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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

The corporation later announced it had launched an investigation as part of its disciplinary process. Read the rest of this entry »

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2025: Shaping A New Future

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 18, 2012


Millions of children born in 2025 will live well beyond 2125, and when the BBC asked viewers to speculate about the future, their answers made HG Wells, George Orwell and Isaac Asimov look parochial; they imagined a world of Nano robots flowing around our bodies fixing cells, and the ability to predict thought through transmission. They spoke of “space elevators” making cosmic travel cheap and easy and oceans extensively farmed (and not just for fish), crops grown in sand, and deserts becoming tropical forests. But, surprisingly, this popular excitement about the promise of technology is not matched by a similar optimism about the possibilities for global cooperation. Indeed the very same people who are optimistic about the power of scientific advance seem to believe that existing states will break up, resentment against immigration and culture clashes will worsen, and the world will be more divided than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salbuchi: Putin a break against neo-colonial West

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

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Two Different Popular Royal Kisses of the Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011

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Children In Need Sets New £26Million Fundraising Record After JLS And Gok Wan Join Event

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2011

The Children in Need fundraising extravaganza has raised a record on-the-night total of £26 million.

The figure was announced at the end of the six-hour charity marathon at 2am.

Host Sir Terry Wogan said: “That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you. Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain’s children.”

The total sum was confirmed as £26,332,334, more than £8 million more than the amount raised last year. It will now be hoped that the appeal can top the record for the final total, which was set at £40 million in 2010.

The BBC One show featured a wide range of stars, with JLS, Lord Sugar, fashion guru Gok Wan, the cast of The Wizard of Oz and four BBC newsreaders among those providing entertainment.

Boyband One Direction kicked the event off with their single What Makes You Beautiful.

Sir Terry’s co-hosts Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton were all dressed in gold and posed like Charlie’s Angels as Destiny’s Child’s song Independent Women blasted through the studio

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Daily Collective Worship Law Ignored By Schools, BBC ComRes Poll Shows

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2011

A large number of schools in England are ignoring a statutory requirement to provide daily collective worship, a survey has found, renewing debate over whether the law should be repealed.

Almost two thirds of parents questioned said their children don’t attend daily collective worship at their schools.

The research, conducted by ComRes on behalf of BBC Local Radio suggests maintained schools are forgoing their statutory duties to provide worship to reflect the “broadly Christian” traditions of England.

Of the 500 parents questioned, 64 per cent said their child did not attend worship assemblies. But the Church of England insisted the results of the poll were unreliable saying it did not differentiate primary and secondary schools where the former regularly had daily worship or reflection.

A spokesman for the C of E said: “Collective worship is when pupils of all faiths and none come together to reflect – it should not be confused with corporate worship when everyone is of the same belief. Evidence collected in Church school inspections shows that schools place a high value on collective worship.

“The Church strongly supports the law – although it is not its job to enforce it – as it provides an important chance for the school to focus on promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of its pupils. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflecting on 9/11, Britain’s Former Spy Chief Criticizes Iraq War and Proposes Talks with Al Qaeda

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2011


“We are not women; we will keep fighting,” vowed Libya’s elusive despot Muammar Gaddafi in a message broadcast on Syrian TV on Sept. 1. A lecture delivered in London the same evening, for broadcast on Sept. 6 as part of the BBC’s 2011 Reith Lecture series Securing Freedom, illuminated the unintended kernel of truth to the Colonel’s bluster. As Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of Britain’s domestic spy service MI5, laid bare the scale of her opposition to the war in Iraq and her disdain for the term “war on terror” (the phrase “legitimizes terrorists as warriors,” she said), it was hard not to conclude that a lot of bloodshed could have been avoided if the men in charge had listened to her. A similar emotion was evoked by the first two lectures in the same series, which were given by Aung San Suu Kyi and set out the Nobel laureate’s reasons for meeting state violence with peaceful opposition.

You can see how Burma’s military rulers made the mistake of thinking they could silence the deceptively fragile and softly spoken Suu Kyi. It’s harder to imagine how anyone dared to defy Manningham-Buller. The Baroness (she was ennobled after her 2007 retirement from MI5) has the brisk air and stentorian tones of the sort of old-fashioned nanny to whom posh Brits traditionally entrusted their kids, knowing that the slightest sign of disobedience would be quelled by a cuff around the ear and bed without supper. Several members of the small invited audience who were brave—or foolhardy—enough to question Nanny’s views during the debate that followed her lecture earned cold looks and withering retorts. This apple evidently didn’t fall far from the tree: as TIME reported in 1962, Manningham-Buller’s father Reginald, a prominent Conservative politician, was widely known as “Sir Reginald Bullying-Manner.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Probe finds liquid water clues on Mars

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2011


A NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has discovered evidence of liquid water flowing through its soil, increasing the prospects for finding Martian life. Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe spotted seasonal changes in the landscape in warmer regions of the red planet at mid latitudes.

 Orbital imagery combined with 3-D modelling shows seasonal flows   imagery combined with 3-D modelling shows seasonal flows (NASA)

Dark, finger-like patterns recorded by its HiRISE camera on martian slopes are most likely to be caused by salty water, or brine, running within it. Expert geologists reckon that is the best explanation to fit the evidence they have collected, though they warn it is not conclusive proof.

