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Hindus feel threatened, Sikhs happy with Kartarpur road, Trump asks for Pakistan support

By NP Upadhdhya - Nepal Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli is not that fool as is being talked of him of late primarily in the social media. In fact he is more than intelligent in that he instantly retaliated to the Indian regime by stating that Nepal would now work hard, rather facilitate, so that the next SAARC Summit is held in Pakistan. He made this disclosure when he was told by his hangers ...

Who Plotted Karachi Attack: India?

Who Plotted Karachi Attack: India? NP Upadhyaya, Kathmandu: The 11/23 terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi forced Pakistan’s security forces to retaliate in an appropriate manner and save the declining image of Pakistan in the comity of nations. The US and the media in the West have also joined this invective against Pakistan. China, the “iron friend” and the “all weather ...

Has Nepal become a threat to India and China?

Has Nepal become a threat to India and China? N.P. Upadhyaya, Kathmandu: Arrogance has a limit. Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-the accidental Communist and a farce nationalist has crossed all the limits. His façade of nationalism is open to public now. It is this unusually heightened egotism that has dramatically numbered his days in the office. Even if he is sacked, no one shall complain, we bet, except hi...

Koshi DRR knowledge hub to strengthen transboundary collaboration

Kathmandu, 12 December 2018: The Koshi basin shared by China, India and Nepal, is characterized by numerous natural disasters putting at risk its 40 million inhabitants. An inception workshop on disaster risk reduction (DRR) at ICIMOD in Kathmandu looks to increase resilience of these communities through the formation of a DRR focused knowledge hub....

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Kashmir Dispute

C Kiran -  THE Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievemen...

Resonating Call for a Mountain Alliance for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Consensus emerges on the need for greater transboundary cooperation across river basins and landscapes Kathmandu, 16 November 2018: The warnings were dire but the response was heartening. Government representatives, policymakers and scientists from the eight Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries have responded to the findings of the first comprehensive Hindu-Kush Himalaya Assessment Report (t...

Indian media asks Modi to learn from PM Khan’s peace gestures

Web Desk - INDIAN media has requested the Narendra Modi government to respond positively to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s offer of peace gestures to resolve all the outstanding issues, instead of shying away from the peace initiatives and clinging to its failed policies. In a detailed write up uploaded in the upcoming magazine edition of ‘India Today’, a leading Indian new...

Upswing of Indian pessimism in the region

M Roshan - THE SAARC regional platform is under severe Indian threatening pressures although Pakistan new government has  supported peace dialogue but the SAARC is sabotaged and  grasped by India the reason is that Indian policy makers are apprehensive and fearful that organisation of summit will leads to promote regional connectivity with boosting pace. While there always exist...

Kashmir under Indian Atrocity Machine

 Roshan - LIFE in the Indian held Kashmir (IHK) came to a standstill on Monday in response to a call for shutter down strike given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik supported by Hurriyet Conference and High Court Bar Association to protest against the killing of 18 people during the last three days by the Indian security f...

India’s Hybrid wars and hegemonic designs

M Roshan - QUITE a few treatises, articles and books have been written by renowned authors that expose India’s machinations and hegemonic designs. Published in 2017, the book titled “Machinations of RAW in Transitional Nepal” authored by Nepalese scholar Dr. Shastra Dutta Pant provides a deeper insight into the RAW’s covert/overt onslaughts against the strategically-l...

Nepal: SAARC is dead, Greater South Asia is taking shape!

Nepal: SAARC is dead, Greater South Asia is taking shape!  NP Upadhyaya, Nepal In the neighborhood: Trouble begins when India enters. From installing a visibly India tilted set up in the otherwise calm and quiet nation the Maldives, the Modi regime has now been creating a constitutional crisis in the Island nation, Sri Lanka. This is what Nepal has experienced over several decades. The poll defeated President Abdulla Yameen of the M...

Pak Senator envisions Greater South Asia, Nepal’s political slide continues

By NP Upadhyaya - Unusual events that are loaded with political connotations have happened in the recent days, weeks and months. These events have by far have gone unnoticed or even if one has taken note of then he or she may not have gone deep into the underneath meaning contained in the events that have taken place in the Nepali soil and at times far beyond our well defined borders. Our ow...

Japan Extends Food Assistance Program to Nepal

  Kathmandu: The Government of Japan has agreed to extend Grant Assistance of three hundred and fifty million yen (¥350,000,000), equivalent to about three hundred and fifty six million NRs. to the Government of Nepal for implementing the Food Assistance Program in Japan’s Fiscal Year 2018. This has been stated in a press note received by telegraphnepal.comissued by ...

Pak has done more for Afghan peace than others: COAS of Pakistan

Web Desk-  Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa of Pakistan highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism and for regional peace, saying the country “has done much more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country”. The statement comes a day after US President Donald Trump’s continued tirade against Pakistan and its strong rebuttal by Pri...

All Together Now ?

If a single garland strung across the necks of our three preeminent Koiralas is what it takes to start talking about reviving the Nepali Congress, we’ll take it. The individual ambitions of Shashank, Shekhar and Sujata Koirala to don the dynastic crown Girija Prasad Koirala left behind in 2010 have worked to the advantage of party president Sher Bahadur Deuba. He can revel in dreariness ...

Nepal: UN rights expert to assess violence against women

-16 November 2018 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonović, will visit Nepal from 19 to 29 November 2018. “During my visit, I will consider the systemic causes of gender-based violence against women, and the situation faced by those who encounter multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence, such as indi...

HT's Prashant Jha steps down as Chief of Bureau after allegations of sexual misconduct

Prashant Jha stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of national daily Hindustan Times with immediate effect following allegations of sexual misconduct by a former employee of the organisation. The bureau has been asked to report to Editor-in-Chief Sukumar. Prashant will stay on as a reporter, but will have no managerial responsibilities. Sources said that he will be subjecte...

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Supervises Newly Developed Tactical Weapon Test

Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, visited the test ground of the Academy of Defence Science and supervised a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon test. After seeing the power of the tac...

नेकपाको सरकार त अधिनायक र निरंकूश बन्दै गएको छ

राजन कार्की-  राजनीतिमा अपरिहार्य तत्व भनेको लोकलज्जा हो । नैतिकता र निष्ठा भएका जो कसैमा लोकलज्जा हुनेगर्छ । लोकको आलोचना उनीहरुका लागि धेरै महत्व राख्छ । नेपालमा शासन होस् कि प्रशासन, दुबै क्षेत्रमा लोकले घृणा गर्ने पात्रहरु मुखिया बनेका छन्, मुखियाका सहायक बनेका छन् । उनीहरु लोकलज्जाबिहीन छन् । नङ्गा नाचे हजार दाउ । यही हो शासन र प्रशासनका माहुतेहरुको । यस्ता माहुते भएका देशमा शासनले ग...

Regional connectivity engines of growth

C Kiran -  PRESIDENT Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as its flagship project, have connected Pakistan with China and the Central Asian States. Pakistan is emerging as a hub of economic connectivity among the South Asian, West Asian and Central Asian States. Therefore, many nations are contemplating to establish economic rela...

Japan Should Pay for Its Crime-Woven Past: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) -- Japan, an island country, has again betrayed its impudence.  As known, the Supreme Court of south Korea recently gave a decision that a relevant Japanese business should indemnify the Korean victims of the conscript labor forced by the Japanese imperialists.  However, Japan termed it "absurd judgment" and "challenge to th...

Synergizing efforts to move forward a sustainable energy agenda

Kathmandu, 13 November 2018: A centre of excellence on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched today at ICIMOD to improve access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The centre, called Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capability for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (REEECH), aims ...

Who is responsible for Arms race in South Asia

C Kiran -  Influential countries in the Western and the Eastern hemisphere of the world have long been indulging in buying weapons. Recently, South Asia’s future as a peaceful region became questionable when India decided to buy a S-400 missile defence system from Russia. This will, inevitably, begin another phase of an arms race in South Asia, further destabilizing the peace proc...

Unrestrained Nuclear Arm Race of India

C Kiran India has long been engaged in the multipronged strategies in the national fronts and as well as in the International fronts.In the national front the Hindutva stance backed by Modi and Ajit Doval is being in practice where theminorities have been facing the music like renaming of cities ,unprecedented human rights suffering and ...

India is not qualified for NSG membership

M Roshan Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is the group of states that prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling export materials, technology and equipment that can be used to make nuclear weapons. The NSG was found in 1974, in response to Indian nuclear tests. India clearly violated Canadian supplied research and nuclear fuel cycle to make Plutonium. The formation of the NSG was the result o...

Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 and BRI

M Roshan - SAUDI Vision 2030 is a plan to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism. Goals include reinforcing economic and investment activities, increasing non-oil industry trade between countries through goods and consumer products by enhancing regional connectivity...

Nepal must quit BIMSTEC; Pakistan-US ties in reset mode

Nepal must quit BIMSTEC; Pakistan-US ties in reset mode4 weeks ago Thursday, October 4, 2018telegraphnepal FacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailMore8 Nepal must quit BIMSTEC; Pakistan-US ties in reset mode NP Upadhyaya, Kathmandu: Nepal now has no option than to quit the India engineered BIMSTEC. Nepal has not even distant relations with Bay of Bengal save the monsoon.   BIMSTEC has been designed to benefit In...

German Ambassador To Nepal Schafer Stresses For Business To Business Relations

German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schafer said that the global scenario has changed and the time has come now for to start business to business promotion instead of government to government aid. He said that Nepal and Germany has six decades old relations based on Government to Government and I am here to change this pattern promoting more business to business relations. Mode...

KASHMIR Black Day

On 31 October 2018, Embassy of Pakistan, Kathmandu organized a talk programme / interaction on the topic “Jammu and Kashmir Dispute and Recent Escalation in Human Right Violations”. The programme was attended by over 250 participants representing a cross section of Nepalese society including intellectuals, think thanks, media persons and civil society. 27 October is observed as Bla...

KASHMIRIS OBSERVE 27TH OCTOBER AS BLACK DAY

Background The saga of the sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir started with the landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on October 27 in 1947. India occupied the territory of Jammu and Kashmir against the people’s aspirations and in total disregard to the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan. The Kashmiris consider the 27th October as the darkest day in the history of Jammu a...

Oct 27 in history of Kashmir

KASHMIRIS all over the world protest on October 27 each year, declaring it as a Black Day in their history. On this day in 1947, India invaded Jammu and Kashmir in complete disregard to Indian Independence Act, the UN Charter and above all, against the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Kashmir were poised to be part of Pakistan and had already started struggle against the...

UN Charter and Right of Self-Determination in Kashmir

M Akbar - THE principle of self-determination is prominently embodied in Article I of the UN Charter, explaining that, “All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” The de-colonisation of Indian Sub-continent was a historical event. Pakistan ...

Incessant India’s Barbarity in Kashmir

M Chaudhry - DESPITE use of brutal force and repressive measures, Kashmiris refuse to bow down; they stand tall and are resolved to continue their struggle to achieve their right for self-determination. Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in parts of the disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gun-battle between freedom fighters and government forces that killed at least two, a civilian and ...

Incessant India’s Barbarity in Kashmir

M Chaudhry - DESPITE use of brutal force and repressive measures, Kashmiris refuse to bow down; they stand tall and are resolved to continue their struggle to achieve their right for self-determination. Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in parts of the disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gun-battle between freedom fighters and government forces that killed at least two, a civilian an...

India’s State Terrorism

By :Jil - Indian intelligence agency RAW has been planning terror acts through sub-nationalists organizations and militants of banned TTP in Balochistan, FATA and other parts of Pakistan. Yet, it accuses Pakistan of almost every terror incident in India, and spares no opportunity of berating Pakistan to get Pakistan declared as a state that sponsors terrorism. India has been working on vario...

Hindu nationalist-led state changes Muslim name of Indian city

Michael Safi -  AN Indian city in a state led by a hardline Hindu nationalist preacher accused of instigating violence against Muslims has had its Muslim name changed to one with Hindu associations. The state cabinet in Uttar Pradesh announced on Tuesday that it had approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj, which harks back to the city’s ancient appellation, Prayag, befo...

Nepal China Sixty Years of Good Neighborliness

Nepal China Sixty Years of Good Neighborliness Sundar nath Bhattarai - Vice Chair, China Study center, nepal -- Sixty years of good neighborhood of Nepal with China, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them in August 1955, has been the period of ever deepening intimacy, mutual support and cooperation. The intimaterelationship between these two countries, having different political ideologies and geographical ...

Migrant Nepali Workers, Including From Korea, Contributed Immensely In Nepali Economy

Youngsik Park  Oct. 8, 2018,  It is my great pleasure to give a short speech in this workshop for examining how private sector plays important roles in economic development as well as for supporting the success of Nepali returnees. I think this is a relevant topic not just for Korean returnees but for all Nepalese who return to Nepal. From recent data, it shows tha...

UN IGNOMINIES INDIA ON KASHMIR

J Chughtai -  FOR long, the daily account on miseries of the people of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) has fallen short of knocking at the conscience of human rights watchdogs in general and United Nations in particular. Absence of resources and projection forums have miserably failed the oppressed Kashmiris in making the world bodies realize that they have so far remained painfully quiet and...

Regional Drought Forum Calls for Cooperation in Sharing Information on Natural Hazards

Kathmandu, 10 October 2018: Increasing frequency and severity of droughts have affected agriculture, food security, and the livelihoods of millions of marginal and vulnerable people in South and South East Asia. Addressing food insecurity resulting from changes in agricultural productivity and an upsurge in demand is a major concern. As the c...

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Meets U.S. Secretary of State

Pyongyang, October 8 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sunday received Mike Pompeo, secretary of State of the United States of America on a visit to the DPRK. Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of our party, state and army, warmly greeted Mike Pompeo and gladly exchan...

Anti-SAARC doctrine of Modi

C Kiran - SINCE 1947 India has been pursuing its hegemonic ambitions in South Asia by bullying its smaller neighbouring countries. Nepal and Bhutan, being landlocked, have been dependent on India for getting access to its land routes and sea ports for trade and have been subjected to the intense form of India’s diplomatic coercion, although the two countries have occasionally tried to ...

Rising Up From Hurt And Hubris

- Maila Baje - Is Madhav Kumar Nepal’s near-insurrection against K.P. Sharma Oli’s leadership at a time when our prime minister and ruling party chief is abroad an act of cowardice? Or is it a brilliant incursion based on the perfect convergence of time, context and personalities? It’s hard to say.  What you can’t say is that it wasn’t coming. The creation o...

Modis Army Bullyies Regional Peace Efforts

C Kiran - MODI and BJP are in severe anxiety syndrome as the elections bells are resonating in India. Besides that Mr Ajit Doval is also technically engineering the internal fractures by engaging the Modis opponents internally and externally. Ajit Doval is the rightly chosen man for right position to practically implement his notorious offensive defensive doctrine for Indian elections. In his ...

S. Korean President Arrives to Visit Pyongyang

Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), warmly greeted Moon Jae In, president of south Korea visiting Pyongyang for the historic north-south summit, at Pyongyang International Airport on Tuesday. Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un&nb...

The north and the south agreed

Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) -- Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un together with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae In signed the "" on Wednesday.  The full text of the declaration reads:  Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un an...

Shah’s bold stand for regional stability at the UN

C Kiran -  PAKISTAN Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi took a tough line with India in his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. For years, India has been accusing Pakistan of complicity in terrorism but Qureshi sought to turn the tables on India in his UN speech. He accused India of being actively involved in terrorist attacks in Pakistan by providing finan...

Why India antagonism of BRIs, CPEC

M Reesham - China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a pilot project of “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) which is based on the vision of economic prosperity through connectivity, inclusivity and a win-win for Pakistan and beyond. Since CPEC’s inception, it has been confronted by “hyped” antagonism through the introduction and infusion of negative narratives by e...

Nepal China Sixty Years of Good Neighborliness

Nepal China Sixty Years of Good Neighborliness Sundar nath Bhattarai Vice Chair, China Study center, nepal Sixty years of good neighborhood of Nepal with China, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them in August 1955, has been the period of ever deepening intimacy, mutual support and cooperation. The intimaterelationship between these two countries, having different political ideologies and geographical and p...

Indian Hegemonic strategy in South Asia

M Roshan THE recent letter addressed to the Indian Prime Minister by his Pakistani counterpart has yielded nothing for wooing Indian orthodoxy to hold bilateral talks. These were scheduled on the eve of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly session for respective foreign ministers’. The Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar called Pakistan’s offer as &ldquo...

India Scores Lower Than Pakistan, Nepal When It Comes To Air Travel Safety

Kriti Gupta 2017 was cited as the safest year for air travel on commercial airlines as not a single death was reported. However, 2018 has kept most of the Indian airlines grounded. Inadvertent mistakes, lack of caution, runway negligence, irresponsible passengers attempting to open airplane door mid-air, put the lives of thousands of flyers in jeopardy. An aviation-safety audit that wa...

‘Termites’ slur puts Awami League in distress

By Devadeep Purohit  The BJP’s polarisation agenda in the run up to next year’s Lok Sabha elections has set in jitters in the ruling Awami League camp as the latest comment by the saffron party president Amit Shah, in which he described illegal immigrants from the eastern neighbour as “termites” eating into national resources, has dealt a blow to several opi...

Rape & murder is devilish crime

Brahmasiri Meetra - Human beings must awake . Stop rape to be human beings , otherwise human beings will be considered as devil. Rape & murder is devilish crime it is happening all over the world and human beings are shamed & degraded because of such ugly heinous criminals. A Rapist & murderer is a devil not human beings. A person who is disrespectful towards girl & woman an...

Barkha Dutt’s exposé of the real India

SM Hale -  BARKHA Dutt, the renowned television journalist’s “This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines” is a firsthand account of “the real India”. Ms. Dutt’s bold and incisive exposé of India’s fault lines is identified from her quarter century career in television journalism. Journalists have a front row view of history;...

सीमा थियो, न सिक्किम रह्यो, न क्रिमिया

राजन कार्की - देशको सुरक्षा भनेको सीमा हुनुमात्र होइन । सीमा थियो, खोई त न सिक्किम रह्यो, न क्रिमिया। सीमा भएर पनि घर, समाज, सहर, शासन, प्रशासन, शान्तिव्यवस्था सबै तहसनहस हुनु भनेको असुरक्षा हो । नेपाललाई असुरक्षाको ऐजेरु लागेको छ, असुरक्षित छ । चिनियाँ विद्वान वाङ चुनले नेपालको सुरक्षात्मक रणनीति तथा नेपाल–चीन सम्बन्ध भन्ने पुस्तकको पृष्ठ १९ मा लेखेका छन्– आर्थिक दृष्टिबाट हे...

Nepal and Pakistan Army have excellent ties: NA Chief Thapa

Nepal and Pakistan Army have excellent ties: NA Chief Thapa Kathmandu: A brief ceremony was organized in Kathmandu Friday 21 September to mark the Defence Day of Pakistan amidst the gracious presence of the Nepal Army Chief , Mr. Purna Chandra Thapa, who congratulated the friendly Army of Pakistan. The new Nepal Army Chief in  his brief speech as the Chief Guest said that in the past Nepal Army have had the opportunity to work to...

To pay tribute to martyrs and defenders of Pakistan

To pay tribute to martyrs and defenders of Pakistan, Embassy of Pakistan marked Defence day on 21 September 2018, On the occasion a reception was held at Hotel Hyatt. General Purna Chandra Thapa, COAS, Nepal Army graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Reception was attended by political personalities, Nepalese Army officers, Diplomats and media personnel. Embassy of Pakistan,  Kathmandu, ...

Electioneering in Nepali Public Relations Committee-America

Electioneering has  commenced in Nepali Public Relations Committee-America Chapter (NPRCA). The committee is an affiliate of Nepal’s main opposition, Nepali Congress Party and the American chapter is currently headed by Ananda Bista. Local leaders in New York City held a meeting recently where they also decided to hold its convention after the Dashain Festival. Dashain fes...

India’s war on Nepal?

India’s war on Nepal? NP Upadhyaya Kathmandu: Indian leadership remains in a shocked state. The shock is only but logical in that the Indian regime received two severe jolts this time which were at least not expected by the coercive establishment. The fact of the matter is India- successor of the British India Company, does not take Nepal as a sovereign state and any decision from Nepal that is not in lin...

Hostage of peace in World peace day

R S SHAH -  UNITED Nations declared September 21 as an International Day of Peace in 1981, after which every year many people, political and military observer groups and many countries devote this day to strengthen peace efforts in world. Every year UN, announces a theme for this day to reinforce the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. The year 2018 theme is &...

Lions Club of Nepal Journalist formation

The Lions Club of Nepal Journalist has been formed under the chairmanship of journalist Yogendra Pratap Shahi. On September 17, there was a festive ceremony. The program was conducted by Zone Chairperson Lion - Bharat Prasad Prasai. The charter presentation ceremony was attended by Lion Club Multiple Chairperson DR Khanal, district governer sudarshan Pradhananga, GMT chariperson shambhu Ghimire...

India, Israel amongst shameful countries for HR violations: UN

September 14, 2018 The United Nations has listed India and Israel, two best allies, among 38 shameful countries, which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. According to Kashmir Media Service, Allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation, and public stigmatizatio...

Inter-Korea Pyongyang Summit: World awaiting Peace!

Inter-Korea Pyongyang Summit: World awaiting Peace! NP Upadhyaya, Nepal: Politics has at times surprises in its baskets. Honest politics yield good results. Yes this time we wish to talk about new and comparatively benevolent initiatives taken by the two strong leaders dominating politics in the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a tensed state after the end of the Korean War in the year 1953. Since the end of the war, power p...

Frustrated Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat threatens Nepal

Frustrated Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat threatens Nepal Nepal’s abrupt last-minute denial to participate in the “India designed military drill” that was to be held in Pune, India, has totally perturbed India’s failing leadership. Thailand was the other country in BIMSTEC to ridicule the Indian design. Nepal is also a member of The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIME...

Nine Members of European Parliament call for all deals with India to be nixed until arrested activists are released

Suhit K Sen Sep 18, 2018 Nine Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have written to the European Union's (EU) highest official on foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, to cancel all agreements with India till all the activists arrested in connection with the violence at Bhima Koregaon have been released. The letter, scathingly denunciatory in tone and content, was wr...

राष्ट्र अक्कलबिनाको नक्कलले अस्तित्वहीन बन्दै

राजन कार्की - डाइनामाइट आविस्कारकले साहित्यमा नोबल पुरस्कार राखेका हुन् । यसको अर्थ बिनासकारी आविस्कार मानवीय मूल्य र मान्यताका लागि हो । मान्छेले मान्छेको मासु खाँदैन ? मानव सभ्यताको बिनष्टकारी बिध्वंश नहोस् भनेर मनाही गरिएको हो । यद्यपि तान्त्रिक, कालविद्या आर्जान गर्न चाहनेहरु आधारातमा चिहानमा गएर साधना गर्छन्, मान्छेको मासु पनि खान्छन् र तिनलाई अघोरीबाबा भनिन्छ । तिनमा शक्ति नहुादो हो...

“Murderer Go Back…You are War Criminal” Baburam told in USA

NIRAJ ARYAL:  More than a decade after the conclusion of Maoist led Peoples’ Revolt, fear largely remains in Nepal among media men and common people to write and speak against the Maoist atrocities. However, some courageous Nepalis living far from home in the United States of America found it opportune to express their anger the moment they knew that Baburam was leaving Washingt...

Peace in Korean Peninsula: RoK President undeterred

Peace in Korean Peninsula: RoK President undeterred Kathmandu: The President of Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in primarily took the grand peace initiative as early as April this year that frankly speaking paved the way for the series of similar peace initiatives with talks included in between the two constitutional heads of the two Koreas, the DPRK and the ROK. Nepal’s high placed sources claim that the ROK President Moon Jae-in is ...

Indian Army Drags Dead Militant By Chains In Kashmir, Rights Activists Call It 'Barbaric'

Inline imageThe Indian Army soldiers dragged a dead militant by chains tethered to his legs, with people in Kashmir calling the act another instance of brutal human rights violation. OUTLOOK WEB BUREAU14 SEPTEMBER 2018         Photo of Indian Army dragging a dead militant by chains tethered to his legs in Kashmir has gone viral. The Indian Army was accused of &ldq...

Assam: Preventive diplomacy needed to protect Bengali-speaking Muslims

By Rene Wadlow - POTENTIALLY, the people of Assam, northeast India, are sitting atop of a smoldering volcano that threatens to erupt into catastrophic suffering.  The violence would target ethnic and religious minorities, most particularly Bengali-speaking Muslims, somewhat on the pattern of the fate of the Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma). The state of Assam has a population of some 30 milli...

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women

  Table of contents Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right? You’re not alone. With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person o...

New UN rights chief slams India for inaction on Kashmir rights violations report

Web Desk - Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Sep 10, 2018 slammed India for lack of any ‘meaningful improvement’ on addressing issues highlighted in the UN report on human rights violations in Kashmir. It was Bachelet’s first address to the United Nations Human Rights Council after her appointment while succeeding Zeid Raad al Hus...

India’s myopic ‘muscular’ neighborhood policy

Bhim Bhurtel DESPITE one “muscular diplomatic” debacle after another, India has been unrelenting in its bullying attitude toward its small and weak neighbors. India is imposing another economic blockade on a third South Asian country, Maldives. In 1981, India and Maldives mutually agreed on the quantity of supplies of essential commodities to the republic. However, the office ...

नेपाल-चीन पारस्परिक सहयोग समाजका अध्यक्ष प्रेम सागर पाैडेल अाज चीन प्रस्थान

नेशनल पिपुल्स कँग्रेसका उपाध्यक्ष कमरेड छन चुकाे निम्तोमा “International Think Tank Cooperation Forum” मा वक्ताकाे रुपमा सहभागी हुन नेपाल-चीन पारस्परिक सहयोग समाजका अध्यक्ष प्रेम सागर पाैडेल अाज चीन प्रस्थान गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ। तीनसाता लामो भ्रमणका लागि चीन प्रस्थान गर्नुभएका अध्यक्ष पाैडेलले International Think Tank Cooperation Forum, “2018 Green Development Innovation Confer...

China for Economic Fortification of South Asia

C Kiran -  UNDER the caption “Chinese investment in Bangladesh rings India alarm bells, Beijing deepens ties across South Asia billion infrastructure loans”, a news item was published in the Financial Times on August 7, 2018. Its summary is: “China has invested $3.7bn in Bangladesh to built a 6 km long bridge over Padma River which will link north and south Bangladesh by...

Western Officials Ignored Myanmar’s Warning Signs of Genocide

Y JUSTIN LYNCH - ONE year ago, on Aug. 30, 2017, Myanmar’s military began a bone-crushing massacre against its Muslim Rohingya minority in the village of Tula Toli. Survivors told me they saw dismembered bodies floating in the river. Rape was widespread. An 11-year-old boy described watching soldiers burn his grandmother alive. Out of a population of around 1 million Rohingya who lived...

Pak-US reset: Realities, urges & strategies

Syed Rizvi -  THE September 05 visit by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied by the US Military Chief Gen Joseph Dunford to Islamabad — amid plummeting and dejected relationship between Washington and Islamabad, expediently offers new vistas of pragmatic thinking and strategies: from confrontation to cooperation between the two states. While fighting the US-waged war ag...

पूर्व जर्नेल बस्न्यात भन्छन् -देश हितको लागि कांग्रेसले प्रजातन्त्र,राजतन्त्र र हिन्दुराष्टमा फर्किनैपर्छ

    सैनिक इतिहासमा विद्यावारिधि गरेका र नेपाली सेनाको बिषयमा विद्यावारिधि गर्ने पनि पहिलो व्यक्ति हुन् नेपाली सेनाका पूर्व जर्नेल डा. प्रेमसिंह बस्न्यात। सगरमाथा टेलिभिजनको कार्यक्रम एसटिभी च्याटमा कुराकानी गर्दै नेपाली सेनाको स्थापना कहिलेलाई मान्ने भन्ने कुरामा प्रस्ट पार्दै बस्न्यातले भने -‘वि.सं. १६१६ सालको असोज २५ गते राजा द्रव्य शाहले लिगलिगकोट खडा गरे...

नेपाल सरकारकै निसान छापको नक्सामै कालापानी गायब, भारतलाई सहयोग पुग्ने खुलासा !

सुरेन्द्र काफ्ले-  सरकारले नै राखेका अधिकांश नक्सामा दार्चुलाको कालापानी छुटाएको पाइएको छ । निसान छापमै प्रयोग गरिएका नक्सामा समेत । नेपाली भूभाग कालापानीमा लामो समयदेखि भारतले सेना राख्दै आएको छ । यसमा भारतलाई साथ पुग्ने गरी सरकारी नक्सा बनाइएको छ । यसको नापी विभागले पुष्टि गरेको छ ।   ‘देशको निसानी मानिने निसान छापमा राखिएको नक्सै त्रुटिपूर्ण छ’, विभागक...

Promoting Sustainable Tourism in West Nepal Opportunities for Economic Development

4 September 2018 Kathmandu— 4 September 2018 — Today at the Cross-Border Travel and Trade Fair in Halji Village, Humla, the Head of German Development Cooperation Dr. Claudia Hiepe emphasized the opportunities that tourism can bring to communities in West Nepal. Humla, a unique tourism destination in Nepal, draws increasing numbers of tourists in recent years. While majority of vi...

Policies in place, but more needs to be done

Kathmandu, 5 September: Although various governments have policies that are supportive of women-led Small and Medium Enterprises, much more needs to be done to address structural and other barriers to women’s empowerment. This was among the key findings of a study shared at the International Women Entrepreneurs Summit 2018 that concluded here ...

