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Some Amazing Engineering Designs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 8, 2012

Amazing bridge goes inside ladies mouth

Amazing bridge goes inside ladies mouth amazing design and great engineering work to create new design in this world

Amazing bridge goes inside ladies mouth amazing design and great engineering work to create new design in this world

 

Amazing Buildings  The Engineering Wonders

Amazing Buildings  The Engineering Wonders

Amazing Buildings  The Engineering Wonders
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And the Most Peaceful Country in the World Is…

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012

According to the annual Institute for Economics & Peace releases its Global Peace Index, Somalia is not a top holiday destination.
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Iceland, land of the peaceful

Anyone seeking that elusive state of affairs known as ‘peace on Earth’ had better also have an appetite for volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Iceland, the little Nordic island with no standing army and the smallest population of any a NATO member state, is the most peaceful country in the world, according to  the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

(MORE: Icelanders Avoid Inbreeding Through Online Database)

Iceland is one of the most progressive nations on the planet: its welfare system offers health care and higher education for every one of its 320,000 citizens; it is powered in large part by renewable geothermal energy (see volcanoes, above); and it was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

While the country has hit some thin ice recently — in 2008 it basically went bankrupt, prompting public riots, and in 2010 a unpronouncable Icelandic volcano wreaked travel chaos across the north Atlantic — it’s general reputation as a pleasant liberal paradise put it at number one on the group’s list.

Iceland is followed by Denmark and New Zealand, tied for second place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scientists ’95% Sure’ Bigfoot Lives in Russian Tundra

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 15, 2012

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The Legend of Bigfoot roadside attraction outside Richardson Grove State Park in California

Scientists and yeti enthusiasts believe there may finally be solid evidence that the apelike creature roams the vast Siberian tundra, reports the Guardian.

A team of a dozen-plus experts from as far afield as Canada and Sweden have proclaimed themselves 95% certain of the mythical animal’s existence after a daylong conference in the town of Tashtagol in the Kemerovo region, some 2,000 miles east of Moscow. In recent years, locals there have reported sightings of the yeti, also known as the abominable snowman.

(LIST: Top 10 Famous Mysterious Monsters)

The Kemerovo government announced on Oct. 10 that a two-day expedition the previous weekend to the region’s Azassky cave and Karatag peak “collected irrefutable evidence” of yetis’ existence on the wintry plateau.

“Conference participants came to the conclusion that the artifacts found give 95% evidence of the habitation of the ‘snow man’ on Kemerovo region territory,” read a statement. “In one of the detected tracks, Russian scientist Anatoly Fokin noted several hairs that might belong to the yeti,” it added. The group also discovered footprints, a presumed bed and various other markers. Read the rest of this entry »

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G-8 or G-Zero? Why the West No Longer Sets the Global Agenda

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

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G8 foreign ministers (L-R), Koichiro Gemba of Japan, Guido Westerwelle of Germany, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alain Juppe of France, John Baird of Canada, Giulio Terzi Di Sant’Agata of Italy, and Catherine Ashton of the European Union, pose for a group photo on April 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton hosted this year’s G8 Foreign Ministers conference at the Blair House

The spectacle of some of the most powerful leaders in the world gathering at Camp David on Friday for the G-8 summit and then for this weekend’s NATO anniversary in Chicago won’t disguise the fact that things seem to be gradually falling apart. These once mighty symbols of international leadership appear almost paralyzed before the tides of economic, financial and political change. The opening of William Butler Yeats’ 1921 poem that found the best devoid of conviction and the worst filled with passionate intensity reads as if crafted as an elegant introduction to an analysis of the global political moment.

(MORE: The G8 Summit at Camp David: This Time, It’s Important)

The G-8 convenes as the euro zone is threatening to unravel, most immediately in the showdown over Germany’s insistence that Greece either swallow the toxic austerity medicine that could kill its economy or see itself banished from the euro zone, potentially triggering global financial losses on the order of $1 trillion. But the forum is unlikely to settle the fate of Greece, much less the underlying tension over policies of austerity to cut spending debt and stimulus policies to revive growth.

When the G-7 was founded in the 1980s its goal was to gather the leaders of the world’s most successful, dynamic economies to plot pathways to further prosperity. Russia was later added to its guest list as a reward for casting off communism rather than as a vote of confidence in its economy. But today, confidence in the group is low. Few seem to believe that the leaders of the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada are equipped to tackle the problems facing the world economy. (They effectively admitted their limitations in 2008 when a far wider forum, the Group of 20 — which included the major emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey and others — to tackle the global financial meltdown.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Dirty Money: Is Canada’s New $20 Bill ‘Pornographic’?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 14, 2012

As a bonus, the controversial currency also evokes the Twin Towers.

What do you get when you put topless women and an image that looks like the Twin Towers on a Canadian $20 dollar bill? A lot of controversy.

The newly redesigned $20 bill was unveiled by the Bank of Canada in Ottawa last week, according to the Daily Mail. The revamped bill — the most counterfeited Canadian tender in circulation — is manufactured from a high-tech polymer and boasts a difficult-to-copy design that’s supposed to make it much more difficult to produce.

