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Exclusive: NATO Chief Says “Our Concern Is that Russia Won’t Stop”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2014

NATO’s top official acknowledged in an interview that Russia’s annexation of Crimea had “established certain facts on the ground” that would be difficult to change and said the military alliance was increasingly concerned that Moscow might also invade eastern Ukraine.

In the interview, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Foreign Policy that Russia’s sudden conquest of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was a “wake-up call” for the 28-member alliance, which had been established to counter potential Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Rasmussen said NATO was committed to protecting Poland and other Baltic members of the alliance from what he described as an increasingly aggressive and land-hungry Russian government. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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‘Cosmic Inflation’ Discovery Lends Key Support For Theory Of Expanding Early Universe (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 18, 2014

AP  | by  MALCOLM RITTER

NEW YORK (AP) — The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say they’ve spotted evidence that a split-second later, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start.

Experts called the discovery a major advance if confirmed by others. Although many scientists already believed that initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, finding this evidence has been a key goal in the study of the universe. Researchers reported Monday that they did it by peering into the faint light that remains from the Big Bang.

If verified, the discovery “gives us a window on the universe at the very beginning,” when it was far less than one-trillionth of a second old, said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University, who was not involved in the work. 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

Sumnima Desai
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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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2014

Carolyn Gregoire

CREATIVITY

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.

And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person. 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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This 4-Year-Old Makes Paper Dresses With Her Mom — And They Keep Getting More Amazing

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2014

By Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts

o-1643876-570I started following @2sisters_angie a little over a year ago. Back then she was posting the typical stuff you see from moms on Instagram — pics of her daughter at the park, pics of her daughter eating breakfast and lots of photos of her daughter playing dress-up.

You know, the same stuff I post.

Then, about nine months ago, Angie’s feed started to change. It became clear Angie’s daughter (she calls her “Mayhem”) was more interested in fashion than the average 4-year-old. Mayhem shunned her store-bought princess dresses and started wrapping herself with scarves and sheets creating her own styles.

Then one day Angie got tired of finding her clothes in Mayhem’s toy box and suggested they make a dress out of paper. Mayhem loved the idea and they haven’t stopped creating paper dresses since.

I’ve been continually amazed every time Angie’s pictures pop up in my feed. The dresses started like this:

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LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 to Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2014

Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent received LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 on the occasion of 5th Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day. The award was given by Consulate General of Victoria His Excellency Chandra Yonjan in a function after Pako Festa parade in Geelong on 22nd of February, 2014. The award was supposed to be awarded on 1st of December, 2013 in a function organised in Melbourne, however; Mr. Clarke and Mr. Kent could not attend the program because of their program in Nepal.

LKDM Friend of Nepal Award to Brad Clarke

Justification of the Award:

“Australia and Australians fall in love with Nepal, the birthplace  of Buddha and home to Sagamartha, Mt. Everest.  When Australians travel to Nepal, we are captured by the physical beauty of the Himalaya and its people.  We celebrate the wealth of Nepali hospitality and genuine kindness to each other and leg-weary travellers alike” – say  Graeme Kent and Brad Clarke.

Graeme

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अस्ट्रेलियाको पाको फेस्टामा लाखे नाच बिदेशीको आकर्षणको केन्द्र

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2014

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२२ फेब्रुअरी, २०१४ जिलोङ अस्ट्रेलिया: बहुभाषिक र बहु-सांस्कृतिक देशको रुपमा परिचित अस्ट्रेलियाको जिलोङमा अस्ट्रेलियाकै एक किसिमले सबैभन्दा ठूलो महोत्सबको रुपमा मानिने पाको फेस्टाले मूल आयोजक डाभर्सिटाटसंग आबद्ध भएका करीब ९० जातीय संस्था र अन्य संगठनहरुको सहभागितामा एक लाखभन्दा बढी सहभागीहरुलाई आ-आफ्नो सांस्कृतिक चाल-चलन, रिति-रिवाज, खान-पान आदिको निरन्तरता र प्रचार प्रसारलाई प्रोत्साहन गर्दै नाच-गान, कार्यशाला गोस्ठी, प्रदर्शन जस्ता बिबिध कार्यक्रम सहित आफ्नो ३२ औं बार्षिकी भब्यताका साथ मनाउने क्रममा नेपाली समुदायद्धारा प्रदर्शन गरिएको नेपाली लाखे नाच बिदेशीहरुको लागि आकर्षणको केन्द्र बन्न पुग्यो । पाको फेस्टा अस्ट्रेलियाको भिक्टोरिया राज्यको प्रमुख बहु-सांस्कृतिक महोत्सबको रुपमा लिने गरिन्छ र गत चार बर्षदेखि यो कार्यक्रममा सहभागीहरुको संख्या एक लाखभन्दा बढी हुने गरेको छ भने यस महोत्सबले उक्त एक दिनमा नै करीब पच्चीस लाख अस्ट्रेलियन डलरको योगदान स्थानीय बजारमा दिने अनुमान गरिएको छ ।

LKDM Friend of Nepal Award to Brad Clarke

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