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Nepal’s Mustang is third best tourist destination across the world

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 25, 2012


mustang.jpg.570x570_q85Australia: Nepal’s trans Himalayan district, Mustang has succeeded to be the third best tourist destination across the world.

Of the best ten tourist destinations across the world, Mustang was picked for its untarnished natural beauty and scenarios by the Lonely Planet.

Tagged as “Little Tibet” and “The Last Forbiddent Kingdom”, the organisation said that one should visit Mustang before breathing his/her last breath on this planet.

The agency has said that though being a part of Nepal, the Mustang territory shares culture, language with Tibet and that its topography and climate has similarities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting ready for the Big One: Japan chooses disaster-alternative capital

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2012

The skyline of Osaka, Japan (Reuters / Kimimasa Mayama)

The skyline of Osaka, Japan (Reuters / Kimimasa Mayama)

The Japanese government is considering unparalleled counter-measures to withstand the inevitable earthquakes and tsunamis awaiting Japan in the future. Experts propose preparation of emergency government offices in the country’s five major cities.

One of the main anti-earthquake emergency measures proposed by the Central Disaster Prevention Council is a recommendation to be ready to transfer central government offices, as well as the Bank of Japan and other facilities, in case Tokyo is devastated by a tsunami. The country’s major cities, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo and Sendai are recommended as suitable substitutes because they already have some governmental facilities and branches of the Bank of Japan, Kyodo reports.

A draft report prepared by the Council says a natural disaster damaging administrative, economic and political functions of the central government would “affect our country’s future.Read the rest of this entry »

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Secret of ageing found: Japanese scientists pave way to everlasting life

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2012

Portrait of senior couple, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (AFP Photo/Getty Images)

                                                   Portrait of senior couple, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (AFP Photo/Getty Images)

Japan, which already tops the world’s life expectancy list, now has another tool to cement its leading position. The country’s scientists say they have discovered a protein responsible for ageing and learnt to control it.

A group of scientists from Osaka University have found that one of the components of the human complement system is directly responsible for ageing, Russia’s ITAR-TASS quotes Japanese media on Saturday. The C1q protein, the researchers say, is to blame for human cells getting old.    Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse awes people…and lemurs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic “ring of fire” over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.

The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific and was seen in parts of the western United States Sunday afternoon.

In Japan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on pleasure boats and even private airplanes. Similar events were held in China and Taiwan as well, with skywatchers warned to protect their eyes.

In the US, viewing parties were held at observatories in Reno, Nevada, and Oakland, California, and elsewhere. Members of the crowd smiled and cheered and children yelled with excitement as the moon crossed the sun and the blazing halo of light began to form.

AFP Photo/Stan Honda
AFP Photo/Stan Honda

Some watched the eclipse by placing their viewing glasses on the front of their smartphones. And once the eclipse began, Twitter and Instagram exploded with mentions and photographs of the event.

Eventually, the moon centered and covered about 96 per cent of the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marines Leave Okinawa: U.S. To Remove 9,000 Stationed On Japanese Island

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012


WASHINGTON — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.

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North Korea Rocket 2012: World Leaders Condemn Failed Launch

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 13, 2012

The much-vaunted launch of the North Korea’s latest rocket has ended in failure, causing considerable international embarrassment for Pyongyang.

Two minutes after lift-off, the Unha-3 rocket reportedly exploded in flight and plunged into the Yellow Sea between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula.

Despite the failure, the launch drew international condemnation amid accusations from Washington, Tokyo and Seoul that the rocket, supposedly built to put a weather satellite in orbit, was in fact a ballistic missile test.

The rocket was fired at 11.39pm on Thursday (7.39am local time) from a launch pad in the west coast town of Tongchang-ri, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday.

In an rare moment of honesty, North Korean state TV, acknowledged the satellite’s failure to enter orbit. “Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure,” added the Korean central news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Asian-Style Capitalism Save the West?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012

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As you can imagine, the people out in Asia are feeling pretty good about themselves these days. And why shouldn’t they? While the U.S. and Europe struggle with debt, unemployment and sagging competitiveness, most of Asia seems to jump from strength to strength, its economies powering through the downturn with apparent ease, its companies becoming more and more prominent on the world stage. So it’s no wonder that many Asians have come to believe that their economic systems are superior to those of the U.S. and Europe — and that policymakers in Washington, London and Berlin should finally sit up and pay attention. For decades, Asia had been schooled in the wonders of free capitalism by the West, and benefited tremendously. Now, many out there believe, the time has come for the West to learn from Asia.

Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, made this argument outright in a recent blog post on the Financial Times website, in which he argued that Asian-style capitalism is the solution to the West’s woes:

The time may have come for Asians to reciprocate the generosity of the west in sharing capitalism with Asia. Western policymakers and thought leaders should be invited to visit the industrial complexes and service industries of Japan and Korea, Taiwan and China, Hong Kong and Singapore. There may be a few valuable lessons to be learnt.

What are those lessons? Can they really turn around the economic fortunes of the West? Despite Mahbubani’s confidence, those questions are not so easy to answer.

(MORE: Are China’s Big State Companies a Big Problem for the Global Economy?) Read the rest of this entry »

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George Osborne: Deal For London To Become Hub For Chinese Yuan ‘Worth Billions’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2012

Plans for London to become the international trading centre for China’s currency have been announced on a visit to Hong Kong by Chancellor George Osborne.

The treasury said that the plans could bring billions of revenue into the City.

Speaking at the start of a three-day trip to Asia, Osborne said that the Chinese yuan, also known as the renminbi, was increasingly looking to trade beyond China’s borders and that London was perfectly suited to meet that demand.

