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Raw Video: Hong Kong, Sydney Celebrate 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2011

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World Leaders Hope for a Better 2012

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Putin says Happy New Year to Russia

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New Year’s Eve: The World Welcomes 2012 (PICTURES)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2011

People around the world are celebrating the start of the New Year, bidding farewell to 2011 and welcoming the start of 2012.

In Australia, more than a million people crowded along the shores of Sydney’s harbor, to watch a midnight fireworks extravaganza over Harbour Bridge.

Sydney’s firework display is often one of the world’s most iconic celebrations. This years display was created to remind Australians that although 2011 has been tough there are better times ahead, with some of the fireworks designed to explode in the shape of a cloud, because “every cloud has a sliver lining”.

An hour earlier in New Zealand, thousands of Kiwis took to the streets of Auckland to watch the firework display centered around the city’s Sky Tower.

However the capital Wellington was was hit by torrential rain and thunderstorms which forced the cancellation of firework displays.

The first country to welcome 2012 was the Pacific island of Samoa. Revelers on the island nation cheered with extra excitement this year as, having changed their time zone, they became the first rather than the last to great the New Year.

The move is aimed at strengthening trade ties with Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

When the clock stuck midnight on 29 December, Samoa skipped 30 December and moved straight to New Years Eve, 31 December.

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New Year’s Eve 2011: Celebrations Around The World

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2011

PARIS — Glittering fireworks exploded on Sunday as revelers in Australia and Asia welcomed 2012 and others around the world looked forward to bidding a weary adieu to a year marred by natural disasters and economic turmoil.

Some in Europe were already tamping down their hopes for a year that promises more financial pain.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel set the tone for a continent hammered by an unprecedented economic crisis: She warned in her New Year’s message that despite her country’s comparatively stable economic situation next year will be more difficult than 2011.

In Spain, which on Friday unveiled a brand new batch of austerity measures that include surprise income and property tax hikes, 53-year-old Joaquin Cabina, was going to celebrate at home with his wife and sons – but otherwise didn’t feel he had much to look forward to.

“The government has just hit us with higher taxes and says it’s going to cut spending,” he Madrid car mechanic said. “What I see is that prices are going up and all I hope for is to keep working and for my family to enjoy good health.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s greetings came mixed with sarcasm toward those protesting his 12 years in power and his plans to return to the presidency for at least six more years.

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North Korea: South Korean ‘Puppet Group’ Should Not Expect Any Change

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2011

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Saturday that Kim Jong Un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further strengthening his authority after the death of his father, longtime North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.


Officials and state media have bestowed on Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s, a string of titles as North Korea’s elite rally around him in the wake of his father’s death this month after 17 years in power.


But the title Supreme Commander – and its formal proclamation by the powerful Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party – is a clear sign that Kim Jong Un is fast consolidating power over North Korea. It’s also the latest step in a burgeoning personality cult around him.


Kim Jong Un’s age and inexperience have raised questions outside North Korea about his leadership of a nation engaged in delicate negotiations over its nuclear program and grappling with decades of economic hardship and chronic food shortages.


But the North has moved quickly to show the world a unified face.


Kim Jong Un should be “the only center of unity, cohesion and leadership” of the Workers’ Party, North Korea’s state media said, and the 1.2 million-strong military should uphold the “songun,” or military-first, politics laid down by Kim Jong Il.

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Believe or Not: Anyway this is Forecast

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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100 Days Of Disaster – 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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Russian-US relations: Looking ahead to 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 12, 2011 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

The year 2011 was a rocky one for Russian-US relations, in which the early hopes of a reset have been overshadowed by a series of setbacks. President Dmitry Medvedev is calling on his US counterpart to help make 2012 a better year.

Medvedev offered season’s greetings to US President Barack Obama for the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday.

“We have a rich agenda ahead of us, which we discussed in Deauville and Honolulu,” the President says in his address. “The main thing…is to build constructive and mutually respectful bilateral dialogue, intensify out joint efforts to strengthen the positive dynamics in Russian-US relations, give new impetuses to the intensification of trade and economic interaction, and the realization of modernization projects without looking back at the political situation.”

The relationship between Medvedev and Obama got off to a promising start last year when both presidents signed the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty in Prague. The treaty, which limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 – a reduction of nearly two-thirds from the original START treaty – entered into force in February, 2011. The Russian-US honeymoon, however, was destined to be a brief one.

Even before signing New START, Medvedev let it be known that Russia reserved the right to abrogate the agreement if progress was not made on the controversial issue of US missile defense in Europe. Thus far, the United States refuses to cooperate on the long-term project with Russia, which has called the system sitting on its doorstep a potential threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia: Nuclear Submarine Fire Extinguished

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011


MOSCOW — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel’s nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.

Military prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether safety regulations were breached. President Dmitry Medvedev summoned top Cabinet officials to report on the situation and demanded punishment for anyone found responsible.

The fire broke out Thursday at an Arctic shipyard outside the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk where the submarine Yekaterinburg was in dry-dock. The blaze, which shot orange flames high into the air through the night, was put out Friday afternoon and firefighters continued to spray the vessel with water to cool it down, Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Russian state television earlier showed the rubber-coated hull of the submarine still smoldering, with firefighters gathering around it and some standing on top to douse it with water. Most modern submarines’ outer hulls are covered with rubber to make them less noisy and more difficult for an enemy to detect.

Seven members of the submarine crew were hospitalized after inhaling poisonous carbon monoxide fumes from the fire, Shoigu said.

