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Nepal Tourism Year 2011

Nepal Government has announced “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” to bring into at least one million international tourists in Nepal by the year 2011 and spread the benefits of tourism to the people at large.the government is placing high priority on the tourism sector in its new economic development policy. As there is a favorable political situation in the country, the government is all geared towards economic revolution in next 10 years for the up-liftment of the masses.

The natural scenery, high mountains, incomparable cultural heritage and numerous specialties have made Nepal a well-known destination in the world tourism map with a distinct image of its own. However, the development of tourism is limited in number and within the certain areas of the country only. The new government has shown greater concerns about the real value of tourism and its role in contributing to economic growth, poverty alleviation, equity and overall tourism development in the country.

With the glittering badge of adventure destination and the adage “Atithi Devo Bhava” (Guests are Gods) that reflects “Atithi Satkar, Nepaliko Sanskar” (Hospitality is Nepalese culture) deeply rooted in our culture, the tourism products of Nepal never cease to mesmerize the visitors. The cultural, geographical, ethnic and bio-diversities of the country allure international visitors to Nepal time and again which truly substantiates the spirit of Nepal tourism brand; ‘Naturally Nepal, once is not enough !

The concept of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 envisions harnessing these opportunities and strengths and bringing together the commitment of the government, expertise and experiences of the organizations like Nepal Tourism Board, aptitude and dynamism of the private sector and communities for further tourism development in the country. Active involvement of the major political parties, members of the Constitution Assembly and Right groups is always taken into consideration in order to make the campaign inclusive and participatory in modus operandi and effective in result. The campaign will also focus on mobilizing the networks of the Non-Resident Nepalis (NRN) communities, Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad, I/NGOs, airlines, and national and international media. Similarly, friends and well-wishers of Nepal, tourism academicians and celebrities will also be approached in order to highlight the campaign internally as well as internationally. This is also called Visit Nepal Year 2011

FOR DETAIL-PLEASE VISIT http://www.nepaltourism2011.info/

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December 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

“Nepal Varsities, colleges will be converted into Barracks”: Prachanda -UNFORTUNE TO NEPALI YOUTHS

Prachanda's Dream For Naya(New) Nepal

Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda of Unified Maoists’ Party threatened that his party will convert the entire Nepal Universities and Colleges into Barracks and Students into Military forces if the reactionary elements do not stop conspiring against the revolutionary changes gained in the recent years.

He made the threat loaded statement at the inaugural session of General Convention of All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-Revolutionary), December 10, 2010.

The ANNISU-Revolutionary is the student wing of the Unified Maoists’ Party.

“In order to achieve the successful completion of the revolution”, said Dahal, “We need the support of the students once again”.

The General Convention of the students is being held at the Tribhuwan University premises in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

“If you do not come forward militarily, we cannot bring an end to the revolution we are carrying out”, he continued.

“I would want you to remain in a prepared state”, he told the students.

Prachanda’s fresh call has created panic among the liberal and the democrats which may hasten the process of the formation of a broader democratic alliance as is being suggested by Surya Bahadur Thapa.

December 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Education budget up this year

Experts say no new programmes to enhance quality

KATHMANDU: Educationists today expressed dissatisfaction over the programmes mentioned in the budget allocated for education sector.

They said though allocation is higher this year, the programmes have been repeated and are teacher-focused, not student-focused.

In the budget speech on Sunday, the government allocated Rs 57.65 billion for the education sector, which is 17.1 per cent of the total budget. This amount marks an increment of 24.5 per cent in comparison to last year’s budget.

Educationist Mana Prasad Wagle said, “Though the government has allocated huge amount to education this time, its programmes are no more than continuation of previous years, apart from providing internet facilities to schools.”

He said, “Launching Internet in schools is a highly ambitious programme because Internet facilities are not possible without appropriate infrastructure.” He also reiterated that the implementation part should be strengthened to achieve success of the existing programme.

