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27. January 2008

BathTub Test

The Bathtub Test *

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director “How

do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized”

“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a

teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to

empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the

bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No.” said the Director, “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

25. January 2008

Nepal scripts the best child welfare story

This was printed on the India’s Number One English Daily . Feels Good .

Despite a devastating 10-year civil war, Nepal has scripted the best child welfare story in the world, slashing child mortality by over 65% and magically improving child healthcare.
“Nepal is one of the seven countries in the world that has been successful in cutting child mortality by two-thirds,” said Gillian Mellsop, Unicef’s Nepal representative, releasing the report ‘State of the world’s children’ in Kathmandu Thursday. “What is commendable for Nepal is that we were able to make this progress despite the conflict the country has experienced in the last decade.”

In 2001 in Nepal – one of the world’s poorest countries where remote villages lack healthcare, safe drinking water, electricity and sanitation – 91 children under the age of five died in every 1,000 children, according to the health ministry. Last year, the number was slashed to 61 per thousand, making Nepal one of the four top success stories in the world, the other three being Indonesia, Egypt and south Asian neighbour Bangladesh.
Worldwide, more than 27,000 children under five die every day, most of them from preventable causes.
Last year, more than 80 percent of the deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
The reduction in the child mortality percentage in Nepal was better than in its bigger neighbours China and India. China reported a 47 percent decline in its child mortality rate and India reported 34 percent.
“We are world leaders in this area,” said Yasho Vardhan Pradhan, director of child health division at the health ministry.“In Nepal, 5,000 children used to die of measles every year. But after our anti-measles campaign, there are only sporadic cases. Even in 2004-05, when there were shutdowns and devastation every day, we continued with our campaign, injecting 9.5 million children.”
Nepal’s other magic successes are axing iron deficiency by 77% and bringing 83% of Nepal’s 4.5 million under-five population under immunisation programmes. Pradhan attributes the success to the state’s willingness to embrace innovation and its faith in the communities that participate vigorously in childcare programmes. IANS

24. January 2008

What a funny Video on Web2.0

Thoroughly Enjoyed it


23. January 2008

The Most Strange Error Message I have Ever seen on My PC yet

This was from the Free version of Winamp when i was searching for Songs at my PC HardDrive through Winamp window.

Winamp Strange Error Popup

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22. January 2008

Onscreen kiss is OK in Nepal

This was a news in a popular Indian channel news site .Excerpts Here. Found interesting enough to share

Traditional Nepal received its first onscreen kiss serenely, providing quite a contrast to southern neighbour India where kisses – on screen and off it – have ignited public frenzy and lawsuits.

Kagbeni, a Nepali adaptation of WW Jacob’s 20th century supernatural classic The Monkey’s Paw, that released in Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Pokhara city this month, has been receiving rave reviews with foreigners and the Nepali elite flocking to theatres.

Shot in Kagbeni village in mountainous Mustang district in north Nepal, the story revolves around a young apple cider maker and his wife who ask for gifts of an ancient monkey’s paw with dark powers and get a travesty of what they had desired.

Theatre actor Saugat Malla and Kathak dancer Deeya Maskey play the couple Ramesh and Tara who celebrate the arrival of a machine from the city that would boost their business by making love.

There is a brief but passionate scene where the two debutant actors lock lips and the kiss is used for the film’s promos as well.

Bhushan Dahal, CEO of Nepal’s biggest private TV station Kantipur, who also makes his directorial debut with Kagbeni, says he was surprised by the public reaction to the kiss and love-making.

“A lot of people talked about it when the promos were shown,” the 42-year-old told IANS. “But after the film was released, people hardly mentioned it.”

Dahal, who also hosts a chat show and is being courted as a celebrity model, feels the kiss was accepted because there was nothing “illegal” about it.

“Nepal is conservative but not to the extent of going to court,” he said.

“In the cities, people watch a lot of Hindi and English films. In the villages, a lot of Nepalis go abroad for work. They are all aware of that particular intimate moment and know it happens between a man and his wife,” Dahal said.

Maskey, who comes from a very conservative family, said she hadn’t known she would have to actually kiss someone when she auditioned for her role.

“The director convinced us about the scene,” she said. “It’s also a matter of trust, the credibility of the banner you are working under.”

When Malla kissed her, she said she retained her sense that it was simply acting, like her other gestures.

“I was a little nervous,” she said. “But there were people in front of us, behind us. That helped.”

The 26-year-old, who faced a lot of opposition from her family when she decided to dance in music videos, had kept her fingers crossed about their reaction.

“I was tense when the promos were aired,” she said. “But when the film was released, the scene merged with the plot and there was nothing over the top about it.

“My elder brother was the first to congratulate me. Thanks to ‘Kagbeni’, my family has now accepted my new career,” Maskey said.

In India, actress Shilpa Shetty was taken to court just because she was kissed by Hollywood star Richard Gere at a public programme to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

Perhaps it speaks volumes of Nepal’s serenity that after the hullabaloo, Gere chose to slip into Nepal for some peace and no one raised an eyebrow.

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