcase the diversity within the community.

Organized by Arasan NZ Trust in partnership with Welcoming Communities and the Central Otago Regional Council, the event featured live entertainment, food and fashion shows.

Carthika Luxmanan, organizer of the Arasan NZ Trust event, said the day was aimed at exposing residents of Alexandra to South Asian cultures.

“I think it’s safe to say this is the very first time something like this has happened. It’s exciting to see the whole culture on display…and to have a really dynamic event,” Ms. Luxmanan.

They were interested in making the event an annual celebration.

“This is the first of many events to come, hopefully. Based on the feedback so far, everyone is very excited and eager to participate…So this is an opportunity for us to fit in to the local community and [learn] each other, fostering diversity, understanding and friendship,” said Ms. Luxmanan.

Dunedin-based cancer researcher Dr Lux Selvanesan helped organize the South Island event.

He said they decided to invite local schools to participate in the day through a poster competition.

“It was for all the school children, individually or in teams, to research and create a poster of any South Asian culture. [or cultures],” he said.

Following student submission, a panel of judges from Arasan NZ Trust and the board chose the first, second and third place posters.

“We put the message there and all the posters seen on the walls [at the event] are schoolchildren who designed them. What is wonderful is that these young people have really taken the initiative to go and research these cultures and countries and create beautiful posters,” Mr. Selvanesan said.

Charlotte Taylor and Max Smith, ninth graders at Dunstan High School, were among those who submitted posters.

Charlotte said she was first drawn to Nepal.

“But then I found this train in Sri Lanka and thought it was really cool and changed my poster to it,” Charlotte said.

Max chose Bangladesh and created a simple design.

“The middle of it, where the red circle [is] meant to be, symbolizes the river delta as they have the largest river delta in the world. They are also known for their tall mountains and roaming tigers,” Max said.

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Unilever stock undervalued and a buy (NYSE:UL)



Unilever plc (NYSE: UL) is actively pursuing new growth prospects through acquisitions and new partnerships. Despite the company’s good position, the market is negative about its prospects, which is why the stock is significantly undervalued. At the same time, investors benefit from a 6% shareholding dividend, which promises to be a superb investment shelter in today’s unpredictable markets.

Accelerated organic growth propelled by the “five strategic decisions” will be central to the company’s efforts to increase value creation at Unilever. Acquisitions, such as those that have helped Unilever build fast-growing brands in the cosmetics and nutrition sectors, will also be used to further strengthen the portfolio.

Strategic acquisitions remain an important aspect of the company’s future expansion plan. Online skincare brand Paula’s Choice LLC was acquired last year. Unilever’s goal has always been to increase its presence in the lucrative high-end skincare industry, so this purchase made perfect sense. The “Ingredients Dictionary”, a comprehensive online resource that deconstructs the research behind nearly 4,000 ingredients, and Expert Advice, a curated online knowledge hub for skincare and ingredients, are just a few. effective resources that Paula’s Choice offers to demystify the science behind skincare. The deal pleased Unilever executives, as Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever EVP and CEO Prestige said:

We are delighted to have Paula’s Choice join our Unilever Prestige family. Paula’s Choice is a true pioneer in the digital beauty space and has created a brand based on a mission rooted in truth and transparency. We look forward to introducing the brand and its iconic products to an even wider audience.

The company also revealed that it has reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in Nutrafol, a leading maker of hair health products. This news was included in the company’s announcement. Through its subsidiary Unilever Ventures, Unilever now holds a minority stake in Nutrafol, amounting to 13.2% of the company. According to the IQVIA Provoice survey over the 12 months ending March 31, 2022, in the United States, Nutrafol is the number one hair growth brand recommended by dermatologists. Nutrafol offers a selection of solutions that have undergone rigorous scientific testing and were created by licensed healthcare professionals to treat thinning hair and damaged hair health. With more than 114 million people in the United States struggling with hair health issues, this purchase paves the way for Unilever to enter another growing market.

The company’s objective is to expand into promising new markets. It therefore sells its slow-growing businesses and acquires new ones with opportunities for rapid growth. The company agreed to sell its tea business, Ektarra, to CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII in November 2021. The sale price was €4.5 billion. Lipton, PG Tips, Pukka, T2 and TAZO are just a few of the 34 brands managed by Ekaterra. Unilever Tea’s operations in India, Indonesia and Nepal were not included in this transaction. Meanwhile, the company and RS Group have signed a contract to sell Unilever Life’s direct selling division in Thailand. Under the terms of the agreement, Unilever will sell its direct selling business unit, which includes three different brands. Divestitures help the company generate more funds to support future expansion. However, the aggressive stance can increase business integration risks and hamper the growth of recently acquired businesses.

The company is always on the lookout for new opportunities to forge partnerships that will enable it to broaden its product offering and reach a wider clientele. The company formed a partnership with Holobiome Inc. in January 2022 to find substances that could improve well-being. The aim of the cooperation is to determine which food components interact specifically with important microorganisms. Long-term goals include enhancing these ingredients in specific foods and refreshment products across Unilever’s portfolio to naturally increase levels of certain calming neurotransmitters in the gut, which at in turn, will improve mental well-being. This will be accomplished through a combination of research and product development.

In the meantime, the company entered into another partnership agreement with AP Moller in December 2021. Under the terms of the four-year agreement, Unilever will have its international control tower solution developed and managed by the company. It is an operational management solution that will centralize how the company manages its global maritime and air transport, with the aim of increasing its productivity and reducing its carbon footprint.


The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry is highly competitive, with companies competing on characteristics such as product quality, brand recognition, new product launches, innovation, loyalty customers, new product launches, marketing and pricing. The company faces competition from competitors globally, regionally and even locally. The fierce competition poses problems for the company to achieve its goals of improving profitability and expanding its revenue base.

The company declares in euros, while the majority of its revenues are generated in other currencies. The exchange risk is therefore significant for the company given the current volatility of the markets.

Dividends and share buybacks

The company pays a dividend yield of 4%, 25% more than its 5-year median yield of 3.19%. Over the past 10-year period, the company has managed to record a dividend CAGR of 4.4%, while the growth rate has slowed significantly over the past 3-year period, falling to 1.1 %.

Despite the considerably high yield, the payout ratios are in a safe range, as the TTM Dividend to EBITDA payout ratio is 40% and the Dividend to FCF is only 47%. Over the past 5 year period, we are seeing slow growth in payout ratios, indicating that they still have room to grow.

Dividend payout ratio

Dividend payout ratio (Author)

At the same time, management initiated a share buyback program. During the second quarter, they completed the first tranche of a €3 billion ($750 million) buyback program. For the next 12-month period, the company intends to spend an additional €2.25 billion on the program, which promises an additional 2% return to shareholders. Thus, for the coming year, management will return a 6% return to shareholders.


We used a reverse DCF technique to look at the stock from a valuation perspective.

First, we estimated the 3-year beta coefficient using weekly data, which is equal to 0.53. According to the data, the stock has a low correlation to the market, offering considerable diversification potential (R-squared of 28%).

Unilever beta

Unilever Beta (Author)

As a result, we get a WACC of 4.8%.

WACC Unilever

Unilever WACC (Author)

For the remaining entries, we used a more conservative approach. We have assumed an EBITDA margin 20% lower than the average for the period 2017-2021, and we expect CapEx to remain constant. We have chosen 2% as the final growth rate, which is lower than the current yield on 10-year Treasury bills.

Unilever DCF

Unilever DCF (Author)

Unilever DCF

Unilever DCF (Author)

As a result, our model indicates that the current stock price reflects an expectation of a 50% revenue decline through 2031.

Unilever DCF

Unilever DCF (Author)

Given the overly gloomy estimates, we believe the stock is significantly undervalued, so we created a new model to represent a more accurate forecast. Accordingly, we assume 0% revenue growth over the next decade, a 20% decline in EBITDA margin and the same CapEx margin and terminal growth rate. As a result, our model yields a market value of $94.5, which is more than 100% higher than the current stock price.


So we see a solid company that is proactively increasing its growth potential. New purchases and relationships bode well for the future of the business. However, the current market price reflects very negative trends that seem irrational and inappropriate, which is why we rate the stock long.

An agreement will be signed with an Indian cos to buy electricity in Nepal


Bangladesh will sign a power purchase agreement with Indian companies GMR Karnali Hydropower Company Limited and NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam to purchase 500 MW of power.

During the joint steering committee meeting between the two countries held last Thursday, the Bangladeshi side expressed its commitment to sign a PPA with the Indian companies, according to the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Nepal Irrigation, as reported by Kathmandu-based media. Urja Khabar portal.

The signing is expected to take place during the month of September, which includes the visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to Delhi.

The PPA is seen as a strategic step to bring about successful cross-border energy trade between Nepal and Bangladesh. Bangladesh has consistently expressed interest in purchasing electricity from Nepal.

Bangladeshi industry insiders said the import of 500MW of power would add to the country’s current generation capacity of more than 25,000MW, of which more than 40% remains unused, while utilities electricity utilities have to resort to about 2,000 MW of load shedding. daily under a rationing program due to a shortage of primary fuel.

They also said that although Bangladesh will import power from Nepal, it has to sign a PPA with two Indian companies because Indian generation company GMR will produce power from Nepal while NVVN will supply it through Indian territory.

According to a bilateral agreement between Dhaka and New Delhi, if Bangladesh wants to import electricity that will come from Indian territory, it must buy it from an Indian company, they said.

GMR Karnali Hydropower Company Limited is a subsidiary of New Delhi-based GMR Group, while NVVN is an in-country power trader formed by Indian state-owned company NTPC Ltd in 2002.

It can be mentioned that the Cabinet Committee on Government Procurement at a meeting in December 2019 approved the Electricity Division’s proposal to import 500 MW of electricity from the Indian company’s power station in Nepal.

Bulk electricity will be imported through the Indian company NVVN in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Indian regulatory commission.

According to the proposal, Bangladesh will import electricity from the Indian company GMR at a tariff of $7.7172 (equivalent to 736 Tk if the current US dollar rate is considered at 95.49 Tk) per kilowatt hour (each unit) for over 25 years. .

For the import, the government will have to pay a total amount of more than Tk 40,000 crore to GMR through NVVN during the period, the Power Division sources said.

Under the Rapid Supply Power and Energy Expansion Act 2018, the BPDB will now sign a power sales agreement with the NVVN to import power from the GMR.

The Nepali news portal reports that Thursday’s meeting also reached a five-point bilateral consensus on energy cooperation between the two countries.

The discussion highlighted the possibility that Bangladesh could use the untapped capacity of its high-voltage direct current structure at the Veramara power plant to import 40-50 MW of electricity from Nepal in the initial phase.

With this possibility in place, the energy authorities of the two countries, the Nepal Electricity Authority and the Bangladesh Power Development Board, will ask India‘s NVVN to sign a trilateral PPA.

Similarly, Nepal will provide the environmental assessment report for the 683 MW Sunkoshi-3 hydropower project in Bangladesh. In this regard, Bangladesh has agreed to submit necessary comments on the report soon to expedite the formation of a joint team to advance the construction of the project.

Nepal and Bangladesh would like to initiate a trilateral agreement with India to construct a dedicated transmission line in Indian territory, prepare a draft cooperation agreement in the field of renewable energy including solar home systems, collaborate on training and develop a future guideline for bilateral capacity building, according to the clauses to which the two countries agreed during the meeting on Thursday, reports Urja Khabar.

Mint Explainer: Indian defense industry is spreading its wings overseas


In Malaysia, HAL can sell its repair and maintenance services to that country, and also use the office as a gateway to the larger Southeast Asian market. If HAL wins the Malaysian tender, it will be the second big win for Indian defense manufacturing after BrahMos Aerospace signed a deal worth $375 million to sell three batteries of the BrahMos cruise missile to the Philippines earlier this year.

The government says Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia and the Philippines have also expressed interest in Tejas.

If the important Tejas deal materializes, it will give further impetus to Indian defense exports which have been growing in recent years.

The rise in defense exports

India‘s defense exports were 1,941 crore in 2014-15. In 2021-2022, they increased to 13,000 crore. That’s a more than six-fold increase.

Exports were 2,059 crore in 2015-16, 1,522 crore in 2016-17, 4,682 crore in 2017-18, 10,746 crores in 2018-19, 9,116 crores in 2019-20 and 8,435 crore in 2020-21. According to the Ministry of Defence, 70% of the contribution to exports in 2021-22 came from the private sector and the remaining 30% from the public sector.

In 2011, the government had announced a defense production policy to achieve autonomy in the design, development and production of defense equipment; creating the right conditions for private industry to play an active role; strengthen the potential of SMEs for indigenization; and expand the country’s defense R&D base. This policy marked the beginning of India’s defense export vision.

What has contributed to the increase in exports over the past few years are several measures taken by the government, such as simplifying licenses for the manufacture of defense equipment and granting no-objection certificates, l lines of credit to small countries for arms purchases, import controls and the proactive role played by India’s foreign missions.

A major boost to exports comes from increased indigenization which builds domestic manufacturing capacity. The government has issued three “positive indigenization lists” in recent years, listing items that cannot be imported and must be purchased domestically. The offsets, the requirement for a foreign arms seller in India to reinvest part of the contract value in India, have The government released a draft Defense Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020, which set out broader guidelines to boost defense exports.

What does India export and to which countries?

BrahMos cruise missiles are exceptions to India’s defense exports. India mainly exports parts and components, spare parts and subsystems.

Items exported by India include Personal Protective Equipment, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Advanced Light Helicopters, SU Avionics, Coastal Surveillance Radios and Systems, Kavach MoD II Launchers, Spare Parts for radars, electronic systems and light engineering mechanical parts.

Some of the major export destinations for Indian defense products are USA, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Italy, Maldives, Russia, France, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Israel, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines and Poland. , Spain and Chile.

In 2021-2022, India’s biggest importer was the United States. But in previous years, India’s biggest importer has been Myanmar, followed by Sri Lanka.

Can India reach the lofty goal of 2025?

Encouraged by an increase in exports in recent years, the government has set itself an ambitious target of exports worth 35,000 crore by 2025. India’s exports in 2021-22 were 13,000 crores. Is it possible for Indian defense manufacturing to achieve this goal?

Although India’s defense exports have increased, they are still meager. India is now among the top 25 defense exporting countries, but its share in total global defense exports is only 0.2%. And it is the biggest defense importer with Saudi Arabia. From 2017 to 2021, 50% of India’s defense exports went to Myanmar, followed by Sri Lanka at 25%. This indicates that Indian manufacturers do not have access to more lucrative markets.

The government’s emphasis on indigenization will ultimately be an effective solution to India’s imbalanced defense trade, but the question is what India’s defense PSUs can deliver. Before 2021-2022, the share of PSUs in India’s defense exports was only 10%, with the remaining 90% being the share of private companies. In 2021-22, exports were still dominated by the private sector at 70%.

Although the government has put in place policies that are conducive to private sector growth in defense exports, for obvious political reasons, no government will like to be seen incentivizing the private sector beyond a limit. This leaves government with UAPs which are traditionally seen as slow and less efficient than the private sector, of course with exceptions. Although indigenization in itself propels exports because some indigenized products can be exported, it may be impossible for UAPs to achieve the lofty goal of exporting when they also have indigenization goals to achieve. Last year, India restructured 41 units under the Ordnance Factory Board in Sept. This will increase efficiency and accountability and further steps in this direction are needed.

HAL’s Tejas deal will certainly improve India’s defense manufacturing profile, and India needs more such deals. So far, India has had no major export before BrahMos. In addition to parts, components and spares, India needs several major export products. This would require more funding for R&D to begin with.

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In the state of Alabama, how many payday loans can you have at one time?


Moving to a new state can be scary, especially when it comes to employment, and even more so when you’re worried about your debt. In this article, find out how many statistics payday loans in alabama you can have at the same time.

What is a personal loan?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get cash, a payday loan may be your best bet. A payday loan is a small loan you can take from a bank or payday lender. You can use them to cover short-term expenses like groceries, utilities, and rent, or to cover unexpected expenses like a car repair or medical bill.

The downside of payday loans is that they are high interest loans and usually come with hidden fees that can add up quickly. Additionally, you must repay the loan immediately – even if you don’t have the money to pay it back right away. This means that payday loans are a kind of risky financial transaction.

If you’re considering borrowing money from a payday lender, be sure to read the fine print carefully before making your decision. And remember: just because you can easily get a payday loan doesn’t mean

In the state of Alabama, there are laws that limit the number of payday loans a person can take out at one time. These laws are in place to protect consumers from abuse by lenders and to help ensure that every payday loan is awarded fairly.

Generally, an individual can have up to three payday loans taken out at the same time. However, if a person has had problems with previous payday loans or has a history of bad credit, they may only be able to take out two payday loans at a time. Also, if an individual needs more money than they can afford to repay within the time limit, they may only be able to borrow up to $500 per loan.

How many Alabama payday loans can I get?

Back then, payday loans were only available through installment loans. This is because most payday lenders only give out small loans that are easy to repay and they don’t want to take too much risk. However, times have changed and Alabama residents can now get payday loans from any lender they choose. This means you can have as many payday loans as you need to meet your needs.

Nepal’s ad hoc policies towards China – The Diplomat


Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcome their arrival to attend a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

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A day after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi issued a statement denouncing the visit. In the statement, Hou “highly appreciated” Nepal’s longstanding commitment to the one-China principle.

In a subtle warning, she reminded Nepal that the one-China principle is the foundation of China-Nepal relations and expressed hope that Kathmandu would continue to uphold the principle and uphold China’s legitimate interests. Hou also called for cooperation to “defend each other’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.”

Then, on August 5, Hou met with Nepalese Interior Minister Bal Krishna Khand. During the meeting, Khand reassured the Chinese envoy on Nepal’s stance on the one China policy. Nepal would not allow any force to use Nepalese territory for “anti-China separatist activities”, he said.

This was followed by a hastily arranged trip by Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka to Beijing from Aug. 9-11 at the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The two countries touted his trip as a return visit following Wang’s visit to Nepal in March.

Khadka’s visit also follows two high-level Chinese visits in recent months. However, the timing and statements from both countries during and after the visit indicate that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was a critical factor.

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Nepal frequently reiterates its commitments to the one-China policy and “does not allow Nepalese lands to be used against Chinese interests”. Prime ministers, foreign ministers, foreign secretaries and others in leadership positions across time and political parties have reaffirmed these commitments to the Chinese. Nepalese Foreign Policy 2077 also codifies the latter. As Hou said, these are the foundations of China-Nepal relations.

There is no doubt that Nepal is sincerely committed to these principles and policies. Unfortunately, Nepal’s understanding of the implications of these principles is less clear.

The implications of the one China principle are relatively easy to understand. Under this principle, Nepal (like most countries in the world) considers the People’s Republic of China to be the sole representative of China. In this context, Tibet and Taiwan are part of China. Thus, Nepal has helped suppress the political activities of Tibetan refugees because China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist.

The implication of Nepal’s second commitment – ​​to not allow its territory to be used for activities that could harm Chinese interests – is more complex. The principle makes sense but requires an understanding and agreement between Nepal and China on what China’s legitimate interests are.

The absence of a shared national understanding in Nepal allows for ad hoc decision making. Moreover, not all of Nepal’s interests align perfectly with Chinese interests.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US$500 million grant program to build transport and energy infrastructure in Nepal, has tested the principle. Beijing was staunchly opposed to Nepal ratifying the agreement and was voicing its concerns. Nepali experts were bitterly divided on whether Chinese security concerns over the subsidy were legitimate. Eventually, Nepal went ahead with ratification, which upset Beijing. Nepal sought to reassure Beijing that its interests would not be harmed.

In July, Nepal wrote a letter to the US government canceling the State Partnership Program (SPP), an exchange program between the national guard of a US state and a partner foreign country. Nepal and the Utah National Guard signed the SPP in 2019. According to Beijing’s perception, the agreement is part of the US Indo-Pacific strategy.

Despite American clarifications that the SPP is not a security or military alliance, Nepal decided to withdraw from the agreement in response to Chinese sensitivity on the issue.

Nepal may have a rationale for both decisions, but they underscore the ad hoc nature of understanding what constitutes actions against the interests of its neighbours. Such behavior opens the door to influence peddling or even intimidation, especially given the soft nature of Nepalese bureaucrats and political leaders towards their Chinese counterparts.

