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Help us build an extension to Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

Vattenfall, a leading European energy company, would like to extend its Kentish FlatsOffshore Wind Farm (also known by local people as Whitstable or Herne Bay Wind Farm)with up to 17 wind turbines. This Statement of Community Consultation explains howyou can comment on its proposed application for a development consent order to theInfrastructure Planning Commission.

Kentish Flats Extension – the proposal

The existing Kentish Flats wind farm with 30 wind turbines has beenproducing green electricity since 2005. The proposed extension isaround 8km off Herne Bay and will be to the south and west of thecurrent project. It could add up to 17 wind turbines in 7.7 km2 of sea, inwater depths between three and five metres at lowest tide.

The wind turbines for the extension will have a similar capacity to thosecurrently used, with a tip height up to 145 metres. The turbines will beplaced on top of large steel tube foundations which will be driven up to35 metres into the seabed, similar to the current scheme.

Underwater cables will connect turbines to the existing offshoresubstation from which one or two underwater cables will run to shore atHampton Pier, Herne Bay. Onshore, the new cables will follow the routeof the existing cabling along the Hampton Pier Road under paved roadsto the Red House Farm substation south of Herne Bay. KFE will notrequire any changes to the power grid.

Due to its scale, Vattenfall must do an assessment, known as EIA, ofpossible significant environmental effects of the extension.We are also seeking views from all interests, including the public, on theproposal. We will consult on the whole project and have identified thefollowing as likely to be important: Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Year Of The Rabbit Preparations Underway For Lunar New Year (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011


Wonderful!
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Charles honours Gurkha soldiers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

The Prince of Wales presents Afghanistan Service Medals to Gurkas at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to Gurkha soldiers who were killed and horrifically injured in a hard-fought tour of Afghanistan.

Charles presented campaign medals to members of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) who recently returned from six months in Helmand province.

Wounded troops on crutches and in a wheelchair lined up alongside their comrades on a bitterly cold parade ground at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone, Kent.

Addressing the men, the Prince said they had endured “yet another gruelling tour” in Afghanistan but had left the country a better place.

He said progress in Helmand had come at a “terrible cost”, with 16 members of 1RGR’s wider battle group killed during the deployment from April to November last year and 110 wounded.

Charles highlighted the extraordinary courage of the injured soldiers in battling their way to recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 13 Countries That Control the World’s Gold

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

Even if 2011 has gotten off to a rough start for gold, everyone knows that the value of gold is at historic highs.  What is interesting is that there is rarely a discussion about which countries actually have a lock on the world’s gold.  24/7 Wall St has compiled a list of the top 13 nations which hold the bulk of the world’s gold reserves and added in an outlook for 2011.

After having peaked above $1,420 per ounce at the end of 2010, gold has recently traded under $1,330 per ounce and has basically put in 3-month lows.  As part of its analysis 24/7 Wall St.  looked at the trends of the world’s top holders that may drive demand up or down ahead in 2011 after taking a look at the new data from the World Gold Council.

Many issues should be considered in gold investing including demand from the private sector for bars, coins and jewelry along with industrial use.

1) United States holds 8,133.5 tonnes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Roger Stockham Arrested With Explosives Outside Major U.S. Mosque

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011


I am not surprised.
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Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011


Yime is very powerful
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Adam Potter, Mountain Climber, Survives 1,000 Ft. Fall, Still Wants To Climb Everest

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011


He is the real hero, not the hero of film.
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Egypt’s New Government Announced On State TV

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011


Congratula­tion to the new government­. This is the victory of people.
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Michelle Obama Wears Prabal Gurung Dress, Fallon Necklace on ‘Oprah’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on “Oprah” Jan. 27 wearing a sleeveless fuchsia Prabal Gurung sheath dress and Fallon “Victoria Royal” necklace, that had the designers celebrating with congratulatory tweets.

Obama, who has worn Gurung for important occasions before, slipped on the chic and simple fitted dress for a poignant and somewhat somber episode of Oprah Winfrey’s popular talk show.

The First Lady, along with former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, appeared to bring attention to American soldiers injured or lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their surviving families. Read the rest of this entry »

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नक्कली लुम्बिनी बनाउने भारतीय प्रयासमा तुषारापात

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

तिलौराकोटमुनी शहरको अबशेष भेटियो

१७ माघ, काठमाडौं । बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको देखाउन उत्तर प्रदेशको अलिगढवामा नक्कली लुम्बिनी बनाइरहेको भारतको प्रयास ‘वालुवामा पानी’ सावित हुने भएको छ ।