China for Economic Fortification of South Asia

C Kiran-  UNDER the caption “Chinese investment in Bangladesh rings India alarm bells, Beijing deepens ties across South Asia billion infrastructure loans”, a news item was published in the Financial Times on August 7, 2018. Its summary is: “China has invested $3.7bn in Bangladesh to built a 6 km long bridge over Padma River which will link north and south Bangladesh b...

Why India invalidates Al-Jazeera licence?

By Shaouqat - THE year 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN on December 10, 1948. The Universal Declaration is rooted in the principle that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” It remains relevant to everyone, every day. On June 14, 2018, United Nation’s Office of the High Commission for Huma...

नटुंगिने संक्रमण र युगनायकको प्रतिक्षा

स्वयम्भुनाथ कार्की - पञ्चायती संविधानको दोश्रो संसोधन अर्थत २०३२ साल पछि नै नेपालको राजनैतिक क्षेत्रमा एक किसिमको नैराश्यता बढदै गएको देखिन्छ । सत्ता र शक्तिको वरिपरी भएकाहरुमा आफुले जे गरे पनि हुने किसिमको घमण्डले कव्जा जमाउँदै गएको देखिन्छ । यस्तो अबस्थामा जनताले आफुलाई उपेक्षित ठान्न थाल्छन् । नेतृत्व पनि योग्यता सावित गर्नुभन्दा आफ्नो अकण्टक पकडमा निरन्तरता खोज्न थाल्छ । यस अबस्थामा जनता व...

India’s Controversial Afghanistan Dams

By Sudha Ramachandran - INDIA is expected to begin work on the $236 million Shahtoot Dam project on the Kabul River in Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Scheduled to be completed in three years, the dam has evoked concern in the lower riparian country, Pakistan. In addition to reducing water flow into Pakistan, the project could erode already fraying relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. ...

यी आमा प्रहरीलाई सलाम छ

वाशुदेव वाग्ले - अर्जेन्टिनाको महिला प्रहरी । अस्पतालमा बेवारिसे हालतमा बच्चा छाडेर गएको देखेपछि बच्चालाई बचाउन जरुरी थियो, महिला प्रहरीले बच्चालाई काखमा च्यापेर आफ्नै छातीको दुध चुसाइन् । प्रहरीले शान्तिव्यवस्था कायम गर्ने हो । सुरक्षाको अर्थ जीवन रक्षा पनि हो । यस्ती आमा प्रहरीलाई सलाम छ । सलाम यसकारण पनि छ कि नेपालका महिला प्रहरीले पनि यस्तो सिकुन् । माथिको आदेश पर्खेर नबसुन्, हस् साप मात्र...

Nepal: Small-sized farms in SA face serious constraints

H. E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) addressed the First SAARC Agri Cooperative Business Forum in Kathmandu this morning, 28 August, 2018. Devoted to the theme, Organizing and Strengthening Family Farmers’ Cooperatives to attain SDG-1 and SDG-2 in South Asia, the Forum was co-organized by Food and Agricultu...

Subservient Nepal dupes China, sides with India

Subservient Nepal dupes China, sides with India NP Upadhyaya, Kathmandu: The SAARC regional body was not a cup of tea for the Indian establishment. Mrs. Indira Gandhi opposed the idea even at time of the establishment of the regional organization some two decades ago as she thought that the smaller neighbors of India in the vicinity were plotting some conspiracy against India. It was her inferiority complex. She took the r...

National-level Orientation on Climate Resilient Villages for Local Governments

Kathmandu, 31 August: A three-day national-level orientation for local governments on “Climate Resilient Villages in Nepal” held in Kathmandu and Kavre 29-31 August ended today. Executive officers of local governments were oriented to the concept of the Climate Resilient Village (CRV), potential solutions and good practices for replicati...

No Substitute to SAARC: Nepal Prime Minister

No Substitute to SAARC: Nepal Prime Minister The Opening Statement by the Right Honorable K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal at the Inaugural Session of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit Kathmandu, 30th August 2018. Welcome to the land of Buddha and Sagarmatha! Welcome to the land of peace and harmony! The Government and people of Nepal feel truly honored and privileged to warmly welcome the distinguished Heads of State and G...

Nepal: Captain Khan is the New Political player in SA

NP Upadhyaya: Kathmandu: Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, the just sworn in Prime Minister of Pakistan has won the war on India without firing even a single shot. Call it a sixer or whatever you may prefer, yet the fact is Imran’s swearing in ceremony itself has shaken the entire Indian establishment from within in that a modest Indian Congress stalwart Nav Jot Singh Siddhu, a Punjabi Indian...

Mountain Economies in BIMSTEC Countries: An Agenda for Regional Cooperation and Shared Prosperity.

Executive Summary Mountain and hill areas form a substantial part of The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) region – over 1.1 million square kilometres, or 23% of total land area. They are home to 140 million people, and a further 1.5 billion people downstream depend directly or indirectly on the mountains for a range of goods and s...

Arrests of activists push Indian civil society to the brink

By VARSHA TORGALKAR - In a major crackdown across India, police  raided the homes of several human-rights activists, lawyers and journalists, accusing them of instigating violence at a rally in Bhima Koregaon, a small hamlet in the state of Maharashtra, on January 1. A case was registered by the police in Pune, a city in Maharashtra 180 kilometers east of Mumbai and just 40km from Bh...

The case of Commander Kulbhushan Yadhav

KULBHUSHAN Sudhir Jadhav (also spelled Kulbhushan Yadav, alleged alias Hussain Mubarak Patel)(born 16 April 1970) is an Indian national ,he was arrested in the Pakistani province of Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing. The Pakistani government stated that he was a serving commander in the Indian Navy who was involved...

The BRI and European connectivity

CHINA'S Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road, has been paving the way for infrastructure development in the South Asian counties for promotion of their trade and waterlogged economies. The Gwadar Port in Pakistan's Balochistan province is the venue of t...

Kim Jong Un, Commander of the Rapidly-Changing Situation on the Korean Peninsula

Amid great interest of the world, the situation on the Korean peninsula is changing rapidly. The Korean peninsula, which had been one of the hottest spots in the world, is moving towards detente–peace and stabilization, reconciliation and cooperation. As is known, Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, made a crucial pr...

Joint Pakistan-India drills leave Sidhu critics red-faced

Hindutva groups have slammed former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa recently, but a joint military exercise against terrorism under way in Russia involving contingents from India and Pakistan has left the critics red-faced. Prime Minister Imran Khan has praised Mr Sidhu’s friendly gesture for being present at the swearing-i...

China-India rapprochement makes sense

Ken Moak By KEN MOAK AUGUST 24, 2018 5:24 PM (UTC+8)           0 0 India made a U-turn on its relations with China in April when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reset ties. He met with Xi again on the matter of rapprochement on the sidelines of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) Summit in M...

नेपालमा मोदीले एकथोक भन्छन् तर गर्छन् अर्कै : राहुल गान्धी

भारतको प्रमुख विपक्षी दल भारतीय राष्ट्रिय कांग्रेसका अध्यक्ष राहुल गान्धीले भारत सरकारको नेपालसहित अन्य छिमेकी देशहरुसँगको नीति असफल भएको बताएका छन्।   युरोप भ्रमणमा रहेका गान्धीले बेलायतमा शनिबार आयोजित पत्रकार सम्मेलनमा बोल्दै भारत सरकारको विदेश नीति तदर्थवादमा चलेको दावी गरे। यसका लागि उनले नेपाल, श्रीलंका र अफगानिस्तानसँग भारतको सम्बन्धको उदाहरण दिए। ‘रणनीति ...

Modi & Kashmir

The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Mumbai. A.G. NooraniAugust 25, 2018 Facebook Count136 Twitter Share       0 The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Mumbai.   “MANY of us think that it is rather disgraceful and does no credit to India that this matter should have dragged on so long”, India’s deputy prime minister Vallabhbhai Patel told Owen Dixon,...

छुट्याउनै गाह्रो भयो– देवता कुन हो, ढुंगो कुन ?

भारतमा अंग्रेजको शासन । स्वतन्त्रताको आवाज बुलन्द गरेका थिए सावरकरले । थाहा पाएर अंग्रेज सरकारले उतै मरोस् भनेर उनलाई ४० वर्षको सजायको पट्टा भिराएर कालापानीको श्रम शिवरमा  खेद्यो । कालापानीका जेलरले आश्चर्य मानेर सावरकरलाई सोध्यो– यो औलो, यति गर्मीको श्रम शिविरमा तिमी ४० वर्ष कसरी बाुच्छौं ? सावरकरले सहज उत्तर दिए– म त बाुच्छु, मलाई श्रम शिविरमा पठाउने अंग्रेज सरकारको आदेशको ज...

Kim Jong Un, Commander of the Rapidly-Changing Situation on the Korean Peninsula

Amid great interest of the world, the situation on the Korean peninsula is changing rapidly. The Korean peninsula, which had been one of the hottest spots in the world, is moving towards detente–peace and stabilization, reconciliation and cooperation. As is known, Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, made a crucial pr...

South Asian Countries miffed by Indian Hegemony

Kiran -  RECENTLY, the Economic Times quoting Chinese state media stated: “The Maldives asking India to take back its military helicopters and personnel deployed there reflects the country’s increasing desire to rid itself of the excessive Indian influence.” Global Times also in its editorial highlighted Indian anxieties with regard to Maldives stating that “Indi...

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Myohyangsan Medical Appliances Factory

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, inspected the Myohyangsan Medical Appliances Factory. Looking round the room for education in the revolutionary history, sci-tech learning space and variou...

Changing of the guard : The army’s main role is defending territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence - BINOJ BASNYAT

Aug 22, 2018-When discussing security or national security, defence is one component which consists of the forces of law and order and intelligence. The changing of the guard in the Nepali Army (NA) looks very prominent comparatively. The new leadership with new initiative and resolution appears inevitable as Chief of Army Staff General Rajendra Chhetri is leaving office with unconv...

गृहमन्त्रीसँग शिष्टाचार भेट

गृहमन्त्रीसँग शिष्टाचार भेट काठमाडौँ । गृहमन्त्री रामबहादुर थापा ‘बादल’सँग नेपालका लागि जापानका राजदूत मासामिचि साइगोले आज शिष्टाचार भेट गरेका छन् । गृह मन्त्रालयमा भएको भेटवार्तामा दुई देशबीचको सम्बन्ध, आपसी सहकार्य र सहयोगको विषयमा केन्द्रित रहेको थियो । सो अवसरमा गृहमन्त्री थापाले कूटनीतिक सम्बन्ध स्थापना भएदेखि जापानले सुरक्षा निकायलगायत अन्य क्षेत्रमा सहयोगप्रति राजदूत साइगोमार्फत जापान सरकार...

India’s contradictory diplomacy will backfire in the long run

Bhim Bhurtel -  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to arrive in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, a Himalayan nation sandwiched between the two Asian giants China and India, on August 30 for a two-day visit.  It will be Modi’s fourth visit to Nepal since his accession to the office of prime minister in May 2014 and the second visit after the backlash from the Indian econo...

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a must see in the city of Kandy in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka

Boom!         Boom!         Boom!         This was no enticing drum sound to woo me deep into the bowel of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic; no, this was a command to follow the many pilgrims into the darkness of the night into the most important Buddhist site in all of Sri Lanka. The site that, as legend would have ...

चिन्ता पर्यटनको

काठमाडौं । यी हुन् श्रीलंकाकी महामहिम राजदूत स्वर्ण पेरेरा । लुम्बिनीदेखि आनन्दकुटी महाविहारसम्म सहयोगी हात बढाइरहेको श्रीलंकाको भूमिका नेपालमा ज्यादै छ, नेपालको मित्रता पनि श्रीलंकाका लागि महत्वपूर्ण छ भन्ने यी महामहिम राजदूत स्वर्ण पेरेराको एउटै चिन्ता छ– बुद्धको जन्मथलो नेपाल र बुद्धमार्गी श्रीलंकावीच कसरी जनस्तरको आदानप्रदान र सम्बन्ध विकास गर्ने ? व्यापारमा ठूलो कठिनाई छ, हवाई याताया...

Nepal: India, Free Khalistan & CPEC Miracles!

Nepal: India, Free Khalistan & CPEC Miracles!  Nepal is a fertile land for conducting experiments whether it be of the social or for that matter political domain. You can have such experiments with the religion even. The choice is yours. Nepal welcomes people from across the globe, more so from Europe, to come to here and conduct experiments of their taste and get the desired results. As regards politics, glad to share that ...

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Construction Sites in Samjiyon County Again

 Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) -- The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, gave field guidance to the construction sites in Samjiyon County again. He said he came to the construction sites in Samjiyon township just in 40 days but the area has changed beyond recognition, noting with satisfaction that a majestic appearance finally began to emerge as a result o...

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Preparations for Building Onpho Greenhouse Farm

 Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) -- The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the preparations for the construction of the Onpho greenhouse farm in Kyongsong County of North Hamgyong Province. One month ago he visited Kyongsong County to appoint the site for a large-scale greenhouse farm capable of raising all sorts of vegetables all the year round. He came t...

India’s Maoists still posing a major threat

By Bertil Lintner India’s Maoist insurgents have suffered some setbacks recently, but remain a significant security problem, especially in the country’s tribal heartland, according to the Indian website South Asia Intelligence Review (SATP). At least 15 insurgents from the Communist Party of India (Maoist), or CPI (M), were killed and four captured alive in Sukma district in t...

Pak-Russia relations growing

Reesham - Strategists of the 21st century have been looking at Russia as a supreme balancing power in the Eurasian supercontinent due to its history of leadership and geographical landmass. Russia has been dreaming of Eurasian Integration, which is why they have played such a pivotal role in undermining the US influence in Europe, Middle East and South Asia. It has been investing tremendousl...

Black Day for Kashmiris

Kiran Chaudhary -   THE Kashmir dispute dates from 1947. The partition of the Indian sub-continent along religious lines led to the formation of India and Pakistan. However, there remained the problem of over 650 states, run by princes, existing within the two newly independent countries. Every year when India celebrates Independence Day on August 15, Kashmiris on both sides of the...

Pakistan and Russia – Entering a new era of cooperation for regional peace

NEW dimensions in ties between Pakistan and Russia have irking world powers besides India as the two countries have decided to enhance their military cooperation besides other sectors. The two countries on August 2018 ,07 signed contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in RF’s (Russian Federation) Training Institutes, paving the way for Pakistani troops to undergo training i...

India upset over new dimensions in Pak-Russia ties

New dimensions in ties between Pakistan and Russia have irked India as the two countries have decided to enhance their military cooperation besides other sectors. Indian media has launched campaign against the development and carrying comments and stories to paint a wrong picture of ushering in of the relations between Islamabad and Kremlin. A leading Indian media house has reported that Pak...

U.N. silence on Kashmir issue

S Kiran OVER the weekend (August 5, 2018), the people of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) observed complete strike against hearing of petitions against Article 35-A, by a Bench of Supreme Court of India. During this strike in Kashmir, there was total silence and freeing of all activities, indicating that, what to talk of its dilution, Kashmiris would never accept even any hearing against this Artic...

CPEC: A Reality of BRI

 M Kiran China–Pakistan Economic Corridor is a collection of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan. Originally valued at $46 billion, the value of CPEC projects is now worth $62 billion. CPEC is intended to rapidly modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerou...

वैदेशिक रोजगारमा गएका ८६ महिला गर्भवती भएर फर्किए पछी ! यसरि पर्‍यो आपत, ४१ जनाले आत्महत्या गरे

रोजगारमा जाने महिला कामदारलाई विभिन्न सीपमूलक तालिमको व्यवस्था गरी उनीहरुको गन्तव्यलाई सुरक्षित बनाउनुपर्ने खाँचो औँल्याइएको छ । वैदेशिक रोजगार बोर्ड र दिगो विकासका लागि सञ्चार माध्यमको परिचालनले संयुक्तरुपमा आयोजित कार्यक्रममा विदेश जाने अधिकांश महिला घरेलु काम तथा मनोरञ्जनका क्षेत्रमा रहेकाले उनीहरुमाथि हिंसा हुने गरेको सरोकारवालाले बताएका छन् ।  वैदेशिक रोजगार बोर्डका निर्देशक शि...

"Government Morally Weak Despite Its Numerical Strength"

Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathy, who has challenged government decisions to ban rally at public places, is a constitutional expert of Nepal. Having fought for several litigations related to protection of human rights, including sending Maoist Dhungel in prison, senior advocate Tripathy spoke to New Spotlight on various issues of contemporary interest. Excerpts: By  A Correspond...

Stateless Minority of Democratic India

Kiran THE current situation in Assam seems like a nightmare, a warning about the internal contradictions of democracy. It is a warning that the 19th century ideas of democracy as electoral-ism and the notion of the nation-state as a fetishism of borders may be inappropriate as imaginations for the 21st century. It is a caution that governance and politics are full of ironies and paradoxes an...

The Doctor’s Dilemma – And Ours

Maila Baje- http://nepalinetbook.blogspot.com/ For the all the bluster and bravado they exuded in public, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and his allies must have been truly worried by Dr. Govinda K.C.’s latest hunger strike. This time, our serial self-starver was on his longest spell of self-abnegation that pushed him to the outer edges of his mortal existence. Had our estimable docto...

NDFB: a New Challenge for Indian Security Forces

Reesham INDIAN army operation to neutralise G Bidai, vice-president of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and his group consisting of ab1out 20 cadres, is still on near Indo-Bhutan border. Prolongation of the operation has raised questions and doubts about its failure. Bidai’s gang had been dodging the security forces continuously for the last one decade. In September 201...

कायरहरु जीवनमा धेरैपल्ट मर्छन्

पदम हमाल-  – देश बिकासका नाममा कतिपय पक्ष र तत्वहरुले पानी धमिल्याएर माछा मार्ने काम पटक–पटक गरे तर सम्बन्धित निकाय भने कानमा तेल हालेर बसेको छ । पुरानो कुरा कति गर्नु, ०६३ सालको जनआन्दोलनको सफलतापछि बसन्त पर्व आयो भनेर निकै खुशीयाली मनाइयो तर त्यस खुशीयालीका असली हकदार आमनागरिक आज आँसु पिएर बाँच्न बाध्य भएको छ । कसैले लाभ लियो, खुशी पायो भने त्यो नेतृत्व र उसका आसेपासेले नै भ...

कांग्रेसी गुटबाजी हारेको हो

राजन कार्की-  कांग्रेस अव कुन बाटो हिड्ला ? कांग्रेस माइतीघरमा सिमित भयो भनेर प्रधानमन्त्री तथा नेकपाका अध्यक्षले होच्याएपछि देशव्यापी विरोध प्रदर्शन गरेर अधिनायकवादमाथि खबरदारी  गरेको कांग्रेस वास्तवमा कम्युनिष्टसँग कसरी मुकाविला गर्ने भनेर ठम्याउन नसकेको रनभुल्ल स्थितिमा छ । हिजो गंगामायाँ र डा.गोविन्द केसीको अनसनको समर्थन गरेको कांग्रेस अहिले सर्वोच्च अदालतलाई कम्युनिष्टकरण गरेक...

Crackdown in Assam

In December 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government announced that citizens of Assam had to prove their familial roots in India predating 1971, as a part of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC). On 30 July 2018, the Assam government issued a list which excluded more than four million people, who India now categorizes as ‘illegal immigrants’. These are according t...

Reminiscing the Kalbhushan episode

– Kiran -   THE people of country and the media were so engrossed in the developments leading up to the general elections 2018 that an important event has gone almost unnoticed. The International Court of Justice is about to commence hearing of the Kalbhushan Yadhav case after the submission of final counter-memorial by Pakistan last Tuesday. The outcome of the hearing could ha...

Beat Plastic Pollution

World Environment Day – 2018 Dr David Molden Director General, ICIMOD Arnico Panday Ad interim Regional Programme Manager Atmosphere, ICIMOD   The world united around the slogan “Beat Plastic Pollution” on World Environment Day. The slogan, motivated by increasing awareness of the vast volume of plastic – discarded, bottles,...

2018 elections were better than 2013: EU observers

2018 elections were better than 2013: EU observers  10:37 PM | July 26, 2018   ISLAMABAD: Election observers from the European Union have said that election 2018 was conducted better than the 2013 election. The chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Pakistan, Michael Gahler, said that apart from a few incidents of terrorism, the overall situation of the general election...

Imran Khan's Party Ahead In Elections Amid Vote-Rigging Allegations

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz alleges ballot is rigged in favour of Imran Khan’s party By  Agencies  July 26, 2018, 3:13 p.m.   Pakistan’s general election has been plunged into chaos after the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) said it would reject the result amid widespread allegations that the military was rigging the ...

India dismissed OHCHR report

Roshan - IT speaks volumes on the part of Pakistan’s successful foreign policy and vibrant diplomacy that UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a report on the Human Rights violations by India on Indian held Kashmir. Report has been endorsed by the UN Secretary General. Indian government made strenuous efforts to prevent it from going public. Indian ...

CPEC: the new economic corridor

Irfan Chaudhary THE China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the game-changing package of Chinese capital and engineering worth $54 billion in investment and lending, has raised apprehensions in neighbouring India. But the ultimate aim is to bring together China, India and Pakistan as a part of a Eurasian market formed by Chinese president Xi Jinping’s One Belt One Road policy. Perce...

External Meddling in General Elections of Pakistan

Kiran Chaudhry -   CURRENT political atmosphere of Pakistan is electric with optimism and pessimism. The forces of change take sanguine view of elections, ushering in a new era, diametrically opposite of what country has witnessed so far. The forces of status quo; ruling elite call them an exercise, being robbed by aliens to thwart true democracy and civilian supremacy. With onl...

Machinations of the State and Non-State Actors

Kiran - THE international state(s) system is based on power politics, ‘political action by a state intended to increase its own power and influence, while diminishing the opponent’s power and influence. To achieve this objective, state launch the political warfare against rival state(s) by making use of political means based on hostile intent. In this political rivalry, the target ...

A plea for Rohingya refugees

António Guterres - The writer is secretary general of the United Nations SMALL children butchered in front of their parents. Girls and women gang-raped while family members were tortured and killed. Villages burned to the ground. Nothing could have prepared me for the bone-chilling accounts I heard earlier this month in Bangladesh from Rohingya refugees who had fled widespread killings...

सरकार पनि फोस्रो ढुङ्गा

राजन कार्की - शीर्ष नेता को बनेन प्रधानमन्त्री ? सबैले सत्ता सञ्चालन गरे, देश सञ्चालन गर्न सके कि सकेनन् ? तीतो अनुभव छ आमनागरिकमा । प्राविधिक रुपमा सत्तामा पुग्न जति कठिन छ, सत्तामा पुग्नासाथ त्यो कठिन यात्रा भुलेर स्वार्थको भूमरीको रन्थमोलमा रन्थनिनु र सफलताको आत्मरती गर्नुमा नै शीर्ष नेताहरुको समय बित्यो । के यसरी समय बिताउनुमात्र राजनीति हो ? राजनीतिका शीर्षस्थहरुले पालैपालो सत्ताका क...

स्वर्ण पेरेराको सुवर्ण विचार

नेपालका लागि प्रजातान्त्रिक समाजवादी गणतन्त्र श्रीलंकाको महामहिम राजदूत पदमा कार्यरत हुनुहुन्छ– स्वर्ण पेरेरा । १९५७ मा कूटनीतिक सम्बन्ध स्थापित भएकै वर्ष राजा महेन्द्रले श्रीलंका भ्रमण गरेका थिए भने निरन्तर उच्चस्तरी भ्रमणले दुबै मुलुकवीच राम्रो सम्बन्ध कायम रहेको छ । स्वर्ण पेरेर क्यारियर कूटनीतिज्ञ हुनुहुन्छ र मालद्विप, इटली, भारत, मलेसिया, फ्रान्समा समेत सफलतापूर्वक कूटनीतिक क्षेत्र...

पार्क चुङ ही : आइरन म्यान

वाशुदेव वाग्ले - १९७८ मा दक्षिण कोरियालीले यति धेरै कार किने कि कमजोरहरुका लागि बाटो काट्नसमेत मुस्किल हुनथाल्यो । त्यसपछि पार्क चुङ हीले एउटा निर्णय जारी गरे । जसमा लेखिएको थियो– एउटा गाडीमा कम्तिमा ३ जना यात्रा गर्नैपर्छ । अन्यथा त्यो गाडीमाथि कडा कारवाही गरिनेछ । गाडीधनीहरु आत्तिए । पहिलो दिन सरकारको निर्णय अवमान्ना गरेका गाडीहरु समातिए, प्रत्येकलाई ३ लाख ओन जरिवाना गराइयो । दोश्रो द...

जापानी राजदूतको आकर्षक इनिङ

जापानी राजदूत मासामिची सिगो कृषि विज्ञ पनि हुन् । उनी धमाधम सरकारका मन्त्रीहरुलाई भेटेर जापानाको प्राथमिकता मैत्री र विकास सहयोगी हो भन्ने सन्देश दिइरहेछन् । यिनले रक्षामन्त्रीलाई भेटेर नेपाल र जापान बीचको कुटनीतिक सम्बन्ध, सरकारका कार्ययोजना, आर्थिक र सामाजिक विकास, दुई मुलुकका विचको सैन्य तालिम तथा सहकार्य एवं प्रविधि हस्तान्तरण लगायतका विषयमा मैत्री हात बढाउका छन् । मन्त्री ईश्वर पोखरेलले ने...

चीनमा मुस्लिम इसाइले पनि शव जलाउनै पर्ने

काठमाडौं । राष्ट्रपति सी जिनपिङको आदेशमा मुस्लिम इसाई वा अन्य जुनसुकै धर्म मान्ने समुदायले पनि मृत्यपछि शव गाड्न नपाउने, जलाउनै पर्ने नियम लागू गरिएको छ । यसो किन गरियोभन्ने सवालमा स्पष्ट पारिएको छ, यसरी शव गाड्दा जमिनको ठूलो नोक्सानी भइरहेको छ । देशमा उत्पादकत्व बढाउन र जमिनको उपयोगिता लिनका लागि शवलाई जलाउनै पर्ने नयाँ व्यवस्था लागू गरिएको हो । यो यति ठूलो फैसला मानिएको छ कि राष्ट्रहितमा राष्...

यस्ता पो प्रधानमन्त्री

गोविन्दप्रसाद पौडेल - हालैका दिनमा जापानमा यति ठूलो बाढी आयो कि जनधनको क्षति भो, ठूलो नोक्सानीले आहत बनेका जापानी प्रधानमन्त्री आवे पीडितको घरघर नै पुगेर यसरी घुँढा टेकेर पीडितको पीडा सुने, क्षतिको विवरण लिए र राहतको आश्वासन दिए । यतिमात्र होइन, यस्तो बेलामा सरकारले के के गर्नसक्छ भनेर पीडितबाटै सुझाव पनि लिए । प्रधानमन्त्री सानो भएनन्, उनको कद पनि सानो भएन । जनताको नजरमा, जनताको मनमा उनको सम...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Junghung Farm

Pyongyang, July 10 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave a field guidance to the Junghung Farm in Samjiyon County. He went round a potato plot under the workteam 1 of the farm. Noting that potato blight and...

गुण्डाको त दोहोलो नै काढे नि यिनले

प्रहरी परिचालन गरेर होस् कि सुराकी राखेर । टोले गुण्डादेखि डनसम्मको सातो खान सफल भए एसएसपी विश्वराज पोखरेल । राजधानीमा जति पनि प्रहरी बृत्तहरु छन्, सबैलाई जिवन्त राख्न यिनले दिनरात एक गरिरहेका छन् । प्रहरी बृत्तहरुलाई नभएको सूचना यिनलाई आउने गरेको छ र यिनको आदेशमा गुण्डादेखि डनसम्म धमाधम पक्राउ परिरहेका छन् । प्रहरी जनताको साथी बन्न थालेपछि दिनहु“ नागरिकको फोन आउने र गुण्डागर्दीको सूचना द...

CPEC emblem of SCO and South Asian Region

CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (CPEC) is a strategic project, which was signed between China and Pakistan in 2015. This mega project comprises the construction of a network of roads, railways, airports, industrial zones and communication system by laying fibre optic (Kashghar to Islamabad) from Kashghar city of western China to Gwadar seaport of Balochistan, Pakistan, including construction a...

Train Of Thought Or Deed?

-  Maila Baje --- Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s six-day visit to China brought to the fore the clash between the general and the specific gripping the bilateral relationship. During his news conference at Tribhuvan International Airport upon return, Oli was justified in asserting that the visit had served to deepen friendship, mutual trust and understanding in an effort toward e...

Nepal is a popular destination for Koreans

Nepal is a country often referred to as the ‘roof of the world’, with eight out of fourteen mountain peaks within its borders that are more than 8,000 meters high over sea level such as Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. It is also the birthplace of Buddha, attracting tourists, pilgrims and mountaineers from all over the world.  Since establishing diplomatic relation...

सरकारले सुनेन विप्लवलाई गुहार

शिवप्रसाद सिग्देल - गतहप्ता आएको वर्षाले गण्डक नहर उर्लियो । तैपनि भारतले गण्डक नहरको द्वार खोलेन, जसका कारणले नेपाली भूमि, घरखेत डुबानमा प¥यो । यति हु“दा पनि जनप्रतिनिधिले वास्ता गरेनन् । प्रशासनले जनताको पीडा बुझेन, कुरा सुनेन । बाध्य भएर सुस्तावासी नहर भत्काउन पुग्यो, भत्काइदिए र बहाव खोलिदिए । अव भारतीयले मार्छन्, हाम्रो संरक्षण कसले गर्ला ? यही अतासले गर्दा सुस्तावासीले विप्लव...

