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The Nepal Digest Sat Sep 27, 1997: Ashwin 12 2054BS: Year6 Volume66 Issue 2

Editor's Note: TND Foundation whishes sincere condolence to breaved
                family members of former PM Matrika Prashad jyu.
                May the departed soul rest in peace.

                TND Foundation whishes sincere condolence to breaved
                family members of Democracy leader Ganesh Man jyu.
                May the departed soul rest in peace.

Today's Topics:

              Nepal News
              Anti-terrorism law protest report
              Volunteer fisheries biologist
              American School of Dubai
              Volunteer services
              References on nepalese language
              New Medical College in Kathmandu

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****************************************************************** Date: Tue, 09 Sep 1997 15:01:46 -0500 To: The Nepal Digest <nepal@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Nepal News

Source: KTM Post Pros & Cons Challenge to Gates, lesson to Nepali millionaires By Prateek Pradhan

Recently, American billionaire media mogul Ted Turner announced one billion dollars support to United Nations programmes. The Vice Chairman of Time Warner company, and founder of Cable News Network
(CNN) felt like serving the mankind, so decided to donate the amount within ten years, phasing hundred million dollars each year. Immediately after announcing the donations, not-much-humble Turner, talking to Larry King on CNN, challenged computer tycoon and worlds richest man Bill Gates to come forward and show charity. Looked deep down, Turners challenge is not only to the billionaires like Gates, Khasogis or millionaires like Jordans and Jacksons. He has simply raised an issue of social responsibility to all the rich and famous people around the globe. The same issue of morality should also knock the people who are billionaires and millionaires in terms of Nepali currency. After all one doesnt expect local billionaires to spend money in terms of dollars. So, if we talk of businessmens social responsibility in Nepal, we can easily say that virtually none have enough courage to come forward and announce donations like Turner has done. Even if someone have donated some amount, that is not upto their standard.

Let alone the topic of donations, Nepali businessmen are infamous for not paying even the taxes they are liable to. The current issue of Value Added Tax -- which they are trying their level best to avoid just because it would overground their underground business and their real income -- also expose real face of our so called billionaires and millionaires. In such a context how could one expect open-hearted social service from the priviledged citizens of this country. It is very much unfortunate for the country that most of the businessmen have not paid even the taxes which has already been reduced to minimum with the aid of the under-the-table palm greasing of the tax officials. The scribe doesnt wish to embarass the so called businessmen who rub their shoulders with top level politicians and bureaucrats, but it can be easily traced who is paying how much, if the list published by the Tax Department couple of months ago is scrutinized. Well, if we talk about social service from the business sector, we should not forget to mention the contributions of Lions and Rotarians. But the credit of contributions of these international organisations dont go only to local businessmen.In fact, there might be hundreds of businessmen who might have been distributing money for various causes. But, so far the social and humanitarian issues are concerned, no rich people have ever come forward genuinely. The scribe doesnt wish to minimize the contributions of those who are already doing their best, but it is for them who cheat to national account and take self satisfaction by donating few thousand rupees to Pashupatis Panda.

Sources: KTM Post nternational fellowship on population development By Iswar M Pradhan

KATHMANDU- Dakar, Senegal was the site of the 1995 Rotary Peace Programme on Population and Development. The Peace Programme was the garden from which grew the International Fellowship on Population and Development, created in 1996 to allow a continuing dialogue among Rotarians and friends interested in the world population issue. IFP & D members share a common belief that humanity is now at a crisis point concerning the interlocking issues of population pressure, environmental degradation and poverty. Members also believe that Rotary is the ideal organization to respond to this crisis with creative solutions that are effective, while respecting the diverse cultural and religious composition of Rotary International. The Fellowship has grown over the last few years to become one of the largest of Rotarys 75 Fellowships, with participation in over 40 countries around the world. What can Rotarians Do ? To answer this question, the following write-ups can he informative for them:
(1) The population Explosion, by Paul Ehrlick (2) Earth in the Balance, by A1 Gore (3) The Green Consumer, by Joel Kakower (4) The World Population Data Sheet, Pop. (5) Ref Burea. To help Rotarians on the topic of regulation and development, following activities are needed.

(1) Present a programme at Rotary Club, invite a qualified speaker, on the topic of Population and Development. (2) Support and participate in meetings, forums, conferences and conventions of Rotarians, with an objective of providing accurate information on the subject of Population and Development. (3) Encourage appropriate World Community Service projects between Clubs of more development and less developed countries. At the United Nations 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, unanimous agreement was reached on six principal area for attention:
(1) Extending and improving family planning and reproductive health services (2) Expanding population policy to include economic development and education (3) Improving the status of women (4) Linking environmental and sustainable development to population (5) Investing in the health and development of children, especially girls (6) Emphasizing male responsibility for sexual, reproductive and parenting behaviour A few facts about population pressure:
(1) 5.8 billion people inhabit Earth today (2) World population has doubled in the last 50 years (3) 90 million added to world population annually (4) Africas population will double in 25 years (5) The world population will double again in 46 years (6) Some predict a world population of 28 billion by the year 2150

Facts about environmental degradation:
(1) 25 billion tons of topsoil lost globally each year (2) Nature takes 800 years to make 1" of topsoil (3) Parts of Brazil lose 1/2" topsoil per year (4) Aquifers of US plains take in 1/2" yearly, we use 5 feet per year (5) Beijing/Triajan aquafers have been drained (6) In India, 65% lack safe water, 50% lack adequate sanitation facilities (7) 80,000 square miles of land are reduced to zero value each year through desertification (8) Ethiopian forest coverage reduced from 40% to 1% in 40 years (9) Atmospheric carbon dioxide (global warming) increased 25% since WWII (10) Global temperature rises. 20F per year, sea level rises 1/12" per year (11) World food production per capita down over last 10 years. Poverty and people:
(1) 1/2 mankind lives in conditions worse than 100 years ago (2) 1/4 mankind lives in absolute poverty, with inadequate nutrition (3) In Africa, 1 of 5 children die of malnutrition before age one (4) In India, 2.5 million people live entire life in streets (5) An America impacts environment 140 times a Kenyan (6) 37,000 children die of starvation daily.
(Writer is Director of Community Service, Rotary Club of Patan West.)

