Monday, 27 April 2015

[www.keralites.net] Nepal earthquake destroyed many iconic landmark

 

Nepal earthquake destroyed many iconic landmarks
 

 
These shocking photographs reveal the terrible toll the Nepal earthquake has had on some of the country's most beautiful and historic landmarks.
The monuments of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of their unique architecture.
But several of the most recognisable buildings in the city, including towers and temples, now lie in rubble after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country yesterday morning. 
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Destruction: The Dharahara Tower, which was first built in 1832, has been almost completely obliterated by Nepal's earthquake
 
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Historic: The now-destroyed tower was a UNESCO World Heritage Site until its destruction this weekend
 
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Before: The Kathmandu Durbar Square, at the heart of Nepal's capital, is full of temples and historic houses with their distinctive roofs
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After: The square is now piled with rubble after tall temples were brought down by the force of the earthquake
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Destination: Another view of the Kathmandu Durbar Square shows how it was a thriving hub for the city
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Reconstruction: Policemen were sent in to the square after it was badly affected by the quake
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Venerable: The Durbar High School in the square is a neo-classical building which was shabby but grand before the earthquake
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Debris: The school is now surrounded by bricks shaken from the building in the quake
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Heritage: The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, pictured before the quake, is another one of the three main public spaces in the Kathmandu area
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Piles: The square in Bhaktapur has rubble heaped up after its ancient temples were damaged
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Centre: The Patan Durbar Square, pictured before the disaster, is the third major hub of the historic royal family which has been devastated
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Shock: Religious sculptures were lying on the ground in Patan after the temples they were once part of collapsed
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Decapitated: A statue of the Hindu deity Garud was knocked off its pedestal at Patan Durbar Square
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Crooked: The stupa of a temple was almost completely ripped off by the force of the quake
 
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Holy: The Syambhunaath Stupa, known as the monkey temple, is pictured left before and right after the quake
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Witness: A monk surveys the aftermath of the quake, which left the main building untouched
The Syambhunaath Stupa, known as the 'monkey temple' which stands on a hill above the capital, also suffered severe damage.
While the complex's main golden tower was thankfully untouched, many other temple buildings were totally destroyed.
The Buddhist site dates back 1,500 years, and is considered one of the holiest places in the world for residents of neighbouring Tibet.
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck just before midday yesterday, sending tremors through the Kathmandu Valley and the nearby city of Pokhara.
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Busy: The packed streets of Kathmandu pictured as they were before the disaster
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Damage: A huge crack opened in the middle of the highway after the earthquake

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

[www.keralites.net] 10 Questions That Will Improve Results in Any Area

 




 
When you begin any project, are trying to make a change in your life, or are faced with a difficult undertaking, the best way to improve your result is to ask the important questions first. If you are working as part of a team, some questions may need to be asked of others. When working towards an individual goal, you will be the one giving the answers.
Ask, ask, ask — until you're confident that you have a firm understanding. Don't wait until you're stuck and spinning your wheels. Ask the questions and find the answers first!
 
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. – Anthony Robbins

Questions

Why am I doing this?
It's important to understand the reason behind anything you undertake. Whether it's a goal, task, habit, or project, "why am I doing this?" should be the first question you ask yourself. Understanding the reason behind the actions can be a tremendous motivator.
What is the desired outcome?
Without being clear about the desired result, you can't plan how to get there. Identify what you're trying to accomplish and exactly what that will look like. Clarity is key. Vague targets are rarely attained. Defined and tangible objectives have much greater success.
When is the deadline and are there periodic checkpoints?
Know when the action or project needs to be complete. Be aware of any phases or interim deadlines along the way. If you know how much time you have to work with, you can better plan backwards and set aside the necessary amount of time.
What is my role?
Understanding your role is crucial. Are you the leader or a worker bee? Are you a researcher or a communicator? Are you a team coordinator or planner? It's important to know which role you play so you can align your actions. If it is an individual undertaking, then you are most likely all of the above.
Who is responsible or accountable for which tasks or projects?
This is related your role, but in a more specific and tangible way. Determine which specific tasks you are personally responsible for. Know who maintains accountability. Perhaps you are the one whom others are accountable. Define your responsibilities.
Do I have metrics or some form of measurement?
Establish a measurement of success, so that progress can be determined. If metrics are set by someone else, know what they are and if there is any flexibility.
What are the possible roadblocks or obstacles?
We almost always encounter snags along the way to completion. However, difficulties can more easily be overcome if we can prepare for them. It's not always possible to prepare, complications by their very nature, are frequently unforeseen, but if you at least try to anticipate potential setbacks, they can often be resolved quickly.
What are the available resources?
Be aware of what resources are available. Be cognizant of the number of people involved or accessible to you and their skills. Be honest about the amount of time that can be committed. Also, understand if there are financial constraints.
How important is this project or task?
The importance of any goal or project determines how much attention and effort it deserves. Higher priority items get moved to the top of the list, while less crucial tasks can often be pushed back. If a project affects the profitability of a business or the health and well-being of an individual, it usually gets top priority.
What can I do to be more effective?
Develop strategies to help you be more efficient and productive. Improve the quality of your work by utilizing useful and  effective tools. Better organizational skills greatly enhance effectiveness. Learn to be resourceful.

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