Moreover, Nepal’s need to regurgitate these principles at every meeting with Chinese leaders indicates China’s insecurity about developments in its neighborhood. Beijing may also be rightly concerned about Nepal’s ability to implement the principles, although it has praised Nepal’s efforts to limit the activities of Tibetan refugees.

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Either way, it is high time for foreign and security policy actors in Nepal to reach a common minimum consensus. This would help Nepal to engage China on an equal footing. At the same time, it will clarify what Nepal’s “red lines” with Beijing are. Without such understanding, Nepalese policies will continue to be ad hoc and reactionary.

EU migrant workers in Great Yarmouth – when work doesn’t pay enough


Reports now suggest that energy costs could reach £5,000 on average housework. The Child Action Poverty Group estimates that by January 2023, half of all households in the UK will experience energy poverty. In Great Yarmouth, the city where our work on EU migrant workers takes place (as part of the UK in Changing Europe research programme), 7,400 households (out of 455,000 households) could not pay their fuel bills last year, forcing them to choose between heating and food; this number is expected to increase significantly this year.

Low-paid European migrant workers (the group on which our work focuses) are particularly affected. They work – those living in Great Yarmouth mostly work in local food processing plants and on farms – but they still can’t make ends meet. So they struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their families. This is explained by the fact that “unskilled” work is poorly paid. Zero-hour contracts and agency work are also common, leaving people without stable and predictable income.

The benefit system often fails to provide a safety net, particularly for those with pre-established status (less than five years residence) who face additional barriers to access other support such as social benefits.

So what is happening on the ground? It is difficult to disentangle the effects of the cost of living crisis from existing debt problems, largely a two-year legacy of a COVID19 pandemic, where some workers were unable to work, or saw their hours reduced, or had to self-isolate or shelter due to health issues. For many, especially the most vulnerable, they have gone into debt, or worse.

Thus, like other groups facing financial insecurity an increasing number of EU migrants rely on support from charities, help from local authorities for emergency financial assistance (through the Norfolk Assistance Scheme (NAS)) and food stamps. They are also turning to food banks.

There is more than 2,500 food banks now operating in the UK, compared to about 30 in 2009 (more than the McDonald’s number). Great Yarmouth Salvation Army offers hot meals (free) twice a week, a food bank (also twice a week) and more recently a “Sallys Store” (a community supermarket to help encourage customers to become more independent once they are no longer dependent on food banks). Demand is now so great that the Salvation Army is opening another food bank in the nearby (and once again wealthy) village of Caister. During the pandemic, the salvation army served approximately 120 hot meals twice a week and provided food for approximately 450 people.

The Salvation Army estimates that around 20% of people accessing their food bank are non-UK nationals, but only around 1 in 10 of the population of the borough of Great Yarmouth is EU nationals. But like somewhere else in the UK, food supplies are running out. Salvation Army GY director says needs have increased while donations have decreased. “People are feeling the pinch themselves and are unable to donate extra food to the food bank.” This means that the Salvation Army must top up its inventory each week with its own depleting resources.

The table below outlines the emergency support that GYROS, the migrant support charity we work with, helped clients access in January-July 2021 and again during the same period in 2022 This assistance includes assisting customers to request the local aid scheme (for those in financial difficulty) where the numbers increased almost tenfold, and direct food bank referrals (including the Salvation Army) where the numbers tripled.

Food bank referrals would likely be higher, but GYROS has also given out over 600 supermarket vouchers (which equates to over £10,000 in total cost), provided as a one-time thank you for your participation in health research, including publicly funded access to health research. In July, 10% of their customers came to GYROS for food parcels/vouchers.

So could we see EU nationals choosing to leave the UK as the cost of living crisis deepens further? Those who live in Great Yarmouth are generally well established, home is the UK, with children and even grandchildren living in the area. However, support services like GYROS expect their clients’ financial situation to deteriorate significantly in the winter and therefore the situation may change.

If so, it will cause real problems for the food industry. Poultry factories are already struggling to recruit non-EU nationals, partly because of social changes, working conditions and low wages. The same goes for farms, the other major employer of EU nationals in the region. Now that the free movement tap has been turned off, EU migrants are reluctant to come to the UK under the Seasonal Worker Visa scheme, the scheme set up to help farmers bring in staff temporary in the absence of free movement. Among those who obtained a Seasonal worker visa in the year ending March 2021, 85% were Ukrainian (i.e. non-EU) nationals. A farm manager in Norfolk tells us that EU workers prefer to stay in the EU where no visa is required. Ukrainian nationals, for obvious reasons, are not coming this year. This has forced farmers to seek labor much further afield, particularly in Nepal and Indonesia.

The lack of EU migrant workers means farms struggle to meet labor needs to harvest the crops – with almost £60million fruit and veg thought to be wasted in the first half due to labor shortages, according to a national farmers union. This year, half of the UK’s potato crop is expected fail because they cannot be irrigated. The departure of EU nationals with established status will only exacerbate this problem.

The EU migrant worker population in Great Yarmouth is also aging (the average age of GYROS clients is 46). They won’t work forever in these physically demanding jobs. Without adequate pensions, the cycle of debt, rising cost of living and inflation means that (settled) migrant workers from the EU will continue to seek help from the EU. State ; they will no longer be net contributors to the economy. During this time, employers will have to make working conditions much more attractive for the local workforce (few signs yet) or relocate their production abroad.

By Catherine Barnard, Deputy Director, UK in a Changing Europe, and Fiona Costello, both from the University of Cambridge Law School.

Fusemachines and UpaCare announce partnership


Fusemachines, the leading provider of AI talent solutions for enterprises, announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with British health technology company UpaCare Health to form an interdisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive patient-centric digital health platform and powered by AI.

The platform will include features that will help patients and healthcare providers connect with each other, while providing an efficient way to collect and manage patient data. “The platform will also enable personalized patient communication systems, cross-collaboration between healthcare providers, automated healthcare visits and prescription planning,” the statement released by Fusemachines reads.

Dr. Sumitra Kafle, CEO and co-founder of UpaCare, said primary care, which is an integral part of community health, is based on ongoing health promotion, chronic disease prevention and lifestyle management. “Unfortunately, in Nepal and other South Asian communities, this subset of medicine remains an afterthought with minimal infrastructure,” Kafle said. “We want to change that by delivering a robust technology platform that makes primary care equitable and accessible while improving the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”

Similarly, Parag Shrestha, Managing Director, South Asia at Fusemachines, said AI and data are solving global problems, including healthcare needs in underserved markets. “We are excited to work with UpaCare to realize our shared vision of improving primary care in Nepal and beyond through data-driven health information, automation and effective patient-caregiver interactions. health care providers. »

Karnali province at high earthquake risk, experts say – myRepublica


SURKHET, August 23: The Chure Range and Lesser Himalayas, known as the Lower Himalayan region, in Karnali province are considered to be at high risk for earthquakes. Researchers and experts have stated that the most active fault line in the Himalayas is created in the western part of the country.

Presenting on Monday a working paper on the “Awareness and Dissemination Workshop on Earthquake Impact Modeling” organized by the Ministry of Interior and Law with the support of EU, UNDP, UN Women and other agencies, seismologist Dr Dipak Chamlagain said the most active fault line in the Himalayas may form in western Nepal and chances are likely, according to scientific research, that the earthquake reaches a magnitude of 8.5. In the workshop, Dr. Chamlgain shared his thoughts on the possible damage that could result from earthquakes measuring 8.6 and 7.8 on the Richter scale.

According to Dr. Chamlagain, Dailekh, Salyan, Surkhet and Jajarkot of Karnali province are at high risk of earthquakes and Dailekh tops the list of risk areas. According to its forecast, around 42,328 buildings would be damaged and Surkhet district would see the highest number of casualties and humanitarian losses could be high if the earthquakes occur during the holidays.

Dr. Chamlagain shared that Gulmi, Bajhang, Pyuthan, Baglung, Rolpa, Achham, Baitadi, Dailekh, Kalikot and Dhading are most vulnerable to earthquakes in Nepal, adding that earthquakes in Nepal usually occur from 10 to 30 km.

On this occasion, the Secretary to the Cabinet of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, Ananda Saru, said that disaster response plans for provincial and local levels and the Disaster Risk Reduction Act, policy and strategic plans should be prepared for the provincial level. During the workshop, recommendations were received for modeling earthquake impact and estimating total damage by performing seismic hazard microzonation. Similarly, experts called for strengthening disaster preparedness and resilience capacity of government agencies, community, private sector and other stakeholders.


Stocks in the news: Paytm, Adani Power, L&T, JSW Steel and more


Stocks to watch today: The Indian market ended its eight-game winning streak today on profit booking and weak global indices. Sensex lost 652 pts to 59,646 and Nifty lost 198 pts to 17,758. IndusInd Bank, Bajaj twins, Tata Steel and SBI were Sensex’s biggest losers, falling to 3.82%. L&T, Infosys and TCS were Sensex’s only gainers, rising 2.20%.

Share Market Live: Sensex and Nifty set to open lower today

Here’s a look at the stocks that should stay in the news today.

Payment : Shareholders of One97 Communications, which operates under the Paytm brand, have approved the reappointment of Vijay Shekhar Sharma as the company’s managing director and chief executive, according to the scrutineer’s report filed by the company on Sunday.

AstraZeneca Pharma India: Pharmaceutical major has received import and marketing clearance in CT-20 form, subsequent new drug approval, from Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) for Olaparib film coated tablets . With this approval, Olaparib 100 mg and 150 mg film-coated tablets may be indicated as monotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients with previously treated high-risk BRCA HER2-negative early breast cancer by neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy.

Larsen & Toubro Ltd: The conglomerate has commissioned a green hydrogen plant at its manufacturing complex in Hazira, Gujarat. The plant will produce 45 kg of green hydrogen per day, which will be used for captive consumption at the company’s Hazira manufacturing complex, the company said.

Adani power: Adani Power has announced that it will acquire DB Power Limited for an enterprise value of Rs 7,017 crore, the company said.

Energy flagship Adani Group, with this acquisition, aims to expand its offerings and operations in the thermal power sector in the state. DB Power owns and operates two units of a 600 MW thermal power plant in the Janjgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh. Diligent Power (DPPL) is the holding company of DB Power.

JSW steel: The steelmaker has signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement with National Steel Holding (NSHL) to establish scrap crushing facilities in India. NSHL is a metal recycling, collection and processing company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

CDS: India’s largest exporter of software services, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has delayed the payment of variable pay or performance bonus for some employees for the June quarter (Q1 FY23) by one month.

Oriental Hotels: Nippon Life India Trustee has sold 1.95 lakh shares, or 0.1% stake, in the company through open market transactions.

Wockhardt: The pharmaceutical company said it had teamed up with various partners to roll out products in the U.S. market, with its Illinois-based manufacturing plant ready to ease all workers in a phased manner as part of the company’s restructuring. company in the US market.

IT Age Management Services: The Great Terrain Investment, a promotion entity, divested a 3.79% stake in the financial infrastructure and service provider by selling 18.55 lakh of shares at an average price of Rs 2,306.18 apiece, raising Rs 427.99 crore through an open market transaction, depending on the volume processing data available with the BSE.

Tejas networks: The company purchased the remaining 93,571 shares of Saankhya Labs at a price of Rs 454.19 per share by paying Rs 4.25 crore per secondary purchase. With the said transaction, he acquired all 62,51,496 shares or 64.4% stake in Saankhya, for Rs 283.94 crore, on a fully diluted basis.

IIFL Finances: Morgan Stanley Asia Singapore Pte bought 35 lakh shares of the company through open market transactions, at an average price of Rs 334.95 per share. However, CDC Group Plc unloaded 1.35 crore shares of the company at an average price of Rs 335.64 per share.

Culinary specialties of Mrs. Bectors: Bajaj Holdings and Investment has sold 3,22,176 shares of the company at an average price of Rs 360.06 per share.

NHPC: The state-owned hydropower giant plans to develop two 750 MW and 450 MW hydropower projects in Nepal, for which it signed a pact on Thursday in Kathmandu. NHPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Investment Board Nepal (IBN) to develop 750 MW West Seti and 450 MW SR-6 hydropower projects in Nepal.

Veranda Learning Solutions: Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation (TAHDCO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with e-learning player to train students from backward communities in banking and financial institutions for free.

Kilburn Engineering: RBL Bank further reduced its stake in Kilburn Engineering by selling a further 2.92% through exchanges. The bank also sold 10,00,000 shares representing 2.92% of the paid-up share capital of Kilburn Engineering.

A decent person | Nepali time


B P Koirala’s famous advice to his fellow Nepalese was that they shouldn’t necessarily strive to be tall. “Just try to be a decent person,” he used to say.

Many Nepalese Congress (NC) leaders who succeeded BP continue to disregard this suggestion, including his own relatives. But one leader who took the sage advice to heart and lived it is Pradip Giri, who died in Kathmandu on Saturday at the age of 74.

Pradip Giri was an iconoclast and a gentle giant of Nepalese politics. He never sought power and position, preferring to stay behind the scenes to be the conscience of his party and his nation. He has been elected as an MP several times and has always stood up for those left behind by the Nepalese state, repeatedly refusing to sit in government.

While in exile in Benares during the Panchayat years, Giri fell out with the Koirala clan. And after BP’s death in 1982, he moved closer to another Congress leader with whom he shared traits of austerity, humility and honesty: Krishna Prasad Bhattarai.

Ironically, it was throat cancer that prematurely claimed the lives of Koirala and Giri 40 years apart. And just as he was fighting for democracy, fighting for the Nepalese Congress to stay true to its social democratic values, he was fighting malignity both in his body and in the body politic of Nepal.

Pradip Giri is the latest in a generation of Nepali politicians who witnessed India‘s freedom struggle and knew many of its leaders after independence. He was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi to live a frugal and honest life, and to adopt satyagraha as a strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience to confront the structural violence of the state.

When BP was imprisoned in 1960 and Nepal’s first democratically elected government was driven underground, Giri was arrested several times and spent more than four years in detention.

After the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1990, Giri was elected as an MP for his home district of Siraha, although he lost the seat in 1999. He moved away from Girija Koirala and joined the Nepalese Congress (Democrat) by Sher Bahadur Deuba in 2002.

He was appointed to the Constituent Assembly, but disagreed on a matter of principle with the 2015 Constitution for failing to meet the aspirations of the Madhes people.

Indian tightrope walking in a hostile neighborhood


It’s not that we haven’t made progress; however, the fact remains that we could not adequately manage the care and speed with which we had to achieve our goal.” On August 14, while addressing his country at the n his 75th birthday, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s tone was dripping with despair.

In India, the mood was quite the opposite. Consider this excerpt from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lengthy speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15: “As we wake up on this auspicious morning of the 76th Independence, we must resolve to make India a developed nation in the next 25 years. The young people of today, all aged 20-22-25, whom I see here will witness the glorious celebrations of the centenary of Independence. You will then be 50-55 years old, which means that this golden period of your life, these 25-30 years of your age is the time to realize the dreams of India. Make a pledge and walk with me, my friends, take the Habs oath and let us all unite with all our might.”

It is well known that partition provided Pakistan with better land and conditions; so why hasn’t it moved forward? In fact, Pakistan has always been a skeptical country. People frequently refer to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech of August 11, 1947, as showing his “secular” credentials: “You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain order public so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the state.” However, Jinnah repeatedly asked, even if Sharia were to be implemented in Pakistan, what would be the harm .

The majority of those who vigorously promoted Pakistan’s demand for undivided India were great Zamindars. This is why the big landowners still have their say. In contrast, Indian leaders had a clearer vision. India not only abolished the zamindari system within five years of independence, but also the “private purses” of the princely states in 1971. The reservation system for government jobs and legislative institutions was put in place to help the oppressed and deprived sections of society. This would not be possible in Pakistan, even if the prime ministers of justice in both countries were Dalits.

Pakistani democracy is at the mercy of the army, while in India the regulators are Parliament and the elected government, and the Constitution is supreme. Another mistake made by Pakistan was to fall into the fold of the United States. The superpowers are friends with no one; they just use countries. Pakistani leaders relied on American support and vowed to “fight a thousand years” with India and inflict “a thousand wounds”. He began feeding terrorists and soon became hostage to a coalition of his army, the ISI and terrorists. Its economy, which was larger than India’s until the 1980s, is now nine times smaller. And the real cause for concern is that a decadent Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of those with chaotic plans at any moment.

Pakistan is not alone in this regard: the situation in neighboring Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is also precarious. Our neighborhood is on fire from all sides. When a country’s liberal institutions begin to deteriorate, conservative elements take over. Anti-Indian sentiments are alive and growing in Islamabad, Dhaka, Naypyidaw, Malé and Colombo.

For example, China wanted to anchor its spy warship in the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka for a few days. Following India’s objections, Sri Lanka initially said it would not allow the warship, but its tone quickly changed. Yuan Wang-5 not only arrived on August 11, but Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided to welcome his crew members to the red carpet. While Wickremesinghe expressed his joy at the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong did not miss the chance to poke fun at India. This is, of course, a betrayal of India, as Wickremesinghe had earlier publicly thanked the Indians for their help.

The concern in New Delhi is understandable. The warship’s advanced radar and equipment can track missiles and other security establishments up to 750 km. As a result, it has the ability to spy on all ports in South India, nuclear power stations and the Chandipur missile range in Odisha. According to the current schedule, Yuan Wang-5 will camp at Hambantota until August 22. During this time, all presentiments and fears can take shape.

The ship can stay there or leave on August 22, but either way our security system will face challenges. It also teaches us that untrustworthy neighbors can be dangerous. This is a new challenge in the changing global landscape facing India as it strives to become a superpower in the Amritkal of its independence.

Shashi Shekhar is Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan. Views are personal.

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Community response made the Relief Share trip a success | Letters to the Editor


Volunteers from Relief Share, a charity based in Citrus County, traveled to Poland in mid-June, bringing 1,500 pounds of medical supplies donated by area hospitals. These supplies were transported to Ukraine, where they were delivered to hospitals, clinics and even doctors on the front lines of the war-torn country.

This remarkable achievement by our small medical surplus recovery organization would not have been possible without the support of our community.

On behalf of Relief Share and its dedicated volunteers, I would like to thank all the hospitals and health facilities in the area who, at our request, increased their medical surplus donations prior to the trip.

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Thanks also to the Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS), who once again opened their doors to Relief Share for a fundraising event. This support was essential as the large interior space they provided allowed for hundreds of boxes of medical surplus for inventory and packaging to meet customs requirements.

Also, a huge thank you to Lecanto’s Technology Conservation Group (TCG) and Hamilton Rice for generously donating storage space to us over the past few years.

Thank you also to all of our adult and student volunteers who spent a very long weekend taking inventory, boxing and preparing supplies. For those who came to ROCCS headquarters with donations of supplies – and those who made monetary donations through JustGiving – thank you.

We were able to raise the funds to ship 40 large boxes of supplies to Poland by air freight. We are also grateful to Natalya Breidenbaugh and Joe Maddox of the Nature Coast Baptist Association who helped with fundraising. Natalya also gave us important contacts in Ukraine so that we could deliver the supplies safely.

Since 2003, Relief Share has collected medical surpluses and delivered them as part of disaster relief efforts in Haiti, Central and South America and Nepal, to refugee clinics in Greece and developing countries. from Africa and Asia. Russia’s unprovoked war with Ukraine will unfortunately not end any time soon.

Relief Share will continue its efforts to ship medical surpluses to our new friends in Poland and Ukraine, as well as to places in need around the world. To learn more about how to help, visit www.reliefshare-florida.org.

And again, thank you Citrus County for your generosity.

Daniel Carella, MPH

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President Bhandari goes to the hospital to inquire about the state of health of Pradip Giri


President Bidya Devi Bhandari visited Nepal’s Mediciti Hospital on Saturday to inquire about the health of Nepali Congress leader and lawmaker Pradip Giri.

President Bhandari’s chief personal secretary, Bhesh Raj Adhikari, said she gave an update on Giri’s health condition.

“After inquiring about Giri’s health condition, President Bhandari also met with his family members and wished his speedy recovery,” Adhikari told the Post.

