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Russia will veto military intervention in Syria at UNSC – Foreign Ministry

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2012

Russia will veto initiative on Syria intervention in UNSC - Foreign Ministry (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

Russia will veto initiative on Syria intervention in UNSC – Foreign Ministry (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

Russia is firmly dedicated not to let pass an initiative of foreign military intervention into Syria in the UN Security Council.

“We always said we’re strongly against any kind of external interference into the Syrian conflict, because it would only worsen the situation and bring unpredictable consequences for Syria and the whole region,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

He also said that Russia is opposing the convention of a new UN Security Council meeting on Syria in the near future.

The UN Security Council president’s statement concerning the tragic events in Houla, “is a strong enough signal to the Syrian parties and is a sufficient reaction of the Security Council,” the Russian diplomat told Interfax. Any new measures to affect the situation “would be premature for the Security Council,” he stressed.

China is siding with Russia regarding the Syrian conflict. On Wednesday, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Liu Weimin confirmed the official position of Beijing being against any sort of foreign military intervention into internal Syrian affairs.

The Russian diplomat commented on the statement of the French President Francois Hollande about possible foreign military interference into Syria. Read the rest of this entry »

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CNN Hit 20-Year Primetime Ratings Low In May

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2012

The bad news just keeps coming for CNN.

May was the network’s worst month for total viewers during primetime in over 20 years. CNN drew an average of just 389,000 primetime viewers from April 30 to May 27. In comparison, MSNBC drew an average of 674,000 total viewers, while Fox News boasted an average of 1,692,000 total viewers.

It was also the network’s second-worst month in primetime for viewers in the key demographic since October 1991.

Things were especially bad at the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. timeslots. Piers Morgan drew an average of 417,000 total viewers and 117,000 viewers age 25-54 — the lowest numbers the 9 p.m. slot has seen in two decades. Erin Burnett received just 89,000 viewers in the key demo at 7 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Fox And Friends’ Anti-Obama Video Could Double As GOP Ad [UPDATE: Fox News Issues Statement] (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2012

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“Fox and Friends” aired a remarkable four-minute video on its Wednesday show.

The video, which the hosts of the show advertised as taking a “look back” at President Obama’s four years in office, could easily be mistaken for a Republican attack ad. It was aired multiple times throughout the show. (UPDATE: Fox News later issued a statement disavowing the ad and attributing it to an associate producer. See the statement below.)

“We decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change,” host Gretchen Carlson asked at one point, introducing the video.

In the video —which is labeled as a “Fox and Friends Presents” production — viewers see images of Obama talking about jobs contrasted with footage of homeless people. There is dark, foreboding music, and statistics about the unemployment rate, the rise in the number of food stamps, and the national debt, among other things.

The hosts heaped lavish praise on the producer of the video saying that it had taken a “tremendous amount of research” to put together.

Some media critics were outraged by the video. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawikdenounced it, calling it reminiscent of “1930s propaganda”:

As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this. Don’t be fooled by Bret Baier’s Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel. Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.

Conservative commentators also expressed discomfort with the video. Hot Air’s Ed Morrisey said that it didn’t seem like something a news organization should be producing: Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Child Poverty Second Highest Among Developed Nations: Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2012

By Saki Knafo

Child Poverty

Can government spending lift poor children from poverty?

A new report from UNICEF suggests it’s possible. The latest edition of UNICEF’sreport on child poverty in developed countries found that 30 million children in 35 of the world’s richest countries live in poverty. Among those countries, the United States ranks second on the scale of what economists call “relative child poverty” — above Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, and 29 others. Only Romania ranks higher, with 25.5 percent of its children living in poverty, compared with 23.1 percent in the U.S.

The term “relative child poverty” refers to a child living in a household where the disposable income is less than half of the national median income. Many critics arguethat relative poverty isn’t the same as real hardship, or absolute poverty.

But the report brushes that away. Poverty is “essentially a relative concept,” it says. For example, a little more than a century ago, the wealthiest people in the world didn’t have cars. It concedes, however, that the measurement has some weaknesses. First, a child’s well-being doesn’t always correspond to the parents’ income. Second, comparing the relative poverty rates of various countries doesn’t make sense unless the countries have similar median incomes.

