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Bill Watterson’s Uplifting Advice To College Grads, Illustrated In ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Style

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2013

Bill Watterson retired from writing and drawing “Calvin & Hobbes” about 18 years ago, but the timelessness of his message — to always remain thoughtful, imaginative, and playful — will stick in our culture forever, if we’re lucky. Case in point: Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than, who pens comics on his blog Zen Pencils, created this tribute to Watterson that has struck a chord with the Internet over the last few days.

Than took the text from a commencement speech Watterson delivered at Kenyon College in 1995, and illustrated it in the style of “Calvin & Hobbes.” He explains that this is the first time he’s intentionally attempted to mimic Watterson, although the man has been an inspiration for his art as well as his career.

If you want to buy a print of Than’s cartoon, you may be out of luck. He explains that since Watterson famously refuses to license his work, preferring to let his art speak for itself, selling this “would be against the whole spirit of Calvin and Hobbes.” However, you can (and should) click over to his site and browse his other, non-Watterson related artwork. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jennifer Lopez Turns Buddhist

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2013

jennifer-lopezLondon, Oct 9, 2004 — Celebrities seem to have a strange fascination for Buddhism, and this time it is Latino diva jennifer Lopez who is taking up Buddhism.

The ‘Wedding Planner’ actress was reportedly so impressed by her co-star Richard Gere’s dedication to Buddhism that she was inspired to embrace the religion after she had a number of spiritual talks with him, reports the Sun.

Lopez, who is acting with Gere in the movies ‘Shall we Dance’ says that she is now aware of higher energy, and the fact that it is very important to be a good human being.

“Now I know there’s a force in the world. There’s an energy that if you put out good and you put out love it comes back to you. That’s a basic thing that works for me,” the report quoted her as saying.

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Kristen Stewart turns to Buddhism

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2013

kristen_stewartKristen Stewart has apparently begun practicing Buddhism in an effort to get over her split from Robert Pattinson.

The 23-year-old actress is said to have split from long term boyfriend Robert Pattinson, following a difficult time which saw Kristen admit to having an affair last year.

Since then, Kristen has begun practicing the religion in an attempt to bring “inner peace.”

“Kristen has been studying Nichiren Buddhism. It’s a type of Buddhism, where you chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,” a source told Hollywoodlife.com. “Chanting is supposed to help you through tough times and bring you inner peace and ultimate happiness. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr also practice the same type of Buddhism. [Kristen] has a couple of friends who practice and they encouraged her to get involved.

Kristen and 27-year-old Robert dated for more than three years after playing Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in the hit Twilight movie franchise.

Apparently, she has also been “scarfing hot pockets and listening to Van Morrison music” to help her through her misery.

Her former British beau is reportedly “ignoring her” after the split. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malala Wins International Children’s Peace Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2013

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AMSTERDAM — Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent of girls’ education who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has been awarded a top Dutch children’s honor for her activism.

Organizers announced Tuesday that 16-year-old Malala will be presented with the International Children’s Peace Prize next month in The Hague, Netherlands.

The foundation that awards the prize hailed Malala as “a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children’s rights.” Read the rest of this entry »

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For The First Time Ever, Combined GDP Of Poor Countries Exceeds That Of Rich Ones (CHART)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2013

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For the first time ever, the combined gross domestic product of emerging and developing markets, adjusted for purchasing price parity, has eclipsed the combined measure of advanced economies. Purchasing price parity—or PPP for short—adjusts for the relative cost of comparable goods in different economic markets.

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According to the International Monetary Fund—the supplier of this data—emerging and developing economies will have a purchasing price parity-adjusted GDP of $42.8 trillion in 2013, while that of emerging economies will be $44.4 trillion. In other words, emerging markets will create $1.6 trillion more value in goods and services than advanced markets this year.

Advanced economies are, according to the IMF, the 34 nations that result from combining the members of the G7, euro area countries, and the 4 “newly industrialized Asian economies”—Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. The world’s 150 other nations are considered emerging or developing.

