Monday, April 27, 2015

Nepal Earthquake : Government directs resumption of transport serivces

यातायात सुचारू गर्न सरकारको निर्देशन

Government directs resumption of transport services

भुकम्पले क्षतविक्षत बनाएको काठमाडौंबाट घर फर्कले व्यक्तिले सवारीसाधन नपाएको गुनासो आएपछि सरकारले यातायात व्यवसायीलाई आफ्ना सवारी साधन सुचारू गर्न निर्देशन दिएको छ।

Government has directed transport entrepreneurs to restart their services after complaints started coming in from people wanting to return to their homes from the earthquake affected Kathmandu.

‘घाटा नाफा नहेरेर सेवाको भावनामा पनि जानूहोस्,‘मुख्यसचिव लिलामणि पौडेलले भने,‘ उपत्यका बाहिर जाने हरेक सवारी साधन सुचारू गर्नूहोस्।’

"Do not look at profit or loss, look at it as a service," Chief Secretary Lilamani Poudel said, "Start all transport services going out of the Valley."

Nepal Eartquake : Digital maps and what you can help to help

MicroMapping: In micromapping you have to mark photos based on criteria. The criteria for the ImageClicker are:

  • No damage (Green): Either the picture shows an area with no damage at all, or the picture is irrelevant or unrelated.
  • Mild Damage (Orange): Picture shows mild damage, broken windows, felled trees, damaged vehicles, minor infrastructure damage.
  • Severe Damage (Red): Picture shows severe damage, leveled buildings, major infrastructure damage, destroyed vehicles, etc. 

Open Street Maps Project: The open street maps project, it simply adds a layer to a crowdsourced (and hence more rapidly  responsive) equivalent to google maps. so the goal right now is to map roads and tracks from satellite images that can be added to the 'humanitarian' layer on osm so that humanitarian organisations that are on their way to nepal can load them onto their devices as they go out into the field. so far, i've got word from the HOT mailing list that the red cross is using the edits from the HOTOSM project on their devices.
  1. If you want to contribute to ongoing Humanitarian Mapping efforts through Humanitarian, please do the following: Go through the 30 minute training on to learn the basics of humanitarian mapping using
  2. Then go to the HOTOSM Task M at and select a job that you feel comfortable contributing to. Read the direction carefully for the job, then go into one of the squares next to one that is marked as complete, and pan to the completed square so you can see how others are digitizing the features. It doesn't matter how long you work, or how many features you digitize. There are currently hundreds of people mapping on HOTOSM. Every edit counts.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nepal Earthquke Translation

सगरमाथा आधारशिविर क्षेत्रमा २१७ पर्यटक बेपत्ता

217 tourists missing in Everest Base Camp

सगरमाथा आधार शिविरबाट २ सय भन्दा बढी विदेशी पर्यटक वेपत्ता भएका छन्। शनिबारको भुकम्पसँगै आएको हिम पहिरोमा परेका ३२ जनालाई उद्दार गरी काठमाडौं ल्याएको छ। हिमपहिरोमा परी घाइते भएका २९ जनाको लुक्ला अस्पतालमा उपचार भइरहेको छ प्रहरीले जनाएको छ।

More than 200 foreign tourists have been missing from the Base Camp of Everest. On Saturday 32 were rescued and brought to Kathmandu after the earthquake on Saturday. 29 tourists are being treated  at a hospital in Lukla, according to police.

हिमपहिरोमा परी मरेका २२ विदेशीको शव काठमाडौं ल्याइएको छ। सगरमाथा आधार शिविर क्षेत्रमा पुगेका तीनसयमध्ये बाँकी सम्पर्कविहीन छन्।

22 people who died have been brought to Kathmandu. Remaining of the 300 who had reached the area of the Everest Base Camp are out of contact

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Udaan, Shweta Punjali’s debut music album launched

Kathmandu, 4 April 2015 – Shweta Punjali, an independent singer released her debut album Udaan at a programme at the Theatre Village in the capital today. The six songs that make up this heart touching and hypnotic album have been written by master songwriter Durga Lal Shrestha, and composed by Nhyoo Bajracharya, a name that needs no introduction. 

“Udaan is my dream, my passion and my hardwork of more than a year taking flight,” said Shweta. “This project started as a journey of self reflection, and along the way rekindled a dream that I have carried with me for more than seven years.” She added, referring to her participation in the musical reality shows Nepali Tara 2, and Bagina.

Shweta has dedicated the album to her parents-in-law Rekha and Ajay Mishra, crediting them for their support and inspiration.

At the launch ceremony attended by more than one hundred personalities from the Nepali music scene, close family and friends, and representatives of the media fraternity, album composer Nhyoo Bajracharya noted with excitement, “The first time I heard Shweta’s voice, I knew that she had great potential. So, we made this album capitalizing on this very potential. I am very pleased with the hard work she has put in this album and hope that the people who hear it like it very much.”

The album includes the following songs: Achammai Lagyo Malai; Kasto Bhet; Aaja Malai; Bato Herirahechu; Haraunchu Ma; and Sanghuro Bho Bato Mero. Of these, a music video of the song Kasto Bhet ,directed by Bhusan Dahal, was also released at the occasion.

In addition to having the songs on Compact Discs, the album will be available on the Apple iTunes Store in about a month.

“I may not have a large fan following, but I know for a fact that people around the world have been waiting for this day, and making the songs available on iTunes will enable my creation to resonate around the globe.” Remarked Shweta on why she adopted this approach, adding “Please visit my website and Facebook page for exciting offers and chances to win free download coupons!” |

ABOUT SHWETA PUNJALI: Shweta has had a very long association with music and the music scene in Nepal. She was a successful contestant in the popular music reality competition Nepali Tara 2 and on the television show Bagina. She has also taken part in a number of musical programmes and performed at concerts at various locations in Nepal. Hailing from Arghakhanchi, Shweta was born in Palpa and grew up in Pokhara and Bhairahawa before moving to Kathmandu for her masters at the Kathmandu University School of Management where she met her future husband, Vibhu. They married in 2008. The couple moved to Bangkok, Thailand, in 2012 when Vibhu was offered a position with the United Nations. They have one son, Vivaan Ajay.