“The implementation part is very weak in our country therefore despite the huge budget, the outcome in terms of education quality could be insignificant.”

According to international standard, out of total budget in the education sector, 70 per cent should be spent on teachers while 30 per cent be invested on construction. Dr Bidhyanath Koirala reiterated that the budget did not bring new programmes to enhance education quality.

He stated that more budget had been allocated for higher secondary education this time. He said school merger, school mapping, scholarship extension, school handover programme and increment in Child Development Centres were all a part of last year’s programme.

Student Marching Towards School

December 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

WWF Nepal’s Youth Tiger Ambassadors in Russia

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WWF Nepal’s Youth Tiger Ambassadors Pradeep Rijal and Kabita Kunwar, before leaving Kathmandu to participate in the Youth Tiger Summit to be held in Vladivostok, Russia from 18-24 November, 2010
The International Tiger Conservation Forum is expected to be a most significant meeting for tiger conservation with participation by Heads of States of tiger range countries. The Forum will prepare the Global Tiger Recovery Program to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 (the next Year of the Tiger).

The International Youth Forum organized by WWF will take place from 18-24 November 2010 in Vladivostok, home to the Amur tiger, at the same time as the high level meeting. Youth from various tiger range countries will participate in this Youth Forum and help draw further attention to the importance of tiger conservation and convey the concern of the future generation on the plight of this species.

WWF Nepal has selected two students, Kabita Kunwar and Pradeep Rijal who will represent Nepal at this Youth Forum. The Youth Ambassadors will visit Siberian tiger trails and get a first hand account of the state of wild tiger populations in Russia and measures being taken for their conservation. They will also develop a Youth Declaration on tiger conservation, which will be presented to the Tiger Forum, via video- conference between Vladivostok and St. Petersburg.

Kabita Kunwar hails from Jagatpur, situated in the Buffer Zone of Chitwan National Park, home to the highest tiger population in Nepal. She is a Grade 11 student of Orchid Science College, Chitwan and an active member of the WWF Eco Club. Her Eco Club led a massively successful Signature Campaign to raise awareness on Rhino and Tiger Conservation in 2006. “The Earth is home to every living being. Human beings should take responsibility for the conservation of wildlife as they are the ones who are now destroying the habitats of wildlife like tigers. I see the Youth Tiger Forum as a great opportunity to raise my voice in the world for the preservation of tigers and other biodiversity,” said Kabita, before leaving for Russia.

Pradeep Rijal, from Thakurdwara, situated in the Buffer Zone of the Bardia National Park, is a Bachelors level student of Madya Paschim Multiple Campus, Nepalgunj. The Eco Club he was leading received the prestigious Abraham Conservation Award in 1999. “I have been devoting my time to preserve tigers since my childhood. I have great interest in this area. I want to conduct research in this field as well. So, I am looking forward to participating in the Youth Forum so that I can collect invaluable experiences and knowledge,” said Pradeep.

At the Youth Forum, the two Nepali Youth Tiger Ambassadors will make a presentation on present tiger conservation status in Nepal and also perform a special play titled “Greed of Wealth” based on tiger conservation efforts in Nepal.

December 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

Youth and Politics

BY-Ashish Chowdhary

Youth Politics is a category which involves or otherwise impacts the Youth. It was first identified in the American Politics with the formation of the American Youth Congress in the 1930s. Omar Abdullah’s recent speech in parliament on the confidence motion started with, “I am an INDIAN first and Muslim second”; and brought the focus on the importance of the Youth in bringing new ideas, freshness and transparency in the Indian politics. One of the stories that unforgettably describes India’s tragedy is- “The mother of India had two sons. One knew how to run (the country), but went to fly and met his end; the other knew how to fly, but went to run the country and met his end.” Symbolically, that has always been India’s problem– misallocation of resources and incapable leaders at zenith.

