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Iran: Cameron, Merkel And Sarkozy Demand Regime Ends Nuclear Ambitions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 23, 2012

David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have issued a statement amid EU oil sanctions imposed against Iran today.

The move comes after Britain joined the United States and France in sending a flotilla of warships through the sensitive Strait of Hormuz as tensions escalate of over the regime’s controversial nuclear programme.

The statement said: “Today, the EU agreed an unprecedented package of sanctions on Iran, including a full ban on Iranian oil exports.

“Our message is clear. We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership has failed to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region.

“We call on Iran’s leadership immediately to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities and abide fully by its international obligations. The door is open to Iran to engage in serious and meaningful negotiations about its nuclear programme. Until Iran comes to the table, we will be united behind strong measures to undermine the regime’s ability to fund its nuclear programme, and to demonstrate the cost of a path that threatens the peace and security of us all.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran: Flotilla Of Warships Sent Through Strait of Hormuz Heightens Tensions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 23, 2012

Britain has joined the United States and France in sending a flotilla of warships through the sensitive Strait of Hormuz in a pointed message to the Iranian regime.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Argyll, was part of the US-led carrier group to pass through the waterway, as tensions continued to escalate over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The strait, a 34-mile-wide sea passage, connects the petroleum-producing Persian Gulf states to the ocean, making it a strategic choke point on the world’s economy.

The EU gave preliminary approval to new sanctions against Iranian oil on Monday. On the table is a total ban on European purchases of Iranian oil – a sanction that would not just hit Iran but key EU buyers including Greece Italy and Spain.

Sanctions are already expected against Iran’s central bank.

The full implementation of the sanctions would be delayed until 1 July, due to concerns about their impact on the European economy.

The UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands had been leading calls for nothing more than a three-month delay before the sanctions bite, but Greece, which fears its economic woes will worsen if it cannot find alternative suppliers at Iran-style preferential rates – has urged a much longer phase-in to ease the pain.

The embargo is yet to be formally approved by the EU nations’ foreign ministers, who are meeting in Brussels.

In response to the expected sanctions the Iranians have threatened to close the strait – through which 35% of the world’s tanker-borne oil exports pass – in retaliation. Read the rest of this entry »

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10th Anniversary: All about 9/11

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 11, 2011

For the tenth anniversary of 9/11:

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Bhanu Jayanti: Poetry recitation via Skype

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

ABERDEEN: The Organisation for Nepalis Culture and Welfare (ONCW) at Aberdeen, Scotland organised a poetry recitation programme through Skype on July 13. Poets from eight different countries recited their poem via Skype at the event organised to mark the 198th birth anniversary of Aadikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.

According to a press release issued by the organisers, Byakul Maila, the creator of Nepali national anthem recited his poem via Skype live from Nepal. Meanwhile renowned Irish poet Kayal O’ Cerkayal recited poems of Nepali poet Bhupi Sherchan in Nepali, English and Irish. The press release quotes Cerkayal, “The literary works of Bhanu Bhakta, Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Gopal Prasad Rimal and Parijat should be promoted at the international level.”

Dr Kavita Ram Shrestha, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Durga Pokharel from Britain, Sailendra Sakar, Gyanendra Gadal, Gita Khatri and Puranaghare from America, Madhu Madhurya from Russia, Jagat Navodit from Italy, Brejesh Gautam from Denmark and Bishwodeep Tigela from Brunei were other poets who recited poems via Skype. Dipesh Regmi, the president of ONCW committed to promote the Nepali art, culture and literature in coming days as well. The programme that continued for almost three hours was screened using a projector.

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Why we Nepalis have to unite for our better future?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 6, 2011

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What’s the Happiest Country in the World? Not the United States

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011

By: ERICA HO

Courtesy of Gallup

Who’s the happiest, pluckiest ‘em of all? Not the red, white and blue.

So without taking a peek, NewsFeed is going to put our money on a Scandinavian country. Oh, what do we have here? Denmark is indeed the most “thriving” country in the world, according to a Gallup survey. Sweden, Canada, Australia and Finland also all join to round out the top five on the list.

(More on NewsFeedSee the most livable cities in the world)

That’s not to say the U.S. is significantly lagging, though it doesn’t crack the top 10. The land of the free and home of the brave comes in at 12th place, beating out Austria, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. Fifty-nine percent of American citizens “rate their current lives a 7 or higher and their lives in five years an 8 or higher.” Still, it’s a fairly respectable showing. Read the rest of this entry »

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