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These Countries Will Dominate the World – In 2050

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2015

By Lola Bailey

“By 2050, the collective size of the economies we currently deem ’emerging’ will have increased five-fold and will be larger than the developed world.” – HSBC Global Research

Times, they are a-changing. An economic report by HSBC has predicted a seismic shift in the structure of the global economy, with the economic centre of gravity shifting from the north Atlantic to central Asia – particularly China and India. If the predictions are true (and it must be said that economists are not known for agreeing with each other) the world will look very, very different indeed.

Through a complex but fascinating analysis of economic systems and infrastructure and serious number crunching, HSBC’s analysts’ economics prowess has projected the wealth of countries (GDP and per capita income) in 2050. You can read the full report: The World in 2050; Quantifying the Shift in the Global Economy here.

Read on to discover which countries will be the world’s richest – in 2050:

1. China

In 2050, China is expected to be the world’s richest, and probably the most powerful, economy, with a GDP of $24.62 trillion and a per capita income of $17,759. China’s income per capita will still only be roughly a third of that in the US so there is room for considerably more growth. On the minus side, it will no longer be the most populous place on earth – (spoiler alert) that honour will go to India.

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Reality starlet weds Swedish prince

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 14, 2015

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip sits with his bride, Sofia Hellqvist in a carriage, after their wedding ceremony, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip sits with his bride, Sofia Hellqvist in a carriage, after their wedding ceremony, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Hundreds of Swedes gathered in the hot summer sun on Saturday to watch former reality show starlet Sofia Hellqvist become a real-life princess when she marries Prince Carl Philip in a lavish Stockholm wedding.

Royal watchers clutching blue and yellow national flags pitched rugs and deck chairs along the route that the newly weds will take after exchanging vows and before returning to the palace for a 21-gun salute and wedding banquet.

About 550 guests will attend the ceremony including Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess Takamado of Japan.   Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s longest glass bridge set to open in China next year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 13, 2015

An artist's concept of people walking across the glass bridge high above the Zhangjiajie canyon in China
In a bid to attract more tourists to the region, Hunan Province in China has commissioned the architectural firm of Haim Dotan to produce a completely transparent glass bridge spanning 370 m (1,214 ft) across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Dizzyingly high at about 400 m (1,312 ft) above the canyon floor, the span is claimed to be capable of holding up to 800 people at a time.

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Former refugee crowned Miss Universe Australia at Sydney finale (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2015

A former Bosnian refugee and psychology graduate has been crowned Miss Universe Australia in the glamorous final showdown in Sydney overnight.

Monika Radulovic, 24, from NSW said she was “overwhelmed” after taking out the title, News Corp has reported.

“I’m just excited to show the world and Australia how great we are,” she said.

“It’s been a while since we won Miss Universe, and I plan to hopefully win.”

Monika Radulovic


© Scott Barbour/Getty Images Monika Radulovic of New South Wales celebrates after being crowned Miss Universe Australia 2015.
Miss Radulovic’s family fled to Australia as refugees from the Balkan conflict when she was four. Read the rest of this entry »

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BBC apologises after journalist tweeted queen’s ‘death’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 4, 2015

QEThe BBC has apologised and launched an internal ahmenkhwaja_spinquiry after a tweet sent from the account of one of its producers said Queen Elizabeth II had died, during a test of coverage for a royal death.

The first of a series of tweets was sent from the account of broadcast reporter Ahmen Khawaja around 9:30am (local time), and said: “BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly”.

Ms Khawaja then added: “Queen Elizabrth (sic) has died,” according to a screen shot published by British media.

The tweets sparked a storm on social networks and the rumours about the Queen’s health were picked up by numerous international media outlets.

Ms Khawaja, a producer for BBC’s Urdu-language service, apologised immediately for the “false alarm” and deleted the messages, saying: “Phone left unattended at home. Silly prank, Apologies for upsetting anyone!”.

The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence.

