अमेरिका नेपाल शिक्षा सदनको संक्षिप्त चिनारी
अमेरिका नेपाल शिक्षा सदन (ANHS Academy) सन् २०१६ को फरबरी १२ मा अमेरिका नेपाल सहयोगी समाजअन्तर्गत एक नाफारहित शैक्षिक संस्थाका रूपमा स्थापना भएको हो । स्थापनाकालदेखि नै यस शिक्षा सदनले मनासस र वरपरका क्षेत्रमा रहेका नेपाली समुदायका बालबालिकाका लागि नेपाली भाषाशिक्षण कक्षा र अन्य साँस्कृतिक कार्यव्रmमहरू सञ्चालन गर्दै आएको छ ।
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‘प्रवासमा हाम्रा बालबालिकालाई हाम्रो देश र संस्कृतिसित जोडौँ’ भन्ने नाराका साथ यस शिक्षा सदनको स्थापना भएको हो । कुनै पनि किसिमको सांस्कृतिक रिक्ततालाई भाषाले मात्र पूरा गर्न सक्छ भन्ने तथ्य विवादरहित छ । हाल यस शिक्षा सदनले नेपालबाट आएर अमेरिकामा बसोवास गरिरहेका नेपाली समुदायका बालबालिकालाई सजिलोसित नेपाली बोल्न, पढ्न र लेख्न सक्ने बनाउनका लागि उनीहरूमा दरिलो भाषिक जग बसाल्ने एकमात्र उद्देश्यका साथ नेपाली भाषाशिक्षण कक्षा सञ्चालन गरिरहेको छ । हाम्रा समृद्ध अनि अनुपम नेपाली सांस्कृतिक सम्पदाकै कारण नेपाली समुदायका मूल्य र मान्यताहरू प्रवासमा पनि स्थापित भएका छन् । शिक्षा सदनले हाम्रा यिनै सम्पदालाई प्रवासमा जन्मेहुर्केका नयाँ पुस्ताका हाम्रा बालबालिकामा हस्तान्तरण गर्नका लागि दक्ष विशेषज्ञहरूबाट विशेष रूपले तयार पारिएको सरल एवं व्यावहारिक पाठ्यक्रमका माध्यमबाट नेपाली भाषा, संस्कृति र चाडपर्वहरूसित उनीहरूलाई परिचित गराउने लक्ष्य राखेको छ ।
यसका लागि हामी यस शिक्षा सदनमा अध्ययन गरिरहेका हाम्रा बालबालिकाले कक्षामा हासिल गरिरहेको स्तर अनि उनीहरूको भाषिक विकासका लागि हामीले तयार गरेको पाठ्यक्रमको स्तर दुवैलाई नियमित रूपमा समीक्षा गर्दछौँ । विभिन्न तहमा उत्कृष्ट बालबालिकालाई नगद छात्रवृत्तिको व्यवस्था गरी भाषा अध्ययनमा थप प्रोत्साहन गर्ने गर्दछौँ । भाषाशिक्षणमा अभिभावकलाई निरीक्षण र स्वयंसेवा गर्न पनि अवसर दिइन्छ ।
नियमित कक्षाकोठामा बालबालिकाहरूसित रहनुभएका शिक्षकवर्ग, अभिभावकजन तथा समुदायका सदस्यहरूको अनुभवबाट प्राप्त सुझावका आधारमा यो समीक्षा हुने गर्दछ । शिक्षा सदनले यसै वर्षदेखि विद्यार्थीका बाबुआमा र अ इच्छुक व्यक्तिहरूलाई सहभागी गराई योगप्रशिक्षण कक्षासमेत सञ्चालन गरिरहेको छ ।
सहभागिताका माध्यमबाट भाषासिकाइमा बालबालिकालाई सिकाइमा प्रोत्साहित गर्न गतिशील रूपमा श्रव्यदृश्य सामग्रीसमेतको प्रयोगबाट शिक्षण तथा अभ्यास गराइन्छ । व्यक्तिगत रूपमा विद्यार्थीसम्म पुग्नका लागि सहज हुने किसिमले बढीभन्दा बढी अन्तरव्रिmयात्मक विधिको पाठ्यव्रmम तयार गरिएको छ ।
हाम्रा सबै विभागका सदस्यहरू विषयवस्तुमा हाल र विगतको शिक्षण अभ्यासका कारण उच्च रूपमा दक्ष छन् । साथमा बालबालिकालाई विद्यालय आउन थप रुचि बढोस् भनी हामीले इच्छुक बालबालिकाका लागि नेपाली भाषाका गीतसंगीतमा आधारित नृत्यको कक्षा सञ्चालन पनि नियमित गरेका छौँ ।