Thank you, sister By Sabita Pokharel

ONE Sunday afternoon, while I was on my way to my native village, I met a woman. had big almond-shaped eyes laced with kajal and wearing big ear-rings. She was thin and wearing a tight-fitted blouse draped over with a flowery sari and had pony-tail hair. Her red cheeks and tika on her forehead made her more beautiful. I could notice a big cut on her chin. Due to the noon sunshine my whole body was sweating while my eyes were looking for a companion. Without hesitation I asked her, "Excuse me, may I know your name?"
Purnima, she replied with a broad smile on her beautiful face.
Are you going to Kajalpur? I hazarded a guess.
Yes, are you going there too? She asked me in a low voice. But Purnima, I havent
   seen you here before. I am living here since my childhood, I inquired more.
"I am newly married", with shy face, she answered me. "But when?", I asked her, "On the 16th of February", she told me the exact date. Because of my four months stay in Kathmandu I didnt know anything about their marriage. Then I came to know that she was my distant neighbour.
"Please come to my house," she suddenly invited me.
"Certainly I will" I promised. Then we said good-bye to each other and went to our own way.

After a few days I went to Purnimas house. She was milking a cow, "Hello, Purnima! How are you?" I shouted from countyard. "Fine Please feel comfortable, go in and sit down, I am coming," she greeted me with bucket on her knees. After few minutes she came holding a bucket full of milk from the shed.
"Where is brother?" I asked.
"Maybe busy glambling or drinking," she said with anger in her voice.
"Oh!" I said.
"Everybody knows. You know, I am only happy from the outside but my heart is burning. You see these things. Nothing is ours. He lost everything. I dont know when I have to leave this shelter", she further said. While one was throwing her grief, we heard someone yelling outside.
"Who is that!" I asked But she kept silence. The voice came nearer and nearer. At least the man came inside. He was lanky and dressed in a careless way. On his right hand he was holding a bottle.
"Give me money," he began. "I dont have," Purnima told him.
"You have"
"No!" Then he began to beat her with all his force. He was behaving like a rabied dog. Seeing all these my heart was pierced with disappointment, heavy with distress and I ran from her house. After many days, I went twice to her home but she was not at her house. Instead, I found a big heavy look at her door. Then I asked her nearest neighbour.

Her husband died by drinking poisonous alcohol many days ago. Her properly were seized by others. She hadnt been seen here since. I consoled myself and returned back. After many years, one fine morning, I and my sister were on the way to a stupa. I was very busy in counting the steps. On the 16th steps, a woman caught my hand as I was about to fall due to my high heeled shoes.
"Thank God!" I said.
"You see the results of counting," my sister laughed at me.
"I would have gone to heaven today," I added.
"Thanks a lot sister," I said to the woman. She was not wearing any ornament. She was dressed in a reddish gown. Her long pony tail hair was short.
Do you recognised me? I asked her.
Yes, I do, she replied.
"You are heartly welcome to our stupa," she further said. I didnt know what to say, neither did I ask her. People called her a nun. But I knew she was Purnima.

****************************************************************** Date: Tue, 09 Sep 1997 15:01:46 -0500 From: patrick byrne <pcbyrne@students.wisc.edu> To: webmaster-tnd@nepal.org Subject: RE: Questions about nepal

I spent five months and am able to answer questions a westerner might have about Nepal and REAL life there, after spending much time witha family and also in the hills, and I am soon to be returning to further study the language and culture. This is in response to a UNC students email that had no name attached. my email:pcbyrne@students.wisc.edu

*********************************************************** Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 09:54:08 -0400 (EDT) From: "Avinaya S. Rana" <avinayar@touro.edu> To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: Sports News From Avi
                         By: Avinaya S. Rana Touro College NY-USA
                        I'm still the greatest'
               Ali talks about his illness in rare public discussion

    Formerheavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, his body gripped by Parkinson's disease but his eyes
    flashing a fighting fire, said Monday boxing was a tougher challenge than the illness he has
    battled for 16 years. "I'm still the greatest," the 55-year-old fighter said in a voice
    little more than a whisper during a news conference where he clowned with his wife, joked and made a red silk handkerchief disappear by sleight of hand. The rare public discussion of Ali's health came at a briefing called by a drug company, Pharmacia & Upjohn, to talk about medical advances in treating Parkinson's disease. Ali has been taking one of the company's drugs, Mirapex, which was approved for the U.S. market in July. But his wife, Lonnie, told reporters the most dramatic improvement in his condition recently came from a different, 50-year-old drug that has brought back his ability to smile.
"There came a time when Muhammad was not smiling," she said, but a drug called Artane relaxed facial muscles that had been frozen by the disease. Ali entered the room in a shuffle, his trembling left hand in the front pocket of his black trousers. His wife said the disease, diagnosed in 1981, has not"progressed significantly" but is in fact full-blown Parkinson's disease and not "Parkinson's syndrome,"a preliminary form of the disorder, as doctors first called it in his case.The disease, which afflicts one in every 100 people over the age of 60 in the United States alone, iscaused by a depletion of certain neurons in the brain which are critical to muscle control. She said Ali follows a "hectic schedule," travelling the world from his home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in support of various charities. He exercises largely by walking, sometimes five miles a day, she added, though Ali disagreed, holding up 10 fingers. In response to questions about whether trauma suffered during his career caused his condition, his wife said doctors do not believe there is a link, though it was possible the sport brought on the symptoms earlier than they would otherwise have appeared.
"There's a million and a half people with Parkinson's who've never boxed," the champ added. In response to one question Ali told a reporter "See you at the gym." He later threw a few jabs to back up a point. Asked what was harder, fighting Parkinson's disease or opponents in the ring, Ali answered "boxing's tougher." At the end of the news conference Ali and his wife were handed red boxing gloves to symbolize their battle with the illness. Ali rose to his feet and quipped, "I came all the way here, gave you a nice little talk and this is all you give me?" He then produced a small red silk, which he made disappear twice in his hands, his eyes intent and gleaming.
"He's still very much a child at heart," his wife said.
"He's very lucky. We count our blessings every day. It could have been a lot worse for him."

******************************************************* From: "Foo Chiu Kie" <jonaf@chevalier.net> To: <info-tnd@nepal.org> Subject: 1/4 hour time zone difference Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 00:23:29 +0800

i've visited Kathemandu, Chitrang and Pokula last month. I found the people very friendly and nice. The scenery is terrific. But i'm amazed by the time zone difference of one quarter of an hour with the rest of the world. In most part of the world the difference is by the hour.

i'll be much obliged if you could give me the answer.