BBC statement

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Celebrity Life: Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage has stalkers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 25, 2015

Stalking has become a real issue for Sunrise host Samantha Armytage after one Seven Network executive suggested she is being followed to and from her home.

The bubbly Sunrise host knew she would garner more attention when she advanced from fill-in to permanent host of breakfast show Sunrise more than two years ago, but not to this extent.

Whether it be at her local supermarket, grabbing a bite to eat or even arriving at LA airport, there’s usually a paparazzi following the breakfast show host.

The Seven executive told AAP that more recently she was distastefully followed and papped attending a funeral, although its believed the photos have not sold.

Armytage said she was warned that her sudden rise in profile may garner more attention but not to the point that she can’t walk out of her door or even attend a funeral in private.

“I wasn’t expecting that level of attention, so it’s taken a little bit of getting used to,” Armytage told AAP.

Samantha Armytage arrives at the 2015 Women of Style Awards.© Getty Samantha Armytage arrives at the 2015 Women of Style Awards. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s installed hydropower capacity ranked world’s first

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2015

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At the recent convention of International Hydropower Association on May 19, journalists learned that China’s installed hydropower capacity reached 300 million kilowatt (kw) in 2014, ranking No.1 in the world, and represented one quarter of total world hydropwer capacity.As the plan for developing renewable energy is proceeding well, installed hydropower capacity will reach 420 million kw by 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal hit by another 7.3-magnitude earthquake near Mount Everest

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2015

EQNepal has been hit by another strong earthquake, sending people in the capital, Kathmandu, rushing out on to the streets just weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and struck 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest. Shockwaves were felt as far away as the Indian capital, Delhi, and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

At least four people were killed in the town of Chautara in Sindhupalchowk district, north of Kathmandu, after several buildings collapsed, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration said. Sindhupalchowk suffered the heaviest death toll in last month’s quake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Kathmandu valley treasures: Before and after

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2015

A Nepalese army personnel stands in front of a collapsed temple a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal (April 26, 2015)
A view of the collapsed Vatsala Durga temple in Bhaktapur

As well as the devastating loss of human life in Saturday’s earthquake, Nepalis, and the world, have lost parts of the country’s unique cultural heritage.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN’s cultural organisation, Unesco, said there had been “extensive and irreversible damage” at the world heritage site in the Kathmandu valley.

Seven monument zones in the valley make up the world heritage site.

The three urban zones at the site are Durbar squares – meaning “noble courts” – in the settlements of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Ms Bokova describes these three complexes as “almost fully destroyed”.

The four other zones are religious sites: Buddhist stupas [monuments] at Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and Hindu temple complexes at Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan.

Unesco said in a statement that it would be sending international experts to assess the damage to the sites in the Kathmandu valley.

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Ruble-yuan settlements booming, set to reshape global finance

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (RIA Novosti / Michail Metcel)                    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (RIA Novosti / Michail Metcel)
Settlements in local currencies between Russia and China now account for 7 percent of the bilateral trade, but the potential for growth is tremendous, experts tell RT. Yuan-ruble trade in Russia has grown 700 percent in a year.

Growing cooperation between Russia and China has become one of the hottest topics in the global economy. It is signaling the emergence of a strong alliance of one the world’s richest and strongest economies, which is expected to reshape the existing western-dominated economic model.

While energy deals between the resource – rich Russia and resource – hungry China look natural, bringing the countries’ finances closer looks like a real challenge to the US dollar system, experts agree, although the transition won’t be quick. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama, Osama and Lies: Osama bin Laden was killed with help of Pakistanis

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2015

osama-blames-us-for-global-warmingU.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden with the full cooperation of Pakistani intelligence agencies, who had kept the 9/11 mastermind prisoner inside his infamous Abbottabad compound for years before the fatal raid, a new bombshell report claims.

The report, a lengthy article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, widely contradicts multiple elements of the original account of the May 2011 raid by U.S. forces provided by the Obama administration and other federal government figures.

“The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account,” Hersh wrote in the 10,000-word expose published online Sunday on the London Review of Books website.