He added that Interior Minister Balkrishna Khand was also present at the hospital.

Giri had returned to Nepal a few months ago after being treated for throat cancer in India.

According to his family sources, he was admitted to Nepal Mediciti Hospital a month ago after suffering from pneumonia and complications from cancer.

“He underwent immunotherapy a week ago to boost his immune system. However, he has now developed massive pneumonia, which has further compromised his health, leading to multiple organ failure,” read a statement released by the family.

According to the statement, a full team of doctors consisting of an oncologist, a pulmonologist, a gastroenterologist, a nephrologist, an internist and intensive care specialists are caring for Giri.

Earlier in the morning, CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal also visited the hospital to provide an update on Giri’s health condition.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the hospital to inquire about Giri’s state of health.

Giri, 74, is known as a socialist thinker and is among the few Nepalese politicians who are equally respected by leaders from all political backgrounds.

Nepal opens its first-ever breast milk bank for at-risk premature babies in Kathmandu


The Breastmilk Bank at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital – Amrit Kosh – has the facilities to collect, pasteurize, test and store donor breastmilk safely from nursing mothers and then supply it to infants in need.

In a bid to enable premature babies and other at-risk infants to access the vast benefits of breast milk when they need it most, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on August 19 inaugurated the first-ever human milk bank in the Himalayan nation in a maternity and women’s hospital in Kathmandu.

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The breast milk bank at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital – Amrit Kosh – has the facilities to collect, pasteurize, test and store breast milk from nursing mothers and then supply it to infants in need, officials said.

The center was established in partnership between the Government of Nepal, the European Union and UNICEF.

“Premature, low birth weight and small for gestational age babies are vulnerable in terms of survival and cognitive development and usually have feeding problems due to their medical conditions,” Prof Amir said. Babu Shrestha, Director of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital.

According to a press release issued by UNICEF Nepal, the milk bank is an important step towards establishing baby-friendly health systems and enables premature, low birth weight infants and other infants at risk of accessing the vast benefits of breast milk when they need it. more.

Each year, around 81,000 premature babies are born in middle-income countries like Nepal. Compared to dying within their first month of life, premature and low birth weight babies are at even greater risk.

According to the Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (NMICS) 2019, the neonatal mortality rate is 16. In addition, the infant mortality rate is 25 and the under five mortality rate is 28 per 1,000 live births.

According to NMICS 2019, only 42% of children under 2 are breastfed within one hour of birth and 62% of children under six months are exclusively breastfed in Nepal.

With PTI inputs.

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Nepal opens its first-ever breast milk bank for at-risk premature babies


Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Friday inaugurated the Himalayan nation’s first-ever human milk bank at a maternity and women’s hospital to enable premature and other at-risk infants to access the vast benefits of breast milk when they need it most.

Amrit Kosh Human Milk Bank at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital has the facilities to collect, pasteurize, test and store donor human milk safely from nursing mothers and then supply it to infants in the need, officials said.

The center was established in partnership between the Government of Nepal, the European Union and UNICEF.

Premature, low birth weight and small for gestational age babies are vulnerable in terms of survival and cognitive development and usually have feeding problems due to their condition,” said Professor Amir Babu Shrestha, Director of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital.

The milk bank is an important step towards building baby-friendly health systems and gives preterm, low birth weight infants and other at-risk infants access to the vast benefits of breastmilk when they need it most, according to a press release issued by UNICEF. Nepal.

Each year, approximately 15 million premature babies are born worldwide. In lower-middle-income countries like Nepal, an estimated 81,000 premature babies are born.

Infants are at the highest risk of dying in their first month of life, while premature and low birth weight babies are at even greater risk.

According to the Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (NMICS) 2019, the neonatal mortality rate (number of deaths per 1,000 live births in the first 28 days of life) in Nepal is 16.

Similarly, the infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births, which are less than one year old) is 25 and the under-5 mortality rate is 28 per 1,000 live births.

Human breast milk contains the best source of nutrition and ensures the survival and healthy growth of babies. It stimulates brain development and has lifelong benefits for both baby and mother, remarked Dr. Bibek Kumar Lal, Director of Family Welfare Division, Ministry of Health and Population .

Human breast milk contains antibodies that cannot be found in any other source. According to experts, exclusive breastfeeding has the potential to prevent 13% of deaths of children under five worldwide each year.

Early initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of birth, in addition to exclusive breastfeeding, can reduce all newborn deaths globally by 22%.

In Nepal, only 42% of children under 2 are breastfed within an hour of birth and 62% of children under six months are exclusively breastfed, according to NMICS 2019.

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Met returns two ancient artifacts to Nepal – ARTnews.com


The Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned two artifacts to Nepal as part of a campaign by activists in the country to recover cultural heritage believed to have been stolen.

The two returned items were a 13th-century carved wooden strut depicting a salabhinka, a spiritual figure that often adorns temple walls, and a stone sculpture depicting the god Shiva in a carved niche that references Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. Both were handed over to Nepalese government officials this week, although plans to return the temple’s mainstay have been announced in 2021.

When the Met announced it would return the temple strut, the museum alluded to gaps in the object’s provenance. The Met did not say why it was returning the Shiva sculpture.

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According to a statement released by the museum on Tuesday, the works were both donated to the Met three decades ago. The temple strut entered the collection in 1991 and is from a Buddhist temple in the central Nepalese region of Kathmandu; the sculpture depicting Lord Shiva was donated to the Met in 1995.

The return of the two objects took place after an internal investigation. The pieces had previously been identified by restitution advocacy groups like Lost Arts of Nepal and Chasing Aphrodite. Both artifacts are now set to be displayed by the National Museum of Nepal in Kathmandu, the Met said.

Often, in restitution cases, museums emphasize alliances with foreign government officials in order to enforce them. In a statement, the Met said the latest repatriation is another step to “honor the long-standing relationship we have had with academic institutions and colleagues in Nepal, and signal an ongoing commitment to continue the ongoing and open dialogue. between us”.

“The Consulate looks forward to working closely with the Museum to preserve and promote art and culture in the future,” Bishnu Prasad Gautam, Nepal’s acting consul general, said in a statement.

Institutions like the Rubin Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art have also returned artefacts from Nepal to their collections over the past year. Much of the campaign to bring looted artefacts back to the country is being led by cultural activists in Nepal.

Payday loans versus installment loans: which is better?


If you need money quickly, you can turn to loans. You can get a variety of loans: personal, payday, installment or same day loans. These loans can be used for large purchases and unforeseen circumstances, such as funerals, medical emergencies, or home repairs.

What are the differences between these loans? In particular, we will be looking at payday loans versus installment loans in this article. Let’s start.

Payday loans versus installment loans

Installment loans are a broad category that includes mortgages, auto loans, and other personal loans. They are usually longer and subject to credit checks. Payday loans are usually paid in a lump sum within two weeks or the next payday and have higher interest rates. To avoid the stigma associated with payday loans, the industry has adopted the term “short-term installment loan”.

What is a payday loan?

Payday loans are much smaller, usually under $1,000, and need to be paid off on your next payday (hence the name). When applying for the loan, you may need to write a post-dated check or provide your bank details.

The downside of payday loans is that they can be difficult to repay. However, lenders allow you to roll over the loan and pay the additional interest on the next payday. Typically, they will also include late fees.

You can read some of the benefits of payday loans below.

Benefits of Payday Loans

They are easily accessible.

For many borrowers, the ease with which payday loans can be obtained is the most important advantage. Unlike traditional loan products, you can apply online in minutes and have the funds transferred to your bank account usually the same day.

They are less stringent than other types of loans.

Payday loans appeal to many borrowers because the acceptance criteria are often less stringent than other types of loans. As a result, lenders frequently approve borrowers with poor credit histories and low incomes, even if they do not meet the essential eligibility criteria of banks and other top-tier institutions.

You can be approved even if you have bad credit.

As stated earlier, you don’t need a perfect credit history to be approved for a payday loan. Even borrowers with bad credit can still apply and may even be approved.

It is an unsecured loan.

Following this, you do not necessarily need collateral for a personal loan. They have high interest rates for this reason – to offset the costs if borrowers default.

Now let’s look at installment loans.

What is an installment loan?

An installment loan can include mortgages, car loans, boat loans, etc. Installment loans similar to payday loans are generally referred to as “personal loans”.

As with any installment loan, you benefit from a lump sum of money in the front. You will then make a fixed monthly payment for the duration of the loan. For example, a car loan can last for three years, while a mortgage loan can last for thirty years. Personal installment loans generally last 12 months.

Here are some advantages of installment loans:

The benefits of installment loans

They have high loan limits.

Installment loans allow you to borrow up to $50,000 or more if you meet all of the lender’s requirements.

They can help you build your credit.

If you have a below average credit score, you can get an installment loan to help you rebuild it, as long as you make timely payments. You can even get better rates if you have good credit.

The reimbursement is fixed.

Installment loans have a fixed amount and repayment schedule for their entire term. Lenders can’t change your monthly payment unless you want a loan restructuring.

Early repayment is an option.

If you can afford to pay off your loan early, you can do so with installment loans without incurring additional costs. However, consult your lender before making any prepayments.

Conclusion—Which is better?

If you qualify for an installment loan, it may be preferable to a payday loan. Payday loans have higher interest rates, and since you can defer them to the next payday, you could potentially continue to defer payment and find yourself in a cycle of debt.

However, payday loans might be more beneficial if you have bad credit, need money urgently, or can repay the loan on time. In the end, it depends on your situation and your financial capacity.

An alternative option to consider: cash advance applications

These look like payday loans and are sometimes called “payday advance apps,” but there are a few key differences. There is no physical storefront and no interest is charged. Instead, they ask for a “tip”. They make small loans that are paid off with your next paycheck.

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Harrison has been a freelance financial journalist for 6 years. He knows the major trends in the financial world. Jones’ experience and helpful tips help people manage their budgets wisely.

IMPACT Wrestling extends partnership with Eurosport India


Anthem Sports & Entertainment, a global multi-platform media company, has announced that the company’s professional wrestling promotion, IMPACT Wrestling, has extended its partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery’s premium sports channel, Eurosport India, ensuring viewers across India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can continue to enjoy IMPACT content.

The deal includes live streaming of all IMPACT Plus specials live. Additionally, the expansion includes the launch of brand new Hindi language series Pehlwani Patakhawhich presents the highlights of IMPACT– the promotion’s weekly flagship schedule, plus exclusive matches and defining moments from IMPACT Wrestling’s history spanning more than two decades.

“IMPACT Wrestling has amassed a large and loyal fanbase across the globe, and India has always been one of our most passionate markets,” said Scott D’Amore, Executive Vice President of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are delighted to renew our successful partnership with Warner Bros Discovery and Eurosport India, headlined by a slate of exciting live specials and the debut of the new Hindi language series. Pehlwani Patakha. We understand the power of local language in sports broadcasting and this expanded partnership reinforces our commitment to personalizing content that speaks to the Indian market, while spotlighting some of our top Indian talent, including Bhupinder Gujjar, from Punjab, booming.

Ruchir Jain, Head of Eurosport, South Asia – Warner Bros. Discovery, added, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc. as broadcasters of IMPACT Wrestling which has received enormous popularity. in India thanks to Eurosport. As one of the leaders in professional wrestling content in the Indian market, we are confident that our expanding relationship with IMPACT wrestling will only bring more joy and happiness to our loyal fanbase.

In addition to India and its subcontinent, IMPACT Wrestling’s programming is televised worldwide in 120 countries, including on fellow properties Anthem AXS TV in the United States and Fight Network in Canada, as well as digitally through YouTube, Facebook, and its live streaming channels available on Pluto TV, Roku, Xumo, and other free, ad-supported platforms.

Singapore museum claims 400-year-old artifact believed to have been stolen from Nepal was acquired by the book


SINGAPORE: A nearly 400-year-old religious artefact believed to have been stolen from Nepal and recently found in Singapore was acquired following “established procedures” both local and international, the museum where the piece is now on display has said.

On Sunday August 14, an online initiative to recover Nepal’s lost artistic heritage announced that a sculpture of a Hindu deity belonging to the Neel Barahi temple – dated 1636 and reported stolen in 1999 – had been “located in the collection of the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM), Singapore”.

The post on the Lost Arts of Nepal Facebook page was picked up by several Nepalese media outlets who called the four-faced artifact “an icon of great archaeological significance”.

A spokesperson for the ACM told CNA on Wednesday that it was aware of the media reports.

“The object in the reports refers to a copper cover of a linga, which was acquired by ACM in 2015 in accordance with procedures established by the National Heritage Board upon acquisition,” he said. .

“These procedures include evaluation by ACM’s acquisition committee of outside experts, as well as rigorous provenance checks performed at the time of purchase.”

These provenance — or ownership — checks are also benchmarked against international practices and regularly reviewed, the spokesperson added.

“ACM further notes that the object is not listed in the Lost Art Register,” he said, referring to the world’s largest private database of looted works of art. .

A linga is the symbol of the phallic and cosmic pillar of the Hindu god Shiva, according to a legend under the Neel Barahi exhibit, which CNA has located in ACM’s Ancient Religions Gallery on the second floor.

Zane Lamprey attempts to set world record as best comedian at world’s first stand-up gig at working marijuana farm


WATSONVILLE, CA., August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Californian cannabis grower Goldenseed has teamed up with a comedian Zane Lampreybest known for Three Leaves (Travel Channel), Easy drinking (Mark Cuban’s AXSTV), and Blow (NatGeo), in an attempt to set a world record. Lamprey, who has spent more than a decade traveling the world drinking with locals, has already set world records for champagne sabering (31 bottles in one minute) and the “longest LIVE podcast” (26 hours in a row). He will now try to set the world record for “best comedian in the world”. The world record attempt will take place on September 17, 2022 when Zane does stand-up at Goldenseed’s Fields of Green event in Watsonville, California.

“The official stand-up comedy concert record at the highest altitude was 17,395.01 feet in Nepal. That’s actually true,” says Lamprey. “When I’m on stage at Goldenseed’s bountiful marijuana farm, I’ll only be about 43 feet above sea level, so we’ll have to find another way to measure how high I am. Given that I’ll be surrounded by greenhouses full of amazing cannabis, I think I’ll find something.”

Fields of Green is an annual event organized by Goldenseed for its more than 7,500 shareholders at their Watsonville cannabis farm. This year, Goldenseed, the first US private cannabis grower ever qualified by the US Securities and Exchange Commission to sell stocks to the general public, has decided to open the event to anyone who wishes to attend. Tickets are available at www.owngoldenseed.com/comedy for $29 and include Zane Lamprey performance, a day of music, drinks, food trucks and guided tours of the Goldenseed cannabis farm. The tickets as well as other “benefits” are free for investors for a minimum investment being $200. To invest in Goldenseed and own part of their cannabis cultivation and business, also visit www.owngoldenseed.com/comedy.

Lamprey will also lead the event and, on stage, attempt to set at least one more world record. “I’m sure I can set the record for ‘longest stand-up routine on a working weed farm’ because, as far as I know, I’ll be the only comedian to ever stand-up. up on a working weed farm,” Lamprey said. “After my first prank, I already hold the record!”

Zane Lamprey is available for interviews related to the Goldenseed Fields of Green event.

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4th edition of Nepal Infrastructure Summit starting September 8


The Confederation of Nepalese Industries is organizing the fourth edition of Nepal Infrastructure Summit-2022 on September 8.

The two-day event will be held in Kathmandu under the theme “Infrastructure for Growth”. The organizer expects more than 600 participants from 25 different countries.

As the world faces a shortage of capital and becomes more and more difficult to invest in the infrastructure sector due to the growing interest, the summit will try to minimize it through discussions taking the confidence of domestic investors and international organizations focusing on innovative equipment and financial models, the press statement from the states of the confederation.

Analyzing the main obstacles to infrastructure development like transport, energy, urban development, drinking water and sanitation, among others, the event aims to encourage government commitment and improvement. for infrastructure development, to attract private sector investment in the infrastructure sector and to prioritize projects that support environmentally friendly infrastructure.

The summit is expected to revive the concept of innovative financial model, foreign direct investment and additional private sector engagement, technology and digital transfer. Intense discussions will take place on promoting infrastructure investment and barriers to infrastructure development with national and international infrastructure experts, investors, three levels of government and private sector representatives.

The confederation organized its first edition of the Infrastructure Summit in 2014, the second in 2017 and the third in 2019.

Abuse of peacekeeping: UN soldiers ‘have fathered and abandoned thousands of children’ in DR Congo


Horrifying new research claims that since 1999, UN soldiers from 12 different nations have fathered and then abandoned thousands of children in the impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo.

The study also says troops and police working under a UN mandate in the war-torn country assaulted children, raped young women and traded food for “survival sex”.

According to the research, one victim was just eleven years old when her aunt sold her to UN forces, who drunk her, raped her and impregnated her.

The bulk of the missing fathers came from Tanzania and South Africa, with others from Morocco, Uruguay, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The men served in a variety of capacities, including soldiers, officers and pilots, as well as drivers, chefs, doctors and photographers.

United Nations soldiers originally entered the DRC in 1999 as part of a ceasefire agreement to end the Second Congo War, which pitted the DRC against Rwanda, Uganda, the Angola, Zimbabwe and Nabibia, as well as rebel forces.

According to The Conversation, sexual assault and exploitation became a big concern soon after UN troops invaded the country.

When peacekeepers are present, there is usually an increase in sex trafficking and brothels near military posts, child prostitution, trade in sex for goods or food, and the spread of disease sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.

Although procedures are supposed to be in place to prevent wrongdoing, it has become a systematic problem and every UN mission has been linked to accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse.

The youngest girl interviewed by the researchers who had a child with a blue helmet was only 10 years old, and half were under eighteen when she became pregnant.

A team from the University of Birmingham conducted the study, which interviewed hundreds of children of peacekeepers aged 6 to 19. They also interviewed the mothers in depth and conducted hundreds of interviews in all.

Nearly half (1,182 respondents) of the 2,858 respondents spontaneously mentioned the topics of abuse of peacekeepers and abandoned children.

They discovered that the mothers of these children were frequently rejected by their own families and stigmatized within their communities, while the children grew up in extreme poverty and neglect, and were ignored and alienated.

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A year in Utah with an all-female international Boy Scouts of America troop


Jordanelle State Park • After the girls finished setting up their Springbar tents on a warm June evening, the sun was still high enough in the sky that they were determined to take a dip in Jordanelle Reservoir before cooking dinner.

In a shallow area near the shore, 16-year-old Safi Hassen practiced her backstroke, accidentally splashing one of her friends.

“Hey!” said the girl. Hassen laughed, “I’m learning!”

The group played a quick game of Marco Polo before drying off and heading back up a hill to their campsites as the sun edged closer to the horizon. They gathered around a picnic table to eat chicken, Thai instant MAMA noodles and asparagus, with Sriracha sauce – a staple on their camping trips – on hand.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Walked to the campground on an overnight trip in June.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ehnay Paw leads the way as the other cast members help pull their gear.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hser Ku and Cha Meh set up a tent.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ehney Paw and Safi Hassen take a dip in the reservoir before dinner.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Roe Shar, right, puts Sriracha sauce on her food as she dines with her Boy Scout troop.

The campers are part of an all-female international Boy Scouts of America troop based in Salt Lake County. A Salt Lake Tribune reporter and photographer has been tracking their meetings and outings over the past year. The Boy Scouts of America began welcoming younger girls in 2018 and invited girls ages 11-17 to its BSA Scouts programs in 2019.

In August, these scouts practiced first aid training, treated sprains and applied bandages. During the fall and winter, they went swimming, one of the girls’ favorite activities. In the summer, they camped.

Going to Camp Loll in Wyoming is one of Chief Stacey Unck’s favorite memories of years with the troupe. The first time the girls went there, they were pretty shy. That is, until they win a tug-of-war game against the boys.

The following year, the girls “showed up with a bit more swagger,” Unck said. “They started braiding people’s hair. They made a mark. … Everyone knew who they were.

