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कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानको नाम परिवर्तन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2011

२००९ को सेप्टेम्बरको शुरुतिर अनलाइन खबर पत्रिकामा “भारतद्धारा नक्कली ‘कपिलबस्तु’ निर्माण” शिर्षकमा सो निर्माण कार्य सन २०१२ मा सम्पन्न गर्ने गरी करीब अन्तिम अबस्थामा पुगेको समाचार प्रकाशित हुँदासम्म बुद्ध जन्मनु भएको देशका तर्फबाट भने कुनै पनि किसिमको  आवाज नउठेकोले बिभिन्न देशमा छरिएर रहेका नेपाली बीच यसरी मौन बस्न नहुने ठहर गरी “कपिलवस्तु दिवस विस्व दिवस” को रुपमा जे जसरी हुन्छ मनाएर आवाज उठाइनु पर्ने सहमति भए अनुरुप उपयुक्त दिन खोज्ने क्रममा अशोक स्तम्भ खडग सम्शेरले पत्ता लगाएको भए तापनि अन्तरराष्ट्रिय जगत सामू ल्याउने महत्वपूर्ण काम भने १ डिसेम्बर १८९६ मा जर्मन पुरातत्वबिद Anton Führer ले गरेको दिनलाई ऐतिहासिक महत्व दिइनु धेरै अर्थमा महत्व राख्ने देखिएको कारण यस दिनलाई कपिलबस्तु दिबसको रुपमा मनाइने निर्णय गरिएको हो । गौतम बुद्ध लुम्बिनीमा जन्मेका हुन भन्ने सबभन्दा राम्रो प्रमाण नै अशोक स्तम्भ हो । नेपाललाई संसारमा चिनाउने एउटा बलियो आधार शान्तिका प्रतिमूर्ति गौतम बुद्ध जन्मनु भएको प्रमाण विस्व सामू सार्वजनिक गरिएको सो दिनलाई एउटा ऐतिहासिक महत्व दिनु आबस्यक देखिएको र त्यस्तो निर्णयका कारण यस क्षेत्रको बिकासको लागि उपयुक्त बातावरण सिर्जना गर्न सकिएको खण्डमा नेपालको पर्यटन प्रबर्द्धनमा सहयोग पुर्याइ अन्तत्वगत्वा नेपालको बिकासमा नै सहयोग पुर्याउने मात्र नभएर राष्ट्रिय अन्तरराष्ट्रिय शान्ति प्रकृयामा समर्थन, ऐक्यबद्धता र टेवा समेत दिन सक्ने भएकोले १ डिसेम्बरलाई कपिलबस्तु दिबसको रुपमा मनाउने निर्णय गरिएको हो । Read the rest of this entry »

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तेश्रो लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवसको अबसरमा पुष्पकमल दाहाल प्रचन्डको शुभ-कामना

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2011

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कपिलवस्तु हाम्रो

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2011

कपिलवस्तु हाम्रो ज्ञानभूमी बुद्ध हाम्रो शान
ज्यानको आहुती दिएर बचाउँछौं स्वाभिमान

परि आए तयार हुन्छौं रगतले धर्ती सिंच्न
दशगजा होईन रातारात वैरीले सीमा मिच्न

नेपालीको इज्जतसँग खेलबाड गर्न नखोज्नु
नेपालीको गौरवगाथामा गिद्दे नजर नगाढनु

आआफ्नो संस्कृतिको रक्षा गर्दा हुन्छ राम्रो
विश्व भरी प्रख्यात बनेको कपिलवस्तु हाम्रो

अर्काको स्वाभिमान कुल्ची हामी वीर हुँदैनौं
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तेश्रो लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवसको अबसरमा जीवा लामिछानेको शुभ-कामना

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2011

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Autumn Statement: Public Sector Job Losses Will Spiral To 710,000 By 2017

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

The number of public sector jobs expected to be lost because of spending cuts has nearly doubled from initial estimates, an economic forecaster warned, as George Osborne delivered a gloomy outlook for Britain’s economy.

