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Public Transport of Nepal

If you possess a vehicle in Nepal people see it as one of the standard measure of success. People who don’t have any means of transport aspire for bicycles and motorbikes while those with motorbikes dream of owning cars. Besides this, vehicle has become the social prestige too. One question may arise that how relevant is it to give emphasis to private vehicles when entire country still lacks a proper public transport system. If we look at capital and its major cities, we can see large number of private vehicles and day by day, it is increasing too. Amidst this, public transport system have pitiful plight. Public transports are the easiest means of transport for the common people. Due to low cost it is affordable and relevant for common people. In Nepal government has operated a Sajha Yatayat and Trolley bus was established through Chinese assistance. Though it got tremendous response from the people, it can’t operate longer. After shut down of this transport, a couple of attempts has been made to resume this service. However, if everything goes on well Sajha Yatayat is going to resume its service by Mid February.

Nepal transporters have also been raising the fares periodically and for this not only the price of petroleum products are to be blamed. The syndicate system that is in force does not permit for the charging of fair fares that should be determined scientifically. This has also made the transport sector inefficient. Supreme Court of Nepal has imposed the ban to any form of syndicate in the transport sector in practice this has not been implemented. There is a syndicate in this sector, which allows the transporters a monopoly as regards freight costs and public vehicle fares. The transporters are taking this as a grant and the law is doing nothing about it, but merely allowing this unethical practice that has been outlawed. This is injustice to the people and the traders. Equally worrisome is that such a syndicate run transport system leaves transport fares highly volatile. In such condition, people are forced to think that they are living in a country where no government prevails.

Public transport is mainly for the low standard and mid standard people who rely on it for their daily means of transport. Likewise, students depend on public transport too. If manage it properly and run regularly, it is one of the easiest and cheapest means of transport. Nowadays public transport is more of a business from which the owners can make hefty profit more than a public service run at nominal cost. Nepal Government has done little to make transport fare affordable to all sections of society. Similarly, government is not taking public transport issues seriously for the elderly, disabled and the young. The need for a government-run and regulated transportation system is evident. Perhaps that would also go some way towards assuring female passengers, who are routinely harassed in public vehicles, that the government takes their safety seriously. Relying on taxis is a luxury that only a select few can afford, and even then, the safety of passengers is not guaranteed. It is high time the government created an alternative solution that could guarantee quality transport to people at a low cost. Good governance, strict rules and regulations is must to give continuity for the public transport of Nepal. Likewise, private sectors and stakeholders must awake and contribute themselves to make public transport system cheapest and safest mode of transport.

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Women in today’s automotive industry

There’s a common misconception that cars only interest men and they can only manufacture vehicles. They feel the industry is technically masculine. Women are viewed as too timid and fragile to deal with public affairs, participate in strenuous activity, or operate complex machinery (such as automobiles). Gone are those days and it’s time to prove such a believe as a false. Nowadays this sector has attracted women too and day by day women entering in this field increasing. 292711_4354870183844_1482460144_n
According to Forbes magazine women buy 52% of all new cars in the United States, and influence more than 85% of sales, so manufacturers should have a high incentive for reaching out to women. When Grace Lieblein started her career in a car assembly plant at the age of 18, she was a rare woman in a man’s world. Today, 34 years on, she is the newly appointed VP of global purchasing for General Motors, and trying to persuade more young women to reach the top in the car industry. Likewise, in the UK, Sarah Sillars, outgoing executive chair of the Institute of the Motor Industry, which represents car retailers, is about to take over as chief executive of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies according to CNN. Another recent study published by Women Certified focuses on what women car buyers want when shopping for a new vehicle, and the results found that just as important as buying experience is the way women are treated during the process. It turns out that during the service experience is when women face the harshest treatment. However, involving more women in the manufacture of cars would not take the sex out of the industry.
In the developed country, many women are leading the auto sector. Women get the credit for creating whole segments of the industry, including minivans and crossovers. Nevertheless, when we eye at the Asian automotive market there are very few women working in this field. In the Indian auto sector there is little place for women with just 3-5 percent forming the total workforce. Even in the developed markets like Japan and China, there are few women in the auto industry. Japanese carmakers such as Totota Kirloskar motors (1.3%) and Honda Siel cars India (3%) are far more conservative over taking in women compared to their American firms like Ford India (5%) and General Motors India (3%). In Hyundai Motors India, only 1.5 per cent of the total work force consists of women. Indian car makers like Tata Motors, Maruti Udyog, and M&M are better off compared to Japanese and Korean car companies in terms of recruiting women employees. Indian companies employ women between 3-5 per cent of their total work force ( Data from google &Wikipedia) .
Apart from this, there are few women in designing and manufacturing cars. Just imagine if women are given greater involvement in the industry, what kind of cars would women design? Moreover, how would men feel about women steering much more of the car industry? More to the point, given the extent of feminine influence over car purchases, how would women feel about it? It is true that women differ from men in choosing cars. Most of the women prefer their car small, cute and fun. They want to project image of themselves and use vehicle as a fashion accessory. They love light cars than heavy one. Aaron Gold, an automotive journalist with J.D. Power & Associates, nominated the following as the top 10 picks for women Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Honda Fit, Mazda 3, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes E-class, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry and VW Jetta.
Time had changed. People started to think that if given a chance women can not only lead this sector but also enhance this sector with their hard work and dedication. The most important things to be considered are to attract more women in this sector. For this, we need to reach out to those young girls and make them see that they have the capability and then show them how auto engineering can be exciting. There is no doubt that the automobile provide opportunities for work, inventions, and independence for women as well.