SAARC Immigration officials meet in Nepal

The Core Group of SAARC Immigration Authorities and Visa Experts commenced its meeting at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, today, June 28, 2018. Comprising representatives from the Immigration Authorities of the Member States of SAARC, the Core Group will discuss measures to streamline the SAARC Visa Exemption Scheme, including development of its security software for implementation across th...

USA sought to bully Lanka during last phase of Eelam war in 2009

2018-07-03 @ daily mirror      This essay is an effort to unravel the whispers about an American military team’s secret mission to Sri Lanka  at the height of the SL armed forces successful squeeze on the LTTE in 2009. The political significance of such a mission is profound and there are numerous tangential issues that are also significant.  T...

UN Report: Tip of the iceberg

Reema- AMIDST continued killing of the people of Kashmir by the Indian security forces, BJP pulled out of the coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti in the Indian Held Kashmir  following which governor’s rule has been imposed in the valley. It is indeed an ominous development as direct rule from Delhi means the abandonment of the policy of reconciliation and continuing with r...

The Optics Are Good. Why Spoil The Atmospherics?

As the going gets tougher for Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, he surely wants to be the toughie who’s getting going. But somewhere things don’t seem to be working. Sitting atop the government and party with the tightest grip conceivable – at least theoretically – the man is spending an inordinate time in a reactionary mode, i.e., responding to his critics. Not ...

Last Signature

Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), the eternal President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, devoted himself heart and soul to the cause of achieving national reunification. The following happened on July 7, 1994, the day before his death, when he was at his desk going over a document about the upcoming inter-Korean summit. The meeting would go a long way towards bringing down the curt...

Kim Jong Un Visits Sindo County, North Phyongan Province

Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) -- The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to Sindo County, North Phyongan Province. He inspected Field 14 of Reed Branch Farm 1 of the Sindo County Combined Reed Farm visited by President Kim Il Sungand leader Kim Jong Il. He said that if the production of chemical fiber based on reed is to be reenergized, it is necessary...

India worst place for women?

Kumar The Thomson Reuters Foundation global expert poll is back after a hiatus to determine the world’s 10 most dangerous nations for women. Some 550 skilled professionals made their assessments in terms of access to healthcare, economic resources, traditional practices as well as sexual and non-sexual abuse and human trafficking. The findings are based on surveys conducted from Mar...

Air Silk Road For Regional Connectivity

Chaudhary - UNDERPINNED by One Belt and One Road (OBOR) and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), era of new Air Silk Road has come into being with spectacular roll-out of China Southern Airlines (CSA) flight operation from Lahore to Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang autonomous region in far northeast of China, setting off ripple effects on Sino-Pak profound and immersive relations. Inception of...

UN Report: Tip of the iceberg

Reema- FINALLY a report containing 40 pages by an apparently toothless organization UNO comes up to challenge India for its decades old brutalities in Kashmir. India which is again gearing up to start callous actions in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims is over. But wait! India which does not even bother about such sacred virtues and spiritual significance ...

विधिको शासनको आसन कायम रहला

राजन कार्की - अभिभावक अपराधिक मानसिकतामा छ र अपराध रोक्न भन्दा पनि स्वार्थ पुरा हुन्छ भने फैलाउन तैयार रहन्छ भने त्यो अभिभावकभन्दा खतरनाक अरु कोही हुनसक्दैन । उसको परिवारजन पनि खुशी रहनसक्दैनन् । नेपालको सन्दर्भमा अभिभावक सरकार र सरकारलाई निर्देशन गर्ने संविधानलाई सरकारले खेलाउना बनाउन चाहेको देखिन्छ, जुन मृत्युघण्टको आवाजका रुपमा घन्किन थालेको छ । न्याय मर्दैछ, बचाउने कसले ? न्याय नै मर्...

Strategic Stability in South Asia – Challenges and Prospects

Preamble India and Pakistan have a seven decades long history of hostile and acrimonious relations interspersed with three major wars and some serious border skirmishes within the first 25 years of their existence as sovereign states. Since 1971, however, there has been no major war between the two neighbours, though the uneasy peace between them has been dotted with some serious crises an...

DYNAMICS OF STRATEGIC STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA

Dynamics of strategic stability in South Asia   Dynamics of strategic stability in South Asia on: April 29, 2017In: ASIA, OPINIONNo Comments  Print Email By Asma Khalid - Strategic stability in South Asia is complex phenomena due to adversarial relationship between two traditional rivals India and Pakistan. Existence of Action-Reaction Spiral between both nuclear rivals is...

चारु मजुमदार बन्न नसकेका कम्युनिष्टहरु

राजन कार्की - २००७ सालमा नेपाली कांग्रेसले प्रवासबाट लैनछोकडा ल्यायो र तिनलाई बन्दुक बोकाएर मुक्तिसेनाको नाम दियो । राणाको प्रहरी रामदल र कांग्रेसको मुक्तिसेना मिलाएर पहलसिंह लामाको नेतृत्वमा प्रहरी संगठन खडा गरियो, जुन आजको नेपाल प्रहरी हो । यो नेपाल प्रहरी सत्य सेवा सुरक्षाको मन्त्र बोकेर हिडेको छ तर नेपाल प्रहरी देशको कम राजनीतिक पार्टीको आदेश र निर्देशनमा बढी चल्ने गरेको छ । २०५२ सालमा सु...

The rise of Hindutva in India

BJP’s rise to power and popularity in 2014 has provided a strong impetus to the Hindutva movement. RSS now pulls the strings of government from its headquarters in Nagpur Roshan - VANAYAK Damodar Savarkar must be a very happy man today, if only he were alive. India is ambitiously embarked upon the path of Hindutva —Savarkar’s bigoted doctrine that envisages a Hindu Rasht...

Historic First DPRK-U.S. Summit Meeting and Talks Held

Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, held the summit meeting and talks with Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, at Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12, 2018 for the...

Mandate of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and India’s Punjab National Bank Scam

Kiran -  Last year, the BJP-led Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced economic reforms, claiming that the country’s economy was in a strong position. Encouraging public investments in infrastructure, strengthening the banking systems and catalyzing private investments were key highlights of the policy. The government said that General Sales Tax (GST) had been...

CPEC Framework of Regional Connectivity

Muhammad -  REGIONAL connectivity and development of the required infrastructure through cooperative efforts of the participating countries for shared economic prosperity is a visionary concept and recipe for addressing issues related to poverty alleviation and development, as well as ensuring peace through economic interdependence. The leadership of new China deserves credit for pionee...

India: Operation Blue Star & Sikh Genocide!

India: Operation Blue Star & Sikh Genocide! N.P. Upadhyaya: Vaisakha also known as Baisakhi or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism and has its distinct significance for each culture. It was around this Baisakh, 2075 B.S this year, I could notice that the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Manjiv Singh Puri proceeded towards the Kupandole situated Gurdwara and performed rituals that is due for a...

Chaurasi Ki Na Insaafi: Demand Justice For 1984

They say it has been more than 30 years so forget the 1984 massacres, but how can I? Not one day goes by without me thinking about it. ——- Bhaggi Kaur, survivor of 1984 Sikh massacres. This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of independent India’s most shameful episodes. In November 1984, at least 3000 Sikh men, women and children were killed, mainly in Delhi, over the c...

The Principle of By Our Nation Itself

By Our Nation Itself–this is the fundamental principle for achieving the reunification of Korea which Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), eternal Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, clarified at the June 2000 inter-Korean summit meeting, the first of its kind since the division of the country. It is the main tenet of the June 15 North-South...

Remembering Operation Blue Star

Kiran - Dr Gurnam Signh, a professor in the Coventry University, United Kingdom draws parallels between Operation Blue Star and Normandy Landing (Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord) in his column, “30 Years after Operation Blue Star, Where Do Sikh Go from Here”. Both operations took place on June 6 and both have heavy troops participation. More over both were implemented in t...

ICIMOD Cleaning Campaign

Jiten_180605_MG_1279 (004) ICIMOD, in collaboration with Godavari Municipality Ward No 3, Nabil Foundation, Dabur Nepal, and Doko Recyclers– a waste management company in Kathmandu  - organized a cleaning campaign in Godavari, Lalitpur, Nepal to celebrate World Environment Day. Over 200 students and teachers from 10 schools in Godavari, local youth clubs, community forest user groups and volun...

Crushing Kashmiris under armoured vehicle

MUHAMMAD - AS a new strategy to defeat the freedom movement in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian security forces have started driving armoured vehicles wildly into the protesting crowds. Such an incident happened on June 1, 2018 at Srinagar, the capital of IOK, where an armoured vehicle of Indian security forces crushed innocent people, once peaceful Kashmiris were protesting again...

Global Himalayan Expedition wins ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2018

Mr Paras Loomba, Founder of Global Himalayan Expedition, receives the first ICIMOD Mountain Prize from David Molden, ICIMOD’s Director General in a function organized on World Environment Day, 2018 (photo: ICIMOD/Jitendra Bajracharya)  Mr Paras Loomba, Founder of Global Himalayan Expedition, receives the first ICIMOD Mountain Prize from David Molden, ICIMOD’s Director General in a function organized on World Environment Day, 2018 (photo: ICIMOD/Jitendra Bajracharya) 5 June 2018, Kathmandu: The ICIMOD Mountain Prize Commission today announced Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) – facilitator of acce...

ndia and Nuclearisation of South Asia

Kiran :  MAY 2018 marks 20 years of “overt” nuclearisation of South Asia wherein one is reminded of the nuclear tests at Chagai and Pokhran-II which established nuclear deterrence between India and Pakistan. However, it is pertinent to mention that the nuclearisation of South Asia started with India’s so-called peaceful explosion in 1974 which forced Pakistan to seek nuc...

Secularism in India has been just symbolic

Muhammad :  The ground reality is that for the last many years, Indian minorities are living under the violence ridden domination of a group of Hindu extremist organisations Since India’s independence in 1947, the leadership of that time and the successive Indian governments have been projecting that being a religiously diverse society, India was to be developed as a secular state,...

The U.S. Army Is Turning to Robot Soldiers

Justin Bachman | Bloomberg – TRANSCEND Media Service Right now, they’re used for reconnaissance and explosives. Soon, they’ll be on the battlefield alongside troops. Then comes the hard part. The Foster-Miller TALON small-tracked military robot, designed by QinetiQ. Photographer: David Mansell/Camera Press/Redux 18 May 2018 – From the spears hurl...

Learning from Progress of China

Kiran -   IN today’s changing world, the application of cutting edge technology is fast transforming the governing pattern. The growing role of social media and government websites has also influenced ways of acquiring day-to-day knowledge about the progress of the government’s activities. Embracing the change, the Chinese government led by President Xi Jinping launc...

Indian secularism under threat: from Ahimsa to Himsa

It is very unfortunate that fundamentalism and extremism have not only plagued India’s neighbours, but have also emerged as great threats for the plural Indian state James THE fundamental goal of Buddhism is peace, not only in this world but in all the worlds. The Hindu philosophy of war and peace can be seen in sacred Hindu texts such as the Vedas, The Law of Manu and the Bhaghavad...

India State Actor in Hydro-Terrorism

PAKISTAN with the passage of time is facing increased multiple challenges on different fronts. Now with changing global ecosystem and increased warming our country is also tackling the problems of growing population, water scarcity, distribution inequalities, dilapidation of ecosystem, power breakdowns and system losses. Though country has covered small steps for power generation and utilizatio...

Fourth North-South Summit Held

Pyongyang, May 27 (KCNA) — The historic fourth north-south summit meeting and talks took place at the Thongil House in the north side area of Panmunjom on May 26, Juche 107 (2018) all of a sudden. Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, came to the Thongil Hou...

Kim Jong Un Inspects

Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, inspected the completed Koam-Tapchon Railways. Years ago, he unrolled a plan for building a large-scale fishing village zone in the areas of Koam, Tapchon and...

India State Actor in Hydro-Terrorism

PAKISTAN with the passage of time is facing increased multiple challenges on different fronts. Now with changing global ecosystem and increased warming our country is also tackling the problems of growing population, water scarcity, distribution inequalities, dilapidation of ecosystem, power breakdowns and system losses. Though country has covered small steps for power generation and utilizatio...

UN and Gaza war crimes

THE UN is all set to investigate Israel for war crimes. The specific framework of which is the targeted military aggression against Palestinians as they engaged in peaceful protests to commemorate Nakba Day or the catastrophe, while also demanding the right to return. The latest round of violence left 60 dead and some 2,700 wounded. Yet even getting this far has not been an easy path. Not le...

How minorities are exploited in India

Kiran IN the garb of secularism and world biggest democracy, India has been exploiting the minorities throughout the post-colonial period. Through a well-planned strategy, the areas inhabited with people other than Hindu majority were kept backward and deprived of basic facilities of life. The worst among all was the economic deprivation and providing no facilities for the basic education fo...

Signs of End of the Civilization and Signs of Its Rejuvenation

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service 15 May 2018 – There are many signs of end of the civilization and signs of its rejuvenation.  These difficult times do test people’s souls and minds and while we find those who fail the test (Netanyahu, Trump, Hagee, Bin Salman, etc), we do find so many that pass it and light the way for us. The ...

Head Fakes And Fertile Hopes

You can’t help marveling at our Marxist-Leninist and Maoist comrades. The odds were heavily stacked against unity – ideologically, organizationally and, yes, personally.  The drawn-out process almost validated skeptics who considered that promise little more than an electoral ploy. K.P. Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ were so tight-lipped about the su...

Press Statement by Kim Kye Gwan, First Vice- Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK

Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, made a strategic decision to put an end to the unpleasant history of the DPRK-U.S. relations and met Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state for two times during his visit to our country and took very important and broad-minded steps for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and o...

COAS Nepal Army called on Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

AS Nepal Army visit to Pakistan General Rajendra Chhetri COAS Nepal Army during his three day visit to Pakistan visited Joint Staff Headquarters on 15 May 2018. He was received by General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC ). The visiting dignitary reviewed guard of honour. Thereafter delegate level talks were held focusing on further improvement in bi...

COAS visited Pakistan

COAS Nepal Army during his visit to Pakistan visited JSHQ on 15 May 2018. He was received by CJCSC. The visiting dignitary reviewed guard of honour. Thereafter delegate level talks were held focusing on further improvement in bilateral cooperation in the field of military diplomacy. The visiting dignitary was given a comprehensive presentation on security perspective of Pak. Thereafter COAS...

A Visit without Any Agenda

Laxman - COMES 11th May: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving in Nepal; interestingly not to the capital Kathmandu but to …. Mr. Modi ,he comes back after he visited Nepal in 2014 ; only months before the devastating earthquake and less than an year before he imposed a half an year long blockade on us when we had still not recovered from the agony of earthquake. Mr. Modi’s b...

Modis Election Campaigns from Nepal

Vishal - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking BJP's Karnataka election campaign to Nepal. This isn't a new thing for him. Since 2014, he has turned every idea, platform and even his visits abroad into election campaigns. His speech at the United Nations was an election campaign, his interactions with the NRIs abroad too is an election campaign and when he inaugurates a temple in Abu...

Memories of 2015 Blockade will Haunt Modi’s Nepal Visit

Narayan Adhikari - As the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal approaches, there are indications on social media that he will face a chilly welcome.  Modi is due to arrive in the neighboring country this Friday for a two-day official visit. Notwithstanding the issues he is likely to focus onduring talks with top officials, one thing will stand out in the minds of ordin...

The L-Shaped Lump In Our Throat

Maila Baje--- What a beleaguered Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba had discharged as pre-emptive disparagement finally seems to have caught up with Prime Minister K.P. Oli. Anticipating the post-election backlash within the party, Deuba began portraying Oli’s India policy as ‘lampasarbad’. Not that the appellation was novel by any means. Any tough talker vis-&agra...

Kim Jong Un Meets U.S. Secretary of State

Pyongyang, May 10 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Wednesday met Mike Pompeo, secretary of State of the United States of America who is on a visit to the DPRK. The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un warmly greeted Mike Pompeo and sincerely congratu...

Kim Jong Un Meets Xi Jinping Again

Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, visited Dalian City of China from May 7 to 8 to meet again Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China. ...

Memories of 2015 Blockade will Haunt Modi’s Nepal Visit

Narayan Adhikari As the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal approaches, there are indications on social media that he will face a chilly welcome. Hashtags like #BlockadeWasCrimeMrModi and #ModiNotWelcome are trending. Modi is due to arrive in the neighboring country this Friday for a two-day official visit. Notwithstanding the issues he is likely to focus onduring t...

Modis Election Campaigns from Nepal

Vishal Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking BJP's Karnataka election campaign to Nepal. This isn't a new thing for him. Since 2014, he has turned every idea, platform and even his visits abroad into election campaigns. His speech at the United Nations was an election campaign, his interactions with the NRIs abroad too is an election campaign and when he inaugurates a temple in A...

The Xi-Modi Summit And Nepal

Maila Baje - http://nepalinetbook.blogspot.com/ Sunday, April 29, 2018 As far as we know, the following exchange didn’t occur during the Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Maila Baje wouldn’t be surprised if it had: Xi: Up next is Nepal. Modi: That’s a sore one for us. And the way they’ve been rubbing it in. X...

India poised tao turn SCO into SAARC?

Abid Umer - TONE of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) recent foreign minister level meeting was set by the Indian decision of not endorsing China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. But to India’s surprise, no crisis of the type occurred which India frequently keeps causing during SAARC meetings. Result of this SCO meeting was once again a Dolklam like fiasco, Indi...

Modi in China and the future of Sino-Indian ties

Saadat - JUST recently, Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi wrapped up a visit to China, the fourth since he assumes office. Indian media has projected Modi’s informal visit to Wuhan China as an indication of Sino-Indian rapprochement. One hopes this is true, as both countries are important engines of economic growth, economic globalisation and make positive contributions toward pea...

Economic geology of CPEC for regional connectivity

Najam - LIKE other parts of High Asia, the region of Gilgit-Baltistan has also served as a pivotal link between Central and South Asia for centuries. Refuting the common perception, about the region being historically isolated owing to its geographical inaccessibility, modern scholarship has proved that the region remained a major conduit for movement across the great massifs of the Himalaya, ...

I win, you win policy

I win, you win policy Brahmasiri Meetra There is no doubt one day there would be circular airport saving space, flying more plane, people are working on it; innovation and creativity has no limitation. People must innovate peace with meditation along with technology to cope and survive. Meditation is the right way to be in peace, bliss, love and liberation. What a beautiful news. North K...

India poised to turn SCO into SAARC?

Abid Umer -  TONE of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) recent foreign minister level meeting was set by the Indian decision of not endorsing China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. But to India’s surprise, no crisis of the type occurred which India frequently keeps causing during SAARC meetings. Result of this SCO meeting was once again a Dolklam like fiasco...

Full Declaration North-South Korea Summit, 27 Apr 2018

CONFLICT RESOLUTION - MEDIATION, 30 Apr 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service Official Translation Provided by the Inter-Korean Summit “During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and chairman Kim Jong ...

I win, you win policy

Brahmasiri Meetra- War is not a solution to any problem . Dialogue , diplomacy must prevail. If U. S. and North Korea go into war and trigger nuclear war there would be Third World War and humanity will loose. Nobody , no nation would win. Let's think I win , you win policy, Not I loose, you loose and all we loose policy. Humanity must prevail , peace , love and understanding must prevai...

Asifa’s Plight, a Young Kashmiri Girl

Roshan - IF one thinks that the atrocities perpetrated on Asifa by these pitiless characters would have caused outrage and revulsion in the hearts of people no matter Hindu or Muslim, they are sadly mistaken. No sooner the reports of arrests of accused were out, an uproar erupted in the Jammu area. The episode soon turned into a communal contest. When the family received Asifa’s dead ...

Indian Planning Against CPEC of BRI

Kiran INDIA, which has been opposed to China since it received a drubbing from it in the 1962 Sino-Indian War, spares no stone unturned to denigrate it. Pakistan was never accepted as a sovereign state by India and every machination in the Chanakyan book on guile and deceit has been tried out to subjugate Pakistan. India had believed that following the severance of its eastern wing in 1971, ...

ICIMOD Activity

Dear Friends, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) on 22 May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this year is Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity. To mark IBD this year, ICIMOD is organizing a writing competition for students ...

Jammu and Kashmir: Wake-up call for

BY DR. MAZHAR JAVED - Ambassador of Pakistan for Nepal - Recent wave of Indian Security Forces’ high handedness to suppress Jammu and Kashmir freedom struggle has once again challenged the world conscience; especially of those who champion or cherish the cause of human rights. The valley came under fire on 1st April with the brutal and indiscriminate use of force that resulted in the ma...

"Justice For Asifa" 8-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped And Murdered In Kathua, Kashmir

NEWS BY DABRIA PUBLISHED ON 15.APR.2018  Asifa Banu; an 8-year-old girl went missing on January 10 and after a week on January 15, her body was found in a forest near Kathua. So what actually happened to this young Muslim girl, who belongs to the Bakhewal nomadic community? The truth will hit you hard. As per the reports, she was kidnapped while grazing her horses, taken to a temple near...

Third Plenary Meeting of Seventh C.C., WPK Held in Presence of Kim Jong Un

 Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea took place in Pyongyang on April 20. Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK, guided the plenary meeting. Attending the meeting were Presidium members, members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and members and alternate ...

New Delhi’s factotum in Washington DC

Muhammad - AN article ‘Thank You, President Trump for calling out Pakistan on Terrorism’ written by Larry Pressler has recently been published in “Hindustan Times”. Larry Pressler is a 75 year old pro-Indian Republican politician from South Dakota. He is the architect of the notorious “Pressler Amendment” against Pakistan and author of the controversial book...

Pakistan : an honest partner in war on terror

Ali - THE vision of shared regional prosperity undoubtedly is linked to peace and security in the region, particularly Afghanistan, which has become the epicenter of terrorism with a spillover effect on the neighbouring countries including Pakistan. Viewed in that context the renewal of the dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a welcome development because dialogue and continued engage...

The Indian Claim to Jammu and Kashmir - Conditional Accession, Plebiscites and the Reference to the United Nations

While the date, and perhaps even the fact, of the accession to India of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in late October 1947 can be questioned, there is no dispute that at that time any such accession was presented to the world large as conditional and provisional. In his letter to the Maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir, bearing the date 27 October 1947, the Governor General of India, Lord Mountbatt...

Excerpts from 'The Myth of Indian Claim to JAMMU AND KASHMIR ??A REAPPRAISAL'

A round table talk program was organized in solidarity with the Kashmiri people who are facing worst brutalities at the hands of Indian Occupying Forces on 12 April 2108. The round table was attended by prominent journalists, think tanks, former diplomats and academicians. The participants gave valuable inputs on the Kashmir dispute. Talk program was on “Dimension of Jammu and Kashmir dis...

Dalit Community in India

Asad In a shocking judgment the Supreme Court of India has eased the bars imposed in a special law [called The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 or the Atrocities Act)] that deals with the cases of persons accused of offenses against the members of low caste communities. A two-member Supreme Court bench on 20 March 2018 held that: “Liberty can&rsq...

An Open Letter to Burmese Buddhists Concerning the Rohingya

Buddhists for Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service Letter with 72 cosigners “of Burmese Buddhist Upbringing” Denouncing Persecution of Rohingya and All Ethnic Minorities 2 Apr 2018 – As Burmese individuals of Buddhist upbringing, we have been following the crisis in Rakhine State which has caused an exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees into neighboring...

Welcome to the Land of King!

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service A Memorial Commentary on the April 4, 2018 Anniversary of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination Martin Luther King Jr, at a press conference / World Telegram & Sun photo by Walter Albertin, 8 June 1964. No known copyright restrictions Ladies and Gentlemen, I write to you today from Atlanta, Georgi...

Modi’s Kashmir myth & UN role

Ahmad - THE brutal killing of seventeen Kashmiri freedom fighters by the Indian security forces in India’s occupied Kashmir reflects on Modi’s Hindutva organised terrorism in the Valley. The policy that the BJP’s sponsored government has been applying vehemently advocates the notion that New Delhi invites scowling risks while playing game with this nuclear flash point betwe...

Carnage in Kashmir

India’s brutally violent occupation of Kashmir took yet another deadly turn on 1st April 2018 as at least 20 people were killed and another 200 injured in clashes in southern Kashmir. This was the worst loss of life in a single day for years and all of the blame needs to be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Indian government. State forces began indiscriminately firing on protes...

Boundlessly Humble Man

Eternal President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who devoted his natural disposition becoming of a great man, inexhaustible abilities and precious times to the sacred cause for achieving the freedom and happiness of the people, rejected any special favour or privilege throughout his life.   The International Friendship Exhibition House Tel...

In the Shadows: India’s Mental Health Crisis

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service 2 Apr 2018 – Among the many challenges India faces, the most under noticed is the mental health crisis. In his recent address at the  22nd convocation of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)  the President Ram Nath Kovind cautioned  that India is facing a possible ‘mental health epidemic’. &...

What a beautiful news.

Brahmasiri Meetra - North Korea has written letter to White House. It is great news for community of the nations & humanity. If US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un reached an agreement thereby achieving denuclearisation of the world not only North Korea real peaceful loving human civilisation begins on earth. President Donal Trump and Kim Jong Un would be remem...

India through the glass darkly

MAHATMA Gandhi, revered as the father of the nation for helping to free India from the British, has made a sudden exit from history. Millions of schoolchildren will never know what happened to Gandhi after independence since new textbooks have carefully scrubbed out any reference to his assassination by a militant Hindu who was once a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the mothership of...

Kim Jong Un Pays Unofficial Visit to China

Pyongyang, March 28 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 to 28 at the invitation of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, president of the People's Republic of China...

How Low Can the U.S. Go? It’s Not Just Trump!

James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service 21 Mar 2018 – The U.S. now has a lying, racist, warmongering, misogynist, narcissist, megalomaniac, corrupt billionaire businessman, reality TV personality as President. The mask is off. But it’s not just Donald J. Trump in the mirror. This is what the U.S. has beco...

Australia and Singapore Prime Ministers Help Whitewash Myanmar Genocide

Dr. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service 20 Mar 2018 – I just returned from Paris where I had a quite intense 2-day (and evening) meeting with other fellow activists deeply concerned with the plight of the Rohingyas, a small number of Rohingyas who have resettled there – some 20 years ago others less than a decade, as well as a very progressive deputee de Paris a...

Germany Supports Policy Dialogues for Transboundary Cooperation across the HKH

ICIMOD’s Deputy Director General Eklabya Sharma, ICIMOD’s Director General David Molden, Second Secretary, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Florens Vogt, and Chief Technical Advisor Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Kai Windhorst sign an agreement to support policy dialogues for transboundary cooperation across the Hindu Kush Himalaya ICIMOD’s Deputy Director General Eklabya Sharma, ICIMOD’s Director General David Molden, Second Secretary, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Florens Vogt, and Chief Technical Advisor Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Kai Windhorst sign an agreemen...

Int'l Conference for Study of Songun Politics Held in Bangladesh

The "International Conference for the Study of the Songun Politics-2018" was held in Dhaka on Feb. 15 under the co-sponsorship of the International Central Committee for the Study of the Songun Politics and the Bangladesh Group for the Study of the Songun Policy to mark the birth anniversary of leader          Kim Jong Il. Attending it w...

Stephen Hawking a great scientist

Brahmasiri Meetra - Stephen Hawking a great scientist of 20th & 21st century passed away at the age of 76 years. He has written many great books entitled " a brief history of time " " theory of everything" etc.  Wish him soul eternal peace. Stephen Hawking is talking in details about black holes, big bang, steady state, and talks about “gravitational radiat...

Rise of Hindi and Non-Hindi states in Modi’s India

Muhammad - PRIME Minister Modi has given pride of place to MPs from the Hindi-speaking states in the Union Council of Ministers. This was because of the fact that the bulk of the MPs elected from the BJP were from the Hindi-speaking states. In 1977, these states overwhelmingly voted against the Congress Party led by Indira Gandhi. The second PM from the Nehru family (and India’s only w...

Tackling poverty in a rapidly changing world: Experts recommend a collective response to common ecosystem risks

ICIMOD launched two books on ecosystem services in the HKH during the event: Wetlands in the Himalaya: Securing Services for Livelihoods, and Incentives for Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas: A cookbook for Emerging IES Practitioners in the Region. (Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD) (Kathmandu, 14 March 2018) South Asia faces the challenge of tackling persistent poverty at a time of rapid and large-scale changes in social, environmental, and economic conditions. A fairer, more equitable approach to governing environmental resources will be critical to ending poverty in the region. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the UK’s ...

Daughters of a Lesser God

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 12 Mar 2018 Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine Indigenous Women Raped for Land Grabbing Chinese Women 7 Mar 2018 – While women worldwide have organised massive demonstrations to claim for their due legitimate rights on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, tens of thousands of women and girls are &ldq...

U.S. Holocaust Museum Revokes Award to Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Michael Schwirtz – The New York Times Myanmar’s civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has failed to “condemn and stop the military’s brutal campaign” against the Rohingya minority, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum said in stripping her of its Elie Wiesel Award. Credit Hein Htet/European Pressphoto Agency 7 Mar 2018 – The United St...

