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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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Earthquake Resistance City (ERC) at Harisiddhi – A Model to Inspire the Entire Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 13, 2015

By Tej Kumar Karki

Recent disaster has taught us that earthquake resistance should be the front and center of city planning principles in Nepal.

Source: Piya, Birendra (2004)

Source: Piya, Birendra (2004)

For many years, it will remain like that (hope the thrust and seriousness would not fade with time).

EARLIER SATELLITE TOWN PLAN

EARLIER SATELLITE TOWN PLAN

Since most of the Kathmandu city area are congested and mostly built by violating bylaws–are in the verge of collapse by future quakes. We have to correct that and it will take time. 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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लिपुलेक विवादः भारत र चीनको हेपाहा प्रवृति कि नेपालको असफल कुटनीति ?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2015

[अहिलेको अत्यन्तै सान्दर्भिक बिषयबस्तु भएकोले सीमाबिद बुद्धिनारायण श्रेष्ठको सामग्री जानकारीको लागि साभार गरिएको छ ।]

नेपालको नापी विभागले प्रकाशन गरेको नक्सामा लिपुलेक नेपालमा पर्छ भनि देखाएको छ । नेपालका अरु निकायहरुले पनि लिपुलेक नेपालमा पर्छ भनि नक्सासहित देखाएका छन् । तर भारतीय प्रधानमन्त्रीले नेपाललाई एकपटक पनि नसोधीकन भारतले आफ्नै जमिन हो जस्तो भनि गरेर सम्झौतापत्रमा हस्ताक्षर गरेर आउनु भएको छ । यद्यपि, लिपुलेकबारे चीनले कुनै दावी गरेको थिएन । बरु चीनले कालापानी क्षेत्रको लिपुलेक नेपालकै हो भनि भन्दै आइरहेका थिए । २०५६ भदौ १८ गते नेपालका लागि तत्कालिन राजदूतले रिपोटर्स क्लवामा बोल्दा होस् या सन् १९६१ मा नेपाल र चीनको बीच सीमा सम्पन्न सम्झौतामा होस् । त्यो सम्झौतमा नेपाल, भारत र चीनको बीचमा त्रिदेशिए सीमालाई लिपुलेक भज्याङ्गको रुपमा कायम गरिएको थियो । जसअनुसार कालापानी नेपालभित्रै पर्छ । उक्त सम्झौतामा महाकालीको उद्गम लिपुवाधुरासम्म रहेको कुरा प्रष्ट गरेको छ । कालीपानी नेपालकै हो । लिपुलेक नेपालकै हो तर अहिले आएर चीनले पनि वेवास्ता गरेको छ । 

२०७१ साल आसार ३ गते सशस्त्र प्रहरी बलले गृहमन्त्रालयलाई एक प्रतिवेदन बुझाएको छ । नेपालतर्फबाट २४ ठाउँमा दशगज्जा मिचिएको र भारततर्फबाट ६० ठाउँमा दशगज्जा मिचिएको प्रतिवेदनमा उल्लेख छ । तर जसरी भारतले दशगज्जाभन्दा बाहिर गएर नेपालको जग्गा मिचेको छ त्यसरी नेपालले कुनै ठाउँमा मिचेको छैन । 

सीमाबिद बुद्धिनारायण श्रेष्ठ

Buddhi Narayanनेपाल भूकम्पको पीडामा छ । यसैबेलामा भारत र चीनले नेपाललाई अर्को पीडा दिएको छ । भारतीय प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदीको चीन भ्रमणको अन्तिम दिन भारत र चीनबीच सम्झौतापत्रमा हस्ताक्षर भयो । त्यो सम्झौता पत्रको २४ औं नम्बर बुँदामा नेपालको भूभाग लिपुलेक हुँदै व्यापारिक प्रयोजनका निम्ति मार्ग खोल्ने सम्झौता भएको छ । यसले नेपालको राजनीतिमा ठूलो तरङ्ग ल्याएको छ । कालापानीसँग भारतले लिपुलेक क्षेत्रमा पनि कब्जामा लिएको छ । विवादस्पद क्षेत्र हो भन्ने कुरा भारतले पनि स्वीकार गरेका छन् । विवादमा हुँदा हुँदै त्यसलाई मार्गको रुपमा प्रयोग गर्ने चीनसँग सम्झौता गर्ने त्यो अर्को विवादस्पद कुरा भयो । यसको बारेमा नेपाल सरकार ठोस रुपमा आगाडि आएको छैन । कुटनीतिक रुपमै पहल गरेर यसलाई समाधान गर्नुपर्नेमा सरकारले ढिलाई गरिरहेको छ ।

लिपुलेक के हो ?

