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एक पीडित युवतीकाे मार्मिक पत्र: ‘मेरो जीवन निमोठ्नेहरू निर्दोष हुन् ?’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2014

Puja-Boharaमाननीय कानुनमन्त्रीज्यू, म अहिले अभिभावकविहीन भएकी छु । अपराधीहरू निर्दोष भनी छुटेकाले सबैले मलाई नै दोषी ठान्छन्, त्यसैले म आफ्नो गाउँ फर्किन सक्तिनँ । तसर्थ मैले सिंगो नेपाललाई आफ्नो घर मानेकी छु भने नेपाल सरकारलाई अभिभावक ठानेकी छु । त्यही अभिभावकहरूमध्ये सम्बन्धित क्षेत्रका मन्त्री हुनुभएकाले तपाईंलाई यो पत्र कोरेकी हुँ । तपाईंका दुई छोरीहरू हुनुहुन्छ भन्ने थाहा पाएकी छु । कृपया मलाई पनि आफ्नै छोरीझैं ठानी न्याय दिलाइदिनु हुन अनुरोध गर्दछु ।

मेरो किटानी जाहेरीले पक्राउ परी दोषी सावित भई १३ वर्षका लागि जेल चलान भएका ती बलात्कारीहरू छुट्नु भनेको के उनीहरू निर्दोष अनि मचाहिँ दोषी हुँ त ? यदि म दोषी हुँ भने मलाई तुरुन्तै कारबाही गरियोस्, हैन भने ती बलात्कारीहरूलाई पुनः पक्राउ गरी सजाय सुनाइयोस् ।

काठमाडौ, पुस १ – माननीय कानुनमन्त्री,

नरहरि आचार्यज्यू,

नमस्कार ।

म एउटा गरिब परिवारकी १७ वर्षीया छोरी हुँ । मैले तपाईंको नाममा पत्र लेख्न हुन्थ्यो वा हुन्नथ्यो थाहा छैन । तर पनि मनैदेखि आफ्नो अभिभावक ठानी यो पत्र कोर्ने दुस्साहस गरेकी छु । कृपया केही गल्ती भए सुरुमै क्षमा चाहन्छु ।

मेरो नाम पूजा बोहरा हो । घर सुदूरपश्चिम बैतडी जिल्लाको दुर्गम कैलापाल गाविसमा पर्छ । मेरो बुबाको यथेष्ट जग्गाजमिन छैन । त्यसैले उहाँले धनीको घरमा हली बसेर सात सन्तानको लालनपालन गर्नुभएको हो । मेरो बुबा गरिब र अशिक्षित भए पनि सायद शिक्षाको महत्त्व बुझेकैले होला, मलाई गाउँकै कैलाश प्राविमा भर्ना गरिदिनुभयो । मेरो भाग्य नै भन्नुपर्‍यो, जुन दिन विद्यालय टेक्ने अवसर पाएँ, कुनै परीक्षामा दोस्रो हुनु परेन ।

‘छोरी होस् त फलानोजस्ती’ भन्ने सुन्दा मेरा गरिब आमाबुबा गर्वका साथ सन्तुष्टिको सास फेर्नु हुन्थ्यो । अरूभन्दा तेज पढाइ भएका कारण मलाई विद्यालयले छात्रवृत्तिको सुविधा दिएको थियो । घरैनजिकको त्यो विद्यालयमा ५ कक्षासम्म मात्रै पढाइ हुन्थ्यो । त्यसपछि पढ्न अर्को विद्यालय जानुपर्ने भयो, जुन मेरो घरबाट डेढ घन्टाको उकालो-ओरालो जंगलैजंगलको बाटोमा थियो । एक त म सानी ९ वर्षकी थिएँ, अर्कोतर्फ जंगलको बाटो एक्लै जानुपर्ने भएकाले

मेरो आमाबुबाले ‘अब विद्यालय जानु पर्दैन, बरु विवाह गरिदिन्छौं’ भन्नुभयो । मेरो गाउँमा महिनावारी नभएकी छोरीलाई बेहुली बनाएर अन्मायो भने ठूलो धर्म लाग्छ भन्ने विश्वास छ । आमाबुबाको कुरा थाहा पाएर मेरा स्कुलका गुरुहरू घरमै आई सम्झाईबुझाई गरिदिनुभयो र मैले अर्को विद्यालय गएर पढ्ने अवसर पाएँ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Martin Place siege ended: Sydney siege gunman identified (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2014

Sydney siegePolice named the armed man who held 17 people hostage in a central Sydney café as “Sheikh” Man Haron Monis, a self-styled preacher of Islamic State on bail for accessory to murder.

Monis, 50, died at the end of a 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place early on Tuesday morning.

But he was no stranger to Australian authorities.

Monis was born in Iran but moved to Australia in 1996 and was reportedly granted political asylum in 2001.

He first came to public notice in 2010 when he faced charges for sending offensive letters between 2007 and 2009 to the families of two Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan – and the family of a trade official, Craig Senger, who died in the 2009 Jakarta bombing.