“The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders — General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI — were never informed of the US mission. This remains the White House position despite an array of reports that have raised questions,” Hersh wrote, adding that he had unearthed the following new pieces of information:

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Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2015

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful, 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, collapsing houses, leveling centuries-old temples and cutting open roads in the worst tremor in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years.

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Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu. There was no immediate estimate on fatalities. China’s state broadcaster said one Chinese tourist was killed in Nepal at the Nepal-China border. Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Diana left how much to Prince William and Prince Harry?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2015

DianaPrincess Diana died almost 18 years ago, but her final wishes were never known publicly… until now.

A new British website called Probate Search has revealed not only Diana’s will, but 41 million other wills dating back to 1858. Diana’s will, naturally, is among the most interesting.

According to the “Today” show, Diana left close to $30 million to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. She also instructed that her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, should be consulted about the boys’ education in the event of her death.

“She wanted to make sure [her children] were showered with love,” Robert Jobson, author of “The New Royal Family,” told “Today.” “That’s something she really agonized over when she split from Prince Charles. I think this will reflects that.”

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KING BIRENDRA HAD REJECTED INDIAN PROPOSAL FOR SECURITY, WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 20, 2015

[ This is a ‘secret draft proposal’ forwarded by the Government of India to then His Majesty’s Government of Nepal  for security, water resource management and  industry and commerce also. The slain King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is reported to have rejected this proposal. For that matter, Nepalese people should heartily thank the slain king. The proposal, though soft in language, is extremely cruel and dangerous in substance and meaning. Had the King  told his men to sign on the proposal, Nepal’s  military would have been paralyzed, sovereignty and independence would have been compromised, ownership of water resource would have been lost and big Indian business houses would have swallowed up Nepalese business entrepreneurs etc. There are these days loud talks in Kathmandu or elsewhere that Nepal in Bhutan’s shoes is morphing into a present day Sikkim. This, therefore, is posted for discussion.]

birendraAgreement between the Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal on Mutual Cooperation,

The Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (hereinafter also referred to as the Contracting Parties),

Recalling the unique, age-old and traditional friendship between the peoples the peoples of India and Nepal based on the bonds of history, geography and of shared social and cultural values,

Reaffirming their adherence to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the Governments of India and Nepal of 1950, which has ever since been and remains the cornerstone of Indo-Nepal relations,

Keen to sustain and further strengthen the bonds of friendship, good neighbourliness and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and peoples,

Determined to strengthen economic cooperation between them.

Desiring to develop their economics in their own and common interest.

Convinced of the benefits of mutual sharing of scientific and technical knowledge and experience to promote trade between them, have agreed as follows:

Part- I

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Lisa Wilkinson to reclaim the Natarsha Belling ‘penis jacket’ on Today

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2015

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Je suis Scanlan: Lisa Wilkinson wants TV hosts to wear the infamous 'penis jacket' on Thursday.

Je suis Scanlan: Lisa Wilkinson wants TV hosts to wear the infamous ‘penis jacket’ on Thursday.

Thought you had seen the last of the “penis jacket”? Think again, the Veronica Corningstone of Australian media, Lisa Wilkinson, has declared she will be flashing it on screen for Today viewers.

Wilkinson took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to issue a rallying cry not seen since that fight scene in Anchorman 2 to her “TV host” counterparts, requesting them to not be shy about their sartorial choices on air. Even during family friendly breakfast television.

In a bid to reclaim the Nine exclusive, Wilkinson will wear the $550 crepe jacket with peplum hem and provocative neckline this morning.

But not every Tom, Dick and Harry in TV land has listened. So far only her public broadcasting comrades appear to have gotten the “On Thursdays we wear nutty blazers” obiter dictum.

ABC News 24 reporter Kirsten Aiken replied, “The memo” and retweeted Wilkinson’s wily request.

That escalated quickly: Ten's Natarsha Belling wearing the jacket over the weekend.© UNILAD That escalated quickly: Ten’s Natarsha Belling wearing the jacket over the weekend.

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