It is true that with age comes experience, but the likes of B-School graduates like Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora and others like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia add life and a fresh set of ideas to the decision making bodies. Bharat Uday Mission is one outfit of IITians who are planning to enter in politics at a certain point of time. The Indian Army started new programs last year to attract the Youth in the army. There are movies promoting Youth in politics, like Yuva, RDB, etc.

Omar Abdullah, 38, was sworn in as India’s youngest Chief Minister in the New Year. Barack Obama is just 47. A prominent stage in Youth involvement came in the form of call given by then Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. One of the most violent phases of Youth politics came with the attempted self-immolation by Rajiv Goswami, in protest against the implementation of Quota system under the Mandal Commission.

For our generation, politics, as a career, comes way down the career-option list. Rampant corruption, criminalization of politics, lack of accountability, lack of family and peer support, etc. are some of the reasons behind this. In UK, Tony Blair retires at 58 while in India, the chief posts are mostly occupied by the politicians above 50, rather 60. Another reason is the misrepresentation of the Youth as `cool, young and happening’. Very few people possess a voter identification card and an iota of them actually go to vote, all of which result in a degraded majority and a wrong party on power. “Nobody will ever deprive the Indian people of the right to vote except the Indian people themselves- and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Thinking and contribution from freshers is fresh, as it is not influenced by any partial view of reality. J.K. Rowling has aptly said: “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth”. In today’s knowledge-based economy, what you have is more important than what you’ve experienced.

Recently, the Regional Congress committee hinted that it would positively consider Shahrukh Khan as a candidate if the actor sought a ticket for the coming Lok Sabha polls from a constituency in Mumbai. If we as a nation have to move ahead and build the country of our dreams, we have to use politics as a medium to ensure that the Government remains sensitive and accountable to the people. We need developed and young minds instead of corroded and corrupt minds.

It is us, the generation X (Next), Y (Youth) and Z (Zealous), who can resuscitate India. As the new Airtel advertisement puts it “One act of defiance- can spark a revolution”. The Youth has to become a part of the politics to facilitate the reconstruction of a better society and a country. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Is the Shining India ready for politicians who are educated and eager for a Revolution? India, can you hear me?

December 7, 2010 at 4:03 am

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, will feature millions of people participating in thousands of events in more than 100 countries and all 50 United States. Events will be held November 15-21, 2010, to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. Now in its third year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will bring together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination and ingenuity through local, national and global activities.

GEW has grown exponentially since its inaugural event in 2008. Last year more than 7.5 million people took part in an estimated 32,000 events across 88 countries and this year more than 10 million people in 102 countries are expected to participate. Co-founded by the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK, a business-led, government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom, GEW helps develop young people’s knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and others will participate in a host of activities that are virtual and face-to-face events, large-scale competitions and intimate networking gatherings.

Among this year’s featured activities is Startup Open, a competition for new ventures with high-growth potential. Of the registered participants, 50 will be chosen and recognized as “The GEW 50” – the 50 most promising startups. One of the “most promising” entrepreneurs will receive a free trip to Necker Island, a private property in the Virgin Islands owned by Sir Richard Branson, to network with experienced entrepreneurs courtesy Maverick Business Adventures.

View a video preview of GEW 2010

Other GEW this year highlights will include:

* Creativity World Forum: This annual conference on business creativity brings together entrepreneurs, knowledge workers and policymakers from around the globe to listen to inspiring speakers, exchange ideas and experiences and, of course, network.
* Global Student Entrepreneurs Award: The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is a catalyst that inspires students and young people to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures. A program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), GSEA operates as an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, who own a for-profit business, are principally responsible for its operation, and have been generating revenue for a minimum of six consecutive months.
* Movers and Changers: This is a nationwide business plan competition run by mtvU and NYSE Euronext to uncover creative capitalists who will launch a profitable and sustainable venture that also provides something positive for a community, the country or the world. These finalists will give their business pitches to the panel, with $25,000 in startup funds awarded to the top idea.
* Who Owns the Icehouse?: A collaboration between Clifton Taulbert’s Building Community Institute, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and the Kauffman Foundation, this activity is a two-part project designed to inspire and engage America’s youth in the unlimited opportunities that an entrepreneurial mindset can provide. This program engages youth through a multimedia program, complete with literature and online resources. The book and the companion online course are scheduled to be released in select cities during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The project will become available nationwide in January 2011.