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman on DPRK-U.S. Dialogue

 Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on March 3 as regards the attitude of the United States taken after we have stated our intention for DPRK-U.S. dialogue: Recently, with regard to the DPRK-U.S. dialogue, the U.S. is taking preposterous action by continuing to trumpet an insis...

Kim Jong Un Meets Members of Delegation of Special Envoy of S. Korean President

 Pyongyang, March 6 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, met members of the delegation of the special envoy of the south Korean president who arrived in Pyongyang on Monday. Present there were Jong Ui Yong, chief o...

India: An apartheid State

Mohammad - THE Readers Club held launching ceremony of the book titled ‘India: an apartheid state’ authored by Dr. Junaid Ahmad. He is an accomplished academician who took upon himself the task to expose the true face of India in his well-researched book, and came to the conclusion that India had emerged as an apartheid state totally dominated by the Hindu fundamentalists. The auth...

U.S. Hit for Bringing Clouds of War to Hang over Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK issued the following press statement on Sunday: Respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un affirmed his will in his New Year Address to make strenuous efforts to improve inter-Korean relations, create a peaceful environment on the Korean peninsula and ensure a successful holding of Phyo...

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Suhasini Haider Perceived proximity to Sikh extremist groups takes away warmth expected during the Canadian Prime Minister's ongoing visit. Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing ...

Why India is being really rude to Justin Trudeau

Shivam Vij  INDIA is giving Canada’s Justin Trudeau a royal snub. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi routinely lands up at the airport to receive world dignitaries. From the moment a world leader sets foot on Indian soil, Modi’s photo ops begin. Who can forget the famous Modi hug reserved for world leaders? Modi’s Canadian counterpart, Trudeau, is equally an...

World Day of Social Justice: The People’s Revolution Is on the March

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service The United Nations General Assembly in Resolution A/RES/62/10 proclaimed 20 February of each year as the World Day of Social Justice with an emphasis on the reduction of poverty in the spirit of the “People’s Revolution.” The term “the People’s Revolution” was first officially used by Henry A. Wallac...

Indian Drumbeaters of War

Muhammad - THE war hysteria flamed by the Indian government after the attack on its soldier last 2nd Week of February 2018 in Indian held Kashmir is sheer stupidity. Recent reckless and irresponsible statement comes from Indian Defence Minister Narmila Sitharam. Ms. Sitharam’s account includes some very immature words like “Pakistan will have to pay for misadventure.” Mr Nar...

Zigzag Kilns Hold Promise for 'Greening' South Asia's Brick Sector

Group Photo of the Participants (Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD) Kathmandu, Nepal (16 February, 2018) –  Brick kilns rank among the most notorious sources of pollution in South Asia, emitting thick black smoke filled with carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter such as black carbon. However, for brick manufacturers, adopting other forms of kiln technology has meant reducing brick quality and overall productivity. So, how to...

U.S. and Japan Flayed for Hampering Improvement of Inter-Korean Relations

10 Feb 14, 2018 Pyongyang, February 13 (KCNA) -- The director-general of the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK issued a statement on Tuesday over the fact that the United States and Japan, taken aback by stirring atmosphere of improvement and reconciliation in the inter-Korean relations, are running amuck to put whatever obstacles on this deve...

मुटुभित्र पनि राष्ट्र हुनुपर्छ

राजन कार्की - देशभक्त हुनका लागि पार्टीको सिद्धान्तमात्र राष्ट्रवादी भएर पुग्दैन, पार्टी हााक्ने नेताको मुटुभित्र पनि राष्ट्र हुनुपर्छ । सिद्धान्त बगारेर राष्ट्रवादी बन्नु र देशको एक खण्डको मात्र माँग गर्नु भनेको भनेको लेण्डुप, मिर्जाफर हुनु हो जो कहिल्यै राष्ट्रवादी हुन सकेनन् । इतिहासको पन्नामा सरापमा सिमि तबनेका छन् । । अरस्तुले भनेका थिए– भूगोलको जानकारी बिना राजनीतिको ज्ञानमा ब...

Taking Care Of Tomorrow

Maila Baje  @- http://nepalinetbook.blogspot.com/ Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress have improvised an innovative coping mechanism for the party’s dismal electoral performance. By exhibiting its version of Churchillian magnanimity in defeat, the caretaker government has begun to agitate the incoming leftist administration. The series of populist measures De...

The Road Ahead

Message from the Director General  Last December more than 400 experts on climate change and climate change resilience gathered on our campus in Kathmandu to discuss ways to help HKH communities prepare for shocks, recover from shocks, and bounce forward stronger than before.  This was our Resilient HKH conference and it proved a fitting way to end a successful 201...

Kashmir — the subcontinent’s unfinished dispute

The permanent members of UN Security Council must put pressure on India to take steps for the resolution of the longstanding Kashmir issue. India must also be stopped from using force against the innocent Kashmiris demanding freedom Rahman The independence declared by the British government through India Independence Act 1947 will remain incomplete if the problem of Kashmir persists. Kashmiri...

Kashmir: A wanting UN role

Muhammad Khan - ESTABLISHMENT of the United Nations was a beacon of hope for the entire world, which witnessed the brutalities of two world wars (WW-I and WW-II). Article-1 of the UN Charter clearly described the right of self-determination as basis of this world regulating body (UN). The article says, “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of ...

India’s baseless opposition to CPEC

Regional development is possible through CPEC if India looks at this project through the prism of development and not enmity  Asia India’s constant opposition to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not affect the project in any way. It is purely a development project and there is no reason to restrain the development work in the disputed areas. India is reiterating that CP...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Newly-Remodeled Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory

Pyongyang, February 1 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the newly-remodeled Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory. Looking at the factory with a bright smile on his face, he said that all buildings are neat and fine and environment around the factory is clean and it can be seen that great efforts were made to do so. He went round the room for the educ...

How Will I Explain Extremist Buddhism to My Children?

RELIGION, 29 Jan 2018 Khin Mai Aung | Lion’s Roar – TRANSCEND Media Service Khin Mai Aung once worried her children would pick up dogmatic views from her husband’s Catholic faith. Now, she struggles to explain to them the terrible violence in Myanmar, her country of birth — incited by members of her own faith, Buddhism. A soldier stands guard in Myanmar’...

Kim Il Sung and His Exploits in Building a Regular Army in the DPRK

The Korean People’s Army, the regular army of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was born on February 8, 1948. To look back farther, the Anti-Japanese People’s Guerrilla Army (later reorganized as the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army) was founded on April 25, 1932 by Kim Il Sung, eternal President of the DPRK, when Korea was under the Japanese military occupa...

Mergers & Acquisitions: Creating Value For Stakeholders

Just as the unification of our supreme comrades appeared to have gathered pace, the only communist ex-premier outside the process has likened it to the merger of two banks. K.P. Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, the leaders of the Unified Marxist-Leninists (UML) and the Maoist Centre respectively, engaged in a three-hour one-on-one session the other day. What actuall...

Indian Republic Day, Black day for Kashmiris

Muhammad EVERY year, January 26 is celebrated by India as the Republic Day. But, the Day is being observed by the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and all over the world, including their Pakistani brethren as the Black Day in protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir. This time, the very day has come at a time when the people of Kashmir have accelerated their l...

Kim Jong Un gave guidance

Pyongyang, January 25 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, together with Ri Sol Ju, gave field guidance to the Pyongyang Pharmaceutical Factory. He went round the rooms dedicated to education in the revolutionary history and to the history of t...

Spokesman for Korea-Asia Association on Deeds of Fanning Tension in Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang, January 25 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korea-Asia Association on Thursday gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA over "A Resolution on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula" which was adopted at the 26th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vietnam: The 26th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) held recently in Vietnam adopte...

China and Pakistan unique friendship stands out as a milestone towards the foundation of a new world order

Elenoire Laudieri Di Biase - IT is a well-known fact that China and Pakistan have long been connected by strong ties of friendship and cooperation and U.S. President Donald Trump’s unwarranted Twitter attack on Pakistan has further drawn them together if there ever was any need for it. China’s immediate show of support for Pakistan came as no surprise as the two countries have ...

नेताजीहरु, रत्नमाला बन्ने कि पुतना नै रहने र?

राजन कार्की - आफ्नो स्तनबाट विषाक्त दुध पिलाएर श्रीकृष्णलाई मार्न आएकी पुतनालाई श्रीकृष्णले दुध पान गरेरै बध गरिदिए । तर, नरकमा होइन, गोलोकको बल्कोनीमा सम्मानपूर्वक बसाले । हाम्रा नजरमा ती राक्षसनी थिइन्, तर श्रीकृष्णका नजरमा पुतना, रत्नमाला थिइन् रे । वर्तमान कालखण्डमा नेताहरु पुतनाभन्दा कम छैनन् । सार्वभौम जनता भनेका श्रीकृष्ण नै हुन्, यी जनतालाई विषपान गराइरहेका छन् तैपनि जनता यिनलाई स...

Indian Navy Officer, Commander Kulbhushan Yadav

Yasir - IT needs no justification or clarification that Indian media is expert in creating controversies and culpabilities and later deny the facts smartly. Constructing manipulations on Yadav issue is an old saga now which began when he was captured in March 2016. India has never accepted Pakistan’s creation and time and again certain roguish activities and blame game against Pakistan m...

The Persons Who Changed the Lives of Terrorists and Criminals

Surya Nath Prasad, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service 12 Jan 2018 – No doubt, we all have potentialities to be divine or devil or slave, it depends on our awareness and practice or non-awareness and non-practice of the potential elements, viz. body, vitality, mind, intellect and spirit, within all of us. But situation is that we all are terrorists and violent, it is a matter of...

Reworking the Colonial-Era “Indian Peril”: Myanmar’s State-directed Persecution of Rohingyas and Other Muslims

Maung Zarni & Natalie Brinham - TRANSCEND Media Service “It would be best if they were not here. I do not want to see them in this country. Since the dawn of history Indians have been the leaders of attacks against the Burmans on behalf of the white faces.” — Saithan (Burmese writer), New Light of Burma, 6th June 19371 “(Buddhist) Brother, you might alre...

U.S. Accused of Convening FMs' Meeting of Countries Participated in Korean War

January  19, 2018 Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on January 18 as regards the foreign ministers' meeting of the countries that participated in the Korean War, recently convened by the U.S. together with Canada: The U.S., in collusion with Canada ...

Abe Group Accused of Further Clinging to Sanctions and Pressure Campaign against DPRK

January 19, 2018 Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Institute for Studies of Japan of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by the KCNA on January 18 regarding the fact that the Abe group is further clinging to the sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK: During his recent tour of some European countries, Japanese prime minis...

Why India violates ceasefire line ?

Muhammad DURING the first three weeks of 2018 (January 1 to January 20, 2018), there has been continuous firing from Indian Army and BSF across the ceasefire line (Line of Control). This incessant firing include firing from heavy weapons as well as small arms, killing dozens and injuring hundreds with massive damage to property and villages all along. From Sialkot, Working Boundary to Line of ...

Why Rock The Boat(s) When You Don't Want To Swim?

Maila Baje - http://nepalinetbook.blogspot.com/ As the unification/power ritual deepens on our theoretically triumphant left, the Nepali Congress-led government is exhibiting fewer signs of having been beaten. The Maoist Center, the putative half of those so eager to push Nepal’s red-hued rejuvenation, still holds on to ministerial berths although its representatives have had no assigne...

How the Heroin Trade Explains the US-UK Failure in Afghanistan

Alfred W McCoy – The Guardian After 16 years and $1tn spent, there is no end to the fighting – but western intervention has resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s first true narco-state. The Guardian photo 9 Jan 2018 – After fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could this be possib...

Sikhs in Indian crosshairs again

Muhammad - Ethnic and religious insurgency in India knows no bounds. There are more than 22 Indian states which are plagued with separatist movements. The most visible is Indian Occupied Kashmir, where Indian forces have tried to subdue the Muslims through brute force and since 1989, when the Kashmiris arose in open rebellion; more than 100,000 innocent Kashmiris have been martyred. The other...

US’s double standards and Pakistan

It is only Pakistan-US cooperation in fighting terrorism that served the US national security interests as well as the larger interests of the international community Ahmad THE uneasy Pak-US ties since Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy suffered a new year set back when on Monday Trump accused Islamabad of lying. This is really not the first time Pakistan has been accused or blamed. In hi...

Kim Jong Un Inspects State Academy of Sciences

Pyongyang, January 12 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the State Academy of Sciences. The Supreme Leader accompanied by officials made a bow before the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leaderKim Jong Il at the academy. He went round the newly remodeled revolutionary museum there. Watching with keen interest the valuable ...

FM Spokesman Flays U.S. Trumpeting about "Religious Freedom"

Pyongyang, January 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Institute for American Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on January 11 as regards the fact that the U.S. Department of State re-listed the DPRK as a "state of special concern for religious freedom". On December 22, 2017, Lex Tillerson, secretary of State of...

Trump: Blatant belligerence

Jaspal - OVER the past year, Pakistan has faced immense challenges in its dealings with the Trump Administration. The Americans incapacity to accomplish their desired objectives in Afghanistan and transformation in the global politics influenced negatively Pakistan-United States strategic partnership. The mantra of ‘do-more’, unsubstantial accusations, and above all intimidations f...

Ideal Statesman

Today the international community has a keen interest in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as it is making remarkable progress in the struggle for the defence of its sovereignty and against the sanctions and blockade by the US and its vassal forces. They admire its leader, calling him an ideal statesman in the present era who is possessed of ennobling personality and all-round abi...

Kim Jong Un Makes New Year Address

Dear fellow countrymen and brave service personnel of the People's Army, Dear compatriots, Today, recollecting with great pleasure and pride and deep emotion the proud achievements we performed last year through our diligent and worthwhile labour and sincere efforts and by the sweat of our brow, we are all seeing in the new year 2018 with fresh hopes and expectations. Greeting the ...

अन्याय कति सहिरहने ?

shaswot sharma- गरीव देशका लागि सबैभन्दा खर्चिलो शासन व्वस्था नेपालमा सस्थागत हुन गइरहेको छ । तीन तहको चुनाव सम्पन्न भएर गत शुक्रवार नेपाल सरकारले पठाएको राष्ट्रियसभा गठन सम्बन्धि अध्यादेश राष्ट्रपतिबाट स्वीकृ तभएपछि अव गणतन्त्र, संघीयता र धर्मनिरपेक्षता संस्थागत हुने बाटो खुलेको हो । राष्ट्रिय सभाको चुनाव भइसकेपछि प्रतिनिधिसभा र राष्ट्रिय सभाको संघीय संसदको निर्माण हुनजानेछ भने अर्कातिर सम्पूर...

Ending War Now

Jerry Alatalo – TRANSCEND Media Service “Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that hold out any promise of peace, the courage of supra-national security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide.” – Albert Einstein’s last written words, Apr 1955. Quoted by Otto Na...

संविधानले द्रौपदीको नियति नभोगोस्

राजन कार्की - द्रौपदी : नारी मान, नारी सम्मान, इज्जत र गौरव । जब नारीको इज्जत लुटिन्छ, तव महाभारत हुन्छ, सत्ययुगमा भयो, यो त आधुनिकताले मानवाधिकारको ढोल बजाइरहेको युग । हाम्रो संविधान सिरानमा राखेर सुत्न सकिने त भएन भएन, कम्तिमा यसको इज्जत राख्न त सक्नुपर्‍यो, त्यति पनि सकिएन र संविधानलाई पार्टीपिच्छेका स्वार्थको दुशासनले बलात्कार गर्न थालियो भने राजनीति कहाँ पुग्ला ? त्यसै पनि जनयुद्ध, ज...

Indian security forces using chemical weapons against innocent Kashmiris

Muhammad - INDIA’S persistent use of chemical weapons to annihilate the Muslim inhabitants of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) is assuming alarming proportions. In July 2017, Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had accused Indian security forces of using deadly chemical weapons to kill Kashmiris and destroy their properties in IOK. The accusation was bas...

अव कांग्रेस कसरी अघि बढ्छ ?

काठमाडौं । आम निर्वाचनमा कांग्रेसले बेइजतिपूर्ण हार खाए पछि कांग्रेसभित्र आत्ममिमांसा हुनसकेको छैन । हारको कारण केलाउन र आगामी दिनमा पार्टीलाई कुन नीति र रणनीतिबाट मजबुत पार्ने भनेर तय गर्न कांग्रेसी नेताहरुले केन्द्रिय समिति, महासमिति र महाधिबेशनकै माग गर्न थालेका छन् । तर चुनाव हारेपछि नैतिक आधारमा राजीनामा दिएर कामचलाउ सरकार चलाउनु पर्ने प्रधानमन्त्री देउवा अनैतिक बनेर राजीनामा दिइरहेका छैनन...

Cry, Beloved Country

Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom – TRANSCEND Media Service 23 Dec 2017 – Anyone proposing the death penalty is either a complete fool, an incorrigible cynic or mentally disturbed – or all of these. There is no effective therapy for any of these defects. I wouldn’t even try. A fool would not understand the overwhelming evidence for the conclusion. For a cynic, advoc...

In 2017, the World Let another ‘Genocide’ Unfold

HUMAN RIGHTS, 25 Dec 2017 Ishaan Tharoor | The Washington Post – Chicago Tribune A Rohingya Muslim woman shouts for help as a relative lies unconscious after the boat they were traveling in capsized minutes before reaching shore at Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sept. 14, 2017. 18 Dec 2017 – The volume of utterly horrifying stories emerging from Myanmar can feel overwhelming...

China Has India Surrounded In Their New Great Game

Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan -- Beijing is pulling South Asia into its orbit By Yuji Kuronuma   Think of South Asia as a giant Othello board. The squares are countries and slices of coveted territory. The players trying to cover the board with their black or white pieces are China and India. In the current round, China is winning. The latest square to come under Beijing's sway...

Seeing What We Don’t See

Maila Baje - Sunday, December 24, 2017 Behind the demonstrable post-election squabbling may lurk any number of things. The leftist alliance’s resounding poll victory has laid bare the perils of political preemption as an electoral strategy. The unification of the Marxist-Leninist and Maoist factions of our communist fraternity is proving trickier than their votaries made it out to be. ...

Unbounded Inspection Trips

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, inspects one army unit after another, drawing international attention. His inspection trips have a few characteristics. First, they are beyond the limits of time and space. Rain or shine, he tours army units all the year round–New Year’s Day, cold winter, hot summer, national holidays, Sundays, etc. Sometimes hi...

CPEC as digital Silk Road

Yaasir – In the backdrop of the 4th World Internet Conference held in China envisioning Digital Silk Road along Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) routes, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is making its inroads to emerge as high tech digital corridor. As BRI aims to lay down the network of highways, railways, seaways, airways, bridges and ports, the Digital Silk Road along the CPEC ro...

Tangling Anew With Tilts And Tugs

Mailabaje, nepalinetbook.com -  The geo-strategic narrative that was gradually building in the run-up to our elections has begun to boom across the neighborhood and beyond. If the Chinese are as thrilled about the leftist sweep in our federal and provincial polls as we are being told they are, they certainly won’t be showing it. They are more likely to continue their admonitions ...

मुनीको अर्को खुनी हमला

काठमाडौं । सधैं नेपालविरुद्ध खुनी विचार राख्दै आएका भारतका नेपालविद भनिने एसडी मुनीले फेरि अर्को खुनी हमला गरेका छन् । उनका अनुसार भारतले वामोर्चालाई चुनाव जिताइदिएको हो । अव यो वाम गठबन्धन फुटाउनु हुन्न, त्यो भारतका लागि आत्मघाती हुनेछ । क्या गजब, मधेसमा मधेसवादी र अन्य क्षेत्रमा लोकतान्त्रिक गठबन्धनलाई जिताउन लागेको भारतीय दूतावासको चर्तिकला देखिएकै हो, अव नेपाली जनताले जनादेश वाममोर्चालाई द...

Eternal Leader of the Korean People

Six years have passed since the demise of Kim Jong Il (December 17, 2011). In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, he is still held in high esteem as the eternal leader of the nation; he will always live in the hearts of the Korean people. His ideas and lines serve as the eternal banner illuminating the road ahead of them. He developed the Juche idea and Songun idea created by...

India-sponsored turbulence in Balochistan

Shaukat–  IT IS so easy to spatter on others without eloquent facts and having knowledge about ground realities. For Kashmir it’s not just Pakistan who openly speaks about Indian atrocities in IHK but the worldwide human rights watchdog reports are enough as eye-opener. Kashmir diaspora has not emerged in a day but the decades old violations of human rights and freedom struggl...

वामलहर आयो, विकास लहर आउला ?

राजन कार्की - आयो दशैं ढोल बजाई गयो दशैं ऋण बोकाई । दशैंका सम्बन्धमा यस्तो भनाई प्रचलित छ । आयो चुनाव दशैं बनेर, गयो चुनाव दशा बनेर भन्न नपरोस् । चुनावी परिणाम आइरहदा वामलहर आयो, यसैगरी वामलहरले विकासको लहर चलाउनुपर्छ । कम्युनिष्टतन्त्र भनेर विनासलीला देखाउने काम हुनु दुर्भाग्य हुनेछ । दोश्रो चरणको निर्वाचन सम्पन्न भए लगत्तै मतगणना सुरु हुँदा वामलहर सुनामी बनेरै देखियो, जनादेश वाममोर्चाकै...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Samjiyon County

Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to various units in Samjiyon County. The respected Supreme Leader paid tribute to leader Kim Jong Il before his statue in Samjiyon County. He appreciated the ...

Kim Jong Un Climbs Mt Paektu

Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, climbed Mt Paektu, the sublime mountain of revolution. The ancestral mountain Paektu covered with white snow was displaying marvelous scene with glee at the reappearance of its great master. ...

MOPE and ICIMOD Close International Conference on Resilience

Experts renew the call for collective and inclusive action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya A group photo of participants to the conference (Photo:Jitendra Raj Bajracharya) (6 December 2017, Kathmandu) After four days of invigorating discussion on resilience issues in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Nepal’s Ministry of Population and the ...

Nepal’s Left Alliance Win Majority: Chinese Media

In their article in Chinese media Global Times the author duo said that looking at the current situation, the left alliance led by CPN-UML and CPN-MC is likely to win in more than half of the electoral districts, yet a definitive victory is still hard to say Zhang Jiadong, the Chinese scholar, and Sagar Neupane, a Nepalese researcher of Chinese University predicted that Nepal’s left al...

ICIMOD and Radiant.Earth Establish Strategic Cooperation to Advance Earth Observation Applications and SDG Progress

Kathmandu, Nepal (8 December, 2017) – The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development(ICIMOD) and Radiant.Earth have signed a strategic partnership agreement for knowledge and technology transfer of Earth observation (EO). Under this agreement, the parties will establish and implement innovative EO and geospati...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Newly-built Samjiyon Potato Farina Production Factory

Pyongyang, December 6 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the newly-built Samjiyon Potato Farina Production Factory. He was briefed on the factory before a map showing the bird's eye view of it. The factory, with ...

Rohingya Women Sold as Sex Slaves in Bangladesh

HUMAN RIGHTS, 4 December 2017 Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service Rohingya girls and women in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are being sold as sex slaves, according to a victim and aid agencies. 3 Dec 2017 – Fifteen-year-old Khartoun* told Al Jazeera she was sold into sex slavery after she arrived in Bangladesh by boat to escape a brutal military crackdown....

Padmavati, machination or Indian insanity?

Hali - Since the advent of Narendra Modi’s BJP government in New Delhi in 2014, its Hindutva policy seems to have completely saffron- washed India’s half-hearted attempts at portraying itself as a secular society. Recently, Hindu extremists in India have risen in protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic period drama Padmavati, and are threatening to bu...

BCIM corridor vs CPEC

SHAUKAT all controversies and debates on CPEC, this project is undergoing major developments, thus giving a befitting reply to the opponents and adversaries of Pakistan and CPEC venture. Year 2016 and 2017 brought noteworthy evolvement in CPEC where people witnessed Pak-China friendship prospering and prompt expansion work being done under CPEC. Today, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) h...

Maldives trade deal with China

TNN | NEW DELHI: Setting off fresh concerns over China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives government+ has signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Beijing without taking the country's opposition, or even the people, into confidence. According to the Maldives opposition, the archipelago already owes almost 70% of its debt to China. Maldives remains the only country in ...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Amnokgang Tire Factory

dec.3, 2017 Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the Amnokgang Tire Factory which successfully carried out the task for producing tires prioritized by the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). He shook hands with each official and thanked them for their trouble, saying that the workers of the factory solved the issue desired by...

FM Spokesman on Planned Joint Aerial Drill by U.S. and S. Korea

Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Saturday made public the following statement: The U.S. is planning to carry out the largest-ever joint aerial drill with its south Korean stooges targeting the DPRK from December 4 to 8 and push the current touch-and-go situation of the Korean peninsula to a flare-...

Regional energy centre discussed for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Participants to the two-day regional workshop (Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD) 02 December 2017 Kathmandu, Nepal – In a regional workshop, fifty energy experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan discussed the technical and institutional design of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (HCREEE...

DPRK Gov't Statement on Successful Test-fire of New-Type ICBM

    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced the following statement Wednesday over the successful test-fire of new-type ICBM: The test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15, newly developed under the political resolution and strategic decision of the Workers' Party of Korea, was successf...

Kim Jong Un Inspects Newly-built Sunchon Catfish Farm

Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the newly built Sunchon Catfish Farm. He looked round the mosaic depicting the benevolent image of leader Kim Jong Il erected in the compound of the farm and then was briefed on the farm before a map showing the bird's eye view of it. The farm, with a total floor space of more than 24 120 square meters, consi...

स्वास्थ्यका लागि पानीमा भ्रष्टाचार

धर्मरत्न श्रेष्ठ - नेपाल स्वास्थ्यका लागि पानी भन्ने नेवा एनजीओले आर्थिक हिनामिना गर्नुसम्म गरेछ । समाज कल्याण परिषदले छानबिन गर्दा भ्रष्टाचार पत्ता लाग्यो । भूकम्पपीडितका लागि सहयोग गर्न भनेर यो संस्थाले सहयोग कम, हेलिकोप्टरब ढी चढेको बिल बनाएर डकार्नु डकारेछ । टीए, डीए, हेलिकोप्टरलगायतका बिल मिलाएर भ्रष्टाचार गर्ने संस्थाहरुमध्ये यो त उदाहरणमात्र हो । छानबिन गर्ने र कारवाही गर्ने हो भने नेपा...

मतदाताले निर्णय गर्ने बेला

राजन कार्की - स्थानीय निर्वाचनपछि प्रदेश र प्रतिनिधिसभाको निर्वाचनको पहिलो चरण सम्पन्न भएको छ । यो जनादेशले स्वराजको परिकल्पनालाई पूरा गर्नेछ तर यो स्वराजको आवरणमा सुशासन, सेवामुखीलाई सरल सेवा र सरकार छ भन्ने अनुभूति गराउला कि उही मनलागीतन्त्र चलाएर भ्रष्टाचारालाई मलजल नै गर्ला ? यो प्रश्न बढी सान्दर्भिक यसकारण पनि छ कि खर्चालु चुनाव, उमेदवारका तिलस्मी प्रचार र मतदाताका विश्वास र पार्टीकरणले...

FM Spokesman Blasts U.S. for Re-listing DPRK as "Sponsor of Terrorism"

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on Wednesday as regards the fact that the U.S. re-listed the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism": On November 21, the U.S. made a scene of re-listing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a "state sponsor of terrorism". Following Tr...

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the “second notice” to humanity warns of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual is upended. “Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere,” over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter publis...

The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service 20 Nov 2017 – I am working on a book titled The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales. A pdf file of a first draft of the book can be freely downloaded HERE. I urge you to download this file and to send the link or file to friends who might be interested. Also, if you have a website, please publish it there. Some...

ICIMOD and NEA Launch Solar Energy System

Excess solar energy will be sent to the national grid and help reduce load shedding in Nepal   Kulman Ghising (left), Managing Director for the Nepal Electricity Authority, and David Molden (right), Director General of ICIMOD cut a red ribbon to inaugurate ICIMOD’s solar energy system.   The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and th...

Kim Jong Un guidance

Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the Sungri Motor Complex which successfully carried out the task for producing new style trucks given by the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) by displaying the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance. He went round the Sungrisan Revolutionary Museum, the room dedicated to the history of the ...

Afghanistan Opium Production Jumps 87 Per Cent to Record Level – UN Survey

UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service 15 Nov 2017 – A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said today in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017. “It is high time for the international community and Afg...

Religious Freedom

Huma Yusuf THE State Department recently missed its legal deadline for designating ‘Countries of Particular Concern’, a list of nations that violate religious freedom in a “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” manner. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the body that recommends which countries should be designated, criticised the State Department for t...

India’s Power Dilemma Vs Peace Diplomacy

Syed ASHLEY J Tellis who occupies the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has recently argued that in the current environment a continued dialogue between India and Pakistan will not bring peace in South Asia. He says that the Pakistan Army should also be persuaded to acquiesce to the current territorial and strategic realities involving India and...

With the Rohingya of Myanmar: Haunting Images of the World’s Next Genocide

HUMAN RIGHTS, 13 November 2017 Jerry Adler – Yahoo News 4 Nov 2017 – In Paula Bronstein’s photographs of the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, there are no shoes. Men, women and children trudge wearily along the embankments of rice paddies, wade muddy rivers, or pick their way across flimsy bridges of lashed-together bamboo poles, all in their bare feet and carrying alm...

