January 26, 2008

स्वस्थानी अध्याय: ५

Swasthani 5 - Twango

फाइल डाउनलोड गर्न यो लिन्कमा जानुहोला, यो लिन्क ३दिन सम्ममात्रै काम गर्नेछ
कृपया सुनिसकेपछी कमेन्ट लेख्नुहोला, कस्तो सुनियो भन्ने थाहा हुनेछ।
- सानदाई

Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.

There are still some honest people

We always talk about they did this and they did that. Media always loves to present negative things so that they can attract more people and grow their business. Sometimes we feel that the world is full of bad things. Explosion, kidnapping, killing, cheating etc etc.
May be we have a lot of bad things going on or only such things bring more attention but it is not pleasant to hear such things. But there are some good things too. And still there some honest people who help us to cheer up and make us glad. I was going through the yahoo news this morning and found this interesting story. It is about a $ 500 camera left in a New York cab but the moral worth million.
At dusk on New Year's Eve, Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery.
Sitting on the back seat was a nice Canon digital camera. Gunderson asked the driver which previous passenger might have left it, but the cabbie didn't seem to care. So Gunderson brought it home and showed it to her fiance, Brian Ascher. They decided that the only right thing to do was to find the owner.
But how? The only clues were the pictures on the camera: typical tourist snapshots, complete with a visit to the Statue of Liberty. How could they find a stranger among the huddled masses?
Gunderson is busy in finance for Bear Stearns Cos., so the detective quest fell to Ascher, a 26-year-old law student at New York University. He was on winter break and eager to put off writing a paper about climate change treaties.
He checked whether anyone had reported a matching missing camera to the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission. No dice. He placed ads in lost-and-found sections of Craigslist but got just one response — from a couple in Brazil who had lost a camera in a cab on Oct. 12, not Dec. 31.
"I guess they thought their camera had been riding around in a taxi for two months," Ascher recalls now, chuckling at the notion that such a thing would be possible in New York.
The 350 pictures and two videos on the camera showed several adults, an older woman and three children. Half put them at New York sites like the Empire State Building. The other half had the group enjoying warm weather and frolicking at kid-friendly theme parks.
Ascher easily pinpointed Florida. The group had stood in front of a sign indicating Clearwater, Fla., and posed at Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant there.
They also took a pirate-themed boat ride where the kids got mustaches painted on their faces. Ascher zoomed in on the group to see name tags on their shirts. He spotted an Alan, an Eileen, a male Noel and a female Noelle, plus a Ciarnan. Under their names was written "IRE."
When Ascher checked the videos, he saw nothing telling, just the children dancing and swimming. But in the background, he heard Irish accents.
OK, Ascher figured, the camera's owner is from Ireland.
Ascher called Canon's Ireland division to see if anyone had registered the $500 camera's serial number. No such luck. He posted ads on Irish Web sites. Nothing.
He checked the date stamp on the photos from Bob Heilman's and called to inquire whether anyone remembered serving a big Irish group that day. Without the diners' last names, there was no way to check. It's a nice thing you're trying, the manager told Ascher, but you probably just found yourself a new camera.
Enter some fresh eyes. Ascher's mother, Nancy, and sister, Emily Rann, scoured the pictures for clues he might have missed. Nancy was particularly confident, having reunited people with their lost belongings before. She once found a California woman's wallet in a cab in Florence, Italy, and spent all day on her trail before making a handover at an American Express office.
"I thought, with all this data in the camera, there's no way we're not going to get it back to them," Nancy Ascher says now. "I was hoping it wasn't going to take a trip to Ireland, flashing their pictures everywhere."
Ascher's mother and his sister noticed that one of the pictures showed a doorman helping someone into a New York taxi. Zooming tight on the doorman's uniform, they made out the logo of the Radisson Hotel.
After several phone calls and a visit to the hotel to show the pictures around, Nancy Ascher persuaded an employee to search the Radisson's guest records by first name and country of residence. Indeed, a Noel from Ireland had stayed there on the date stamped on the photo. Nancy Ascher charmed the hotel employee into sharing the guest's e-mail address.
Except that when Noel responded to Brian Ascher, he said he hadn't lost a camera.
By now, school was resuming, and Ascher was prepared to give the camera to his mom so she could take over. She had figured out the name of the Florida pirate-boat cruise and was trying to reach its operator.
But first Ascher took a final look at the photographs.
He pored over some from Dec. 30 that didn't include the children. The photos showed signs for bars in Manhattan's East Village: The Thirsty Scholar, Telephone Bar, Burp Castle. There also were multiple interior shots of a tavern, but they didn't seem to fit with what Ascher knew of those other three bars.
Then he stopped on another picture, showing two people outside an apartment building. Seemingly accidentally included in the picture was something Ascher had missed the first time: an awning in the background that read "Standings." Aha! Standings is a bar next to Burp Castle. Ascher checked its Web site, and the interior matched the pictures on the camera.
Ascher found Standings' owner, who reached the bartender who had worked Dec. 30. Yes, he recalled an Irish group. Especially because one of the women was a big tipper and said she worked at another New York City bar, Playwrights. The Standings bartender called Playwrights to ask which employees had been in his bar.
Ascher soon got an e-mail from a woman named Sarah Casey, whose sister Jeanette works at Playwrights. Suddenly everything Ascher had seen on the camera came to life.
The Caseys recently had hosted relatives and friends from Ireland. The group included their friend Alan Murphy, who had journeyed to Florida with family before heading to New York, where the clan stayed at the Radisson. (Their Noel was not the Noel whom Ascher e-mailed.) Murphy ended the trip kicking himself for leaving his camera in a cab in the twilight on New Year's Eve.
Sarah Casey agreed to send it to him. It didn't go to Ireland but to Sydney, Australia, where Murphy lives now.
Murphy, an insurance underwriter, had been devastated to lose the pictures from a trip he had planned for years. It was Jan. 10 — his 34th birthday — when he heard he would be getting the photos back. "I was over the moon," he says now. "Best present ever."
"I owe you one," he wrote to Ascher. "It's good to know there are some honest people left in the world."