Some 710,000 jobs are expected to go by 2017, a major leap from the 400,000 initially predicted, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said on Tuesday.

Robert Chote, the director of the OBR, said the latest figures were based on the government “deepening and extending” its programme of spending cuts for an extra year.

However the forecaster said it expected the public sector job losses to be offset by the creation of 1.7 million private sector jobs by 2017.

The chancellor was forced to acknowledge that he would miss his target of eliminating the UK’s structural deficit by the end of this parliament in 2015.

And there was more bad news for Osborne, as the OBR revised its growth prediction down to 0.9% for this year and 0.7% next year.

Speaking in the Commons, Osborne also said he plans to cap public sector pay rises at 1% when a current wage freeze ends.

Many areas of the public sector had been expecting to be able to grant 2% pay rises once the current two year pay freeze expired in 2013.

“In the current circumstances the country cannot afford the 2% rise assumed by some government departments thereafter. So, instead, we will set public sector pay awards at an average 1% for each of the two years after the pay freeze ends,” Osborne said.

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15 Richest Stars Under 30: Who’s Rolling In It?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

  

A 22-year-old actor has clung on to his top spot this year, topping Heat magazine’s richest under 30s list with earnings reaching a cool £52m.

Actress Keira Knightley joined the elite top five of most minted entertainers with £30.8million, while Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson moved up to third position with £24.9million.

Cheryl Cole was the list’s biggest mover, jumping to seventh place, with an estimate fortune of £11.4million. Despite being unceremonially sacked from The X Factor USA, Cole’s earnings were bumped up by her deals with cosmetic giant L’Oreal and de Grisogno jewellery.

She still did a lot better compared to her Girls Aloud bandmates, the highest of which was Kimberley Walsh at 24 with only £5.3m, half as much as Cheryl.

Face from the past Craig David managed to make the top 10, despite not having released any new material for years, still dining out on the success of his early noughties career.

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Britain ‘May Be Without Fully Operational Aircraft Carrier Until 2030’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

The full costs of scaling back Britain’s aircraft carrier programme are still not fully understood by the Government more than a year after the changes were made in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), a cross-party committee of MPs has said.

The cash savings from the revised plan will only be £600 million and there remained “considerable uncertainty” about the cost of modifying one of the new ships to accommodate a different kind of fighter jet, according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

That would not be known until December 2012, the committee said. It accused the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of focusing on “short-term” affordability in drawing up options for the SDSR to cover a £38 billion black hole in its budget.

Under the SDSR plans set out in October 2010, the construction of the two Queen Elizabeth class carriers ordered by the previous Labour government is going ahead.

However, one of the ships will be mothballed to save costs and the other will be converted to operate a cheaper Joint Strike Fighter, rather than the short take-off, vertical-landing (STOVL) version planned by Labour.

There will be no carrier aircraft capability between 2011 and 2020.

In a report critical of the long-term value for money of the Government’s revised carrier programme, the PAC said: “To convert the ship has changed the profile of risks and costs, and the costs are not yet fully understood. The switch from the STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to the carrier variant has reduced the technical risks associated with the STOVL aircraft.

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Nepal: Parties agree on consensus government in two weeks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

Republica

GANI ANASARI

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: The major political parties have agreed to form a government of national consensus within two weeks and have authorized their top leaders to take a decision on the leadership of the next government.

Signing a six-point agreement committing them to implement all the components of the November 1 deal by December 15, top leaders of the major parties and the Madhesi alliance agreed to “immediately” form a government based on political understanding as well as reiterating their agreement to complete the remaining tasks of the pace process by December 15.

“A national consensus government will be in place by the end of Mangsir (December 15),” said Ram Chandra Paudel, vice-president of the Nepali Congress, following a meeting of the top leaders on Tuesday when asked what the word “immediately” meant.

Further specifying the meaning of “immediately”, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said that the parties held discussions at length during the meeting to avoid possible different interpretations of “immediately”.

“A national consensus government will be formed without delay,” said Khanal about the parties´ interpretation of “immediately.”