१. भाषाशिक्षण कक्षा : विगत तीन वर्षदेखि हामी नेपाली भाषाशिक्षण कक्षा सञ्चालन गरिरहेका छौँ जहाँ नेपाली बोल्न नजान्ने बालबालिकाका लागि नेपाली बोल्न अभ्यास गराइन्छ । लेख्नका लागि अक्षर, मात्रा, शब्द र वाक्यज्ञानबारे पढ्न र लेख्न अभ्यास गराइन्छ । साथमा नेपाली संस्कृति, चाडपर्वहरू तथा नेपालका प्राकृतिक, सांस्कृतिक, ऐतिहासिक विषयक ज्ञान दिइन्छ । कक्षाहरू बालबालिकाको उमेर तथा नेपाली भाषामा उनीहरूको ज्ञानका आधारमा देहायअनुसार विभाजन गरिन्छन् ः
उच्च तह (नयाँ कक्षा)
२. नृत्य कक्षा : हामी आधारभूत र प्रवीणता तहको नृत्य कक्षा सञ्चालन गर्छौँ । नृत्यमा रुचि र रहर भएका बालबालिकाका लागि मात्र यो कक्षा सञ्चालन गरिन्छ । शिक्षा सदनका सबै बालबालिकालाई नृत्य कक्षामा सहभागी हुनु अनिवार्य छैन ।
३. योगाभ्यास कक्षा : अमेरिका नेपाल शिक्षा सदनका विद्यार्थीका बाबुआमा र समुदायका अन्य इच्छुक वयस्क नेपालीलाई प्राणायाम र ध्यानसहितको योगाभ्यास कक्षा सञ्चालन गरिन्छ । हप्तामा एक दिन यसप्रकारको प्रशिक्षण दिनाले सहभागीहरूलाई नियमपूर्वक योगाभ्यास गर्न सहज हुनेछ ।
स्वास्थ्यचेतना तथा स्वास्थ्य परीक्षण : शिक्षा सदनका बालबालिकाहरू र अभिभावकहरूलाई स्वास्थ्यपरीक्षण र अन्य स्वास्थ्यसल्लाह सम्बन्धमा स्वास्थ्यविशेषज्ञ, चिकित्सक तथा दन्त विशेषज्ञद्वारा समयसमयमा स्वास्थ्यसम्बन्धी उपयोगी प्रवचन तथा स्वास्थ्यपरीक्षण शिविर पनि सञ्चालन हुने गरेका छन् ।
वनभोज कार्यक्रम : अमेरिका नेपाल सहयोगी समाजले हरेक वर्षको जुन महिनामा वनभोज आयोजना गर्दछ । यस शिक्षा सदनका शिक्षक, विद्यार्थी, अभिभावक, स्वयंसेवीहरू अमेरिका नेपाल सहयोगी समाजका सदस्यहरू वनभोजमा सहभागी हुन्छन् । विद्यार्थीहरूलाई उत्साहित बनाउन विभिन्न खेलकूद र अन्य रमाइला कार्यव्रmम समावेश गरिन्छ ।
शैक्षिक भ्रमण: हरेक वर्ष एउटा शैक्षिक भ्रमणको आयोजना गरी विद्यार्थीहरूलाई भ्रमणमा लगिन्छ । गत वर्ष शिक्षा सदनले च्यान्टिलीमा अवस्थित एयर एन्ड स्पेस म्युजियममा शैक्षिक भ्रमण लगेको थियो । शैक्षिक भ्रमण कहाँ लैजाने भनेर विद्यार्थी र अभिभावकको रुचि अनि हामीले व्यवस्थापन गर्न सक्ने आधारमा निर्णय लिइन्छ ।
तीज पर्व : हरितालिका तीजको पावन अवसरमा अमेरिका नेपाल सहयोगी समाजले हरेक वर्ष तीज मेला आयोजना गरिरहेको छ । डीसी मेट्रो क्षेत्रमा रहेका नेपाली महिलाहरू तीजका अवसरमा भेला भई परम्परागत गीत र नृत्यमा रमाउँछन् । अमेरिका नेपाल शिक्षा सदनका बालबालिकाहरूले सो उत्सवमा नृत्य प्रस्तुत गर्दछन् ।
