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विकसित देशबाट सिक्नै पर्ने केही कुराहरु

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2014

गरीब देशबाट धनी देशमा आएर सिकेको बुझेको धनी देशको कामप्रतिको  संस्कार, मानसिकता मान्यता आफ्नो देशमा भित्र्याउन भृकुटीको भूमिका निर्बाह गरेर देशमा सकारात्मक वातावरण सिर्जना गर्नु पर्नेहरु आँफै टाउको लुकाएर उल्टो दिग्भ्रम सिर्जना गर्छन् भने धनी देशको पैसा भित्रिएला नै, तर यस्लेबिदेशमा पैसाको बोटै हुन्छ’ भन्ने जस्तो सोचाइंले ग्रस्तहरुको आशे बानीलाई सुधारेर आफ्नै हैरानी कमी गर्न सकिन्छ देश बिकासको लागि आवश्यक पर्ने एउटा नयाँ संस्कारको विकास गर्न नै

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Ramमेलबर्नको एउटा ठूलो निर्माण कम्पनीको कार्यालयमा अफिस समयपछि सफा गर्ने काम जिम्मा पाएको ब्यक्ति एकदिन अफिस समयपश्चात पनि निर्देशक कोठैमा भएको थाहा पाएर ढोका ढकढक्याएर अनुमति लिएर पस्छ । कोठामा पस्ने बित्तिकै निर्देशकको बोली उस्को कानमा पर्छ, “आज मैले ठूलो गल्ती गरेकोमा क्षमा गर मित्र” । उक्त दिन निर्देशकको टेबल वरिपरि भुइंमा च्यातिएका थुप्रै कागज छरपस्ट भएकोले उनको भनाइ त्यसप्रति नै लक्षित हो भन्ने बुझ्नमा उसलाई कठीन भएन ।

स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्रमा काम गर्ने बिभिन्न संस्थाहरुमा बिभिन्न स्तरका स्वास्थ्यकर्मीहरु पठाउने अस्ट्रेलियाकै ठूलोमा गनिने एजेन्सीको मेलबर्न शाखामा काम गर्ने दुई युनिटका प्रमुख थिए क्यारी र त्यही संस्थाबाट प्रदान गरिने तालिममा कहिलेकांही तालिम दिने काममा पनि शरिक हुने गर्थे । त्यो एजेन्सीमा कामको सिलसिलामा आउनेहरुको लागि नि:शुल्क रुपमा खाना उपलब्ध गराउने राम्रो क्याफे पनि थियो । क्यारी कहिलेकांही सो क्याफेमा पनि काम गर्थे र आफ्ना बिद्यार्थी र कर्मचारीहरुले खाइसकेको प्लेटहरु उठाउन पनि ब्यस्त देखिन्थे ।

मेलबर्नको एउटा ठूलो नर्सिङ होममा काम पाएको केही दिनमा आफ्नो यूनिट मैनेजरले सामान राखिएको ट्रली ठेल्दै गरेको देखेर अबिकसित देशबाट आएका एकजना नयाँ कर्मचारी सघाउन जाँदा यूनिट मैनेजरले आफूलाई कुनै समस्या नभएकोले आफ्नै काम जारी राख्न भने । केही समयपछि उसले अर्को कुनामा नर्सिङ होमका मैनेजरले एउटा बिरामीलाई खानेकुरा ख्वाइरहेको देखे ।

