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Malala Yousafzai should win Nobel Peace Prize, petition says MaLA

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 10, 2012

Malala speech:

More than 90,000 people have already signed an online petition calling for Malala Yousafzai to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

At Change.org, Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah said no person deserves the award more than the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Up to Us to Deliver for Malala

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 17, 2012

By Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Today 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting to go to school, will arrive in the UK for medical treatment.

Medical experts say that Malala, fortunate to escape death from the assassin’s bullet, faces a long haul to recovery. I know the Birmingham hospital where Malala is to be treated. I have visited patients, doctors and nurses there on a number of occasions and I have seen at first hand their expertise in dealing with injuries caused by gunshot wounds.

I have also spoken this morning to Pakistan’s High Commissioner in the UK, who is travelling to meet Malala when she arrives in Birmingham. I have assured him of whatever help is needed for Malala and her family.

As Malala fights for her life, a worldwide campaign continues to grow around her in support of her demand for education for every girl.

In Pakistan, as well as India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and along with the West, Malala’s courage is inspiring revulsion against the Taliban. She is becoming for millions of children their adopted sister and for millions of parents their adopted daughter.

This week leaders and celebrities are now joining the thousands of young supporters in signing the new ‘I am Malala’ petition on: www.educationenvoy.org.

The petition will be presented to the Pakistani President and the UN Secretary-General, demanding that Malala and every girl, is granted their right to education.

If leaders are now offering welcome support, it is children and young people who have led the waves of protest — and by demonstrating in droves, this new generation has done more to assert the right of every child to education than the leaders who promised to deliver it.

Behind the headlines, the protests are giving birth to a campaign of young people who are no longer willing to tolerate the gap between the promise of opportunity for all and the reality of millions of boys and girls shut out from even the most basic of primary schooling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Inter-Faith Understanding Is More Important Than Ever in Leadership

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 14, 2012

By Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Britain

The Alpha Leadership conference taking place today in London is a reminder that despite all the negative news about religion, a different face of faith is visible and real the world over. The Alpha course on leadership, which was begun under Nicky Gumbel of the Holy Trinity Church in London, has been taken by 18 million people world-wide and is all about spreading a gospel of compassion and service to others. A similar message is given out from the remarkable Rick Warren’s church in Southern California where his congregation now numbers in excess of 100,000 people and his global reach extends to every nation on earth.

But such work is not confined to the Christian religion. There are extraordinary Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist organisations that do great work and show selfless sacrifice in some of the poorest and most forgotten parts of the world. 40% of the healthcare in Africa is delivered by Faith groups, notably the Catholic Church.

When we began the Tony Blair Faith Foundation four years ago, there was a lot of scepticism as to whether there really was any interest in inter-faith understanding. Weren’t religion and religious people bound to be introspective and uninterested in the faith of others? Today we are active in 20 countries, thousands of people take part in our programmes and we have volunteers in over 140 nations. The truth is that the numbers of people who have Faith is growing, such growth is not at all limited to the developing world and it is simply impossible to comprehend politics in certain parts of the world – e.g. the Middle East – without comprehending the importance of Faith.

However, the exclusivist and sometimes hostile face of Faith cannot either be denied. There is a struggle in the world of Faith that reflects the broader struggle within society. This is a struggle between the open-minded and the closed-minded. I am a Christian and will remain so. This means that there are certain beliefs I hold dear. But I can, without reducing my Christian commitment, surely accept that someone else, brought up in a different tradition, holds a different set of beliefs, holds them as strongly as I hold mine, and I can respect that person and his/her right to believe as he/she does. In an era of globalisation, in which we are far more likely to share society together because society is becoming more diverse and the internet is creating a more global sense of community, the existence of such respect and mutual understanding becomes essential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen’s Jubilee Speech Praises Prince Philip, Politicians And The Armed Forces

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012

The Queen has paid tribute to public servants, the armed forces and her family at Westminster, responding to the Loyal Address by Parliamentarians for the monarch’s diamond jubilee.

A bright spring morning at Westminster saw the Queen address both houses of Parliament, accompanied by Prince Philip. In her speech the Queen paid particular tribute to her husband, who she said was “well known for declining compliments of any kind.

“Throughout he has been a constant strength and guide. He and I are very proud and grateful that the Prince of Wales and other members of our family are travelling on my behalf in this Diamond Jubilee year, to visit all the Commonwealth realms and a number of other commonwealth countries.”

There was laughter and applause when the Queen said: “At the last count I have had the pleasurable duty of treating with twelve Prime Ministers.”

She added: “The happy relationship I have enjoyed with parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and-a-half thousand Bills I have signed into law.”