Because of these weaknesses the report considers “child deprivation.” To measure this, researchers produced a list of 14 items found in most middle-class households and counted the number of children whose families couldn’t afford them. The list included Internet connection, new clothes, three daily meals, two pairs of properly fitting shoes, and “the opportunity, from time to time, to invite friends home to play and eat.” Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Flame’ Virus explained: How it works and who’s behind it

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

‘Flame’ Virus: How it works and who’s behind it

                                                                                      ‘Flame’ Virus: How it works and who’s behind it

Flame may be the most powerful computer virus in history, and a nation-state is most likely to blame for unleashing it on the World Wide Web.Kaspersky’s chief malware expert Vitaly Kamlyuk shared with RT the ins and outs of Stuxnet on steroids.

Iran appears to be the primary target of the data-snatching virus that has swept through the Middle East, though other countries have also been affected.The sheer complexity of the virus and its targets has led Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab to believe a state is behind the attack.

Kaspersky first spotted the virus in 2010, though it may have been wrecking havoc on computer systems for many years.Vitaly Kamlyuk told RT how his company discovered it, just what makes Flame so significant, features of the virus that could point towards its creator, and why we all lose out in this intensifying cyber-war.

RT: So, how did you spot the malware, was it a planned investigation, or did it come by surprise?

Vitaly Kamlyuk: It was by surprise. We were initially searching for a [different form of] malware. We were aware of the malware that had spread throughout the Middle East, attacked hundreds of computers and wiped their hard drives, making the systems unbootable after that. It was actually after an inquiry from the International Telecommunications Union, which is a part of the United Nations, who actually asked us to start conducting research. When we started looking for this mysterious malware in the Middle East, we discovered this suspicious application that turned out to be even more interesting than the initial target of our search. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Google Should Be Worried About Facebook

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

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I have written a few columns questioning Facebook’s long term value. And amidst all the recent news about the company’s IPO woes, it seems like investors may be skeptical as well.

Even though I may have a conviction that a scenario might play out a certain way, I believe it is important to examine all sides. So today I would like to explore the flip side of the arguments I’ve laid out in past columns.

Let’s explore what Facebook could do with its ad model.

Why Ads Don’t Work on Facebook

My overall skepticism with Facebook’s business model and overall value is based on the assumption that its advertising strategy is limited to Facebook – its only asset to date.

There’s no question that the company is gathering a database of extremely detailed information about Facebook users. The assumption has been that Facebook would use that detailed user profile data to match advertisers up with the right consumers as folks use the service.

But if you look at mediums where advertising is successful, it becomes clear that it works best when the advertising is related to the content. When I read a magazine like Men’s Fitness, advertisers know they have the attention of someone interested in fitness and health. When I readGQ, advertisers know they have the attention of a reader interested in fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sexual Peak: Do Women Hit Their Sex Prime at 28?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

By Emma Gray

Sexual Peak

Are you in your sexual prime? If you’re around 28 years old, according to a recent survey, the answer is yes.

Through a poll of 1,281 British men and women, British sex toy company Love Honey found that women have their best sexual experiences around 28 while men “peak” at 33, the Daily Mail reported. This (unscientific survey) contradicts the oft-cited conventional wisdom that women peak sexually in their 30s, while men hit their sexual prime at 18. The poll also found that women and men both reported having the most sex in their 20s — 25 for women, 29 for men.

Relationship expert Tracey Cox told the Daily Mail that the survey’s findings make sense because it takes time to learn what you want out of sex and how to get it. “We tend to have the most sex at the start of relationships when desire is fresh, and the best sex once we’re more in tune with our bodies and our partner,” she said. “Despite the female sexual system being far more complex than a man’s, women are discovering what works and doesn’t faster than men.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bob Dylan Medal Of Freedom: Obama Awards Legendary Musician Prestigious Honor (PHOTO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan visited the White House on Tuesday to receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Dylan released his first album in 1962, and his music had a considerable influence on the civil rights movement. Below, President Barack Obama awards Dylan the prestigious medal.

