Revival from the devistation

25/4/2015 - The black day in the the history of Nepal. A 7.8 Richter Scale magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal causing above 8000 casualties and destroying homes, villages, and shattering the hopes of communities. Weaker buildings were falling apart as delicate minds and hearts of people were left numb when news flew across like a wind making you unmovable. The devastation was too hard to handle as the so called "View tower" also know as "Dharhara" was no more standing on its base and destruction of temples at Basantapur Durbar Square and other UNESCO world heritage sites was too hard to handle. In this chaotic situation, what was seen after the quake was unimaginable.

People who survived the first quake were actually helping others trapped. Though it looks a natural behavior of human to help those in need, the help didn't stop there.  A month onward,  help is still there and they are eager than before to get as much help as possible to the affected areas. The unity is what is being seen among the people. In this hard moments, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Nepal Army have played a crucial role in the rescue and recovery process. They have been working day and night to save the lives of those trapped under the rubble. International help has also been vital in these dark days for the homeless and those affected. Where some have criticized the response by the government, Nepalese are using their own sources and means to get the relief supplies in the rural areas  as much as they can.

The lesson to be learnt, no matter how big the earthquake that shattered the normal lives of the Nepalese, we are resolute in defending our home and we will work together to build what we have lost. Forgetting which race we come from, which political party we support, we have to work together as one from now on to rebuild Nepal and that's one of the option to move forward.

+Bijesh Bajracharya is currently a student at +Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Tim Cook Commencemt Speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered his commencement speech to   +The George Washington University class of 2015. He reflected both positive and negative influences of his life from Gov. George Wallace to President Jimmy Carter to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs leadership style was one of the outstanding remarkable that counts a lot. And yes!! Apple stand as number 1 best product in the world now.

Apple CEO to George Washington University grads: "I’d like to take one photo of you, because this is the best view in the world. And it's a great one."
Credit: George Washington University

Saying at the start of the speech " Those of with an iPhone, place it in silent mode. If you don't have an iPhone please pass it to the center aisle. Apple has world class recycling program."

Cook discusses Jobs' return to Apple in the late '90s, saying, "In 1997 or 1998, Apple had been adrift for years," but that Jobs was "an idealist" who believed he could make the company thrive again with a little optimism and elbow grease. "I met someone who made me question everything, who upended all of my assumptions in the very best way... That was Steve Jobs."

                    "I met someone who made me question everything"

Those 20-minute speech cook reflect some moments about his teenage days where he met both president Jimmy Carter and Alabama Governor George Wallace. This two man's with similar background but they are both from South and Democrats. This helped cook to know about his internal journey in life and how important is it rather than external life passage through his schools, university and jobs.

Cook added more, he was one of the lucky person who is now living in Silicon Valley, where impossible is turns out into the possible. It's special place. No matter problems is how difficult or complex. Back in the 90s, Apple run an advertisement "Think:Different" this helps to people to challenge and change the way we live. Gandhi, Jackie Robinson, Albert Einstein, Miles Davis are peoples who inspire us still. They make us believe anything is possible. So deepest and highest inspiration could be taken from them. This could be one of the best reason behind Apple Engineers to reached on the height of success.

Saujan Gyawali is currently First Year Site License Program in +The New York Times and also a student of business administration who loves writing on economic and business issues along with development stories.

The Economic impact of Nepal's earthquake

Nepal is wedged between two giant economic superpowers, with homeland of largest mountain peak in the world, but it is one of the poorest countries in the world as well.

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck some 80km northwest of the capital Kathmandu and has affected eight million people and 8,500 peoples lost their life. And yes certainly, Nepal has to face great economic impact in time run, Corruption is rife and it is politically unstable. Nepal’s future seems uncertain.

According to +US Geological Survey the economical losses could be much as $10bn and cost of rebuilding is $5bn according to +IHS . This is the great loss for Nepal which having 40 percent unemployment rate, many people living eking out living agriculture and trading. Economic growth was already slow. 

Now, here rise big questions what will be the next? 

Nepal’s GDP per capita was only $694 in 2013. Earthquakes have had small effect on GDP growth and long term GDP for countries which are affected. Some economist said,
 “If problem couldn't function well then there will be great loss for nation. Beside money human knowledge, transparency and well functioning government plays outstanding role”. 

Nepal runs a large trade deficit and relies on tourism and remittances for foreign exchange. The Nepalese rupee, which is pegged to India’s currency, was under pressure even before the earthquake, sparking inflation.  

“In every darkness, there’s a light. In every struggle, there’s a way. In every faith, there’s a hope”.

Now it’s time to act, help and grow together to bring smile in their faces. If it could be done Nepal could be much better off in 3 months and can consider in travel itineraries!

+Saujan Gyawali is currently First Year Site License Program in +The New York Times and also a student of business administration who loves writing on economic and business issues along with development stories.


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