Jonathan Foo of Hong Kong jonaf@chevalier.net

****************************************************************** Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 08:32:42 +0700 (GMT+0700) From: Punya Prasad Regmi <hsp57182@ait.ac.th> To: psharma@soils.umn.edu Subject: Re: Reintroducing EMPOWER NEPAL FOUNDATION...

Dear Sir,

This is really a thrilling news for us. I appreciate very much and thank you for your all efforts directed towards the betterment of our beloved country Nepal. Having got the same sort of feelings, last year we have registered a NGO, The Society for Highland Development (SHID, Nepal) which has been functioning well. The main objectives of this NGO are:

1 To carry out research and create databases on natural resources,
        agriculture, forestry, industry and services;

2 To plan and implement the appropriate activities to raise the
        economic, social and cultural level of the people by giving
        special focus on the empowerment of disadvantaged and
        underdeveloped sections of the society;

3 To create awareness on consequences of high rate of population
        growth and environmental degradation; and

4 To promote sustainable development through mutual partnerships
        with national and international organizations.

On behalf of SHID, Nepal I want to join you and work together.

Sincerely yours, Regmi

***************************************************************** Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 19:57:16 +0545 (NPT) To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu From: sinhas@mos.com.np (Pratyoush Onta) Subject: From the Kathmandu Post

The following was published in The Kathmandu Post on 12 Sept 1997

The Politics of Knowledge Journalism: Circus to Professionalism? by Pratyoush Onta

        Today and tomorrow, the biggest organization of Nepali journalists, Nepal Patrakar Mahasangh, will be meeting in Lalitpur to hold their national convention. If we were to insist on technicalities, we would have to say that they will actually be continuing their convention which was inaugurated in Chitwan a little more than two months ago (in a ceremony where the chief guest was a political leader affiliated with the Nepali Congress Party) but stalled under extremely embarrassing circumstances. In recent days, several commentators have pointed out different themes that need attention in this convention. In this essay I shall merely take stock of what has been said as most of it might have escaped the notice of readers who either can not or do not read the Nepali language press. I shall begin with what happened in Chitwan.
        The Chitwan Circus: Not being a journalist I was not in Chitwan for the stalled convention. Based on reports that were subsequently published in various newspapers and magazines, and what I heard from some journalist friends who were there, what happened in Chitwan deserves to be called a circus, a bad one where probably not a single participant had any fun.
        The origins of the circus, according to a report published by journalist Tanka Panta who was there, lies in the nature of the process through which membership in the Chitwan district branch of the Mahasangh had been distributed. In a district that can boast at most 40 working journalists, the number of members, it is reported had swelled to over 140 people by the inclusion of non-journalists. The district branch was divided into two factions well before the decision to hold the national convention in Chitwan was taken by the central committee of the Mahasangh. While the Mahasangh had given recognition to only one of the factions as its official branch, members of the other faction had accused this 'official' Chitwan branch for including "non-journalists who were pimps" in their fold. The
'official' branch, in turn, had returned the same accusation against the other faction. Instead of trying to resolve this conflict in what was to be the convention hosting branch way before journalists arrived in Chitwan, the central committee did nothing until the day on which the convention was scheduled to begin.
        Panta reports that the central committee, in a desparate last-minute attempt to resolve the crisis, recommended that in the executive committee of the 'official' Chitwan branch, the position of the secretary and two members be vacated and filled with journalists of the
'non-official' faction. When this recommendation was put forth as the closed session of the convention began, leaders and members of the
'official' faction refused to agree with this request. Instead the head of this faction took over the microphone and charged that his team would strip the clothes of the members of the central committee and make them run across the Narayani river naked. All journalists assembled in Chitwan were insulted when the lodges and hotels where they were staying were told to send them packing; otherwise the 'official' faction would not pay the hotel bills. The Mahasangh central committee could not exercise its control and the convention was stalled.
        Journalists who never get tired of telling the rest of society about their Fourth Estate status had precipitated and participated in one of the most embarrassing circuses of post-Jana Andolan Nepal. In a letter published in a popular Nepali language weekly, journalist Surendra Thapa Magar, a central assembly member of the Mahasangh, said that after what he witnessed in Chitwan, he would have to conclude that journalism was one of the three most degrading professions in Nepal (the other two being politics and the legal profession). He further added that he would not be surprised if participating journalists came to the closed session of the next convention, armed not with pens but with sticks.
        The Search for Professionalism: In an attempt to exhort his professional colleagues to become self-critical, Thapa Magar asked why a group that took up reporting on the injustices and distortions of the society at large, should not report on the distortions that had set in within the profession. Without such a cleansing process, he hinted, it could be difficult for journalists to find their professional integrity in Nepali society. In his report, journalist Panta emphasized that the search for professionalism should begin by cleansing the Mahasangh of non-journalists and finding a leadership that would refuse to run the organization according the directives of political parties. Journalist Min Bahadur Shahi has concluded that short of a generational change in the leadership of the Mahasangh, the kinds of changes that would generate professionalism amongst journalists will not be realized. He has thus called the present leadership to hand over the baton, so to speak, to the younger breed of journalists who will, he hopes, wipe out the black marks from their profession.
        Prolific columnist Amrita Banskota has asked for a clarification from the profession's bosses as to what exactly are the purposes served by journalists in Nepal. She has asked senior journalists who often boast of practicising professionalism if their surrendering of their pen to the dictates of various political factions constitutes a subject necessary for scrutiny during the Mahasangh's convention. If this is not in the agenda, then what is, she asks bluntly before adding whether the Mahasangh has become a platform for furthering the political aspirations of its central committee members. She criticises the double standards practiced by the journalism bosses - preaching journalistic idealism in the classroom and practicing its exact opposite at work - and asks how the code of conduct drawn up by such a group could actually be implemented in the profession.
        The various calls for the apex body of journalists to clean up its act is timely and necessary. Its bosses should pay attention to the criticisms summarized above and presented at greater length elsewhere by other members of the profession. The Lalitpur convention, I hope, will begin with a frank discussion of the Chitwan circus. I then hope that most of the closed sessions will be devoted to critical analyses of the malignancies that exist within the profession. Without such a cathartic exercise, this body will have lost its right to represent the truly hard-working and brilliant journalists of this land who might then have to ask themselves if such organisations are actually detrimental for the healthy growth of their professional.
        It would be no exaggeration to say that in their current avatar, the Nepal Patrakar Mahasangh and cognate organizations have lost the moral rights to champion the cause of the so-called Fourth Estate. If acts of cleansing are not forthcoming in the Lalitpur convention, I hope that a younger breed of journalists will declare the Mahasangh as a professional liability and wage a professional war against the current bosses of journalism in Nepal. Without such a revolution perhaps, journalism's embarrassing ills will be with us for a long time to come.

