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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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Indonesia Earthquake: Tsunami Warning Issued Following Magnitude 8.7 Temblor

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2012

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday after a large earthquake hit waters off Indonesia, sending residents pouring from their homes in panic.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.7-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh’s provincial capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indonesian Children Cling To Collapsed Bridge To Get To School (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2012

Children have been risking their lives to get to school as images released show students precariously crossing a broken suspension bridge in Indonesia, after it was damaged by flooding.


The bridge, which was built in 2001, provides a route over the Ciberang river to the school in Sanghiang Tanjung. Despite nearly collapsing after a pillar supporting the bridge was damaged on Monday by floods, the children are clinging onto the bars – all to avoid taking a detour to the next bridge which would add half an hour to their journey.


The children, some as young as five, are putting their lives in danger to get to school.


According to The Daily Mail, locals have already reported sections disappearing overnight.


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Bali Bamboo Design

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 2, 2011

Huffington Post

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo an Indonesian worker puts the finishing touches on a chocolate factory made entirely of bamboo in Bali, Indonesia. Bamboo, a tough, flexible plant which can grow up to four feet a day, is being used to build everything from schools and luxury villas to exclusive resorts. (AP)

By MICHAEL HOLTZ — The Associated Press

BALI, Indonesia — Off Bali’s beaten track, past a towering banyan tree and next to an ancient Hindu temple, the world’s largest bamboo commercial structure is slowly taking shape: a chocolate factory.

The three-story, 23,000-square-foot building – made from more than 3,000 long, flexible poles – is crowned with a graceful, sloped ceiling nearly 50 feet high.

Frederick Schilling, co-owner of the Big Tree Farms factory, calls it his “bamboo cathedral.”

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo Frederick Schilling, right, from Ashland, Ore., and Ben Ripple, from Hartford, Conn., stand in front of their unfinished bamboo chocolate factory in Bali, Indonesia. Bamboo, a tough, flexible plant which can grow up to four feet a day, is being used to build everything from schools and luxury villas to exclusive resorts. (AP)

The tropical plant, favored in the West for flooring, furniture and household accessories, is increasingly being touted as the construction material of choice by green advocates from South America to Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arniko, the Great Architect From Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2011

Nepal’s temples, stupas, and many more structures are examples of this nation being a former leader in architecture. 

Today’s generation sees Nepal as a poor country lacking high-tech and engineering skills. But Nepal’s past shows skilled manpower and a highly developed society. One example of this skilled manpower is Arniko, the greatest architect of Nepalese history.

Arniko was forced to live in China, where he drew great respect. He made lots of sculptural works which are still a great asset of China.

Nepalese author Satya Mohan Joshi who has researched Arniko said his works in China are really a great challenge to modern engineering. The works he did in the 13th century are unbelievable.

Nepalese history doesn’t have any proof of where in Nepal Arniko grew up. But Joshi claims Arniko was from Patan, a famous place for sculpture.

Many Nepali architects made statues of special historical importance. However, Arniko was the only one who became famous not only in Nepal but also in Tibet, China, Mongolia and as far as Indonesia.

During Arniko’s time, renowned Mongol emperor Kublai Khan was a great lover of art and architecture.

He wanted to build a golden stupa (a Buddhist shrine) in Lhasa for his teacher Pags-pa. In 1260, he decided to ask Nepal to send a skilled architect to supervise the work.  Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Muslim Population Expected To Grow Twice As Fast As Non-Muslims In 20 Years: Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 27, 2011

Really? What will happen that time then?
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Indonesia Crop Circle Sparks UFO Rumors (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2011

Usually UFO appeared only in developed countries, but this is another case not in developed countries.
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Indonesia: Toy Salesman Raped 96 Kids, Say Police

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2011

God! So this is iron age.
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A ‘hedge’ strategy toward China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2010

The Washington Post By Fareed Zakaria

Two years ago Barack Obama was superman. Now he can’t do anything right.

His trip to Asia has been reported as a failure because he didn’t get a trade deal with South Korea or a currency devaluation from China. But the visit had broader purposes and was largely successful at those, though this is just the start of a complex set of foreign policies that should constitute the core of a new American grand strategy.

For the negative reporting, Obama has only himself to blame. Doubtless egged on by his political advisers, Obama cast his trip to Asia as about jobs, jobs, jobs. If the president was truly crafting a trade trip, someone sent him to the wrong places. Only one of the countries he visited (Japan) is among the top six destinations for U.S. exports. He could have saved a lot of fuel and traveled to Canada and Mexico, which together buy 20 times as many American goods and services as does India and 10 times as many as does South Korea. (Indonesia is not even in the top 20 countries that buy U.S. exports.)

In fact, by undertaking this trip to India, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia, Obama was making America’s opening move in a new great power game unfolding in Asia. Until now, China’s rise had been talked about more as an abstraction. But events over the past few months have made the rise of China tangible in the eyes of many Asians. They are watching how the United States will react. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal is No. 4 in ginger production

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 21, 2010

The Kathmandu Post: KATHMANDU, OCT 20 – Nepal has become the world’s fourth largest producer of ginger after India, China and Indonesia.

In fiscal 2007-08, Nepali farmers produced 158,905 tons of ginger worth Rs. 9.2 billion compared to the global output of 1.3 million tons. Exports amounted to Rs. 1.3 billion out of which 99 percent went to India, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Ginger is one of the agriculture products identified by Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 having export potentials. Ginger export from Nepal has been increasing in the past six years. From 2004 to 2008, the export of ginger has increased by 34 percent, according to NTIS.

The NTIS says increased use of ginger by Ayurveda pharmaceutical industries in India and Nepal and high potential for product diversification -jam, jelly, candy, sauces- makes ginger one of the export potential products

The fact that more farmers are in to commercial ginger farming can be gauged by the fact that its farming has spread in to 16,788 hectors of land in 2009-10 from 11,830 hectors of 2003-04. However, its productivity has not increased significantly.  Read the rest of this entry »

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China, India to bid for MRP

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 3, 2010

Both the neighbouring countries – India and China – are likely to bid for the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) contract for which the government had recently called tenders. According to The Kathmandu Post daily, both these countries have recently picked up tender copies for MRP bids at a cost of Rs 10,000 each.

It is not know whether the Chinese company is government owned or private but it was the same company from India, the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India (SPMCI), to whom the government earlier had given the contract, which picked up the tender copy.

The contract was earlier scrapped following directives from Public Accounts Committee of the legislative parliament and pressure from leaders of ruling and opposition parties. The deal turned controversial after a secret letter by Indian envoy Rakesh Sood to Foreign Affairs Minister Sujata Koirala was leaked out.

The Indian company was given contract at 4 USD per copy though other companies proposed to supply as low as 2.9 USD per copy. Companies from Canada, Malaysia and Indonesia are likely to bid this time as well.

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