The discovery, published in the leading journal Science, was heralded by a special press conference called by NASA tonight. One of the four scientists on the panel was Professor Lisa Pratt, of Indiana University, a leading expert in finding life deep underground on Earth and on Mars.

Her special interests are life in desert-like conditions, salty lakes, and evaluating how life might evolve on a planet like Mars with very limited water. Saltiness lowers the temperature at which water freezes. Sites with liquid brines could therefore be important to future studies of whether life exists on Mars. Read the rest of this entry »

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Piers Morgan ‘Knew About Phone Tapping’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011

After internet hacking, phone hacking becoming another terrible threat and challenge in the present world. Nothing can be secret in the epoch of this technologi­cal revolution and people are trying to give trouble to other people keeping themselves trapped. Why?
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Author Arundhati Roy: India’s economic success a ‘lie’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 4, 2011

India is said to be one of the great economic success stories of modern times: an emerging power and the world’s biggest democracy.

But the Booker Prize-winning author and anti-globalisation activist Arundhati Roy tells a different story.

Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight, she says tens of thousands of the country’s poorest people are suffering at the hands of corrupt governments bought and sold by big corporations.

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Barack Obama warns that he is ready for future Pakistan raids

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2011

President Barack Obama says he would order another covert military raid like that which killed Osama bin Laden if it was necessary to stop terrorist attacks.

Pakistan is furious that that United States sent Navy Seals to raid bin Laden’s Pakistan hideaway earlier this month without informing Pakistani authorities.

“We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan,” President Obama. “But we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our – our allies’ people – we can’t allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action.”

He said he could not allow “active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action,” and would send troops again if a senior Taliban leader was found in Pakistan.

Mr Obama said that he had always made clear that he would take a clear shot at Bin Laden if one came clear.

Pakistan authorities were investigating how Bin Laden was able to stay in Pakistan without being detected for many years. President Obama said the al qaeda leader must have had an external support network outside the compound but that he did not have a definitive answer on the extent of official involvement in providing a safe haven in Pakistan.

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BBC doing a documentary on Gurkha Issues called, “Two Years On Are Gurkha’s Better Off ?”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 10, 2011

[This material is based on the mail received and made no change. ]

12 basic bulletin points, for a Gurkha documentary to look into, here they are and in no order of importance.

ONE: The Gurkha and Nepalese Community Group’s Leaders around the UK, as well as Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare Rights Organisation’s Official’s here in the UK too. Want and have asked for, to hold formal talks we the British and Nepalese Government’s Minister’s, Civil Servants and Military Officer’s, with regards Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare, Interests and Rights, the British Government will not agree basically.

TWO: The infighting between the different Gurkha and Nepalese Community Group’s Leaders around the UK, as well as Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare Rights Organisation’s Official’s here in the UK and in Nepal. Has and is basically harming the Gurkha and Nepalese Welfare, Interests and Rights case.  With the British Government, MoD/Home Office, Minister’s, Civil Servants and Military Officer’s, plus the likes of GWT and other military charities. Are actually using this and playing one Gurkha group or organisation against another, to make the infighting worst and to get away with, basically not dealing with the real problems of the Gurkhas situation !.

THREE: Gurkha soldier’s military service pay and pension’s rights, being made equally and back dated to 1947, or at least holding discussions with the British Government over these, to come to some kind of reasonable settlement on pay and pension rights. Of increasing the amount or percentage Gurkha Soldier’s and/or their Widow’s received, compared to British Soldier’s and/or Widow’s receive, that is from the 33.3 per cent Gurkha’s or their Widow’s presently receive. Read the rest of this entry »

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BBC World Service axes five languages

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 27, 2011

LONDON, JAN 27 – The BBC World Service said Wednesday it would close five of its language services, shut down radio services for another seven languages and cut 650 jobs as it seeks to make drastic savings.

The Albanian, Macedonian, Portuguese for Africa and Serbian language services as well as the English for the Caribbean regional service will all be shut down over the next three years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children in Need raises £18m as newsreaders go Gaga

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 20, 2010

The Telegraph By Laura Donnelly

BBC newsreaders took pop star Lady Gaga as their inspiration in this year’s Children in Need fund-raising telethon, as

Left to right) Newsreaders, Susanna Reid, Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Kate Silverton, perform on stage during the 'BBC Children in Need Appeal Photo: PA

the annual appeal raised more than £18 million for charity.

Fiona Bruce, Kate Silverton, Sophie Raworth and Susanna Reid donned skin-tight PVC costumes to perform a medley of tracks by the singer.

A recently reformed Take That also performed, reprising their classic hit Never Forget live for the first time since Robbie Williams rejoined the group.

Children In Need has a tradition of employing its female newsreaders to imitate pop acts.

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No proof Maoists trained Naxalites, says APF chief

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 18, 2010

TKP By SHANKER ACHARYA PARSA, NOV 17 –  A senior security official has said the Indian claim that the UCPN (Maoist) was imparting guerilla training to the Indian Maoists couldn’t be proven.

Inspector General of Armed Police Force (APF), Sanat Basnet, on Wednesday said that the investigation carried out by all the four security agencies of the country – Nepal Police, Nepal Army (NA), APF and National Investigation Department – did not find any evidence to corroborate the Indian claim. Read the rest of this entry »

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