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Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 20, 2014

A teen in the US has been suspended from school for asking Miss America to his prom during a question-and-answer session with the beauty queen.

1904_davuluri_TAB_gPatrick Farves, a student from York in Pennsylvania, popped the bold question to Nina Davuluri on Thursday, leading to his three-day inner-school suspension.

Mr Farves asked Miss America to be his prom date before walking on stage and giving her a plastic flower as his fellow students roared in support.

A demure Ms Davuluri only laughed and accepted the flower.

Officials from Central York High School had got wind of the 18-year-old’s intended invitation and warned him not to do it, the Associated Press reports.

Mr Farves has since apologised for the stunt but the school said students should be disciplined for breaking the rules and this time is no different.

September 16, 2013: Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, has won the 2013 Miss America pageant, beating a field that challenged stereotypes and included a US army sergeant and an amputee.

“It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone – even Miss America – to a school dance,” the Central York School District wrote in a statement.

“However, it is our practice to set expectations for students…to ensure those rules are followed within our schools.”

The school board also criticised the media’s response for framing the story to “make headlines using a distortion of what actually occurred” in order to sell papers while taking away from the “once in a lifetime opportunity” for its students.

Davuluri, who was crowned last September, was at the school to talk about diversity and to promote diversity and the importance of studying maths, science, technology and engineering.

The former Miss New York who studied behavioural science at Michigan University is now applying for medical school.

As the first Indian-American to win the Miss America crown, Davuluri copped a barrage of xenophobic tweets equating her with the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda and misidentifying her as an Arab and follower of Islam.

Source: Associate PressCentral York School District
Author: Nicholas McCallum, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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The 10 Best Cities In The World To See Street Art

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 19, 2014

by  Katherine Brooks

The street art world has undergone a massive shift in the past few years, with famous figures like Banksy and Shepard Fairey elevating the medium to mainstream consciousness. What was once a clandestine act of art vandalism is now, more often, a celebrated form of public art, popping up in major metropolises across the globe. “Street art and graffiti is ephemeral, transitory, a moment in time,” the experts at Brooklyn Street Art assert, emphasizing the contemporary allure of graffiti and street art.

With summer upon us, and months of travel opportunities on the horizon, we’ve put together a guide of the top cities around the world that prove street art is indeed a thing to be celebrated. From Brazil to France to Taiwan, these urban centers play home to works by street art stars like Nunca, Blu and the late P183. So if you’re in the mood for a cross-continental trip, these are the 26 cities you need to add to your travel bucket list now.

1. Berlin, Germany

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A street artwork by JR is pictured in Berlin on April 16, 2013.

2. São Paulo, Brazil

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A mural by Francisco Rodrigues da Silva, known as Nunca, in the Liberdade neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008.

3. Melbourne, Australia

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A mural by Del Kathryn Barton, tilted “The Whole of Everything,” which adorns the side of an apartment block in central Melbourne, on July 8, 2008.

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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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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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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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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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Bill Gates back on top of Forbes billionaire list

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 4, 2014

 
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has regained top spot as the richest man in the US and the world. His net worth is estimated at $76 billion, $4 billion higher than Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim, who topped the Forbes rich list for the past 4 years.

1. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $76 B
Source of wealth: Microsoft

4. Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $58.2 B
Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

5. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $48 B
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Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Explained

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2014

Also: How you, too, can make a $19 billion smartphone app. Also: Not really.

The social media giant is planning to acquire WhatsApp, which has over 450 million active users. TIME’s Jared Newman describes what the app does and why Facebook is spending so much money for it

Facebook Announces New Android ProductNow that Facebook is planning to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion, perhaps your head is swimming with questions. Among them: How can I also make billions of dollars by selling my mobile app to Facebook? As someone who writes about technology for a living and who’s definitely not a billionaire, I can’t answer that for you. But I can help with some other things you might want to know:

What is WhatsApp?

It’s a messaging app you can use in place of your wireless carrier’s regular texting service. You enter your phone number and WhatsApp looks through your contact list for other people who are using the app. Then you can message those users all you want without limits or overage charges. The app is available on many platforms and is free to download and has no ads, but it costs $1 per year after the first year.

How popular is it?

Right now, WhatsApp has more than 450 million active users — meaning they use the service at least once a month — compared to 1.23 billion for Facebook. Those users send 500 million pictures back and forth per day, about 150 million more than Facebook.

How much money is $19 billion in the startup world, exactly?

A lot. My colleague Harry McCracken put together a chart of big startup acquisitions, and WhatsApp is the biggest. Most deals don’t come anywhere close. Bigger companies tend to change hands for a lot more money, however. For instance, Comcast wants to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heavyweight Gallen wins boxing debut

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2014

Rugby league star Paul Gallen has made an exhilarating professional boxing debut, climbing off the canvas to stop Herman Ene-Purcell in two frantic rounds.

After being dropped in the first round, Gallen pounded his rival in the second, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

However the action didn’t end there as the two fighters exchanged several more blows.

Gallen was on the undercard to Daniel Geale, who schooled Garth Wood. (Getty Images)

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Medal List

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2014

Updated on 20/02/2014 The Winter Olympics in Sochi have begun. Check back throughout the games for the latest schedules and medal counts for each competing country and athlete.

Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 6

Team GB Kitting Out ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics

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