The Queen made her address in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster which has stood since Norman times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarkozy ‘Received £42m From Gaddafi To Fund 2007 Election Campaign’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2012


Everything possible in politics:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy received £42m to fund his election from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it was claimed today.

Published on investigative website Mediapart, a governmental briefing note refers to several visits to Libya by Sarkozy’s election team.

The documents make specific reference to Ziad Takieddine, a middle man in huge arms and petrol contracts between France and various Middle Eastern countries.

It is claimed Takieddine went to Tripoli 11 times to supervise the transaction in 2005, “the year where a payment of €50m (£42m) would have been concluded between the Libyans and Sarkozy camp.”

It also claims Brice Hortefeux, Sarkozy’s long time friend, advisor, and later interior minister, “intervened personally” in the financial operations. According to Mediapart, Hortefeux has denied any involvement in the events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Six Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Are Named

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2012


Undoubtedly war could not be the solution. This is the time to think in different way to save the creation and our generations:

The six soldiers who died in the single worst enemy attack on British troops of the Afghan campaign have been named by the MOD.

They died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by an apparent improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province on Tuesday evening.

The soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is named as Sergeant Nigel Coupe, aged 33. Read the rest of this entry »

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Being Strong: National Security Guarantees for Russia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2012

By Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federations

In a world of upheaval there is always the temptation to resolve one’s problems at another’s expense, through pressure and force.

It is no surprise that some are calling for resources of global significance to be freed from the exclusive sovereignty of a single nation. This cannot happen to Russia, not even hypothetically.

In other words, we should not tempt anyone by allowing ourselves to be weak. We will, under no circumstances, surrender our strategic deterrent capability. Indeed, we will strengthen it.

We will not be able to strengthen our international position or develop our economy or our democratic institutions if we are unable to protect Russia.

We see ever new regional and local wars breaking out. We see new areas of instability and deliberately managed chaos. Determined attempts are being made to provoke such conflicts even close to Russia’s and its allies’ borders. The basic principles of international law are being degraded and eroded, especially in terms of international security.

Under these circumstances, Russia cannot rely on diplomatic and economic methods alone to resolve conflicts. Our country faces the task of sufficiently developing its military potential as part of a deterrence strategy. This is an indispensable condition for Russia to feel secure and for our partners to listen to our country’s arguments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 100 Climate Change Threats To The UK Listed In Government Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

The 100 most critical threats faced by the UK as a result of climate change have been identified in a government risk assessment.

Higher temperatures could see up to 5,900 more people dying as a result of hot summers, but thousands of cold-related deaths – between 3,900 and 24,000 – are likely to be avoided in winter by the 2050s, the research shows.

The costs to the UK of flooding could rise to billions of pounds a year in the coming decades, according to the first national assessment of the risks of climate change.

The UK will also face threats including water shortages, more droughts and diseases such as red band needle blight which could hit the timber industry in the next century, the assessment conducted for the Government showed.

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Russia: The Ethnicity Issue

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2012


By Vladimir Putin

For Russia – with its rich diversity of languages, traditions, ethnicities and cultures – the ethnicity issue is without any exaggeration a fundamental one. Any responsible policymaker or public leader must realise that public and inter-ethnic harmony is one of our country’s key requisites.

We see what is happening in the world, and what serious risks are accumulating. The growth of inter-ethnic and inter-faith tensions is one of today’s realities. Nationalism and religious intolerance are coming to provide an ideological base for most radical groupings and tendencies. This undermines and destroys the state and divides society. The most developed and affluent countries, which used to be proud of their tolerance, have come face-to-face with an “exacerbated ethnic issue.”

Behind the “failure of the multicultural project” stands the crisis of the model of the “ethnic state” – a state which has historically been built exclusively on the basis of ethnic identity. This is a serious challenge that Europe and many other regions in the world will have to face.

Russia as an “historic state”

The situation in our case, for all the apparent similarities, is entirely different. Our ethnic and migration problems are directly related to the collapse of the USSR, and beyond that, historically, to the destruction of Greater Russia, which emerged in its original form in the 18th century.

Historically, Russia has been neither a mono-ethnic state nor a US-style “melting pot,” where most people are, in some way, migrants. Russia developed over centuries as a multinational state, in which different ethnic groups have had to mingle, interact and connect with each other – in domestic and professional environments, and in society as friends.

I am convinced that the attempts to preach the idea of a “national” or monoethnic Russian state contradict our thousand-year history. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron Blocks Eurozone Deal Putting UK At Risk Of Isolation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron has been criticised for “isolating” the UK from the EU after he vetoed a crucial treaty designed to deal with the eurozone crisis because it was “not in Britain’s national interest”.