There are about 25 girls, aged 11 to 17, in the troupe. They come from several countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Somalia, among others. Now they live across the Salt Lake Valley in the Taylorsville, West Valley City and Magna areas, where troop leaders pick them up weekly for meetings.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Roe Shar, right, holds an Eagle Scout award for his brother, Pi Oon, during a Court of Honor ceremony in June 2021.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Roe volunteers as Linda Bain demonstrates first aid at a troop meeting in August last year.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jamuna Subba gives the Boy Scout Sign and repeats the Boy Scout Oath during a review board.

As the girls learned skills and worked each week to earn merit badges, their troop leaders learned with them. Many adults had also not participated in scouts before.

“When I was their age, I wish I had something like this,” April Baek said, “because I left Korea. My parents were still working. Baek finds it exciting to help girls explore all these activities, she said.

Saborn Va has a similar sentiment, he said. Va came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia, and he joined the Boy Scouts when he was about 12 years old. Now he helps lead the international Boy Scouts of America troops for refugee children in Utah, he said, as a way “to make an impact in my community.”

“I’ve lived in neighborhoods infested with gangs. I’ve seen what kids become if they don’t have some kind of positive influence, something good to do in their lives,” Va said.

Roe Shar’s brother is in the local Boy Scouts of America international troop for boys. When she heard one Sunday at church about a similar group for girls, she decided to sign up with some friends.

Now, a few years later, 15-year-old Shar says the girls in the troupe have become “family”. Thein Win – their patrol leader – is “really fiery” and “energetic” and a “boss”, according to Shar, who is the deputy patrol leader.

“She is really confident. She loves talking to people,” Shar said. “And then it made me feel like I should be confident too.”

Shar kept that in mind when she filled in for Win on the camping trip to Jordanelle State Park in June. Shar found a rock to plant in the stakes after working with Hassen, Ehnay Paw, 16, and Noor Mohamad, 15, to figure out how to position their tent.

“You were excellent. … I’m so proud of you guys,” Hassen said with a smile when they finished. It was his first camping trip with his fellow Scouts.

Shar and the other girls, she said, have “accomplished things that they really want to do,” as a troupe.

“If you put your mind to it, you can do it,” she said. “And never tell yourself to give up because it won’t get you anywhere.”

Hassen said “it’s so beautiful” to have so many different people in the scouts, and she thinks more girls should join.

“You don’t feel as many eyes on you,” Shar said. “You just feel like you can do whatever you want. You can express yourself, and there’s just no judgment.

Many girls are quick to say that swimming is their favorite activity.

“I didn’t even think I would pass my swim test,” Eh Chu Na Moo Gay said. Now, however, the 17-year-old works as a lifeguard in Taylorsville, and she hopes it will be a good experience to help her work in the medical field one day.

One evening in October, the girls grabbed blue goggles and red and yellow kickboards before jumping into the pool at the Northwest Recreation Center in Salt Lake City.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Scouts get swimming lessons from Sarah Shumway, middle, during a troop swim event in December.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Noor Mohammad, left, and Hser Ku practice their kicks.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kee Paw receives encouragement from his fellow Scouts.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Yel Paw, left, practices her backstroke under instruction from Allie Henson.

In one route, beginners practiced the front shot. In another, the more experienced swimmers went underwater with their goggles on to see how Unck was doing the breaststroke. “Oh!” exclaimed a girl as she rose above the surface.

Some girls have decided to try taking the plunge. Mareai Meh, 14, walked close to the edge, got into position and stared at the water before backing away again, as others jumped around her. One girl made a flat stomach, making them all laugh.

Meh continued to stare, wanting to dive in, her nerves getting the better of her with every attempt. His fellow Scouts keep cheering him on. Eventually, Meh rolled over and dove into the water. His friends cheered.

After drying off and changing into their bathing suits, the girls waited in the hallway to be driven home.

“Hey, swim test taker!” Unck proudly exclaimed as one of the girls came out of the locker room.

In early July, the troop prepared to return to Camp Loll, do their physical exams and inspect their tents.

As they finished their meeting, the adult leaders spoke with the girls about unity and what this word means. They recalled their recent camping trip, where the girls had to work together pushing and pulling heavy carts down dirt roads to get to their campsites. It took a lot of effort – they stopped to watch a deer in a nearby field, giving them time to catch their breath – but they did it.

Then, Baek, the troop leader from Korea, recounted how the girls got angry at the boys in a tug of war their freshman year – a memory that brings smiles to the girls’ faces.

If you can work as a team, Baek told them, “nothing will stop you, really.”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Safi Hassen and Eh Chu Na Moo Gay practice pitching a tent in July as they prepare for another trip.

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: What is India’s position on freedom?


August is a holy month for Indians. It was on the night of August 14 to 15, 1947 that the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru declared: “At the stroke of midnight, when the world sleeps, India will awaken to life and freedom. A time comes, which comes only rarely in history, when we pass from the old to the new when an era ends, and the soul of a long suppressed nation finds expression.

We are back in this holy month and the current government has decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of independence as “Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” with the theme of “Har-Ghar Tiranga” to promote the hoisting of the national flag on each roof. This is a good time to take stock of our achievements and our failures in this 75th year of our independence. The preamble to the Constitution is a good starting point. “We the People” have decided to give ourselves a new social contract, a constitution written by some of the best minds; men of great honor and integrity animated by the spirit of selfless sacrifice. They enshrined in the very preamble a clear vision of the new nation and the mission goals for which every government should strive.

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How much have we progressed or regressed to assure our fellow citizens of the promises made in the preamble: “JUSTICE, social, economic and political; FREEDOM, of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship, EQUALITY of status and opportunity; and to promote FRATERNITY among them all, ensuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.

Let us now examine achievements or failures in these key areas from an independent and unbiased assessment by outside agencies, not from the perspective of Congress or the BJP.

On the issue of justice, let’s turn to the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index. It monitors the criminal and civil justice system, fundamental rights, restraints on government powers, freedom from corruption, open government, order and security, and regulatory enforcement. Its methodology included 1,30,000 household surveys and 4,000 expert surveys. India’s 2014 ranking – is 66. India’s 2020 ranking – is 69. India fell three places because it did poorly on freedom from corruption (81st), order and security (114th), fundamental rights (84th) and the criminal justice system (78th) .

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On the issue of freedom or freedom, there are several reports that have made their assessments. First, Freedom House’s Freedom in the World report monitors the rule of law, political pluralism and elections, the functioning of government, civil liberties, freedom of expression, association and organization, human rights individual, etc. Score 2021: 67 (partially free). Jammu and Kashmir’s 2014 rating: was 49 (partially free) and J&K’s 2021 rating: 27 (not free). He cited the following reasons: “Political and civil liberties deteriorated after 2014; increased pressure on human rights organisations; the pattern of pro-government Supreme Court decisions; the growing intimidation of academics and journalists; a series of sectarian attacks, including the lynching of Muslims, etc. He further noted that “rather than serving as a champion of democratic practice and a counterweight to the authoritarian influence of countries like China, (the ruling party) is tragically leading India itself towards authoritarianism; India’s fall from the top ranks of free nations could have a particularly detrimental impact on global democratic standards.

The Cato Human Freedom Index, which monitors the rule of law, religious freedom, civil liberties, freedom of speech and assembly, legal system and property rights, etc., ranked the ranking of India in 2015 at 75, while its ranking in 2020 was at 111. India fell 36 places.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Freedom’s Global Moral Freedom Index, which monitors religious, family and gender, sexual, drug-related and bioethical freedoms, found India’s 2016 ranking at 41, while India’s 2020 ranking was at 70. India fell 29 places. India performed poorly on gender and religious freedom indicators.

Another important finding came from the Variety of Democracy Index (V-Dem) from the University of Gothenburg. It monitors levels of institutional democracy and tendencies towards autocracy. Its methodology involved assessments by 3,500 academics and national experts examining more than 400 parameters. India 2013 Ranking: 0.57, India 2021 Ranking: 0.34. India fell by 0.23 points, “one of the most dramatic changes among any country in the world in the last 10 years”. India lost its democratic status and was classified as an “electoral autocracy” joining nations like Hungary and Turkey. Regarding freedom of expression, the media and civil society, India was “as autocratic as Pakistan and worse than Bangladesh and Nepal”. India has introduced ‘discrimination by religion’ in its citizenship laws,” the report says.

There are no agencies that directly assess levels of equality and inequality. An agency that comes closest to the subject is the World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Index which monitors literacy and numeracy, labor force participation rate, employment, gender gap, highly skilled employment. It ranked India’s 2013 ranking at 78, while India’s 2017 ranking (latest available) was at 103. India fell 25 points behind Sri Lanka (70) and Nepal ( 98).

Regarding the last promise in the preamble, i.e. brotherhood, suffice it to say that no Muslim finds representation within the BJP which claims to be “the largest political party in the world”. As of July 7, 2022, the BJP did not have a single MLA in the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha nor a single MLA in any of the 31 state and union territory assemblies. The BJP wears this policy of exclusion as a badge of honor by brazenly declaring that it is a party of Hindus, by Hindus and for Hindus.

Whether through legislative acts or through acts of vigilante groups backed by state police, the social, economic, political and religious freedoms, as well as the rights to privacy and dignity of the Muslim community are ruthlessly suppressed. They live in fear of being attacked or mocked for their dress, food, culture and customs. Their plight in social media is far worse than in the physical space. They dare not assert their rights, or protest, for fear of immediate justice delivered by the bulldozer that has replaced the rule of law in some states. Journalists, artists, movie stars and comedians from the Muslim community are constantly threatened by the police or boycotted by vigilante groups from the majority community. The two essential promises that the Constitution made to minorities – Laïcité and Fraternité – ceased to exist in the 75th year of our independence.

(The author is a former Cabinet
secretariat official)

Minister Bhusal calls on RRNs to contribute to their homeland – myRepublica


HELSINKI, Aug 14: Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal said that the skills and experience gained by Nepalese in different countries of the world should be utilized for the prosperity of their homeland. Nepalis who are scattered all over the world in search of employment and education should contribute to the socio-economic development of their country.

Addressing a program organized by the Nepali community living in Finland on Saturday, Minister Bhusal said that we should also create a situation to respect work in Nepal and that we can live a happy life in our own country without working so hard. than abroad. “Nepal’s goal now is economic and social development, that’s why you should come back and join the campaign to make the country prosperous,” she said.

Emphasizing the need to learn good things from developed countries and use them to build our own country, she said that just as Finns are progressing in economic prosperity, Nepalis should also work together to make their country economically strong.

Expressing the belief that Nepal can only become prosperous by developing and promoting agriculture, water resources and tourism, she shared that Nepal has recently started to generate good income by exporting electricity. “I call on all Nepalese to return home to enjoy the fertile lands, natural resources and resources of their country,” she said.

She also assured that she would take the initiative to solve the problem of visas for Nepalese by establishing a consular office in Helsinki.

The Chairman of Gulmi-Rupakot Society, Bhaktiram Bhandari said that it is mandatory to travel to another country for the visa process to return to Nepal and asked the minister to take the initiative to resolve the issue. More than 500 Nepalese living in Finland have participated in the program.

A high-level team led by Minister Bhusal, including Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Sagar Kumar Rai and other officials, came to Finland to promote cooperation between the governments of Nepal and Finland on reducing the growing risk of climate-induced natural disasters. change.


Art for me is a journey in exploring the question I once asked myself: Sukanya Garg


Delhi-based artist Sukanya Garg explores the intricacies of the human body, particularly the perceptions that arise from constantly changing cellular structures. Garg’s practice is inspired by her unprecedented journey around the world to understand pain and diverse healing practices, unraveling traditional wisdom from Hinduism, Islam, Sufism, Animism, shamanism and Amazonian tribal cultures. Her art revolves around the concept of “Every scar has a story” to tell stories and experiences of scarless wounds, alchemizing them through the visual language of cell biology. She joins Sunday Guardian for an exclusive conversation. Extracts
Q. You are working on the theme “Every scar has a story”. How did you start working on this theme and what does your work symbolize? What stories are embedded in your work?
A. My artistic practice is inspired by my life journey with an autoimmune disease. As the pain throbbed within me moment by moment, the nature of its invisibility led to periods of severe self-introspection giving rise to existentialist questions about the meaning of life and the significance of things that can only be felt, not seen. Lack of success with Western medical schools and various other medical schools and the simultaneous desperation for a reprieve from pain chartered me a course that took me traveling through the mountains of the north and east. eastern India, Nepal and Kazakhstan, connecting with doctors, healers, tribal and indigenous medicine, unraveling traditional wisdom from Hinduism, Islam, Sufism, animism, shamanism and Amazonian tribal cultures. With the travels came a broadening of insight and a greater acceptance of pain, which, while always accompanied by questions, seeped into my personality, working its way through simple drawings providing synchronicity between my condition and my artistic practice. My art has centered around the concept of “Every scar has a story” to tell stories and experiences of scarless wounds, alchemizing them through the visual language of cell biology. Art for me then became a journey in exploring the question I used to ask myself.
Q. Could you elaborate on the link between your art and mental health?
A. We live in a culture that blatantly discriminates and shames, sometimes with unwitting ignorance, other times with cold indifference and apathy. Subsequently, while I was going through a painful although invisible state of health, the fairly frequent comments from my relatives and strangers who repeated “But, you don’t look sick” created a deep isolation. and yet a desire to be understood and seen for what I was really going through. I realized how often people only have compassion for what is visible to the naked eye. Being able to really see is quite another thing. In such moments, I remembered the faces of the people I knew, those I had known, their stories, their vulnerabilities, their silent pain. I remembered the story of an anorexic friend who felt too unattractive and never talked about it. I remembered the story of a woman who was ashamed of her full breasts and how she could never wear what she wanted for fear of being ogled. I remembered the face of another telling me how she had been abused and how she had a lifelong fear of intimacy. I remembered the old man who still lives alone next door, whose wife died, the one whose smile never reached his eyes. And then, in the ocean of faces I saw, I remembered those who were sick, but didn’t look sick.


Q. How has art been a healing mechanism for you?
A. When I finally left my job in Geneva to become an artist, I encountered a strange period during which all I wanted to do was paint, but I was somehow unable to do so. I started frequenting the studio of artist Shobha Broota where despite spending a few months familiarizing myself with art books and being in the company of artists, I still couldn’t paint. It was a fortuitous day when my teacher asked me to paint anything. I picked up a simple transparent cube to try to recreate it. What emerged were drawings in which repeated meditation on the cube turns into circular shapes. The process of playing with the shape and repeatedly drawing it, albeit differently, changed the image of the shape. This simple unconscious discovery has also been the basis of my physical healing journey which has led me to many doctors, healers, astrologers, shamans, tribal medicine specialists, yoga practitioners and other guides. The approach of experimenting with many things and through the slow process of repeating those that showed results, adapting them to my body and condition, the healing process began. The painting was simultaneous, where each artwork involved a healing crisis, where the creative process involved additional pain and yet that pain was part of the healing.
Q. What inspires you as an artist?
A. As an artist, I believe our interactions with the space around us and the nature we belong to are all guided by how our cells connect to it. Our body, over time, carries all of these connections and weaves them into stories – some are told, some untold. I am, therefore, inspired by such connections, both conscious and subconscious, that arise from my interactions with shamans, healers, artists, aid workers, patients, doctors, and conversations with multicultural people. from all walks of life. Additionally, poetry, sacred geometry in nature, geographical terrains, medical literature, scientific and spiritual interventions, and my own personal experiences inform and influence my practice.
For example, the visual aesthetic of my works is inspired by the shape of a human cell. The first time this imagery entered my practice was after participating in an indigenous South American healing ritual called Kambo. During the ritual, a shaman burns tiny holes in the skin in a pattern. Then they apply the frog’s poison to the holes. The purging that follows is believed to purify body, mind, and spirit. Burns, however, leave scars in the shape of henna-colored cells. These shapes entered my paintings unconsciously and changed the course of my imagination and my artistic expression.
Q. Can you tell us about your artistic approach?
A. Art is a way for me to experience mystery. I have often observed a certain bio-synchronicity between my being and the nature in which I exist. Sometimes it’s a certain painting or a work of art that makes me aware of these unconscious links between the body and the universe. When the cells start merging in my drawing to create a completely different visual form, these connections suddenly become visible to me. A shaman once told me, “The universe is consistent, not moral. No guilt. No shame. No right. Not bad. Perception is what makes us who we are. His words resonate through my work where the act of painting is my journey into this universal space with the body as an instrument. The scope of my work includes drawing, painting, body art, photography, installation and poetry.
Q. What are you currently working on? What is brewing in the future?
A. Currently, I am exploring several new artistic mediums and styles. While the medium of paper still dominates my artistic practice, I have traveled to experience India’s rich textile craftsmanship and worked with local artisans to create works using indigenous Bandhani hand embroidery techniques. and Zardozi. The textile work will soon be exhibited as part of an upcoming group exhibition at the National Museum in Delhi and will travel to Baroda and Bangalore, among others. In addition, I also work with the Reliance Art Foundation and their future art space at Jio World Centre, Mumbai, organizing art programs, public art initiatives and advising on private and public art collections for the Ambani family.

External Stakes in Parliamentary Elections in Nepal


Nepal will vote on November 20 to elect new representatives to the federal parliament and provincial assemblies.

In a way, these elections will be more than a periodic democratic exercise. Outside forces, China and the United States in particular, will be very interested in knowing which party will form the government in Kathmandu for another five years.

It would be folly to imagine otherwise in the current geopolitical climate, says foreign policy analyst Geja Sharma Wagle.

As the United States and China vie for influence in South Asia, he says the two world powers are “watching carefully” political developments in Nepal.

“The new government’s foreign policy priorities will have a direct impact on them,” adds Wagle.

The effects of US-China tensions have already played out in Nepal’s national politics, as political parties are divided on issues where Beijing and the West disagree.

More recently, two former communist prime ministers, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Jhala Nath Khanal, lamented the visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Previously, communist forces, including those in the ruling coalition, had opposed the government’s stance on the Russian-Ukrainian war. They criticized Nepal’s Congress-led government for deviating from Nepal’s non-alignment policy and taking the US side in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The maneuvers of the United States and China in Nepal reached the level of open insults at the beginning of this year over the United States’ pact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Nepal.

It is no secret that the United States and China are trying to lure Nepal into their orbit and each wants to see a friendly government in Kathmandu.

Nepal’s political parties have also left little to the imagination on which side they stand.

“Nepalese leaders from all political walks of life have this tendency to seek outside blessings,” says political analyst Chandra Dev Bhatta. “Their sycophancy has created space for outside forces to influence our domestic politics.”

Admittedly, it is up to Nepalese voters to choose their government, but the influence of foreign powers on the electoral process should not be overlooked. “External forces, for example, can influence the formation of electoral alliances,” says Bhatta.

It is clear that China prefers the unification of communist forces in Nepal while Beijing wants a strong communist government in Nepal. He had been instrumental in unifying two of Nepal’s most prominent left-wing parties, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center), after the 2017 elections.

The result of this union was the former Communist Party of Nepal (NCP), the largest communist party in the country’s history, which held the majority of seats in Kathmandu and six of the seven provinces.

Although the party collapsed within a few years due to infighting, China still has not given up its communist project in Nepal. If not merging parties, Beijing wants Nepal’s communist parties to at least forge an electoral alliance.

During his visit to Nepal in the first week of July, Liu Jianchao, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, met with leaders of the Nepalese Communist Party in a bid to encourage them to come together.

The United States and its Western allies, on the other hand, do not want a pro-Beijing communist government to rule Nepal.

“The democratic world wants to see a government run by a non-Communist party,” Wagle said.

For the United States, and by extension the West, the main objective is to counter China’s growing influence in Nepal. They are ready to support political parties that are committed to implementing the 2015 constitution.

India, which wields considerable influence over Nepal’s domestic politics, is wary of growing Chinese activism in Kathmandu – or Americans, for that matter.

Over the past few years, India has maintained a low-key approach to Nepal’s domestic politics. Narendra Modi’s government in New Delhi is more focused on building party-to-party relationships with the Nepalese forces: it does not want to support one party at the risk of upsetting another.

India knows that Communist parties in Nepal can easily stir up anti-Indian sentiment among voters. He is therefore ready to work closely with any party that comes to Baluwatar. New Delhi will be happy as long as the next government in Kathmandu does not lean towards Beijing.