Global Entrepreneurship Week began with the combination and expansion of two successful initiatives—the debut of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA in 2007 and the inspiration behind it, Enterprise Week in the United Kingdom, which began in 2004. Global Entrepreneurship Week quickly grew into a worldwide movement to unleash the ideas of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs around the world. Events have been held in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda, and organizations, ranging from large non-governmental to small community-based groups, have held activities. The roster of participating countries and partner organizations has included many countries with severe economic challenges, suggesting a worldwide understanding of the value of entrepreneurship.

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big and turn their ideas into reality. For more information, visit http://www.unleashingideas.org, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter. To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about the Week, visit http://www.unleashingideas.org.
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December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Youth Entrepreneurship Survey 2010

Business Ownership is Attractive to a Substantial Amount of America’s Young People, Survey Reveals

Study shows youth who know an entrepreneur personally have the strongest interest in starting their own businesses; Global Entrepreneurship Week offers channel for young people to connect with successful business owners

Despite America’s lingering recession, its young people remain enthusiastic about one day becoming entrepreneurs. A Harris Interactive® online poll, conducted on behalf of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, released in conjunction with the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), reveals that 40 percent of youth ages eight to 24 would like to start a business at some future point, or already have done so.

Results from the August 2010 survey of 5,077 young people are consistent with a previous study conducted in 2007.

The new survey shows that interest in starting a business is consistent among tweens (eight- to 12-year-olds – 39 percent), teens (13- to 17-year-olds – 39 percent), and young adults (18- to 24-year-olds – 41 percent). Males (45 percent) are more likely than females (35 percent) to be attracted to business ownership.

Youth who personally know another entrepreneur have the strongest interest in starting their own businesses. Among youth who know an entrepreneur, almost half (46 percent) would like to start, or already have started, businesses, compared to only one-third (31 percent) of the young people who do not know a business owner.

Nearly six in ten tweens (58 percent) and teens (59 percent), and even more young adults (66 percent), know someone who has started a business. Typically, the business owners they know are family members. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, however, 29 percent cited a friend as the business owner they know.

Although young adults most often cited building something for their futures or using their skills and abilities as reasons for starting their own businesses, tweens and teens overwhelmingly say that earning lots of money would be the main impetus for business ownership.

Education also plays a role in young people’s views. Youth who want to start a business, or know someone who has, are more likely than other youth to point to education as a factor both in piquing their interest in entrepreneurship and in preparing them to run their own businesses.

A majority of youth—especially tweens (75 percent)—believe that hard work can make them successful in an entrepreneurial or non-profit venture. Overall, fewer than one-third of youth (30 percent among eight- to 12-year-olds and 26 percent among 13- to 24-year-olds) believe business ownership is more desirable than working for someone else.

Young adults prefer the security of working for someone else more than teens do. Nevertheless, the desire to start a business over other careers has risen slightly for young adults (18 to 21 years of age), from 19 percent in 2007 to 25 percent in 2010. In addition, 16 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds today and in 2007 see starting a non-profit as a much more desirable career option than other career opportunities.

Most youth believe that, if they work hard, they can successfully start their own businesses. In particular, 75 percent of eight- to 12-year-olds agree with this statement, as compared to 62 percent of both 13- to 17-year-olds and 18- to 24-year-olds.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Kauffman Foundation in August 2010, among 5,077 youth ages eight to twenty-four. For eight- to 17-year-olds, figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, school location, and parental education were weighted where necessary to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population. For 18- to 24-year-olds, figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

December 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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