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Archive for September, 2010

Pakistan Cuts NATO Supply Line In Apparent Retaliation For Killed Troops

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010


Better to give attention to listen each other rather than to give tension to each other.
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Gliese 581g ‘Goldilocks’ Planet Could Be Just Right For Life?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010


“With an estimated 200 billion stars in the universe, that means maybe 40 billion planets that have the potential for life,….” interesting!
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Minimum wage rises to £5.93 an hour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

Mirror

The national minimum wage is increasing by 13p an hour to £5.93, benefiting an estimated one million, mainly women, workers.

A new hourly rate of £2.50 will also be introduced for apprentices, who previously did not qualify for a statutory wage. The age threshold for paying the adult rate will be reduced from 22 to 21, giving an estimated 50,000 people a pay rise of more than 20%.

To mark the increase, the Government announced that employers who deliberately flouted minimum wage laws will be publicly named under a new scheme.

Employment relations minister Edward Davey said: “Bad publicity can be a powerful weapon in the fight against employers who try to cheat their workers and their competitors. Their reputation can be badly damaged if they are seen to be flouting the law. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK in court over internet privacy

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

Mirror

The European Commission is taking the UK to court for breaking EU rules on safeguarding internet privacy.

The move follows complaints to the Commission from British internet users that they have been targeted by advertisers based on an analysis of their “internet traffic”.

A Commission statement said it first launched legal proceedings in April last year amid concerns about how the UK authorities dealt with citizens’ concerns over the use of “behavioural advertising” by internet service providers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Analysis: Red Shirt resentment simmers in Thailand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

IRIN UDON THANI, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) – More than four months after clashes between anti-government

Photo: Alisa Tang/IRIN A red-shirt protester in northeast Thailand

demonstrators and troops in central Bangkok left 91 dead, the Red Shirts remain embittered and determined in their struggle against a government doing too little to reconcile their differences.

“They say they want national reconciliation, but they haven’t reached out to us, the people,” 30-year-old Chotirot Jaihan said under a tent in a large field that serves as the headquarters of the pro-Red Shirt Chumchon Khon Rak Udon – the Society of People who Love Udon, a province in northeast Thailand, which is the heartland of the Red Shirt movement.

“The government doesn’t care about what happened to us [in the clashes]. They are just hunting down the Red Shirts and arresting us. It’s like now it has ended, it’s just over.”

However, though many of its leaders have been detained, the Red movement is, in fact, far from over, as community grassroots groups like the Udon society continue to collect money for the cause and as Reds convene more rallies – including one with some 4,000 people in central Bangkok on 19 September. Read the rest of this entry »

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Japanese climbers missing in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

AFP KATHMANDU: Three Japanese climbers and their guide are missing after an avalanche on a mountain in central Nepal,

Dhaulagiri is considered one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains in the the world

a Nepalese government official said today.

The four were part of an expedition trying to climb Dhaulagiri, considered one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains in the the world, when the avalanche struck on Wednesday.

Two climbers and a sherpa were airlifted from the 8,167-metre (26,795-foot) Himalayan peak — the seventh highest in the world — and two other climbers stayed at their camp, but rescuers were unable to find the other four men.

“We sent a helicopter up this morning to search for the missing four,” tourism ministry official Baburam Bhandari told AFP.

“The weather was very bad yesterday, but the conditions appear to be more favourable for search and rescue today.” Read the rest of this entry »

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There cannot be a hot war between China and the US

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

What is China going to do amid growing tensions around Iran? What’s the status of Russia-China relations? GRU veteran Andrey Devyatov, one of the leading experts on China, talked to RT about these and other questions.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev went to China on a three-day visit. He visited a Russian memorial cemetery in Port Arthur (Lushunkou in Chinese; currently a district of Dalian), signed a number of key economic MOUs with China and opened “Russia Day” at EXPO 2010.RT: What is the current status of relations between Russia and China?

Andrey Devyatov

Andrey Devyatov is a military expert on China and the author of numerous books and essays. He lived in China for 17 years. In 1999, he was expelled from China for “activities incompatible with his status” and banned from entering China for the next seven years. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Modernization needs support of interested social groups” – Vladislav Surkov

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

RT

Russia needs active social groups to push ideas of modernization, said the first deputy head of the presidentialadministration, Vladislav Surkov.

Surkov pointed out that groups that are interested in modernization should consist of “engineers and scientists, business and foreign specialists.”

“There is positive development in this direction and we hope that soon we will have those who are interested in modernization, which includes technical re-equipment of industry,” he said.

He stressed that in order for these groups to be formed, society first needs to understand what practical benefits modernization brings.