“There is a very specific opportunity for Britain as China grows as an economy,” Osborne told the BBC’s Today programme.

“I’ve concluded an agreement with the Chinese, and with the Hong Kong authorities as well, for London to develop as the financial centre for the Chinese currency as it becomes more internationally used.”

China has recently relaxed controls on the value of its currency as its economy continues to open up to international markets. A report by Chatham Houserecently argued that its importance would grow dramatically once trading hubs are established.

An initial agrement for London to work with Hong Kong to trade the yuan internationally was reached over the summer.

In statements released on Monday the UK treasury and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority said they will help to create a forum for banks to cooperate on trading the currency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Japan Robots To Farm Tsunami-Damaged Zone

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 6, 2012

In a region of the world that’s down on its luck, robots are stepping up to the plate to save Japan’s ravaged agricultural production. At least that’s what the ministry responsible for the experiment hopes the “Dream Project” will accomplish. After the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan in March, the government is trying out a new project to help rejuvenate the struggling sector.


According to AFP, Japan is planning to spend $52 million in the next 6 years to instate robots on farmland decimated by floodwater from the tsunami. The robots will work the fields and box crops when they are ready for harvest.


Last month, the Japanese government revealed that plans to decommission the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant will take at least 40 years. New kinds of robots also will be needed to remove melted fuel from the plant.


It remains to be seen how successful the farming initiative will be; it may be too late for robots to come to Japan’s rescue. As The Japan Times notes, many expected robots to be deployed immediately after the disaster, and were disillusioned by the immediate response to the damaged reactors at Fukushima.


Still, it’s been a big year for robots in Japan — they’ve also shown their prowess at pouring drinks,climbing ladders, and washing hair.

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Japan Earthquake: Magnitude 7.0 Temblor Hits Off Japan’s Pacific Island

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2012

TOKYO — A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck under the sea south of Japan on Sunday, shaking buildings in the capital but causing no apparent damage or tsunami.

The quake struck near the uninhabited island of Torishima in the Pacific Ocean, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo, and its epicenter was about 370 kilometers (230 miles) below the sea, the Meterological Agency said. It did not generate a tsunami.

Buildings in the Tokyo area shook, but no damage or injuries were reported. Express trains in northern and central Japan were suspended temporarily for safety checks but later resumed.

No abnormalities were reported at power plants, including the crippled nuclear power plant in northeast Japan hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, public broadcaster NHK reported.

A massive earthquake and tsunami March 11 left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. Japan, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” is one of the world’s most seismically active countries.

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Believe or Not: Anyway this is Forecast

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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End of Cold War? ‘US hate dies with N.Korean leader’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 29, 2011

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Kim Jung-who? Ten facts – or rumors – about North Korea’s new leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Kim Jong-Un (AFP Photo / KCNA VIA KNS)

With the youngest son of the late “Supreme Leader” of North Korea set to take the reins of the world’s most secretive state, little is known about a man who has been described as an out-of-shape heavy drinker who is the spitting image of his father.

1. No one knows exactly how old Kim Jung-un is, though North Korean officials give his official birth date as January 8, 1984.

2.  Prior to 2010, only one grainy black-and-white photograph of the younger Kim existed outside North Korea.

3.  He is believed to have attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under an assumed name.

4.  Classmates said he was an avid lover of skiing, basketball and James Bond.

5.  According to an anonymous high-ranking North Korean source, once Kim got older and put on weight, he started playing 15-ball pool instead of basketball, the Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Information Service reports.

“The game of pool has become increasingly popular among North Koreans in the past five years, in large part thanks to Kim Jung-un being an avid player. He even installed four Chinese brand-name pool tables in his grand mansion,” the source said.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia to support India’s bid for permanent UNSC seat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Rodionov)

Russia will back India’s bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) if a decision to expand the body is made, President Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The Russian leader said that Moscow considers India “a strong, and real” candidate for joining the body as a permanent member.

The statement was made Medvedev’s joint conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their talks in the Russian capital.

“India is a privileged partner for us,” Medvedev pointed out. He stressed that “all UN countries should agree and reform the Security Council according to a jointly approved scenario.”

“There is no need for India to doubt Russia’s support,” Medvedev assured Singh, as cited by Interfax.

Currently, there are five permanent members with veto power in the UNSC – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. Ten other members of the body are elected once every two years.

An expansion of the council – which was established back in 1946, shortly after WWII – has been discussed for years now. Many agree that it is time to reform the UNSC, since the world has changed a lot and so have the challenges that the international community faces. Several countries are now seeking permanent seats on the council, including the so-called G4 group, comprised of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

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The World’s Oldest Dog, Pusuke, Dies In Japan At The Age Of 26 (Pictures)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 8, 2011

Living to the grand ol’ age of 26 years old, Pusuke has, as they say, had a very good innings.

Working out at a whopping 125 years old in dog years, the much-loved fluffy tan Shiba mix passed away peacefully on Monday after falling ill and refusing to eat his food.

His owner, Yumiko Shinohara, told her local paperShimotsuke Shimbun: “I’m so sad… I would like to tell him that I appreciate he lived a long healthy life.”

Recognised for just one year as the owner of the prestigious oldest living dog title, the Guinness World Record will now pass onto a new (old) dog, with the seemingly-unbeatable record of oldest dog ever still in the paws of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey who died in 1939.

Bluey’s age? 29 years, 6 months and 12 days. Close, Pusuke, but no cigar.

Earlier this year, back in April, the world’s oldest man also died. His name was Walter Breuning, and he lived 114 years old – meaning that Pusuke kind-of-sorta beat him. In a way. A way that in no way counts, that is.

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