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Aung San Suu Kyi Gives Nobel Peace Prize Speech: The Highlights (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2012

[Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared 16th of June – Saturday – that the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland. Congratulation to her from the bottom of the heart!!!]


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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, holds her speech during the Peace Nobel Prize lecture at the city hall in Oslo, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

(OSLO, Norway) — Aung San Suu Kyi‘s Nobel Peace Prize speech explored her views on the ideals of peace, the seeds of war, the bonds of our common humanity, and the rare power of kindness. Here are the highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires to Be Unearthed in Burma

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2012

Paging Indiana Jones: a British farmer’s 15-year quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes buried in a far-off land has finally paid off
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Spitfire aircraft in flight

It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones film, if you take away the religious overtones and ophidiophobic adventurer. After 15 years, a British farmer’s quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes lost in Burma during World War II has finally paid off.

Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, 62, has spent about $207,000, traveled to Burma a dozen times and negotiated with the cagey Burmese government, all in the hopes of finding a stash of iconic British Spitfires buried somewhere in the Southeast Asian country.

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Buried planes? It sounds odd, but in fact this was fairly common toward the end of the war; as the conflict wound down and jet aircraft promised to make propeller-driven fighters obsolete, many aircraft were scrapped, buried or sunk by Allied Forces in order to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

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Cundall started his search after his friend heard from a group of U.S. veterans that they had stashed Spitfires in the region. “We’ve done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires,” the veterans said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Myanmar-United States Relations: Ambassadors To Be Exchanged Following Prisoner Release

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it was ready to exchange ambassadors with Myanmar as President Barack Obama welcomed the release of 200 political prisoners as a “substantial step forward for democratic reform” in the Southeast Asian country.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was ready to begin the process of exchanging full ambassadors after an absence of two decades, and would consider additional measures if the new civilian-led government’s reforms continue.

“Much more remains to be done to meet the aspirations of the Burmese people, but the United States is committed to continuing our engagement,” Obama said in a statement.

The U.S. move followed Myanmar’s announcement that it was freeing some 200 political prisoners in an amnesty in the latest sign of change in a country that has spent half a century under authoritarian rule.

The United States downgraded its diplomatic representation in Myanmar to charge d’affaires following a military coup in 1988 and a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the country, formerly known as Burma.

The United States and other western nations have also imposed a series of broad economic sanctions, which analysts say have crippled the country’s economy and driven it deeper into the embrace of regional power China.

Myanmar held elections last March which saw a nominally civilian government — although still heavily weighted toward the military — take over from the ruling junta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aung Sang Suu Kyi Facebooks William Hague After Historic Handshake

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2012

William Hague and Burma (Myanmar) opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi have made history by shaking hands – marking the arrival of the first British Foreign Secretary to visit the troubled country for more than 50 years.

Aung Sang Suu Kyi even used Facebook to record the remarkable moment.

“Britain and British politicians have provided us with invaluable support over the last 23 years.

“Foreign Secretary William Hague’s visit will enable him to assess the present situation in Burma. It will also give me an opportunity to get to know better a man I have long regarded as a good friend of our country,” she wrote on the social network.

The move is symbolic of the country’s return to the international fold following years of hardline military rule.

Earlier, Hague said Britain stands ready to “respond positively” to improvements in human rights and political freedoms in Burma, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the south-east Asian country’s leaders during a historic visit today.

He follows in the footsteps of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who visited the country last month

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Buddhist Teachings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 16, 2011

Buddhism is a philosophy of life expounded by Gautama Buddha (“Buddha” means “enlightened one”), who born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core of Buddhism are-

The Three Universal Truth
The Four Noble Truth
The Noble Eightfold Path

In Buddhism, the law of karma, says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.” Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community. For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Gurkha hero and activist Tul Bahadur Pun dies in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011

A former Gurkha soldier who won the Victoria Cross and later became the figurehead for a campaign on Gurkha’s rights

Joanna Lumley credited Mr Pun him as having saved her own soldier father's life in 1944

to settle in the UK has died.

Tul Bahadur Pun died in his home village of Myagdi, in Nepal, aged 88.

He received the Victoria Cross for saving the lives of dozens of his comrades in Burma during WWII.

In 2009 he campaigned for Gurkhas’ rights alongside actress Joanna Lumley, who credited him as having saved her own soldier father’s life in 1944.

Although Mr Pun was listed as 88 years old when he died it is thought his real age was 92, because birth records were inaccurate in the country at the time.

He won the military decoration after he saved the lives of his comrades by single-handedly attacking a Japanese machine-gun position in Burma in June 1944.

Martin Howe, his solicitor and joint leader of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, said Mr Pun’s efforts were instrumental in bringing about a turning point in the war in the Far East, by opening the way for the allied troops to take the strategically important town of Mogaung. Read the rest of this entry »

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WikiLeaks: Burma Nuclear Sites Being Secretly Built

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 10, 2010

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Rambo Gurkha in solo Taliban blitz

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 5, 2010


A LONE Gurkha has fought off the Taliban in a Rambo-style hail of fire.

Heroic Sergeant Dipprasad Pun HOISTED a giant machine gun off its mount and HELD it as he blazed away at a dozen attackers.

Firepower ... Sgt Dip held 30lb gun and let fly 750 rounds a minute

He is believed to have killed three and wounded several others with the gun – weighing well over 30lb and hammering out 750 rounds a minute. Read the rest of this entry »

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