Excluding the largest advanced economy, the United Sates, and the largest emerging economy, China, which both account from more than 30% of their respective group’s total GDP, the data show that the PPP-adjusted GDP of poorer nations surpassed that of richer ones in 2009.

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It’s worth keeping in mind that the emerging economies have strength in numbers. Not only are there more emerging and developing nations; those nations also boast a larger combined population. Read the rest of this entry »

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SAS launches internal inquiry over sensational claim that elite regiment was behind deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2013

  • Claim made by SAS sniper came to light in letter linked to Nightingale trial
  • Regiment fears that outlandish allegation could harm its reputation
  • Investigation launched into why vulnerable soldier was not dealt with

By HUGO GYE

 

Claim: The allegation that Princess Diana was murdered by the SAS is under investigationClaim: The allegation that Princess Diana was murdered by the SAS is under investigation

The SAS has launched a probe into how claims that it was involved with Princess Diana’s death were made public, it emerged today.

Earlier this month an SAS sniper accused the service of assassinating Diana in 1997 and then covering up its actions, sparking a fresh round of conspiracy theories.

Military chiefs are now apparently investigating how the claim came to be made public amidst fears it could harm the reputation of the SAS.

The allegation that the service helped to kill Diana and her lover Dodi Al Fayed in a car crash in Paris surfaced in a letter linked to the trial of former sniper Danny Nightingale.

The document was written by the mother-in-law of ‘Soldier N’, Nightingale’s housemate, in September 2011 and sent to military prosecutors.

It came to the attention of the Metropolitan Police this month, and officers are now examining the information to see whether there is anything which merits investigation.

But Army bosses are said to be angry that the SAS has been dragged in to the controversy over Diana’s death, which has continued for more than a decade despite the official finding that the death was an accident.

A source close to General Sir Peter Wall, head of the Army, told the Daily Express that the incident was ‘the most embarrassing and potentially damaging event in the regiment’s 70-year history’.

The SAS is supposed to operate in secrecy, so any public discussion of the unit’s activities is likely to be poorly received by top brass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mystery of the ancient kingdom discovered in Nepal where thousands of caves are carved 155ft off the ground

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2013

  • An estimated 10,000 of the caves have been found in the former Kingdom of Mustang in North, Central Nepal
  • They have either been dug into the cliffside or tunnelled from above
  • Caves are thousands of years old but who built them and why remains a mystery

By ANTHONY BOND

Thousands of holes are carved into the fragile, sandy-coloured cliff in a gorge so large it dwarfs the Grand Canyon.

The astonishing number of caves, some dug into the cliffside, others tunnelled from above are thousands of years old but who built them and why remains a mystery.

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Mystery: Thousands of man-made caves 155ft from the ground lie hidden within the Himilayas in a gorge so large it dwarfs the Grand CanyonMystery: Thousands of man-made caves 155ft from the ground lie hidden within the Himilayas in a gorge so large it dwarfs the Grand Canyon

Bizarre: With dozens of holes carved into the fragile, sandy-coloured cliff face this unusual 'neighbourhood in the sky' looks like a giant sandcastleBizarre: With dozens of holes carved into the fragile, sandy-coloured cliff face this unusual ‘neighbourhood in the sky’ looks like a giant sandcastle Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Diana Death: Police Assess ‘Relevance And Credibility’ Of New Information Received

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2013

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LONDON — British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information’s “relevance and credibility.”

Scotland Yard declined to provide details about the information, only saying Saturday in a statement that the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2013

By Mike Julianelle

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As a parent, your schedule is often dictated by the needs of your child, especially when that child is young.

