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North Korea Nuclear Test Reportedly Ready Soon

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012

North Korea Nuclear Test

By Benjamin Kang Lim

BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) – North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, an act that would draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch.

The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with the United States when it launched the long-range rocket on April 13 and was censured by the U.N. Security Council, which includes the North’s sole major ally, China.

Critics say the rocket launch was aimed at honing the North’s ability to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, a move that would dramatically increase its military and diplomatic heft.

Now the North appears to be about to carry out a third nuclear test after two in 2006 and 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government Plans for Kathmandu Metro Railway

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2012

Korean consulting firm Chungsuk Engineering Company to prepare a Detail Project Report (DPR) for the construction of Bardibas-Birgunj section of Mechi-Mahakali Electrical Railway system and negotiations with the same firm are underway for the feasibility study of the proposed metro train service in the Kathmandu valley.
The committee is engaged in final negotiations with the same Korean firm (Chungsuk Engineering Company) to finalize the contract agreement after evaluating its technical and financial proposals for the feasibility study of metro railway – a Mass Rapid Transit (underground and elevated railway) system for the capital.
The government pushed for a Mass Rapid Transit system in the valley about two years ago in a bid to manage the worsening traffic conditions in the capital due to unchecked rise in the number of vehicles and poor transport infrastructure. An estimated Rs 80 million is needed to complete the feasibility of the Metro railway line.  Read the rest of this entry »

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North Korea: Long-Range Rocket To Launch To Mark Founder’s Birth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 16, 2012


By Jack Kim and Jeremy Laurence

SEOUL, March 16 (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it will launch a “working” satellite to mark the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung’s birth next month, prompting immediate fears from Japan it would in fact be another long-range missile launch in breach of a U.N. resolution.

In April 2009, a long-range missile test failed when its first stage fell into the Sea of Japan without orbiting a satellite, provoking outrage in Tokyo, which had threatened to shoot down any debris or rocket that threatened its territory.

Another test failed in similar circumstances in 1998.

Experts said the latest launch was clearly another long-range missile test, designed to pressure Washington into advancing stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.

The North, which said recently it would suspend long-range missile testing as part of talks with the United States, said on Friday it had already launched two experimental satellites.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry said the new launch would be a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, according to Jiji news service. There was no immediate comment from officials in Seoul about the latest rocket launch.

Foreign officials have also said the secretive state’s past launches are disguised long-range missile tests. The North said it would be a satellite launched southwards from a base near its west coast and would have no impact on neigbhouring countries, saying the launch was for “peaceful purposes”.

“The DPRK is to launch a working satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, manufactured by itself with indigenous technology to mark the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung,” the North’s official KCNA said, quoting a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology.

The launch will take place between April 12-16, KCNA said. It is scheduled to occur at around the same time its foes in the South hold a parliamentary election, and just over three weeks after a global nuclear security summit in Seoul.

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South Korea Military Drills: Seoul Begins Live Fire Exercise Despite Pyongyang’s Threat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2012

 

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threat to attack.

South Korea reported no immediate action by North Korea following the drills, which ended after about two hours. The drills took place in an area of the Yellow Sea that was the target of a North Korean artillery attack in 2010 that killed four South Koreans and raised fears of a wider conflict.

The heightened tension comes two months after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. His young son Kim Jong Un has taken the helm of the nation of 24 million.

South Korean military officials said they were ready to repel any attack. Residents on the front-line islands were asked to go to underground shelters before the drills started, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Korea Open To Dialogue With North

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2012

(Reuters) – South Korea reached out to rival North Korea on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death of the North’s iron-fisted ruler Kim Jong-il, saying it wanted to reopen dialogue despite the North’s vitriolic outbursts.

“We are open to dialogue with North Korea,” Foreign Minister

Kim Sung-Hwan told a news briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. “The ball is now in North Korea’s court.”

He said it appeared North Korea had not yet decided on its “postures in dealing with the outside world.”

“We are not in a position to tell what is happening in North Korea,” he added, saying Kim’s youngest son and chosen “great successor,” Kim Jong-un, appeared intent, for now, on exerting his influence over the military.

The outside world knows little about the North, and both the United States and its ally South Korea appeared to be caught off guard when state media announced Kim Jong-il’s death last month.

