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Overcoming New Decade Challenges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2011

Every single day our world spends more than $4 billion on war. However everyday, 20,000 children die of hunger, poverty and a lack of treatment and medicines and millions of people are suffering a lack of their basic needs like food, clean water, clothes and shelter. If only a certain percentage of these funds were used for the benefit of the people worldwide, struggling to have an education, minimum health care, food and housing a lot could be done.

Nuclear power was developed in the name of establishing peace and now this is threatening the whole human race. Current existing amounts of nuclear power are enough to destroy not a single earth but dozens of equivalent earths. What will happen if the nuclear power will get into terrorists’ hand? This is today’s one of the biggest concerns for world leaders.

By  Ram Kumar Shrestha, Global Coordinator, Kapilvastu Day Movement

With 2010 heralding the dawn of a new decade; this decade offers many challenges and opportunities. Global warming, political instability, recession, terrorism, disaster were the major problems of the decade and the ultimate source of these problems is not external – it is us and only us, our current lifestyles, our historical choices, our way of thinking and doing with full of selfishness and our future ambitions. We ourselves, therefore, must be the solution. Now the world is already in very crucial moment and this provides opportunity as well to the world leaders, scientists and humanitarian activists to show their capability and broadness and prove themselves as historic persons. One of the most important questions we are facing today due to the reality we are facing in the name of development is: “Do we really love our generations or not?” This is already clear that just the continuation of existing development trend without drastic changes could destroy the world very soon and we, hence, must have new perspectives to bring everything in the right track.

Every single day our world spends more than $4 billion on war. However everyday, 20,000 children die of hunger, poverty and a lack of treatment and medicines and millions of people are suffering a lack of their basic needs like food, clean water, clothes and shelter. If only a certain percentage of these funds were used for the benefit of the people worldwide, struggling to have an education, minimum health care, food and housing a lot could be done. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN peace mission ends amid political deadlock

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2011

KATHMANDU, 12 January 2011 (IRIN) – A UN mission established to monitor Nepal’s post-civil war transition will end

Photo: Rudra Khadka/IRIN Where do former Maoist rebels go if not the state army?

on 15 January amid concerns the country’s still “fragile” peace process could unravel.

Nepal’s Maoists led an insurgency against government forces from 1996 to 2006 to end centuries of royal rule they said had led to social and economic inequality.

Established in 2007, and extended several times after its initial one-year mandate expired, the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) was a stabilizing influence during an otherwise volatile period in the country, say observers.

“UNMIN’s departure creates a vacuum. The question remains now to see whether the government can fill that vacuum,” said Thej Thapa, a researcher on Nepal for the NGO Human Rights Watch.

Nepal has been functioning with only a caretaker government for more than six months following a no-confidence vote; 16 subsequent attempts to vote in a new prime minister failed; and progress on drafting a new constitution has stalled.

Nepal urgently needs a stable and effective government to push through needed socio-economic reforms and better the lives of millions of vulnerable people.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Does Nuclear Disarmament Go From Here?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2011


Signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev last April, the treaty commits the two nations to cut the number of their deployed strategic (i.e. long-range­) nuclear warheads to 1550 each — a reduction of 30 percent in the number of these weapons of mass destructio­n. By providing for both a cutback in nuclear weapons and an elaborate inspection system to enforce it, New START is the most important nuclear disarmamen­t treaty for a generation­. But they most go furthermor­e with concrete strategy and implementa­tion.
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