************************************************************ Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 23:08:24 -0400 (EDT) From: Tulsi Maharjan <global@rvcc.raritanval.edu>

You are cordially invited to attend the 6th Annual Bhintuna Celebration on November 8, 1997 in Washington DC. Don't miss this one of the kind Newa Bhoy.

Also, if any one is interested in writing a special article for our Dabuu Magazine, we welcome your articles and stories, The deadline in October 15th.

 Tulsi R. Maharjan, Ph.D.
 Director, Center for International Business & Education
 Raritan Valley Community College

******************************************************************* Subject: Anti-terrorism law protest report To: Nepal Digest <nepal@cs.niu.edu> Date: Thu, 18 Sep 97 19:44:52 PDT From: Paul Johnson <paulj@bbs.cruzio.com>

   Los Angeles Times
   Thursday, September 18, 1997
   
   World IN BRIEF, NEPAL
   Hundreds Protesting Terrorism Bill Held
   From Times Staff and Wire Reports
    
   At least 438 protesters were arrested during a nationwide strike
   called by the nation's Communist parties, police said. But Prem Suwal,
   a spokesman for the nine parties, said more than 600 people were
   arrested for organizing rallies against a proposed anti-terrorism law.
   Dozens were injured in clashes with police, he said. The strike shut
   down shops in Katmandu, the capital, and elsewhere. The Communist
   parties say the anti-terrorism bill in parliament gives the government
   sweeping powers that could be used against political opponents.
   
   Copyright Los Angeles Times

************************************************************** Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 17:34:55 GMT To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: carin@gn.apc.org Subject: Information on Gauri Pradhan's paper on trafficking, please.

My friend Robert Markey <rmarkey@javanet.com> and I have heard about this paper, which was given at the mini-Beijing conference in Kathmandu earlier this year. We would really like to read it and would like to know if it is published anywhere on the Internet, please, or if there is any other way we can get hold of a copy, by snail mail or otherwise.

TIA H. Brown

************************************************************* Date: Thu, 18 Sep 97 14:22:14 EDT From: Bidya Ranjeet <RANJEET@UConnVM.UConn.Edu> Subject: Dashain To: Nepal Digest <TND@NEPAL.ORG>

The Nepali community in Connecticut cordially invites you to celebrate Dashain
(Khasiko masu, alu ko achar, nach gan) on Saturday, October 11, 1997 at the Asi an American Cultural Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

For more information, please call any one of us: Basnet, Ganesh and Shakti 413-785-1129 Joshee, Jeetendra and Subarna 860-742-6854 Koirala, Hari and Sita 860-456-1657 Pfau, Richard and Geeta 860-456-4153 Peterson, Jeff and Kavita 860-564-0243 Ranjeet, Narendra and Bidya 860-423-5564 Shrestha, Hemanta and Rashmi 860-487-0046 Shrestha, Roshan and Anu 860-423-1868 Upadhyay, Ram and Pratima 860-646-8491

VIJAYA DASHMI KO MANGALMAYA SHUBHA KAMANA

***************************************************** Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 13:17:46 -0500 From: kunga tshring <kunga@ionet.net> To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: Nepal Search Engine Launched

for TND posting:
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We have three separate search engines for businee search, image search and people search. Please select one before entering your info. Please email us suggestions and comments regarding the search engine. Thank you

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********************************************************************* Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 12:30:54 -0700 From: Robert Thorne <rbthorne@pol.net> To: info-tnd@nepal.org Subject: Do you have the e-mail address of Father Eugene Watrin?

Sir:
        A telephone number, FAX, e-mail address, or regular mailing address would be helpful.
        Father Watrin works for Social Action Volunteers in the Kathmandu Valley and I am interested in volunteer work. A person from Nepal told me to give him a call.

Thank you, Robert Thorne rbthorne@pol.net rbthorne@juno.com

****************************************************************** Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 12:25:21 -0700 From: Robert Thorne <rbthorne@pol.net> To: info-tnd@nepal.org Subject: I am looking for a volunteer opportunity

Sir:
        I am very interested in doing some volunteer work in Nepal. I am an American medical doctor and I want very much to be doing something helpful for others that I can feel good about. I have been very impressed with all that I've seen about Mother Theresa in India lately and I want to be doing something altruistic like this.
        Over recent years I've gotten cynical and depressed with some of the greed I've encountered and I want to get away from it for a while and just do something useful and helpful for others. I could do some medical work or I could do non-medical work like carrying supplies to hungry people up in the Himalayas. I don't have a medical license in Nepal so I might not be able to do medical work but I could still do a lot of other useful work.

Respectfully, Robert Thorne M.D. rbthorne@pol.net rbthorne@juno.com

*************************************************************** From: Ann Joshi To: The Nepal Digest

FYI, I found this disturbing bit of info from <feminist.com/art.htm>

WOMEN OF THE WORLD - STATS:

Heterosexual transmission is the leading cause of HIV for women. Worldwide, 3,000 women ARE INFECTED DAILY with the virus that causes AIDS.[**my input: since AIDS is sexually transmitted, think about how many men are infected through sex with prostitutes and infected mistresses, and then they go home to their wives and infect them]

Of the estimated $2 billion spent annually on AIDS prevention, ONLY ABOUT 10 PER CENT is spent in the developing world, where 85% - 85%!!! - of infections occur.

85 MILLION TO 114 MILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide; each year an estimated 2 MILLION MORE GIRLS suffer the practice in Africa, Asia, or as immigrants or refugees in Europe and No. America.

Maternal mortality rates have nearly halved since 1970, yet approximately HALF A MILLION WOMEN still die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every year - 1,500 EVERY DAY!! A woman's risk of dying in childbirth in a DEVELOPING country is 1 in 25-40, compared with 1 in 3,00 in DEVELOPED countries.

It is estimated that ONE-FOURTH OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE are physically battered [I might add that too often, the physically battered woman IS KILLED OR MAIMED. It's not just a few slaps here and there].

