Load-Shedding To End in Nepal

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The regular interruption of power in Nepal causes more than a little inconvenience.  Often residents resort to alternative sources imported from abroad or hold back on modern improvements because the power to supply them cannot be relied upon.  Recent increases in power supply, as well as identified sources of leakage have contributed to progress, and, at least in the Kathmandu Valley, load-shedding has not occurred since the festival of Tihar.

Follow this link to read some highly effective commentary on the subject from Uttam Maharjan in The Rising NepalThe Rising Nepal: Ending Load-shedding In Kathmandu Valley

 

Nyatapola Temple Survived the Earthquake…

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Bhaktapur means “place of devotees” and multiple temple complexes throughout the city testify to that belief.  Five of us spent a day there, before returning to Kathmandu.  In Nepal for nearly two weeks, we visited with family in Pokhara first  before taking a small contingent to Chitwan National Park.  More pictures and commentary can be seen on my travel blog at http://www.mytb.org/Terradiddles

ICT Security training for Human Rights Defenders attended by 28 participants

data-security-training-participantsNov 10-11, 2016, Nepal Monitor organized a two-day ICT Security training for Human Rights Defenders in Nepal. The training was attended by 28 participants from a wide range of Human Rights organizations in Nepal. The program focused on providing practical training on issues of data protection and the safe use of social media. The sessions on Security of HRD in the field, Cyber crime and ICT/Cyber Law in Nepal focused on advice when sharing or publishing human rights issues in public through the use of information technology. Practical sessions included advice on creating and maintaining secure passwords, protecting sensitive files, how to keep internet communication private, and giving additional data security tips. Sessions were facilitated by Dr. Friso Hecker, advocate Prabin Subedi, advocate Barun Ghimire, and DSP Pashupati Kumar Ray, Head of Cyber Crime Department of Nepal Police, Neil Horning, Data Security Expert, and Rajya Laxmi Gurung, NepalMonitor.org Training and Outreach Coordinator. The training was widely appreciated by participants, who highlighted the practical nature of the training and concrete tips on data security as positive points in their feedback. Rem Bahadur BK, chairperson Collective Campaign for Peace, concluded the program by distributing certificates to participants.data-security-training-2016