A New Delhi-based diplomatic source said India had urged Maoist President Pushpa Kamal Dahal not to break the current five-party ruling coalition. Dahal also assured senior Indian officials that his priority was also the continuation of the coalition.

Bhatta says the extent of outside influence in Nepal’s political parties will be further clarified during the formation of the post-election government.

“All powers that have interests in Nepal will try to bring to power those political parties they feel comfortable with,” Bhatta said.

A share now ₹50,000. Multibagger stock takes another step


Page Industries shares rallied to reach the 50,000 each for the first time as the stock reached the shelf life level of 50,338 per share on BSE in early trading on Friday after the apparel maker announced a multiple jump in first-quarter net profit.

Page Industries Ltd on Thursday reported a multi-fold increase in its net profit to 207 crore for the first quarter ended June 2022 compared to 10.9 crores during the April-June period a year ago. Its operating income during the quarter under review was 1,341 crores, more than double from a lower base in the pandemic-hit Q1 FY22.

“From a medium to long-term perspective, we believe Page has potential for (operating) margin expansion, as Page’s EBITDA margins have remained in the narrow 18-21% range over the past few years. last 10 years. We believe Page has initial investments in new avenues,” brokerage firm ICICI Securities said while maintaining the Add rating on Page Industries shares with a target price of 52,000.

Page Industries’ revenue in the first quarter of FY23 beat street estimates, according to Axis Securities, as revenue was driven by strong volume growth. The company’s gross margins were lower than expected due to higher cotton and packaging material inflation.

“PAGE saw sales increase across all of its product categories, thanks to an improved portfolio and expanded distribution. Total MBO coverage is now 113,715 and EBO network stands at 1,144 in Q1FY22. All channels and supply chains are back to normal and expect continued robust demand in FY23,” said Axis Securities with a Hold rating on the stock and target price of 51,900.

Page Industries is involved in the manufacturing and retailing of loungewear and holds the exclusive license of Jockey International in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan and in the United Arab Emirates. It is also the exclusive licensee of Speedo International for the Indian market. The multibagger stock has risen more than 18,110% in the 15 years since its March 2007 listing as it traded around 270 per action level.

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BC man prepares to cycle in Himalayas for children’s charity – BC


Training hikes up Cypress Mountain don’t come close to what Daniel Burgi is about to experience.

The North Vancouver man is gearing up for an epic bike ride through the Himalayan Mountains to benefit his charity which raises money for children in need in Nepal.

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He gets the same reaction every time he tells someone about his plan.

“Crazy,” he told Global’s This is BC.

“Everyone said, ‘You’re crazy,’ but I already knew that.”

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On September 10, Burgi and four other cyclists will embark on an epic six-day cycling trek through the Himalayas in northern India, reaching altitudes of almost 5,500 meters (18,000 feet).

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“Two of the highest passable passes in the world,” Burgi said. “I say passable, they’re not really passable, but we’ll just try.”

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On a previous trip to northern India, he hired a cheap bike to test out part of the route. But on this trip, he was only out for a few hours, not six full days in a row.

“The biggest challenge is that I’m not really a cyclist,” Burgi said with a laugh. “I barely know what I’m doing.”

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Before moving to North Vancouver, Burgi lived in Nepal and saw the struggles of local children, many of them orphans, living on the streets.

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He started his non-profit charity Himalayan Life to provide support through education. The group has built a school and launched programs helping hundreds of children realize their potential.

“They were like, ‘We were nobody, now we’re somebody.’ They have found their place in the community,” Burgi said.

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“I look forward to connecting along the way with so many families whose kids actually go to our school.”

He has been training hard for the big race next month. And while it’s a burn going up in the local mountains, imagine what it’s like in the Himalayas.

“You’re just not able to get enough air in your lungs and that’s the way it is,” he explained.

Burgi and his team are up for an incredible challenge, and he says they might even try to think of ways to meet it in the future.

“Maybe we’ll start over. Maybe we’ll make it an annual event,” Burgi said. “Let’s see how that one goes first.”

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Take out payday loans during inflation


Inflation in the United States has reached a 40-year high in June. Although the inflation rate eased slightly in July, consumers are feeling the pressure of higher prices, and there is no guarantee that the current inflation problem has peaked. Given the current economic conditions, many Americans are looking for loans and predatory lending is on the rise.

Payday loans are short-term, high-interest loans that must be repaid on your next payday. They are easy to obtain but difficult to repay, often with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates. Payday lenders are notorious for setting up storefronts in low-income areas and can throw people into a cycle of debt.

Although not all payday lenders are predatory, you should consider other options before getting a payday loan. Here’s everything you need to know about taking out a personal loan in times of inflation.

The impact of rising inflation

Consumer prices rose 8.5% in July, down 0.6% from June. Despite this slight slowdown, it is unlikely that the inflation rate has peaked. As the price of basic necessities like gasoline, food and housing continues to rise, consumers are feeling the pinch.

Two-thirds of Americans lived paycheck to paycheck in June. Meanwhile, US consumer personal debt is higher than ever. Given that the unemployment rate is currently the lowest since 1969, it is clear that rising inflation is putting severe financial pressure on consumers.

As gasoline prices have started to fall, food and housing prices are skyrocketing. “Consumers take a break at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store. Food prices, and in particular food-at-home costs, continue to soar, rising at the fastest rate in more than 43 years,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst, “ Lower gas prices have been very well received, but this does not solve the inflation problem.

Inflation leading to interest rate hikes

To combat this runaway inflation, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates four times this year and is expected to raise them again before the end of 2022. These rate hikes have already pushed up average personal loan rates, and With more rate hikes on the way, new personal loan borrowers will likely see higher interest rates.

This does not bode well for those looking for payday loans, as these loans already have much higher rates than other personal loans.

Should I take out a personal loan?

Payday loans can be very tempting if you’re struggling financially due to inflation and need cash fast. If you can find a payday lender that offers decent rates and you’re pretty sure you can pay it back on your next paycheck, that might be a viable option. However, taking out a personal loan involves many risks and you should only do so as a last resort.

Payday loans have fixed interest rates, which means the rate you pay doesn’t change for the life of the loan. They are designed to be short-term loans that help people cover necessary expenses between paychecks or emergency expenses. Payday loans are generally for smaller amounts, $500 or less on average. However, they come with exorbitant interest rates. The average two-week payday loan comes with an APR of almost 400%. By comparison, the average APR for a regular personal loan is just over 10%.

The dangers of payday loans

Payday loans can attract borrowers with bad credit because most payday lenders don’t do credit checks. However, taking out a payday loan can further damage your credit and throw you into a cycle of debt that can be difficult to escape. It is extremely common for payday loan borrowers to have difficulty repaying the loan at the end of the loan term of two to four weeks, forcing them to take out an additional loan to meet the payment deadline.

Nearly 1 in 4 payday loan borrowers take out additional loans nine or more times after the first loan. Low-income communities are particularly vulnerable to payday lenders, and black and Latino communities are disproportionately targeted.

Alternatives to payday loans

There are several alternatives to payday loans, even if you don’t have strong credit.

Credit card

There is no minimum credit score to qualify for a credit card, although individual cards have requirements. Although you shouldn’t make a habit of racking up credit card debt, using a credit card to cover your expenses is a better option than taking out a payday loan.

Credit cards have much lower interest rates than payday loans, and you have 30 days to pay off your credit card balance before it incurs interest.

Borrow from a credit union

If you have time to join a credit union and go through the application process, borrowing from a credit union could be a valid option. Credit unions tend to have lower interest rates than traditional lenders, and many offer payday loan alternatives (PALs) that let you borrow $200 to $1,000 for one to six months. These loans have an APR ceiling of 28%.

Personal loans for bad borrowers

Online personal lenders tend to have quick approval and fund delivery times, and many online lenders are open to working with borrowers with bad credit. While borrowers with bad credit are likely to receive the highest interest rates from a lender, most personal loan borrowers cap their APRs at around 35%, which is still well below that of mortgage loans. salary.

If you want to take out a personal loan, you should compare the best lenders and prequalify with a few before making a decision. It’s also worth looking into small personal loans, especially if you don’t need to borrow a large amount of money.

Emergency rescue services

If you need help right away, federal and local programs are available to help. For example, the Emergency Rent Assistance Program is set up to help families cover rent and utility costs when needed. If food costs are a concern, it might be worth visiting your local food bank to ease the burden. It’s also worth checking to see if your local community has community service agencies that offer help with expenses like rent and back-to-school expenses for children.

Alternative ways to earn income

If you have items you are willing to part with and need money for necessities, it may be worth selling things like clothes and jewelry online or at a pawn shop to earn income. additional at a glance. If you have an extra room in your home, you might consider renting it out through Airbnb or hiring a roommate to reduce rent or mortgage costs.

At the end of the line

As inflation continues to soar, people are struggling to pay their bills and looking for ways to supplement their income. While payday loans are a quick and easy way to get food on the table or fill up on gas, they are incredibly dangerous.

A payday loan could put you in debt and ruin your credit. If you are having financial difficulty and are considering a payday loan, consider the alternatives listed above and see if they will work for you before making this decision.

An immigrant story: Kripa Shakya 21 meets tech success at JPMorgan Chase


We know that our diversity is our strength. A vital component of this diversity comes from our immigrant community. In an effort to recognize and celebrate the immigrant experience, we have created this series of articles entitled “An Immigrant Story”.

Growing up in Nepal, Kripa Shakya ’21 wanted to be a software engineer, data analyst, cryptologist or business analyst, but “in my country, tech is a male-dominated field,” she says. Not letting societal norms stop her, Shakya came to the United States, enrolled in LaGuardia Community College, linked to the Nepalese community, and has set its sights on John Jay. After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and information systems, Shakya landed a job as a software engineer at JPMorgan Chase in their payments department, fulfilling her childhood dream of starting a career in technology.

How was life in Nepal?
In Kathmandu, I always had my mother, my father and my sister around me. Life was much calmer. Every day my mother would call us for tea. I didn’t have to work or worry about finances. I was pampered a bit, but Nepal is still a developing country. We often experienced power outages and there weren’t as many opportunities in technology, especially for a woman. Anything involving technology was considered a man’s job. I didn’t like that. I was the kind of kid who wanted to be independent, earn his own money, and work in technology. This prompted me to apply to schools in different countries, which my parents fully supported. Many parents in Nepal want their children to study abroad so that they can gain more knowledge, return home and contribute to the development of our country.

What was it like when you first came to the United States?
It was in 2016 and I was 18 years old. I studied English as a secondary language in Nepal, but I was not very good when I came here. At first, I was very nervous talking and interacting with other students and teachers. As a first-generation college student living in a new county with no family, the hardest part was getting to know New York—finding a room, learning where to shop, and navigating the subway. What allowed me to get out of it was a network of Nepalese contacts. It didn’t matter if it was your mother’s friend’s aunt or a distant cousin’s in-laws – if you were from home, they would help you. When I arrived here, I reached out to the Nepali community on social media and they were extremely helpful in getting me settled.

Why did you decide to come to John Jay?
I wanted to explore cybersecurity and John Jay was the only CUNY with a specific cybersecurity program. I really liked it.

“I’m really grateful for the TTP (NYC Tech Talent Pipeline) program. Through the program, I did a web development bootcamp for over a month where a software engineer taught me coding. Afterwards, TTP m helped land an internship at a tech startup.” — Kripa Shakya ’21

What drew you to IT and cybersecurity?
When I arrived in the United States, I was always on social networks: Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Two years after my stay, my Facebook account was hacked. It was really horrible and felt like a personal attack. I started to think about how much personal information people had on social media and the internet, whether it was their bank accounts, health information, or private details about themselves. It made me much more concerned about cybersecurity.

Kripa Shakya '21
Kripa Shakya ’21

What program at John Jay helped you get your current job?
I’m really grateful for the TTP program (NYC Tech Talent Pipeline). Through the program, I did a web development bootcamp for over a month where a software engineer taught me coding. Then TTP helped me land an internship at a tech startup called Plate Rate, where I was a web development intern. After the internship officially ended, the CEO asked me to work there a little longer, which further broadened my experience. Putting this program and work experience on my resume, along with references from TTP engineers and Plate Rate’s CEO, definitely helped me get my current job. It made my resume stand out to hiring managers. Being part of TTP also helped boost my confidence when I started at JPMorgan Chase.

How did you work at JPMorgan Chase?
I’ve been a software engineer at JPMorgan Chase for a year now. We have a 12-member team working on software engineering within the corporate payment department. It’s difficult. I work with a lot of senior developers. Every day, I ask them a lot of questions, but they understand because I’m learning on the job.

What are some of your favorite John Jay memories?
Be part of the Himalayan Club at John Jay. It was a cultural club for Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese students. Being away from home, having this group has helped me feel connected to the community. I was counting on our group discussions and looking forward to the time when we would come together. Celebrating Dashain with the Himalayan Club was really fun. Dashain is a national festival in Nepal. During the festival, we put on our tikas (a red paste applied to the forehead for spiritual wisdom, good health, peace and prosperity), community elders give blessings, we cook native foods and all eat together. It was a touch of home for me.

What advice would you give to a current student of John Jay?
When looking for a job, it’s a numbers game. Apply for as many jobs as you can. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t get the job, but it’s a guarantee if you don’t apply.

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Healthcare deals: what to expect for the rest of the year


The year only transitions to “winter” seasonally in this case. When it comes to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the offshore filings we have received promise continued strategic consolidation in India’s healthcare and pharmaceutical sector.

Mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector have broken records and more than doubled since the first half of last year to hit $4.32 billion and exceed 2021’s total deal value.

Large and medium-sized Indian companies have acquired small domestic and foreign companies. Mankind Pharma agreed to pay $249 million for Panacea Biotec’s formulations business in India and Nepal. These agreements allow direct access to established product areas in specific therapeutic segments.

Biocon Biologics has agreed to purchase Viatris’ global biosimilar portfolio for $3.34 billion. This is an example of brand acquisitions to fill product gaps and strengthen weaker divisions.

Pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions allow players to maintain their market share while improving their performance. Acquiring disruptive technologies helps them stay ahead of the competition. For example, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories acquired some businesses from Wockhardt to strengthen its presence in the domestic market.

Mankind Pharma also acquired certain Dr Reddy’s brands. In addition, Cipla recently acquired the Novartis Vysov and Vysov M brands for India.

Healthcare data is another robust market for mergers and acquisitions.

Fragmentation, legacy systems, quality of care, cost and reimbursement require overhaul. Private equity is very well positioned to solve many of these problems in the market.

Many of the health technology companies that PE supports are point solution companies. They solve one of many problems, such as increasing efficiency, streamlining processes, and providing easier access to patient data and records.

Private equity wants to consolidate various point solution providers into a single solution for clients. This drives consolidation, apart from the need for more analysis and market information.

The Mfine digital health platform is set to merge with the diagnostics business of LifeCell International Pvt. The merged entity – LifeWell – secured $80 million from global healthcare-focused investment firm OrbiMed.

Digital health platform MediBuddy has acquired online medical consultation startup Clinix in its first acquisition after a new $125 million funding round this year. The acquisition will help MediBuddy enter the domestic rural market, he said in a statement.

A buyer may potentially not achieve their business goals, especially in a heavily regulated industry such as healthcare. However, some innovative transaction structures are designed to anticipate and address these risks.

M&A transactions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector are fueled by large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies buying up smaller companies to complement their R&D efforts. Promising early-stage product candidates are succeeding in such acquisitions. Licensing and collaboration agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances, option agreements and investment agreements are some of the many risk mitigation structures that are not outright purchases. They take into account the risk that the target’s products (or often its only product) will never reach the market. Structures that are often used in such transactions include, among others, license agreements, contingent value rights and option agreements.

For a hospital that wishes to acquire an ambulatory care center that is a separate legal entity, the transaction may be structured as a purchase of stock (or other stock) or an asset purchase.

Similarly, ownership of a pharmacy operating from hospital premises can be transferred to a separate legal entity to facilitate foreign direct investment in the hospital business with a condition of licensing and to avoid problem of “multi-brand retail”.

On the other hand, if the target company owns several hospitals not held in separate subsidiaries and the buyer wishes to buy one of them, a merger or stock purchase may not be feasible. In this case, the transaction may need to be structured as an asset purchase or business transfer of a company or, alternatively, as a two-step acquisition, in which the seller “bequeaths” the target business to a controlled subsidiary, then transfers control of this subsidiary to the buyer.

Another structure emerging in healthcare mergers and acquisitions is the acquisition of bankrupt hospitals. Reduced liabilities, tax and stamp duty implications for successful applicants abound.

M&A transactions involving healthcare or producers of healthcare products and technologies raise a variety of complex regulatory, governance, funding, tax and other issues that require careful structuring and documentation . Therefore, parties to healthcare transactions should consider these factors to achieve their business objectives while minimizing their exposure to potential liabilities and simplifying the closing process.

Rachna Jain is Senior Partner Desai & Diwanji.

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China helping Nepal live luxuriously on loan is another trap in the making: experts


China, led by Xi Jinping and his Communist Party, has worked hard to increase its influence in Nepal despite fears that it wants to trap the Himalayan nation in an endless cycle of debt, as it has done in parts of the country. Sri Lanka, according to analysts.

Under the leadership of then-Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepal and China signed a memorandum of understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative (or BRI) in May 2017. However, five years have passed since the signing, and not a single project has been completed, mainly because, according to sources, it is customary to keep all agreements with China confidential.

Sarjor Mishra, writing for Khabar Hub, told ANI that in order to do business with China, Nepal needs to understand the conditions China imposes on borrowing countries. Citing comparisons with Sri Lanka, Mishra said: “Whether or not the huge port of Hambantota built by the country on loan was necessary for the country should have been determined by an objective analysis of the future benefits of the project. .”

Mishra also added that learning from the island nation of Lanka, the people of Nepal should exercise their right and ask questions as a single mistake by the government could impact future generations of Nepal.

Foreign investment in Nepal

Talking about some Chinese investments in Nepal that could seriously harm Nepal’s economy, Mishar added, “Finally, in 2016, CAMC Engineering was awarded the construction contract for $217 million, including $216 million in concessional loans. from China Exim Bank, 25 for interest-free loans and 75% loans with 2% interest.The same company has also become an entrepreneur here!Speaking of the profitability and financial feasibility of this project, the interest annual loan of 25 billion amounts to 37.5 million each year.”

“Another project in Nepal, the Nagdhunga Tunnel Marg, is being built with the help of a loan from the Japanese government and has an interest rate of 0.01%. But the interest rates on the loans Chinese loans are 150 times higher than on Japanese loans. The interest that should be paid to China in two and a half days is enough to be paid to the Japanese in a year,” Mishra added.

“China’s objective could be to trap Nepal in a spiral of irrevocable debt without helping Nepal and to use this land in its monopolistic way. That is why China is encouraging Nepal to ‘live luxuriously’ with it. “on loan,” Mishra added while noting that the signs are there and Nepal needs to consider them before doing business with Nepal.

China invests harshly ‘illegally’ in Nepal’s tourism industry: report

China has been implicated in illegal investments in tourism and infrastructure in neighboring Nepal, Khabar Hub reported. This comes despite the Himalayan nation being heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investors and traders from Beijing have spent on more than 50 restaurants and other businesses in Pokhara, as well as many other cities in Nepal. China has been steadily expanding its footprint in the country, and Nepal’s ruling party has been wary of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, which has raised concerns as Sri Lanka’s economy and financial framework have completely collapsed.

The recent economic crisis in Sri Lanka and the non-reimbursement of debt have also made Nepal cautious in its financial relations with Beijing.

(with ANI inputs)

Tracking snakebite envenomation in Nepal


Snakebite incidents are clustered around poor areas. Other factors such as the quality of homes, jobs, family members, etc., are also important (see Box 2). In the Terai region, the risk of snakebites in a household increased more than 63 times if the Poverty Likelihood Index (PPI) – a tool for measuring poverty – increased by a single unit.

Food storage was found to be the second most important variable, increasing snakebite risk by 2.78 times, straw storage increased it by 1.78 times, and adding each kilometer to fetch drinking water increased the risk by 1.38 times.

