Monthly Archives: June 2013




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Status of Birds in Nepal

Nepal has a sharp climatic variation from subtropical to alpine within the short span of less than 200km (from north to south). The altitude varies from about 60m above the sea level in the south lowland to 8.848m in the north. Nepal is rich in biodiversity. The country possesses a high biodiversity considering its size.

So far, 867 species of birds have been recorded in Nepal, which are about 8% of the total bird species found worldwide. A total of 35 globally threatened species, 19 near threatened species and 15 restricted-range species are recorded in Nepal. Spiny Babbler Turdoides nipalensis is the only endemic bird of Nepal known so far. Nine species of birds are listed under the protected species by Government of Nepal.

As many as 130 breeding and wintering species (15% of Nepal’s birds) are now considered nationally threatened. Habitat loss is the major threat to 86% of the birds at risk. Hunting, illegal trade and poisoning are other threats to birds in Nepal.

Birds are feathered bipeds. They belong to class Aves and subphylum Vertebrata. The most distinguishing character of birds is the possession of feathers and the forelimbs modified into wings. Birds descended 140 million years ago from the reptilian stock similar to that which produced dinosaurs, a bird-like creature, called Archaeopteryx. Read the rest of this entry

Asian Koel – Anantha Murthy

Youth Employment: Decent Work for All Young People, Everywhere

Youth Employment: Decent Work for All Young People, Everywhere

Youth  is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Youth is a more fluid category than a fixed age-group. However, age is the easiest way to define this group, particularly in relation to education and employment. Therefore “youth” is often indicated as a person between the age where he/she may leave compulsory education, and the age at which he/she finds his/her first employment. This latter age limit has been increasing, as higher levels of unemployment and the cost of setting up an independent household puts many young people into a prolonged period of dependency.en_banner_principal

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased in activity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

Based on the UN World Youth Report 2012, out of 1.2 billion youths in the world, close to 75 million are unemployed. Thus, youth unemployment is a serious global problem. Young people without jobs not only face destitution but also become a source of political instability and socioeconomic disruption. The impact of high youth unemployment is particularly severe in developing countries where poverty is rampant and the social security system to support the unemployed is non-existent.

Key issue:

  • Many young people in countries across the world often work unacceptably long hours under informal, intermittent and insecure work arrangements
  • Young people are often working below their potential, in part-time, temporary, casual or seasonal employment
  • Most of the world’s youth work in the informal economy, both in rural and urban areas. They lack adequate incomes, social protection, security and representation.
  • The “transition gap” between completion of initial education and training, and entry to employment has tended to lengthen; those who find work tends to spend more time in temporary, insecure jobs.
  • In some countries, many young people fail to find jobs on completing their education or training, even when they have gone relatively far in the educational system (the “educated unemployed”) because of the mismatch of their skills with labour market requirements.
  • Lack of opportunities for work experience, combined with the absence of adequate labour market information, vocational guidance and counselling, poor job placement mechanisms and inadequate demand exacerbate the problem of getting a decent job
  • There are a number of factors that impact on the ability of some young people to get a decent job while not on others. These factors include discrimination, economic hardship and access issues Read the rest of this entry

International Juried Photography Contest and Show

Open theme. No limit on number of entries. Increased prize money. We’re ready! Are you?


The photographer’s eye is constantly searching for unforgettable images that leave emotional imprints lingering in the mind. They may come unexpectedly or they may be the result of careful and thoughtful planning. But in the hands of an inspired artist, the camera’s glass eye captures more than the visible–it captures the invisible. It captures what is seen by the photographer’s mind’s eye and shares that vision with the viewer.

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Role of Youth for A Cleaner and Greener Environment


f13deac5-47b2-4df8-bf68-35fa0bd817c60212a894250cb747d5a464e909a21f72As we saw in the past, there are many more rules, laws, conventions are made for protecting the environment but there is no effective implementation . For this implementation youth play a vital role. Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population and young people will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elders. Future generations will also be affected by these decisions and the extent to which they have addressed concerns such as the depletion of resources, biodiversity loss, and long-lived radioactive wastes.

Young people can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment. They can change their lifestyle and how it affects the environment. They can make their homes, schools and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices, recycling of different materials as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity. Engaging youth in environmental protection not only creates direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes, but possibly influence their parents, relatives and families.