हामी जे जस्तो संस्कार र मानसिकताग्रस्त समाजमा छौं यस्का आधारमा माथिका वास्तबिकताहरुलाई विश्वास गर्न र स्वीकार्न हम्मे हम्मे पर्छ जबकि विकसित देशमा बस्नेका लागि यी कुनै अस्वाभाबिक र अनौठा कुरा भने होइनन । यसको अर्थ के होइन भने बिकसित देशका सबै कुरा राम्रा छन र अबिकसित देशका नराम्रा । अबिकसित देशबाट पनि बिकसित देशले सिक्नु पर्ने कुराहरु धेरै छन । कामप्रतिको हाम्रो दृष्टिकोण सामाजिक बिषमता कायम गर्न र विकास कार्य अगाडि बढाउन बाधकको रुपमा देखा परेकोले विकसित देशमा पाइने यस किसिमको मान्यता भित्र्याउन सकिएको खण्डमा यसले विकास कार्यमा सकारात्मक भूमिका निर्बाह गर्ने कुरामा सन्देह छैन, तर समाज र देश परिवर्तनको लागि महत्वपूर्ण भएका कारण यस्ता कुराहरुको विकसित देशमा रहनेहरुले इमान्दारितापूर्बक वकालत गर्नु पर्छ भने विकसित देश गएर फर्कनेहरुले बिना श्रोत करोडपति र अरबपति बनेर दासप्रथाको प्रतिनिधि बनेर त्यसैलाई निरन्तरता दिने किसिमले विकसित देश विकसित हुने एउटा महत्वपूर्ण सूत्रको बदख्वाइ गर्ने नाममा आँफैले आफ्नै बदख्वाइ गर्नु हुँदैन । यी दुबै पक्षले यस्लाई आफ्नो देशमा भित्र्याउन भृकुटीको भूमिका निर्बाह गर्न सके देशलाई अगाडि बढाउन सहायकसिद्ध हुने कुरामा सन्देह छैन ।   Read the rest of this entry »

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INDEPENDENCE FEVER SPREADS TO SPAIN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2014

Spain’s central government has already said it will challenge Catalan law in constitutional court.

By Ashifa Kassam

Spain Catalonia IndependenceAs the campaign for Scottish independence enters its final week,Catalonia is launching the next phase in its attempt to break away fromSpain. On Monday, the regional parliament began laying the groundwork to pass a law allowing a referendum on 9 November.

The Catalan leader Artur Mas told the Catalan parliament that the law would pave the way for the region to call non-binding consultations. “This would mean that Spain would effectively bury the ‘old Spain’ and rediscover that it is a country made up of several nations,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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“नेपालीको आँखा भरी” यस बर्षको सर्वोत्कृष्ट राष्ट्रिय भावनाको गीत

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 15, 2014

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वरिष्ठ गीतकर क्षेत्र प्रताप अधिकारीको शब्द रचनामा गायक आशिष श्रेष्ठको स्वरमा सजिएको “नेपालीको आँखा भरी” बोलको गीतले यस बर्षको सर्वोत्कृष्ट राष्ट्रिय भावनाको गीतको अवार्ड हासिल गरेको छ | राजधानी काठमाडौँमा आयोजित १६ औं टुबोर्ग इमेज अवार्डमा मनोनयनमा परेका अन्य गीतहरुलाई पछि पार्दै यस गीतले अवार्ड हासिल गरेको हो | यस गीतमा संगीत चन्दन श्रेष्ठले दिएका छन् | Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth This Weekend

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2014

By Jacqueline Howard

n-SOLAR-STORMS-largeNot just one, but two strong solar flares burst off the sun’s surface this week — and now Earth is getting hit with the aftermath.

While the solar storm headed our way may affect power lines, radio transmissions, communication systems and satellites to a small degree, scientists say it’s nothing to worry about.

We’re not scared of this one,” Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, told the AP.

A strong X1.6-class solar flare erupted from a sunspot on Wednesday, following a previous flare that blasted out of the same spot on Monday, LiveScience reported. Just check out the action captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the video below.

NASA scientists said that a small flare was also spotted on the left corner of the sunThursday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Due to these significant solar events, two waves of highly energized solar material from the eruptions have traveled our way and are now expected to impact the Earth. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a “geomagnetic” storm watch until Saturday, Sept. 13.

Geomagnetic storms can cause some problems for the (power) grid but are typically very manageable,” Bill Murtagh, space weather forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told USA Today. “We may also see some anomalies with satellites so satellite operators around the world have been notified. And problems with the accuracy of GPS have been observed with this level of storming.”

Minor issues aside, radiation from solar flares can’t pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically harm humans and these recent storms should not endanger satellites and astronauts in space, Space.com reported.

There may even be an upside to the solar storm. Scientists say we may see an increase in beautiful auroral displays in the sky.

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Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2014

barack-obamaWASHINGTON (AP) — On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But Obama has made no effort to ask Congress to explicitly authorize his own conflict.