देउसी-भैलो: हाम्रा नयाँ पुस्ताका बालबालिकालाई प्रवासमा नेपाली संस्कृति र परम्परासित परिचित गराउने उद्देश्यले यस शिक्षा सदनले हरेक वर्ष तिहारका अवसरमा अमेरिका नेपाल सहयोगी समाजले आयोजना गर्ने देउसी भैलो कार्यक्रममा बालबालिकालाई सहभागी गराउँदछ ।
बालबालिकाको उमेर समूह
नेपाली भाषा अध्ययनका लागि यस शिक्षा सदनमा आउने बालबालिकाको उमेर चार वर्षदेखि १४ वर्षसम्म रहेको छ ।
कक्षा हुने दिन-समय
हरेक हप्ताको आइतवार विहान १० बजेदेखि मध्यान्ह १२ बजेसम्म कक्षा सञ्चालन हुने गर्दछ । मौसम प्रतिकूल भएको अवस्थामा वा पर्वविशेषमा पूर्वसूचना दिएर कक्षा स्थगित गरिन्छ ।
भर्ना शुरु हुने समय
सबै तहका कक्षाहरूमा नेपाली भाषा अध्ययनका लागि शैक्षिक सत्रभरि नै भर्ना खुला हुनेछ । विशेष गरी बालबालिकाहरू कुन तहको कक्षामा सहभागी हुन योग्य छन् भन्ने कुराको जाँच हाम्रा विभागीय सदस्यहरूले नेपालीभाषामा बालबालिकाको दक्षताको स्तरको मूल्याङ्कन गरेरमात्र निर्णय गर्दछन् ।
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हामी हाम्रा अभिभावकहरूलाई आफ्ना छोराछोरीको नेपाली सिकाइको स्तर उच्च बनाउनका लागि हरेक दिन कम्तीमा आधा घन्टा भान्सामा काममा होस् वा टीभी हेर्दाको समयमा होस् वा अरू केही, उनीहरूसित नेपाली बोल्ने अभ्यास गराउन उच्च रूपमा सिफारिश गर्दछौँ ।
यस्तो अभ्यासमा बालबालिकाले विद्यालयबाट ल्याएको गृहकार्य पूरा गर्न लगाउने, नेपाली भाषाका सरल बालकथाहरू पढ्न लगाउने तथा नेपाली टेलिभिजनका कार्यक्रमहरू हेर्न प्रोत्साहित गर्नेसमेतका कुराहरू पर्दछन् । उनीहरूका लागि यहाँहरूले युट्युबबाट नेपाली सांस्कृतिक वृत्तचित्रहरु, नेपाली प्राकृतिक सौन्दर्य एवं सामाजिक अवस्था समेटिएका वृत्तचित्रहरू हेर्न लगाउन सक्नुहुनेछ ।
विगत तीन वर्षदेखि निरन्तर रुपमा विभिन्न भूमिकामा यस शिक्षा सदनको नियमित सञ्चालनमा सहभागी हुनुहुने सबै अभिभावकवर्ग र शुभचिन्तकहरूमा हामी हार्दिक आभार व्यक्त गर्दछौँ । हाम्रो गौरवमय नेपाली सम्पदा र संस्कृति तथा तिनको मूल्यमान्यताबारेका ज्ञान हाम्रा छोराछोरीसम्म पु¥याउने हाम्रो साझा लक्ष्य पूरा गर्नका निमित्त हामी सबैले एकसाथ काम गरौँ भनी सबैसित विनम्र आह्वान गर्दर्छौँ ।
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DHADING: Amrawati Secondary School has bagged a cash prize of Rs 50,000 after winning the first of its kind District level Inter-school Dandi Biyo Tournament held in Dhading on Wednesday.
The organisers – Dhading Scout and Nepal Dandi Biyo Association – said that the competition was organised to attract and inform youth about the sport that was once rooted in our culture.
“We believe events such as these would help to preserve the Nepali sport of Dandi Biyo that is slowly dying out,” officials of the Association said.
