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$50m in diamonds taken in Brussels airport heist (Photos and Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2013

EIGHT masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said.

The gang used two black cars in their daring raid late Monday, grabbed the cache of stones and sped off into the darkness, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office.

“They tried to pass themselves off as police officers,” Ms Bijnens said. They reportedly wore outfits which resembled dark police clothing and both cars had blue lights on top, she said.

Police found one burnt-out vehicle close to the airport later Monday night and said they were still looking for clues.

The heist was estimated at some $50 million in diamonds, said Caroline De Wolf of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

Belgium Diamond Heist

Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport in a daring diamond heist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Liege Grenade Attack: Six Dead Including Gunman After Explosives Hurled In Belgian City

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 13, 2011

At least four people have died and 123 have been injured after a man fired shots and threw grenades in a crowded town square in Liège, Belgium.

The grenades exploded near to a Christmas market, injuring dozens and sending people running and screaming from the scene.

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A 15-year-old boy died “on the spot”, police said in a short press conference. The gunman, A 17-year-old boy and a 65-year-old woman were also killed. There are further unconfirmed reports from medical staff that a 18-month-old baby girl, and another person, also died in the attack.

A further 123 people are known to have been injured. All the wounded were sent to the six hospitals in the region, mainly the Citadelle Hospital it was reported on local radio.

Belgian prime minister Elio di Rupo said there were “no words” to describe the tragedy.

“We think first and foremost of the innocent victims, their family and friends. We also think of all the people working at the scene and more generally of the people of Liege.

“The whole country shares the pain of the families affected. We share the shock of the population.”

The gunman, who was from Liège, has been named 33-year-old Nordine Amrani by the police. Officials said that he was on his way for police questioning when he launched the attack.

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Manhattan memory project: How 9/11 changed our brains

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 7, 2011

You’ll probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first learned that passenger jets had crashed into the World Trade Center. People tend to form exceptionally vivid memories of highly consequential news, and it doesn’t get much bigger than 9/11.

Recollections of that day have given researchers a unique window into how the brain forms memories of shocking events. “It’s as if a flashbulb goes off and you take a mental picture of your surroundings,” says psychologistWilliam Hirst of the New York School for Social Research.

Flashbulb memories, as they are known, are tricky to study as people are seldom keen to talk to researchers just after hearing or seeing emotionally charged news. It can also be difficult to know how accurate a person’s memory of the event is, since there is usually no way to be sure what actually happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quality Of Life Index 2010: Which Country Has It Best? (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2011

The Hffington Post

In order according to this post 

1. France

2. Australia

3.  Switzerland

4. Germany

5. New Zealand

6. Luxemburg

7. United States

8. Belgium

9. Canada

10. Italy





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The 10 Countries With The Best Work-Life Balance: OECD

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 3, 2011

In the list no USA, no UK, no Australia, no Japan and no Canada. Then why people moving to these countries?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Belgium’s ‘chips revolution’ marks no-government record

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 18, 2011

Belgians have staged a series of tongue-in-cheek events to mark what many there see as a new record – the world’s

The "chips revolution" was named after a staple of the Belgian diet

longest wait for a government.

Belgium has been without a government for 249 days – longer than Iraq – as parties from the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south remain split.

Students took to the streets, with the promise of free beer and chips, and dozens stripped to their underwear.

The day was named “chips revolution”, after Belgium’s renowned national dish.

Organisers hoped the events would boost efforts to break the political impasse.

“We’ve had enough of political games,” Kliment Kostadinov, one of the event’s organisers, told AFP.

“We must get a government fast and a reform of our institutions that is good for all Belgians.”

Johan Vande Lanotte, who resigned recently from the post of king’s mediator with the task of ending the crisis, urged Belgium’s political leaders not to give up on finding a solution.

He told Belgian radio that he had achieved agreement on up to 70% of his text but the final step had proved difficult.

“If the gap is so great, the parties should take great steps. That is not easy. Often they don’t realise how hard that is. You don’t make major reform of the state without enormous pain in your own ranks,” Mr Lanotte said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kapilavastu Day Movement National Committee formed in New Zealand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 25, 2010

Kapilavastu Day Movement National Committee formed in New Zealand. After Global Committee of the Movement,NewZealand is the fifth country to form National Committee. Spain was the first, Belgium the second, UK the third and Canada the fourth to form National Committee and many countries are preparing to form their National Committees. Here is the full text of the mail sent by Baburaja Maharjan, the Regional Coordinator to look after Australia, New Zealand and surrounding countries,  from New Zealand:

It’s my pleasure to inform all of you that Kapilvastu  Day Movement, New Zealand National Committee is formed to preserve and protect one of the world’s renowned heritage – Kapilvastu, Lumbini; birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. This committee will encourage all concerned people and organizations to contribute raising awareness on people against misleading information regarding the birthplace of Buddha.

Why do we need this movement?

  1. India is constantly and vigorously trying to establish newly built copy of Kapilvastu as original birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha
  2. India has already engaged in propaganda warfare using world’s largest film making industry, Bollywood. Movie “Chandani Chowk to China” is just an example Read the rest of this entry »

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