The White House said again Friday that Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give Obama authority to act without new approval by Congress under the 1973 War Powers Act. That law, passed during the Vietnam War, serves as a constitutional check on presidential power to declare war without congressional consent. It requires presidents to notify Congress within 48 hours of military action and limits the use of military forces to no more than 60 days unless Congress authorizes force or declares war. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2014

malala-yousafzaiISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women.

Army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said the detained men attacked Yousafzai, then 15, on orders from Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban. The army is currently waging a major offensive against the extremist group in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan that has long been a militant stronghold. Read the rest of this entry »

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बिदेशका पुराना तर नेपालका नयाँ नारायणकाजी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2014

रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ

Profile Pictureवेलायतका प्रधानमन्त्री डेभिड क्यामेरोन मन्त्रीहरुलाई लिमो गाडी बिर्सेंर ट्युब चढन सल्लाह दिंदै आफू पनि ट्युबमा यात्रा गर्दा उभिएर पत्रिका पढ्न सक्छन, स्वीटजरल्याण्डका ९१ प्रतिशत सभासदहरु ट्राममा यात्रा गर्छन्, शिकागोका मेयर राहम इमानुयल ट्रेन चढछन्, फ्रान्सका तात्कालिन प्रधानमन्त्री फ्रान्सिस हलाण्डेले २०१२ मा फ्रान्सभित्रको आफ्नो आधिकारिक भ्रमण ट्रेनबाट गर्ने घोषणा गर्छन, थाइल्याण्डका यातायात मन्त्री चाडचार्टले बैंककमा बस यात्रा अत्यन्तै ढिलो हुने बुझ्दा बुझ्दै पनि झन्डै प्लेन नै छुटने गरी गत जुनमा बसबाटै एयरपोर्ट जान्छन । त्यसैले अनाबस्यक अनगिन्ती पार्टी र नेता भएको गरीब देशका नेताहरु भने महंगा सवारी साधनको सट्टा पूर्व उपप्रधानमन्त्री नारायणकाजी श्रेष्ठले जस्तै सार्वजनिक यातायातमा चढ्नु नै उपयुक्त र ब्याबहारिक हो, तर पनि त्यसो भने हुन नसकिरहेको कारण श्रेष्ठको नियमित सार्वजनिक यातायात प्रयोग गराइ राष्ट्रिय चर्चाको बिषय बन्न पुगेको छ ।

पूर्व उपप्रधानमन्त्री श्रेष्ठ सार्वजनिक यातायात चढ्न थालेपछि जसरी समाचार बन्यो त्यसरी समाचार त गरीब नेपालका नेताहरु महंगा सवारी साधन चढनुको बन्नु पर्थ्यो । जुन कुरो व्याबहारिक र देश सुहाउँदो हो, त्यही काम गर्दा यत्रो चर्चा परिचर्चा हुन्छ भने हामी कतिसम्म अव्याबहारिक भएका रहेछौं त ? संपन्न मुलुकमा अनगिन्ती नारायणकाजी हुँदा प्रतिब्यक्ति आयका हिसाबले २६२ देशमा जानकारी प्राप्त भएका २२८ देशमध्येमा २०७ औं देशमा पर्ने एउटा तन्नम भगत हामीकहाँ बल्ल बल्ल एउटा नयाँ नारायणकाजी जन्मन्छन भने सीमित ब्यक्तिहरु मोटाएर देश सुकेनास रोगले ग्रस्त हुने रोगबाट उन्मुक्ति पाउने परिकल्पनाले सार्थक रुप लेला भन्ने आधार के त ? गरीब देशका अनगिन्ती नेताहरुद्धारा प्रयोग गरिने महंगा सवारी साधन प्रसंग ठूला ठूला भ्रस्टाचार जस्तै समाचार बन्न छाडिसकेको छ । यस्को स्पस्ट अर्थ हो यी ठूला गम्भीर समस्याहरुलाई समस्या देख्ने मानसिकता र माहौल थकित र बेसहार भैसकेका छन । Read the rest of this entry »