The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) showed that snakes are often spotted in areas of dense cover. They also hide in places where food or straw is stored. NDVI appeared to increase the risk of snakebite by only 0.24 times (low degree of correlation) while sleeping on the ground increased the risk by 0.46 times (moderate degree of correlation). However, separate research in India has shown an increased incidence of snakebites in rural Maharashtra, correlated with people’s habit of sleeping on the ground.

Food and straw storage places near dwellings are conducive to prey (rodents), leading to frequent encounters between humans, pets and snakes.

Making fame, fortune in esports streams in Nepal

CR7 Horaa

The past 18 months have been a rollercoaster for 24-year-old Sanjan Gautam, better known as CR7 Horaa.

Before March 2021, he didn’t know what he wanted to do in life. Once he wanted to go abroad, but the plan was derailed by the Covid pandemic. He also had no job as he spent most of his days playing football or PUBG Mobile with friends. He wasn’t going anywhere.

But things changed for him in March 2021 when CR7 Horaa who previously played competitive PUBG Mobile scene in Nepal decided to stream.

“I have always been a good talker and an artist. Keeping this in mind, many of my friends asked me to try streaming. I tried and in a few months I grew faster than any streamer in Nepal and long after that my life changed.

Since CR7 Horaa started 18 months ago, a lot has changed for him. His Youtube channel has grown rapidly and now has over 300,000 subscribers. His streams consistently have around 6,000 live viewers and he has even played games with current Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah among others. Now, despite the fame, he wants to continue growing as a streamer as he hopes to entertain a lot more people than he already has.

Turn fun into stardom

“People don’t come to my stream to watch me play a game. There are better players than me. They come to my stream because they’re entertaining themselves and I want to entertain them,” he says.

Streaming in Nepal is constantly growing. With better internet and access to content abroad, Nepalese have started creating content for their own audiences on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. CR7 Horaa used this to build a huge following. And he did it without too much difficulty.

Almost all streamers not only in Nepal but all over the world are facing problems with their audience. There are some that broadcast to one or two people. But, for CR7 Horaa, this was not the case. Thanks to his contacts within the gaming community, he started out with nearly 100 people watching him. The 100 grew to 1,000 and before he knew it, Nepalese living all over the world were tuning in to watch his stream.

“I am grateful to everyone who has been part of this journey with me. Their support has kept me going… especially Sadey, Sekri, Mama, Limbe and Bishnu who are part of my stream almost every day.

Many believe that to become a streamer, you need gaming and streaming PCs. But, CR7 Horaa has shown that this is not the case. Until recently, he was streaming using two phones – one to play the game and one to read the comments. He didn’t even have a face camera.

“People need to realize that if their content is good, people will come and watch it even if they’re streaming it with a basic setup.”

Then, fame in fortune

CR7 Horaa
What started out as a hobby has turned into a profession in its own right.

CR7 Horaa’s popularity has helped him become a PUBG Partner too, which means it has direct access to PUBG Mobile people and is part of their revenue sharing program. All he has to do is keep playing the game which is also an esports title in the Upcoming Asian Games to be held in China in 2023.

“Playing the game has opened up different avenues for earning money.”

As he is a PUBG partner, his voice will be added to the game itself along with the likes of Budhi Tamang and Sabin Beest.

“It sounds like a crazy dream. I can’t wait to use my character and play the game.”

He also receives different challenges while playing PUBG Mobile from his viewers who then give him money if he completes it.

“These missions allow me to entertain everyone,” he says.

CR7 Horaa’s other income is also excellent. Some months he earns over $1,000 from donations made by people living abroad. This, he says, helped him stay in Kathmandu and encouraged him to continue broadcasting.

He also did a lot of charity work. He says he gets a lot of messages from people asking for help and after checking if they are genuine, he helps them.

“I believe in giving back to the community, which is why I also do charity streams.”

His charity streams are a hit as people like Balen Shah, Vek, Yabesh Thapa and Anjan Bista have participated in them by playing PUBG Mobile with him. In these charity streams, he also invites singers to entertain viewers as he wants people to grow with him.

living with fame

But fame has its downside. Before he became famous, life was easy for CR7 Horaa. Now it’s anything but. People recognize it everywhere. They ask for selfies and want to talk to him. On a normal evening, it gets crowded and that, he says, can get tedious.

“There was a time when people came to my house. It was scary because you never know who that person is. It’s definitely hard now that so many people know me.

Fame also has its perks. He receives messages from Nepalese celebrities who constantly push and encourage him. And that, he says, keeps him going.

“When famous people started messaging me on Instagram, I was ecstatic at first.”

Despite all the fame and money, he’s still the same boy he once was. He says the way he behaves has changed, but other than that, nothing has changed.

Abhyudaya “Avi” Rajbhandari – Knox College


What wouldn’t people guess about you?

Before coming to Knox, I had never taken on big leadership roles or been involved in student organizations. I came to college with a mindset that I will boldly take on any opportunity I get because I regretted neglecting the opportunities presented to me before. When I started being a leader it was to explore, but now I’m learning and contributing to the well-being of the community that has helped me grow. It motivates me to become a better leader than I was yesterday.

What are you involved in on campus? What do you like about these activities?

I am Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship Society, Freshman Senator in the Student Senate, Vice President of the Powerlifting Club, Alumni Ambassador, and Union Board Member.

At first, I really liked how these positions challenged me to become a better leader. Now I love raising people who want to be better and achieve things but find it hard to do it on their own. When I see someone struggling, it reminds me of when I was in their shoes. Helping them gives me joy.

What brought you and your twin brother to Knox?

Knox reached out and was really interested in my participation. Knox also offered me the best financial aid options, which was good because my parents have to support the education of three children.

My twin, Arun Rajbhandari ’25, was accepted to Knox a year earlier than me; however, due to COVID-19, it has been deferred. Coming to college together wasn’t planned, but maybe fate wanted us to stay together.

Do you know what you would like to specialize in?

I plan to major in economics. There’s a stereotype in the society I grew up in that someone who pursues a science education is more successful and smarter, so I only took science classes when I was in high school. . I really wasn’t interested in science, which made it difficult for me to concentrate in class, and I did poorly in high school. I took a year off which really helped me figure things out, but when I came to Knox I was still undecided and that made me anxious. After taking my first economics class, I absolutely loved it and felt confident.

Is there anything you would like to do here, like study abroad, do internships, etc. ? Why?

I would like to do both study abroad and internship. I want to gain a broader perspective of the world and be more sophisticated in the things I’m good at and try new things in the process.

Obviously, western Illinois is very different from Nepal. What do you like here? What do you miss about yourself?

I appreciate the calm compared to busy cities. Also, I had only seen trains a handful of times before coming here. Hearing the train whistle makes me feel like I’m in a movie from the 1900s.

I miss the beautiful green hills that invite you to Nepal, and the sound of the stream makes me aware of the tranquility of the present moment.

Do you feel a sense of community with other Nepali or South Asian students?

Every once in a while it’s nice to have someone to talk to in my native language whose culture is quite similar to mine.

Would you like to add anything else?

I believe that death gives meaning to life, and the purpose of life is to live as we want. If we look at our lives from a broader perspective, nothing we do is really meaningful. That’s why doing trivial things with our lives doesn’t make sense to me. We tell ourselves to be responsible for our life choices, instead of doing what we dream of. For example, I was going to major in computer science because I thought it was convenient and I was afraid I wouldn’t find a job after graduation. I assumed that as an international student it would be easier to get a job in IT even though I have no passion for IT. My gap year really helped me determine my priorities and discovered that I loved economics.

“Little Bangladesh” is declared in New York, Zahid F. Sarder


New York, NY, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bangladeshi businesses in New York have seen a surge in popularity. The importance of community and culture is reinforced by a recently approved bill renaming MacDonald to the church in Brooklyn, “Little Bangladesh”.

Pictured: US Congressman Hakeem Jeffries with Zahid F. Sarder Saddi, Bangladeshi community leader and former Foreign Affairs Advisor to Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi activist Zahid F. Sarder Saddi publicly expressed his gratitude to Representatives Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke and Grace Meng for their support and passion in providing care to the Bangladeshi community.

On Thursday, July 14, the New York City Council approved the bill, renaming MacDonald the church in Brooklyn, “Little Bangladesh.” The Bangladeshi community has helped shape New York City as a whole, and the name change is an effort to reflect that. The support of New York House representatives from the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th wards proved indispensable in the willpower needed to achieve victory.

United States House Representative Gregory Meeks of New York’s 5th Congressional District consistently supports the Bangladeshi people both at home and abroad. As chairman of the Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Meeks has shown strong support for human rights for the community around the world. Rep. Meeks has also shown consistent support for the Bangladeshi community in New York City, even attending many community events such as the Bangladesh Independence Day celebrations.

Pictured: US Congressman Jeffries rejoices with the people of Bangladesh amid community victory.

Representative for New York’s 8th Congressional District, Hakeem Jeffries, also spoke about the important role of the Bangladeshi community in New York and attended community events for many holiday celebrations. Rep. Jeffries says he is proud to represent the Bangladeshi-American community in New York.

Representative Yvette Clark has also been a strong advocate for the people of Bangladesh in her work representing New York’s 9th congressional district. Rep. Clark advocated for greater support for human rights and humanitarian aid, especially when a historic cyclone hit Bangladesh and India in 2017.

Photo: Zahid F. Sarder Saddi, Bangladeshi community leader and former Bangladeshi foreign affairs adviser, with US Congresswoman Yvette Clark.

Representative for New York’s 6th Congressional District, Grace Meng, has a proven track record of supporting the Bangladeshi community in the United States and abroad, advocating for the minority Hindu community of Bangladesh as well as the Bangladeshi people in general.

According to a recent study, 40% of taxi drivers in New York are from South Asia, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Before the pandemic, Asians in New York City owned 23% of all businesses. According to these testimonies, Bangladeshi New Yorkers make a significant contribution to the city economically.

Zahid F. Sarder Saddi also thanks US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Council for their continued support of the Bangladeshi community.

“This initiative is a celebration of the many contributions made by the Bangladeshi community in New York,” said Bangladeshi community leader Zahid F. Sarder Saddi, foreign adviser to former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.

Pictured: Supporters of the Bangladeshi-American community rejoice as little Bangladesh is declared in New York.

Zahid F. Sarder Saddi has been involved in the Bangladeshi-American community for over 25 years. He is an influential civil society leader who receives consistent praise for his efforts in playing a major role in mobilizing support and facilitating action to bring the voice of Bangladeshi-Americans to lawmakers.

Zahid F. Sarder Saddi has taken action on behalf of members of the Bangladeshi community around the world. He has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the Bangladeshi community in their efforts to open many vaccination clinics to ensure access for many people who otherwise might not have received vaccines. Zahid F. Sarder Saddi spoke out against human rights abuses when he addressed the UN earlier this year, as well as the US Congress and other government bodies. Work closely with smaller agencies, such as the New York City Council and the Mayor’s Office, to ensure the well-being of the Bangladeshi-American community.

Photo: Zahid F. Sarder Saddi, Bangladeshi community leader and former Bangladeshi foreign adviser.

On the importance of culture to the Bangladeshi community in New York, Zahid F. Sarder Saddi said, “As a society, we are committed to preserving the history and culture of Bangladesh for people who have migrated from Bangladesh, but who still wish to perpetuate the history, traditions and culture of their country of origin.

From providing taxi services to newsstands, from small businesses to doctors, the Bangladeshi community makes crucial contributions to New York’s economy and culture. At every corner of New York’s business, medical, and even occupying a third of the NYPD’s traffic division, this community provides critical support to its city.

Community leaders like Zahid F. Sarder Saddi continue their work to raise the voice of the growing community of Bangladeshis living in the United States.


Zahid F. Sarder Saddi is an influential civil society leader, humanitarian and advocate for Bangladesh and its people. It helps Bangladeshi expatriates integrate into life in the United States while preserving their own values ​​and traditions. Zahid F. Sarder Saddi works with several organizations and has a particular passion for helping the Bangladeshi community in the United States and around the world.

To learn more about Zahid F. Sarder Saddi, please visit www.ZahidFSarderSaddi.com or contact Zahid F. Sarder Saddi at [email protected]


All in a day: Sri Lanka reaffirmed a China, but blocked the visit of the spy ship

The past week has been quite dramatic as Colombo has carefully balanced its relationship with China while allaying India’s concerns over the visit of the Chinese spy ship, Yuan Wang 5. The ship was due to dock at the port of Hambantota on August 11, but was postponed after India raised the issue with Sri Lanka over security concerns.

Interestingly, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday reaffirmed the “One China” policy, around the same time as talks centered on denying entry to the Chinese vessel.

The reaffirmation came amid the crisis in the Taiwan Strait and Beijing called on the world community to uphold the “One China” principle. Sri Lanka has joined Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Afghan Taliban in reaffirming the policy dear to Beijing.


A Chinese policy is the diplomatic acknowledgment of Beijing’s position that there is only one Chinese government with the People’s Republic of China serving as the sole legitimate government of that China, and that Taiwan is part of China.

On August 5, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry wrote a letter to the Chinese Embassy in the country, informing them that the ship had to postpone the visit.

The letter read, “The ministry would like to request that the arrival date of the vessel YUAN WANG 5 at Hambantota be postponed until further consultations are conducted on this matter.”

Also that same week, the issue was discussed between Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi when they met in Cambodia on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings.

Last month, India publicly raised concerns about the ship’s visit. During the Ministry of External Affairs’ weekly briefings, spokesman Arindam Bagchi, in response to a question about the matter, said: “We are aware of reports of a proposed visit by this ship to Hambantota port in August. Let me just say that the government is carefully monitoring any development affecting India’s security and economic interests and taking all necessary measures to safeguard them.”

Sri Lanka had cleared the ship to dock on July 12. Notably, the clearance was given a day before Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country after popular protests escalated.

The Sri Lankan Air Force, in a statement dated July 13, said: “The Sri Lankan President, First Lady as well as 2 bodyguards have been subject to the full approval of the Ministry of Defense for immigration, customs and other laws to get to the Maldives Air Force planes were provided to them in the early morning of July 13”.

Amid the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, India has provided economic support worth more than $2 billion. In January this year, India extended a US$400 million currency exchange in Sri Lanka under the SAARC and postponed successive Asian Clearing Union (ACU) settlements until 6 July 2022.

A line of credit (LoC) of $500 million has been granted to Sri Lanka for the importation of fuel from India. In addition, India has extended a US$1 billion credit facility for the procurement of food, medicine and other essential items from India. Humanitarian aid has also been provided to Sri Lanka by offering essential drugs worth about Rs 6 crore, 15,000 liters of kerosene oil and a line of credit of US$55 million for the purchase urea-based fertilizer.

What We Can All Learn From Jim Corbett’s Tiger Tales


“The word ‘Terror’ is so generally and universally used in connection with mundane, everyday matters that it is likely not to convey, when intended to, its true meaning. So begins the third chapter of Rudraprayag’s man-eating leopard (1947), part of the man eater series by the great Anglo-Indian hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett.

I remembered Corbett and his wonderful books when reading last week that human attacking tigers are on the prowl again in Nepal, with 104 attacks and 62 people killed in the last three years. Conservation efforts have seen tiger numbers triple since 2010, but with this good news comes the bad news of increased danger to humans. In March, a tiger believed to have killed five people was captured in western Nepal. Meanwhile in India, a tigress apparently responsible for two deaths was captured in June.

So the man-eaters are back, though the terror of the current wave thankfully seems less than in Corbett’s time. “No curfew order has ever been more strictly enforced and more implicitly enforced than the curfew imposed by the man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag,” he wrote. During daylight hours, life continued more or less normally. But at night, “a threatening silence smoldered the whole neighborhood”. Small wonder. For eight long years, between 1918 and 1926, the 50,000 inhabitants of Garhwal, in the United Provinces of northern India, and the 60,000 Hindu pilgrims who passed through the district each year to visit the ancient shrines of Kedarnath and of Badrinath, lived in fear of the fierce feline that took the lives of 125 people.

One of the victims was a 14-year-old orphan employed to tend a herd of 40 goats. He slept with the goats in a small room. But even though the door was closed with a piece of wood, the leopard entered, killed the poor boy and then took him to a deep rocky ravine where it devoured him. The goats remained completely unscathed. A shocking story, and there are many more like it, but don’t worry – we can be sure that our hero Jim will finally stop the leopard’s reign of terror.

I first encountered the three volumes of Corbett man eater
series in childhood. We had copies of his books in my school library in the mid-1970s and they were always some of the most popular to borrow.

My God, how these hardcover editions with their photos of snarling big cats on the cover have captured our imaginations and broadened our horizons. Corbett was a great writer – “dramatic but thoughtful” to quote the OUP’s omnibus edition of his works – who brought the early 20th century Indian Himalayas to life with his descriptive, understated prose.

For much of the post-war period, his books on hunting man-eating Bengal tigers and leopards of the Raj were hugely successful. Over four million copies of Kumaon’s Man Eaters had been sold worldwide in 1980. The BBC made a television version of it six years later. But there are concerns that in the 21st century, Corbett’s work is not read as widely, especially by children who would gain so much from his incredibly gripping stories.

Yes, the books involve the hunt, which is now very anti-PC – but it’s the hunt for bloodthirsty beasts that have claimed over 1,500 lives between them. And aside from that, there is so much we can learn about life from Corbett’s writings.

The need for patience is one of the greatest lessons. Corbett, who had tracked wild animals in India since childhood, was commissioned by Raj officials to kill man-eaters, but sometimes, given the wide range of cats, it took an awful lot of time. During its pursuit, the great shikari spends night after night sleeping or trying to sleep in the trees. He goes days without eating or drinking. But whatever the difficulties, he never gives up. He must have his prey.

The man eater The series also reminds us that the closer we are to danger, the more alive we feel. The greater the risks we run – and the risks are not much greater than pursuing the man-eating tigers alone and on foot – the greater the joy of living. “The time I spent in the jungle gave me unmitigated happiness, and that happiness I would now gladly share,” Corbett wrote. “My happiness, I believe, comes from the fact that all wildlife is happy in its natural environment. In nature, there is no grief and no remorse. A bird of a flock, or an animal of a flock, is taken by a falcon or by a carnivorous beast and those who remain rejoice that their time had not come today and have no thought for tomorrow .

Throughout his work, Corbett’s respect for his prey shines through. He castigates people who classify leopards as “vermin”. “Those who have never seen a leopard under favorable conditions in its natural environment can have no idea of ​​the grace of movement and the beauty of coloring of this most graceful and beautiful of all the animals of our jungles. Indians,” he said. . Although they inflict terrible damage on village communities, he actually makes us feel sorry for the big cats he is so determined to kill. “A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been forced, by the stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet that is alien to it…Human beings are not the natural prey of tigers, and it is only when tigers have been crippled by injury and old age that, in order to live, they are forced to feed on human flesh,” he explains in his introduction to Kumaon’s Man Eaters.

After shooting the tigress Champawat – said by the Guinness Book of Records having been responsible for 436 human deaths – he discovers that she had permanent damage to her teeth from a previous gunshot wound, meaning she had no choice but to switch to man-eating for keep her and her babies alive. Man-eater Talla Des, who killed an estimated 150 humans over an eight-year period, was seriously injured in an encounter with a porcupine, again leaving her unable to support her family without turning to human flesh.

Throughout the books there are wonderful insights into the natural world. In The temple tiger we get a fight between a tiger and a Himalayan black bear, which Corbett says is only the second instance he knows of different species of animals fighting for the sake of fighting. Rudraprayag’s man-eating leopard features a savage fight between the man-eater and another leopard determined to protect his territory. When Corbett finally gets killed, he thinks the “single crime” of “the most hated and feared animal in all India” was that he had shed human blood, not because he was a “demon”, but only so that he could live.

Modern readers might have a hard time understanding that a series of books about killing tigers and leopards actually make the best case for their preservation. But it is exactly like that. Corbett traded his gun for a camera and became a pioneering conservationist, helping to establish India’s first national park in Uttarakhand which aptly bears his name. It’s part of his legacy that we once again read about man-eating big cats in the Himalayas – although now the solution is a tranquilizer dart and a return away from humans rather than a bullet.