Youth are back bone of the nation. They can change the future of the society with their well being and courageous behavior. Unfortunately today we find the youth those who are more interested in other places which are not useful to them as well as nationally. They choose to spend their days doing drugs and playing video games. They spend their nights partying and living it up, so to speak. More and more young men of this age group are sitting at home in front of their televisions playing games all day instead of bettering themselves or going to work. They have no vision and if they do have dreams they do not have the drive to make any attempt at achieving them.

The environment is simply defined as our surrounding, including both living and non-living things and youth are the young people. Environmental protection is a broad subject Environmental problems are rising day by day and everyone is concerned about global warming and climate change as globally but local and national environmental problems are less concerned. Protecting the environment starts with pollution control therefore, youth can help reduce waste by paying attention to minor details in their daily lives, for example, not to take extra plastic bags when we go shopping. Actually there are many other tips for greener environment.

By applying the greening knowledge at home and schools, we can help to market city, a greener city. Discarding computers, electrical appliances and rechargeable batteries can seriously harm the environment. Youth role is to implement recycling programs for used computers and electrical appliances. You can arrange for collection services with them. There are also many collection points for recycling of rechargeable batteries, so do not simply throw them away. Youth have a role to play in environmental and conservation efforts that will improve livelihoods.

Green Tips:stock-illustration-8992964-greener-environment-icons

Going Green In House

.1. Close the running tap water, when not needed.

2. Use the dishwasher, when the dishes are full. Try to avoid using it more often i.e. for each single plate.

3. Try to be cautious in using water. Turn off taps when not used. By this way, it is estimated every home can save more than a gallon of water, which is very high when combined in a local.

4. Turning off Lights and saving electricity as much as possible is also a way to go green. During the daytime, it is good to open windows and screens to let sunlight in and fill house with warmth. After all, sunlight is essential for body in the form of vitamin A.

5. The local power company would be able to provide a free presentation on how to make the home a better energy efficient home.

Going Green with Recycling and Reusing

1. Giving away unwanted or unusable materials to free service organizations is a better way to start going green.

2. Reusing the furniture would save some extra money spent on newer furniture. For example, one can remodel a table by adding sheets of wood to it and create his own wardrobe.

3. Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metals could also be done by making use of the local trash pickup service.

4. Instead of simply throwing older items, one can use his creativity in creating the essence out of them. For example, the older screen cloth could be stitched with flat sheets and made as curtains or cloth piece covering the shades of the lamp. They are easy and cheap in terms of interior decorating materials.

5. Choosing reusable water bottles in comparison with plastic bottles every month is a nice way to avoid using plastics and reusing the water bottles. They may be expensive at the beginning, but once getting used to it, they would prove worthy providing health and hygiene besides going green.

Going Green with Transport

1. Carpooling or vehicle pooling is the best way to save environment from three or four times the pollution. Carpooling can be done with friends, neighbors, or relatives working in the same direction as yours, not necessarily the same company.

2. Maintaining the vehicle regularly and providing it for service near a service station would help minimize its pollution output.

3. Many companies have started offering the plan ‘Work while you are at home’. Enjoying this benefit not only saves green, but also enables one to spend quality time together in a family and allowing to save costs of travelling and fuel.

These are some of the going green tips. Following them will give a healthy and wealthy life.

I hope these going green tips are useful to you and that they will help you to make your life better




Photography Competition – “Landscapes”

Photography Competition - Lanscapes

We’ve teamed up with Sandisk to bring you these fantastic prizes in our latest photography competition. Who wouldn’t want to be in with the chance of winning the latest high-end bridge camera from Panasonic, the DMC-FZ200 is a 12.1-megapixel super-zoom digital camera featuring full range F2.8, 24x optical zoom lens and high speed response. If that wasn’t enough we also have the a 64GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC memory card plus a 16GB Memory vault to keep your images safe. To win one of these fabulous prizes all you have to do is to enter your best three “Landscape” themed photos.

1st Prize: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (RRP £542.99)
2nd Prize: 64GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC – (RRP £97.99)
3rd Prize: 16GB SanDisk Memory Vault – (RRP £89.00)

Submit up to x3 of your images below, the theme for this competition is: “Landscapes” Read the rest of this entry