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खड्गमान सिंह

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2014

Khadga Man Singhबीस वर्षजेलको पिंञ्जडामा थुनिएर खड्गमान सिंह बाहिर आँउदा लावालस्करले उनको जयजयकार गरेका थिए । त्यस बेला उनलाई भेट्नेको कस्तो ताँती थियो भने नेपाली काङ्ग्रेसका संस्थापक नेता कृष्णप्रसाद भट्टराईले समेत तीन घन्टाको लाइनमा बसेर खड्गमान सिंहका हातमा पुष्पार्पण गरेका थिए ।

सिंहले १९८३ सालतिर भारतमा गएर महात्मा गान्धीलाई भेटेका थिए । गान्धीकै प्रेरणाले उनी नेपालको राणा विरोधी आन्दोलनमा सक्रिय भए । उनी नै राणा विरोधमा ओर्लने पहिलो नेपाली थिए । यसैबारे उनैले भनेका पनि थिए ”अनधिकारी र स्वेच्छाचारी राणशासनको विरोधमा उठ्ने म प्रथम व्यक्ति हुँ ।” नेपालमा पहिलो राजनैतिक दल खोल्ने पनि सिंह नै थिए र उनी प्रचण्ड गोर्खा दलका संस्थापकमध्येका एक थिए ।

सिंहले जीवनको महत्त्वपूर्ण भाग राणाशासनविरुद्ध सङ्घर्ष गरेरै विताए । उनी बीस वर्षसम्म जेलभित्रको फलामे पिंजडामा नै कोचिए । मान्छै थुन्ने त्यस पिंन्जडामा उनी उभिन सक्तैन थिए र खुट्टा पसारेर सुत्न पनि सक्तैन थिए । वास्तवमा अहिलेसम्मकै राजनैतिक यातना भोगीको इतिहासमा राजनीतिज्ञहरूमा सबैभन्दा बढी यातना भोग्ने व्यक्ति पनि सिंह नै थिए । खोरमा बन्द भएका बेला पनि सिंहका भावनाहरू जेलका पर्खाल बाहिर निस्कन्थे । स्वाभिमानी सिंह जन स्वतन्त्रताका लागि जेलमा नै कुँजो भए तर राणासमक्ष उनले आत्मर्समर्पण गरेनन् ।

आफूले भोगेका यस्तै विचित्रको अनुभव सिउरिएर सिंहले ‘जेलमा बीस वर्ष भन्ने अमर ग्रन्थ लेखे । साथै जीवनको उत्तर्रार्धमा आएर उनले ‘जेलबाहिर चालीस वर्ष भन्ने अर्को महत्त्वपूर्ण कृति लेखे । यस ग्रन्थको शिरमा नै उनले नरेन्द्रराज प्रसाईलाई सम्बोधन गरेर लेखे ।

जेलबाट निस्केपछि राजा त्रिभुवनका कृपाले सिंहले प्रज्ञा राज्यलक्ष्मीसँग बिहे गरे । सिंह मन्त्री, राजदूत र अञ्चलाधीश पनि भए । उनले प्रथम दर्जाको गार्खा दक्षिण बाहु पनि पाए र त्रिशक्ति पट्ट दोस्रा पनि लाए । उनले मुलुकको प्रधानमन्त्री बनेर राष्ट्र बनाउने सोच राखेका थिए । तर उनलाई विश्वबन्धु थापा र राजेश्वर देवकोटालाई झैं भाग्यले साथ दिएन । उनले नेपालका प्रायः सम्पूर्ण भूभाग र एसियाका साथै यूरोपका केही राष्ट्रको समेत भ्रमण गरेर अनुभव सङ्ग्रह गरे तर अनेक राष्ट्रघाति तत्वहरुको छिर्के झेल्नु परेकाले उनले मुलुकका लागि चाहेजति केही गर्न सकेनन् । वास्तवमा असल, महान् र त्यागीहरुलाई विटुलो पार्ने काममा पनि पञ्चायती व्यवस्थाले एउटा आधारभूत सिद्धान्त बनाएको थियो । त्यही पासोमा सिंह पनि फसेका थिए । यतिहुँदा हुँदै पनि उनले राजाको वकालतमा नै आफ्नो सम्पूर्ण जीवन फ्याँके । तर ‘जेल बाहिर चालीस वर्षमा उनले आफ्नो मन लेखे । त्यस कृतिमा उनले भनेका थिए ”पञ्चायतका जरा उखेल्नु एउटा नमूना मात्र हो हेर्दै जाउँ अझै केके उखेलिन्छ !” साँच्चे हो राजाका धुपौरेले सिंहजस्ता देशभक्तका पनि नाकमा घरिघरि नस हालिरहन्थे र यस्ता किसिमका क्रान्तिकारी किताब लेख्ने प्रेरणा दिइरहन्थे । Read the rest of this entry »