The necessity of getting a toddler home for a nap — as well as the need to get them to bed for the night before the sun has even gone down — can cripple your day. Being sequestered in your home for a few hours is usually better than dealing with a public meltdown from an overtired toddler, so sometimes, the trade-off is worth it. Still, raising a toddler can be rather suffocating. Read the rest of this entry »

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गायक प्रमोद खरेल लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका नयाँ सांस्कृतिक दूत

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2013

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१७ अगस्ट, २०१३ साइप्रस हल मेलबर्न । आज यहाँ आयोजित प्रमोद खरेल संगितिक सांझ कार्यक्रममा चर्चित युवा गायक प्रमोद खरेललाई लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानको नयाँ सांस्कृतिक दूतको रुपमा नियुक्त गरिएको छ । सांस्कृतिक दूतको प्रमाण-पत्र हस्तान्तरण गर्दै लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका बिस्व संयोजक रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले नेपालीको पहिचान र गौरब कायम गर्दै सत्यको प्रतिरक्षाका खातिर अभियान जुन उद्धेस्यका लागि संघर्षरत छ त्यस्को लागि हरेक ब्यक्तिले आ-आफ्नो क्षमता, स्तर, रुची अनुसार योगदान दिन सक्ने भएकोले चर्चित युवा गायक प्रमोद खरेललाई अभियानको सांस्कृतिक दूत बनाएपछि उहाँले बिभिन्न देशमा आफ्नो सांगितिक यात्राको क्रममा अभियानको उद्धेस्य प्राप्ती कार्यलाई थप जिम्मेवारीको रुपमा लिनु हुने कुरामा अभियान बिस्वस्त रहेको बताउनु भयो ।

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Eugenie De Silva, 14-Year-Old College Graduate, To Start Master’s Program At Harvard In The Fall

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2013

Eugenie de Silva may be only 14 years old, but she already has very specific career aspirations.

“It is my ultimate goal to become the U.S. Defense Secretary,” de Silva, who lives in Harrogate, Tenn., told the Middlesboro Daily News earlier this year.

Though her dream job may sound mighty ambitious for a girl so young, de Silva has proved time and again that she’s anything but a typical teen.

A child prodigy, de Silva graduated from high school at the age of 11. This summer, she became a college grad. As the Daily News notes, the talented teen graduated summa cum laude from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in intelligence analysis and a 4.0 GPA. She has also published two children’s books and authored several research papers on a wide range of topics including physics, behavioral sciences and psychology.

Starting in the fall, the extraordinary young woman will continue to impress the world with her academic prowess as she begins her simultaneous pursuit of two master’s degrees at two separate universities — one in legal studies at Harvard University and the other in intelligence analysis at American Military University.

“It’s always been my dream to attend Harvard so when I got there, it was really magnificent for me,” she told a local media channel earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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भारतीय अतिबादीको अर्को रुप: ‘मेरा इन्डिया’ मा माछापुच्छ्रे (भिडियो सहित)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 12, 2013

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भारतप्रति सकारात्मक दृष्‍टिकोण बनाउन खोज्दाखोज्दै पनि कुनै पनि छिमेकी देशले त्यो अबसर प्राप्त गर्न सकेको छैन । असल छिमेकीको रुपमा नभएर ठूलो दाइको रुपमा भारतले दक्षिण एशियाका सबै छिमेकी राष्ट्रहरुसंग निर्बाह गर्दै आएको भूमिकाका कारण कुनै पनि छिमेकी राष्ट्रहरुसंग वास्तबमा उस्को खासै राम्रो संबन्ध भएको अनुभब कसैले पनि गर्न पाएका छैनन जुन छिमेकी राष्ट्रहरुको लागि मात्र नभएर भारतकै हित बिपरीत पनि देखिन्छ । किनकि प्रथमत: भारतको आफ्नै आन्तरिक समस्या उस्को लागि काफी छ भने दोस्रो अरुको अधिनमा रहेका सबै जसो मुलुकहरु धमाधम स्वतन्त्र भैरहेको बेलामा भारत भने एकासौं शाताब्दीमा भएको कुरा बिर्सेंर पुरातनबादी सोंच अनुरुप स-साना र कमजोर छिमेकीहरुलाई अझ दु:ख दिदैं कमजोर बनाइराख्ने अथवा सिक्किमिकरण र भुटानिकरण दोहोर्याउने प्रयासमा लाग्नु कत्तिको दूरदर्शी सोंच मान्न सकिएला त ? र तेस्रो, भारत आफै कुनै समय वेलायतको उपनिबेश रहेको कारण त्यस्तो अवस्थामा रहनु पर्दाको अनुभव अरुले कस्तो गर्छ र परिणाम के हुन सक्छ भन्ने कुराको अनुभब ऊसंग छ र पनि सबै छिमेकी राष्ट्रहरुप्रति उस्ले अख्तियारी गरिरहेको रणनितिको परिणाम कुनै न कुनै समयमा कत्तिको प्रत्युत्पादक हुन सक्छ भन्ने कुरामा ध्यान दिएको देखिन्न । शक्ति बिस्तारमा लाग्नेहरुको एउटा बिशेषता के हो भने ठूलो पाठ लिनै पर्ने परिस्थिति सिर्जना नहुन्जेल महत्वाकांक्षा पुर्तिका खातिर अगाडि बढने क्रम रोकिदैन र त्यो अवस्थामा पुग्दा न्याउरी मारी पछुतो गर्नुको बिकल्प रहन्न । थाहा नपाउनेभन्दा थाहा पाइ पाइ थाहा नपाएको जस्तो गर्ने प्रबृतिनै समस्याको डरलाग्दो र मूल जड हो र यही प्रबृतिको कारण नै बिस्व जटील समस्याको भुमरीमा नराम्ररी रुमल्लिएको देखिन्छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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सिडनीमा १९औं विश्व आदिवासी दिवस