Corbett’s work helped save the tiger – and I think it can save us too. It’s so easy in today’s world to feel completely overwhelmed with emails, text messages, social media notifications, breaking news, and the internet in general. And we all know how feeling overwhelmed can lead to stress and depression. So why not step away from modern life for a bit and head into the Indian jungle with Jim Corbett and his gun. I promise you won’t regret it.

‘Oh look. They play doctors and nurses.

Pakistan in the global nuclear order; reconsidering the strategic dilemma – Telegraph Nepal


-Zafar Khan and Rizwana Abbasi, Islamabad, Pakistan

The international community must reconsider the systemic strategic dilemma plaguing India and Pakistan. We call this an extra-regional link syndrome, which is becoming one of the significant challenges affecting the stability of deterrence in South Asia. In this case, anything that happens strategically between the US and Russia, and/or between the US and China, would affect the equation between China and India. No doubt, this would then affect Pakistan. China is not engaged with the United States or India regarding the arms control process, but this still has a strategic impact on South Asia. Arms reduction and political restraint at the top level, i.e. the United States and Russia, including France and Britain, reduces the pressure at the lower level, i.e. say China, India and Pakistan. Furthermore, since major powers would like to bring smaller powers on board for arms control and disarmament processes in accordance with the commitments of the non-proliferation regime, they too should reduce their deterrent forces to lower levels. This would not only promote stability of deterrence among the nuclear-weapon states, but also encourage them to address issues related to the systemic strategic dilemmas they face in relation to each other. However, if the major powers continue to develop their deterrent forces, it would signal other nuclear-weapon states to maintain their deterrent forces. This is precisely what is happening in South Asia.

Resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan:

The study argues that the Jammu and Kashmir conflict is an issue related to international law, human rights, human security and regional stability. Therefore, it requires the intercession of the international community and the support of key states, such as the United States, to help find a lasting solution based on the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Any peace process will remain in vain if the question of Kashmir is not dealt with on the basis of the right to self-determination. So far, India and Pakistan have failed to resolve the issue bilaterally. China, in parallel, too, can help resolve the Kashmir conflict to create peace and stability in this region, but it has its own limitations.

Sustained talks between the two nuclear adversaries are essential to maintain a semblance of stability. Apart from periodic third party intercession, bilateral dialogue on all pending issues between India and Pakistan and restoration of communication are essential in the conflict-prone region and nuclearized South Asian region. Track II diplomacy adds little value in the absence of formal dialogue between the two states. The presence of nuclear weapons and democratic rule in both countries can shape a strategic and political environment conducive to consolidating and reviving confidence-building measures and building trust on common interests and goals. . In the interest of their own people and of peace in the region, the two parties should work together proactively to eradicate terrorism, which is one of the ten points of the program of the Comprehensive dialogue agreed by India and Pakistan.


Pakistan has developed its nuclear weapons program for defensive purposes to address its serious security concerns vis-à-vis India. Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program is specific to India and it will continue to play a deterrent role in Pakistan’s national security, thwarting the possibility of major and limited wars in South Asia.

Pakistan had a number of deterrence policy options, but it deliberately opted for the minimum credible deterrence given its internal security imperatives. Although ambiguity plays a central role in its nuclear weapons program and policy, Pakistan continues to pursue a policy of producing a smaller number of deterrent forces without any interest in the arms race strategy of Pakistan. weapon to weapon. It aims to maintain “balance rather than” parity and does not want to be part of an endless arms race.

In addition to the recent Carnegie-Stimson Report which speculates that Pakistan could become the third largest nuclear-weapon state in the world in 10 years, the international community still fears that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons may fall into the wrong hands. These concerns are based on faulty assumptions and overlook the considerable investments Pakistan has made in nuclear security and its spotless track record, despite being a frontline US ally in the war on terror. Pakistan institutionalized its nuclear weapons program immediately after its nuclear tests. He successfully created the NCA and built the SPD as a secretariat to provide safety and security for all his deterrent forces and related facilities under a centralized and robust command and control system. In fact, India has followed some of Pakistan’s unilateral actions aimed at enhancing nuclear accountability, transparency and developing an effective NCA.

Domestically, Pakistan has worked commendably to improve its legal order, fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, create a strong export control regime and build a nuclear security regime. At the regional level, it is ready to work on these parameters with other countries. Internationally, Pakistan abides by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. It is a party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the Container Security Initiative and the IAEA Incident and Traffic Database. Moreover, Islamabad has established its independent regulatory authority ─ PNRA ─ which works closely with the IAEA. Other important institutions such as the National Center of Excellence of Pakistan,

Pakistan’s Engineering and Applied Sciences and School of Nuclear and Radiation Safety provides world-class training and specialization in the field of nuclear security and radiation safety. Furthermore, Pakistan has actively participated in the Nuclear Security Summit which has been held every two years since 2010. The international community now recognizes these institutionalized efforts that make Pakistan a responsible nuclear state.

Pakistan’s consistent diplomatic stance on the proposed FMCT does not mean that Pakistan would necessarily increase its deterrent forces. The largest piece of nuclear weapons in the world and their related materials are still in the hands of the United States and Russia. Although not part of the NPT and not a signatory to the CTBT, Pakistan unilaterally and voluntarily maintains a moratorium on nuclear tests, has a modest number of deterrent forces, applies a credible minimum deterrence , retains nuclear weapons for defensive purposes only, and accepts internationally verifiable, non-discriminatory, criteria-based non-proliferation efforts. The international community largely misunderstands Pakistan’s declaratory statement on full-spectrum deterrence by associating it with the larger numbers. Full-spectrum deterrence falls within the broader contours of Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence, i.e. deterring all forms of aggression.

The international community should not overlook the progressive changes in South Asia’s strategic environment, such as India’s cold-start doctrine, its development of non-strategic battlefield weapons and its progress towards an assured second strike capability in the form of nuclear submarines, its known and unknown capabilities nuclear facilities/reactors not covered by IAEA safeguards and the establishment of a secret city project in Karnataka. The development of ICBMs, MIRVs and the BMD system has further accentuated strategic instability in South Asia. The changed strategic environment in South Asia puts greater pressure on Pakistan to modernize and streamline its deterrence in order to maintain deterrence stability and avoid war.

The recommendations we have made would help the international community to understand the perspective of Pakistan’s nuclear strategy, integrate Pakistan into the international nuclear order and build peace in South Asia. These recommendations stress the importance of normalizing the international nuclear order on the basis of generally acceptable criteria; regulate India’s emerging nuclear modernization by addressing the growing asymmetry of conventional forces; to address the issues that hamper India and Pakistan’s arms control; reconsider the strategic dilemma facing South Asia; and resolve disputes between India and Pakistan.

All of the above measures relate to the role of major states, primarily the United States. The problems within the international nuclear order are not due to Pakistan. The double standards of the great powers ─ the application of stricter rules towards one state and a lax approach towards another ─ have distorted it. Trust and cooperation have been lacking due to the failure of powerful states to honor their commitments to Article VI of the NPT. Implementing the proposals made in the document can help strengthen non-proliferation norms, promote peace and prevent the use of nuclear weapons in South Asia, and support peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Furthermore, it is important for India and Pakistan to rationalize their military plans within a budgetary regime and decide what is sufficient to ensure peace, stability and development in South Asia.

# Courtesy text: Pakistan in the Global Order, Islamabad papers (Nuclear Paper series 1).

Concluded: Ed. Upadhyaya.

The ITC attracts all the attention. But here are 5 FMCG stocks to watch…


These days, every investor is talking about ITC which is one of India’s leading FMCG companies.

ITC has always grabbed headlines before due to its underperformance. People used to call it meme stock. You would often see funny images about ITC on social media.

But now, ITC is making headlines for its stellar results and strong recovery.

After a decade of underperformance, ITC’s stock price began to soar due to multiple factors.

As I write this, the ITC stock price is trading at its highest level in 52 weeks. The recent rally is due to the excellent results of the first quarter.

While everyone is excited about ITC, there are plenty of other FMCG stocks that gave multibagger returns in 2022 and outperformed ITC.

Here is a list of the 5 best performing FMCG stocks, which deserve to be added to the watchlist…

#1 Vadilal Industries

First on our list is Vadilal Industries.

Vadilal Industries’ share price has soared 137% so far this year, making it a multibagger stock of 2022.

The company’s stock price is as sweet as its ice cream.

Vadilal Industries is a century-old company founded in 1907.

With a market cap of over 15 billion, it is a small cap FMCG stock engaged in the packaged food industry.

Vadilal is present in more than 45 countries, including North and South America, Europe, United Kingdom, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Vadilal’s profit jumped more than 150% compared to 69 meters to 182 million in the 2022 financial year.

Let’s take a look at its quarterly numbers to get a clear picture of the company’s most recent performance.

A few setbacks were encountered throughout the year, but the company managed to overcome them.

The company has definitely made its customers and investors smile.

Let’s take a look at the company’s share price performance in 2022.

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#2Sampre Nutrition

Second on our list is Spre Nutrition.

This small-cap company has so far grown 99% in 2022.

The company produces a wide variety of confectionery, including éclairs, candies, caramels, powders and filled products.

In addition to producing its own brand, the company is instrumental in delivering growing volumes for most multinationals.

At the start of the year, the share price was trading at 33, and currently it is trading at 66.

At a board meeting in March 2022, the company approved the fundraising of 140 mper capital increase with right to subscribe for additional shares.

The company’s revenue has steadily increased, but it continues to post net losses. Zomato investors will feel a sense of Deja Vu as a similar story is happening with the tech stock.

Let’s take a look at its quarterly numbers to get a clear picture of the company’s most recent performance.

Here’s how Samper Nutrition performed in 2022.

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#3 Cool Sheetal Products

Third on our list is Sheetal Cool Products.

Sheetal Cool Products stock price jumped over 60% in 2022.

Sheetal Cool Products is India‘s fastest growing FMCG company.

It offers diversified products ranging from Namkeen, ice cream and frozen products.

Based in the small town of Amreli, Gujarat, for more than 30 years, the company has developed its multiple distribution network.

The company expects a turnover of 15 billion by 2030 and have impressions nationwide and even overseas.

Last year, the company’s net profit doubled to reach 107 m which amounted to 51 months ago.

Let’s take a look at the company’s quarterly numbers for a better picture of performance.

Even in tough times, the company has consistently delivered strong results, indicating that this is a fundamentally strong stock.

Let’s take a look at the company’s share price performance in 2022.


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#4 Great Bakers

Fourth on our list is Super Bakers.

This Ahmedabad-based company grew by more than 54% in 2022.

Super Bakers (India) is one of the largest bread manufacturers under the brand “Super Bread”.

Its share price traded at 9 at the beginning of this year. Today it is trading at approx. 14.

Let’s take a look at the company’s share price performance in 2022.

Super BakersShare price performance in 2022


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#5 Varun Drinks

Finally, we have Varun Beverages. Varun Beverages share price is up more than 50% in 2022 so far.

Varun Beverages is a large capitalization company in the Indian FMCG sector, with a market capitalization of 604 billion.

Varun Beverages is a major player in the beverage industry. It is one of the largest PepsiCo franchisees outside of the United States.

The company produces and sells a wide range of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated drinks (NCBs).

The company operates 31 manufacturing plants in India and six overseas, including two in Nepal and one in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Zambia.

The Board of Directors recently approved an interim dividend of 2.50 per capital share for the 2022 financial year.

In its latest quarterly result, its turnover more than doubled to 4.3 billion.

Crazy numbers were reported by the company for the June quarter. EBITDA was reported up 119% while net profit showed 152% year-on-year growth.

The company has steadily increased its revenue, although it posted net losses in the December 2021 quarter.

Let’s take a look at the company’s share price performance in 2022.


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Takeaway investment

The FMCG sector is an evergreen sector. It correlates with the consumption theme of India.

You rely on FMCG products every day, from daily necessities such as food and beverages, to household and janitorial products such as stationery and cosmetics.

The future therefore looks bright for FMCG companies in India.

However, note that FMCG is a sector that fluctuates the most with the least disruption in the market.

Investors should look for fundamentally strong stocks in the FMCG sector that have stable future prospects.

Good investment!

Disclaimer:This article is for information only. This is not a stock recommendation and should not be treated as such.

This article is syndicated from Equitymaster.com

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Should Bhutan stop importing non-essential items?

More than 5,000 vehicles imported in seven months

Thukten Zangpo

With foreign currency reserves running out, Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering during his recent visit to Bumthang advised that the government may stop importing non-essential items if the country’s economy does not improve.

The government has even urged people to show solidarity in choosing essential items over non-essentials.

The Commerce Department has not compiled lists of non-essential items at this time.

However, since April 2021, Bhutan has experienced a decline in its foreign exchange reserves due to surging imports, declining remittances, meager export earnings, and no tourism earnings.

Import bills, meanwhile, are skyrocketing amid high commodity and fuel prices on the global market, fueled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The foreign exchange reserve shrank by more than 30% to $970.4 million (M) in December last year, from $1.5 billion (B) in April. The reserve can only pay for 13.4 months of essential imports. The last figure for this year is not available.

In a recent interview, Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said the country’s foreign policy foreign exchange reserve would cover 14 months of essential imports. This is only two months longer than the constitutional requirement to maintain a minimum reserve to cover the cost of at least a year of essential imports.

Many countries in the region are trying to restrict the import of non-essential items to save their foreign currency reserves. Nepal has banned the import of luxury goods, including automobiles, motorbikes with a capacity of more than 150 cc, expensive cell phones (over USD 300), whiskey and tobacco, diamonds, televisions from over 32 inches, toys, cards and snacks.

The Nepalese government has also decided to introduce two public holidays – Saturday and Sunday to save the consumption of petroleum products.

Bangladesh tightened its rules for luxury and non-essential imports like sport utility vehicles, washing machines, air conditioners and refrigerators in May this year. At the end of April, Bangladesh’s foreign exchange reserves stood at around 44 billion, which is enough to cover imports for six months.

Pakistan lifted a ban on imports of non-essential and luxury items last week. However, the ban on automobiles, cell phones and household appliances is still in effect. At one time, the government urged people to reduce their tea consumption to reduce import bills.

If Bhutan’s foreign exchange reserve situation does not improve, the country should ban the import of non-essential items, an economist has said.

Bhutan imports over 80% of its goods from India. Although Bhutan and India have an internal agreement that Bhutan can borrow Indian rupees through a standby credit facility, the country also sells convertible currency (USD) to replenish the stock of rupees .

Since 2008, the Bhutanese economy has been in trade deficit. With the country’s import bill reaching Nu90.2 billion in 2021, the trade deficit widened by 75% to Nu32.2 billion from Nu18.4 billion in 2020.

In the first six months of this year, Bhutan’s trade deficit was recorded at Nu 21.2B, more than the trade deficit of 2020. If Bhutan had not exported electricity to India during the period, the trade deficit could have reached Nu 27.3 billion.

Bhutan imported fuel worth Nu 8.4 billion in 2021. In the first six months of this year, Bhutan imported fuel worth Nu 3.4 billion.

Rice imports increased from Nu 2.4 billion in 2020 to 5.7 billion in the first six months of this year.

The country imported vehicles, aircraft and associated transport equipment worth Nu 6.3 billion in 2021. In June this year, the import bill was Nu 1.9 billion. Bhutan imported more than 5,000 vehicles between October 2021 and May 2022 – in less than seven months.

Meanwhile, Bhutan’s import of smartphones worth Nu 2.4 billion in 2021 increased to Nu 5.1 billion in the first six months of this year.

The Ministry of Finance has projected that the country’s trade deficit could rise from 7.1% in the 2020-21 fiscal year to 17.8% of gross domestic product in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs earlier this year during the pandemic ensured that the 30 essential items listed must be available in the economy.

Some of the items include liquefied petroleum gas and fuel, industrial raw materials, and raw materials for hydroelectric construction.

Bihar: 56 kanwariyas from Nepal injured after tourist bus hits truck


The incident happened when the bus they were traveling in collided with a truck on NH-27 near Bhoptapur under Kuchaikot police station in Gopalganj district.

At least 56 kanwariyas were injured on Thursday after their bus collided with a stationary truck. The devotees were on their way to Deoghar in Jharkhand from Sonauli of Nepal.

The incident happened when the bus they were traveling in collided with a truck on NH-27 near Bhoptapur under Kuchaikot police station in Gopalganj district.

Seven of them are said to be in critical condition.

The front part of the bus was badly damaged after the collision.

Passengers trapped inside the bus were rescued by bystanders and police.

One of the injured women, identified as Sanichri Devi, who was being treated at a local hospital, said devotees were traveling to Deoghar from Sonauli to offer prayers at Baidyanath Temple when the accident happened.

Read also :35 kanwariyas died during Kanwar Yatra, 266 saved from drowning: cops

As the bus approached Bhoptapur at around 8 a.m., a tanker truck passing the bus took a sharp turn, after which the driver lost control and the bus collided with a parked truck, crashing said the woman.

The injured were admitted to Gopalganj Sadar Hospital and Kuchaikot Community Health Center.

Gopalganj SP Anand Kumar said that the preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the private bus lost control of the steering wheel at high speed, as a result of which the bus crashed into the parked truck. The 56 passengers on the private bus were devotees of Baidyanath. The police arrived on the scene as soon as they received a call and the rescue began afterwards. With the help of cranes and earthmoving machinery, the bus and truck were separated, after which traffic was eased.

“The district administration team is present at the scene of the accident. The bus has been removed. I am in constant contact with the Gopalganj administration. Instructions have been given to make arrangements for proper treatment of the injured,” Excise and Prohibition Minister Sunil Kumar said.


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Entravision Announces Closing of Strategic Investment in Leading Digital Marketing Services Company Jack of Digital


SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entravision (NYSE:EVC) (“Entravision” or “the Company”), a leading global advertising, media and ad technology company, today announced the closing of the Previously announced strategic investment in Jack of Digital, a digital marketing services company that serves as TikTok’s exclusive advertising partner in Pakistan.

Founded in 2020 by ad tech and marketing industry veteran Faisal Sheikh, Jack of Digital specializes in international platform partnerships with some of the best advertising, marketing and data platforms in the world. Jack of Digital provides marketing and communications, advertising sales and relationship management services to a growing customer base. The company maintains exclusive advertising and data sales representations in Pakistan with short video platform TikTok, comprehensive programmatic platform Eskimi, app entertainment tool SHAREit and ad fraud protection service Spider AF.

“We are thrilled to officially welcome Jack of Digital to the Entravision portfolio of digital ad technology solutions,” said Juan Saldívar, Chief Digital, Strategy and Accountability Officer, Entravision. “A central part of Entravision’s digital strategy is to expand our partnerships with leading social media platforms globally. Through our strategic investment in Jack of Digital, Entravision is extending its exclusive partnership with TikTok in South Africa to Pakistan, giving us access to nearly 100 million digitally connected consumers.

About 1.8 billion people, or 23% of the world’s population, live in South Asia, including the countries of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. In Pakistan, where Jack of Digital is headquartered, over 98 million people are digitally connected, representing just under half of the total population. Pakistan is now one of more than 35 countries that make up Entravision’s digital operations.

“Partnering with Entravision is the next key step in our long-term growth trajectory,” said Faisal Sheikh, CEO of Jack of Digital. “We are delighted to have access to Entravision’s vast digital resources and business expertise, which, combined with our strong presence in Pakistan, should drive the success of both companies. The growth opportunities are significant and we look forward to continuing to expand our efforts throughout South Asia.

All Jack of Digital employees will remain with the company, and Faisal Sheikh will continue to serve as CEO of the company based from its headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan.

About Entravision

Entravision is a leading global advertising, media and ad tech company that connects brands to consumers by representing the best platforms and publishers. Our dynamic portfolio includes digital, TV and audio offerings. Digital, our largest revenue segment, is comprised of four business units: our digital sales representation business; Smadex, our programmatic advertising buying platform; our branding and mobile performance solutions business; and our digital audio business. Through our digital sales representation business, we connect global media companies such as Meta, Twitter, TikTok and Spotify with advertisers in primarily emerging growth markets around the world. Smadex is our demand-side mobile platform, enabling advertisers to run performance campaigns using machine learning. We also offer a Mobile Performance and Branding Solutions business, which provides managed services to advertisers looking to connect with global consumers, primarily on mobile devices, and our Digital Audio business provides digital audio advertising solutions to advertisers. of the Americas. In addition to digital, Entravision has 49 television channels and is the largest affiliate of the Univision and UniMás television networks. Entravision also operates 45 primarily Spanish-language radio stations that feature nationally recognized and Emmy Award-winning talent. Entravision’s Class A common stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: EVC. Learn more about our offerings at entravision.com or join us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Jack of Digital

Jack of Digital is a digital marketing company specializing in international platform partnerships. Currently, Jack of Digital is a partner of TikTok, Eskimi, SHAREit and Spider AF and represents them in Pakistan. Key areas of partnership include advertising sales, marketing and communications, and relationship management with advertisers and their media and creative agencies. Learn more about Jack of Digital’s offerings at jackofdigital.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook for updates.