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National Award Winner ‘Makdee’ Star Shweta Basu Prasad Arrested in Prostitution Racket (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 5, 2014

By Prarthna Sarkar

imagesIn a strange turn of events, “Makdee” star Shweta Basu Prasad was caught in a prostitution racket in Hyderabad.

The actress, who played the role of Shreyas Talpade’s younger sister in “Iqbal” was arrested from a luxury hotel at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, according to the Indian Express.

The 23-year-old was apparently caught in a compromising position at the time of raid and was accompanied by a pimp. The police have also arrested a few well-known businessmen from the hotel.

Citing wrong career choices and financial constraints as reasons, Prasad said every actress apparently goes through such a phase. “I have made wrong choices in my career, and I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money,” India Today quoted her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sofia Vergara TV’s Highest Earner – About 50 Millions a Year (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 5, 2014

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian actress, comedian, television hostess,sofia vergara and model. Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. She has become the highest paid person on TV after taking home $39.6 million last year, $11 million clear of cashed-up TV actor, Ashton Kutcher.

The Modern Family star pocketed the impressive sum between June 2013 and June 2014, give the actress top spot on Forbes list for the third consecutive year.

Her big payday was largely due to her extensive endorsement deals and business interests outside of her $348,000-an-episode day job.

Her first notable acting job in English was in the 2003 film Chasing Papi. Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films – Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in recent films The Smurfs (2011), New Year’s Eve(2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape From Planet Earth (2013), and Machete Kills (2013). In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2014

ROBIN MCDOWELL

myanmar-noeYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.

May Myat Noe’s photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word “dethroned” stamped alongside her name.

“She thinks as long as she keeps this crown she’s the winner,” said David Kim, director of media for the South Korea-based pageant. “She’s not.” Read the rest of this entry »

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests Should Push Us All to Demand Global Zero

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2014

By Valerie Plame WilsonFmr. CIA covert operations officer

Valerie_Plame_Wilsonn-NUCLEAR-TESTING-large570According to the 2000 Report of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, the long-lasting effects of nuclear testing can be qualified in simple scientific terms: “Radiation exposure can damage living cells, causing death in some of them and modifying others.” Translation: death, cancer and birth deformities, to name but a few.

These long-lasting effects aren’t limited to nuclear testing. They are the same horrors that afflicted victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what the rest of us should know, and need to know, is that the nuclear threat has only grown more dangerous.

Today marks an important milestone in our fight to eliminate the nuclear threat. Five years ago when the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution to declare August 29 the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, they said that “the end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world,” reminding us that there is still much more work to be done.

The truth is, as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not safe. The human and environmental devastation caused by nuclear weapons — whether by testing, mistake or malice — is the very reason we need to eliminate them altogether. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which in 1996 set out to ban nuclear tests, is an important step, but we need to do more — and we can.

With political will and public pressure, we can achieve a world without these weapons of mass destruction. Just 10 days ago, we saw all of Syria’s chemical weapons destroyed because of bold leadership and effective diplomacy. And as I write this, the U.S. and other P5+1 leaders are amidst talks with Iran on a final end to the Iranian nuclear-weapons impasse. What we need now is intense public pressure. We must hold leaders accountable and demand a safer future.

Global Zero, the international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons, is spearheading the effort to put this critical human-rights issue at the top of the public and political agenda. Their activists are hitting the streets with bold action, pushing world leaders to make this an urgent priority. In fact, earlier this month on the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Global Zero turned out more than 400 activists in a global day of action that spanned three continents, five countries and seven cities to commemorate one of the world’s most shattering tragedies and to demand progress toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Together, they’re calling for the first-ever Nuclear Weapons Summit. There, key nuclear and non-nuclear countries will come to the table to advance the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons by 2030. But that starts with a global commitment to achieve a nuclear-free world.

