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Why government is hell bent for “Nijgadh Airport”

This piece is written giving benefits of doubt to government based on the interview and giving more dimensions to the debate.  Don’t mistake us as supporting the project or advocating for.

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Let’s assume there is no ill intention.  Let’s think Nepal government, or to be more precise, NCP-led government has real good plan and reasoning behind why they want to spend billions of dollars for an airport of Kathmandu size.  Let’s give them all the benefits of doubt – all in good faith.

There is no official statement as such on why but going through old interview in Nepali Times of late Rabindra Adhikari, Aviation Minister then, the man behind bringing back this 90s agenda from coma, had said this in an interview, where he was asked.

Q.  Why this mega Int airport when two more international airports coming up in Bhairawa and Pokhara …

Rabindra Adhikari:  You cannot compare Bhairawa and Pokhara with Nijgad. Not even Kathmandu will match Nijgad Airport’s scale and scope. It will be an international air hub — a real game changer for Nepal’s economy. International flights from over two dozen cities will be landing every day, tens of thousands of passengers will catch connecting flights. Planes will also be making stopovers for refueling. It will be bigger, more advanced and busier than any other airport in Nepal.

Reading between the lines said by Rabindra Adhikari, that is what government is up to — it is making an International Air Hub.

Government is not building this airport to lower air congestion or whatever you call it focusing on Nepalese people alone.  They are up to something bigger and that is Air Hub.

What is Air Hub

Airline hub or hub airport is an airport used by one or more airlines to concentrate passenger traffic and flight operations at a given airport.

To put it in a perspective, let’s say three people from Pokhara are flying to US, 5 from Kathmandu, 2 from Bhairahawa, 1 from Nepalgunj, 10 from Chitwan, and there is only direct flight to US from Nepal.  The airline cannot go to each airport to pick its passengers, so what happens in real world is different airlines bring these people to one airport, from where the direct airline for US to take them.  That one mother of all airport is called Air Hub.

You must be aware that every Nepalese (or Indian) flying to US are generally first taken to Dubai and then from there, will be taken to US.  The Dubai Airport here acts as Air Hub.

That’s basic understanding of Air Hub.

Now, you may say, “But then, even in that case, Nepal does not have that many passengers to cover the handling expenses of Air Hub.”

Exactly.  So that means, government is eyeing to much bigger picture.  They want Nepal to be Air Hub, not to concentrate passengers from different parts of Nepal alone but different countries from South Asia (and other regions) from the continent.  Maybe, they want to be alternate to Dubai or Hong Kong, that Indian flight passengers or Bangaladeshi or Sri Lankian flying to US or Australia to be brought to Nepal, from where direct flights operate.

Air hub is not only about passengers but also to deal with cargoes and many other air-industry related activities.

What’s the benefit

When you are connecting points for everyone, you can earn good money through freight charges, services charges, fuels, and many other trades and charges.  Not just that but also, when you are center point, you attract more businesses around, adding more to GDP.  So basically, huge boost to country’s economy.

Conclusion

Going by the interview, Nijgadh Airport seems like an ambitious investment plan of Nepal government, hoping, if it succeeds to build one, Nepal can get good return along with national pride.  Now, of course, there is a threat from India which only gives one entry point and yet to see how diplomacy will succeed to get India cooperate with Nepal to turn into an Air Hub.

So in case you are thinking and wondering why Nepal needs such a massive airport when we already have 3 international airports, now you have the clue.  Tax payers money is not enough to build such Air Hub by Nepal alone, and it needs to borrow the money from somewhere from someone.  The other side will only give money when they know the plan that seems realistic and feasible.  If Nepal gets the money, there is something really promising in the plan.  At least, let’s hope so, giving the benefits of doubt to the government.

We wrote this piece giving benefits of doubt to government based on the interview and giving more dimensions to the debate.  Don’t mistake us as supporting the project or advocating for.

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Explained: Dunning-Kruger effect

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Has it ever occurred to you anything like this?

1. You joined a guitar class and after somedays, you felt like you soon will be playing as good as your friend who has been playing for many years; Looked like it’s not that hard as you thought. You played some simple riffs and you felt like playing like a pro.

2. You joined a driving class and after learning bit, you felt like you are all good to drive in highway like every body else.

3. You picked a book and after reading couple of pages, you felt like you have figured out what the book is about and you know what the book is trying to say. Same with movies.

4. You joined a medical college (or computer) and after few classes you felt like you now know so much about the subject.

5. Somebody was playing video game and you watched for a while and you be like, “Khai khai, la buje maile..now i can do it.”

Have you gone through such confidence just in the initial phase of learning process itself?

And as you get deep in, it must have occurred to you as well

1. Oh it’s not as easy as I thought.

2. You crashed your vehicle or failed your license exam.

3. This book is not what I thought.

4. It’s much complicated and deep.

5. Damn! not easy as it seemed.

If you had gone through any of such phenomenon or something similar to that, you have experienced Dunning-Kruger effect. In simple term, “those with less knowledge tend to be over confident”

Our brain is weird with too many flaws and this is one of our cognitive biases that creates an illusion of knowing when you actually have barely learned anything that as you keep learning, you will realise there is so much to learn and thus your confidence level goes down, until you gain enough experience and become experts.