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Villages along Nepalese border experiencing massive demographic shift, Muslim population exceeds 50% in 116 of them: Report

Intelligence agencies have recommended increasing the range of Border Security Forces (BSF) to 100 km, due to the unexpected demographic change in border areas. According to reports, the Muslim population in the border areas has increased by around 32%, well above the national average.

Based on the latest Gram Panchayats records, the Uttar Pradesh and Assam Police have sent separate reports to the Union Home Ministry outlining the demographic changes over the past ten years in the border areas of Nepal and Bangladesh.

According to reports, the Muslim population in the border districts has increased by about 32% since 2011. On the contrary, the population change across the country is between 10% and 15%. Security agencies and state police described the demographic change as highly sensitive in the context of national security. Therefore, Assam and UP recommended that the scope of jurisdiction of BSF be increased from the current 50 KM to 100 KM. If this happens, BSF will have the right to search and investigate in areas up to 100 KM from the international border.

It’s not just about population growth

Dainik Bhaskar quoted an unnamed Union Home Ministry official as saying that demographic change is not just about population increase. It could be a new conception of infiltration in India. “Therefore, keeping national security in mind, we must now make strong preparations. That is why Assam and UP security agencies have suggested increasing the scope of the BSF,” did he declare.

It should be noted that the Ministry of Interior increased the jurisdiction of the BSF from 15 KM to 50 KM in October 2021. While some states opposed the increase from 15 KM to 50 KM, the UP and the ‘Assam recommended further increases.

Mosque-madrasas increased by 25% in 5 districts of UP

According to UP Police, the Muslim population has increased by more than 20% since 2011 in five districts which are Pilibhit, Kheri, Balrampur, Maharajganj and Bahraich. All these districts share borders with Nepal.

One of the biggest challenges facing the state police is determining how many new Muslim families who have settled in the area have valid documents and how many are illegal. Security agencies suspect many of these people may be illegal immigrants. There are about 1,000 villages in 5 border districts of UP. Of these, 116 have more than 50% Muslim population. About 303 villages have a Muslim population between 30% and 50%.

Not only the number of Muslims, but the number of mosques and madrasas have also increased in these districts by at least 25% from April 2018 to March 2022. According to reports, compared to 1,349 mosques and madrasas in border districts in 2018, the number stands at 1,688.

According to the police report, infiltration has been active in the border areas for a long time. Most people who come from outside are Muslims. In Assam, the Muslim population has increased by around 32% in the districts of Dhuvari, Karimganj, South Salmara and Cachar. These districts share borders with Bangladesh.

Unexpected increases in the Muslim population have been reported before

This is not the first time such reports have made headlines. In March 2022, OpIndia reported that the sudden increase in Muslim population in border districts of West Bengal has forced Hindus to migrate.

A journalist from Organizer magazine named Pranay Kumar visited few cities like New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Islampur, Malda Town, Murshidabad etc. Villages and towns were located next to them, where he noticed a terrible demographic imbalance in these villages. Many Rohingya immigrants from Bangladesh have come to settle in these areas. This unprecedented increase in the Muslim population in specific areas of the border state of Bangladesh has forced many Hindus to migrate from these areas.

In most villages and small towns, Muslims outnumber non-Muslims. There are also large numbers of suspected Rohingya from the country bordering Bangladesh, who are deliberately pushed into villages for vote banks, although the Center identifies them as a security threat. Due to their abundance, local Hindus migrate to other cities or safer places. They flee because of organized and sponsored violence. They are terrified of the spread of violence, the journalist said.

As a result, Hindu migrants are selling their homes, farms, businesses and other assets.

In December 2021, following the notification of an increase in the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 KM to 50 KM, the DG BSF explained the reasons. BSF chief executive Pankaj Kumar Singh said a greater degree of demographic imbalance in bordering states was a key reason for the Centre’s decision.

The CEO of BSF said that over time the demographic balance in border states like West Bengal and Assam has been upset. He said a survey by the BSF confirmed the demographic changes. He said it was one of the probable reasons for the Narendra Modi government extending the jurisdiction of the BSF from 15 km to 50 km in Punjab, Assam and West Bengal. The DG said India was facing large-scale infiltration. Whether in Assam or West Bengal, the demographic balance has been upset to a large extent, he said.

A similar demographic shift has also been reported in Uttarakhand and Gujarat. In 2018, BSF warned of demographic changes in the border areas of Rajasthan.

Lack of rain could dampen India’s battle against inflation – here’s why


At a time when nations are grappling with soaring food prices and runaway inflation, India’s ability to produce rice is in jeopardy. Due to a lack of rainfall in some regions, particularly West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, which account for a quarter of India’s production, the total area sown to rice has declined by 13% so far this season.

Read also : A mountain of bills inflates the Indian energy industry

With Bangladesh, China, Nepal and some Middle Eastern countries among its main customers, India exports rice to more than 100 countries. In the coming weeks, the United States is expected to produce a bountiful wheat crop and Ukraine has sent its first shipment of grain since the Russian invasion.

Traders fear that a drop in rice production could make it harder for India to fight inflation and lead to export curbs. For the billions of people who depend on basic food, such a decision will have important ramifications. To protect food security and maintain local prices, the government has already restricted wheat and sugar exports from India, which accounts for 40% of the world’s rice trade.

Read also : Gas distributors face uncertainty over high gas prices

Meanwhile, Indian rice prices have risen, reflecting production concerns. Due to insufficient rains and increased demand from Bangladesh, prices of some types have jumped more than 10% in the past two weeks in major producing states like West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, according to Mukesh Jain, rice shipper manager Sponge Enterprises Pvt. According to him, export prices free on board could rise to 400 dollars per ton by September, against 365 dollars currently.

Asia produces and consumes the majority of the world’s rice, making it essential for the region’s political and economic stability. Rice prices were subdued due to ample production and stocks, unlike the surge in wheat and maize prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which helped prevent a worsening of the the food crisis.

The success of the Indian monsoon and rice harvest will have a significant impact. According to some agronomists, there is still time to sow more and make up part of the deficit. August to September is expected to have typical rainfall, which could increase agricultural production.

Farmers are less optimistic. Rajesh Kumar Singh, 54, a farmer in Uttar Pradesh, said he only planted rice on half of his seven acres (2.8 hectares) of land due to a lack of rain in June and July. “The situation is really precarious,” he said.

Rice prices are coming under pressure, said Himanshu, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, who goes by only one name. “Rarely does sowing take place after mid-July, so hope for recovery is unlikely,” he said, adding that a drop in production is a risk for inflation. .

Read also : A generational change is now needed in rail travel in India: Vaishnaw

Rice could be a new hurdle in India’s fight against inflation. This year, consumer prices have continued to breach the Reserve Bank of India’s 6% tolerance level, leading to a dramatic rise in interest rates. As the impact of lower commodity prices, such as those for fuels and vegetable oils, is somewhat offset by the weakening of the rupee this week, the central bank could raise borrowing costs further.

If geographic disparities in rainfall persist, it could negatively impact agricultural production, negatively impacting economic growth and inflation, according to Sonal Varma, an economist at Nomura Holdings Inc.

Read also : US job openings at nine-month low; labor market still tight

As Indian paddy production is set to decline in several states, the government should consider reviewing its policy of allocating rice to ethanol production, says Siraj Hussain, former secretary of India’s Ministry of Agriculture .

India is looking to boost ethanol production by using surplus sugar and rice as part of efforts to cut its fuel costs. Soaring food prices following the war in Ukraine increased the risk of famine and sparked a “food versus fuel” debate.

“At this point, it’s difficult to estimate the exact level of production loss,” Hussain said. But at current prices, there is little justification for allocating rice to ethanol production, he added.

(With contributions from the agency)

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Links of 11 arrested in Assam to Bangladeshi terror group confirmed: police


Police maintain surveillance of private madrasas across Assam for ‘suspicious activity’

Police maintain surveillance of private madrasas across Assam for ‘suspicious activity’

The investigation has confirmed the links of 11 people arrested last week in Assam to the Bangladesh-based terror squad Ansarul Bangla Team, a senior police officer said on Monday.

The investigation so far has been “satisfactory” and those arrested have been questioned by both Assam Police and central agencies, the state’s Special Director General of Police (Law and order), GP Singh, after meeting with the investigation teams.

Also Read: Police in Assam and Uttar Pradesh concerned about demographic shifts in districts bordering Bangladesh and Nepal

Police are keeping surveillance of private madrasas across Assam for any “suspicious activity” and necessary action will be taken if there are any contributions in this regard, he said.

“I have provided an update on the investigation and progress has been good so far but there is still a long way to go. There is clear evidence of financial links between two people arrested in Morigaon and the Jehadi outfit. There also seems to be a connection between these people and those arrested recently in Tripura and Bhopal.The investigation teams are analyzing these aspects,” he said.

A total of 11 people have so far been arrested in Morigaon, Goalpara, Guwahati and Barpeta for their alleged links to the terror group and they are currently in custody, the senior officer said.

Several documents, including “literature and jihadist videos”, were seized from them, Singh said.

“Investigation teams are trying to find out how they got these materials and whether students in the madrassa were able to see them,” he said.

“People linked to these individuals are also being questioned and if their links to the terror group are established, further arrests will be made,” Singh said.

In Morigaon, a person identified as Mufti Mustafa, managing Jamiul Huda Madrasa in Soruchola village at Moirabari police station was the first to be arrested on the night of July 26-27. A computer store owner, Afsaruddin Bhuyan, was arrested the following day.

The other arrests also took place on the night of July 26 and 27.

Molly McCann’s remarkable rise from payday loans to UFC glory


There were times when I just thought, ‘Why is life worth living?’

Molly McCann puts on a desperate face as she recalls what life was like less than a decade ago.

And it’s not so surprising considering how far he’s come – from serving sandwiches to being an octagon star.

The 32-year-old recently picked up a second consecutive UFC London victory in four months, a thunderous elbow knocking American Hannah Goldy to the deck.

The victory catapulted McCann to global stardom, earning plaudits from hip-hop artist Drake, The Rock and UFC President Dana White – an infamously stubborn character.

Molly McCann tasted success with two knockout wins at UFC London this year. (Photo: Getty)

“On St. Patrick’s Day 2013, I was serving sandwiches in a sandwich shop. I was literally working in Subway,” recalls McCann, who also worked two bar jobs in Liverpool to support his studies.

The fighter’s former job at the sandwich chain is the inspiration behind her nickname, “Meatball.”

Born and raised in the Norris Green housing estate, an area plagued by poverty and gang crime, McCann admits she “had to get Wonga loans” because she didn’t qualify for student finance.

Despite the obstacles in her path, McCann nevertheless graduated from Liverpool John Moores University, one of the UK’s most prestigious sporting institutions, with a degree in physical education.

She worked as a personal trainer after graduating, but that was put on hold – along with her budding fighting career – when her father was diagnosed with cancer.

McCann told JOE: “There were times when I thought, ‘Why is life worth living?

“I was breastfeeding my dad and had to take a break when he passed away.”

Molly McCann’s father, Paul Pearson, died before she made it to the UFC (Picture: @meatballmolly)

McCann first fought professionally for the Shock ‘n’ Awe and Cage Warriors promotions, but says she lost more money than she actually made in competition.

She remembers being disappointed with the £5,000 prize handed out for winning her first title, the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship.

“I thought, ‘Will I ever get there? Is it worth it?'”

Six straight wins paved the way for his move to the UFC in 2018, but his time with the biggest promotion on the planet was not without its challenges either.

McCann lost in her UFC debut to Gillian Robertson and has since been beaten twice. Losses in 2020 and 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic have left his future uncertain.

However, McCann fought back to defeat Ji Yong Kim in September 2021 on fellow Liverpudlian Darren Till’s undercard, before winning twice this year at UFC London.

The key to McCann’s rise to fame has been how she has won her last two fights.

Both Goldy and Luana Carolina were adorned with a twisting back elbow, the kind of finish that easily lends itself to social media virality and catches the eye of stars like The Rock.

The actor and WWE icon shared footage of McCann’s victory over Goldy on his social media platforms, drawing comparisons to his own legendary People’s Elbow finisher.

“It’s just crazy,” McCann says, “I keep looking at all the messages.”

She acknowledges the impact her fighting style has had on her popularity.

“In the span of four months, I’ve done two back elbow finishes. There’s only been five in the history of combat sports and I’ve done two.”

However, becoming a UFC superstar is not without setbacks.

“I haven’t really left the house anxious because of how much life has changed and how different people are.

“There are no more people just asking, ‘hiya, are you okay?’ to them running and screaming or passing me their babies to take pictures with. It’s a crazy place, when you’re not used to this kind of moment.

McCann named Valentina Shevchenko — the UFC’s biggest pound-for-pound fighter and current flyweight champion — as his ultimate conquest.

Shevchenko has been described by fellow Brit Tom Aspinall as the best all-rounder in the UFC, and McCann admits there’s still work to be done before she reaches that level.

Speaking in the wake of her win over Goldy, McCann sees Valentina’s sister Antonina as a more realistic prospect right now.

“I never call anyone, it’s not up to me,” she said.

“But when you’re talking about legacy, prestige, honor, who’s the best in the game? It’s Valentina. Am I ready for Valentina already? No, come on. Am I ready for Antonina? Let’s see I believe I am.

Valentina Shevchenko is currently the number one fighter on the UFC roster. (Photo: Getty)

“It’s not a problem, but I honestly think it’s an amazing fight to have and I know if they do a fight camp for me, if I ever get to Shevchenko, they’ll have the plan. But I’m also going to have the plan because I’ll know how to beat her sister. So with the utmost respect, I said her name because I think she’s the best.

McCann may need to get a few more wins under his belt before he tries his hand at the champ, but MMA is ultimately an entertainment business.

The fighters with the biggest fanbases are getting more and more sway, and that could prove crucial in McCann’s rise to the top.

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Yogi and Deputy Chief Ministers will lead teams on overseas investment tours

The government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is stepping up efforts to send high level teams to nearly 20 or more countries to organize international tours ahead of the planned Global Investor Summit 2023 (GIS-23).

The UP government hopes to attract investment from 10 lakh crore at GIS-23 to be held in Lucknow in January 2023.

“Yes, we will send five to six teams to organize road shows in 20 or more countries. In addition to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak and Ministers will lead the teams to be dispatched by October-November 2022. We will soon be developing itineraries for the teams and Ministers to lead from different departments will visit the countries of where possible, investments can be made in the sector related to their departments,” said Arvind Kumar, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Industrial Development (IIDC), Uttar Pradesh.

Kumar did not share the list of possible destinations to attract investment for the state government teams.

“At this stage, we cannot share the list of countries to visit as new destinations may be added and those currently on the list may be removed from the same in the coming weeks,” he said. .

“We are also liaising with different embassies/high commissions as the need arises,” he added.

Those familiar with the developments in the infrastructure and industrial development department have said roadshows are likely to be held in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, UAE, Sweden, in the Netherlands, Israel, France, Germany, South Korea, Mauritius, Russia and Australia. . There are indications that advance teams of civil servants and industry representatives could be sent to prepare for visits by high-level teams of ministers. The state government is also offering to organize roadshows in major cities of India.

The Chief Minister has instructed officers from the Department of Infrastructure and Industrial Development to finalize the list of partner countries for SIG-23. Singapore has offered to be the summit’s first partner country. The Netherlands, Japan, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Mauritius, Thailand, Nepal and Belgium were the partner countries of the 2018 UP Investor Summit. The state government is also reaching out to themselves and with other potential partner countries.

“Yes, Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit-2018 had seven participating countries. Singapore has already offered to be a partner country for Global Investors Summit-23. We may have more partner countries this time,” said said Kumar.

The Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit-2018 was organized in Lucknow in February 2018. It had received proposals for Investment of 4.68 lakh crore. The state government claims to have implemented investment proposals of 3 lakh crore so far. It has implemented investment proposals worth 80,000 crore at the third groundbreaking ceremony held in Lucknow in June 2022. He also appointed a consultant to make the state a trillion dollar economy in the next five years.

One expert, Professor Yashvir Tyagi, former head of the economics department at Lucknow University, said: “To achieve the goal of a trillion dollar economy over the next five years, the UP needs a big boost to invest in the state. Given the specter of recession in the United States and many other countries, potential investors are looking for profitable avenues and UP may prove to be an attractive destination for foreign direct investment. This way, it would be a win-win situation for investors and the state.


    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decades of experience. It covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all legislative and parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.
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IndyCar: How to watch the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on DAZN


DAZN will broadcast the IndyCar season live in numerous territories, continuing on Sunday, August 7 for the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Will Power took the lead in the championship standings, with last year’s champion Alex Palou in sixth. Power has 431 points against 379 for Palou.

Second place is held by Marcus Ericsson with 422, and Josef Newgarden is third with 399. Scott Dixon has 393 points in fourth.

Pato O’Ward has 385 points in fifth, meaning he’s tight on top heading into the weekend’s action.

The race starts at 3 p.m. ET.

Here’s everything you need to know about the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, streaming live on DAZN in many regions (see below for details).

Where does the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix take place?

The race takes place on a street circuit in Nashville, Tennessee.

The street circuit is 2.48 miles per lap, with 80 laps to go, for a total of 173.6 miles, and is the first time the circuit has hosted an IndyCar race.

What time does the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix air?

DAZN will show the race with the race starting at 3 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. BST on August 7.

Can I watch the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on DAZN?

IndyCar will be available to watch in the following regions on DAZN:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Greece, Grenada , Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Morocco, Nauru, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan , Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, West Bank (State of Palestine).

Where can I stream DAZN?

Here is a list of devices DAZN is available on, including web browsers on DAZN.com:

Mobile devices TV and streaming devices Game consoles
iPhones, iPads Amazon FireTV PlayStation 4, Pro
Android phones, tablets Amazon Fire TV Stick playstation5
Amazon Fire tablet Android-TV Xbox One X
.. AppleTV Xbox One X|S
.. Google Chromecast Xbox One, One S
.. LG Smart TV, Smartcast Xbox X-series
.. Panasonic Smart TV ..
.. Samsung smart TV ..
.. Sony smart TV ..

India vs Nepal Live commentary

6:30 p.m.: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the India v Nepal match in the 2022 SAFF U-20 Championship. Kick off is only half an hour away! I’m your host Vinayak S Sivan and I’ll keep you company throughout what promises to be a fascinating evening of football. Please wait 30 seconds for the live blog to load.

India vs Nepal: setup

India beat Sri Lanka in their previous game by 4-0 to bounce back in the 2022 SAFF U-20 Championship. The first game saw the blue colts lose to Bangladesh. However, the win against Sri Lanka should provide a boost ahead of the game against Nepal.

Speaking on the eve of the match, head coach Venkatesh Shanmugam said the 4-0 win over Sri Lanka “gives the team much-needed confidence. But this is just the start . »

“Winning games is the most important part. Winning by a good margin gives players the belief that they can break through rival defenses. Hopefully we can keep the same mentality in the next game,” Venkatesh said.

“It’s just a first victory. It was a good performance against Sri Lanka. But now we have to focus on the next two matches against Nepal and Maldives,” he joked. “This result will of course give the boys a lot of confidence, and they can come to the next game with a solid mindset.”

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“The next game is very crucial for us, and the boys know that. It’s a tough game and Nepal showed they are a very good team. Both teams are quite close. It will be a tough game again , but we have to play our game and get the job done,” the mentor said.

Nepal have had some good performances so far in the SAFF U-20 Championship, beating Maldives 4-0 and Sri Lanka 3-0 in their first two matches.

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