The president said he found Dylan’s music transcendant, claiming it led to his “world opening up, because [Dylan] captured something about this country that was so vital.”

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Dylan was one of 13 to receive the Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, including former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt. Read the rest of this entry »

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A GORKHA GIRL, UTTARA THAPA MAGAR, TOPS INDIA IN ISC EXAM – 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

[Uttara is the daughter of late Narayan Thapa who was an Associate Professor of Chemistry subject in St. Joseph College, Darjeeling who had died only on 11th May, 2012.]

 

GORKHA GIRL TOPS INDIA IN ISC EXAM

Posted on May 21, 2012 North East girls fare better than boys in ICSE, ISCMay 20, 2012, 04.45AM IST TNN

 

GUWAHATI: The results of ICSE and ISC, conducted by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), were declared on Saturday and this time too girls have fared better than boys in the northeastern schools. However, there is no separate data for the northeast students as the CISCE does not have a separate zone for the region.

 

The students of Assam Valley School in Sonitpur district have done very well in both the ICSE and ISC examinations. Manjit Bora, a senior official of Assam Valley School said, “Though 101 candidates appeared for the Class X exams and 77 students appeared for Class XII exams, we have a 100 per cent pass percentage. Uttara Thapa Magar the all-India ISC topper in the Humanities stream. Her aggregate percentage is 98.75 per cent and she scored 100 out of 100 in History and Political Science.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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सरकार कामचलाउ हैसियतमा : राष्ट्रपति (पूर्णपाठसहित)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

काठमाडौ, जेष्ठ १६ – राष्ट्रपति डा‌. रामबरण यादवले संविधानसभाको बिघटनपछि पनि डा‌‌. बाबुराम भट्टराईको सरकारले नै अर्को सरकार गठन नभएसम्मका लागि दैनिका कार्य सञ्चलन गर्ने जनाएका छन् ।

राष्ट्रपति कार्यालयबाट मंगलबार जारी गरिएको बिज्ञप्तिमा भनिएको छ, ‘नेपालको अन्तरिम संविधान, २०६३ को धारा ३८ को उपधारा (९) मा “उपधारा (७) बमोजिम प्रधानमन्त्री आफ्नो पदबाट मुक्त भए पनि अर्को मन्त्रिपरिषद् गठन नभएसम्म सोही मन्त्रिपरिषद्ले कार्य सञ्चालन गरिरहनेछ” भनी उल्लेख भएको हुँदा सम्माननीय राष्ट्रपतिले सम्वत् २०६८ साल भाद्र १२ गतेका दिन तत्कालीन संविधानसभाका माननीय सदस्य डा. श्री बाबुराम भट्टराईको अध्यक्षतामा गठित मन्त्रिपरिषद्लाई नेपालको अन्तरिम संविधान, २०६३ को धारा ३८ को उपधारा (९) बमोजिम अर्को मन्त्रिपरिषद् गठन नभएसम्म दैनिक कार्य सञ्चालन गर्न स्मरण गराउनु भएको छ । यो मन्त्रिपरिषद्द्वारा सम्पादन गरिएका कार्यहरुका निम्ति सम्माननीय राष्ट्रपतिले सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्री एवं मन्त्रिपरिषद्का सदस्यहरुलाई धन्यवाद दिनु भएको छ ।’

यद्यपी राष्ट्रपतिले अन्तरिम संविधान, २०६३ को मर्म अनुरुप राजनीतिक सहमति र सहकार्यको संस्कृतिलाई प्रोत्साहित गर्न सम्पूर्ण राजनीतिक दललाई आग्रह गरेका छन् । ‘संविधानसभाको अनपेक्षित अवसानका कारण उत्पन्न राजनीतिक अन्यौलको निकास शान्तिपूर्ण र लोकतान्त्रिक विधिबाटै पहिल्याइने विश्वास पनि सम्माननीय राष्ट्रपतिले व्यक्त गर्नु भएको छ’ बिज्ञप्तिमा भनिएको छ ।