Changing the “War No More” Sentiment of Armistice Day to the War-Glorifying Propaganda of Veterans Day

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service 99 years ago, on 11-11-1918, at precisely 11 am Paris time, a cease-fire (aka “truce” or “armistice”) was agreed to and signed by military negotiators from France, Britain and Germany. The terms of the truce ultimately resulted in the end of the “War to End All Wars” 7 months later when the T...

Kim Jong Un Visits Kumsong Tractor Factory

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory which successfully carried out the task for production of new-type tractors, entrusted by the Party, in the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance. He looked round the room for e...

CPEC worries India

Ahmad - The multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, not only a game changer in Pakistan also for the SAARC region, has raised apprehensions in India. In June 2015, barely two months after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans of investment US$ 46 billion to develop infrastructure and energy projects in Pakistan as part of CPEC. It was unacceptable for India China’s ...

Indian Propaganda on Balochistan

Mohammad -  THE province of Balochistan, constituting 43% of total Pakistani landmass, has been bestowed with tremendous potentials of natural resources with high mountain barriers and a long coastal area. The people of the province are hard working, tough, intelligent and loyal to their motherland. Robert D. Kaplan writes about the Balochistan province of Pakistan as, “One key to i...

Trump's Visit Is Business Trip: DPRK FM Spokesperson

A spokesperson of the DPRK Foreign Ministry Saturday made public the following statement: Trump went on his first tour of Asia since he took office and is bustling about in the surrounding region of our country from the 5th day of this month. His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence. It...

challenges and opportunities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

PhotoHKH: Capturing Change across the Hindu Kush Himalaya   ...

India is neither secular nor democracy

Mohammad -  SINCE the cold-blooded murder of Burhan-ud-din Wani last July, an unprecedented movement and open rebellion against illegitimate occupation of India has been witnessed in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Indian armed forces continue with its killing spree and a large number of the dead and injured have been youngsters. The pellet guns used by security forces have damaged the faces of ...

Trump: Injudicious policy

PAKISTAN is encountering internal and  external challenges. The transnational  terrorist organizations with the support of Indian intelligence and collusion of local radicalised militant groups target the innocent people of Pakistan. The Eastern and Western neighbours plus the United States have continuously been maligning Pakistan. Ironically, the ruling elite of these states makes P...

Kim Jong Un Inspects March 16 Factory

Pyongyang, November 4 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the March 16 Factory and set forth the task for its updating. He looked round rooms devoted to the education in revolutionary history and to the history of the factory,...

The Kennedy Assassination

Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service 28 Oct 2017 – Dear Readers, some of you are pushing me to continue with the Las Vegas shooting story while others are asking to know what to make of the release of files pertaining to President Kennedy’s assassination. I appreciate that you are interested and are unsatisfied with official explanations. My answer is that w...

Micro Insurance: A Critical Need for India’s Poor

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service 27 Oct 2017 – Finance is the cementing force that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right situation. To borrow and save is to move money from the future to the present or from the present to the future. To insure is to move money from a “good” si...

Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance

Pyongyang, October 29 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, together with Ri Sol Ju, gave field guidance to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory which has turned into a model and standard for the nation's cosmetics factories. After seeing the mosaic of leader Kim Jong Il titled "To Provide Our People with Better Cosmetics," respected Supreme Leader Kim ...

Spokesperson of NSGC of DPRK Slams U.S. Despicable Sanctions

Pyongyang, October 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson of the National Sports Guidance Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Thursday issued a press statement. It said: Today, the frantic campaign of sanctions and pressure led by the U.S. against the DPRK is stretching its tentacles deep into the area of sports as well. The U.S. has included various kinds of sports equipment ...

WHY KASHMIRIS OBSERVE OCTOBER 27 AS BLACK DAY

By : Muhammad Raza Malik   Background  October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe it as Black Day. This is the day, when, in 1947, India sent its armed forces to Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan and a...

In China, a New Political Era Begins

Matthew Massee | Daily Digests – Other News Bloomberg 20 Oct 2017 – Blending the policies of his predecessors, the Chinese president is trying to liberalize with an iron fist. The world has changed since modern China was founded, and it seems that China, not for the first time, is changing with it. When Mao Zedong established the republic in 1949, having fought a...

India’s Civil Code Tinderbox

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant ‘identity’ (‘this is your duty as an American’, ‘you must commit these acts as a Muslim’, or ‘as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement’) is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priorit...

Kim Jong Un Visits Modernized Ryuwon Footwear Factory

Date: October 20, 2017 Pyongyang, October 19 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, together with Ri Sol Ju gave field guidance to the Ryuwon Footwear Factory which has been turned into a model in the country's footwear industry. He went to the ...

Mainstreaming Human Mobility

FB_IMG_1508158870573Experts and policymakers in Pakistan stress the need for a shared understanding of human mobility across national policies on climate change, sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction   Islamabad, 17 October 2017 Increasing human mobility in Pakistan and throughout South Asia has a complex association with other important aspects of development in the region, such a...

We Need Their Voices Today! (17) Albert Einstein

John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service Introduction This is a collection of biographical sketches showing people whose wise voices from the past can help to guide us today. All of the women and men, brief glimpses of whose lives and ideas are portrayed here, gave a high place to compassion. None of them was a slave to greed. We need their voices today! [Note from TM...

‘Sri Lanka and Myanmar Are Ethnocratic States’ – Dr Maung Zarni

Bashana Abeywardane | Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka – TRANSCEND Media Service Maung Zarni 9 Oct 2017 – ‘Enemy of the State’ screamed the banner headline of a Burmese national newspaper in September, featuring full page photograph of Maung Zarni. More hatred follows, a week later. “These publications are run by a web of cronies, milita...

The Ins And Outs Of It, Here And There

Sunday, October 15, 2017/ @nepalinetbook.com Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and his Naya Shakti barely lasted a week in the new left alliance.  If anything, that record gives some respectability to Pashupati Shamsher Rana’s desire to reunite his faction of the Rastriya Prajantra Party (RPP) with Kamal Thapa’s group, merely two months after breaking away. As Thapa returned to the cabi...

Is Nepal headed towards a communist state?

http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2017/10/nepal-headed-communist-state-171014095129113.html Subina Shrestha As Nepal woke up this month from the slumber of Dashain holidays, a political bombshell sent alarm bells ringing across the country. Nepal's communist parties announced that they were forming a pan-leftist alliance, a combined communist force that would eventually become Nepal&#3...

Kim Jong Un Makes Congratulatory Visit to Mangyongdae Revolutionary School

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, made a congratulatory visit to Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on its 70th founding anniversary. Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was greeted by Army Major General O Ryong Thaek, rector of the school, and other le...

Kim Jong Un and dprk

Oct. 8, 2017 The Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea took place in the capital city of Pyongyang on Oct. 7, Juche 106 (2017). Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), guided the meeting. Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee and members of the Central Auditing Commission of ...

चुनाव सार्न प्रधानमन्त्री देउवामाथि अमेरिका र भारतको यस्तो दवाव

रातोपाटी संवाददाता             काठमाडौं– प्रदेशसभा र प्रतिनिधिसभा निर्वाचनको मुखमा तीन प्रमुख दलले बामगठबन्धन बनाएपछि उत्पन्न राजनीतिक परिस्थितिमाथि अहिले नेपालस्थित शक्ति राष्ट्रका कुटनीतिक नियोगहरु निकै सक्रिय देखिएका छन् । दुई ...

ICIMOD awarded Asia Geospatial Leadership Award

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been awarded the Asia Geospatial Leadership Award for Sustainable Community Development in acknowledgement of its long-standing contributions to promoting and using geospatial technologies in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. YB Datuk Ir Haji Hamim Samuri, the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, present...

India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service 9 Oct 2017 – Microfinance — an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, and primarily women-has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels In the last decade and half microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India ...

India Is Complicit in the Rohingya Suffering

Bela Bhatia – Al Jazeera India, as a member of the international community, must do its bit to safeguard the fundamental rights of the Rohingya. Rohingya refugees stand inside their slum on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, in a photo from 2015. [Tsering Topgyal/AP] 7 Oct 2017 – The stance of the Indian government regarding the Rohingya crisis is a...

Kashmir tragedy: UN’s Horrific Dereliction

By :  Iqbl - KASHMIR conflict has multiple aspects, intertwined in a way that their separation is neither possible technically nor academically. These aspects could be grouped under two broad categories, moral and security related issues. It would be naïve to venture into separating the two on one pretext or the other. Kashmir being predominantly Muslim majority princely state was se...

Cold War then. Cold War now.

William Blum – TRANSCEND Media Service The Anti-Empire Report #151 26 Sep 2017 – The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper. ...

Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment at a Time

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, the date of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and the International Day of Nonviolence – offers an opportunity to reflect on human violence and to ponder ways to end it. There may be a fast way to end human violence but, if there is, Gandhi did not know it. Nor do I. Nor does anyone else ...

Myanmar Government Plans to Redevelop Torched Rohingya Villages

Reuters – CBC Radio Canada News Nearly 500,000 People Have Fled to Bangladesh in the Past Month An aerial view shows a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) 27 Sep 2017 – Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly h...

Kim Jong Il and His Immortal Exploits in Building Up the WPK

October 8 this year marks the 20th anniversary of election of Kim Jong Il (1942-2011) as the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Kim Jong Il built up the WPK into an invincible party that achieves only victory in carrying out the cause of socialism, the cause of independence. Kim Jong Il developed the WPK into a powerful body that is ideologically pure and organizationall...

India’s Supreme Court Reins in Cow Vigilantism

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”  — Nelson Mandela 29 Sep 2017 – India has been bedeviled by a spate of gruesome lynchings. And at the epicenter of the country’s violent upheaval is the indolent cow which is considered sacred by ...

Suu Kyi Can’t Ignore the People’s Tribunal

Prothom Alo [Bangladesh] | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 19 September, 2017. Photo: Reuters 24 Sep 2017 – The verdict issued by the International People’s Tribunal in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Friday [22 Sep]...

October 4 Declaration and Peace on the Korean Peninsula

From October 2 to 4 in 2007, meetings and talks were held between Kim Jong Il, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Roh Moo Hyun, president of south Korea. The heads of the north and south signed and published the Declaration for the Improvement of North-South Relations, and Peace and Prosperity, which consists of eight articles. ...

Open Letter of WPK Central Committee to Foreign Political Parties

The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) sent an open letter to political parties of different countries on Sept. 24. In the letter the WPK Central Committee extended friendly greetings to those political parties struggling for peace and security of the world and social development and wellbeing of the peoples. Recalling that the chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Co...

तामाङ समुदायको चेतना र वर्तमान राजनीतिक अवस्था

-लक्ष्मण तामाङ  नेपाली केन्द्रिय विभाग, त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्धालय -  तामाङ युवाहरूले चाहे भने कुनै सिंगो समुदाय हैन राष्ट्रनै परिवर्तन गर्न सक्छ भन्ने उदाहरण भर्खरै सम्पन्न नेपाल आइडलमा पोखरेली युवा बुद्ध लामाको शानदार जितले पुष्टि गरेकोछ । बुद्ध लामाको नेपाल आइडलमा भएको शानदार जितबाट अब तामाङहरूले खुशीयाली मनाउने भन्दा बढी नयाँ पाठ सिक्ने समय आएको छ । निशान भट्टराई र प्रताप दासको भन्द...

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Speech at 72nd Session of UNGA

Let me first congratulate Mr. Miroslav Lajcak on his election as the President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly. I am confident that his long experience in public service and international relations will be an asset in successfully guiding this august Assembly to address the imposing challenges of security, development and governance that confront the world today. For over 70 years ...

पीडितलाई आँसु, सत्ताधारीलाई सौख

धर्मरत्न श्रेष्ठ - सत्तारुढ कांग्रेस र माओवादीले भनेजसरी निर्वाचन गराइदिए वापत र आचारसंहितमा कारवाही नगरी प्रदेश र केन्द्रको निर्वाचनलाई समेत ध्यानमा राखेर सिडियो, सुरक्षाकर्मी र कर्मचारीको सेटिङ मिलाउने सुविधा दिएवापत प्रमुख निर्वाचन आयुक्तले गाडी किन्न १२ करोडको निकासा माँगे । देउवा सरकारले चुँ नबोली १२ करोड निकासा दिएर मानों आयुक्तहरुलाई पुरस्कृत नै गरिदिएको छ । निर्वाचन आयोगमा ५ आयुक्त छन...

Buddhist Man Calls for Jews to Help Myanmar’s Rohingya People

Matthew Gindin – The Canadian Jewish News Maung Zarni stands on the train tracks outside of Auschwitz and appeals to the international community to help the Rohingya people. YOUTUBE PHOTO 13 Sep 2017 – In March, London-based Burmese Buddhist and human rights activist Maung Zarni stood on the train tracks outside of Auschwitz and asked his companion to press record o...

World Law to Protect Refugees and Migrants

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service 14 Sep 2017 – On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly held a one-day Summit on «Addressing Large Movements o Refugees and Migrants» and set a new agenda for responding to large movements of people crossing frontiers.  The UN resolution is called The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.  It...

Statement of Chairman of State Affairs Commission of DPRK

Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, released a statement on Thursday.   The full text of the statement reads:   The speech made by the U.S. Chief Executive in his maiden appearance on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before ...

Radhika: Unheard Voices of Patriotism in Nepal

Shree Prasad Devkota – TRANSCEND Media Service Another participant of my study was Radhika Thapa (pseudonym) and she is from Mosel 2 Bhatta Gau of Gorkha district. I got to know her with the help of Ram Shrestha (pseudonym) who is a human rights advocator and working for National Human Rights Commission. As told by Ram, he worked at Gorkha district before one year and he became familia...

The US Dilemma

By : Tariq -  The US finds it does not know how to dismount the tiger.  The US is finding the war in Afghanistan a little too hot for its liking and why not; it was a war that remained in search of strategy and failed to find it. It’s not that I wish to gloat, nor that I want to say ‘I told you so’, but that one is forced to respond when confronted with accusatio...

Human Trafficking in Nepal: A Scenario, Challenges and Way Out

Shree Prasad Devkota and Indra Raj Bhattarai – TRANSCEND Media Service 11 Sep 2017 – Human trafficking is not only a serious concern and challenge for Nepal, it has become a global challenge particularly for developing and least developed countries.  There is a long history of Nepali girls and women trafficked for sexual purpose, exploitation and abuses to India and oth...

Experts convene at ICIMOD to address human mobility challenges in the region

Policymakers and experts from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan stress the need to integrate human mobility in national policies on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development across the region (Kathmandu, 15 September 2017)  In 2016, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes forced more than 24 million people globally to leave their homes. This level of disaster displacement and environmental migration poses significant regional challenges in the 21st century.   To discuss and address these challenges, a two-day regional workshop ended today at the ICIMOD ...

DPRK FM Categorically Rejects Harshest-ever UNSC’s “Resolution on Sanctions” The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea issued the following report on Wednesday:

The U.S. and its vassal forces have rigged up yet another “resolution on sanctions” harsher than ever against the DPRK at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on September 12 condemning its ICBM mountable H-bomb test as “a threat” to international peace and security. The “resolution” was fabricated by the U.S. employing all sorts of despicable and vi...

काठमाडौंमा सुरु भयो पाकिस्तानी सामानहरुको प्रदर्शन,

 भदौ २८, २०७४ काठमाडौं : पाकिस्तानमा बनेका सामानहरुको प्रदर्शनी 'मेड इन पाकिस्तान' मेला बुधबारदेखि काठमाडौंको त्रिपुरेश्‍वरस्थित वर्ल्ड ट्रेड सेन्टरमा सुरु भएको छ। रावलपिण्डी चेम्बर अफ कमर्शले आयोजना गरेको मेलामा पाकिस्तानमा निर्मित छालाजन्य वस्तु, अन्य कपडा, कस्मेटिक सामान, भाडाहरु लगायत घरेलु प्रयोगमा आउने सामानहरु राखिएको छ। मेलामा भाग लिनको लागि पाकिस्तानबाट ...

DPRK FM Warns U.S. Frantic to Fabricate Harshest Ever “Sanctions Resolution”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released the following statement on Monday: The sanctions and pressure racket of the U.S. to completely obliterate the DPRK’s sovereignty and right to existence is reaching an extremely reckless phase. The U.S. is going frantic to fabricate the harshest ever “sanctions resolution” by ...

The DPRK Is a Superpower

Amid a series of events taking place in the fierce confrontation between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the US, another event is now shaking the world. On September 3, 2017 the DPRK succeeded in the test of H-bomb that could be loaded onto ICBM. The Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK said in a statement that the test was aimed at examining and confirming the accuracy and...

Private Sector Engagement for Climate Action in Pakistan

16 Aug 2017      Session on the role of the private sector in climate action in the mountain areas of Pakistan Photo Credit: Hashoo Foundation With the development of a Private Sector Engagement Strategy, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is conducting a series of meetings in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs) with potential...

ICIMOD DDG Eklabya Sharma speaks at the 19th Popular Lecture Series hosted by GB Pant Institute in India

18 Jul 2017     Dr Eklabya Sharma, DDG, ICIMOD interacting during the popular lecture session.  In set, Dr P P Dhyani and Dr R C Sundriyal of GBPNIHESD. The GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD) in Uttarakhand, India organized the 19th Himalayan Popular Lecture on 12 July 2017. The lecture, titled &lsquo...

Khim Bahadur: An Eye for an Eye in Nepal

Shree Prasad Devkota – TRANSCEND Media Service 30 Aug 2017 – When I met the first participant (Sarada-ten years armed conflict victims children) for my study and shared my purpose then she recommended that Khim Bahadur Kumal (pseudonym) who was from Taranagar VDC ward number eleven of Gorkha, would be another participant. She shared that Khim Bahadur was also under the age o...

Do Sierra Leonean Lives Matter?

Jugal Shah | OpenCanada – TRANSCEND Media Service When events in the US dominate the news, is there still an appetite for political and humanitarian response to crises like the mudslides in Sierra Leone? A man helps a girl cross a log bridge after the flash flood washed away the concrete bridge at Pentagon, in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde ...

बयोधा अस्पतालको असलियत

काठमाडौं । बयोधा अस्पताल बल्खुमा छ र यो अस्पताल सेवाग्राहीसँग बढी पैसा असुल्ने महगो अस्पतालले चिनिन्छ । तर अव विदेशी मुद्रा अपचलन गर्ने अस्पताल भनेर पनि चिनिने भएको छ । जिल्ला अदालतमा परेको एक मुद्दामा बयोधा अस्पताललालाई विदेशी मुद्रा अपचलनमा ४० लाख जरिबाना तोकिदिएपछि बयोधा अस्पताल नाङ्गेझार भएको हो । यो अस्पतालले स्वास्थ्य सामग्रीहरु खरिद गर्ने भनेर विदेशी मुद्रा सटहीको सुविधा लिएको र सो मुद्...

FM Spokesman Rejects “Presidential Statement” of UNSC

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on August 31 as regards the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces rigged up a “presidential statement” of the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) condemning the intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket launching drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean Peopl...

US Policy — Peace or Instability

By : M. Usan THE wheel comes full circle. After 9/11, it was Bush who was fuming with rage and revenge. His administration gave only one choice to Pakistan with loaded pistol on its head either you are with us or against. If you chose latter, will be bombed to Stone Age. Time was with US. Pakistan had to cave in and consequently suffered immeasurably in blood and goods. Now it is Trump who spo...

Sell-Out Or Buy-In?

Maila Baje- Saturday, August 26, 2017 Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba probably expected the ‘sell-out’ slur well before he delivered his constitutional amendment assurance at the joint news conference with his host, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi the other day. If not the constitution, our premier’s critics would have found something else to quibble with. Even before departin...

India’s Muslims at the Crossroads

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 21 August 2017 Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service 18 Aug 2017 – India’s economy is booming but Muslims continue to suffer great economic deprivation. Muslims are the second largest demographic of India, with nearly 14 per cent of the country’s population or roughly 172 million people. Their situation is so dire that, for them, economic r...

‘K’ is for Kashmir

Munir Akram - The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.   WHILE celebrating the nation’s 70th independence anniversary, we cannot forget that the ‘K’ in Pakistan’s name — Kashmir — is not (yet) part of our country. The men, women and children of India-held Kashmir (IHK) are even now engaged in a heroic David and Goliath struggle for ...

They use ​money to promote Christianity’: Nepal's battle for souls

newsabhiyan Kathamdu, August 18: Ram Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. “My second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. I’m still haunted by it,” Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepal’s Makwanpur district. When she became pregnant again, S...

Korean Jurists Committee Terms UNSC's "Sanctions Resolution" against DPRK Illegal

The Korean Jurists Committee Thursday issued a statement terming as illegal the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolution" cooked up by the U.S. by abusing the UN Security Council over its test-launch of ICBM Hwasong-14. The U.S. fabricated the unprecedented harsh "sanctions resolution" which categorically cut off normal trade activities and economic exchange of the DPRK, the state...

Next Door Nepal: Delhi’s course correction

Sher Bahadur Deuba, Sushma Swaraj, india nepal relations, sushma swaraj in kathmandu, nepal pm visit india, BIMSTEC, narendra modi, madhesi leaders, Rastriya Janata Party, indian express news, india news Swaraj, who was in Kathmandu to attend the BIMSTEC ministerial-level meeting, spent a substantial part of her two-day visit with Nepali actors including Deuba. The message she tried to convey was India wanted a constructive engagement with Nepal and erase the image of an “external micro-manager”.   Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Pu...

Pledge on 70 Years of Independence by People of Pakistan and India – 15 Aug 2017

 14 August 2017 Mazher Hussain | COVA Network– TRANSCEND Media Service Greetings on the Eve of Pakistan-India Independence — 70 Years! Sharing a Pledge both countries can commit to while organizing Independence Days tomorrow and day after!   Happy Independence Day! Now let us dedicate ourselves to get real Azadi – especially for people of both countries!...

Why Kalapani is crucial and the Chinese threat should not be taken lightly

File photo of a Chinese soldier standing guard on the border with India. Kalapani is a region close to Nepal and the Himalayan country has been staking claim over the disputed territory for years. The region is a 35 square kilometre area in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district under control of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. SS Pangti, retired bureaucrat and an expert on India-Nepal border affairs, said above Kalapani there is no demarcation between Indo-Nepal till China border. This could lead to problems in the coming time.   File photo of a Chinese soldier standing guard on the border with India. Kalapani is a region close to Nepal and the Himalayan country has been staking claim over the disput...

Significance of August for Pakistan

  By : Jamil -    MONTH of August has great significance for Pakistan in two respects. For one Pakistan emerged on the map of the world on August 14, 1947as an independent and a sovereign state. Secondly, Quaid-i-Azam declared that all citizens of the state including minorities would have equal rights and opportunities. Quaid-i-Azam’s speech of August 11, 1...

Experts emphasize climate-resilient and gender-smart agricultural practices and technologies

11 August 2017, Kathmandu11 August 2017, Kathmandu A three-day regional conference on mountain agriculture aimed at drawing out key lessons for uptake across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) concluded in Kathmandu on August 11.     Hosted by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), Nepal and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the conference brought more tha...

Statement of DPRK Government

The Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Monday issued a statement over the fact that the U.S. and other hostile forces, terrified at the growth of the DPRK’s state nuclear force in quality and quantity, are steeped in the most intensive sanctions, pressure and provocations against it. The statement says: On August 6, the U.S. framed up “sanctions r...

Millions of Women and Children for Sale for Sex, Slavery, Organs…

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS Credit: UN in Armenia 28 Jul 2017 – It is happening now. Millions of humans are forced to flee armed conflicts, climate change, inequalities, and extreme poverty. They fall easy prey to traffickers lurking anyone who can be subjected to sexual exploitation, forced labour and even sell their skin and organs. Just as tragically...

64 Questions for the Environmental Conservationists of the World

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service Raising the Question as to Why They Are Not Effectively Addressed Produced on the occasion of Earth Overshoot Day (2 August 2017), namely the date on which humanity’s resource consumption in 2017 exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in 2017. The date is nearly a week earlier...

Rise of Saffron Terrorists in Indian Polity

By : Saad  While, the ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) is the genesis of Hindu terrorism, having co-relationship with it, the main fault lines of India’s politics is based upon the discriminatory system of c1aste and religion. These trends in Indian politics have become the staging ground for all the national movements and wars of liberation. Indian anti-Muslim  approac...

संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघ एवं विश्व महाशक्तिहरूलाई पनि सोच्न बाध्य बनाउँने स्व:राजा वीरेन्द्रको व्यक्तित्व !

-युवराज गौतम  राजा वीरेन्द्रको आँसु र खुसी – नारायणहिटी दरबारमा भएको हत्याकाण्ड (२०५८ जेठ १९) अत्यन्त पीडादायक घटना थियो । सो घटनामा मारिएका राजा वीरेन्द्र पृथ्वीनारायण शाहका वंशज, राजा त्रिभुवनका नाति र राजा महेन्द्रका सुपुत्र मात्र थिएनन्, आफ्नो कालखण्डमा संसारमै अत्यन्त सम्मानित, विशिष्ट राजनेता (स्टेट्सम्यान) मध्ये एक थिए । अमेरिका, चीन, सोभियत संघ, फ्रान्स, जर्मनी, ब्रिट...

The US Mainland Comes within the Range of the DPRK’s Missiles

On July 28 the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conducted the second test-firing of its ICBM Hwasong 14, to the horror of the US. Obviously, the whole of the US mainland comes within the range of the former’s missiles. For the simulation of its maximum range, the missile was test-fired based on vertical launch technology. It climbed along the flight track up t...

The Outcome of the DPRK-US Nuclear Showdown

The fierce nuclear showdown between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States of America is coming to an end in front of the eyes of the world. The US has been driven into a tight corner by a series of measures the DPRK has adopted according to its own nuclear programme since the outset of last year–its first H-bomb test, the test-firing of th...

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Former US Defense Secretary Perry once said: We must not view north Korea as we want but see it as it is. Over the past decades the US has adopted policies in anticipation of the country’s collapse, and now they prove to be a failure. The US should negotiate with it to reduce the danger of its nuclear weapons that can reach the US mainland. This speech attracted the worl...

संविधानले नयाँ राष्ट्र जन्माउन सक्दैन

राजन कार्की-  संविधान राष्ट्र चलाउने बिधि हो, राष्ट्र जन्माउने कोख होइन । नयाँ संविधानले नयाा राष्ट्र जन्माउँछ भन्ने सपना देख्नेहरु नयाँ संविधानलाई अर्को राष्ट्र जन्माउने कोख शिद्ध गर्न लागिपरेका छन् । यस्ता अतिवादी सोच राख्नेहरुलाई विदेशी लाउने काठहरुले सघाइरहेको पनि देख्न बुझ्न सकिन्छ । यदि हुँदा पनि हाम्रा शासक, प्रशासकहरु सचेत छैनन् र सन्यासो कस्न सक्दैनन् भने यिनीहरुलाई हिलोको किलो...

Kim Jong Un Guides Second Test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-14

Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- The second test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-14 was successfully carried out at night of July 28, Juche 106 (2017) under the supervision of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army. Kim Jong Un guided the test-fire on the spot. He, who ...

July 27: V Day for the DPRK

On July 27, 1953, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea emerged victorious in the Korean war. Victorious July 27 When the US unleashed the Korean war, few believed that it would end with the defeat of the US, which was a victor in the Second World War and had emerged as the leader of the imperialist forces. And no one believed that the two-year-old DPRK would win the war. It wa...

नेपाल टुक्य्राउने भारतको ‘गेम प्लान’बारे पाकिस्तानमा मृत्युदण्ड पाएका ‘रअ’को एजेन्टको बयान

swaviman~8 prabin.indd पाकिस्तानमा मृत्युदण्डको सजाय पाएका ‘रअ’को एजेन्ट जसले आफुलाई भारतले नेपाल टुक्य्राउने जिम्मा दिएको दावी गरेका छन नेपालमा भारतको सूक्ष्म व्यवस्थापनको चर्चा, भारतको खुफिया एजेन्सी ‘रअ’का पूर्वअधिकारी आरके यादवको पुस्तक ‘मिसन रअ’मार्फत तराई टुक्र्याउने योजना सार्वजनिक हुनु र स्वतन्त्र मधेशका लागि चलाइएको अभियानले तीव्रता पाउनु संयोग जस्तै देखिए प...

Dreary Dance Of The Bit Players

Sunday, July 16, 2017 It took less than a year for skeptics of the viability of a reunited Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) to exude a vigorous sense of vindication. Senior leader Pashupati Shamsher Rana has taken strong exception to party chairman Kamal Thapa’s decision to appoint 42 central committee members “without holding consultation”. Thapa, with no less defiance, res...

Radd-ul-Fasaad: Timely and Correct

The foreign funded terrorist's attacks in Charsadda, Sehwan, Lahore and other places have once again shown that the war on terror is not over and that we need to fight back. In the face of escalating terrorism Pakistan has  launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which is a nation wide operation that includes broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuati...

Kasahmir Martyrdom Day

By Dr M. Khan - At the global level, the 20th Century is marked by massive movements against colonial rule(s). Among others, the people of Sub-continent also started their demand for the end of British Colonial rule. The people of Jammu and Kashmir, however, had two-fold colonialism imposed over them; a tyrant Dogra Rule and a discriminatory British Colonialism. For a long, Kashmiris were cove...