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Let 2012 be the Symbol of Love

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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Future of Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

Let’s be optimistic that this future of Nepal will be fulfilled soon:

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15-Year-Old Girl Wows Korean Talent Show Judges With Cover Of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

Park Ji Min may only be 15 years of age, but there’s no doubting her singing talent, with a jaw-dropping cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” wowing the judges of Korean TV talent show, KPop Star.

Speaking in Korean to the judges before her audition, she’s very quiet and reserved, but as soon as she starts singing in English, it’s as if Adele is actually there in the room, belting out one hell of a tune.

Sure, the piano accompaniment doesn’t do her justice, but the envious looks on her competitors’ faces just about says it all – this girl’s good. Really good.

At first the judges just wiggle their heads along to the beat, but as soon as Park Ji Min starts hitting those high notes, we’re getting whopping and hollering – even from the fiercesome judge on the right, who bears a startling resemblance to Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon. We think so, anyway.

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रुप फेरिँदैछ काठमाडौंको

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

काठमाडौं बिजुलीबजार क्षेत्रमा मूल सडक चौडा पार्न केही दिनअघि डोजर लगाइँदै। तस्बिर : भास्वर ओझा

सहर ब्युरो, काठमाडौं, पुस १५- मंसिर पहिलो साता नयाँबानेश्वर क्षेत्रमा अतिक्रमित संरचना भत्काउन सुरु गर्दा भाइकाजी तिवारीले यो अभियान यति अगाडि बढ्ला भन्ने चिताएकै थिएनन्। दस वर्षदेखि काठमाडौं उपत्यका नगर विकास योजना कार्यान्वयन समितिका जागिरे उनले पटकपटक यस्तै प्रयास गरे पनि ‘ठूलाबडाको दबाबमा’ सधैं बीचमै तुहिएको अनुभव गरेका थिए।

यसपालि भने गजबै भयो।

काम गर्दै जाँदा स्वयं प्रधानमन्त्री आफ्नो पक्षमा खुलेर आएपछि नगर नियोजक तिवारी ढुक्कै भन्न सक्ने भएका छन्, ‘अब काठमाडौंको रूप फेरिनेछ।’

कुल १ हजार ६ सय किलोमिटर सडक रहेको काठमाडौंका करिब ४ सय किलोमिटर सबभन्दा व्यस्त मानिन्छन्। सहरका सबैजसो महत्वपूर्ण रुट समेटिएको यो ४ सय किलोमिटर दुरीको सडकलाई फराकिलो पार्ने नीति सरकारले ३५ वर्षअघि नै ल्याएको थियो। तर, ‘काम चलिरहेकै छ, किन चौडा पार्नु’ भन्ने मानसिकताले सबै सडक जस्ताको तस्तै रहेको समिति बताउँछ।

‘कुनै पनि कुरो टाकुरामा पुगेपछि झर्न सुरु हुन्छ,’ बिहीबार आफ्नो कार्यकक्षमा सहयोगीले घेरिएका तिवारी आत्मविश्वासका साथ भनिरहेका थिए, ‘अब यो अनियमितताको पतन सुरु भयो।’

तिवारीका अनुसार काठमाडौंका सडकमा ट्राफिक जामको ठूलै समस्या भएपछि सम्बन्धित निकायहरू छट्पटाउन थालेका हुन्। ‘सुरुमा माइतीघर-तीनकुने सडकभित्रै टोयोटा कम्पनीले बनाएका पार्किङ लट र सामुन्नेका आइल्यान्डहरू भत्कायौं,’ तिवारीले भने, ‘प्रयोगमा नआएका ती संरचना हटाउँदा अलिकति मनोबल बढ्यो र विस्तारै अतिक्रमित संरचनामा पनि हात हाल्न थाल्यौं।’

बग्गीखानास्थित कार्यालयमा बसेर उपत्यकाकै ट्राफिक नियन्त्रण गर्दै आएका डिआइजी गणेशराज राईको मोबाइल र वाकीटकीमा बिहीबार अहिले भत्काइरहेका संरचनासँग जोडिएका सन्देशहरू आइरहेका थिए।

‘आज पनि महŒवपूर्ण घर परेका छन्,’ उताबाट कसैले नामहरू लिइरहेको थियो, ‘चिरनशमशेर, हिमाल हस्पिटल, भक्तपुर सडक कार्यालयका डिभिजनल इन्जिनियर सरद प्रधान…’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Space Plan From China Broadens Challenge to U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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The Long March 2F rocket carrying Shenzhou 8 spacecraft lifts off at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, in northwestern China's Gansu province, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasted off in the latest step in what will be a decade-long effort by the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. (AP Photo)

BEIJING — Broadening its challenge to the United States, the Chinese government on Thursday announced an ambitious five-year plan for space exploration that would move Chinacloser to becoming a major rival at a time when the American program is in retreat.

Coupled with China’s earlier vows to build a space station and put an astronaut on the moon, the plan conjured up memories of the cold-war-era space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States, which has de-emphasized manned spaceflight in recent years, is now dependent on Russia for transporting its astronauts to the International Space Station. Russia, for its part, has suffered an embarrassing string of failed satellite launchings.

China has been looking for ways to exert its growing economic strength and to demonstrate that its technological mastery and scientific achievements can approach those of any global power. The plan announced Thursday calls for launching a space lab and collecting samples from the moon, all by 2016, along with a more powerful manned spaceship and space freighters. Read the rest of this entry »

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