यतीको क्वालालम्पुर–काठमाडौ सीधा उडान हुने

रामचन्द्र गिरी /श्रीअस क्वालालम्पुर/
घर फर्कनलाई टिकट काट्न साहुलाई पैसा दिएको दुई हप्ता भैसक्यो, अहिले सम्म टिकटको अत्तोपत्तो छनै , चिनको मान्छे भनरे विश्वास गरे, अहिले धोका भो मलाई, फोन गर्दापनि कम्प्यूटर बोल्छ।' भिषा सकिने बेला भैसक्यो टिकट पाएका छैनन बिचरा लमजुङ्ग, भोटेओडारका कर्ण गुरुङ्ग। आफैले टिकट काट्नलाई पनि उनलाई त्यति मेसो छैन। टिकट काट्न कति पैसा लाग्छ? टिकट कहाँ पाईन्छ? भन्ने आफुलाई थाह नभएको बताउँछन् उनी। पेतालिङ्गजया स्थित एक कम्पनीमा कार्यरत गुरुङ्ग आफ्नो कार्यअवधी पुरागरी स्वदेश फकैदै छन्। मलेसियामा धेरैजसो श्रमीकहरुको यस्तै गुनासो रहेको पाईन्छ। नेपालमा थुप्रै बैङ्क खुले, देशमा रेिमटयान्स थप्ैर भित्राउन सफल रहको बङ्कैहरु र पछि पालो देश बाहिरका विभिन्न मुलुकहरुमा आयो। हाल मलेसियामा मात्रै १६ वटा नेपाली रेमिट्यान्सहरुले मलेसियन सरकारबाट सम्बन्धन प्राप्त गरिसकेका छन् । नेपाली श्रमीकहरुको निकै बाहुल्यता र हेको यहाँ विगत केही महिना देखि रेमिट्यान्स बजार निकै प्रतिस्पर्धात्मक छ।यतिखेर धेरैजसो निजी कम्पनीहरुको ध्यान देशबाहिर केन्द्रित रहेको छ चाहे त्यो बेङ्किङ क्षेत्रमा होस चाहे हवाई उडानकै क्षेत्रमा। अहिले मलेसियाको नेपाली रेमिट्यान्स कम्पनीहरु मध्येकै जेठो रेमिट्यान्स कम्पनी आई.एम.ई द्वारा संचालित एक्रस ट्राभल्स एण्ड टुर्सले हवाई उडानको क्षेत्रमा नयाँ आयाम थप्न सफल भएको छ। यति एयरलाईन्स निजी कम्पनीद्वारा संचालित वायुसेवाले मलेसिया लगायत दुवईमा पनि आफ्नो सेवा विस्तार गरीसकेको छ। नेपाली श्रमीकहरुले भोग्नुपरेको समस्यालाई ध्यानमा राखी यो एयरलाइन्सले देश बाहिर सेवा विस्तार गरेको हो। मलेसियामा यतिको उडान थप्न सफल एक्रस ट्राभल्स एण्ड टुर्सले आई.एम.ई. रेमिटबाट पैसा पठाउने ग्राहकहरुलाई विशेष छुट दिइने तथा मंगलबार, बिहिबार र शनिबार गरी हप्ताको तिन उडान हुने जनाएको छ। श्रमीकहरुको हितलाई ध्यानमा राखी सूचना विस्तार गर्न आई.एम.ई ले आफ्नो सम्पूर्ण शाखाबाट यस सम्बन्धि सुचना तथा जानकारी प्रदान गनर्को साथ सस्ता भाडादरमा क्वालालम्परु बाट अन्तराष्ट्रिय विमानस्थलसम्म जानको लागि यातायातको समेत व्यवस्था गरिने आई.एम.ई का अर्जुन शर्मा पौडेलले बताउनुभएको छ। यती एयरलाईन्सको मलेसिया सेवा विस्तारलाई यहाँ कार्यरत श्रमीकहरु स्वागतयोग्य बताउँछन्। भर्खरै नेपाल पुगी मलेसिया फकर्रे आएका विद्यार्थी शुसन अधिकारी भन्छन्–'यतीले थालेको सेवा धेरै आवश्यक तथा सान्दर्भिक छ।' तर अर्का एक नेपाली श्रमीक भने जुन एयरलाईन्सले बढी सुविधा र सहुलियत प्रदान गर्छ त्यहि एयरमा जाने बताउँछन्। उनी अझ थप्दै भन्छन–'नामलले मात्र हदँनै काम पनि हुनपर्‍यो, यतीको भने हेर्न बाँकी नै छ।' जेहोस मलेसियाबाट पैसा पठाउन मात्र होईन, मान्छे ल्याउन लैजान पनि निक्कै सजिलो हुने र टिकट तथा उडान सम्बन्धि समस्याहरुबाट श्रमीकहरुले केही मात्रामा भएपनि छुटकरा पाउने चौतर्फी आशा गरिएको छ। यती एयरलाइन्सको यो सेवा विस्तारले अन्य उडान क्षेत्रलाई थप प्रतिस्पर्धात्मक मात्र होईन चुनौतीसमेत दिएको छ।