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Top 3 Richest Women in the World

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 13, 2014

Coming up with a list of the richest women in the world can be a tricky affair because there are very many rich women, and parameters of measuring wealth may differ greatly. That’s why you may end up with slightly different lists, depending on who has compiled it. Again, whether a given list presents the actual picture is not easily determinable because some women are not keen on disclosing their wealth. Experts mainly rely on publicly available information and what the woman in question is willing to disclose.

Holly Branson

She is the daughter of famous Sir Richard Branson. Holly has a medical degree which she received in 2007; she worked for a year in the neurology department of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Today her medical career is a thing of the past. She is involved in many of her father’s business activities around the world such as listening to South African kids pitch their startup ideas at the Branson Center of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Officially, Holly is listed as the special projects manager at Virgin. She is also on the board of Virgin Unite, an incubator for the many nonprofit startups. Holly has reported on Richard’s site that she’s expecting twins soon, and therefore you will probably not see her as much at charitable events in this upcoming year.

Holly Branson

Lydia Hearst

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Unbelievable: Vietnamese refugee gambled $1 billion in black cash at Crown Casino

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2014

BBgDojgA small shared Bankstown apartment, an old sedan, a job as a waiter and dole payments – such was the meagre world of Vietnamese refugee Pete Tan Hoang.

Except for as much as $1 billion that he gambled at Australia’s biggest casino, Crown Melbourne, in a little over a decade.

Hoang, 36, was shot in the face in September while waiting on a darkened street in suburban Sydney.

His murder has left police perplexed, but has also shined a light on massive laundering on behalf of a global crime syndicate with links across Asia and the Americas, and highlighted the scale of the narco money laundering problem in Australia.

Hoang’s story, his rise from a Vietnamese-born orphan living on a refugee visa to one of Australia’s biggest gamblers and money launderers, also raises concerns about how he was able to rort the system for so long and for so much money – particularly at Australia’s biggest casino.

Court documents from a recent case reveal Hoang ran as much as $1 billion in black cash through Crown between 2000 and 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Person of the Year: THE EBOLA FIGHTERS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2014

By Nancy Gibbs

time-ebola-cover-person-of-the-year-141222Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart.

Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer.

For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure.

But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saugat Bista: Nepali boy seeks to be youngest film director (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2014

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Film sets can be quite unnerving for children, but Saugat Bista is very comfortable in such settings. In fact he is in control of what happens in the studio or outdoors.

Saugat BistaThis eight-year-old from Kathmandu has already directed a feature film and has his eyes set on the Guinness World Records to become the world’s youngest film director.

A student of Class II at Suryodaya School, Saugat’s film ‘Love You Baba’ is due to be released at movie theatres across Nepal this December.

Once that happens and his claim is accepted by Guinness, he will replace current record holder India’s Kishan Srikanth who directed ‘Footpath’ (2006) when he was just nine years old.

While Srikanth’s film told the story of an orphaned boy who wants to go to school, Saugat’s venture deals with the struggles of father as he attempts to raise his 10-year-old daughter alone.

“When I asked my father if I could direct a film he checked online and found that a nine year old from India had already done it. That gave him the confidence that I could also make an attempt,” Saugat told a gathering at the film’s launch last month.

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China Arrests Former Security Czar in Major Political Purge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

Zhou Yongkang faces serious corruption charges

Zhou’s suspected rapsheet is extensive, according to Xinhua, the Chinese state newswire:

“The [party’s] investigation found that Zhou seriously violated the Party’s political, organizational and confidentiality discipline. He took advantage of his posts to seek profits for others and accepted huge bribes personally and through his family, the statement said. He abused his power to help relatives, mistresses and friends make huge profits from operating businesses, resulting in serious losses of state-owned assets. Zhou leaked the Party’s and country’s secrets. He seriously violated self-disciplinary regulations and accepted a large amount of money and properties personally and through his family. Zhou committed adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex and money.”

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China becomes world’s largest economy – putting USA in second place for the first time in 142 years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

By HUGO DUNCAN and DAVID MARTOSKO,

  • Figures show the Chinese economy is worth $17.6 trillion, compared to America’s $17.4 trillion
  • The IMF estimates China’s economy will be worth a whopping $27 trillion in 2019
  • The US has been the global economic performance leader since it overtook Britain in 1872 
  • White House seemed oblivious on Wednesday, crowing that ‘the economic policies that this president put in place are the envy of the world’

China has toppled America to become the biggest economy in the world, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund.

The White House seemed caught flat-footed by the news, crowing on Wednesday about America’s relative economic strength in comparison with the rest of the world.

The US has been the global leader since it overtook Britain in 1872, but has now lost its status as top dog.

The latest IMF figures show the Chinese economy is worth $17.61 trillion compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.

Economic battle:The International Monetary Fund has indicated that China, and not the US, is now the biggest economy in the world 

Economic battle:The International Monetary Fund has indicated that China, and not the US, is now the biggest economy in the world

Out of the loop? US President Barack Obama touted America's manufacturing economy during an Oct. 3 speech at an Indiana steel company, claiming that jobs and work orders were no longer 'moving to China or other countries'

Out of the loop? US President Barack Obama touted America’s manufacturing economy during an Oct. 3 speech at an Indiana steel company, claiming that jobs and work orders were no longer ‘moving to China or other countries’

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