राजा फालेको बादशाही फूर्तिले देश बन्दैन

राजन कार्की - एउटा सबल राष्ट्रमा हुनुपर्ने पद्धति, नियम, कानुन, साधन, स्रोत सबैचिज छ, तैपनि राष्ट्रमा असफलता बाहेक केही देखिदैन । किन ? सक्षम हुनुपर्ने नेतृत्व असक्षम भएरै हो ? नेतृत्वमा हुनुपर्ने विशेषताहरुको अभाव भएकै कारणले राष्ट्र यसरी असक्षम भएर रहनुपर्ने हो त ? अव पनि नागरिकले उत्तर खोजेनन् भने अवेर हुनेछ र उत्तर होइन, स्वाधीनता गुमाउनु पर्ने स्थितिमा पुग्नेछन् । भाग्य बनाउन भनेर...

Former PM Bhattarai Announces Agitation Against Chinese Company

Former Prime Minister and former Maoist ideologue Dr Baburam Bhattarai announced that he will launch street agitation demanding to scrap hydropower development agreement with Chinese Company Former Prime Minister and  former Maoist ideologue Dr Baburam Bhattarai announced that he will launch street agitation demanding to scrap hydropower development agreement with Chinese Compan...

India’s Real Problem Lies In Its Bhutan Policy, Not The Border

Indeed, most Indians were not fully aware about Indo-Bhutanese propinquity until critics cried shrilly over the crisis that erupted in the summer 2013 and put India’s “carefully nurtured and fostered” relations with Bhutan under major strain   BY P. STOBDAN Why did Bhutan, which stood by India during its conflict with China and Pakistan in 1972, to dr...

The Subversion of India’s Pluralist Legacy

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” — George Orwell 17 Jul 2017 – Too much of the thinking about Muslim rulers is now being shaped along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship. T...

FM Spokesman on UNSC “Resolution on Sanctions”

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) gave the following answer to the question raised by the KCNA on July 14 as regards the fact that the U.S. is attempting to rig up another “sanctions resolution” against the DPRK, branding its successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 as a “g...

लेन्डुपहरूलाई घाँडो भएको राष्ट्रवाद

डा. बद्रीविशाल पोखरेल :नेपाली लेन्डुपहरू संविधान संशोधनको फेरि बहाना बनाउन थालेका छन् । उनीहरू दुईतिहाई सभासद्हरूको फैसलाबाट सदियौँदेखि अखण्ड, स्वाधीन, अविभाज्य विश्वको एक मात्र ऐतिहासिक, सांस्कृतिक, प्राकृतिक वैभवशाली यो देशको अस्तित्व धरापमा पार्न कसम खाएर लागिपरेका छन् । नेपाली जनता नै यस देशका पालक, रक्षक र संरक्षक हुन् । तर लेन्डुपहरू केही करोडको लोभमा पारेर भए पनि के...

G20: 30 Questions for the Counter-terrorism Experts of the World

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service Raising the Question as to Why They Are Not Effectively Addressed 8 Jul 2017 – Written on the occasion of the G20 Summit (Hamburg, July 2017) at which both terrorism and migration are prominent agenda items. Commentary on migration is made separately (Anticipating Future Migration into Euro...

"Wani", a Symbol of Kashmir Struggle

By : Reema-  On 8th of July, 2017 Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary will be expressed throughout Kashmir as a symbol of youth gallantry and protest against Indian oppression. Over the last year Burhan Wani’s name has become a symbol of Kashmiri passion and struggle for freedom. Wani passed away but left a strong missive to the adversaries and a vigil for Kashmiri youth...

Statement of DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman

  A spokesman for the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday released a statement as regards the fact that the U.S. is pulling up the DPRK over the successful test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14. The statement said: On July 4, the DPRK successfully carried out the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 which stands for the final gate to co...

Chinese media calls for Sikkim’s ‘independence’, scrapping of ‘unfair’ Bhutan treaties

Border standoff China continues to raise the stakes in the border standoff with India with an official media calling for Sikkim’s ‘independence’. Hindustan Times, Beijing Chinese soldiers at Nathu La (pass) in Sikkim.(HT FILE PHOTO)                 Amid the Sino-India border standoff,...

Sri Lanka hosts meeting of minds on the Indus Basin

Experts identify key steps to strengthen knowledge on climate change and other water-related challenges  Colombo, Sri Lanka (6 July 2017) – Sri Lanka hosted a ground-breaking meeting to strengthen knowledge and support collective efforts on tackling climate change adaptation and other water-related challenges in the Indus Basin, home to more than 300 milli...

The Missed Bus

Khagendra N Sharma Knsad66@yahoo.com Every political element gained from the two phases of the local level election, but the RashtriyaJanata Party (RJP) lost the greatest opportunity to gain back the trust of the people they claim to represent. The second phase was specially designed to facilitate the participation of the RJP by postponing the election dates not once but three times. Two ...

They Kill Children, Massacre Civilians, Use Slave Labour and Human Shields, and Are Trained by Britain

Mark Farmaner – HuffPost UK Nine-year old Ganga Burman, a child labourer, breaks stones on the banks of river Balason on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Siliguri June 12, 2009. The International Labour Organization (ILO) celebrates World Day Against Child Labour on Jun 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA SOCIETY) 28 Jun 2017 – A shocking new repo...

Kashmir is Boiling Again

By : Jmil FOR the last seven decades, the terrible massacre of Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir continues unabatedly. The catastrophe is big enough to move any conscious human being; but unfortunately the apathy and insensitivity of international community has encouraged India to perpetrate atrocities on the people of Kashmir in violations of universally accepted human rights. Not that int...

Bangladesh Cardinal Defends Rights of Rohingya Refugees

Nirmala Carvalho | Crux – TRANSCEND Media Service Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are considered to be among the world’s most persecuted peoples, subject to what the UN calls “crimes against humanity” and hundreds of thousands are now refugees in neighboring Bangladesh, where Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario is defending their right to “dignity.” Europe...

India, Losing ‘Illegitimate’ Control on Kashmir

By: Sajd Despite the continued sieges and prolonged curfews, including arrests and detentions of the Kashmir leaders, since July 8, 2016, Indian security forces have martyred more than 250 innocent persons in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), who have been protesting against the martyrdom of Burhan Wani and for liberation of their land.  With the acceleration of the new Intifada, Indian...

Finding Our Way Through The Stars

Sunday, June 18, 2017 If you listen to his critics, the ‘incompetent’ tag bestowed twice on Sher Bahadur Deuba over the last decade and a half is closing in on him early in his fourth innings as prime minister. Yet the man remains visibly undaunted. The opposition, led by the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), was quick to pounce on Deuba’s decision...

How did a Nepali woman in Mumbai get Aadhar card issued in her name?

By Asif Rizvi | Mumbai | Posted 15-Jun-2017TTER Aadhar card project exposed after Nepali woman flashes card as ID proof at Mumbai airport. The woman, who lived in Kalyan since 2009, claimed she didn’t know it is issued to only Indian residents In May, three Pakistani nationals were caught by the CBI after they procured Aadhaar cards for just R100 each. Representat...

India is Nepal's old Best-friend

ARUN BUDHATHOKI Thursday, June 15,2017 In a recently published article in ‘The Hindu Business Line’ entitled 'China is Nepal's new best friend', the author suggests India deploy its Hindu card to regain the waning friendship and control in Nepal. The author accepts India's shortcomings in its treatment in Nepal but the fact that Nepali leaders decided to opt ...

Japan’s Terrible Anti-Terror Law Just Made ‘The Minority Report’ Reality

Jake Adelstein – The Daily Beast Abe government makes even pondering crimes cause for arrest, with a U.N.-condemned ‘anti-terrorism’ law that hits mushroom-hunters and music teachers, but not actual terrorists. Toru Hana/Reuters 15 Jun 2017 – On Thursday morning, Japan’s deceptively dubbed “anti-terrorism” bill was steamrolled into l...

In Kashmir, India is witnessing its Gen. Dyer mome

By Partha Chatterjee There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir. “It was my duty – my horrible, dirty duty,” the general explained. “I had the choice of carrying out a very distasteful and horrible duty...

China’s growing footprint in Nepal is a concern for India

As the Kathmandu elite, then led by UML prime minister K P Oli, cosied up to the Chinese during the blockade, India watched uncomfortably. Written by Jyoti Malhotra | Updated: June 16, 2017 9:39 am Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba smiles as he arrives for his swearing-in ceremony at the presidential building in Kathmandu, Nepal June 7, 2017. Reut...

Kim Jong Il and the Workers’ Party of Korea

Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), eternal General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, started working at its Central Committee on June 19, 1964. It was an event of great significance in strengthening and developing the WPK. Kim Jong Il developed the WPK into an integral whole steadfast in ideology and into the one which achieved definite unity and cohesion of its ranks. He had the W...

Everest Green Cleaning Mount Everest

Yves Carmona First, I want to pay tributes to my fellow French people and their Sherpa friends, who have organized an ambitious expedition to clean Mount Sagarmatha. Sagarmatha is the pride of Nepal and hundreds of climbers are trying summit it this year. We know it is a dangerous sport, so the climbers who attempt it are certainly bold people. But Gérard Clermidy and his friends a...

India, Pakistan to Join Shanghai [SCO] Pact

ASIA & THE PACIFIC, 12 June 2017 Anadolu Agency - Yeni Şafak Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev makes announcement prior to Heads of State Council meeting in Astana. SCO Foreign Ministers meeting in Astana 7 Jun 2017 – India and Pakistan are expected to become members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said t...

Remembering the Massacre of Sikhs in June of 1984

Gunisha Kaur, Simran Jeet Singh -   During the first week of June, Sikhs around the world commemorate a recent historical event: Operation Bluestar of 1984, a government-sanctioned military operation that resulted in countless casualties and the destruction of one of the most historically significant gurduaras, the Darbar Sahib of Amritsar (i.e., The Golden Temple).  Sikhs constitut...

In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment

By  : Partha Chatterjee :  There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir. Farooq Ahmad Dar being used as a human shield. Credit: Video screengrab “It was my duty – my horrible, dirty duty,” the ...

Next Door Nepal: New leader, old politics

PM Deuba, Sher Bahadur Deuba, nepal new PM, prachanda resign, dahal deuba, nepal congress, nepal politics, indian express news, india news, indian express opinion Yubaraj Ghimire | Published:June 12, 2017 12:00 am Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.  A leadership change on expected lines is hardly likely to arouse expectations. In that sense, Nepal’s new prime minister, 72-year-old Sher Bahadur Deuba, should consider himself lucky. He replaced Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while ...

भारतीय सञ्चारमाध्यम भन्छन् – ‘भारत समर्थित’ देउवा नेपालका प्रधानमन्त्री

काठमाडौं,२४ जेठ – भारतीय सञ्चारमाध्यमले ‘भारत समर्थित’ शेरबहादुर देउवा नेपालका प्रधानमन्त्री भएको भन्दै उनको कार्यकालमा नेपाल–भारत सम्बन्ध थप बलियो हुने बताएका छन् । प्रधानमन्त्री पुष्पकमल दाहालले पूर्व समझदारी अनुरुपनै राजिनामा गरेर देउवालाई प्रधानमन्त्री बन्न बाटो खुला गरेको उल्लेख गर्दै नयाँदिल्लीस्थित मिडियाले देउवाले पनि दाहालले जस्तै मधेशीका मुद्दालाई सम्...

May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd Tuesday 6 June 2017 20.35 BSTFirst published on Tuesday 6 June 2017 19.29 BST Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the polls open. The prime minister said s...

Kim Jong Un's Speech

Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme LeaderKim Jong Un made a speech "Let KCU Members Become True Sons and Daughters, Young Revolutionaries, of the Socialist Country" at the Eighth Congress of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) on June 6, Juche 106 (2017). The following is the full text of his speech: Dear delegates of the Korean Children's Union, Dear membe...

Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry Denounces U.S. for Withdrawing from Paris Agreement

Pyongyang, June 6 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA on June 6 as regards the Trump administration's announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (on climate change): On June 1, Trump officially announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement asserting that the agreement is not fair to...

World Environment Day 2017: Connecting people to nature

“Connecting people to nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, encourages us to explore relationships between humans and nature, and understand the invaluable support nature lends to human well-being and prosperity.  Every year, World Environment Day is marked on June 5 around the world to celebrate nature and its importance to human survival, and raise awareness on t...

India Needs to Focus on Its Development Warriors

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” — Robert Woodruff , Coca Cola CEO 1926 -1954 5 Jun 2017 – India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries but is not getting the expected dividends that significant public expend...

Kim Jong Un Visits Kangso Mineral Water Factory

Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the Kangso Mineral Water Factory. After being briefed on the factory before a map showing its panoramic view and a mineral water production diagram, he went round the monument to the field guidance of the peerlessly great persons of Mt Paektu to the factory, the room for education in the revolutionary history and the room dedicated ...

Delhi’s signal to the Madhes front marks a course correction

Nepal crisis, Nepal, Madhesis, Indian express Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Updated: June 5, 2017 12:07 am n the few weeks preceding his resignation as prime minister and as “caretaker” executive head, the one message Pushpa Kamal Dahal has tried to send out is that he is not “India’s man”. His government took a series of decisions that have significant political import...

Knowing The Deubas We Know

Sunday, June 04, 2017 With Sher Bahadur Deuba set to embark on his fourth term as prime minister, it might be enlightening to review the Nepali Congress luminary’s chequered political history for pointers to the future. During his first term as head of government in 1995-96, Deuba projected himself as a consensus builder. Atop Nepal’s first experiment in coalition governance, he l...

India’s Human Shield controversy

By :  M. Hal - THE footage of a Kashmiri male strapped to the bonnet of an Indian Army jeep triggered a controversy last month. Human rights activist declared the act as cowardly stating that the Kashmiri was subjected to inhuman treatment. While following an inquiry, India’s Army Chief General Bipin Rawat praised the perpetrator of the act Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi and nominated him...

Bhutan, India, and Nepal to strengthen regional cooperation through tourism in the Kangchenjunga Landscape

26 May 2017     Group photograph of some of the delegates with ICIMOD staff  High level delegates from the governments of Bhutan, India, and Nepal emphasized the need for regional cooperation on strengthening the potential and benefits of tourism in the Kangchenjunga landscape.  A regional policy dialogue, ‘Shared Natural and Cultural Heritage for Susta...

Indian Establishment Lauds Military’s Use of Kashmiri Youth as “Human Shield”

Wasantha Rupasinghe | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service 24 May 2017 – Indian army head General Bipin Rawat has awarded a commendation to the officer who gained national notoriety last month for ordering a Kashmiri youth tied to the hood of a jeep as a “human shield.” The honor is part of a full-throated establishment campaign in defence of Major Nitin Leetul Gogo...

Nepal: Are the Supreme Court and Parliament still on collision course?

 sushila karki, nepal, sushila karki impeachment, nepal crisis, nepal chief justice sushila karki, nepal news, indian express Legislators accuse Karki of playing 'favouritism' in constituting the bench for this issue, and fast tracking it while a similar case is pending before the court for the past three years.   Written by Yubaraj Ghimire |  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sushila Karki, right, and Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ...

ICJ Legitimizing Terrorism!

 By : Bhatt -  ICJ staying the death sentence in indecent haste of Kalbushan Yadav, a serving Indian Naval Officer arrested in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Province carrying another fake passport with a Muslim name of Mubarak Husain Patel, without ascertaining whether the accused was entitled to relief on humanitarian grounds as an ordinary citizen arrested crossing over by default, ...

Prachanda lived up to some expectations in Nepal, but his successor faces a tougher fight

Prachanda lived up to some expectations in Nepal, but his successor faces a tougher fightThe key issue of amending the constitution to meet the demands of agitating madhesis and other groups remains unadressed.   Bikash Karki/AFP, May 25, 2017    hen former Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal or Prachanda stepped down as prime minister of Nepal on Wednesday, ending his 10-month rule, it was a smooth, non-dramatic affair. This was in sharp co...

Truth Has Become Un-American

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Those of us who have exited The Matrix are concerned that there are no checks on Washington’s use of nuclear weapons in the interest of US hegemony over the world. Washington and Israel are the threats to peace. Washington demands world hegemony, and Israel demands hegemony in the Middle East. There are two countries that stand in the way of W...

14 The Indian Armed Forces: A Fate Worse Than Death

May 22, 2017 The burning and the destruction of Kashmir, which is rightly called the “Abandoned Heart and Soul of Dead India”, both spiritually as well as materially, started at least a century before we got “independence”. This process was initiated by the British and then perpetuated by the British-installed puppet Dogra Kings and subsequently perfected by both th...

India, China and the ironies of Maoism

NIRANJAN SAHOO   ·         This brings one to ponder how an ideology that has long lost its appeal among the Chinese masses and often been demonised as “catastrophic” and “obsolete” by the subsequent regimes in China and even among strong ideologues of the Communist Party retains ideological a...

UN Peacekeepers: Keeping the Peace or Preventing It?

THE UNITED NATIONS, 8 May 2017 Nimmi Gowrinathan and Kate Cronin-Furman – Al Jazeera The UN peacekeepers’ capacity to commit rape with impunity undermines prospects for sustainable peace around the world. In 2007, more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeeping troops were sent back to their home country from Haiti in disgrace as a result of sexual abuse allegations, write Gowrin...

Khar’s experimentation with Himalayan nettle brings recognition

The residents of Khar have incorporated sustainable harvesting and processing techniques in their Himalayan nettle production chain. Today, Khar is on its way to become a nettle fibre production hubCredit: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD  Lipy Adhikari   Tuesday 16 May 2017     Himalayan nettle, a fibre-yielding plant, has become an important livelihood option for people living in the remote mountainous villages of the Hindu Kush Himalaya     Nature never fails to surprise us. In many parts of the world, natural resources are the only source of livelihood opp...

Biodiversity and sustainable tourism in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

- Janita Gurung and Anu Kumari Lama Biodiversity and tourism linkages Biodiversity is the basis for many tourism activities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). Scenic landscapes, forests, lakes, mountains, and farmlands attract many tourists to the region. Iconic bird and animal species are also major attractions. The snow leopard is a flagship mountain species found in the Karakoram, Hindu Ku...

A great wall of paranoia

Zorawar Daulet Singh   As China pushes ahead with B&RI, India must reconcile geopolitical interests with wider developmental goals In a consequential development over the past week, India decided to stake out a clear position of defiance against the Belt & Road Initiative (B&RI), an ambitious Chinese idea that seeks to reshape the Eurasian geo-economic space....

Japan Slammed for Fueling U.S. Saber-Rattling

 Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The Institute for Asian Studies of the DPRK Institute for International Studies issued an article Tuesday to denounce the Japanese reactionaries for working with bloodshot eyes to render the situation on the Korean peninsula extremely tense and attain their sinister intention by giving a shot in the arm of the U.S. in its reckless moves to provoke a war against...

Rejects Press Statement of UNSC

   Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Tuesday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards the successful test-fire of ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12:     The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of great and special significance in ensuring peace and stability i...

India’s Illegitimate Stance on Kashmir

By : Dar PEOPLE of Indian Occupied Kashmir are being humiliated, tortured, injured and even killed with impunity by the brutal Indian occupying forces. What crime have they committed? Is asking for the promises to be fulfilled a crime? The promise of right of self determination was made to them by the Indian leadership (both Mr Nehru and Lord Mountbatten) and the world (UN Security Council) du...

Don’t want to upset India but we can’t ignore OBOR: Nepal envoy

Sachin Parashar Justifying its decision to officially join China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project despite opposition from India, Nepal has said that it cannot ignore China as the latter is not just an economic powerhouse but also its neighbour. Talking to TOI, Nepal's ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya said India reservations to OBOR were mostly about the China Pakistan Econo...

DPRK Warns U.S., S. Korean Intelligence Agencies of Merciless Punishment : Ministry of State Security

The Ministry of State Security of the DPRK released the following statement Friday: The last-ditch effort of the hostile forces, taken aback by the strong spirit of the DPRK dashing toward the final victory of the cause of Juche revolution, has gone beyond the limits after reaching the extreme phase. The recent hysteria about "beheading operation" and "preemptive attack&quo...

Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason: They Remember the Korean War

Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept Leia em português ⟶ U.S. troops bring in North Korean prisoners of war, Oct. 7, 1950. Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images 3 May 2017 – “Why do they hate us?” It’s a question that has bewildered Americans again and again in the wake of 9/11, in reference to the Arab and Muslim worlds. These days, however...

Thank You, Ms. Pelosi, But…

Maila Baje -  Sunday, May 07, 2017. Terms like resignation, impeachment and restoration are swirling around us and yet the United States believes it can take a leaf from Nepal's constitution.  Since it’s former US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi who made that remark in Kathmandu the other day, you can take it with a pinch – nay, a fistful – of sa...

Kulbhushan Conviction and Disappearance of Pak Citizen

By : K Bozdar SINCE the Indian Navy officer, Kulbhushan Yadav was given capital punishment by Field General Court Martial under Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act, Indo-Pak relations have been plunged. Yadav could appeal against capital punishment to Pakistan’s Supreme Court within 60 days. He was indicted for secret activities, sabotaging and espionage. Yadav had admitted be...

Institute for American Studies of DPRK Foreign Ministry Condemns U.S. ICBM Test-fires

 Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Institute for American Studies of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement Friday:     The U.S. carried out inter-continental ballistic missile test-fire on May 3 in the wake of the one on April 26 at a time when the situation on the Korean peninsula has reached the extremely dangerous phase due...

Trouble in court

MCD elections, MCD polls, delhi elections, municipal corporation delhi, aap, aam aadmi party, BJP won, MCD elections result, indian express news. editorial Current face-off between the executive and the judiciary in Nepal will further erode the credibility of both institutions   By: Editorial | Published:May 3, 2017 12:05 am At the root of the crisis is the politicisation of the judiciary, to which both the political parties and the judges have contributed. The move to impeach Sushila K...

DPRK Will Bolster Nuclear Deterrence at Maximum Speed: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement Monday said that the touch-and-go situation, created on the Korean peninsula due to the U.S. DPRK-targeted joint military exercises for aggression and the military threat, has left a serious lesson.     The confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. has lasted for more than half a ...

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies? INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, 1 May 2017 Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS Credit: FAO 25 Apr 2017 – It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as co...

When the US Bombs It is Rational, When Others Do So It is Terrorism

VIJAY PRASHAD Wednesday, April 26,2017 HARTFORD: A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force officer what it felt like to be bombed periodically by the United States in the 1990s. Whenever US President Bill Clinton felt irritated, I joked, he seemed to bomb Iraq. The officer, a distinguished man with a long career serving a military whose political leadership he despised, smiled....

Water as Human Right in the HKH and Beyond

Water is always a central concern for us here at ICIMOD, and I’d like to share with you three recent opportunities we had to focus on its importance: through a first of its kind training in Afghanistan on mapping and monitoring glaciers, through the celebration of World Water Day on 22 March, and through the Human Right to Water Declaration signed in Rome by Pope Francis and water exp...

U.S. Muscle-flexing Can Never Browbeat DPRK:

Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement on Friday:     The situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the U.S. to violate the sovereignty and vital rights of the DPRK at any cost.    &nbs...

Korea: Challenge and Response

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service 24 Apr 2017 – As the professor of economics Milton Friedman wrote “Only a crisis — actual or perceived —produces real change.  When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.  That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing p...

Why Is Trump Fighting ISIS in Syria?

Thomas L. Friedman – The New York Times 12 Apr 2017 – The Trump foreign policy team has been all over the map on what to do next in Syria — topple the regime, intensify aid to rebels, respond to any new attacks on innocent civilians. But when pressed, there is one idea everyone on the team seems to agree on: “The defeat of ISIS,” as Secretary...

Spokesman for Korean Jurists Committee Hits out at U.S. Missile Attack on Syria

The U.S. should be punished according to international law as its military attack on Syria was an undisguised act of aggression and war crime, says a spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee in a statement on Friday.     Recalling that the U.S. attacked an airbase of the army of the Syrian government with dozens of cruise missiles on March 7 under the absurd pretext of ...

Indian Reaction Over Kulbhushan Death Sentence

By : Dr M Khn - AFTER the announcement of death sentence to Indian spymaster, Kulbhushan Yadav by the Military Court of Pakistan Army, the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj cautioned Pakistan for the consequences. In her statement she said, “I would caution the Pakistani govt to consider consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter.” She a...

Nostalgia for Monarchy, in Nepal's Turbulent Times

16 April 2017, Anirban R Banerjee  Whether the Nepalese want the palace back, is a matter to be resolved among themselves. What India requires to do, is to step u1p its efforts to assist the people of the Himalayan kingdom to realise their shattered dreams It’s time for India to redefine its Nepal policy, correct the mistake of the previous Congress-led UPA (backed by the Left) pla...

Cross signals across the Himalayas

  M. K. Narayanan  APRIL 15, 2017 00:02 IST The 17th century Buddhist monastery perched on top of and surrounded by high mountains shrouded in cloud in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India. This monastery is home to some 500 monks and novices and is also the centre of religious and cultural life for Buddhists in the region of western Arunachal Pradesh.     ...

India scripts its own sequel of Kulbhushan episode

 Apr 11, 2017  Courtesy- International Daily Mail — Kidnaps an ex officer of Pakistan army from Nepal — Retired Pak Army Colonel was invited by a dubious firm on internet for job interview in Nepal — Lt. Col (rtd)  Muhammad Habib trapped by RAW through a  fake British firm in a pre-planned  cyber operation — RAW runs its cyber ...

IPCC presents findings and activities in Nepal

2017/08/PR 10 April 2017 KATHMANDU, April 10 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, will present its findings with a focus on South Asia at a regional outreach event in Kathmandu on 11-13 April 2017.    It will also present its work programme for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle at t...

Mystery as retired army officer goes ‘missing’ in Nepal

Retired Lt Col Mohammad Habib. ─Photo courtesy of author Retired Lt Col Mohammad Habib. ─Photo courtesy of author ISLAMABAD: A retired Pakistan Army officer has mysteriously gone missing while visiting Nepal for a job interview. The officer, identified as retired Lt Col Mohammad Habib, has been untraceable since Thursday (April 6) from Lumbini, a Nepalese town near the Indian border and a Buddhist pilgrimage site, soon aft...

Establishment of SAARC human rights Mechanism

South Asia is a complex region given its varied commonalities and diversities. The idea of SAARC as a leading regional forum has highlighted the need and urgency to learn and work with ideas coming across the boundary of the member nations. SAARC, like the practices in other regions has been trying to find answers to regional challenges in their shared customs, values, cultures and practices. O...

Nepal set to hop on China’s Silk Road, whatever India thinks

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (left) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 27. Photo: Reuters / Lintao   ZhangBy SALMAN RAFI SHEIKH MARCH 29, 2017 1:48 PM (UTC+8)       214 17 Having previously been almost entirely dependent on India for its trade, Nepal is slowly, but surely, coming out of decades of economic isolation. Like other regional countries, it is reaching out to China, another immediate neighbour, to strengthen economic relations, and is keen...

Raja Mandala: Neighbourhood defence

New Delhi is waking up to China’s growing relations with India’s neighbours. Written by C. Raja Mohan | Published:March 28, 2017 12:00 am What we see today is the geographic expansion of the Chinese defence profile way beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbours in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. India’s plans to sign agreements on defence cooperation with Bang...

Vipin spills the beans

Zamir Akram former Ambassador of Pakistan. By all accounts Vipin Narang is an outstanding scholar at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) specialising in South Asian strategic issues. At a recent conference on Nuclear Policy hosted by Washington’s Carnegie Endowment this Indian-American academic spilled the beans about the true nature of Indian nuclear doctrine by...

The rootcause of the escalatingtension on the Korean Peninsula and the danger and the injustice of the US hostile policy towards the DPRK

April1,2017 (Essay of Kim KwangHak, Researcher of the IFAS of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DPRK) In his report to the 7th Party Congress of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) the Respected Supreme Comrade Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea, said as follows: “Over the last 60 or so years since the signing of the Armistice Agreement the Unite...

China’s Growing Military Ties With Nepal – Analysis

 April 2, 2017 IDSA  0 Comment Banagladesh, China, Foreign Policy, India, Military, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia By IDSA The Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor General Chang Wanquan undertook a three-day official visit to Kathmandu from March 23 to 25, 2017. Chang led a 19-member high-level military delegation to...

India Needs to Move Beyond Hubris

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope 3 Apr 2017 – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi   now stands on the cusp of   ne...

Slaves

Baher Kamal |Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Slavery is, nevertheless, far from being just a chapter of the past—it still there, with estimated 21 million victims of forced labour and extreme exploitation ar...

University of Terror

Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom – TRANSCEND Media Service 1 Apr 2017 – Some days ago, a man committed an act of terrorism in the center of London, a city I love. He ran over several persons on Westminster Bridge, stabbed a policeman to death and approached the doors of Parliament, where he was shot dead. All this in the shadow of the tower of Big Ben, an irresistible photographi...

3 News with KPA General Staff Warns U.S., S. Korean Forces of "Special Operation"

Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces are busy staging madcap joint military drills for aggression with more than 300 000 troops, U.S. nuclear carrier Carl Vinson and B-1B and other nuclear strategic assets involved.     The on-going saber-rattling under the simulated conditions of an actual war assumes more serious nature ...

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS This story is part of IPS coverage of World Water Day, observed on March 22 Pastoralists in the Ufeyn region of Puntland are walking further and further to find water for their livestock. Credit: @WFP/K Dhanji 21 Mar 2017 – During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel...

These Two Rivers Were Just Given the Same Legal Rights as Humans in India

21 Mar 2017 – While the U.S. makes it easier for coal companies to dump mining waste into streams and waterways, other countries are acknowledging the importance of water and granting personhood to these precious resources. The High Court of the Indian state of Uttarakhand ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries are “legal and living...