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LONDON: The International Cricket Council is confident the June 16 World Cup match between Indian and Pakistan will go ahead despite last week’s attack claimed by Pakistan-based militants on Indian forces in disputed Kashmir, chief executive David Richardson has said.
A suicide bomber on Thursday attacked a paramilitary police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 40 in the deadliest single assault on Indian forces in 30 years of insurgency in the Muslim-majority region.
Angry Indian fans have demanded boycotting the marquee match in England though neither of the cricket boards has publicly expressed any such desire.
“Certainly there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup,” ICC chief executive David Richardson told cricket website www.cricinfo.com.
“But … we will continue to monitor the situation.”
ICC is the world governing body for the game.
Bitter rivals India and Pakistan are scheduled to clash at Old Trafford in Manchester in what would be one of the most eagerly-anticipated matches at the May 30-July 14 tournament.
More than 400,000 applications had been made for the 25,000 tickets available for the match, organisers said.
“To put that in perspective, England v Australia was around 230-240,000,” World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy told Cricinfo. “And the final was around about 260-270,000 applications for tickets.
“So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match.
“It’s a big game.”
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LONDON: Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the UK music industry’s Brit Awards, set to be handed out at a ceremony featuring performances by “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris.
Lipa, whose star status was cemented by two Grammy awards earlier this month, is up for four trophies, including single of the year for both “One Kiss” and “IDGAF.”
Karate black belt and singer Anne-Marie also has four nods, including best British female solo artist, while Ezra has three.
Women dominate the nominations, after past criticism that the Brits have failed to reflect the diversity of British music.
Pink is due to receive an award for outstanding contribution to music during Wednesday’s ceremony at London’s O2 Arena, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.
DUNEDIN: Ross Taylor became New Zealand’s highest scorer in one-day internationals on Wednesday as he helped his side secure an 88-run victory over Bangladesh in Dunedin in their final official ODI before the World Cup.
The 34-year-old top-scored with 69, his 47th ODI half century, to move to 8,026 career runs and ahead of former captain Stephen Fleming’s 8,007 as New Zealand scored 330 for six at University Oval.
Tim Southee then took three wickets in his first two overs with Sabbir Rahman’s maiden one-day century not enough as Bangladesh were dismissed for 242 in 47.2 overs to give New Zealand a 3-0 series sweep. Southee finished with 6-65.
“I knew I was close at the start of the day … but that was only because I was told I was 50 runs away by a journalist yesterday,” Taylor told Sky Sports on Wednesday.
“It was nice to get the reception I got,” he added of the standing ovation he received when he reached 51 and the crowd were told of the significance of the score. “Very humbling.”
The right hander, who now has an average of 48.34, however, said he did not expect to hold the record for too long.
“It’s nice to set the bar for the next guy,” Taylor added. “Probably Guppy (Martin Guptill) and then Kane (Williamson) after that.”
Guptill, who scored centuries in each of the first two games, has 6440 runs at 43.51, while captain Williamson has 5554 at 45.90.
Taylor is in a rich run of form. He has scored 2892 at 68.85 with eight centuries since the last World Cup and averaged 91.28 last year, but sidestepped any questions about retirement.
“We’ll have to wait and see how the body is going,” said Taylor, who turns 35 on March 8.
“It’s definitely in your thinking, because you have to think about retirement after cricket.
“In saying that you still need to earn the right to play for the team. At the moment I’m really enjoying my time and hopefully I’ll have a couple of more years left in me.”
New Zealand have no more official ODIs before the World Cup starts on May 30, but Taylor said he felt they had learned enough from 3-0 series sweeps against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and a 4-1 loss to India to be competitive in England.
“I think we’re getting a good nucleus of depth in this team and hopefully we can go over and compete,” he said.
“I guess we need to have a full complement of batters and bowlers going well.”
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NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $100 billion in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes India and Pakistan.
India rolled out the red carpet for the crown prince as it seeks diplomatic support against Pakistan following a militant attack in the disputed region of Kashmir.
The crown prince was also given a lavish welcome this week in Pakistan where the two sides signed memoranda of understanding valued at about $20 billion to help prop up Pakistan’s economy.
In a joint press appearance after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said terrorism was a common concern and Saudi Arabia was ready to share intelligence with India to tackle it.