नेपाल र भारतबीच अहिलेसम्म विवादमा रहेका नेपालको भूमि कालापानी लिम्पियाधुरा क्षेत्रमा लिपुलेक पर्दछ । लिम्पुवाधुरा पश्चिम क्षेत्रतर्फ पर्दछ भने त्यसको पूर्वतर्फ लिपुलेक पर्दछ । लिपुलेक एउटा भज्याङ्ग हो । ठूला–ठूला पहाडको खोँचमा यो भज्याङ्ग पर्दछ । जुन लिपुलेक भज्याङ्गको बाटो भएर नेपाल र भारतका तीर्थयात्रीहरु मानसरोवरको यात्रा गर्न जान्छन् । त्यस्तै चीनको ठूलो मुख्य बजार ताक्लाकोट बजार जानलाई पनि यही लिपुलेककै बाटो भएर जानुपर्ने हुन्छ ।

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त्यो लिपुलेक भज्याङकै नजिकबाट एउटा नदी निस्केको छ । त्यसलाई कसैले काली नदी भन्ने गरेका छन् भने कसैले नामै नभएका नदी भन्छन् । लिपुलेक भज्याङ् हुँदै नदी उम्रेर पश्चिम हुँदै दक्षिणतर्फ आएर हाम्रो महाकाली नदीमा मिसिएको छ । सुगौलीसन्धीले हाम्रो नेपालको सिमाना महाकाली नदीलाई तोकेको छ । तर यहाँ महाकाली नदीको उद्गम कहाँ हो भने कुरा नेपाल र भारतको बीचमा विवाद देखिएको छ । पुराना नक्सा, दस्तावेजहरुमा हेर्दाखेरि एकदम पश्चिमतर्फको लिपुलेकमा निस्केको ठूला नदीलाई कालीनदी भनेर उल्लेख भएको छ । त्यसपछि बनेका नक्साहरुमा लिपुलेक भज्याङ्गको नजिकैबाट उद्गम भएको नदीलाई कालीनदी भनिन्छ । त्यसको पूर्वतर्फ (नेपालतर्फ) एउटा कालीको मन्दिर बनाइएको छ । सानोखोलो उद्गम भएको छ र त्यसलाई कालीनदी भनिएको छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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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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A 65-year-old letter written by Albert Einstein found in Brazil school

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2015

The letter was reportedly discovered in a safe at a school in Porto Alegre in the south of the country.

CYPP7D Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist, Portrait

CYPP7D Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist, Portrait

Donna-Bowater_60_1932285jBy , Rio de Janeiro

A letter from Albert Einstein written almost 65 years ago has been discovered in a safe at a Brazilian school, according to reports.

A typed message, with the signature of the physicist and dated June 1951, was addressed to students at Colégio Anchieta in Porto Alegre in the south of the country.

Written in German, it read: “He who knows the happiness of understanding has gained an infallible friend for life. Thinking is to man what flying is to birds. Don’t follow the example of a chicken when you could be a lark.”

The note was authenticated by a legal expert and graphologist, who matched the signature against officially accepted examples of Einstein’s autograph, local media reported.

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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

FOREIGN

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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नुवाकोटमा पोषणयुक्त आहार लिटो वितरण

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2015

1नुवाकोट, ४ जेष्ठ÷भूकम्प पीडित बालबालिकाहरुलाई कुपोषणबाट जोगाउन विश्व स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रमको सहयोगमा पोषणयुक्त आहार लिटो वितरण गरिएको छ ।
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नेपालका भूकम्प पीडित बालबालिकाहरुको कुपोषण विरुद्ध विश्व स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रम अन्तर्गत केन्द्रीय प्रविधि क्याम्पस हात्तिसार धरानका पोषण विज्ञानका विद्यार्थीहरुको समिति ‘भूकम्प पीडित बालबालिका लागि राहत कार्यक्रम’ले अन्य सहयोगिहरुको समेत सहयोगमा गत ३ गते नुवाकोटमा बालबालिकाहरुलाई लिटो वितरण गरेको हो ।