In India, 6,200 dowry deaths were reported in 1994, break it down to an AVERAGE of 17 married women were killed DAILY for failure to make dowry payments to the husband's family[and these deaths are not quick and easy; in most of them, the women are SET ON FIRE by husbands, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, or mother-in-law. Go listen to a woman who's been burned thus and hear her agonized screams for 2-4 days until she dies. And what of the offending family? Nothing but a slap on the wrist; so, another woman is dead, big deal! Go get another gullible girl whose father can give a bigger tv, a fancier microwave, a smashing cool motorbike! Women are commodities to be bought and sold, and if the commodity is damaged, destroy it and get another, better model!]

We shudder in horror at such statistics, shake our heads and cluck our tongues, then shrug our shoulders and go on about our daily lives, smug in the knowledge that a) thank god, I was born a male; or, b) thank god, I live in a "civilized" country where such things would be unthinkable! And I say: WHAT CAN I DO to fight against this insidious attitude that women are worth nothing more than a microwave, a VCR, a tv!! To take it even deeper: is this entirely the fault of a capitalist system that extols the virtues of market consumerism? Hoard what you can hoard at the expense of others? I think it goes deeper than that! How far are we who are cozy in our electronic world, surrounded by gadgets of convenience, bellies full and bodies clothed in the latest styles, willing to go to try and remedy this situation that is WORSENING? Violence against women is INCREASING and getting laws to change, getting men and women to see the light via constitutions, parlimentary actions, and laws is an UPHILL STRUGGLE. But does that mean we give up and say what the hay?!? Do we just abandon the millions of women and girls to their fates? Let the developing countries choke on their corruption, greed and filth?

Those of us in the corporate world or in academia or simply plodding along through life may talk about this, even think about it at times, and feel sympathy for the women suffering unspeakable horrors, but how many of us are TRULY WILLING TO TAKE ACTION, TO BECOME ACTIVISTS! I mean, this is HALF OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION we are talking about; keep the majority in illiterate ignorance, deny them education, and how can developing and developed countries hope to build a better future?

Though I am immersed in the academic world at the moment, my whole purpose for studying and reading and struggling through theoretical issues is geared towards the day I finally offer myself as part of the solution towards making people realize the value and worth and HUMANITY that is woman. I don't intend to sit in some "ivory tower" droning endlessly in heated mental debates about the validity of this or that; I intend to get out there and ACTIVATE! Words are so easy to spew out and digest and throw away; what takes nerve and courage is to literally go out there and DO SOMETHING. There are organizations out there dedicated to fighting against this crime against womankind. Join them. This is for men and women! This is not the exclusive domain of activist women!

Aiko Anne Joshi ajoshi@russreyn.com

P.S. I have some information regarding organizations dedicated to this cause. If interested, pls. let me know, and I'll be more than happy to share it. Please pass these stats on to your colleagues, friends, people in high places(Dr. Maskey, maybe a petition can be sent to the Nepali government. Indrani, do you know anyone in India?) Cheers, all!

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 17:30:42 +0100 To: "David A. Spencer" <DASpencer@erdw.ethz.ch> From: "David A. Spencer" <DASpencer@erdw.ethz.ch> Subject: Message from M. Asif Khan: 13th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet

This is a message from M. Asif Khan. DO NOT USE THE REPLY BUTTON - SEND YOUR E-MAILS DIRECTLY TO PROF. KHAN (asif@uop.psw.erum.com.pk)

13th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet International Workshop Peshawar, Pakistan April 20-22, 1998

We are pleased to announce holding of the next Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet International Workshop (HKTIW) at Peshawar. HKTIW has been an annual event since 1985, held mainly in Europe but once each in Nepal and USA. The workshop is focused at reporting the
 current research in all disciplines of earth sciences concerning the Himalaya and associated mountain ranges in south-central Asia. Primarily being informal, the workshop is an ideal forum for presentation of results ranging from those outcoming from pr ofessional organizations to graduate students at universities. Amongst others, the 13th HKTIW will focus on the following themes:

Regional tectonics Sutures, melanges, arc terranes & ophiolites Nanga Parbat and other syntaxes Crustal thickening / duplication: thermal and magmatic response Geophysical profiling across Himalaya, Karakoram and Tibet Extension, strike-slip and wrench tectonics Radiometric dating, isotope geochemistry Basins: initiations, inversions, closures Erosion, uplift and exhumation mechanisms Economics, environmental impacts and geological hazards Remote sensing and GIS applications

The meeting will comprise oral-poster presentations for three days at the premises of the National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, followed by a week-long field excursion along the Karakoram Highway through Himalaya, Kohistan and Karakoram.

Most of the participants will be accommodated at the university guest houses on Campus (at a cost not exceeding US $ 30/day; including meals). Tentatively, there will be a cost of US $ 500 per person for the field excursion. A registration fee of US $ 1 50 will be payable covering the cost of the abstract volume, lunch and tea/coffee during the workshop.

Important Dates:

October 20, 1997: Return of the Pre-Registration Form (Important for visa formalities) January 10, 1998: Abstract deadline (2 pages maximum, including figures & references, EPSL format). April 20-22, 1998. Oral & Poster Presentations. April 22, 1998. Last date for submission of papers for proceedings of the 13th HKTIW. April 23-29, 1998: Field Excursion.

Update:

We are considering possibility of a 2-day field excursion in the foreland thrust-fold belt, south of Peshawar preceding the workshop. Details will follow shortly.

The proceedings of the 13th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet International Workshop will be published as a special volume either in the Geologiacl Society, London (Special Publication Series) or in the Journal of Asian Earth Sciences (Elsevier).

Further Information:

Dr. M. Asif Khan/ Dr. M. Qasim Jan, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar PAKISTAN Fax: (92) 91-43180, 41979 Phone: (92) -91-44367, 43180 Email: <hkt13@uop.psw.erum.com.pk>
(http://www.lehigh.edu/~pkz0/hkt-circular.html)
______________________________________________________________________________

Pre-Registration Form

13th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet International Workshop Peshawar, Pakistan April 20-22, 1998

Personal Details (For visa / govemment clearance, etc.): Name: Date & Place of Birth: Nationality: Passport No.: Place/Date of Issue:
(Please attach a photocopy of the first two or relevant pages of your passport) Institution/0rganization:

Mailing Address (if different from above):

Phone: Fax: email: Oral Presentation (Tentative Title):

Poster Presentation (Tentative Title):

Field Excursion: Y/N

Please mail this form at the earliest, if possible before October 20, 1997 at the following address.