मलेसियामा नेपाली विद्यार्थीहरु संगठित

रामचन्द्र गिरी /श्रीअस क्वालालम्पुर/
नेपाली बिद्यार्थीहरुका लागि उच्च शिक्षा हासिल गर्ने गन्तब्य मध्येको एक मलेसियामा अध्ययनरत नेपाली विद्यार्थीहरुले अध्ययनकै क्रममा पर्ने विभिन्न समस्याको समाधानको निम्ति एकताबद्ध संगठनको खाँचो नवनियुत्तुत्तुक्त राजदुतुतुतलाई स्वागत गर्न विशेष्ेष कार्यर्त्रक्रमको तयारी रहको जिकिर गर्दै नेपाली विद्याथीर् सगं ठन, मलेसिया' गठन गरेका छन्। धिरेन्द्र कोईरालाको अध्यक्षतामा गठित सो संगठनको उपाध्यक्षमा सुनिल ढकाल, सह–सचिवमा कृष्ण कुमारी निरौला, सचिवमा प्रकाश भट्टराई, कोषाध्यक्षमा मछिन्द्र चापागाँई, सह– कोषध्यक्षमा अखिल सुवेदी, प्रकाशन तथा जनसम्पर्कमा रामचन्द्र गिरी, वेभ चेयरमा नेत्र पौडेल, र संयोजकमा राजेन्द्र श्रेष्ठ र हेका छन्। त्यसैगरी सदस्यहरुमा क्रमशः मोहित शाह, सोना थापा, जेनी, हाङ्ग लिम्बु, अभिनाष कोइराला र राधिका आलेमगर र हेका छन्, भने सल्लाहाकारहरुमा बिनोद पाण्डे र रञ्जित काउर रहेका छन्। गत बर्ष अक्टोबर २६ गते गठित सो संगठनलाई कार्यगतरुपमा थप प्रभावकारी बनाउन गत बुधबार संगठनद्धारा आयोजित छलफल कार्यक्रममा प्रस्तावित विधानउपर पुर्नअध्ययन गरी विभिन्न कार्यक्रमहरु सार्वजनिक गरिएको छ। संगठनका आगामी कार्यक्रमहरुमा यहाँस्थित अध्ययनरत नेपाली विद्यार्थीहरु साथै उनीहरु अध्ययनरत कलेजहरुको नामावली संकलन, र उनीहरुको अध्ययनको क्रममा परेका समस्याहरुको खोजी गर्ने जस्ता कार्यक्रकमहरु रहकेका छन। साथै संगठनले नवनियुक्त राजदुतलाई स्वागत गर्न आगामी फबेवु्ररी १५ तारिख एक विशेष कायर्त्र कार्यक्रकम आयाजना गर्ने भएको छ। उक्त कार्यक्रमको लागि विशेष तयारी भैर हेको बताइएको छ। बुधबार भएको छलफलमा सो संगठनका संयोजक राजेन्द्र श्रेष्ठले यहाँस्थित सबै नेपाली विद्यार्थीहरुबीच एकता कायम गरी अध्ययनका क्रममा आइपर्ने विविध समस्याहरुको समाधानका निम्ति संगठनको आवश्यकता रहेकाले संगठन सधै यसका निम्ति लागिपर्ने बताएका छन । सगं ठनमा आबद्ध हुन यहाँस्थित सम्पूर्ण नेपाली बिद्यार्थीहरुलाई आवहानसमेत गरिएको छ।