India blames Pakistan for not doing enough to roll up militant groups that operate from its soil including the one that claimed responsibility for the Kashmir car bombing on Thursday last week.
Pakistan denies any involvement in cross-border terrorism and said it would retaliate against an Indian attack.
“We face similar challenges, chief among them extremism and terrorism … and we reaffirm to India that we are ready to work in the intelligence and political arenas to coordinate our efforts…” the crown prince said.
Saudi Arabia’s formidable domestic security structure helped put down an al Qaeda bombing campaign over a decade ago. But the kingdom continues to face occasional attacks by Sunni Islamic State fighters and Shi’ite militants in its Eastern Province.
SAUDI ARAMCO IN TALKS
Riyadh also leads a coalition of Arab states fighting in support of Yemen’s internationally recognised government against the Iranian-aligned Houthi fighters, who regularly fire rockets across the kingdom’s southern border.
The crown prince also said he wanted to expand commercial relations with India.
“Today we expect the opportunities we are targeting in India in various fields to exceed $100 billion in the coming two years… we want to work with you, Mr Prime Minister, to ensure these investments are made and to ensure useful returns for both countries.”
Giant petroleum and natural gas company Saudi Aramco said it was in talks with India’s Reliance Industries Ltd for possible investments and was seeking other opportunities.
Both India and Pakistan had expected a scaling up of investments on the crown prince’s first tour of the region since the storm over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
The killing of Khashoggi, a known critic of the crown prince, has strained Saudi Arabia’s ties with the West and battered the prince’s image abroad. He’s next due in China.
The European Commission has added Saudi Arabia to an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, sources told Reuters last month.
But Modi has sought to use India’s fast-growing economy to attract more investment from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations since he took office.
During the press briefing, Modi said he had agreed with the prince to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism and naval and cyber security.
The two countries signed agreements on investment in infrastructure, housing sector and tourism.
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Barcelona: Lewis Hamilton shrugged off Ferrari’s testing pace on Wednesday while recognising that he and Mercedes faced their toughest challenge yet as they seek to stretch their Formula One domination into a sixth successive season.
Ferrari, overall runners-up last year, have led the timesheets for the first two days of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya and have also done plenty of laps with their new SF90 car.
Sebastian Vettel, the four times champion who is partnered by young Monegasque Charles Leclerc this year, said on Monday his Ferrari had been “close to perfection”.
Mercedes, winners of both titles for the past five years, have also been pounding out the mileage without setting any eye-catching times.
“They (Ferrari) have been looking great,” Hamilton, who will be chasing his sixth title, told reporters. “For us it’s been just digging deep, trying to understand the car, Pretty much the same as the beginning of every year.
“The Ferraris always look strong, particularly in the last few years they look very strong right at the beginning so it’s to be expected.”
Ferrari won the first two races of last year with a car that seemed quicker than the Mercedes but the champions came back strongly and Hamilton ended the year with 11 wins to Vettel’s tally of five.
Last year Ferrari — who won six successive constructors’ titles between 1999 and 2004 — were fastest in testing but it was still Hamilton who put his Mercedes on pole position at the first race in Melbourne with a circuit record time.
“At the moment I don’t really hold any worry about anything,” said the 34-year-old Briton, who conceded that Ferrari did appear to have produced a better package than last season.
“I just try to focus on our job. I don’t know what everyone’s doing, there’s different fuel loads. I’ve been in this business a long time so I know how it goes over the first week and into the second.
“It’s not a time where we need to be focusing on others. We let everyone else do their thing and really try to focus on digging deep, making sure our processes are better than ever before, analysing the data better than ever before.”
Hamilton said the W10 Mercedes felt similar to last year’s W09, despite aerodynamic rule changes, and he was in the best shape of his life physically.
“I’m here for round seven with the team,” he said. “This is going to be the most challenging year, I think, of our partnership.
“And I still love racing so nothing really changes there.”
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KATHMANDU: The Nepal Liquid Petroleum Gas Industry Association on Wednesday warned of a protest if their demands are not met at the earliest.
The Association has been demanding allowance for the operation of Nepali private number plate gas bullets, quota determination for LP gas and uniformity in the price of cooking gas.
Likewise, other demands include ensuring insurance for LPG-related accidents and timely amendment to the LP Gas Regulations, 2065.
