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Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Oct, 2018

 

Episode: 18/09                                         Broadcast Date: 14th October 2018

Issue:Good Efforts for Safer Road and Travel

 

This week we will discuss the efforts made to construct and maintain safe roads and ensure safe travel. There are some institutions such as the Road Division under the Roads Department, of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport whose job it is to carry out road audits that check road quality. Likewise the union of transport entrepreneurs have also made some rules and provisions for their drivers and the vehicle owners for safe travel. Similarly there are some local governments who are constructing roads after technical and environmental study of the place from where road is being constructed. This week Bikash ko Bato will include exemplary efforts and practices to maintain safe roads and ensure safe travel.

The Making of a RAP3 Road
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Oct, 2018

Four days walk from the nearest airport, GSKDR in Humla is very remote. However the photos below show how what the local community and RAP3 has been able to achieve in the last four months to Oct 2018.

Field visit report by Manoj Devkota, Civil Engineer, UK
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Oct, 2018

As a Nepalese born British Engineer, it was nice to travel back to Nepal to understand the country’s development. I travelled to Mugu as I was aware of the new roads being built in this area through RAP3. I wanted to understand the local topography and the impact these roads had on the local community.  During this time, I was able to walk the rural link roads together with the RAP3 team to understand the different potentials of harvesting water through these roads. It seemed that the local people were delighted for the employment opportunities that RAP had provided to them. What RAP is doing in these rural areas is a great example to other organisations in bringing people together and working together to solve a common problem through team work and sustainable approach. 

Kathmandu University students give presentation on tax to Dailekh DCCI
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Oct, 2018

Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) MBA students delivered a presentation on tax and loan processes to the Dailekh District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Executive Committee.

The presentation covered VAT, TDS, vehicle tax, custom tax, income tax, calculation methods, calculation of tax for entities and final tax payments.  In addition, the students shared information about sources of finance for small businesses, private equity providers, capacity development providers, and types of industries and their methods of registration. 

The KUSOM students were in Dailekh to complete their Rural Enterprise Service placements, an MBA course requirement, facilitated by CONNECT. 

Future Entrepreneurs in Dailekh meet Kathmandu University MBA students
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Oct, 2018

CONNECT facilitated a learning exchange between Narayan Campus Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) members and Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) students at Narayan Campus on 2nd October 2018.

Four KUSOM MBA students traveled to Dailekh to complete their Rural Enterprise Service placements, an MBA course requirement.  While in Dailekh, the KUSOM students took the opportunity share their experiences with FEC members and the Narayan Campus students presented their winning business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”.

 

Young Entrepreneurs in Dailekh start tapari business
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Oct, 2018

The Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) at Narayan Campus, Dailekh has started a new business -  “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”. FEC members collected sal leaves (shorea robusta) and bamboo sticks from nearby forest areas to start making Tapari.

Three young entrepreneurs, members of the CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs’ Club (FEC) in Dailekh, were among participants at the YUNUS Social Business Challenge 2018 and were awarded investment of NPR 50,000 under thematic area “Food and Women” for their business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”. 

The FEC members started this business with a hope to support Dailekh Bazar to become plastic free and they have big ambitons; once they have tested the market and built demand the FEC is planning to invest the prize money in a machine to scale up production.

 

Official Closing and Prize Distribution Ceremony of Basic EO training (EBRW)
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Oct, 2018

For the first time in the history of RAP implementation in Nepal, historical 31 days long excavator operator training which was conducted in Bama, was officially closed on 4th October 2018. Team leader of MHLR, Kirsteen Merrilees distributed certificates to every participants who succeeded the test conducted by IED. As a chief guest, Mr Nandalal Baduwal, chairperson of ward no 14 of Chhayanath Rara Municipality attended the award ceremony.  Along with these RAP certificates, two trainee one male and one female, who excelled in the final test were granted cash prize. Four participants later gave their views on the excavator training expressing what a great learning experience it was and how it had a positive impact on them. Most of the participants were feeling excited but in other hand they are also worried about how they can utilize the skill they acquired during this training in coming days. These trainees will sit in 3 day Skill Test which will be directly taken by the officials from National Skill Testing Board (NSTB). The trainees who will succeed in this skill test will be awarded by NSTB certificate which holds greater professional value and will be very useful to boom their professional career as excavator operator.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 5th Oct, 2018

Episode: 18/08                                         Broadcast Date: 07th October 2018


Issue: Constructing and maintaining safe roads by RAP3

 

Roads bring many advantages in terms of development and access to goods and services but they also bring with them the dangers of construction accidents and road accidents which can injure and kill people. This week we will discuss how RAP3 makes the construction and maintenance of roads safe for those who work on them by putting safety first.  We will hear from a RAP engineer how roads constructed in Bajura and the safeguards taken to prevent accidents at work happening. We will also hear how Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) are organised to carry out routine maintenance tasks to keep roads safe and in good condition to protect the travelling public from danger.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Sep, 2018

Episode: 18/07                                         Broadcast Date: 30th September 2018

Issue: Workers Safety (with reference to RAP3)

This week Bikash ko bato will discuss about workers’ safety on construction sites. There are many workers involved in different dangerous construction related works but few have access to safety measures while working, despite workers this issue being included in the Muluki Ain 2074, Labor Act 2074 and Labor Regulations 2075. A lack of safety measures in the construction sector greatly increases the risk of fatalities and injuries while working on different developmental works assigned by local government. This issue requires serious attention of contractors, workers and concerned authorities working together. This episode will discuss about the importance of workers safety with reference to the safety measures applied by RAP3 construction works where fatality rates are similar to the construction sectors in countries such as the USA.

Rapid Condition Survey nearing completion
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Sep, 2018

Rapid Condition Survey started by RAP3 DTA, Bajura from 20th September is nearing completion. As a part of the technical transfer programme and helping R/M in planning Annual Road Asset Management plan, Graduate Engineers along with the concerned Engineers from Municipalities and Rural municipalities conducted the RCS survey on their respective DRCN. Further, to enhance the capacity of R/M in asset management planning, the DTA team will assist in the preparation of the ARAMP and share the findings with the R/M. This would help local authorities to allocate budget for emergency maintenance and other maintenance interventions. There are 15 DRCN roads at Bajura and most of them have been badly damaged by the monsoon rain and require heavy emergency maintenance to make them vehicle pliable.