भट्टराई सरकारले संविधानसभाको निर्वाचन घोषणा गरेलगतै काँग्रेस, एमाले, राजपा, मधेसी जनअधिकार फोरमलगायतले निर्वाचन असंबैधानिक भन्दै राष्ट्रपतिको ध्यानाकर्षण गराएको भएपनि राष्ट्रपति भवनले त्यस सम्बन्धमा कुनै उल्लेख गरेको छैन ।

प्रेस बिज्ञप्तिको पूर्णपाठ:

१. नेपाल सरकार, मन्त्रिपरिषद् (मं.प.वै.सं. १३/०६९) को बैठकद्वारा “नेपालको अन्तरिम संविधान, २०६३ को धारा ६४ बमोजिम संविधानसभाको कार्यकाल मिति २०६९ साल जेठ १४ गते सम्म भएको र संविधान निर्माणको कार्यलाई पूर्णता प्रदान गर्न बाँकी नै रहेकोले सर्वोच्च अदालत, विशेष इजलासको रिट नं. ०६८–WS–००१४ मिति २०६८ साल मंसिर ९ गतेको आदेशले संविधानसभाको कार्यकाल २०६९ साल जेठ १४ गते स्वतः समाप्त हुने हुँदा संविधान निर्माण कार्यलाई पूर्णता प्रदान गर्न नेपालको अन्तरिम संविधान, २०६३ को धारा ६३ बमोजिम अर्को संविधानसभाको निर्वाचन गर्न आवश्यक भएकोले संविधानको धारा ६३ (२) बमोजिम अर्को संविधानसभाको निर्वाचन मिति २०६९ मंसिर ७ गते बिहीबार गर्ने गरी तोकिएको छ” भनी प्रधानमन्त्री तथा मन्त्रिपरिषद्को कार्यालयद्वारा मिति २०६९/२/१४ मा श्री सचिव निर्वाचन आयोगलाई लेखिएको पत्रको वोधार्थ पत्र मिति २०६९/२/१४ गते राती २३:२५ बजे यस कार्यालयमा प्राप्त भएको । Read the rest of this entry »

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संविधान बनिहाल्ला भनेर सेना समायोजन गरेको हैन : दाहाल (भिडियोसहित)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

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एटीएम फिल्म होईन, विकृतिको पराकाष्ठ ?(भिडियोसहित)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

विजय आवाज

अभिनयको कुनै ज्ञान नै नभएकाहरुको सेक्स सिन मार्फत सस्तो लोकप्रियताको प्रयासको लागि बनाइेएको फिल्म । त्यही कुरा स्लील पनि हुन्छ र अस्लिल पनि । समय, परिस्थिति र अवस्थालाई ध्यान नदिने हो र जहाँ पायो त्यहीं जे पायो देखाउने र गर्ने हो भने सभ्यताको अर्थ के त?        

नेपाली सिनेमा जव यो हदसम्म वन्न थाल्छन्, त्यसपछि हामी यो भन्न वाध्य हुन्छौ कि, सिनेमा सिनेमा नभएर विकृतिको पराकाष्ठ हो । भर्खर मात्र छायांकन सकेर प्रदर्शनका लागि तयार भएको चलचित्र ए.टि.एमको वारेमा हामी यो भन्न वाध्य भएका छौ कि यो सिनेमा होईन विकृति निम्त्याउने एउटा भिडियो मात्र हो । जहाँ, सिनेमाको सिद्धान्त भन्दा पनि नायक र नायिकाको रोमान्स मात्र समावेश गरिएको छ । हुनत, हरेक सिनेमामा नायक र नायिकाको रोमान्स सामान्य हो, तर रोमान्सको अर्थ नायकले नायिकाको वक्षस्थलमा मज्जैले समात्न पुग्छ, नायिकाको भित्र कपडा खोल्छ र चुम्वन गर्दछ । यसलाई आम दर्शकले प्राय कि त सी ग्रेडका हिन्दी फिल्ममा देखेका छन् या त ‘टु एक्स’ भनिने पोर्न फिल्ममा देखेका छन् । तर, यदि सेन्सर वोर्डले आँखा चिम्लीयो भने, नेपाली सिनेमामा पनि यो कुरा देख्न पाईने भएको छ ।

