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Saral awarded Soldier of the Year, 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 25, 2012


KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Kamala Shrestha, a resident of Kathmandu, got a call from her son, Saral Shrestha, studying in the Unites States.

“I’m trying my hands on something big, please pray for me,” he said over the phone. He did not elaborate on what he was going to do or what was on his mind. She later found out that her son was getting admitted in the US Army and she wasn’t too happy about it.

After three years, her heart has changed towards her son’s profession and she’s very proud of his success. Sergeant Saral Shrestha of the US Army recently was awarded ‘Soldier of the Year, 2012’.

“I don’t see any reason to not be happy for my son’s success,” shared Kamala.

Operation Command of the US Army awards one of the seven sergeants ‘Soldier of the Year’ and Saral was successful in bagging the title, leaving behind the rest.

Saral, at the moment, is with the Special Forces Command (Airborne) in the US Army and he is also set to participate in the ‘Best Warrior’ Award in October. “Soldier of the Year is the brigade level award but Department of Army Best Warrior is the highest award,” informed Saral over the email.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Russian Grandmothers Are Eurovision Front Runners — and Web Darlings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012


The sight of six grandmothers in traditional peasant wear doesn’t exactly scream YouTube hit. But not all grandmothers are as endearing as the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Grannies from Buranovo).

On March 7 the women — aged between 43 and 74 — defeated 24 other acts to win the right to represent Russia at Eurovision — the pan-European singing contest that is also the world’s most watched nonsporting event. (Think of it as American Idol meets the Olympic Games.) Since then, the video of them performing their song “Party for Everybody” during Russia’s national final has been watched more than 3 million times on YouTube.

(VIDEO: The Top 10 Most Outrageous Eurovision Acts)

The sextet of flamboyant grandmothers hails from Udmurtia, a region in the Ural Mountains, and performed the song in their native language, Udmurt. The rather simple chorus is sung in English: “Party for everybody, dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and boom, boom.” The group first rose to prominence locally when they stopped singing folks songs and started delivering their own rendition of international hits in their mother tongue. They previously entered Russia’s national contest for Eurovision in 2010, finishing third with their song “Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon,” which means “very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban.” Read the rest of this entry »

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How Armenia and Azerbaijan Wage War Through Eurovision

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Giel Domen / European Broadcasting Union

Armenia’s Eva Rivas performs “Apricot Stone” at Eurovision 2010 in Oslo, Norway. The song was widely interpreted as a statement about the Armenian genocide.

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Philippines New Year Firecrackers Injure Nearly 500

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Despite a government scare campaign, firecrackers and gunfire injured nearly 500 people in the Philippines as revelers welcomed the new year in one of the world’s most raucous and dangerous celebrations.

About a dozen plane flights, including two from the United States, were diverted or canceled early Sunday after dark smog caused by a night of firecracker explosions obscured visibility at Manila’s airport, officials said.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the number of injuries – 454 from firecracker blasts and 18 from stray bullets – was slightly lower than last year but remained alarming.

Injured revelers, including many children, filled hospital emergency rooms in the capital shortly after midnight. Adding to the chaos, two gangs clashed in front of Manila’s main government hospital attending to the injured, leaving one man dead from a gunshot wound.

Firecrackers ignited at least three fires that destroyed several houses in the capital area.

“Again, it seems our appeal to mothers to keep their children away from firecrackers wasn’t effective,” Ona told a news conference.

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London Olympic HMS Belfast Poster: 2012 Organisers Reveal Truth Of ‘Simple Mistake’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

London Olympic 2012 organisers are performing a world class sprint of their own after a mistake worthy of gold medal status.

New posters promoting the London 2012 Festival have appeared across the capital with one of the most recognisable landmarks air-brushed out.

World famous battleship HMS Belfast was mysteriously missing from promotional posters – prompting some to even question the games’ sense of loyalty to Remembrance Sunday.

Now organisers are ripping down the offending posters after admitting it was caused by a “simple mistake.”

“We are very sorry about this mistake in the advertising production process, and we apologise if this mistake has caused offence. The mistake has been rectified and posters without HMS Belfast in are being removed,” they said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Man Arrested After Claims Spurs Spied On Olympic Officials

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 8, 2011

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after allegations that Tottenham Hotspur FC spied on Olympics officials during its stadium bid.

News of the arrest came as Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) chairwoman Baroness Ford claimed the north London football club had all 14 members of her board monitored by private investigators.

The suspect was being questioned as officers conducted a string of searches in Sussex, Sutton, south west London, and Westminster.

Spurs denied putting officials under surveillance.

Detectives, who have been investigating the claims since August 2011 “following allegations by West Ham and the Olympic Park Legacy Company in respect of the unlawful obtaining of information”, said the suspect was arrested at an address in Sussex.

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Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 21, 2011

This could be helpful for the poor countries suffering from load shading.
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