If only someone had taken a closer look at what the new design actually was. While it features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II  (Canada is a commonwealth country, don’t forget), it also carries a reproduction of the National Vimy Memorial. There are a couple problems here: for one thing, the Vimy Memorial, created to honor Canadian servicemembers who lost their lives during World War I, is not the most recognizable of  national symbols. “I’ve never seen this monument, ever,” said one Vancouver participant in a Bank of Canada focus group on the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires to Be Unearthed in Burma

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2012

Paging Indiana Jones: a British farmer’s 15-year quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes buried in a far-off land has finally paid off
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Spitfire aircraft in flight

It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones film, if you take away the religious overtones and ophidiophobic adventurer. After 15 years, a British farmer’s quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes lost in Burma during World War II has finally paid off.

Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, 62, has spent about $207,000, traveled to Burma a dozen times and negotiated with the cagey Burmese government, all in the hopes of finding a stash of iconic British Spitfires buried somewhere in the Southeast Asian country.

(PHOTOS: Burma’s Landmark Elections and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Path to Victory)

Buried planes? It sounds odd, but in fact this was fairly common toward the end of the war; as the conflict wound down and jet aircraft promised to make propeller-driven fighters obsolete, many aircraft were scrapped, buried or sunk by Allied Forces in order to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

(PHOTOS: Europe Then and Now)

Cundall started his search after his friend heard from a group of U.S. veterans that they had stashed Spitfires in the region. “We’ve done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires,” the veterans said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dead Man Walking: South African Man Wakes Up in Morgue

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 14, 2012

By KAI MA
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What a nightmare.

After a South African man stirred from a 21-hour slumber, he found himself in a morgue fridge, screamed for help and later asked the undertakers who pulled him out, “How did I get here?”

Good question. After the man, whose identity has not been released, suffered an asthma attack, he was presumed dead by family members and a local undertaker in a rural village in the Eastern Cape, the Associated Press reports.

(LIST: Top 10 Famous Stolen Body Parts)

Clearly, the man’s extended shut-eye was of the living variety, as he awoke a full day later on a corpse trolley. Yet morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo, who had examined the “corpse” by checking for a pulse and searching for a heartbeat, told the AP, “There was nothing.”

The undead man was zipped up in a body bag and locked in a refrigerated compartment for one day before morgue staffers heard him shouting from his icy quarters. The staffers were terrified that the voice was a ghost and fled the building. “I couldn’t believe it!” said Maqolo. “I was also scared.” After they returned and called the police, they entered the fridge to find the man, a grandfather, alive, though shivering and shaken. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

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Royal Wedding Crasher: Queen Elizabeth Drops in on Commoners’ Ceremony

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2012

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles during her visit to the Manchester Central convention center, Manchester, England, Friday, March 23, 2012.

John and Frances Canning were hoping for a low-key wedding at Manchester Town Hall. But all hopes were tossed aside when Queen Elizabeth showed up to fête the newlyweds.

During an official tour of Manchester on Friday to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee — sixty years as Britain’s monarch — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were attending a luncheon at the Manchester Town Hall. In an adjacent room, the Cannings were standing in front of a minister, exchanging vows. Minutes after the two were pronounced husband and wife, they received a uniquely royal blessing when the Queen and the Prince entered the room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Must-Reads from Around the World: March 20, 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaking during a Ramadan Iftar banquet in honor of Muslim clergymen, in Damascus, Syria, 24 August 2011. (Photo: SANA / EPA)

SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD SPEAKING DURING A RAMADAN IFTAR BANQUET IN HONOR OF MUSLIM CLERGYMEN, IN DAMASCUS, SYRIA, 24 AUGUST 2011. (PHOTO: SANA / EPA)

More Syria Leaks – Al Jazeera reveals details from confidential Syrian intelligence and security documents handed over by one of the government’s most trusted officials who recently fled to Turkey. The trove shows President Bashar Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests, including orders to stop protesters from getting into Damascus and detailed security plans for crushing protests in the cities of Aleppo and Idlib, as well as warnings about countries trying to influence Syrian diplomats to defect and indications the government spied on last year’s Arab League monitoring mission in Syria. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russian Grandmothers Are Eurovision Front Runners — and Web Darlings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

By WILLIAM LEE ADAMS

The sight of six grandmothers in traditional peasant wear doesn’t exactly scream YouTube hit. But not all grandmothers are as endearing as the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Grannies from Buranovo).

On March 7 the women — aged between 43 and 74 — defeated 24 other acts to win the right to represent Russia at Eurovision — the pan-European singing contest that is also the world’s most watched nonsporting event. (Think of it as American Idol meets the Olympic Games.) Since then, the video of them performing their song “Party for Everybody” during Russia’s national final has been watched more than 3 million times on YouTube.