'Why Waste Water?'

http://www.icimod.org/~icimod/v2/cms4/_files/images/068afe735a06af16957a0cd3fb2422d0.jpgDavid Molden, Director General, ICIMOD “Why waste water?” This is the provocative question-slash-theme posed by the United Nations this year in honor of World Water Day. And this question comes at a key moment when rising concerns about global water access has inspired the recent Human Right to Water Declaration signed in Rome by Pope Francis and water experts from around the wor...

From water consumers to water conservers: How waste water reuse and recycling can reduce water drudgery for women

Pranita Bhushan Udas Somewhere in a mountain village in the Himalaya, a woman folds a taro leaf into a cone, fills it with soil, and sows a seed. She waters her little cone with waste water from the kitchen, creating an enabling environment for the seed to germinate in. She hopes that in time the seed will add a bit of greenery to her kitchen. For her, water flows down in the river where it ...

Climate Change and Nepal

Shree Prasad Devkota and Navin Pandey – TRANSCEND Media Service 20 Mar 2017 – The global climate change and associated shifts in weather pattern are not an abstruse notion but an alarming reality today. Climate change is the alteration in statistical distribution of weather patterns for an extended period that disturbs the balance in ecosystem, hence creating havoc. Accordin...

Ballistic Rocket Launching Drill Is Right for Self-defence of Sovereign State

KPA Strategic Force Spokesman  The U.S. and its vassal forces are running around like a chicken with its head cut off following the ballistic rocket launching drill conducted by Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on March 6. It is against this backdrop that the UN Security Council, at the instigation of the U.S., Japan and the south K...

White Paper on human rights situation in the U.S. in 2016

Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) -- The DPRK Institute of International Studies on Wednesday released a "white paper on human rights situation in the U.S. in 2016".     The following is the full text of the white paper:     Styling itself an "international human rights judge," the U.S., the most heinous criminal state against humanity,...

International Women's Day 2017

Be Bold for Change: Achieving Gender Transformative Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya In our work, we document the change we see coursing through mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). While each mountain community from Afghanistan to Myanmar displays unique qualities and faces distinct challenges, one thing that unites them all is change. For good reason, much of the ...

Empowering Women Key to Achieving Sustainable Development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Kamala Gurung and Golam Rasul  Empowering women and ensuring gender equality is more than just a development goal. It is vital to advancing human development and achieving sustainable development. Sustainable development will not be possible without girls and women fully realizing their rights in all spheres of life.  The gender landscape has changed positively since the 2000s l...

Peaceful Protest as True Nationalism

Vithal Rajan –  By 1917, a hundred years ago, millions of men had already been killed in war-torn Europe, and hundreds of French villages and towns destroyed. When the war ended in November 1918, the Allies were almost on the point of surrendering but Germany succumbed first. Field-Marshall Foch called the Treaty of Versailles an ‘armistice,’ and so it proved, for anot...

Be Bold for Change: Achieving Gender Transformative Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

http://www.icimod.org/~icimod/v2/cms4/_files/images/068afe735a06af16957a0cd3fb2422d0.jpgInternational Women’s Day 2017  In our work, we document the change we see coursing through mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). While each mountain community from Afghanistan to Myanmar displays unique qualities and faces distinct challenges, one thing that unites them all is change. For good reason, much of the change that draws our attention these days is c...

DPRK Will Deal Merciless Retaliatory Strike at Provokers: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry released a statement on Saturday in denunciation of the ongoing U.S.-south Korea joint military drills against the DPRK.     The spokesman branded the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. in south Korea as the most undisguised nuclear war move to throw the Korean Peninsula and the rest of No...

Prisoner’s dilemma in local politics Why President Sirisena and MR won’t cooperate

2017-03-07 00:02:43  0  234      In game theory, there is this hypothetical strategy game that is used to explain why two rational individuals may not cooperate even when it is in their mutual interest to cooperate. It goes like this: Police arrest two criminals, but cannot find evidence to indict either of them on the principal charge, so decide to c...

Shining a Light on Rohingya Refugees

Dewey Sim |  “It is probably the worst kind of habitat a human can live in.” 3 Mar2017 – When she was 11, Hasina Begum was shot in the back. She had found herself in the crossfire between Rohingya protesters and the police force at the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh where she was housed. Things didn’t get better. Three years later, in 2007, the ...

Working on Gender in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Chhaya Vani Namchu and Menaka Hamal -  On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is important to reflect on the importance of the inclusion of gender in academia. The goal of gender professionals is to ensure fair representation of marginalized groups in a variety of discourses – be it literature, science, history, or even current affairs and popular culture. A larger...

Western Conspiracies against CPEC?

Dr Ramesh K Vankwani PRIME Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit to Turkey has exchanged his views on various important matters of regional importance; including national mega project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Different news reports related to his statement about western conspiracies against CPEC are still emerging in media. According to my information, the Prime...

KPA General Staff Warns Aggressors of Merciless Nuclear Counter-action of Justice

 Pyongyang, March 2 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued the following statement Thursday as the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers kicked off joint military exercises for aggression against the DPRK on Wednesday:     The largest-ever war drills will reportedly be staged by unprecedentedly huge...

Research Progress on Water-induced Hazards in the Upstream Koshi River Basin

The Koshi River originates in the Middle Himalayas in southern China, passes through Nepal, and joins the Ganges River in India. The Koshi River is one of the most important transboundary rivers in South Asia, and its basin is prone to a range of natural hazards such as landslides, debris flow, and glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF) that can result in tremendous social and economic loss. To ad...

ICIMOD - Message from the Director General

I would like to provide an update into the development of our new Strategy and Results Framework, plus give an overview of an interesting meeting to understand similar issues in the Arctic and the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, and to see where there can be more collaboration between people working in the two regions.   Revisiting ICIMOD’s Strategy and Action Plan Our five...

Uniting For the Next Split? Let’s Hope Not

http://nepalinetbook.blogspot.com/     Emerging from its much-publicized unity convention, the right-of-center Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) is seeking to project the image of your normal political party. And the Big Three political parties have contributed much to the normalization process.  From the balminess and banter the Nepali Congress...

Defence-Diplomacy-Nepal In Praise of Defence Diplomacy

By : Shakt The 2002 Gujarat riots were a three-day period of communal violence in the Indian state of Gujarat by extremist Hindus under the guidance and command of the Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi who was chief minister of Gujarat and mastermind the massacre of the Muslims. Besides previous massacre of Muslims, more than 2500 Muslims were killed in the BJP-ruled Indian state of Gujar...

Modi - Gujarat Behind the Curtain

By : Shakt  -   The 2002 Gujarat riots were a three-day period of communal violence in the Indian state of Gujarat by extremist Hindus under the guidance and command of the Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi who was chief minister of Gujarat and mastermind the massacre of the Muslims. Besides previous massacre of Muslims, more than 2500 Muslims were killed in the BJP-ruled Indian s...

Next Door Nepal: The foreign hand

Nepal crisis, Nepal constitution, Nepal constitution amendment, constitutional bill in Nepal, Nepal supreme court, Madhesi, Nepal Madhesi, Nepal violence, world news, Indian Express Donors, international agencies are blamed for fuelling secessionist demands.   Yubaraj Ghimire | Published:February 27, 2017 12:00 am Nepal’s 16-month-old constitution is flawed, not yet owned by a large section of the populace, and impossible to implement in the current form. (Representational Image) Nepal’s 16-month-...

A New Relevance for India’s Moderate Madrasas

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service 15 Feb 2017 – As the evening prayer ended, hundreds of boys rushed out of the building in waves, mats slung over their shoulders. On opposite sides of a dusty road, thousands of Muslim students in this remote farming town of Akkalkuwa in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, touching the Gujarat border, are preparing for very different future...

Malaysian Side's Unfriendly Attitude Hit Out

A citizen of the DPRK bearing a diplomatic passport suddenly fell into a state of shock before boarding an airliner and died on the way to a hospital in Malaysia on February 13. At that time the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia and the hospital side informed the DPRK Embassy in Kuala Lumpur exercising the right to consular protection of DPRK citizens that they confirmed he died of heart stroke a...

Truth behind the Human Rights Situation in Japan, an A-class Human Rights Criminal State Indictment by the Institute of International Studies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The wounds, which militarist Japan inflicted on the peoples of Korea and several other countries by committing crimes against humanity in the last century, have not been healed, and they ardently wish that such unhappy history would not repeat itself. However, until today, which has witnessed changes of centuries and generations, Japan has not yet made a self-examination of and an apology fo...

Foreign Ministry Spokesman of DPRK Slams U.S. and Vassal Forces for Faulting Its Strategic Ballistic Missile Test-fire

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Wednesday as regards the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces faulted the DPRK's surface-to-surface medium to long-range strategic ballistic missile test-fire:     The UN Security Council issued a press release under the manipulation of the U.S. on Feb. 13 in wh...

Greetings from DPRK

Pyongyang, 13 February, Juche 106(2017) Rt. Hon. Onsari Gharti Magar Speaker of Legislative Parliament Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal   Mr. Speaker, Please allow me to convey warm greetings to you and all of your parliamentarians on behalf of the Supreme People's Assembly(SPA) and my own person. It is with pleasure that I am sending you this letter to help y...

China and Trumpism: The Political Contradictions of Global Capitalism

William I. Robinson - teleSUR As U.S. hegemony declines and Chinese hegemony possibly rises, it is clear that the political scaffolding of world capitalism is hopelessly outdated. Combination of photos showing Chinese newspaper, stacked 100 yuan banknotes and US$100 bills. Photo: Reuters / teleSUR  14 Feb 2017 – When China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, w...

It’s secession, stupid

Mahabir Paudyal   Mahabir Paudyal         Madheshi Morcha leaders echo CK Raut on several fronts, with only slight variances in their tone and phraseology  You may wince at the title but some in Nepal have been using threat of secession as a bargaining chip to establish their ‘political’ agenda. This is ugly, wicked, immoral and un...

An Act of India’s Frustration

By : Jaml Hundreds of Afghan protestors gathered outside the Pakistan embassy in Kabul to protest against Pakistan’s alleged support to the Taliban, which appears to be an act of frustration on the part of India and Afghanistan for their failure in isolating Pakistan. There is incontrovertible evidence that pro-India Afghan group supported by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of S...

The Plight of India’s Small Farmers

His speech if of mortgaged bedding, On his kine he borrows yet. At his heart is his daughter’s wedding. In his eye foreknowledge of debt He eats and hath indigestion He toils and he may not stop  His life Is a long-drawn question Between a crop and a crop  — Rudyard Kipling, The Masque of Plenty 13 Feb 2017 – More than a billion people in the wor...

Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Per Cent of World’s Biodiversity

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS In much of the Andes, soil erosion is thought to be one of the most limiting factors in crop production. Soil is vulnerable to erosion where it is exposed to moving water or wind and where conditions of topography or human use decrease the cohesion of the soil. ©IFAD/ Juan I. Cortés 9 Feb 2017 – They are more than ...

Climate Change Certificate Programme for District-level Officials Opens in Chitwan

Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal – 15 February 2017  To address the growing challenges of climate change and disaster risk reduction, 70 district officials in Chitwan district gathered on 14 February to begin a four-month long certification programme in climate change. The certificate programme has been organized by the Chitwan District Development Committee, Government of Nepal with tec...

Donald Trump’s Dangerous China Illusions

Jeffrey D. Sachs - The Boston Globe Daniel Hertzberg for the Boston Globe 5 Feb 2017 – Today’s China offers a rude awakening for Americans who believe that the United States and the United States alone should dominate world power. Donald Trump seems to count himself among these neoconservatives, and China is their deepest phobia today. Trump is following a game plan...

Brahmaputra, Koshi, and Upper Indus River Basins

Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Forests in the Brahmaputra, Koshi, and Upper Indus River Basins : ICIMOD Research Report 2017/1 (2017) Ravindranath, N. H.; Bala, G. Two dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs), IBIS and LPJ, were used to assess the projected impacts of climate change on forests in terms of the shifts in vegetation types and changes in...

Indian Ocean Militarisation to Be Threat to Peace

By : Haider Warning that India’s design to monopolise Indian Ocean was “causing concern”, the Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz reminded the Pakistan Navy of its mounting responsibilities, assuring it simultaneously of Pakistan government’s “unstinted support” to enable it to play its vital role of safeguarding the countrys’ sea...

HAUNTING IMAGES OF KASHMIR

By  : SUKHANVER -  London based Indian writer Mirza Waheed very vehemently exposed the real face of the Indian atrocities in Kashmir in his article ‘India is blinding young Kashmiri protesters’. The article was published on 18th July 2016. He says, “Two sets of images have haunted me these last few days. One is a series of photos of people splashing bucket-loads of ...

हाम्रो नेतृत्व स्वाधीनताका साथ प्रगति गर्दैछ

   उत्तर कोरियाका राजदूत किम योङ ह्याक : यतिखेर किम जोङ उन चर्चाको शिखरमा छन् । उनले दक्षिण कोरिया र अमेरिकासाग मुकाविला गर्न ब्यालेष्टिक मिसाइलमात्र होइन, आणविक अस्त्र निर्माण गर्नसक्ने क्षमता बृद्धि गरेकोमा उनको चर्चा भएको हो । यद्यपि उत्तर कोरियामाथि राष्ट्रसंघले नाकावन्दी लगाएको छ र त्यो नाकावन्दीका कारण उत्तर कोरियाका सबै आर्थिक क्रियाकलापहरु सिमित बन्न पुगेका छन् । तैपनि उत्त...

Adaptation Outlook for the Hindu Kush Himalaya in the Making

Yubak Dhoj GC, Secretary, Ministry of Livestock Development, Government of Nepal addressing the workshop Photo: Rajendra Shakya/ICIMODPolicy workshop sets ground for a regional assessment of adaptation responses for the Hindu Kush Himalaya Kathmandu, Nepal 3 February 2017 – As the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is one of the fastest warming and most vulnerable regions on Earth to climate change, implementing adaptation measures that target these mountains and downstream areas is crucial. But to what extent are existi...

69th National Day of Sri Lanka

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu celebrated the 69th National Day of  Sri Lanka on 4th February 2017. The morning celebrations was held at the Embassy premises with the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp followed by hoisting of the  National Flag by Her Excellency W.S. Perera, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal with the participation of Sri Lankan community in Nepal. The R...

Kim Jong Un today

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to Pyongyang Orphans' Primary School which provides the best environment for education and living conditions.     He went round the school building, hostel and other places to learn in ...

DPRK Will Remain Committed to Independence, Peace and Friendship, Its Idea of Foreign Policy: Foreign Ministry

Pyongyang, January 26 (KCNA) — Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address reviewed with pride the achievements made by the army and people of the DPRK last year and clarified the stand of the DPRK government on its foreign policy.     A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry declared in a statement on Thursday that the DPRK would carry through the tasks in th...

The Media Is Now the Political Opposition

Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service 27 Jan 2017 – Stephen Bannon is correct that the US media—indeed, the entire Western print and TV media—is nothing but a propaganda machine for the ruling elite. The presstitutes are devoid of integrity, moral conscience, and respect for truth. https://www.rt.com/usa/375271-bannon-trump-media-cnn/ Read the co...

A summary analysis of the Survey @ICIMOD: Profiling Media Reporting on Mountain Issues

Over the past decade, ICIMOD has actively engaged media in its programmes. Every year, we host a variety of events (e.g, workshops, conferences, seminars, press events) aiming to improve our exchanges with journalists and the strength of our messaging to the public. Media coverage on our work has grown over the years, and this has increased our visibility within and outside the Hindu Kush Himal...

India in red zone on transparency list

The annual index of Transparency International issued on Wednesday for 2016 placed India with Brazil and China in the 40th position. : A major international index of corruption and transparency has placed India on the watch list for its inability to curb mega corruption scandals and petty bribery. The annual index of Transparency International issued on Wednesday for 2016 placed India with...

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Blasts Australia's Human Rights Abuses

Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Friday in connection with the fact that serious human rights abuses have been disclosed in Australia:     A report of an international human rights organization revealed that Australia applied harsh punishment system to child terror suspe...

The Issue Is Not Trump – It Is Ourselves

ANGLO AMERICA, 23 January 2017 John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service 17 Jan 2017 – On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on...

Why does India have a hard time to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir?

By :  Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai-  “Kashmir is an integral part of India, constitutionally, legally and morally something that is non-negotiable.” Ram Jethmalani, Outlook Magazine, October 8, 2016. “Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.’ Sushma Swaraj September 26, 2016 The fallacy advocated by the...

The Globalization of War, America’s “Long War” against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky​ The Globalization of War is undoubtedly one of the most important books on the contemporary global situation produced in recent years.  In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a si...

चिनियाँ बिज्ञले ओलीलाई भने– तपाईंले गरेको थालनीलाई चीन अघि बढाउन चाहन्छ

काठमाडौं, ५ माघ – चिनियाँ थिङट्यांक चाहर इन्टिच्युटका अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय सल्लाहकार बोर्डका महासचिव तथा चिनियाँ पिपुल पोलिटिकल कन्सल्टेटिभ कन्फरेस (सीपीपीसीसी) का सदस्य हुवाङ योईले एमाले अध्यक्ष तथा पूर्बप्रधानमन्त्री केपी शर्मा ओलीले नेपाल–चीन सम्बन्धलाई ‘नयाँ उचाई’ मा पुर्याएको भन्दै प्रशंसा गरेका छन् ।  नेपाल–चीन थिंकट्यांक सम्मेलनमा सहभागि हुन चिनिया...

Need for a Moral Confession of Political Parties in Nepal

9 January 2017 Shree Prasad Devkota and Pradip Raj Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service 7 Jan 2017 – We often worry about degrading political practices in Nepal. Unemployment, politicization of every institution, increased criminal activities and corruption has created a frustrated generation. Youths are migrating abroad and remittance has become life line of our economy. Diffe...

By 2050, India to have the world’s largest Muslim population: study

muslims, muslims in india, pew research centre, hinduism, hindus in india, pew study religion, India religion data, India religion study India will continue to have a Hindu majority by 2050, the study said. Written by Vishnu Varma |  Representational Image A comprehensive Pew Research Center study shows that by 2050, India will surpass Indonesia to have the largest Muslim population by any country in the world. However, India will continue to have a Hindu majority, the study ...

Open Letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Nuclear Weapons

16 January 2017 Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service 8 Jan 2017 – The text below is an Open Letter to the next American president urging complete nuclear disarmament as an urgent priority. The letter was prepared under the auspices of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and its current list of signatories is listed below. It is hoped t...

Water Dispute Accelerates Due to Indian Illegitimate Stand

By : Sajad Pakistan is a grave victim of water scarcity, because of being on lower riparian in relation to the rivers emanating from the Indian-Held Kashmir (IHK). India has never missed an opportunity to harm Pakistan since its inception; it is creating deliberate water shortages for Pakistan with the aim to impair Pakistan agriculturally. Historically, India has been trying to establish he...

U.S. Will Face Bitterer Defeat and Shame: KAPPC

A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) issued a statement Friday to denounce the Obama administration for foolishly resorting to the racket for putting military pressure on the DPRK although it is nearing its end. The Obama administration has now gotten busy, sending 93 000-tonnage nuclear-powered carrier Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean peninsula from the U.S...

Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Ryugyong Kimchi Factory

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, gave field guidance to the Ryugyong Kimchi Factory, a model and icon of the nation’s kimchi factories. He went round various places of the factory to learn in detail about the technological specifications of the productio...

India Activates Dangerous Arms Race

By : Shakat-  IT is most regrettable that by ignoring the modern global trends like renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and economic development, India has activated dangerous arms race in South Asia. In this respect, India test-fired its longest range surface-to-surface nuclear ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on December 26, t...

Great National Unity Called for

Pyongyang, January 7 (KCNA) -- The entire Korean nation is pervaded with confidence and enthusiasm to certainly open up a broad avenue to independent reunification this year, greatly encouraged by the idea of national reunification set forth by respected Supreme LeaderKim Jong Un in his New Year Address.     His New Year Address calls upon all Koreans to pool their w...

Tenet of DPRK's Consistent Foreign Policy

The Party and government of the DPRK are making positive efforts to usher in a new chapter of developing the foreign relations in line with its changed international position.     Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un clarified in his New Year Address that the Party and government of the DPRK would remain committed to the ideals of their foreign policy of indepen...

Japan recalls S. Korea envoy over 'comfort woman' statue

Commfort woman' (C) in Busan, South Korea, that has provoked the recall of Japan's ambassador to its neighbour (AFP Photo/) Tokyo (AFP) - Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea on Friday to protest the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate in the city of Busan last month. In a move likely to reigni...

Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World

2 January 2017 Mohammed Basyoni Abdulhaleem | Future for Advanced Research and Studies – TRANSCEND Media Service Shadi Hamid, Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World, (New York: St. Martin’s Press, June 7, 2016) The circumstances that Muslim majority countries, in the Middle East, in particular, have revealed a sort of “Islamic e...

America’s democracy has become illiberal

  Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) By Fareed Zakaria Opinion writer December 29, 2016   Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. ...

Why Rates of Human Organ Trafficking Are on the Rise in the Middle East

2 January 2017 Future for Advanced Research and Studies – TRANSCEND Media Service 27 Dec 2016 – In light of new alliances with crime mafias, gangs involved in the trafficking of human organs have increased in various countries of the region including Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Morocco, to name a few. The trafficking network includes university professors, doctors, members of ...

Kim Jong Un Makes New Year Address for 2017

Dear Comrades,     Having seen out 2016, in which we glorified each and every day with gigantic struggle, creating a new history of great prosperity unprecedented in the history of the Juche revolution, we are seeing in the new year 2017.     Availing myself of this meaningful opportunity, when we look back with dignity upon the great year filled wi...

Kim Jong Un Makes New Year Address for 2017

Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made a New Year address for 2017. In his address he sent New Year greetings to all Koreans and the progressive people of the world. 2016 was a year of revolutionary and auspicious event and great turn to be specially recorded in the history of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the country, he said, referring to the a...

अराजकताका सारथि शेरबहादुर देउवा !

 गोपाल बुढाथोकी ‘अहँ, भारत जाँदिन, निर्वासनमा जाँदिन, भागेर जाँदिन, जे गर्छु नेपालकै माटोमा गर्छु’ यसो भन्दै नेपाली राजनीतिका एक शिखर पुरुष जेल बसेका थिए । उनी थिए कृष्णप्रसाद भट्टराई । सन्त नेता भनेर कहलिएका किशुनजीलाई सधैं सम्झाउने दुई चिज छन्– छाता र सुराही । ती चिज आज कहाँ छ भन्ने शायद कांग्रेसलाई थाहा छैन । किशुनजीको पार्टी कांग्रेसलाई किशुनजीको देशभक्ति थाहा हु...

राजाले बोल्दैमा हल्ली हाल्ने, ढल्न खोज्ने कस्तो गणतन्त्र ?

कम्युनिस्ट विचारधाराबाट प्रभावित भएर चेतनशील भए । चेतनशील भएपछि काङ्ग्रेस नै देशको उद्धारक हो भनेर बुद्धिजीवी कहलिए । बुद्धिजीवी भएपछि देशमा काङ्ग्रेस होइन राजतन्त्र चाहिँदो रहेछ भनी निचोड निकाले । झण्डै साढे तीन दशक पत्रकारिता क्षेत्रमा कलम चलाए । कलमले के लेख्योभन्दा पनि कलमले उनलाई कहाँ–कहाँ पुर्यायो महत्वपूर्ण छ । कलमले उनलाई देशका सीमान्तकृत झुपडी हुँदै विदेशको शयर र सत्ता सङ्घर्षमा ...

Kashmir in Crimson

By : Lone There are times, when in conflicts, established hierarchy betrays, reverses or inverts itself and the place or the binary distinction breaks down, in moments of rupture of blunt torture and oppression. When the seemingly dependent entity (pro-India political parties in Kashmir) turn out to be the foundations for the dominant entity (India), the subservient installation becomes the ...

Next door Nepal: Gyanendra’s salvo

Nepal, Nepal King, King Gyanendra Shah, Nepal's dethroned King Gyanendra Shah, Nepal politics, Nepal king address, Nepal news Yubaraj Ghimire | Updated: December 26, 2016 4:28 am Former King Gyanendra. (Reuters File) On Thursday, A cabinet meeting was expected to chart the path for the adoption of a constitution amendment by the parliament. But the meeting ended after the prime minister and his team expressed fear and anger over a statement issued by the former king Gyanendra, a day earlier. Deputy Prime M...

It’s time to stop trying to predict North Korea’s collapse

It’s time to stop trying to predict North Korea’s collapse Choi Sun-sil's collapse theory was rooted in Shamanism, many analyst's predictions are just as shaky Tim Beal    December 7th, 2016   Everyone is interested in the notion that North Korea is on the verge of collapse. The idea has been around a long time, certainly since the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, if not before. Peter ...

New Zealanders too often ignore the ugly side of Nepalese tourism

Porters, including Ganga on the left, carry an Australian trekker to a waiting rescue helicopter. Porters, including Ganga on the left, carry an Australian trekker to a waiting rescue helicopter. Nicholas Boyack has been a regular visitor to Nepal since 2008, trekking to some of the most remote parts of the country. There is, he says, an ugly side to Nepalese tourism – the exploitation of porters and the trafficking of children that New Zealanders too o...

Celebrating International Mountain Day 2016 Mountain Culture: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity

9 Dec 2016 The theme for this year’s International Mountain Day calls for us to recognize and celebrate the diversity and identities that populate mountain regions around the world. At ICIMOD, we embrace this theme with great enthusiasm, as we strive to connect our research to unique mountain communities throughout the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). Our relationship to mountain comm...

KCNA Commentary Ridicules NATO for Going Meddlesome

Pyongyang, December 21 (KCNA) -- NATO, an organization serving the U.S. in Europe, is biting off more than it can chew.     The North Atlantic Council, a decision-making body of NATO, at a "special meeting" on Dec. 15 issued a statement denouncing the DPRK over the measures it has taken to bolster a nuclear force for self-defence.     The ...

Himalayan Glaciers, Changing Surface Water Regimes and Groundwater Resources: Connecting the Dots

Khumbu Nepal by Alex Treadway/ICIMODAnjal Prakash and Arun B Shrestha The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is one of the most dynamic, diverse, and complex mountain systems in the world, providing fresh water resources to more than 210 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people downstream. Several river and glacial systems originate in the HKH, making the region a “Third Pole” of the Earth. Scientific evidence...

Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor Aims to ‘Save the World’

JUSTICE, 19 December 2016 Lulu Ramadan - Palm Beach Post 11 Dec 2016 – Ben Ferencz once worked under the glare of the world spotlight seeking the semblance of justice for crimes that claimed millions of lives. Today, seven decades later, his arena is a home office in a retirement village in suburban Delray Beach, but he says his battle is not won and he works daily to make sure some...

Separatist Movements in India

By : Ashrf It is indeed hard to take an issue with those who believe that peaceful co-existence with India was not possible as it had not accepted the partition of the sub-continent and was relentlessly pursuing a policy to harm Pakistan, unmindful of the fact that continued animosity and hostility between the two countries would not only hurt both the countries but would also endanger peace, ...

A Song for Barpak

Takes ICIMOD Prize at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival Kathmandu, Nepal, 12 December 2016 With stirring images and stories from before and after the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake, director Pradip Pokhrel conveys a powerful story of loss, hope, and redemption in his hour-long documentary, “A Song for Barpak,” which has earned the ICIMOD best film prize at ...

Human Rights Day: A Call to Care

12 December 2016 Kathy Kelly | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights. On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul. Conditions in refugee camps can be deplorable, intolerable. Here, the situation is ...

India Failed in Diverting Attention from Kashmir

By : Shaukat Although by arranging various false flag operations like the attacks on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001, in Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008, at Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot on January 2, 2016 etc., India succeeded in deflecting attention of the world from the uprising in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) due to the US-led West’s double standard, yet Indian ru...

ICT for Mountain Development Award 2016

http://www.icimod.org/v2/cms4/_files/images/b0756c61ea15faf264c991b1c1de5d0f.jpg NepalVR team receiving the Award certificate       (Kathmandu, Nepal, 12 December 2016) Virtual reality for tourism, a crop database, a landslide warning system, and documentaries on Himalayan environments… these four topics took home top prizes from ICIMOD’s third annual ICT for Mountain Development Award.  The ICT for Mountain Development...

Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity Mountain areas are home to a large proportion of the world’s minority populations. While most of these consist of small numbers of people, some large groups exist, such as the Quechua in the Andes, the Amhara people in Ethiopia, and the Tibetans and Yi in China. Isolation, created by the rugged topographic barriers, has helped create and ma...

European Countries Denounced for Calling for "Int'l Commitment" as Regards Anti-DPRK "Sanctions Resolution"

December  6, 2016 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Sunday gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA in connection with the fact that European countries are calling for "international commitment" as regards the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolution" adopted at the UN Security Council:     After the U.S. prodded the UNSC ...

How Democracies Fall Apart

SNAPSHOT December 5, 2016Campaign 2016Democratization Why Populism Is a Pathway to Autocracy By Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz               Populism is gaining ground. Around the world, economic hardship and growing unease with globalization, immigration, and t...

Haiti 1791: the Cradle of African Nationalism and Internationalism

↩T.P. Wilkinson  Recovering the Virtue of Jacobins Editor’s Note:  Dr. Wilkinson delivered this paper about Haiti to a colloquium commemorating 40 years of study of African literature at the University of Porto, Portugal. ***** 24 Nov 2016 – Permit me to begin by saying that I am new to African literary studies. My academic training has been in the fields o...