DHANGADHI: CYC Attariya have defeated Kathmandu Goldens by 41 runs in the first qualifier match during the 3rd edition of Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League here at the proposed Fapla International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
With this victory, CYC Attariya have secured their berth in the final of the competition to be held at the same stadium on Saturday.
After posting a meagre 110/8 runs on board, CYC Attariya restricted Goldens to 69 all out to secure a comprehensive victory today. CYC rode on their foreign recruit man-of-the-match Sunny Patel’s scintillating performance with both the bat and ball to thrash Goldens in style.
Skipper Dipendra Singh Airee contributed 33 runs off 34 balls with five fours and Sunny Patel made 28 runs off 24 balls including four and two sixes.
Surya Tamang, Ankit Dabbas shared four wickets between them while Rashaid Khan and Yogendra Singh Karki chipped in with a wicket each.
In reply, Goldens made a disastrous start as they lost openers cheaply inside three overs. Sunny Patel drew the first blood as he caught and bowled Anil Kumar Sah for a nought.
At one stage, Goldens were reeling at 13/3 as they lost skipper Gyanendra Malla for 11 runs.
Soon after, Goldens chase dented another blow as their inform batsman Ankit Dabas was brilliantly run out as wicketkeeper Kolsawala wiped bails in a flash after collecting a throw from the deep region.
With six wickets in hand and Gaurav Tomar at the crease, Goldens believed they could chase the target down with ease. However, after losing the wicket of Tomar in the 14th over, Goldens lost remaining four wickets for another 17 runs capitulating victory to the opponent.
Tomar contributed run-a-ball 26 with two fours and a six.
Kamal Singh Airee, Bhuwan Karki took two wickets each and skipper bowled a tight spell of 4-1-8-1. Man of the moment Sunny Patel snared three scalps.
Kathmandu Goldens will get one more opportunity to make it to the finals in the second qualifier match as they await the winner of the eliminator fixture between Rupandehi Challengers and Mahendranagar United tomorrow. The second qualifier match will be played on Friday.
The winner of the tournament will walk away with a cash purse of Rs 3 million along with medals, certificates and the coveted trophy, according to the organisers.
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FLORIDA: Israel’s first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth’s natural satellite.
The unmanned robotic explorer named Beresheet – Hebrew for the word “genesis” – was due for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:45 pm EST (0145 GMT Friday) atop a Falcon 9 rocket launched by the California-based entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
The 1,290-pound (585 kg), dishwasher-sized lander was built by Israeli nonprofit space venture SpaceIL and state-owned defence contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with $100 million furnished almost entirely by private donors.
If the launch is successful, Beresheet is due to arrive on the near side of the moon in April following a two-month journey through 4 million miles (6.5 million km) of space.
SpaceIL said they hoped Beresheet will help inspire Israel’s defence-focused space program to pursue more science missions by way of an “Apollo effect,” referring to the manned lunar exploration program that became NASA’s chief purpose in the 1960s and early ’70s.
The United States, the former Soviet Union and China are the only three nations to date to have achieved controlled “soft” landings of spacecraft on the lunar surface.
The U.S. Apollo program tallied six manned missions to the moon – the only ones yet achieved – between 1969 and 1972, with about a dozen more unmanned landings combined by the United States and Soviets. China made history in January with its Chang’e 4, the first to touch down on the dark side of the moon.
“This is the beginning of Israel’s story in deep space … whether this succeeds or fails,” SpaceIL president and billionaire high-tech developer Morris Kahn, who invested $44 million of his own money into the Beresheet project, told Reuters in an interview.
The Falcon 9 rocket will thrust Beresheet into a “long and complex” Earth orbit where it will spend roughly five weeks gradually widening its orbit until close enough to enter the moon’s gravitational field. From there, the spacecraft will execute a series of manoeuvres to reach its destination between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17 by mid-April.
During a mission slated to last just two to three days on the moon, Beresheet will use on-board instruments to photograph the landing site, measure the moon’s magnetic field and send all the data back to SpaceIL’s Israel-based ground station Yehud, via NASA’s Deep Space Network, SpaceIL vice president Yigal Harel told Reuters.
If successful, Beresheet will end up as the prototype for a series of future moon landing missions jointly planned by IAI and Germany’s OHB System on behalf of the European Space Agency.
SpaceIL has no plans for future explorations of its own beyond Beresheet and “will not continue after this mission,” Harel said.