(VIDEO: The Top 10 Most Outrageous Eurovision Acts)

The sextet of flamboyant grandmothers hails from Udmurtia, a region in the Ural Mountains, and performed the song in their native language, Udmurt. The rather simple chorus is sung in English: “Party for everybody, dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and boom, boom.” The group first rose to prominence locally when they stopped singing folks songs and started delivering their own rendition of international hits in their mother tongue. They previously entered Russia’s national contest for Eurovision in 2010, finishing third with their song “Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon,” which means “very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Being Strong: National Security Guarantees for Russia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2012

By Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federations

In a world of upheaval there is always the temptation to resolve one’s problems at another’s expense, through pressure and force.

It is no surprise that some are calling for resources of global significance to be freed from the exclusive sovereignty of a single nation. This cannot happen to Russia, not even hypothetically.

In other words, we should not tempt anyone by allowing ourselves to be weak. We will, under no circumstances, surrender our strategic deterrent capability. Indeed, we will strengthen it.

We will not be able to strengthen our international position or develop our economy or our democratic institutions if we are unable to protect Russia.

We see ever new regional and local wars breaking out. We see new areas of instability and deliberately managed chaos. Determined attempts are being made to provoke such conflicts even close to Russia’s and its allies’ borders. The basic principles of international law are being degraded and eroded, especially in terms of international security.

Under these circumstances, Russia cannot rely on diplomatic and economic methods alone to resolve conflicts. Our country faces the task of sufficiently developing its military potential as part of a deterrence strategy. This is an indispensable condition for Russia to feel secure and for our partners to listen to our country’s arguments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia: The Ethnicity Issue

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2012


By Vladimir Putin

For Russia – with its rich diversity of languages, traditions, ethnicities and cultures – the ethnicity issue is without any exaggeration a fundamental one. Any responsible policymaker or public leader must realise that public and inter-ethnic harmony is one of our country’s key requisites.

We see what is happening in the world, and what serious risks are accumulating. The growth of inter-ethnic and inter-faith tensions is one of today’s realities. Nationalism and religious intolerance are coming to provide an ideological base for most radical groupings and tendencies. This undermines and destroys the state and divides society. The most developed and affluent countries, which used to be proud of their tolerance, have come face-to-face with an “exacerbated ethnic issue.”

Behind the “failure of the multicultural project” stands the crisis of the model of the “ethnic state” – a state which has historically been built exclusively on the basis of ethnic identity. This is a serious challenge that Europe and many other regions in the world will have to face.

Russia as an “historic state”

The situation in our case, for all the apparent similarities, is entirely different. Our ethnic and migration problems are directly related to the collapse of the USSR, and beyond that, historically, to the destruction of Greater Russia, which emerged in its original form in the 18th century.

Historically, Russia has been neither a mono-ethnic state nor a US-style “melting pot,” where most people are, in some way, migrants. Russia developed over centuries as a multinational state, in which different ethnic groups have had to mingle, interact and connect with each other – in domestic and professional environments, and in society as friends.

I am convinced that the attempts to preach the idea of a “national” or monoethnic Russian state contradict our thousand-year history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking to the Stars: NASA Touts ‘Beautiful’ Meteor Shower Wednesday

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 3, 2012

By JOE JACKSON

NASA / MEO / B. COOKE False-color image of a rare early Quadrantid, captured by a NASA meteor camera in 2010.

Heads up for stargazers: an annual meteor shower early Wednesday morning promises a “brief, beautiful show” worth waking – or staying – up for this year.

The Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, should peak for a few hours after 3 a.m. on Jan. 4. The agency has billed it as “an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.” (Alas, it will only be visible from the northern hemisphere.) Read the rest of this entry »

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How Can London Stop the Riots? 8 Answers From an Expert

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 10, 2011

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In the new age of rioting—where flash mobs assemble with the benefit of social media—London police struggled, at best, to

Police officers stand near a burnt out shop in Clapham Junction, in south London. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

quell the rising violence, which is still spreading across the U.K. But what did London do wrong? How could officials have better planned to subdue the riots?

Paul Wertheimer, founder of the international Crowd Management Strategies in Los Angeles, has developed safety standards and legislation in the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, South Africa and more, including helping to form the British government’s 1999 Event Safety Guide. He admits it can be easy to critique from a distance, but was still surprised with the initial slow response and later tactics. Wertheimer took a look at the London situation, and shared his thoughts with TIME.

What is London doing wrong to have this drag on?

The slow response, and likely expectation that the initial rioting would dissipate on its own proved wrong approaches. This was likely based on faulty street-level intelligence and a failure to fully appreciate the organizational skills of and the speed in which today’s young malcontents move. London authorities are not the first to face this challenge and they won’t be the last.  It is a prospect both despots and democracies will face.

(PHOTOS: Riots Spread Throughout England)

What should London be doing to stop the surge?

A forceful showing of police (or military) is needed and being put in place now. A continued effort must be made to garner public support and voluntary cooperation. The public must be kept fully informed of developments to quell rumors and instill confidence in community institutions. I think a curfew is needed and military assistance at some level as the situation appears beyond the resources of local law enforcement and fire services. The rioting needs to be quelled least more malcontents, opportunists and criminals or terrorists join in. Each day, as well, comes the chance of a major human calamity. Read the rest of this entry »

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