M. Asif Khan/ M., Qasim Jan 13th HKTIW, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan

M. Asif Khan Associate Professor, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, PAKISTAN Phone: 92-(0)91-43180; 92-(0)91-844707 Fax : 92-(0)91-43180 Email : <asif@uop.psw.erum.com.pk>

13th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet International Workshop, Peshawar, Pakistan April 20-22, 1998. See WEB page on the address: http://www.lehigh.edu/~pkz0/hkt_circular.html

******************************************************** From: eric_theiss@juno.com To: info-tnd@nepal.org Subject: Volunteer fisheries biologist

Eric Theiss Fisheries Biologist 8965 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 250 Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-293-1533 310-829-0473(fax) eric_theiss@juno.com (text only) eric_theiss@usinter.net

Dear TND,
      I am a biologist willing to donate my services to lessen the impact of hydroelectric dams in the developing world. I have seven years of experience in this work, performing research for the US government, and have served in the US Peace Corps. Currently, I have contacts with organizations in Nepal (INUHURED International), Argentina (University of Buenos Aires) and Thailand (Wildlife Fund Thailand), as well as New Zealand (NIWA, in support of the Maori peoples). I am able to apply for grants using their framework, apply as an individual, or set up a US based non-profit for this purpose.
      Many governments and international organizations view hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable source of power for development. Most reputable scientists will agree that hydropower dams cause an environmental impact, but the overall extent of this impact has not been widely agreed upon. Migratory fish are an exception however, and scientists and non-scientists have recognized for hundreds of years that dams have caused the loss of many populations.
      Fish are a major component of riverine ecosystems, converting the primary productivity of simpler life forms into higher forms. Migrating fish are often larger in size than resident fish, and may serve as an important source of protein to indigenous peoples. Upriver migration is one of the few ecological processes to reverse the natural action of flowing water by bringing nutrients from lowland areas or the marine environment into the upper watershed.
       To alleviate deforestation and provide power for industry, the developing world's demand for electricity will increase, and large multi-national corporations will continue to compete for international aid to build hydropower projects. These projects often involve environmental impact assessments, but these are rarely peer-reviewed. Because this is often the only information that is available on these ecosystems, projects are approved with little modification. In rare cases, funds are allocated for fish passage devices, but these are generally designed to pass salmon on the West coast of North America. These installations do a disservice to those interested in protecting fish by propagating the notion that fishways are ineffective.
      Recently, fisheries biologists have come to the consensus that hatcheries cannot be relied upon to mitigate the impact of dams. Although fishways have had variable success historically, international efforts in many developed countries are enabling the maintenance of many fish populations. It is becoming recognized that behavioral research is one of the keys to the development of a successful fishway.
      We cannot say that people don't need these fish, and in fact many indigenous peoples rely on them for their livelihood. For the foreseeable future, the scientific community will not be able to accurately predict the impacts of hydropower for the developing world. The demand for electricity continues to increase however, and small- and large-scale dams will be built in coming years. Fishways are one obvious method of rescuing a valuable natural resource until a politically-viable alternative to hydropower exists.
      I intend to construct and test several ladders with migrating fish. This initial project will last three years and cost approximately
$250,000 with a salary for myself, or $85,000 without. The design which passes fish most efficiently will be installed at a hydroelectric facility. With the information gained, I will engage support from international aid organizations and governments to install more fishways at key locations.
    Please contact me if you know of organizations in Nepal that may be able to support me in this effort. In the US, this work has been funded primarily by the electric power industry, which would be acceptable to me. I have been in contact with INHURED from Kathmandu for some time, but this relationship has not bourne fruit.

Sincerely, Eric Theiss Fisheries Biologist 8965 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 250 Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tel: 310-293-1533 Fax: 310-829-0473 eric_theiss@juno.com (text only) eric_theiss@usinter.net

******************************************************************** Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 03:29:09 -0700 From: Paul Tiedemann <Tiedemann@jur.uni-frankfurt.de> To: webmaster-tnd@nepal.org Subject: Link of St. Xaviers School

Dear sirs,

I try to reach the link to St Xaviers School, but the message is: Not Found. Can you help me? Can you give me the E-Mail adress of St. Xaviers, because I want to visit the school in October.

Thank You very much Paul Tiedemann

*********************************************************** Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 22:48:13 +0000 From: yahnkj01@TIGGER.STCLOUD.MSUS.EDU Subject: Re: English books written by Nepalis To: tnd@nepal.org

The number of English fiction books written and published by Nepalis
(and available in Kathmandu) is small.

This past summer Mani Dixit (pen-name of Dr. Hemang Dixit) came out with
"Annapurna Fantasy" -- a satirical novel. Mani has also written and published several works of English fiction.

Mani's cousin, Kanak Mani Dixit had earlier come out with an excellent book for children called "Adventures of a Nepali Frog".

A couple of years ago, Greta Rana came out with "Guests in this country"
-- a rather plodding novel about "the development industry." (My impression is that Greta is a better poet and a better short-story writer than a novelist!). Prakash Gurung's novel "Odyssey of a simpleton" is also on sale in book-stores in KTM.

Manushree Thapa's semi-autobiographical "Mustang Bhot in fragments" is pretty interesting. I recommend it to all.

There are several expats in KTM who are working on novels based in Nepal. Previously, Jeff Greenwald had come out with: 1) Mr. Raja's neighborhood; and 2) Shopping for Buddhas.

Ranabhumi's "Bending the reed" is also another available novel.

My impression (and I'm being critical here) is that much of English fiction written by Nepalis generally is pretty dull and boring --in terms of style, content and substance.

I'm hoping that Samrat in Hawaii and Manjushree in Seattle will provide us readers something gripping to read someday.

*********************************************************** Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 12:02:53 -0400 (EDT) From: MPAUDEL@aol.com To: nepal-request@cs.niu.edu Subject: internet

nepali geet internet ma pathaunu.