Open Letter to Trump – Blueprint for Greatness

Diane Perlman, PhD -  Dear President-Elect Trump, with special attention to Ivanka, Melania and Kellyanne, Congratulations on your election.  I am among those who were shocked and frightened when you won. My brother loves you. I get how you make him feel good and how the Democrats didn’t reach him. We who fear your presidency would love you to prove us wrong and go down in...

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hits out at UNSC "Sanctions Resolution"

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The UN Security Council adopted a "sanctions resolution" faulting the nuclear warhead explosion test conducted by the DPRK in September last.     A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement on Thursday said that the DPRK strongly censures and categorically rejects it as another excess of authority and violation...

Parents of DPRK Abductees Send Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Human Rights Council

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The parents of the 12 girls who fell victim to a group abduction operation masterminded by the south Korean authorities sent the following letter to the United Nations high Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council on November 28:     We are parents of the 12 girls abducted to south Korea in April this year...

Indian Firing on Passenger Bus and Ambulances

By : Dr Khan OVER the last two months, there have been over fifty civilian deaths owing to unprovoked Indian firing at different locations along the Line of Control (LoC). The worst demonstration of cross LoC firing was on November 23, 2016 in Neelum Valley. This heavy weapon firing on a passenger bus killed 10 innocent civilians and injured eleven. The ambulance service too was fired up...

Chinese naval ships at Gwadar port call for a rethink of India's regional policy

Chinese naval ships in Pakistan's Gwadar port call for a rethink of India's regional policy MK BHADRAKUMAR  The reports quoted Pakistani officials saying that China proposes to deploy its naval ships in coordination with the Pakistan Navy to safeguard Gwadar port, which is the gateway to the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). India would have had some intelligence tip-off, which probably explains the mysterious episode on November 14 ...

moin-qaziIndia’s NGOs: A Mixed Blessing BRICS, 28 November 2016 Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service “The growth of civil society has been one of the most significant trends in international development.” — The World Bank 23 Nov 2016 – India has tens of thousands of NGOs, including local arms of global charities and homegrown groups, working on a wide...

50 Years of Fidel

Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela, loyal friends to the end.28 November 2016 TRANSCEND Media Service Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela, loyal friends to the end. Introduction- 27 Nov 2016 A person who changed human history by defying the US Empire (not USA!), run from the “imperial state” New York, has left us.  Yes, Cuba is not a multi-party state, the USA has had some problems recently not being one either, facing re...

International Mountain Day 2016

Here’s an  interesting Call for Participation to International Mountain Day 2016 – Mountain Cultures Photo Contest being organized  by the Mountain Partnership. It’s a part  of celebrating International Mountain Day on 11 December 2016.  The deadline is 5 December 2016.  For any queries, please write directly to Sara Manuelli (FOA) at&n...

Memorandum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK

The DPRK's Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves of the U.S. to Stifle It Five years have gone by since the DPRK, after having lost its great leader, engaged itself in an all-out confrontation with the U.S. imperialists to cope with their ever-worsening hostile moves and increasing nuclear threat against it. The people of ...

reminder call for the ICT for Mountain Development Award 2016

award recognizes innovations, use and applications of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) that help to promote mountain development and environmental conservation. More details are available on our website at www.icimod.org/ict4md   ICT for Development is increasingly being used across the world, including in some parts of the Hindu Kush Himalayan ...

China- Pakistan Economic Corridor : A Unique Model

By : Ndeem- The term game changer is used to refer to $46 billion china Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) project which is by far the most ambitious mega project that Pakistan has undertaken since its independence with its most reliable, closest strategic and economic partner China. Ideally, the CPEC will put Pakistan back on track, weaken the extremists, encourage armed forces to support pe...

The Tyranny of Democracy

paul-larudeeBY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 21 November 2016 Paul Larudee – TRANSCEND Media Service 11 Nov 2016 – With the possible exception of Venezuela, all democracies on earth are considered at least moderately pro-American. Is this because the US is such a model democracy that all other democracies are naturally friendly to it?  Or are all democracies naturally friendly to each othe...

DPRK Permanent Mission to UN Issues Press Statement

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) -- The Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations issued the following press statement with regard to the forced adoption of the "draft resolution" A/C.3/71/L.23 on the human rights situation in the DPRK submitted by the European Union (EU) and Japan at the Third Committee of the 71st Session of the Uni...

Researcher of DPRK Foreign Ministry Snipes at Anti-DPRK Invective by Official of U.S. Department of State

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) -- Jang Su Ung, researcher of the Institute for American Studies of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK, issued the following commentary titled "Nonsense talked by those on deathbed" on Thursday:     Robert King, "special envoy for human rights in north Korea" of the U.S. Department of State, recently sponsored together with ...

The Trump Presidency

ohan Galtung from Washington DC, 13 Nov 2016 - TRANSCEND Media Service Donald Trump passed the CBS 60 Minutes TV test on Sunday evening 13 Nov in Washington.  So did the very well prepared journalist. What came through was a relaxed Trump, in command not only of voice and body language and short crisp answers, almost always straight to the points, but also of an amazing array of facts.&...

Two Indias: Gandhi and Modern India

Gandhian Perspectives on Conflict and Peace – Hindu University, FL USA Johan Galtung, 14 Nov 2016 - TRANSCEND Media Service Gandhi was born 2 October 1869, was killed 30 January 1948 by a Pune brahmin, Godse. I was a 17 years old boy in Norway who cried when hearing the news.  Something unheard of had happened. But I did not know why I cried, and wanted to know more.  W...

Park Geun Hye Group's Moves to Seek Way out of Crisis in Provocations against DPRK Blasted

Pyongyang, November 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Disarmament and Peace Institute of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday in connection with the fact that traitor Park Geun Hye is trying hard to seek a way out of the worst crisis in provocations against the DPRK: Traitor Park has been thrown into an inescapable predicament following the ...

The Himalayan University Consortium: Building Knowledge and Capacity for Mountains

David Molden and *Ashok Gurung * HUC Steering Committee Member and Professor at the New School, New York, USA 25 October 2016 At ICIMOD we recognise the exceptional nature of mountains: the rich diversity of people, rich resources, the natural beauty, and the importance of the Hindu Kush Himalayas to Asia. We also know that mountain areas have exceptional challenges: vulnerabi...

WHY KASHMIRIS OBSERVE OCTOBER 27 AS BLACK DAY

By :  Raza Malik -   Background  The saga of Kashmiris’ sufferings is spread over a period of almost seven decades. It started with the landing of Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27 in 1947 and since then, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the globe observe the day as Black Day. Every year, the day is marked by complete shutdown ...

Religious Goddesses and Conditions of Women Today in India

Ravi P BhatiaDr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service 20 Oct 2016 – In the Hindu tradition, there are many goddesses (Devis) whom we remember and pay our obeisance to today. The names of some of the principal ones areLakshmi and Saraswati who symbolize wealth and knowledge respectively. Another goddess is Parvati who symbolizes love, virtue and strength and is ...

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Censures U.S.-Japan-S. Korea Joint Military Drill

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Saturday as regards another joint military drill launched by the U.S. in league with Japan and the south Korean puppet forces against the DPRK:     The U.S., Japan and south Korean puppet forces Saturday started a provocative joint naval drill chiefly targeting the DPRK wi...

India’s Water Terrorism

By : Hali  Genesis: The origin of the water wars between Pakistan and India date back to the time of the partition of India in August 1947. India realised that in accordance with the 1947 Independence Act, the people of the princely state of Kashmir would not cast their vote in favour of India since they comprised a Muslim majority, which had already suffered under the yoke of slavery of ...

The Wages Of Crying Wolf

Maila Baje- @ nepalinetbook.com, Sunday, October 02, 2016 So it eventually had to come to this. A decade after triumphing in their ‘people’s war’, Baburam Bhattarai is accusing Pushpa Kamal Dahal of betraying the nation in order to maintain his grip on power by signing a despicable agreement with India during his recent trip down south. Bhattarai said the 25-point communi...

The Real Scandal behind the Panama Papers

joseph-stiglitzJoseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Economics Laureate, and Mark Pieth – Vanity Fair After the leak of more than 11 million documents detailing sensitive, and often terrifying, information about offshore financial and legal activities, the Nobel-laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz was enlisted to help Panama reform its practices. But nothing could have prepared him for what came next. 29 Sep 2...

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पहिलो संविधानसभाबाट सबैभन्दा ठूलो दलका रूपमा उदाएको तत्कालीन नेकपा माओवादी गुटबन्दीको शिकार हुँदा हालसम्म दशाँै चिरामा विभक्त भएको छ । उक्त दलका अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहालले नेतृत्व गरिरहेको हालको माओवादी केन्द्र पनि हालसम्म गुटमुक्त हुन सकिरहेको छैन । दोस्रो संविधानसभामार्फत सबैभन्दा ठूलो दल बनेको नेपाली कांग्रेसमा केही समयअघि सम्पन्न महाधिवेशनमार्फत तीनवटा गुट प्रष्ट देखिएको छ । विगतमा गुटबन्द...

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captureबिसन्तर शाक्य नेपालको धर्म संस्कृति, परम्परामा राजाहरुको आस्था ,लगाब तथा यसको संरक्षणमा सदैब राजाको मात्र चिन्ता हुन्छ भन्ने कुरा नेवार समुदायको विशिष्ट तथा विश्व प्रशिद्ध पचली भैरबको मुर्ति ( गाग्रीमा भैरबको मुर्ति) निर्माण गरिबक्सेर देखाई बक्सेकोछ । प्रत्येक १२ बर्षमा पचली भैरब र राजा बिच खड्ग सात्नु पर्ने सदियौं देखि परम्परा समेत रहेको पचली  भैरबको मुर्ति पुरानो भई जिर्ण भएकोल...

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ठमाडौं आश्विन ८,  हरेक वर्ष कौलाथ्व पञ्चमीमा जात्रा गरिने टेकूस्थित श्री पचली भैरवनाथको मूर्ति नयाँ निर्माण गरिएको छ । प्रयागपोखरी ललितपुरका मूर्तिकार श्री सिद्धिराज शाक्यज्यूले तेश्रो पटक निर्माण गरिएको मूर्तिमा नयाँ प्रयोग स्वरुप मूर्तिलाई बाहिर निकाली घ्याम्पोमा टाँसेको देखिन्छ भने यसअघि पनि घ्याम्पोको गोलाईमा टाँसिएको हामी पाउँछौं ।  पहिले माटोको निर्माण गरिन्थ्यो भने पछि पछि...

Nepal and U.S. Embassy Mark Decrease in HIV Prevalence and Infection Rates

Government of Nepal and U.S. Embassy Mark Decrease in HIV Prevalence and Infection Rates   The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), celebrated the successful completion of the Saath-Saath project and announced its new LINKAGES Nepal project. The new project will continue to provide support for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. LINKAGES project starts in October 2016 and will support (1) Nepal’s ambitious goal of an AIDS-f...

Address of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen.  We congratulate Mr. Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session.1     We also pay tribute to Mr. Mogens Lykketoft for his capable stewardship of the...

Kim Jong Un Guides Ground Jet Test of New-type High-Power Engine of Carrier Rocket for Geo-stationary Satellite

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, visited the Sohae Space Center to guide the ground jet test of a new type high-power engine of a carrier rocket for the geo-stationary satellite. The newly developed high-power engine is a single engine whose thrust is 80 tf. ...

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF THE JUCH IDEA TOKYO, JAPAN

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Jholmal produces safer food and fetches better income

Suntali Rai Danuwar’s uses Jholmal to fertilise her broccoli in Kavre Palanchowk, Nepal. Photo: Roshan Subedi/CEAPRED The village of Bhoterungti in Kavre Palanchowk District, Nepal was one of many settlements in the region affected by the April 2015 earthquake. Most houses were constructed with bricks and mud mortar and were deemed unsafe. People now live in temporary shelte...

Challenges of Women Empowerment in Nepal

Shree Prasad DevkotaShree Prasad Devkota, Shiba Bagale and Shreeya Devkota – TRANSCEND Media Service Shree Prasad Devkota 19 Sep 2016 – Nepal being one of the developing nations, it is facing many difficulties in different sectors. As recommended by Jeffery Sachs one of the world’s leading expert on economic development there are 7 indicators by the presence of which a country ...

NSG & Pakistan’s Membership Bid

By :Kamram Pakistan has recently applied for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Much has been written on the subject, but as is always the case with matters of such complexity, much more remains unsaid. In the context of the upcoming plenary session of the group, it has become exceedingly important however that these conversations take place. The NSG is part and parcel o...

Ncell supports reforestation, conservation activities

Kathmandu, September 11 Ncell, country’s leading mobile service provider, has taken an initiative to support reforestation and also implemented environmental awareness program in Dhanusha, aiming to contribute in awareness and conservation of environment. Under the initiative implemented as a part of its corporate social responsibility, Ncell has planted 50,000 trees in 33 hectares ...

Feminism and Nepal

 12 September 2016 Shree Prasad Devkota, Shiba Bagale and Shreeya Devkota - TRANSCEND Media Service 6 Sep 2016 – From the time immemorial patriarchy has always been a part of human civilization. It may be because of the roles that have been assigned to the genders or the practices that has always demanded women to give more to the world than she takes.  One way or ano...

CHIEFF Of ARMY STAFF ADDRESS ON THE OCCASION OF DEFENCE DAY OF PAKISTAN—2016

Today we have gathered to pay tribute to those martyrs and heroes of the Nation whose unmatched sacrifices, courage and sense of duty has enabled us to breathe in an independent and respectable country. The war of September 1965 is a glorious chapter of our national history that bestowed a new determination and unity upon the people of this country. The supreme valour of the men and officers...

DPRK Demands Pullout of U.S. Forces from S. Korea

September 8 this year marks 71 years since the U.S. military occupation of south Korea. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement Wednesday said that the 70-odd history of the U.S. forces' presence in south Korea has been the one in which war, confrontation and escalation of tension have persisted on the Korean peninsula, adding that the U.S. forces in south Korea a...

DPRK Refutes Obama's "Statement" against Nuclear Warheads Explosive Test

Pyongyang, September 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK issued the following statement on Sunday:     Scientists and technicians of the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK successfully conducted a nuclear explosive test for judging the power of nuclear warheads. Much upset by this, the Obama group has gone foolish in its moves to incite an atm...

In Post-Olympics Brazil, a Political Coup is No Game

Amy Goodman and Denis MoynihanBRICS, 5 September 2016 Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan - Democracy NOW! 1 Sep 2016 – The Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro has been extinguished, and the global spotlight has left Brazil. In the shadow of the games, an extraordinary event has taken place, largely ignored in the U.S. media: a coup d’etat against Brazil’s democratically elected president, Dilma Rousse...

राजा फेर्न सक्ने जनताले लज्जाहीन नेता फेर्न सकेनन्

राजन कार्की -  पञ्चायत र बहुदल अफाप भयो भनेर बनाएको गणतन्त्र नयाँ कृति हो। हलो मासेर फाली बनाएको होइन, जनताले गरेको नौलो सिर्जना हो। त्यो कृतिमा राजनीतिक सजिवता, नेतृत्व क्षमताको कलात्मकता, राजनेतृत्वको जिवन्तता भर्ने काम नेताहरुको काँधमा थियो। नेताहरुले गणतन्त्रजस्तो सुन्दर कृतिमा विकृति र बिसंगतिका कालो पोते, बिगारे। आफू कलंकित बने, आफू हाँसेर जनतालाई रुवाए। नेपालको इतिहासको यो कालखण्ड ...

“Japan Has Always Been The True Friend of Nepal” Ambassado Masashi Ogawa

“Japan Has Always Been The True Friend of Nepal” Ambassado Masashi Ogawa

Managing climate and social risks key to hydropower development

David Molden sets the context for seminar and panel discussion  Photo: Udayan Mishra/ICIMOD2 September 2016, Stockholm, Sweden The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has nearly 500 GW hydropower potential, but only a fraction of it has been developed. As countries in the region gear up for increased hydropower production to alleviate energy poverty, they find themselves grappling with increasing climatic and social risks. Aseminar convened by the International Centre for Integra...

Kashmir and Palestine: The Story of Two Occupations

Goldie Osuri   IN FOCUS, 29 August 2016 Goldie Osuri – Al Jazeera The growing pockets of solidarity expressed for Kashmiris are heartening, as is the solidarity for Palestinian struggle. 24 Aug 2016 – The India and Israel alliance has been described as a full-blown romance, but the ongoing siege of Kashmir makes this a bloody affair – covert for y...

Chief of Security Officers in Panmunjom Warns S. Korean Side against Provocation

Pyongyang, August 27 (KCNA) -- The chief of security officers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at Panmunjom warned the provocateurs as follows Saturday against their deliberate provocation getting on the nerves of the soldiers of the KPA side in the area of Panmunjom:     Floodlight directed at the KPA side at random is taken as an intolerable means of provocation an...

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Categorically Rejects UNSC Press Statement

Pyongyang, August 28 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and its followers committed a serious hostile act of releasing a UN Security Council's press statement finding fault with the DPRK's measures for bolstering nuclear deterrence for self-defence such as the strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile test-fire.     A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a state...

Binod Chaudhary Awarded 'Asian Man of the Year'Binod Chaudhary Awarded 'Asian Man of the Year' Chaudhary (second from left)receiving award President of Chaudhary Group Binod Chaudhary has been awarded with 'Asian Man of the Year Award'. A US-based humanitarian organization, We Care for Humanity, recognized Chaudhary with the award for his outstanding philanthropic works in post-earthquake Nepal.

ICIMOD : Better Air Quality Conference

We are pleased to inform you that ICIMOD will be an active participant and contributor to the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ) 2016 being held in Busan, Republic of Korea from 29 August to 2 September 2016. At the conference, ICIMOD will be organizing a break out session to share and discuss approaches to mitigate air pollution in...

The US–south Korea joint military exercises and the Situation on the Korean Peninsula

In his report to the 7th Party Congress of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) the Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea, said as follows: “The United States should squarely recognize the strategic position of our Republic, now that it has joined the front rank of nuclear powers, and the trend of the times; it should scrap its anachronisti...

Voice of DPRk-Today

Date: August 26,2012 Film Workers Union of Korea Slams Park Geun Hye Group for Anti-DPRK Film Production Since Park Geun Hye came to power, her group has spent a large amount of money collected from the south Korean people as taxes to massively produce and screen different kinds of films groundlessly hurting the system in the DPRK and inciting confrontation with the compatriots. These ...

RAW-WAR

By : Mir   Yet another dastardly attack was carried out against a Hospital at Quetta resulting in 73 deaths and many more injuries, mostly among the lawyers who had congregated there on the death of their senior colleague, who was shot earlier in the day. It was obviously a well-planned and a well-coordinated action – beyond the ken of an ordinary terrorist. The Chief Minist...

Join us at the World Water Week in Stockholm

    ICIMOD looks forward to the 2016 edition of World Water Week in Stockholm and welcomes you to the below sessions where you can learn more about ICIMOD’s work on water and mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.  ...

How Officials Ignored Years of Car Emissions Evidence

A gray haze over Italy in March 2005 -- Northern Italy in particular is often faced with serious air pollution.ENVIRONMENT, 22 August 2016 Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter – Der Spiegel When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years – but didn’t act on it.19 Aug 2016 – Managers at Volkswagen know wit...

19 August, World Humanitarian Day: A Need for Common Actions

René WadlowRene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service In Memory of Sérgio Vieira de Mello (1948-2003) 19 Aug 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly has designated 19 August as “World Humanitarian Day” to pay tribute to aid workers in humanitarian service in difficult and often dangerous conditions.  19 August was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb...

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Denounces U.S. Nuclear Arms Buildup

Pyongyang, August 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK issued a statement on Wednesday in connection with the fact that the situation on the Korean peninsula has entered a very grave phase due to the U.S. ceaseless nuclear arms buildup targeting the DPRK.     The statement said that the U.S. brought to the Anderson air force base on Guam, on which...

KPA Panmunjom Mission

Only Miserable End Awaits Aggressors and Provokers: Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army (KPA) released a statement Thursday, 40 years since the occurrence of the "Panmunjom incident" which showed the world the miserable end of senseless provokers.     Detailing the "Panmunjom incident"...

Kin Jong Un- Activities

Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm. He set forth tasks and ways to turn the farm into the world's leading orchard and people'...

Dreaming Again for Equality in India

RICS, 15 August 2016 Devanuru Mahadeva – Al Jazeera 15 Aug 2016 – He was a firebrand and when he spoke, the warmth in his speech touched us. He was Professor Mariswamy Madaiah, who was born as an untouchable Hindu and died as a Buddhist. An incident from an interview with Mariswamy has haunted me ever since reading it. Mariswamy was waiting for a bus to go to the n...

15 August —- Black Day of Kashmiris

- Tabassum Kashmiris observe 15 August (Indian Independence Day) as black day every year. They express full hate against India and condemn Indian imperialism for continuously refusing Kashmiris right of self-determination. They also inform the whole world about Indian atrocities against unarmed Kashmiris male, female and children which are struggling for liberation from India. The aim of bla...

Climate Change in Nepal

By Ajaya Dixit, Institution for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal Question Two: How can we balance today's pressing needs with long term risks? How can public officials, especially in low income countries, address today's short- term pressing needs while preparing for tomorrow's climate-related impacts and surprises? The problems of today...

‘Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2016 : extended the deadline

We have extended the deadline for applications to the ICIMOD Small Story Grant 2016 – Nepal to 21 August 2016.  More details pertaining to the grant are available at the following URL www.icimod.org/?q=23454  Please consider applying using the submission form http://www.icimod.org/?q=23651 and refer closely to the&...

Research on adaptation and climate change in the Gandaki basin shared with key stakeholders in Nepal

Kathmandu, 11 August 2016 HI-AWARE – a research programme on adaptation, water, and resilience in glacier and snowpack dependent river basins of the region – brought together policy makers and practitioners from Nepal for a two-day workshop to share initial results of research in the Gandaki river basin. “Engaging with policy makers and practitioners is an important way ...

Xi Jinping Is No Mao Zedong

Keyu JinBRICS, 8 August 2016 Keyu Jin | Project Syndicate – TRANSCEND Media Service 4 Aug 2016 – Much of the world is watching Chinese President Xi Jinping with concern. Not only has he been re-concentrating power in the hands of the central government; many believe that his radical anti-corruption campaign is a fig leaf for a political purge. They worry that Xi is buil...

Hillary Clinton Email: We Must Destroy Syria for Israel

Syria-fight-Syria-for-Israel-790x350 hillary clinton emailsIN FOCUS, 8 August 2016 Sean Adl-Tabatabai | Your News Wire – TRANSCEND Media Service A leaked Hillary Clinton email confirms that the Obama administration, with Hillary at the helm,  orchestrated a civil war in Syria to benefit Israel.  The new Wikileaks release shows the then Secretary of State ordering a war in Syria in order to overthrow the government and ...

Sindh Assembly approves Hindu Marriage Bill

KARACHI: For the first time in the country's history, marriage laws for millions of Hindus living in Sindh have been codified after the Sindh Assembly approved the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016, on Monday.Senior PPP leader and Sindh Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmad Khuhro moved the bill in the provincial assembly which was later passed after a debate between the oppo...

The United Nations World Food WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) - half of a multiyear contribution to the Saemaul Zero Hunger Communities Project in Nepal. The funds will allow WFP to continue its work reducing poverty and food insecurity in the Far-Western region of Nepal into 2017. “I am delighted that KOICA re...

It Hasn’t All Been Said Yet

The euphoria gripping the Indian media following the resignation of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli evidently stems from New Delhi’s apparent triumph in having returned to the driver’s seat of Nepali politics after a hiatus of nine months. Granted, reporters and commentators across the southern border have made some effort to portray the difficulties that lay on the pa...

The Real Secret of the South China Sea

pepeescobarThe South China Sea is and will continue to be the ultimate geopolitical flashpoint of the young 21st century – way ahead of the Middle East or Russia’s western borderlands. No less than the future of Asia – as well as the East-West balance of power – is at stake. To understand the Big Picture, we need to go back to 1890 when Alfred Mahan, then president of&...

Trump vs. Clinton vs. Sanders: The Blind Leading the Blind Leading the Blind

howard richardsMy thesis is that the proposals put forward by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offer no solutions to the fiscal crisis of the state, and partly for this reason do not and cannot promise social integration.    I am not complaining.  I am just trying to do my part as a philosopher to help generate better ideas, ideas that will work. First I will cite some &...

When Will the Kashmiri Nightmare End?

By : Amrit Wilson Modi's unpopularity here in IOK  is perhaps not surprising. The new government's only planned initiative in the northern region so far is a mass movement of population. Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits – Hindus who had fled the Kashmir valley in the 1990s in the wake of popular uprisings and an armed struggle for a separate state – are to b...

India is Blinding Young Kashmiri Protesters

By :  Waheed Two sets of images have haunted me these last few days. One is a series of photos of people splashing bucketloads of water to wash away blood from the streets of Kashmir, where Indian forces have shot dead at least 45 people since 9 July. Thousands came out to protest and mourn the death of a rebel leader who was killed in an encounter with the Indian army and pol...

Indian Exit from IOK is the Only Option for New Delhi

After being a freedom fighting colony of Britain for centuries, India, since 1947, has assumed the role of a colonialist nation by annexing and occupying neighboring Jammu Kashmir.  India has killed more Kashmiris in a few decades than what it may have lost under British rule for centuries. Over years of misrule in occupied Jammu Kashmir, India has burnt its terror fingers, once again, by...

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Slams U.S. for Finding Fault with DPRK's Ballistic Rocket Firing Drill

Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday in connection with the fact that the U.S. found fault with the ballistic rocket firing drill conducted by the Korean People's Army:     Official figures of the White House and the State and Defense Departments of the U.S. are br...

HIMAP Author Writeshop Held

08 Jul 2016    The Hindu Kush Himalaya Monitoring and Assessment Program’s (HIMAP) Coordinating Lead Authors' Writeshop was organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) 11 to 13 June, 2016 at Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu, Nepal. The purpose of the writeshop was to advance the work-in-progress on the ‘Comprehensive...

EU Provides Six Billion rupees to Earthquake Affected Communities

 According to a press release issued by European Union, the Post Disaster Recovery Framework (PDRF) of May 2016 guides the EU and the Government of Nepal's shared aspiration to help the earthquake-affected communities build their houses back better and safer. It also confirms some other important principles, such as ownership, accountability, transparency and an equitable focus on prio...

How the Hague Ruling against China Could Spell Trouble for Japan

Japan's Kitakyushu Island SCSASIA & THE PACIFIC, 18 July 2016 Julian Ryall – South China Morning Post Japan has built structures on uninhabited rocks 1,740 km from Tokyo to mark its territory – just like China has done in the South China Sea. Japan’s Kitakyushu Island SCS 14 Jul 2016 – Tokyo has been quick to applaud the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Th...

2015 Gorkha earthquake response

One-Stop Portal Created for Key Quake-Related Data Finding and sharing data after a major disaster is both a critical need and a significant challenge, but in Nepal, after the Gorkha Earthquake, there is now a one-stop site where aid workers, researchers, and government departments can access credible data quickly and in a clear, user-friendly format. ICIMOD partnered with the Government ...

ICIMOD- Annual Report 2015, after earthquake

Message from the Director General The year 2015 was a memorable year for many reasons. The earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May that affected Nepal and neighbouring countries also disrupted operations at ICIMOD. However, the way ICIMOD and its partners responded will be something that I will not forget. I was proud that we were able to quickly rebound and deliver a full set of results for ...

COLUMN-North Korea is a nuclear power. Here's why the world just has to live with it.

(ennett Ramberg served as a policy analyst in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs in the George H.W. Bush administration. He is the author of "Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy." The opinions expressed here are his own.) By Bennett Ramberg What are Washington and its allies to do about North Korea? In January, Pyongyang tested its fourth nuclear device. It launch...

North Korea has a famous brewery that makes a sought-after beer

When you think of countries that make great beer, Germany and Belgium might come to mind. Probably not North Korea. Turns out, North Korea’s state-run beer distillery actually makes a decent brew, at least according to some of the reviewers who have actually been able to visit the hermit kingdom and try it out for themselves. Reuters went inside one of the fac...

साम्राज्यवादीहरुले नेपाल बिरुद्ध यसरी जन्माएका थिए प्रचण्ड

•भरत दाहाल पुष्पकमल दाहाल र बाबुरामहरुले के गर्लान् भन्ने प्रश्नको त्यति महत्व हुँदैन, जति महत्व उनीहरु कस्तो गर्भमा हुर्काईएका थिए भन्ने कुराको हुन्छ । गर्भ भनेको यस्तो इतिहास हो, जहाँ कसैको बिजारोपण र पोषण गरिएको हुन्छ । कुनै प्राणी आफ्नो गर्भको उत्तरदानका रुपमा विकास भएको हुन्छ । गर्भासयसँगको नाताको सम्बन्ध बिच्छेद असम्भव प्रायः घटना हो । यसर्थमा, विभिन्न नक्कली बहानाहरु देखाएर माओवादी...

The “Theory of the North Korean Threat” and the true intention of the U.S.

(Essay of Kim KwangHak, the researcher of the IFAS of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK) The moves, describing the DPRK’s measures designedto increase the self-defensive capacity as the “threat” to peace and security, are becoming more open in the wake of the DPRK’s successful test-launch of the surface-to-surface intermediate-range strategic ballistic ro...

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