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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2013

Idol series, one of several television shows that give formerly unknown persons an opportunity to become stars. The Idol series began in the United Kingdom and has since spread around the world – AustraliaSingaporeCanadaFranceGermanyIndia, the United StatesDenmarkNorwaythe NetherlandsFinlandSwedenSouth AfricaWest African countriesIndonesia, and many other countries. Japanese idol, a heavily promoted and merchandised singer or actor,a model that will later heavily influence the conception of “Idol” in Other Asian countries Pop Culture (Such as: Hong Kong,South KoreaTaiwanSingapore …).

Simon Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol in the UK by then ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz in 2001, he was then judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002. With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell is likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin and Anne Robinson. Cowell also appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003, where it became clear that each country’s version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own “Simon Cowell” type personality. In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4‘s list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons. Cowell’s S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop IdolWill Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits. Efforts begun in 2001 materialised in 2004, when Cowell returned to his group manufacturing roots with his latest brainchild, the internationally successful operatic pop group Il Divo, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities. Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from many similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006.

On 11 January 2010, Cowell’s exit from American Idol was made official. The 2010 season was Cowell’s last on the show. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version of Cowell’s popular British show, The X Factor, which began in September 2011.

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Nepali Origin Aruna Gurung bags Hong kong’s Chief Executive Award.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2012

Hong Kong Government honor Mrs. Aruna Gurung with ‘Chief Executive Commendation for Community Service Award” for her significant contribution to community service in occasion of 15th Anniversary Day of Hong Kong Handed over to China by Britain.

This award will handed over to Aruna in National Day of Hong Kong, October 1st by President of the Executive Council of Hong Kong.

Nepali Origin Aruna Gurung is working as In-flight Service Manager in Dragon Air Hong Kong. Gurung has been actively engaged in social work for a decade now. Aruna Said Working in these social service organization she will not get an salary or any allowances.

Hong Kong Government has also nominated her Recently for 2 years as Member of Committee of “Yao Chi Mong South Asia Committee” where lots of Nepali Community residing where she is expected to promote social harmony. Read the rest of this entry »

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Must-Reads From Around the World: April 26, 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 26, 2012


Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes at the start of the judgement hearing of his trial on charge of arming Sierra Leone’s rebels who paid him in “blood diamonds,” on April 26, 2012 at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in Leidschendam outside The Hague

Life For Death? – The five-year trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other offenses, is finally coming to a close in The Hague on Thursday, with a possible life sentence for the ousted leader. The Guardian, live-blogging the verdict from the tribunal, noted that Taylor is “clearly listening with care,” as it is read out. And judges found Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.

New Front in Drone War – The White House expanded the authority of the Pentagon and CIA to carry out drone strikes in Yemen, which is widely believed to be a safe haven for al-Qaeda operatives, the New York Times reports. U.S. Defense Secretary LeonPanetta has defended the strategy, the Guardian says, but international legal experts argue that drone strikes amount to execution of suspects before trial, making them illegal – especially when carried out in Yemen where the U.S. is not engaged in war.

Questioning Misogyny – Following the fierce debate over its cover story, “Why Do They Hate Us?“ which casts Arab societies as deeply misogynistic, Foreign Policy shares critiques and commentary from six Muslim observers, including the senior editor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language website. Also chiming in is The Atlantic’s Max Fisher, who argues that while misogyny is a problem in Arab countries, it’s not a distinctively Arab problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Upshot: Facebook Postings by Laxmi Tamang

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

Laxmi Tamang is an optimistic human being having public health background with extensive experience working in different settings in Nepal and passion about improving maternal and newborn including sexual and reproductive health in Nepal. Currently, she is doing a doctorate at the University of Sydney and researching on the impact of the gender-based power in access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services among young people in Nepal. She is among few Nepalese utilizing Facebook for social change rather than posing photos or just to pass time there with unnecessary postings. Here given one of her important and informative postings for your information:

Laxmi Tamang

My facebook friend, Anne Digby, Midwife from Melbourne, Australia is on the way to Nepal (now she is in Hong Kong came to know via fb) to help us in strengthening our Aadharbhut Prasuti Sewa Birth Centre ( It is really amazing how generous and grateful foreign friends are who are helping others without their any vested interest and prejudice. She is so much concern to support Nepali pregnant mothers and nurse-midwives in in providing and promoting social model of maternity care in Nepal.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tonga King George Tupou V Dead: Reform Leader Dies At 63

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2012

He sounds pretty good in this world as most of the leaders want to stick with chair:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Tonga’s King George Tupou V, who gave up most of his powers to bring a more democratic government to his Pacific island nation, died Sunday at a Hong Kong hospital. He was 63.

Tongan Prime Minister Lord Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano said in a brief radio address Monday that the king had died at 3 p.m. Sunday during a visit to Hong Kong. He didn’t give a cause of death, but said further details and funeral plans would be released when available.