Emerging from the meeting, Vice-chairman of the Maoist party Narayankaji Shrestha, who is also deputy prime minister and foreign minister, told media persons that a national consensus government would be formed after holding discussions at the top political level soon.  Read the rest of this entry »

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China eager to bring train service to Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha is back after wrapping up his week-long visit to China in the wake of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao´s impending visit to Nepal in mid-December. OurSpecial Correspondent Purna Basnet met Shrestha in Hong Kong on his way back to Kathmandu. Excerpts:

How did your first China visit as a foreign minister go?

After becoming foreign minister, I have been to UN General Assembly, India and SAARC summit under the leadership of prime minister. This is the first formal foreign visit under my leadership and it has been very fruitful. We held cordial discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations and I am confident that we will see positive results soon.

What would such positive results be?

Nepal-China friendship should not be seen as just another neighborly relation. It holds great significance. We could convince China to expand financial help to Nepal which was one of the two major agendas of my visit. China is likely to announce an increment in its annual grant to Nepal during the Chinese premier´s visit in December. We have also sought a one-time special grant at a time when we are approaching the final stage of the peace process and constitution drafting.

Did you have any discussion on reducing the massive trade deficit with China?

We had serious discussion on increasing bilateral trade and reducing the trade deficit. We have not been able to capitalize on the duty waiver offered by China on export of around 400 goods. Therefore, this time we urged China to provide waiver on those goods that we can export. They have asked us to provide a list of such items. Read the rest of this entry »

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5.2 Million Nepalese still Illiterate

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

NOV 29, BHAKTAPUR. The Informal Education Center, Sanothimi, has made the population of illiterate people public over 15 years of age.

Deputy Director of the Center, Keshav Prasad Dahal, said illiterate male population over 15 years of age across the country is over 1.7 million while the female one is over 3.4 million.

Sarlahi district has the highest number of illiterate population while Manang has the lowest population of illiterate population across the country. Sarlahi has 132,798 female illiterate population and 88,897 male whereas Manang has only 907 female and 499 male illiterate population.

Under-Secretary at the Center, Madhav Prasad Dahal said, the center has been running literacy campaign since October 18 targeting to make literate to 1,035,000 uneducated people of 15-60 age groups in all the 75 districts.

As per the target the center will run classes effectively and plans to make literate to 350,000 uneducated people in the first three months, he said. Similarly, the rest of the illiterate population will be made literate in the second and third phase within the end of the current fiscal year, he added. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia launches new missile defense to cover Atlantic

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered operational the newest Russian radar system that protects from missile attacks and covers all Europe and Atlantic.

Medvedev personally arrived in Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad and received a report from the Space Defense Troops commander that the radar station was fully ready for the launch. After this, the president gave the order to put the radar on combat duty.

At the ceremony Medvedev said that the radar launch was a sign to the Western partners that Russia was ready to promptly respond to threats that arise with the start of the European missile defense. “I expect that this step will be regarded by Western partners as the first signal of our country’s readiness to appropriately respond to the threats posed by the missile defense system to our strategic nuclear forces,” the Russian President said.

After the launch the president held a conference with top commanders of the Russian Military Forces. There he said that Russia was ready to listen to proposals on missile defense, but repeated that “verbal statements alone will not suffice.”

“If our signal is not heard, as I said on November 23 we will deploy other means of defense, including approving harsh counter-measures and the deployment of a strike group,” Medvedev said. “If other steps are taken, we are ready to listen to them, but in any case, verbal statements alone will not suffice,” the president said.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran attack: UK embassy stormed in Tehran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

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Build a flood-resilient city

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

One of the few remaining refuges to keep cars dry at the height of 2011 flooding in Bangkok: elevated parkways

Bangkok, 28 November 2011 (IRIN) – Less than a year after Bangkok was chosen as a “role model city” by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) as part of the UN’s 2010-2015 “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, the worst floods in half a century put that distinction to the test. 

IRIN asked experts what the 3,000 low-lying cities such as Bangkok – which includes its delta neighbours – can do to improve their flood resilience. 