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KATHMANDU: Days after the ‘controversial’ folk-song Lootna Sake Loot was released and simultaneously pulled down from YouTube- Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has now joined the ruling party’s youth wing cadres and several parliamentarians in offering a reaction to Pashupati Sharma’s song.
While addressing the Sudur-Pashchim provincial assembly today, the Prime Minister claimed that Sharma pulled down his song from YouTube after his words failed to strike a chord with the common people.
“We tend to make a mountain out of a mole. Apparently one guy mistakenly sang a song encouraging people to loot instead of working hard. When people said we do not approve of your song he took it down,” said the Prime Minister.
“The people removed his song after disliking it, end of story. Government has nothing to do with it,” said the PM. Moreover, the PM, riled by some parliamentarians’ objection on indirect ban on the song, further stated, “Some have gone on to say it was unjust to remove a song that teaches people to loot and have demanded to make it public again. I am surprised.”
The song, however, is a satire on rampant reports of corruption that have been surfacing of late and actually was searched for more and talked about even more after the ‘ban’.
Earlier, ruling party cadres had issued a statement ‘asking’ the folk singer to pull down his controversial song from YouTube. A few hours after the release of the song, Youth Federation Nepal had warned Sharma of thwarting his career through the said statement.
Sharma later announced through a Facebook status that he had taken the song down from Youtube for re-editing purposes saying that some words might have offended his well-wishers.
- What the intimidation tactic has done is given those in the opposition and the angry commoner a platform to hit back at the government
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The majestic grandeur of snow-covered terrain and Rara Lake (2,990m) as seen on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Photo: Damodar Bhandari/THT
KATHMANDU: The National Assembly, Upper House of the Federal Parliament, unanimously endorsed the Employees Adjustment Bill-2075 BS today.
The NA session passed the document received from the House of Representatives along with its feedback. Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit presented the proposal for the same.
The bill to amend some of Nepal’s laws was also accepted by the session unanimously. Likewise, the bill to amend some of Nepal’s acts to make them in line with the country’s constitution was sent to the Legislation Management Committee for clause-wise deliberations.
Minister Pandit presented both the proposals on behalf of the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
Likewise, NA Secretary Rajendra Phunyal tabled the ‘Public Auditing Bill-2075 BS’, and ‘Pesticide Management Bill-2075 BS’ in the meeting.
The Upper House shall meet again at 2:30 pm on February 24.
MOSCOW – Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington’s decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.
But he said that Russia’s reaction to any deployment would be resolute and that U.S. policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps.
“It’s their right to think how they want. But can they count? I’m sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,” Putin told Russia’s political elite to strong applause.
“Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates but also in respect of those territories where the centres of decision-making are located,” he said.
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KATHMANDU: A ‘digital education centre’ has been set up at the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel of Lalitpur.
The centre was established with the support of Nepal Investment Bank as an honour to British biological conservationist, Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, who has been contributing to Nepal’s biological diversity and conservation for the past four decades, said zoo programme manager Chiranjibi Pokhrel. The facility came into operation from Tuesday.
Minister for Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet — who is also the Central Zoo and National Trust for Nature Conservation chair — said the centre was expected to contribute significantly in the biological conservation efforts.
The then Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumser Rana, in 1932 AD, had established the zoo as a private entity. Its ownership had come to the Nepal Government following the 1949 AD political changes in the country. It was opened for the public from 2011 BS.
The Trust has been assigned the responsibility for the zoo’s management since 2052 BS. According to Pokhrel, research and studies on wildlife conservation and management are also conducted here.
PARBAT: The first Magar Festival has kicked off here aimed at collecting funds for the preservation of Magar culture that is under threat.
Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung inaugurated the festival organised by Pun Youth Club.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Gurung claimed that Gandaki Province would become the first province in the country to achieve economic prosperity.
Stating that programmes aimed at making the province prosperous, announced in the current fiscal year, have been taken forward, CM Gurung said that a wave of development would sweep the province within the next five years.
He stressed that the government was vigorously working to preserve the local art, culture and traditional identity since tourism is the main basis of development of Gandaki Province.
It is estimated that around 200,000 visitors will come to the festival, which features various folk songs and dances popular among the Magar community.
The festival will run till February 27.
MANGALBARE, ILAM: A fast track connecting Ilam Bazaar to the Tarai has been opened.