***************************************************** Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 11:50:42 -0400 (EDT) From: "Avinaya S. Rana" <avinayar@touro.edu> To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: World Cup 98'

BY Avinaya Rana World Cup 98'Review
________________________ They have won their ticket to FRANCE 98

               Norway

               Romania

               Cameroon

               South Africa

               Tunisia

               Morocco

               Nigeria

               Brazil

               France

Brife Story about France
__________________________ Honors:
               European Champion in 1984
               World Cup semi-finalist in 1958, 1982, and 1986
               Semi-finalist in the European Championship 1997
                                               
                                                    
               *Caps and Goals as of 30 May 1997

     FRANCE'S RECENT TRACK RECORD
     11 June 1997
                France - Italy
                                2-2 (Tournoi de France)
     7 June 1997
                France - England
                                0-1 (Tournoi de France)
     3 June 1997
                France - Brazil
                                1-1 (Tournoi de France)
     2 April 1997
                France - Sweden
                                1-0
     26 February 1997
                France - Netherlands
                                2-1
     22 January 1997
                Portugal - France
                                0-2
     9 November 1996
                Denmark - France
                                1-0
     9 October 1996
                France - Turkey
                                4-0
     31 August 1996
                France - Mexico
                                2-0
     26 June 1996
                France - Czech Republic
                                0-0 (Euro 96)
                                Czech Republic won on penalties
     22 June 1996
                France - Netherlands
                                0-0 (Euro 96)
                                France won on penalties
     18 June 1996
                France - Bulgaria
                                3-1 (Euro 96)
     15 June 1996
                France - Spain
                                1-1 (Euro 96)
     10 June 1996
                France - Romania
                                1-0 (Euro 96)
     5 June 1996
                France - Armenia
                                2-0
     1 June 1996
                Germany - France
                                0-1

    France's obstinate quest for more substantial honors than the third
    place achieved in Sweden in the 1958 World Cup under the
    leadership of Albert Batteux, with a side built around the backbone
    of the Stade de Reims team, was finally rewarded when the
    exceptionally gifted "Platini generation," managed by Michel Hidalgo
    then Henri Michel, established a solid reputation in the international
    arena.

    The immediate successors of the vintage teams of the eighties failed
    to live up to expectations, but since the traumatic exit from the 1994
    World Cup, Aim Jacquet has got the train back on the rails. An
    unbeaten run of 30
    games and a semi-final place at Euro 96 have restored confidence and
    rekindled ambitions.

    These are two qualities that this talented group will not want to be
    short of in the 1998
    World Cup, for the host team is already being tipped as favorite.

    National Team Coach

    Aim JACQUET
    Born on 27 November 1941 at Sail-sous-Couzan (Loire)

    Playing Career

        1961 - 1973 AS Saint-Etienne
        1973 - 1976 Olympique Lyonnais

    Managerial Career

        1976 - 1980 Olympique Lyonnais
        1980 - 1989 Girondins de Bordeaux
        1989 - 1991 Montpellier-Hrault
        1990 - 1991 AS Nancy-Lorraine

    Joined the National Technical staff at the start of the 1992/93
    season. Assisted
    national team coach Grard Houllier from 15 July 1992. Appointed French
    national
    team coach on 17 December 1993.

    Honors

    Player

        2 full French caps
        5 times winner of the French championship with Saint-Etienne
(1963-64,
        1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70)
        3 times winner of the French Cup with Saint-Etienne (1962, 1968, 1970)

    Club Manager

        3 times champion of France with Bordeaux (1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87)
        twice winner of the French Cup with Bordeaux (1986, 1987)

    National Team Coach

        semi-finalist of Euro 96
        winner of the Kirin Cup 94 in Japan

******************************************************************** Date: Wed, 10 Sep 97 09:21:46 -0600 To: <tnd@nepal.org> Subject: Looking for a Friend
     
     Dear Readers,
     
     I am looking for a friend of mine, Mr. Shyam K.C. from Kathmandu. In
     best of my knowledge, he did his graduation from Univ. of Oregon few
     years back and lives in CA/OR. If any of you know the whereabouts of
     Shyam (e-mail, snail mail, tel #) please forward the same to me.
     Thanks a lot.
     
     Shyam: If you happen to read this message please contact me at this
     address or at phone # (334) 414-5696. Thanks.
     
     Bishombhar Parajuli

****************************************************************** Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 09:15:19 +0400 From: American School Of Dubai <asdlmc1@emirates.net.ae> To: webmaster-tnd@nepal.org Subject: American School of Dubai

Greetings from The American School of Dubai

My name is Scott Herrington and I am a middle school teacher here at ASD. Our grade 7 class has adopted the theme of Service to guide our study this year. As a culminating activity we are looking into visiting Nepal and participating in some community service projects. Although this ambitious project is very much in the infant stage, we would be excited to discuss this with your agency. Thank you in advance for your speedy reply.

Regards, Scott Herrington.

*************************************************************** From: PKIBBEE@aol.com Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:09:40 -0400 (EDT) To: info-tnd@nepal.org Subject: volunteer services

Please send me information on volunteering in Nepal.

*********************************************************** Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 20:47:34 -0400 (EDT) From: raj@shangrila-world.com (Rajendra C. Thakuri) To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: Web Based Nepali Address Directory

As a service to our community, Webolutions New Media has developed a web based address directory to hold email addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information.

The database is fully searchable using keywords and contains extensive online help. The user interface is based on the already familiar web search engine interfaces like AltaVista, Hotbot, Excite etc.

Entries to the database are password protected by the user. So only you as a user can add, modify or delete your entry. Any enquiries or suggestions regarding the Nepali Address Book should be directed to add_book@newweb.net .

I hope each of you will be able to take advantage of our service. As more information becomes available, all of us will become closer as we continue to travel farther in this world.

Rajendra C. Thakuri Chief Executive Officer Webolutions New Media, Inc. http://www.newweb.net/ rct@newweb.net

************************************************************** Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 01:17:35 -0700 To: a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu From: Tara Niraula <tnn3@columbia.edu> Subject: Proposed Anti- terrorism Act

                                                                                                                                        September 3, 1997 Rt. Honorable Lokendra Bahadur Chand Prime Minister of Nepal Office of the Prime Minister Singha Darbar Kathmandu, Nepal