The treaty governing all 27 EU members is now likely to be abandoned, but the 17 eurozone countries will continue to negotiate a separate stability pact, and nine of the 10 EU members not in the single currency have chosen to endorse that process.

The UK will be the only EU member left outside the deal, the Council of Europe has indicated, despite earlier suggestions that Sweden, Hungary and the Czech Republic would not take part.

The move was criticised by Labour leader Ed Milliband, who said that Cameron had “spectacularly mishandled” the negotiations. Some Lib Dems also attacked the decision, with LibDem MEP chief whip Chris Davies saying that it had left the UK “isolated”.

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Countries who sign up to the stability agreement are likely to be forced to have balanced budgets, and a structural deficit of not more than 0.5% of gross domestic product.

The deal also includes sanctions for nations if their deficit is larger than 3% of GPD.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the EU had “learned from the mistakes of the past”.

In a press conference on Friday she said: “The British were never part of the euro, they had an opt out from the beginning so we are familiar with the situation.

 

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Tear Gas Attack Launched By Politician In South Korean Parliament (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2011

A South Korean politician has launched a tear gas attack on his rivals in an attempt to stop a controversial trade deal.

Screams and shouting filled the chamber of the National Assembly as members of President Lee Myung-bak’s ruling party forced their way onto the floor for a surprise vote on the deal.

During the confusion one opposition member opened a tear gas canister and attacked his rivals with it, before he was eventually hauled out of the chamber by security guards. Glass doors were also smashed as parliamentary aides attempted to enter the chamber, according to the New York Times.

But the vote, comprising a huge free trade deal with the United States that some in the country argue will result in job losses, was eventually passed with a large majority.

Scenes of physical violence are not unusual in the South Korean parliament. In 2008 lawmakers used a sledgehammer in an attempt to force their way into a committee room to stop a debate on the same US trade deal.

According to the Associated Press after the vote was passed lawmakers were seen slumped on around the parliament chamber, heads on each others’ shoulders and staring at the floor in silence.

The deal represents the United State’s biggest free-trade deal since a 1994 agreement with Canada and Mexico. In 2010 trade between the two countries was worth around $90bn.

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Wounded Soldiers Could Face Redundancy, Leaked Memo Shows

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 12, 2011

More than twice as many soldiers as previously announced could face being made redundant over the next few years, according to a leaked classified memo.

The document, seen by the Daily Telegraph, suggests as many as 16,500 Army personnel could be made redundant by April 2015, in a dramatic acceleration of cuts to the armed forces.

According to the memo, those laid off could include as many as 2,500 wounded soldiers – 350 of them who have lost a limb, the newspaper said. But the Ministry of Defence said it had “absolutely no plan” to change the way it treated wounded, injured and sick soldiers.

Distancing itself from the contents of the memo, which was reported to have been sent to senior commanders in Afghanistan, an MoD spokeswoman said no decisions had been taken on the scale of the next tranche of redundancies.
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Gurkhas Most Economically-Active Social Group in Britain, Study Finds

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 11, 2011


Obviously.
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Social Mobility ‘Restricted’ By University Tuition Fees, Report Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011


Doubled tuition fee is the problem.
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NHS services to be opened up to competition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

More than £1bn of NHS services are to be opened to competition from private companies and charities, including wheelchair services for children

The government will open up more than £1bn of NHS services to competition from private companies and charities, the health secretary announced on Tuesday, increasing fears that it will inevitably lead to the “privatisation of the health service”.

In the first wave, beginning next April, eight NHS areas – including musculoskeletal services for back pain, adult hearing services in the community, wheelchair services for children and primary care psychological therapies for adults – will be open for “competition on quality not price”.

If successful, the policy, known as “any qualified provider”, would see non-NHS bodies allowed from 2013 to deliver more complicated clinical services in maternity and “home chemotherapy”.

Andrew Lansley – admitting that the government’s initial plans for competition in the NHS were too ambitious, and stung by criticism from Steve Field, the senior doctor called in by David Cameron to review the reforms, that the proposals were “unworkable” – has slowed down the rollout of competition.

The health secretary said his plans would now “enable patients to choose [providers] … where this will lead to better care”.

Labour questioned the policy, which the shadow health secretary John Healey said was “not about giving more control to patients, but setting up a full-scale market.”

His colleague Emily Thornberry, the party’s health spokeswoman, added that “today is a good day to announce the policy because everyone is preoccupied with telephone hacking. (They) hope no one will notice it”. This theme was picked up on Twitter with a stream of comments about “it being a good day to bury bad news”. Read the rest of this entry »

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