The prime minister said the king’s younger brother and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka, was at the king’s side when he died.

The king, who was a bachelor, had a liver transplant last year and suffered other health problems, according to Tongan media reports. He had reigned over the island nation of 106,000 since his father, King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, died in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jason Hawkes’ Amazing Aerial Photography (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 14, 2012

Ever wondered what your house looks like from a bird’s-eye view? What about a home in Menorca or an ultra-modern neighborhood in Hong Kong? Jason Hawkes is a London-based photographer who has specialized in aerial photography since 1991. His latest portfolio showcases incredible photos of neighborhood patterns around the world.

“Looking down on the towns, cities, villages and seeing the patterns of the housing is something that always amazes me. Its often as if some town planner has sat down and thought now what I really must achieve is create a pattern that can only be seen from above,” Hawkes writes on his website.

He explains to the Daily Mail that the photos were taken on shoots for another project. “Homes in the UK tend to all be very low rise — typically just two stories and all with some kind of garden, big or small. But I just love the very abstract nature of the apartment blocks in Hong Kong,” he said.

Take a look at some of Hawkes’ amazing shots in the slideshow below.

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Number One Super Guy: Hong Kong Footballer Scores Incredible Scorpion Kick Own Goal (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Wow! And this is also one of the best goal: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/1­2/04/nepal­-vs-bangla­desh-highl­ights-saff­-champions­hip-2011/

No-one’s ever proud of scoring an own goal – but if you’re ever going to score one, you better pray it’s as magnificent as this glorious scorpion kick number we’ve got for you below.

Pulled off by 31-year-old Nigerian defender Festus Baise for Hong Kong’s Citizen AA team, if it had been seen on the other side of the pitch we’d be looking at a contender for goal of the year.

A shame then that Baise was aiming for a clearance rather than the back of his own net, but hey, you can’t have it all – and at least his team eventually won, a 3-2 final score against Sun Hei making this epic cock-up an amusing anecdote rather than a career-ending blunder.

But as this is such a doozy, it would be criminal not to offer up a round-up of other astonishing own goals, right? Well, exactly… so after checking out his fancy footwork, marvel at a dozen or so other “beauties” afterwards…

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China’s Century — or India’s?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2011

With so many of the world’s economies in tatters, the combined might of China and India could spearhead global growth in the coming decades. Are they up to the job?


The ChIndian Century


I saw the Indian hit movie 3 Idiots recently in an unusual location: a cineplex in Hong Kong. Very rarely do Bollywood flicks make the city’s commercial circuit — the conventional wisdom holds that they do not appeal to local audiences. Yet my Sunday morning matinee was 80% filled, mostly with Chinese of all ages. Some took the movie at face value: the zany antics of Indian college kids. But the majority of viewers, it seemed to me, got the universal moral about breaking free from social straitjackets. They laughed when they were meant to, and didn’t when they weren’t. While the foreign 3 Idiots was a box-office monster, 1911, a China-backed war docudrama starring hometown celebrity Jackie Chan, bombed. Go figure: India 1, China 0.

Introducing India’s 3 Idiots to a Chinese audience won’t make the cut of epic attempts to break down barriers between cultures. But it does tap into a spreading consciousness that China and India and their people share a special place among today’s nations — a tandem locomotive pulling the global economy while much of the rest of the world is a train wreck. You’ve heard the drumbeat: stupendous growth rates; ever richer consumers; geopolitical clout — a new order trumpeted by mega-events and extravagant slogans like the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and “Incredible India” at Davos. “The rise of India and China,” writes Robyn Meredith in her seminal book, The Elephant and the Dragon, “has caused the entire earth’s economic and political landscape to shift before our eyes.” Indian politician Jairam Ramesh sums up the phenomenon in a neologism: Chindia.(Graphic: How the Giants Measure Up.)

With Western economies reeling, the world is looking especially to China and India as saviors — whether it’s buying Italian bonds or Italian bags. The E.U. is even begging Beijing to help bail out its euro-zone bailout fund. But that’s only one side of the coin. There’s a duality to China and India, a blend of reality and myth, internally as well as between them. China and India have an arabesque relationship. These two giants on the cusp of superpower-hood are more rivals than partners. Despite their achievements, they face enormous challenges. And though they add up to nearly 40% of the world’s 7 billion population, they still live pretty much in parallel universes. Chinese and Indians, writes Indian journalist Pallavi Aiyar in her perceptive book, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China, are “largely culturally untranslatable to each other.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Most Expensive Cities In The World 2011: Mercer Cost Of Living Survey Has Surprising Results

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 14, 2011

Chad and Angola also in this list? May be something wrong with methodolog­y or calculatio­n (exchange rate I mean).
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Chinese Year Of The Rabbit Preparations Underway For Lunar New Year (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

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The 8 Sexiest Subway Systems In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2010

I have been to Moscow, London, Parish, Beijing and Spain Metros. I think the Moscow one is the best.
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