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Malala Wins International Children’s Peace Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2013


AMSTERDAM — Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent of girls’ education who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has been awarded a top Dutch children’s honor for her activism.

Organizers announced Tuesday that 16-year-old Malala will be presented with the International Children’s Peace Prize next month in The Hague, Netherlands.

The foundation that awards the prize hailed Malala as “a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children’s rights.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen Beatrix To Abdicate Dutch Throne April 30

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 29, 2013


Queen BeatrixTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she is ending her reign after 33 years and passing the crown to her eldest son, who has long been groomed to be king but who will have to work hard to match his mother’s popularity.

The widely expected abdication comes at a time of debate over the future of the largely ceremonial Dutch monarchy, but also as calm has descended upon the Netherlands after a decade of turmoil that saw Beatrix act as the glue that held together an increasingly divided society.

“Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation,” Beatrix, one of Europe’s longest-serving monarchs, said in the simple, televised speech announcing her abdication.

The queen, who turns 75 in just a few days, said she will step down from the throne on April 30. That same day, her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, will be appointed king at an inauguration in Amsterdam. He will be the Netherlands’ first king since Willem III died in 1890.

Willem-Alexander is a 45-year-old father of three young daughters, an International Olympic Committee member, a pilot and a water management expert.

Over the years, he has struggled to win the affection of this nation of 16 million, but his immensely popular wife, the Argentine-born Maxima, has helped him gain more acceptance ever since she brushed away a tear during their wedding in 2002.

They are a hard-working couple: Willem-Alexander regularly gives speeches at water conferences, sharing his low-lying nation’s centuries of experience battling to stay dry, while soon-to-be Queen Maxima, a former investment banker, has carved out acareer as a microfinance expert. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Euro – Going From Bad to Worse

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012

By Sir Christopher Meyer, Former British Ambassador to the United States and Germany, former Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission

The markets have steadied a bit after their loss of nerve on Monday. But you can’t help feeling that it is a bit like a climber, sliding down a glacier to his inevitable doom, who breaks his fall for a while on a crumbling ledge that soon will give way.

Things in Euroland have taken a bad turn for the worse – and it’s the politics, stupid. It is not just the uncertainty about the second round of French presidential elections on 6 May. François Hollande, the Socialist leader, will probably win, because it will be easier for him than for Nicolas Sarkozy to pick up votes from those whose candidates were knocked out in the first round. But the energetic Sarko should never be underestimated. He is pitching his campaign hard to gain votes from the hard Right supporters of Marine Le Pen. Herein lies the problem for the euro and for Germany.

It almost doesn’t matter who wins the election. The fiscal compact agreed in principle by 25 out of 27 European leaders in January – “a kind of German straitjacket for the fiscally wayward”, to quote Stephen King, group chief economist of HSBC – is Angela Merkel’s pride and joy, her answer to all the eurozone’s difficulties. Typically, like the euro itself, it has been designed to make everyone more like Germany. Hollande has already made it a plank of his campaign to renegotiate the compact. Meanwhile, as Sarkozy moves ever rightwards, striking a strongly nationalist tone (and risking the estrangement of centrist voters), he puts himself increasingly at odds with a compact designed to create greater fiscal union on German terms. If Sarko wins, it is hard to see how Merkozy, never the warmest of unions, can simply pick up where they left off. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Happiness Report 2012: Scandinavian Countries Are Happiest On Earth (SLIDESHOW)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 7, 2012


Denmark has taken the top spot on the United Nation’s first ever World Happiness Report, followed by Finland, Norway and the Netherlands.

The 158-page report, published by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness on Monday in order to “review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.”

The rankings in the report were based on a number called the “life evaluation score,” a measurement which takes into account a variety of factors including people’s health, family and job security as well as social factors like political freedom and government corruption. It also looks at measurements from previous reports on happiness from the Gallup World Poll (GWP), the World Values Survey (WVS), the European Values Survey (EVS), and the European Social Survey (ESS). Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen Beatrix Dismisses Mosque Visit Criticism

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Queen Beatrix took on the fiery leader of her country’s anti-Muslim party on Thursday by dismissing as “nonsense” his criticism of her decision to wear a head scarf during a recent visit to a mosque.

The queen made her unusually forthright comment to Dutch reporters covering her state visit this week to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, National broadcaster NOS reported.

Her comments were not recorded, but Beatrix told reporters she wore the head scarf in the UAE on Sunday, and again on a visit to an Oman mosque Thursday, to show religious respect.

The popular monarch was responding to questions from reporters about parliamentary questions filed by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who called the monarch’s decision to cover her head on a visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi on Sunday “a sad exhibition” that “legitimizes the oppression of women.”

It is rare for the queen to respond so directly – and dismissively – to criticism from a political party in this nation where the unelected head of state’s role is largely ceremonial.

Wilders is a staunch opponent of Islamic head scarves and head-to-toe burqa robes for women. He is not alone in the Netherlands, where the government has announced plans to ban burqas. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 10 Countries With The Best Work-Life Balance: OECD

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 3, 2011

In the list no USA, no UK, no Australia, no Japan and no Canada. Then why people moving to these countries?
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30,000 refugees leave for US

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2010


The number of Bhutanese refugees who have departed Nepal for the United States is to reach 30,000 this week, the US embassy in Nepal said yesterday.

The United States along with the United Nations, International Organisation for Migration and a group of Western countries began resettling Bhutanese refugees in early 2008. Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand and Britain are other countries receiving the refugees under the programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul The Octopus Finishes Historic World Cup Run (STUNNING PICTURES)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2010

Different animals and birds could forecast earthquake – this is being researched. This octopus proved animal sensitiveness. Now scientist can do more research on animals and birds and this octopus could be very useful to sort out many problems too.
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Spain Beats Netherlands To Win World Cup (HIGHLIGHTS, VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2010

Congratulation Octopus! Congratulation Spain!
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Paul The Octopus Makes TWO Final World Cup Predictions (STUNNING PICTURES)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 9, 2010

Lots of defeated team fans got angry with this poor octopus for its forecast as its forecasts came to be true. May be strict security required for this poor innocent creature.
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