The construction project of the 10-kilometre new route from Golakharka Bhanjyang to Belase via Bhangtar and Rakase has been completed, reducing the distance to reach Birtamod of Jhapa from here by 39 kilometres.
People now have an alternative to the existing 86-kilometre route to reach Birtamod via Mechi Highway. Now, Birtamod is reachable from here via a shorter route measuring 47 kilometres and it only takes an hour’s travel instead of about three hours in the past.
The project was implemented under the Infrastructure Development Programme last year and it cost about Rs 1.5 million received under the programme and 250,000 provided by the District Coordination Committee.
Under the Strategic Road Plan, Rs 10 million has been allocated to further upgrade the route, said Ilam Municipality mayor Mahesh Basnet.
THE HAGUE: Climate change threats – from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean – are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don’t spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday.
“Climate change is not about something in the far and distant future. We are discussing imminent threats to national security,” said Monika Sie Dhian Ho, general director of the Clingendael Institute, a Dutch think tank.
The drying of Africa’s Lake Chad basin, for instance, has helped drive recruitment for Islamist militant group Boko Haram among young people unable to farm or find other work, said Haruna Kuje Ayuba of Nigeria’s Nasarawa State University.
“People are already deprived of a basic livelihood,” the geography professor said at a conference on climate and security at The Hague. “If you give them a little money and tell them to destroy this or kill that, they are ready to do it.”
Iraq, meanwhile, has seen its water supplies plunge as its upstream neighbours build dams and climate change brings hotter and dryer conditions to Baghdad, said Hisham Al-Alawi, Iraq’s ambassador to the Netherlands.
“Overall we are getting less by nearly 40 per cent of the waters we used to get,” he told the conference.
Shoring up the country’s water security, largely by building more storage and cutting water losses, will take nearly $80 billion through 2035, he said.
Faced with more heat and less rain, “we need to be wise and start planning for the future, as this trend is likely to continue,” he said.
The threat of worsening violence related to climate change also extends to countries and regions not currently thought of as insecurity hot spots, climate and security analysts at the conference warned.
The Caribbean, for instance, faces more destructive hurricanes, coral bleaching, sea-level rise and looming water shortages that threaten its main economic pillars, particularly tourism.
“We’re facing an existential crisis in the Caribbean,” said Selwin Hart, the Barbados-born executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Ninety per cent of the region’s economic activity – particularly tourism, fishing and port operations – takes place on the threatened coastline, he said.
Hurricanes, in recent years, have flattened the economies of some Caribbean nations, with Hurricane Maria in 2017 costing Dominica about 225 per cent of its GDP, according to World Bank estimates.
But as the global emissions that drive climate change continue to rise, “there’s not a realistic chance of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement”, Hart suggested.
The agreement calls for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels to hold the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The failure to cut emissions means the Caribbean while doing what it can to become more resilient to the growing risks, also needs “to plan for the worst-case scenario”, Hart said.
It is trying to do that by building coordination and assistance networks among Caribbean states and looking to shore up access to food and water, among other changes, said Ronald Jackson, of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.
Often that work requires persuading officials from very different ministries – finance, tourism, agriculture, water, energy and security, for instance – to sit down together and coordinate plans, said Jackson, the group’s executive director.
And the work has to be done quickly, he said. Last October the world’s climate scientists warned that to hold global temperature hikes to 1.5 degrees C, global energy systems would have to dramatically shift in the next dozen years.
“Before the 1.5-degree report came out we were looking at a much longer time frame” for change, Jackson said. “But now it’s the 2020s, early 2030s. We’re out of time. We have to act now.”
Military officials around the world have increasingly recognised the risks associated with climate change and moved to shore up bases against sea-level rise, curb military emissions, adopt clean energy and analyse changing risks.
At the Planetary Security conference at the Hague on Tuesday, they announced the creation of a new International Military Council on Climate and Security, made up of senior military leaders from around the world.
The panel aims to help build policy to address climate security risks at national, regional and international levels, backers said.
“Climate change fuels the roots of conflict around the globe and poses a direct threat to populations and installations in coastal areas and small islands,” said General Tom Middendorp, a former Dutch defence chief who will chair the new council.
“It should, therefore, be taken very seriously as a major security issue that needs to be addressed. The military can and should be part of the solution,” he said.
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