Ref.: Terrorist and Destructive Crime Control and Punishment Act, 2054

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

We are impelled to write to you because of serious concerns and misgivings many of us have about the so called Terrorist and Destructive Crime Control and Punishment Act, 2054, that your government is planning to pass during the current session of the Parliament. If this legislation is passed, we believe that the flames of liberty, which were ignited by the 1990 Jana Aandolan, will be significantly dimmed. Thus, the real victor of this legislation will be the terrorists, whose ultimate goal has been to weaken and destroy democracy in Nepal.=20 We appreciate the efforts made by your government as well as the previous governments in controlling terrorism. After all, we, too, are very much concerned about the ongoing terrorist activities in Nepal. Terrorism poses a real threat not only to our toddling democracy but also to the very existence of our country. The government must do everything within its power to contain such barbaric acts. We fully agree with you on this=
 point.=20 However, we cannot control terrorism by weakening our basic fundamental rights. In fact, if this bill is passed into law, the Nepalese people will be permanently living under the most insidious form of terrorism=97the terrorism of fear. They will be afraid to speak freely, afraid to move freely, afraid to assemble freely and afraid to disagree with the government or authority and so on, which are the very essences of democracy. The proposed bill makes the solution worse than the cause. It will be the beginning of the end of our democracy. Recent world history teaches us that those who circumvent democracy for short term gain, often lose democracy in the long run. Much to our sorrow, our own history is a testimonial to this fact. The proposed legislation clearly violates every basic democratic principle and human right. Therefore, you have the highest responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy from which no law can depart.=20 Furthermore, we believe that there are other, more effective ways and means to combat terrorism, which do not shortchange our freedom. We simply cannot allow end to justify the means where our democracy is concerned. To this end, first of all, the government should look into the existing laws and find ways to strengthen them if any inadequacies exist. It should also retrain our police force, increase our surveillance and intelligence gathering networks, enact a tougher punishment and sentence bill for terrorism and seek help from the international community in combating terrorism, if necessary. Indeed, there is a long list of remedies, none of which entail curtailing personal freedom.=20 Our democracy is going through a critical phase of transition. It is facing many challenges. Its ultimate success depends on our best efforts and sacrifices. Therefore, what path we choose today will determine the future of our democracy. As John F. Kennedy once said, "Freedom cannot be the price to pay for peace." Through the vista of time, peace and freedom have been the twin longings of the Nepalese people. The proposed legislation takes away the freedom of our people in the name of restoring peace. Upon approval of this bill, we will have neither freedom nor peace but endless chaos in the country. We have a profound belief in the Nepalese people=92s ability to solve the most difficult problems. Given time and careful and wise planning, we will overcome the menace of terrorism in Nepal. Let=92s have faith. Our sincere hope is that you will reconsider this bill and reject it. By doing that you will foster people=92s fundamental rights and significantly help to strengthen democracy in Nepal. Sincerely yours

Signatories in no particular order are:

- Dr. Arjun Karki, Rhode Island, USA =20
- Mr. Vijaya Sigdel, New York, USA=20
- Mr. Tara Niraula, New York, USA =20
- Mr. Ramesh Dhungel, New York, USA=20
- Mr. Girija Gautam, New Jersey, USA =20
- Dr. Kamal Pande, New York, USA=20
- Mr. Ashok Gurung, New York, USA =20
- Dr. Shankar Rai, Ohio, USA
- Dr. Sanjaya Khanal, California, USA =20
- Mr. Harish Chandra Hamal, New York, USA=20

        cc: With request to take necessary action to reject the currently proposed bill:

1. Rt. Honorable Bam Dev Gautam, Deputy Prime Minister & Home Minister 2. Rt. Honorable Beni Bahadur Karki, Chairman, The National Assembly 3. Rt. Honorable Ram Chandra Paudel, Speaker, The House of Representatives 4. Honorable Girija Prasad Koirala, President, Nepali Congress Party 5. Honorable Man Mohan Adhikari, President, CPN (UML) 6. Honorable Surya Bahadur Thapa, President, Rastriya Prajatantra Party 7. Honorable Gajendra Narayan Singh, President, Rastriya Sadbhawana =
 Party 8. Honorable Narayan Man Bijuchhe, President, Nepal Majdur-Kishan Party

Our contact Address is as follows:

Tara Niraula 530 West 122nd Street, # 5B New York, NY 10027 Tel/Fax: (212) 663-6923 E-mail: tnn3@columbia.edu =09

***************************************************************** Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 17:47:27 +0200 Subject: Volunteering From: Alberto Vecchiato <alb.vecchiato@iol.it> To: info-tnd@nepal.org

Dear sirs,

My name is Andrera Napolitano, I'm Italian and I'm 27 years old. I'm coming to Nepal in october to join - as volunteer - a workcamp organized by SCI, an international organization. I'd like to know if there are other possibilities (when I'll finish my work with SCI) to offer volunteer services and to join other projects or organizations in Nepal. I have long experience in working with children and disabled (expecially mental disabled) people. I don't posses any other particular skill (I just have a degree in philosophy), except my will, my thought, and my wish to improve myself. I hope to hear from you soon.

With best regards, Andrea Napolitano, Padova, Italia.

*************************************************************** Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 11:19:39 -0400 (EDT) From: Nancy Geisler <ngeisler@remc11.k12.mi.us> To: info-tnd@nepal.org Subject: references on nepalese language

namaste-i'm interested in improving my written and reading comprehension in nepali-i'm thus in need of some sources and how and where they might be available-any help would be greatly appreciated-dhanyabat-matthew

****************************************************************** Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:22:52 -0500 To: mailto: From: Julia Glick <juliesg@mail.utexas.edu>

Hello! My name is Julie, and I got your address off the internet. I am working on my Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and have been given an unusual assignment-- we are studying human development and differences relating to culture and I need to interview someone (preferably a woman) between the ages of 18 and 34 who is Nepalese-- and hopefully Buddhist as well (though I understand that only about 6% of the Nepal population is Buddhist, so that may be a difficult combination to find). Anyway I was wondering if you could help me in any way-- I have been searching in Austin as much as possible (to no avail) and was thinking maybe I could do an email interview. The questions relate to development and culture mostly. If you could refer me to someone, I would GREATLY appreciate it (the paper is due in about 2 weeks and I am feeling very time pressured!). Thanks a lot, and hope to hear from you soon, Julie Glick

*********************************************************** To: nepal-request@cs.niu.edu Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:19:46 +1000 Subject: New Medical College in Kathmandu

Dear Editor

The Principal of the Nepal Engineering College has informed that they also have a new Medical College operating under a similar management (course run under TU curriculum) and located next to it. He wishes to bring it to the notice of interested persons through the good offices of your net. Course prospectus is available upon request, and application for admission is currently open. I think they have a common GPO address that I have misplaced. If you know the address of the engineering college, it finds there too. I will however contact the Engineering College Principal again and let you know the exact address through this net.

I will much appreciate it if you could put this up in the next TND.

Thanking you in anticipation, Yours etc. M Amatya

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