हालै एक बेलायती बिश्वबिद्यालयले गरेको अनुसन्धानमा कपिलवस्तुको तिलौराकोटमा बुद्धकालीन सहर नै रहेको पत्ता लागेपछि बुद्धलाई आफ्नै पेवा बनाउने भारतीय प्रयास ब्रेक लागेको हो । हजारौँ वर्ष पुराना पुरातात्विक महत्वका संरचना पत्ता लगाउन सक्ने अत्याधुनिक प्रबिधि प्रयोग गरी जहाजबाट गरिएको एक्स-रेले तिलौराकोटमुनि सहर नै रहेको पत्ता लागेको हो । बेलायती विश्वविद्यालय डरहामका विशेषज्ञले हवाईजहाजबाट गरेको अनुसन्धानले तिलौराकोटको भूगर्भमा दरबार, ४ लेनको सडक, दुईतिर घर, सहर र उद्यानसमेत आधा किमि लम्बाइको व्यवस्थित बस्ती रहेको पुष्टि गरेको छ ।

एक महिनाअघि गरिएको अनुसन्धानबाट अहिलेसम्म पनि उपर्युक्त संरचना तिलौराकोटमा विद्यमान रहेको वेलायती टोलीले पत्ता लगाएको हो । उत्खनन नगरी बाहिरबाट हेर्दा नै यति धेरै संरचना पत्ता लागेकाले उत्खनन गर्दा अरू प्रशस्तै ऐतिहासिक सामग्री पाइने आशा गरिएको छ ।

त्यहाँ पाइने इँटालगायतका अन्य सामग्रीबाट पनि तिनीहरू कति सय वर्ष पुराना हुन् भनी पत्ता लगाउन सकिन्छ । बुद्धकालीन वा सोभन्दा पुरानो सहर, दरबार र अन्य संरचना जस्ताको तस्तै उत्खनन गरी प्रदर्शनयोग्य बनाउन ५ वर्ष लाग्ने अनुसन्धानमा संलग्नहरुले जनाएका छन् । यसअनुसार, ३ वर्ष उत्खनन, एक वर्ष संग्रहालयका रूपमा व्यवस्थापन र अर्को एक वर्षमा विश्वसामु यसको सार्वजनिकीकरण गरिने कार्यक्रम छ ।

के गर्दै छ भारतले ?

बुद्ध भारतमै जन्मिएका हुन भन्ने भारतीय दावीलाई पुष्टी गर्न तथा बिश्व समुदायलाई भ्रममा पार्न भारतले नक्कली लुम्बिनी र तिलौराकोट पनि बनाउन थालेको छ । बुद्धको जन्मस्थलसम्बन्धी सबै विश्वमान्यता परिवर्तन गर्न भारतले उत्तरप्रदेशको अलिगढवामा धमाधम निर्माणकार्य गरिरहेको छ जुन २०१२ सम्म सम्पन्न गर्ने लक्ष्य रहेको छ । नेपालको कपिलवस्तुसँग सीमा जोडिएको अलिगढवामा नक्कली कपिलवस्तु निर्माणकार्य अन्तिम अवस्थामा छ । उत्तरप्रदेशको सिद्धार्थनगर जिल्लाअन्तर्गत पीपरहवा क्षेत्रलाई भारतले कपिलवस्तु नामकरण गरेर बुद्ध भारतमै जन्मिएका हुन् भन्ने प्रमाणित गर्न खोजिरहेको छ । विश्वशान्तिका अग्रदूत सिद्धार्थ गौतमबुद्धले भारतको बोधगयामा बुद्धत्व प्राप्त गरेका भए पनि उनको जन्म नेपालको लुम्बिनीमा भएको थियो । उनी तिलौराकोटमा राजा शुद्धोधनको दरबारमा जन्मिएका थिए ।

तर, भारतले भने शुद्धोधनको दरबार तिलौराकोट, गौतमबुद्धको मावली देवदह र उनको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी सारा भारतमै बनाउन थालेको छ । अलिगढवामा बुद्धसित सम्बन्धित विभिन्न निर्माणकार्य तीब्र गतिमा भइरहेका छन् । निर्माणकार्यमा ट्रयाक्टरमात्र होइन, ५० औँ मजदुर खटिएका छन्

नक्कली लुम्बिनीको सुरक्षार्थ खटिएका अलिगढवाका राकेश भारतीले बुद्ध नेपालमा होइन, भारतमै जन्मिएको दाबी गरे । उनका अनुसार त नेपालले भारतीय सम्पदाको नक्कल गरेर लुम्बिनी र तिलौराकोट बनाएको हो । ‘बुद्धसँग सम्बन्धित धेरै प्रमाण भारतसँग छन्, नेपालले त नक्कल गरेको हो । अब भारतले बुद्ध गन्तब्यलाई थप आकर्षक बनाउँदै छ त के खराबी भयो ?’ उनले भने ।