Prioritize

A master plan capturing the city’s development visions, priorities and vulnerability is the first step, said Adri Verwey, an urban flood expert atDeltares a Netherlands-based water management think-tank. 

“Cities need to decide the levels of security that they want and which areas need more protection,” he said. 

In the Netherlands, where 26 percent of land is below sea level, cities with a high density of human and economic capital are designed to withstand a one-in-10,000-years flood, while inland, rural and sparsely populated areas are designed to withstand a-one-in-1,250 years flood. 

Find higher ground

Unbalanced development is the weakest point of urban planning in many Asian countries, but Thailand’s case is more extreme in that it has focused all its energy on the country’s business and political capital, said Anisur Rahman, land use planning specialist at the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Prevention Center (ADPC).  Read the rest of this entry »

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A Different Answer: Let’s Occupy Ourselves

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

If we occupy ourselves, there is no need to occupy others and hence the world could be Peaceful and wonderful. We all becoming teachers rather than becoming students, and this is the main reason of the problem of the world:

It’s hard to imagine someone, except on the far right, not sympathizing with the grievances of the Occupy movement. Women, young people, and minorities have been the hardest hit by the loss of millions of jobs. The fact that Wall Street’s recklessness brought down the entire economy led to a series of injustices: the malefactors were salvaged while ordinary citizens suffered, their excesses were not curbed by regulatory laws, and to rub salt into the wound, the same risk-takers are now enjoying huge profits, largely through the same reckless behavior.

With injustice rankling across society, it’s amazing that the Occupy movement isn’t more forceful and widespread. But I think there’s a reason why. People are tired of extreme divisiveness, even when there’s good reason to point out the bad guys and stand up to them. In last week’s failure of the super committee assigned the futile task of bringing Democrats and Republicans together on the deficit, there was a general, exhausted sense that we have been here before, over and over again.

Yet exhaustion — along with cynicism, disgust, and huge disappointment — isn’t a motivator for change. In a gloomy New York Times column, David Brooks points to ossified institutions that are not going to give up power, a public that continues to vote for divisive candidates, and the absence of viable leadership when both Democrats and Republicans are now minority parties, attracting a steady 30% of the electorate each. Brooks forecasts a bad decade ahead, seeing the only lever of change being financial catastrophe on the order of Greece.

Do we have to stagnate for a decade? There could be an opening for change at a level higher than politics. The American public is confused and conflicted right now. When individuals are in that state, the answer is self-awareness. A therapist asks simple, relevant questions. Why are you angry? How well has your anger worked for you? Do you have negative feelings toward those you love? What every American needs right now is to occupy himself or herself, which means honestly facing the conflicts roiling inside and finding a way to heal them. As long as voters complain about Washington’s inability to compromise while in the next breath supporting candidates who are rigidly tied to an ideology, conflict will continue because it exists inside the voter, first and foremost. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crisis in Europe Tightens Credit Across the Globe

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011

By ERIC DASH and 

Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace company, tempered its growth expectations despite experiencing a pickup in jet sales.

Europe’s worsening sovereign debt crisis has spread beyond its banks and the spillover now threatens businesses on the Continent and around the world.

From global airlines and shipping giants to small manufacturers, all kinds of companies are feeling the strain as European banks pull back on lending in an effort to hoard capital and shore up their balance sheets.

The result is a credit squeeze for companies from Berlin to Beijing, edging the world economy toward another slump.

The deteriorating situation in the euro zone prompted the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday to project that the United States economy would grow at a 2 percent rate next year, down from a forecast of 3.1 percent growth in May. It also lowered its economic outlook for Europe and the rest of the world, and a credit contraction could exacerbate the slowdown.

In addition, Moody’s Investors Service, the credit-rating agency, on Monday raised the possibility of mass downgrades of European government debt if a forceful resolution to the escalating crisis was not found.

Investors have begun to treat Europe’s big banks as the weak link in the global financial chain because of their huge holdings of bonds issued by debt-laden governments like Italy and Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

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