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Like shown in the image, those who have just started to learn tend to have higher confidence but gradually graph goes down as learning process picks up and it hits the bottom and then will curve back to upward graph.

It’s important to understand this because this will help you develop intellectual humility and not look like stupid to others.

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History of jeans

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Two things that is so American, one is coca cola and another is jeans.  Jeans is undeniably the most popular outfit of our time.  So how did it all start?  First thing first, jeans was not an invention of America, but credit definitely goes to America for popularizing it.

1700s

Research on the trade of jean fabric shows that it emerged in the cities of Genoa, Italy, and Nîmes, France. Gênes, the French word for Genoa, may be the origin of the word “jeans”.  In Nîmes, weavers tried to reproduce jean fabric but instead developed a similar twill fabric that became known as denim, from de Nîmes, meaning “from Nîmes”.  The Genoese navy equipped its sailors with jeans, as they needed a fabric which could be worn wet or dry.  By the 17th century, jean was a crucial textile for working-class people in Northern Italy.

May 20, 1873 – The Birth of Jeans

Levi Strauss, as a young man in 1851, went from Germany to New York to join his older brothers who ran a goods store. In 1853, he moved to San Francisco to open his own dry goods business. Jacob Davis was a tailor who often bought bolts of cloth from the Levi Strauss & Co. wholesale house. In 1872, Davis wrote to Strauss asking to partner with him to patent and sell clothing reinforced with rivets.  The copper rivets were to reinforce the points of stress, such as pocket corners and at the bottom of the button fly. Levi accepted Davis’s offer, and the two men received US patent No. 139,121 for an “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings” on May 20, 1873.

Initially, Levi’s jeans were simply sturdy trousers worn by factory workers, miners, farmers, and cattlemen throughout the North American West. During this period, men’s jeans had the fly down the front, whereas women’s jeans had the fly down the left side. When Levi Strauss & Co. patented the modern, mass-produced prototype in the year 1873, there were two pockets in the front and one on the back with copper rivets. Later, the jeans were redesigned to today’s industry standard of five pockets including a little watch pocket and copper rivets.

20th century

During World War II, US soldiers introduced jeans to the world, by wearing them off duty.

After James Dean popularized them in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, wearing jeans became a symbol of youth rebellion during the 1950s. During the 1960s the wearing of jeans became more acceptable, and by the 1970s, it had become general fashion in the United States for casual wear.

Also, during 50s, teenagers embraced blue jeans, when Hollywood movies used jeans as a fashionable symbol of rebellion against the status quo. Pop culture “bad boys” such as James Dean and Marlon Brando popularized jeans in their films, wearing denim as they shook up the squares.

The 1960s launched the beginning of the hippie age. The youthful, free love movement that rocked American culture embraced the casual blue jean, which was seen to represent freedom from more structured clothing.  Embroidery, bright colors, stone washing, rhinestones , and patches were just some of the hip jean trends of the time. Popular cuts included bell bottom flares and low-rise hip huggers. Double denim also made its first real appearance as a fashion trend during the 1960s, and jean jackets became standard hippie wear, and were often decorated with sew-on decals.

In the early 1980s, the denim industry introduced the stone-washing technique developed by GWG also known as “Great Western Garment Co.” which helped to bring denim to a larger and more versatile market.

Same time around, Calvin Klein brought denim to the forefront of every fashion designer’s mind. Designer jeans became a true status symbol in popular culture, and brands including Calvin Klein, Jordache, and Gloria Vanderbilt were among the most coveted by fashion girls and guys.  Stone wash, acid wash, and ripped jeans were some of the most desired looks of this decade, along with the new, skinnier leg cuts that were tapered at the ankle. Even men got in on the designer denim trend in this decade, and started to show up more in jeans advertising.

Likewise, with more cultural evolution, there came baggy jeans, skinny jeans, higher waists, cropped legs, and what not all.

and here we are.  Jeans is love, jeans is life.

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What is Paranoia

People with paranoia may feel that others are plotting against them or trying to cause them physical or emotional harm, and maybe even stealing from them. They may be unable to work with others and can be hostile or detached, leading to isolation.

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Paranoia is a thought process that causes you to have an irrational suspicion or mistrust of others. People with paranoia may feel like they’re being persecuted or that someone is out to get them. They may feel the threat of physical harm even if they aren’t in danger. People with dementia sometimes have paranoia, and it also can occur in people who abuse drugs. Paranoid thoughts can also be a symptom of a mental illness or a personality disorder.

Note:  Paranoia is distinct from phobias, which also involve irrational fear, but usually no blame.

Symptoms of paranoia

Everyone experiences paranoid thoughts at some point in their life, but paranoia is the constant experience of symptoms and unfounded feelings of paranoia. The symptoms of paranoia vary in severity and can interfere with all areas of life. The symptoms include:

  1. A constant stress or anxiety related to beliefs they have about others
  2. A mistrust of others
  3. A feeling disbelieved or misunderstood
  4. A feeling victimized or persecuted when there isn’t a threat
  5. Isolation

Mistrust of others and constant anxiety can make relationships and interactions with others difficult, causing problems with employment and personal relationships. People with paranoia may feel that others are plotting against them or trying to cause them physical or emotional harm, and maybe even stealing from them. They may be unable to work with others and can be hostile or detached, leading to isolation.

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