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US: Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2014

By Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’

An American earning half of an Aussie’s income. 

All are equal, but some are more equal.

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Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00

Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour.

All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepalese who connects 150 villages to Internet honoured by “Internet Hall of Fame”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2014

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Mahabir Pun earned his master's degree in education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1992.

Mahabir Pun earned his master’s degree in education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1992.

HONGKONG, APR 08 A Nepalese educator who modernised more than 150 Nepalese villages by connecting them to the wireless Internet has been honoured and introduced into the Internet Hall of Fame in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Mr Mahabir Pun spent more than a decade providing wireless Internet services to villages which had lacked even a telephone service, opening up access to education, commerce and health care.

“I am a strong advocate of a free Internet, I want the Internet to be available to people living under the poverty line,” Mr Pun told AFP in an interview in Hong Kong , where the Internet Hall of Fame held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday.

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World’s 6 most beautiful women of 2014

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 7, 2014

Hollywoodbuzz recently revealed its list of World’s 10 Most Beautiful Women of 2014. Take a look at who topped the charts!

Monica Bellucci
Monica is an Italian actor and model who started her modelling career at the age of 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast. She rose to prominence in 1989 as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. That year itself, Monica made the transition to acting. And as they say, the rest is history! She stands first on the world’s most beautiful women of 2014 list.

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Kate Upton
Kate is famous for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton started her modeling career in 2008 and was the face of GUESS in 2010-11. She stands second on the world’s most beautiful women of 2014 list.

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Nepal envoy promotes Himalayan attractions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 4, 2014

TOP ACHIEVER: Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey presents a memento to Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd in Riyadh. (AN photo)

TOP ACHIEVER: Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey presents a memento to Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd in Riyadh. (AN photo)

The Embassy of Nepal felicitated Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd at a function held in Riyadh recently and took the opportunity to promote tourism in the Himalayan Kingdom.

Prince Bandar, who scaled Mt. Everest on May 19, 2012, praised the natural beauty of Nepal and thanked the people of Nepal for making his mountaineering experience successful. He screened a video of his climbing Mt. Everest and explained how he succeeded in climbing the highest mountain in the world within a short span of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepalese singer Astha Tamang competing for Grammy Awards winner’s Album

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2014

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Astha Tamang-Maskey has been selected for the top 20 covers of John Legend’s “All of me”. She made it to be in top 20 on Round 1 last week, out of 25 in total. Now she is competing on Round 2.

John Legend, 9 Grammy Awards winner, launched a competition last week in a bid to find a best artist to include in his album. The winner will also can participate in live concerts with John Legend. Read the rest of this entry »

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14-Year-Old Could Save Government Nearly $400 Million Dollars (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2014

By  | The Good News

It took a ninth-grader to come up with a simple solution that could save the U.S government $400 million annually, and it all revolves around the type of font used on paperwork.

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Suvir Mirchandani, a 14-year-old who lives just outside of Pittsburgh, began researching the general cost of ink and printing when as part of a science project he was in the sixth grade at Dorseyville Middle School, and determined that his local school system could save $21,000 a year if it switched from a font like Times New Roman to one with narrower strokes like Garamond.

He used a computer software program to calculate the difference, and published his results in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. Shortly thereafter, he was asked by the Journal to calculate potential savings if the federal government similarly switched fonts.

That total came to about $370 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistani actress Meera faces arrest over leaked sex video

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2014


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A Pakistani court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against film actress Meera and her husband, and directed the police to produce them in court on April 2 in connection with their alleged sex video, which has leaked online.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Safdar Bhatti issued the order on a petition, which accused Meera and her husband Captain Navid Shahzad of committing a sin by filming their sexual act.
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10 Surprising Facts About Vladimir Putin’s Extraordinary Past

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stood — often bare-chested — at the helm of Russian politics since 1999, rotating between the presidency and the prime minister’s office.

But before his fast rise to power, Putin spent most of his life far out of the limelight.

With Putin at the center of several global crises, from Syria to Ukraine, The WorldPost takes a look back at the leader’s surprising past.