“We need to prove to the majority of our fellow citizens that these efforts will result in higher living standards, that modernization is profitable,” said Surkov. “It should be not just ideals, not just values, but also ordinary – if you will excuse me – food matters.” Read the rest of this entry »

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House Overwhelmingly Passes Trade Sanctions Bill Targeted At China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010


This is not unexpected result.
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भारत, चीन र राष्ट्रसंघको घेरा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2010

By रमेशनाथ पाण्डे

देशभित्र सहमति बनाउनुको सट्टा संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघसित जोरी खोजेर सरकारले नेपाललाई अनिष्ट हुने विषयमा पनि समयमा निर्णय लिन नसक्ने, लिएको अडानमा अड्न नसक्ने, सामुन्नेको जोखिम पनि विदेशीले नभनीकन देख्न नसक्ने प्रवृत्ति देखाएको छ । डेढ सय वर्षभन्दा लामो अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय सम्बन्धको अनुभव भएको देशको हुर्मत जाने अवस्था बनाएकामा यो सरकारलाई इतिहासले माफ गर्नेछैन । पराइलाई रिझाउन प्रधानमन्त्रीबाट सेनालाई विवादमा धकेल्ने, राजनीतिक सहमति गर्ने भूमिकामा सेनालाई तान्ने महाभारत-भूलको चर्को राजनीतिक मूल्य लोकतन्त्रले, पेचिलो कुटनीतिक क्षति देशले र राष्ट्रसंघसितको सम्बन्धमा नेपाली सेनाले बेहोर्नुपर्नेछ ।

राष्ट्रसंघीय पद्धति, ९ अगस्ट २००६ मा महासचिवलाई आफैंले लेखेको चिठी, नोभेम्बर २१, २००६ मा नेपाल सरकार र माओवादीबीच भएको विस्तृत शान्तिसम्झौता र त्यसलाई अन्तरिम संविधानको धारा १४७ ले दिएको वैधता तथा सुरक्षापरिषद्ले पारित गरेको प्रस्ताव (१७४०) लाई एकसाथ उपेक्षा गरेर राष्ट्रसंघ र अनमिनबारे गरेका आलोचना एवं अनमिनको कार्यावधि ‘कुनै हालतमा नथप्ने’ आधिकारिक अडान अन्ततः प्रत्युत्पादक भए । ‘कार्यादेशबाहिरका विषयमा मुछेर अनमिनलाई पटकपटक बलिको बोको बनाइयो’ भन्ने महासचिवको रोष राष्ट्रसंघको आधिकारिक अभिलेखमा पर्नुले नेपाल र विश्वसंस्थाको सम्बन्धमा बरफ जमेको प्रस्ट हुन्छ ।

महासचिवको प्रतिवेदनमा परेको टिप्पणी र ठहरमा असहमति व्यक्त गर्ने स्थापित कूटनीतिक विधि अपनाएर निर्णय दस्तावेजबाट हटाउने क्षमता पनि सरकारले देखाउन सकेन । फलस्वरूप राष्ट्रसंघको स्थापित कार्यपद्घतिअनुसार नेपाल अहिले ‘विधिवत् गठन हुने सरकार’ को प्रतिक्षामा रहेको अर्थात् मौजुदा सरकारसँग नीतिगत निर्णय लिने अधिकार नभएको सुरक्षापरिषद्को ठहर अभिलेख भएको छ तर आठौंपटकको प्रयासपछि पनि प्रधानमन्त्री छान्न असफल भएर नेपाल अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia’s Dollar At All Time High Against U.S. Dollar

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010


Then what American’s reaction could be when they visit UK – the most expensive country in the world?
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UNESCO World Heritage List: 10 Most Amazing Sites (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010


http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/ten-historical-sites/

Nepal: http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/np
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“Food intelligence” could cut price swings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010

IRIN

Johannesburg, 29 September 2010 (IRIN) – Accurate and timely information on the food stocks held by major grain

Photo: Kevin Lallier/Flickr Better information could keep prices more stable

exporters and importers, or “food intelligence”, could help prevent sudden and abnormal price hikes that threaten food security.

This was one of the proposals put forward at a day-long meeting of the Inter-Governmental Groups (IGGs) on Grains and on Rice at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), held in Rome on 24 September.

Maximo Torero, head of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based policy think-tank, said similar measures were suggested after the 2007/08 food price crisis had led to price volatility, but not much had been done.

Since July 2010, droughts and fires in Russia, a major wheat producer, have caused global prices to soar by between 60 and 80 percent, while maize has spiked by about 40 percent. The IGGs meeting dealt with these “unexpected” price hikes at length and pronounced that they were “a major threat to food security”. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 parties urge NC to withdraw

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010

REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: A meeting of 11 political parties including UCPN (Maoist), CPN-UML and TMDP on Wednesday decided to urge speaker Subas Nembang to use the constitutional provision to solve deadlocks if Nepali Congress (NC) turns down their request to withdraw prime ministerial candidate.

The meeting held at the Maoist parliamentary office in Singha Durbar also asked NC to pull out of the PM race so to initiate talks for national consensus government.

NC parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Paudel is the lone remaining PM candidate in parliament but had already failed to garner majority for eight times. Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal too failed to get majority in seven times but pulled out the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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China to extend Tibet railway to Nepal border

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010

Myrepublica

DHRUBA POUDEL/RSS

BEIJING, Sept 29: China has started extension works of Qinghai-Tibet railway from Lhasa towards Nepal border.

According to Chinese media, the 253-kilometer-long railway project that aims to link the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to the region’s second largest city, Xigaze, will take about four years to complete.

Xigaze, located to the southwest of Lhasa, lies at the foot of Mount Everest and borders Nepal.

China says the extension of the railway is a key project in the country´s long and medium-term railway network expansion and will speed up Tibet’s social and economic development.

A railway project that will link Lhasa to the eastern Tibet city of Nyingchi and another route to Nepal border are currently in the planning phase. In October last year, Nepal had urged China to extend the Beijing-Lhasa railway line till Kathmandu.

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