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 12, 2013

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सिड्नी,श्रावण २७: अष्ट्रेलियामा रहेका नेपालीहरुले १९औं विश्व आदिवासी दिवस मनाएका छन नेपाली कला, सँस्कृति र परम्परालाई चिनाउँदै । नेपाली माहाबाणिज्य दुताबास एनएस डब्लु र आदिवासी जनजाती मञ्च अष्ट्रेलियाको आयोजनामा पिटर श्याम टाउन हालमा भएको कार्यक्रममा नेपाली परम्परा, कला सँस्कृति र भेषभुषा झल्कने साँगितिक प्रस्तुति प्रदर्शन गरिएको थियो । यसका साथै कार्यक्रममा सहभागी अन्य देशका सहभागीहरुले पनि आफ्नो परम्परा र कला सँस्कृति झल्कने प्रस्तुती पेश गरेका थिए । कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हुन आएका अष्ट्रेलियन सरकारका आप्रवास तथा नागरिकता मन्त्री टोनी बर्कले नेपाली समुदायले अष्ट्रेलियालाई बहुसाँस्कृतिक देश बनाउन महत्वपूर्ण योगदान पुरयाएको बताउँदै यसले ठूलो महत्व राखेको धारणा राखेका थिए । उनले विशेष गरेर आदिवासीहरु जागरुक र कर्मशील हुने बताउँदै यसले देश बिकासमा महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका खेल्ने बताएका थिए । Read the rest of this entry »

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Snowden ‘Not A Patriot’: Obama Proposes FISA Reforms Amid Growing Concerns Over NSA Surveillance

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 10, 2013

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 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced new measures Friday to increase transparency and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court amid growing concerns over the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance programs.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Obama proposed the first of several steps “to help restore public confidence” following revelations in June that the federal government was secretly miningmillions of Americans’ phone and electronic communications.

“Unfortunately, rather than an orderly and lawful process to debate these issues and come up with appropriate reforms, repeated leaks of classified information have initiated the debate in a very passionate but not always fully informed way,” Obama said. “But given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives.”

The president’s proposed measures focused on reforming Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, under which the NSA’s surveillance programs are considered lawful. The reforms would focus on creating more oversight and greater transparency, particularly through modifications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which currently authorizes the surveillance through highly classified opinions. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Opens World’s Longest Ocean Bridge Measuring 26 Miles in Length! [with Videos]

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 10, 2013

China two years ago opened to the public not just one or two, but amazingly four of the world’s longest over-sea bridges. Three of the bridges are part of the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, which made its maiden trip.

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