माइतीबाटै र्फकंदै गरेकी आमा मायादेवीको कोखबाट बाटो(लुम्बिनीमा) जन्मिएका बुद्ध २९ वर्षको उमेरमा दरबार छाडेको नेपाली संस्कृतिविद्हरूको दाबी छ । ‘हामीलाई त थाहा भएन, देवदह, तिलौराकोट र लुम्बिनी सारा यतै बन्दै छन’ अलिगढमा काम गर्दै भेटिएका भारत नौगढका एक मजदुरले भने । नक्कली निर्माणलाई सक्कली प्रमाणित गर्न भारतले देवदह, लुम्बिनी र तिलौराकोटका भग्नावशेषलाई पनि नक्कल गरेको छ । यताका भग्नावशेषका इँटा, माटोका ढिस्को र स्तम्भसमेत नक्कल गरेर उता ‘भग्नावशेष’ बनाइँदै छ । निर्माण पुरानो देखाउन पुराना भारतीय घरमा प्रयोग भएका इँटा किन्नसमेत भारतले करोडौँ रुपैयाँ लगानी गरिसकेको अलिगढवाका स्थानीय वासिन्दाले बताए । तर, कसैले पनि आप\mनो नाम भने बताउन चाहेनन् ।

कपिलवस्तुको सदरमुकाम तौलिहवाबाट २४ किलोमिटरको सडकदूरीमा अलिगढवा राज्यअन्तर्गत पीपरहवामा यो निर्माण भइरहेको छ । भारतले गौतमबुद्धको वास्तविक मावलीगाउँ देवदह, जन्मस्थान लुम्बिनी र दरबार तिलौराकोटबीचको दूरी पनि नेपालमा जस्तै बनाइएको छ । राजा शुद्धोधनका पालाका भेटिएका माटाका भाडालगायतका अधिकांश वस्तु तथा ठाउँसमेत भारतले नक्कल गर्दै उतै बनाइरहेको छ । माटाका भाँडा र वस्तुमा पुरानोजस्तै देखिने लेप पनि लगाइँदै छ ।

नेपाल सरकारले औपचारिक रूपमा विरोध नगरेका कारण भारतले नक्कली कपिलवस्तुमा प्रत्येक डिसेम्बर २९, ३० र ३१ तारिखमा विभिन्न कार्यव|mम गरी बुद्धमहोत्सव मनाउँदै आएको छ । देवदह, लुम्बिनी र तिलौराकोटलाई व्यवस्थित गर्न भारतले दसवर्षे नीति ल्याएको छ ।

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Scientists baffled by spontaneous whale

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

Some global communities may be embroiled in conflict but Russian and American scientists have found a new diplomatic connection – Flex, an endangered eastern Pacific grey whale.

Flex surprised a Russian research team by unexpectedly leaving Russia, speeding across the Bering Sea to North America, passing into the Gulf of Alaska. He is now headed towards Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

The whale is 13 years old and tracked by researchers at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in the United States. Russian and American researches are working together to understand what inspired the sudden and quite peculiar journey. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Fate of freedom of speech in Europe is being determined now” – Danish activist

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society, is currently standing trial in Denmark on charges connected with criticizing Islam. He faces two years in jail. He spoke with RT about his view on immigration, Islam and freedom of speech.

Lars Hedegaard says the society he heads is not against immigration as such – they simply insist on their right to describe problems associated with immigration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Egypt crisis: Mubarak family profile

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

[These days everybody knows about the Egypt situation. This blog, therefore, going to give more information about Mubarak]

Maintaining his iron grip on Egypt for 30-years has earned Hosni Mubarak the rather flattering title of the Pharaoh.

By Martin Evans But while his personal wealth – estimated in some quarters to top £20 billion – may draw comparisons to the country’s ancient rulers, his popularity among the Egyptian people is far less convincing.

During his unopposed time in office, he has managed to maintain a degree of relative stability, while enjoying good relations with the West and Israel.

But it has often come at a cost, with many of his opponents complaining of poverty, corruption and state brutality.

Married to Suzanne, the daughter of a nurse from Pontypridd, Wales, the 82-year-old former Air Force officer is no stranger to the perils of high office, having survived at least six assassination attempts.

Born in 1928 in the village of Kahel-el-Meselha on the Nile River Delta, Mr Mubarak, was destined for a career in the armed forces, graduating from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1949.

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Belarus opposition rallies near KGB head office in Minsk

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 30, 2011

 

Mass riots in Minsk. Archive

Belarusian opposition members gathered for an unsanctioned rally in front of the Belarusian security service (KGB) building in downtown Minsk on Sunday.

The protesters are demanding the immediate release of opposition members who were detained in mid-December over participation in unsanctioned post-election rally in Minsk and accused of organizing mass riots. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ukrainian communists collect funds to restore Stalin statue

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 30, 2011

Ukrainian communists collect funds to restore Stalin statue

Ukrainian communists are collecting funds to restore a statue to Josef Stalin, which was blown up in the Ukrainian city of Zaporzhe on New Year’s Eve, UNIAN news agency said.

“[The communists] bring voluntary contributions to join the common cause initiated by the communists and veterans of Zaporzhe,” the Communist party’s regional committee in Bilopillia, in northeastern Ukraine, said. Read the rest of this entry »

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