1. Vladimir Putin grew up in a communal apartment shared by three families in St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), and he says he remembers hunting rats in the stairwell.

putin childhood leningradThe building on St. Petersburg’s Baskov Lane where Putin spent his childhood is shown in this April 2002 photo. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File) Read the rest of this entry »

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​Debtor nation: Americans pay interest on $163 billion held by top tech firms overseas

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2014

Reuters/Lee Jae-Won:

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United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

Apple, Cisco Systems, Google, and Microsoft legally hold $124 billion in US Treasury securities and $39 billion in US government agency debt in accounts overseas, allowing them to avoid the 35 percent (maximum) corporate tax rate in the United States, according to Securities & Exchange Commission reports.

Together, the companies would be the 14th biggest overseas holder of Treasury securities, just ahead of countries like Norway, Singapore, and India. Read the rest of this entry »

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​Over 5,000 Kalashnikovs, other guns stolen from Ukrainian military bases – report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2014

Reuters / Eduard Kornienko:

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Fears of possible armed assaults and provocation in Ukraine and neighboring countries are on the rise after yet another report that rocket grenade launchers, firearms and munitions have been stolen from a military warehouse in western Ukraine.

A source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that the coup appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has recently been notified that a large cache of guns and ammunition was missing from one of the military warehouses.

“Reports to Avakov indicate that over 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 2,741 Makarov handguns, 123 light machineguns and 12 Shmel rocket launchers were stolen from the Interior Troops’ depots in the Lvov Region in late February,” the source said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Attempt to jam Russian satellites carried out from Western Ukraine

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2014

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RT: An attempted radio-electronic attack on Russian television satellites from the territory of Western Ukraine has been recorded by the Ministry of Communications. It comes days after Ukraine blocked Russian TV channels, a move criticized by the OSCE.

The ministry noted that “people who make such decisions” to attack Russian satellites that retransmit TV signals, “should think about the consequences,” Ria reports. The ministry did not share any details of the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

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CNN’S SUMNIMA UDAS CROWNED ‘JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR’ AT WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 14, 2014

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CNN International’s Delhi-based Nepali origin correspondent Sumnima Udas has been awarded ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards. Udas was recognised for her sensitive and incisive reporting on gender issues including the December 2012 New Delhi gang-rape, the plight of acid attack victims in India, and the courageous stance taken by young Indian women fighting back to ensure the safety of women in their neighbourhoods. The Awards held in Singapore, honour outstanding achievements in reporting on women’s issues in Asia Pacific. Entries came from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama: Crimea Separation Would Violate Law

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2014

AP  | by  JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that a referendum in 10 days on the future of a Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula would violate international law. The United States also moved to impose visa restrictions and financial sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians for the moves Moscow already has made into Crimea.

Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country’s new government.

“The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law,” Obama said. “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Read the rest of this entry »

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​US in tenuous sabre rattling over Ukraine

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2014

Reuters/Tony Gentile

Reuters/Tony Gentile

Under the pretext of “deterring Russian aggression” in Ukraine, the US Defense Department has announced plans to add several fighter jets to US aircraft squadrons based near Russian borders, in a move to embolden the Baltic states and Poland.

Following NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announcement that alliance officials would put “the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review,” Pentagon head, Chuck Hagel, outlined plans on Wednesday to broaden military cooperation with Poland and the Baltic states, without elaborating on the details.

An unnamed source told Reuters that the Pentagon plans to send six additional F-15 fighter jets, and a Boeing KC-135 refueling Stratotanker, to beef up the squadron of four F-15 currently flying air patrols over the Baltic states. NATO has been carrying out patrols in the Baltic states for the last 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crimean parliament votes to join Russia, hold referendum in 10 days on ratifying

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2014

AFP Photo/Vasily Batanov

AFP Photo/Vasily Batanov

The Crimean parliament has voted for the region to join Russia. The decision will only come in force if approved by the Crimeans at a referendum which will be held in 10 days.

Crimean MPs voted on Thursday for the region to “to become part of the Russian Federation as its constituent territory,” says the text of the regional parliament’s statement.

78 MPs said yes to Crimea joining Russia, while 8 abstained from voting. Read the rest of this entry »

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