The North has closed its borders since Kim’s death, completely cutting it off from the outside world, although South Korean officials say they are unaware of any troubles in the hermit state.

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Korea Reunification Would Spell Trouble For Seoul

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world’s most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

And while Kim Jong Il’s death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

Any North Korean collapse and hurried reunification, analysts say, could spell the end of Pyongyang’s ruling class while flooding Seoul with refugees and causing huge financial burdens – perhaps trillions of dollars – for South Koreans who have only recently gotten used to their country’s emergence as a rising Asian power.

Korea observers aren’t predicting such a collapse or the kind of “big bang” reunification that happened in Germany, which saw the overnight fall of the communist side and its swift absorption into its Western neighbor. The new North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il’s son Kim Jong Un, is fast consolidating power, winning key backing from the government and military.

Still, the extraordinary changes in North Korea following the Dec. 17 death of the man whose iron rule lasted 17 years have stirred up dreams of a single Korea among some in the South. And not just in those with memories of life before the country was divided into U.S.- and Soviet-occupied zones in 1945.

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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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Kim Jong Il Dead, North Korean State Media Reports (Photos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 19, 2011

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, state television in Pyongyang has announced.

Kim, who was known as the “dear leader” by his people, reportedly died “from great mental and physical strain” on a train on Saturday 17 December.

Power in the nuclear-armed state is now expected to transfer to Kim’s son Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and was named as successor before his father’s death.

“All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

KCNA added in a release titled ‘Medical Analysis of Kim Jong Il’s demise’ that Kim suffered an “advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock.”

The leader, who took power in 1994 after the death of his father Kim Il-Sung, was reported to have suffered a stroke in 2008. However he had appeared relatively healthy on recent trips around Asia, despite reports he may have been suffering from cancer.

Kim’s funeral will be held in Pyongyang on 28 December, and his son will lead the funeral committee state media reported. There will be a period of national mourning from 17 to 29 December.

State media portrayed the reaction inside North Korea as one of deep sadness and shock. News announcers shook and wept as they announced the news.

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Buddhist Teachings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 16, 2011

Buddhism is a philosophy of life expounded by Gautama Buddha (“Buddha” means “enlightened one”), who born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core of Buddhism are-

The Three Universal Truth
The Four Noble Truth
The Noble Eightfold Path

In Buddhism, the law of karma, says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.” Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community. For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Images and sacred texts Buddhism across Asia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 26, 2011

14 October 2010 –

Figure of the Buddha Amida seated on a lotus pedestal, made of lacquered and gilded wood. From Dairenji Temple, Osaka, Japan, mid 18th century.

3 April 2011

Free
Room 91

Through sacred texts, painted scrolls and sculptures from Sri Lanka to Japan, discover the shared traditions of Buddhism – the ‘three gems’.

The exhibition features depictions of the ‘three gems’ from across Asia. The ‘three gems’ consist of the Buddha himself, his teachings (dharma), and the Buddhist community (sangha). Despite regional variations, the ‘three gems’ show remarkable similarities, sometimes across hundreds of years.

Objects featured in the exhibition include exquisite gold sculptures and paintings of the Buddha, beautiful Buddhist texts on palm leaf and paper, and a selection of images of Buddhist monks.

The objects come from across the whole of Asia, including India, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea and Japan. The earliest objects are from the 1st–2nd century AD, and the latest date to the 20th century.

Many of these objects have never been on display before, making this is a unique opportunity to view rarely-seen items from the British Museum’s collection. Due to the fragility of the paintings and texts, some items in the display will be changed after three months, halfway through the exhibition run.

This exhibition provides an insight into the key elements which hold the Buddhist world together in Asia and, now that Buddhism is a worldwide faith, across the world as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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USS George Washington Visit Poses A Dilemma For China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2010


I wish the visit would have wonderful outcomes, but doubt in positive result.
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Korea Attack: Yeonpyeong Island Shelled By North Korea (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2010


Lots of South Koreans’ relatives in North Korea and lots of North Koreans’ relatives in South Korea. War between these Korea hence means the war between relatives. They must know and feel this.
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Korea Attack: Yeonpyeong Island Shelled By North Korea

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2010


I do not like this kind of war news, but what to do we have to go through them despite our interest.
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