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Nutrition Program for Children in Nepal (NPCN)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2015

Program: A Global Volunteer Program to fight Malnutrition
Among the Earth Quake Victim Children in Nepal

1Introduction: A destructive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal, ruining lives and destroying infrastructures on Saturday 25 April 2015. This killed over 8000 people and injured over 19,000. This huge earth quake was again followed by almost 300 aftershocks, which toppled homes forcing millions of people to take shelter into open spaces in temporary camps. The affected people of that devastated area were still in the panic, another powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck on May 12, 2015 just after two weeks. The situation darned gigantically and has become unmanageable.

Millions of people have been struggling simply to protect themselves from the sun and rain in the open spaces, surviving on stale, rotten and unhealthy food. As people are facing the aftermath of this disaster, the water supplies are running low and food is scarce. The risk of waterborne diseases is growing rapidly and thousands of children with severe malnutrition are in need of proper food and treatment. With the monsoons only a few weeks away, children face greater risk of disease and infection. Read the rest of this entry »

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सुरक्षित घर: पालपछि अब प्रिफेबको पालो, आठ लाखमा तयार

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 13, 2015

रविराज बराल/बिजमाण्डू
काठमाडौं । नेपालमा महाभूकम्प गएको पाँच दिनपछि ३० अप्रिल (बैशाख १८ गते) मा बेलायती पत्रिका गार्डियनले नेपालको उत्तरी छिमेकी चीनका बारेमा एउटा समाचार लेख्यो- ५७ तले गगनचुम्बी भवन १९ दिनमा निर्माण। त्यसको १९ दिनअघि नै बेलायती ट्याब्लोइड पत्रिका डेलीमेलले खबरको हेडलाइन राखेको थियो- १९ दिनमा गगनचुम्बी भवन कसरी बनाउने?

समाचारमा निर्माणकर्ताले दाबी गरेका छन्- १९ ठूला हल, ८०० अपार्टमेन्ट र चार हजार मानिसले काम गर्ने अफिससहितको यो ‘मिनी स्काइ सिटी’ ले जस्तोसुकै भूकम्पलाई सजिलै सहन सक्छ।

अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मिडियामा ‘बिकाउ’ खबर बनेको ५७ तले भवन निर्माण गर्ने कम्पनी अहिले विश्वकै अग्लो गगनचुम्बी भवन बनाउन जुटेको छ। नयाँ रेकर्ड बनाउने यो महत्वकांक्षी योजना पूरा गर्न उक्त निर्माण कम्पनीलाई तीन महिना लाग्नेछ। स्वभाविक रुपमा प्रश्न उठ्छ- तीन महिनामा २२० तले भवन?

यति छोटो समयमा कसरी सम्भव छ त संसारकै अग्लो गगनचुम्बी भवन निर्माण गर्न? प्रश्नको उत्तर सजिलो छ- निर्माणमा प्रयोग हुने प्रविधि। के हो त यो प्रविधि? समाचारमा उत्तर छ- प्रिफेब।

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A New Generation Takes The Lead In Nepal’s Disaster Relief

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 13, 2015

With the government slow to act, hundreds of young professionals are taking it on themselves to build immediate shelters for those who have lost homes.

By Anup Kaphle

A member of the Yeti Foundation empties a sack of rice onto the pile put out to distribute to the villagers in Laprak. Members of the foundation met with village elders insisting they distribute the food aid that had been hoarded for two weeks. Anup Kaphle for BuzzFeed News

KATHMANDU — By his third day waiting for a helicopter, Namgyal Sherpa got restless. He had left Kathmandu last week with seven friends and 3,000 kilos of food — rice, lentils, instant noodles, salt, and oil — and hoped to deliver it to the village of Laprak, which is near the epicenter of the earthquake that killed more than 8,100 people.

“There wasn’t enough relief aid going to the village,” Namgyal, 31, told BuzzFeed News. “So we wanted to send supplies to Laprak not only because it was home to many of our boys, but also because it wasn’t getting attention like other places.”

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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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