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15 Buildings That Don’t Look Like Buildings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2012

Pyongyang’s Ryugyong Hotel resembles a giant ballistic missile. As the so-called “Hotel of Doom” prepares to open in 2013, TIME looks at 15 buildings that don’t look like buildings

Ryugyong Hotel


After more than three decades of on-and-off construction, the sinister-looking Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang is finally poised to open in mid-2013. The pyramid-shaped structure, which rises 105 stories, will be the world’s tallest hotel — and one of the few that evokes an intergalactic warhead. Reto Wittwer, the chief executive of Kempinski Hotels, is over the moon that his firm won management rights. “This pyramid monster hotel will monopolize all the business in the city,” he said recently. “I said to myself, ‘We have to get this hotel if there is ever a chance, because this will become a money-printing machine if North Korea opens up.’”

Indira Gandhi Planetarium

UPRNN / Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Indira Gandhi Planetarium isn’t out of this world; it’s in Lucknow, India. Opened in 2003, the garish building mimics Saturn by bringing together a large sphere — diameter 70 ft. (21 m) — and a series of rings in varying shades of brown, orange and yellow. It’s unclear why officials named the structure after the former Prime Minister, who presumably knew more about international relations than interplanetary ones. Were she alive, though, Gandhi might point out one glaring error: Saturn has seven rings, but the building has only five.

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Anonymous takes down UK Home Office website

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 8, 2012

Notorious hacktivist group Anonymous has taken down the UK Home Office website. The group owned up to the attack via Twitter, saying it was launched over “draconian surveillance proposals.”

The Home Office, whose website returned to normal around midnight GMT, confirmed the attack.

“We are aware of some reports that the Home Office website may be the subject of an online protest. We have put all potential measures in place and will be monitoring the situation very closely,” the spokesperson said.

The group also claims it had launched a cyberattack on the websites of the British Prime Minister and the UK Ministry of Justice “for continued derogation of civil liberties.” However, both websites seem to be operating normally at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Theresa May Reveals UK Border Agency To Be Broken Up After Revelations Of Lax Immigration Checks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to be broken up after further revelations of relaxations of checks on immigrants to Britain, Theresa May has told the Commons on Monday afternoon.

The UK Border Force – which physically runs the checks on travellers at airports and Eurostar terminals – will be split from the UKBA, because Theresa May believes managing all the operations is “too great for one organisation.”

The decision, which comes into effect on the 1st of March, is likely to cause a significant shakeup to the policing of Britain’s borders. Theresa May told MPs: “Many of the changes I’ve outlined cannot happen overnight. They will take time, but we will make them as quickly as possible.”

The decision comes in the wake of a report by John Vine, the independent inspector of the UK Border Agency, who was called in to investigate the lapses in passport checks which led to the resignation of Brodie Clark. The former head of the UK Border Force was accused of exceeding the terms of a pilot scheme over the summer, which reduced some checks on passengers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Damian Green: We Only Want The ‘Brightest And Best’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2012

Immigrants must “add to the quality of life in Britain” to be let in, the Immigration Minister will say on Thursday.

Damian Green will say Britain does not need more middle managers or unskilled labour and only wants the “brightest and the best” migrants as the Government strives to be more selective in its immigration policies.

It is time to move away from the debate over numbers and ask “how we can benefit from immigration”, he will claim.

The government has pledged to cut net migration from the current 242,000 to the “tens of thousands” last seen in the 1990s, with crackdowns on forced and sham marriages, bogus students and an annual cap on immigrants coming from outside the EU.

The Immigration Minister will say that bringing in any migrants who would be economically dependent on the state or who can “play no role in the life of this country” is unacceptable.

Instead “everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution”, he will say.

And new specialist routes will be developed further to improve the visa system for short-term business visitors and entertainers, encouraging world-class performers to come to Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

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London 2012: 100 Arrests Ahead Of Olympics As May Says Tents Should Be ‘Banned’ From All Games Sites

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 25, 2012

All these because we farmed war and not love:

Almost 100 people have been arrested ahead of the Olympics and all tents and encampments should be banned from the Games, the home secretary has said.

But the Olympic organisers have not yet imposed a total ban, saying only that they will work with the Home Office to prevent encampments “if necessary”.

The Occupy protests seen at St Paul’s Cathedral and other sites around the UK, in which large amounts of tents are pitched for long periods of time, have raised concerns that similar tactics could be used at the London Games.

The Home Office is keen to avoid such scenes at the Olympics, and on Wednesday May suggested that tents and other similar items should be banned from the Games.

In her speech on Olympic security planning at the Royal United Services Institute, Theresa May said that with six months until the Games police and security teams were preparing for “all eventualities” and work was continuing behind the scenes.

Calling out “encampment protests” as a specific new threat that would be tackled before the games, May said she was confident police were taking a “robust attitude” to organised crime.

The Met’s anti-crime push ahead of the Olympics is led by Operation Podium. Read the rest of this entry »

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Almost 1,000 Police And Community Support Officers Have Criminal Records, Including Senior Detectives

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2012

More than 900 serving police officers and community support officers have a criminal record, official figures show.

Forces across England and Wales employ policemen and women with convictions including burglary, causing death by careless driving, robbery, supplying drugs, domestic violence, forgery and perverting the course of justice.

Those with criminal records include senior officers, among them two detective chief inspectors and one chief inspector working for the Metropolitan Police.

At least 944 currently serving officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have a conviction, according to figures released by 33 of the 43 forces in England and Wales in response to Freedom of Information requests.


Many forces could not provide details of criminal records dating from before their staff joined the police, meaning the true figure will be significantly higher.

The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest force, came top with 356 officers and 41 PCSOs with convictions.

It was followed by Kent Police (49), Devon and Cornwall Police (44), Essex Police (42), South Yorkshire Police (35), Hampshire Police (31) and West Midlands Police (27), although not all the figures are directly comparable.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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