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To learn more about how you can make a difference, including signing the Global Zero declaration to commit to a world without nuclear weapons by 2030, visithere.

 

 

 

 

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KISSINGER: World Order Crumbling

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2014

Old Global leader Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order
The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis

To play a responsible role in the evolution of a 21st-century world order, the U.S. must be prepared to answer a number of questions for itself: What do we seek to prevent, no matter how it happens, and if necessary alone? What do we seek to achieve, even if not supported by any multilateral effort? What do we seek to achieve, or prevent, only if supported by an alliance? What should we not engage in, even if urged on by a multilateral group or an alliance? What is the nature of the values that we seek to advance? And how much does the application of these values depend on circumstance?

 

By HENRY KISSINGER

The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis, writes Henry Kissinger. Above, a pro-Russian fighter stands guard at a checkpoint close to Donetsk, Ukraine in July. European Pressphoto Agency

The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis, writes Henry Kissinger. Above, a pro-Russian fighter stands guard at a checkpoint close to Donetsk, Ukraine in July. European Pressphoto Agency

Henry KissingerLibya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.

The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S.—strengthened in its economy and national confidence—began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U.S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace. The traditional European approach to order had viewed peoples and states as inherently competitive; to constrain the effects of their clashing ambitions, it relied on a balance of power and a concert of enlightened statesmen. The prevalent American view considered people inherently reasonable and inclined toward peaceful compromise and common sense; the spread of democracy was therefore the overarching goal for international order. Free markets would uplift individuals, enrich societies and substitute economic interdependence for traditional international rivalries. Read the rest of this entry »

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“११ ए स्टार” सहितको अभूतपूर्व कीर्तिमान नेपाली छात्रा स्वेच्छाद्धारा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2014

बेलायतमा “११ ए स्टार” सहितको अभूतपूर्व ऐतिहासिक कीर्तिमान नेपाली छात्रा स्वेच्छा बास्तोलाद्धारा 

swecchhaरेडिङ्ग । रेडिङ्गमा स्थायी बसोबास गर्ने रमेश वास्तोलाकी सुपुत्री वर्ष १६ की स्वेच्छा वास्तोलाले रेडिङ्गस्थित प्रस्पेक्ट स्कूलमा जीसीएससीमा ११ ए स्टार ल्याएर सो स्कूलमा एक नयाँ कीर्तिमान बनाएकी छिन् । पोखराको फूलबारीबाट स्वेच्छा २००४ मा बेलायतमा बाबाआमासँग रहन आएकी थिईन् । चार÷पाँच वर्षकी उमेरमा बेलायतमा आएकी स्वेच्छा सानैदेखि पढाइमा साह्रै नै तेज थिईन् । रुचिला बास्तोलाको साथमा रमेश बास्तोलाले राम्रो पारिवारिक शिक्षा तथा हेरचाह दिएकाले नै स्वेच्छालाई पढाइमा राम्ररी ध्यान दिन सजिलो भएको स्वेच्छा मान्दछिन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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The Turbanator: Devout Sikh wears the world’s largest turban that takes him six hours to put on and weighs 100lb

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2014

  • Devout Sikh Avtar Singh Mauni has a turban that measures 645 metres
  • Mr Mauni, from the Punjab, India, has been adding to it for the past 16 years
  • The turban could land Mr Mauni a coveted Guinness World Record 

By TED THORNHILL

Meet devout Sikh Avtar Singh Mauni – the proud owner of the world’s largest turban.

The holy man says his extra large headgear weighs a hefty 100lb and measures a staggering 645m (2,115 feet) when unwrapped – the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The 60-year-old has been regularly adding to it for the past 16 years and it now takes him up to six hours to get it on.

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Avtar Singh Mauni has a turban that measures an incredible 645m
Avtar Singh Mauni has a turban that measures an incredible 645m

The Turbanator: Avtar Singh Mauni has a turban that measures an incredible 645m – so big that he is forced to travel by motorcycle as he can’t fit inside a car

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