 ए.टि.एम सिनेमा चलचित्र क्षेत्रमा सेक्स विक्न थाल्यो भनेर वनाईएको एउटा विकृतिको पराकाष्ठ हो । जहाँ, नायक तथा नायिकाले अभिनय भन्दा पनि आफ्ना अंग देखाउन र जर्वजस्ती सेक्स विकाउने कोशिश गरेका छन् । चलचित्रमा तीन नायिका रहेका छन्, जिया के.सी, सविना कार्की र सोनिया शर्मा । यि तीन नायिका नेपाली सिनेमालाई अगाडि वढाउनलाई यो क्षेत्रमा आएका नै होईनन्, ए.टि.एम को प्रोमो मात्र पनि हेरिसकेपछि तपाई पनि यही भन्नु हुनेछ । यि तिनको अभिनयमा न कुनै वास्तविबता छ, न त यिनीहरुलाई अभिनयको कुनै ज्ञान नै रहेको देखिन्छ । मात्र यि तीन नायिका सिनेमामा आफ्नो सस्तो जवानी वेचेर केही दिन टिक्ने कोशिश गरिरहेका छन् ।

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Zhang Ziyi in paid sex scandal with Bo Xilai: Reports

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2012

Actress Zhang Ziyi is allegedly under investigation by the Chinese government for being paid to have sex with disgraced former top government official, Bo Xilai.

She is reportedly barred from leaving the country.

Hong Kong’s Apple daily and other Chinese media reported that the pair was first introduced by Bo’s associate, Xu Ming, 41, who is the founder and chairman of Dalian Shide Group.

Sources say Xu confessed to paying Zhang 6 million yuan (S$1.2 million) in 2007, to have sex with her for the first time.

He later negotiated a deal for Bo to have sex with Zhang, for 10 million yuan (S$2 million).

Reports say the 33-year-old actress slept with Bo at least 10 times between 2007 and 2011 in Beijing.

The Chinese media also estimated that Zhang’s sexual transactions with various rich and powerful figures have netted her 700 million yuan over the last 10 years.

This includes 180 million yuan in cash from Xu.

Her wealth from prostituting herself was not taxed, due to intervention from Xu and other government officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 28, 2012

One man is dead and another hospitalized after a bizarre assault off Miami’s MacArthur Causeway reportedly forced a police officer to open fire.

City of Miami police say the incident began Saturday afternoon about 2 p.m. when an officer responded to reports of 2 men fighting in the bike path of the Biscayne Boulevard exit ramp, alongside the Miami Herald‘s parking garage. There, according to the Herald, the officer observed a naked man eating another man’s face:

The officer…approached and saw that the naked man was actually chewing the other man’s head, according to witnesses. The officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he continued the assault, the officer shot him.The attacker continued to eat the man, despite being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.

According to CBS Miami, police sources said the victim had “virtually no face” and was unrecognizable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everest: ‘No one in control’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 28, 2012

BY ANDREA NEMETZ 

Hearing of four recent deaths, filmmaker shocked more don’t die
Amputee Nelson Carona Carvajal of Colombia is one of the climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest profiled in the documentary 40 Days at Base Camp.

Amputee Nelson Carona Carvajal of Colombia is one of the climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest profiled in the documentary 40 Days at Base Camp.

WHEN DIANNE WHELAN heard four climbers, including a Nepali-born Canadian woman, had died on Mount Everest earlier this month, she was not surprised.

In fact, the filmmaker says she is shocked that more people don’t die in their attempts to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Whelan has been to the Everest base camp, at 5,334 metres, twice and was the first woman to film on Everest in April and May 2010.

That year, four people died and 512 were successful at reaching the 8,850-metre-high summit.

She brings her captivating documentary 40 Days At Base Camp to Neptune’s Studio Theatre on Monday at 7 p.m. as part of a 42-screening cross-Canada tour that heads to Newfoundland next week.

Whelan, based in Vancouver, first visited Everest’s base camp in 2007 while writing an article for Outpost Magazine and says she knew she’d have to go back to make a film. Read the rest of this entry »

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