Parliamentary Hit Bahadur Tamang urged the Nepal Government to rebuild the houses of Nuwakot district of Nepal

Parliamentary Hit Bahadur Tamang urged the Nepal Government to rebuild the houses of Nuwakot district of Nepal

Kathmandu / Raju Lama.

Parliamentarian Hit Bahadur Tamang urged Nepal Government reconstruction of houses of Nuwakot district of Nepal and arranged to open highways which joins Nuwakot district. Speaking on the parliament of Nepal on special time of parliament he urged Nepal Government through Speaker of Parliament of Nepal. "People were in great trouble to travel to reach their destination in this district through highways and house were not built till now which was destroyed by earthquake before 3 years," Tamang said. He also request Government to give emphasis to built Gonpa, Monasteries,Temples and Masjids which was destroyed during massive earthquake of Nepal. He also said to managed and transferred places which was risk to settle for both human life and personal property of Shivapuri Village of Nuwakot district.

26 wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile, say officials

26 wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile, say officials

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels, with shrapnel leaving 26 people wounded, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. Two children were among the wounded from the missile that was intercepted over the southern Saudi city of Najran on Wednesday, said a coalition statement published by the Saudi state media.The Iran-backed Huthis have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh usually says it intercepts.

The Huthis’ Al-Masirah TV said Wednesday’s strike was targeted at a Saudi National Guard camp in the border city. The attack brings the tally to more than 185 rebel missiles launched since 2015, according to the coalition, which that year joined the Yemeni government’s fight against Huthi rebels.

 In 2014, the Huthis overran the Yemeni capital and seized control of much of northern Yemen as well as a string of ports on the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies intervened in the conflict the following March, aiming to push back the Huthis and restore the internationally recognised government to power.

 Riyadh accuses its regional rival Tehran of supplying the Huthis with ballistic missiles, a charge Iran denies. Wednesday’s attack comes on the eve of United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, the first public meetings between the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels since 2016.

But both the government and the rebels have said they expect no breakthrough at the talks, which appear likely to be delayed. While representatives of the Yemeni government arrived in Geneva Wednesday, the rebels remained stranded in Sanaa, amid claims the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi was preventing them from leaving for the talks.

 The war in the impoverished country has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

3rd Korean summit: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in to meet in Pyongyang from September 18

3rd Korean summit: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in to meet in Pyongyang from September 18

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold their three-day third summit from September 18 in Pyongyang, Seoul said on Thursday, after their envoy met the North Korean leader. South Korea’s National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong, who led the special delegation to Pyongyang on Wednesday, told this to the media here on Thursday.

Kim and Moon have agreed to hold the new summit to continue strengthening ties and work on the denuclearization of the peninsula, as stipulated in their joint declaration signed in the first inter-Korean summit in April. They also discussed the complex process of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, Efe news reported.

During the meeting, Kim “reaffirmed his firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and expressed his willingness to closely cooperate with not only South Korea but also the US to that end,” Chung said.

North Korea’s state news agency KCNA, just minutes before the press conference, also published a statement by Kim guaranteeing his pledge to “realise the denuclearization”.

Chung also said that Kim has asked him to deliver a message to US President Donald Trump. However, he did not specify its content. After Trump and Kim signed a joint declaration in Singapore in June to work towards the denuclearization, in exchange for Washington guaranteeing Pyongyang’s security, the White House has grown impatient over the absence of concrete measures from the regime.

Pyongyang, for its part, demands progress in the signing of a peace treaty to definitively end the inter-Korean conflict in exchange for concrete steps to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

6.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Japan’s Hokkaido island

6.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Japan’s Hokkaido island

Tokyo: An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, followed by a number of aftershocks, rocked Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture on Thursday, leaving multiple houses buried by landslides. Rescue work is underway to search for the missing.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the major temblor was centred in the Hokkaido prefecture at 3.08 a.m. (Japan time) with the epicentre at a latitude of 42.7 degrees north and a longitude of 142.0 degrees east, and at depth of 40 km, Xinhua reported. The earthquake was logged above 6 in some areas of Hokkaido prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7. Dozens of aftershock followed, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 that hit the prefecture three hours later.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said the Tomari nuclear power plant operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s, had lost an external power source, and a spent fuel pool of its reactors was currently being cooled by an emergency power supply system. The nuclear watchdog said no abnormality had been confirmed in radiation levels around the plant. The JMA said there might be a slight sea-level change in Japan’s coastal areas as a result of the magnitude 6.7 quake.

Police said they had received multiple reports of injuries as a result of the quake, including an 82-year-old man who was found with no vital signs after falling down the stairs but was later recovered. In Sapporo, capital city of Hokkaido, 53 people were reported injured. A number of houses in the quake-stricken areas collapsed, with rescue work under way for those possibly buried under the houses, according to local officials. In Atsuma, at least 16 people were missing after eight households were buried by landslides, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Watch! George W Bush spotted passing candy to Michelle Obama at John McCain’s funeral and internet is loving it

Watch! George W Bush spotted passing candy to Michelle Obama at John McCain’s funeral and internet is loving it

A sweet moment between US’ first families is going viral on social media as former President George W Bush is caught on camera passing few pieces of candy to former First lady Michelle Obama. This happened during the memorial service for the late Senator John McCain on Saturday at Washington National Cathedral and the internet is obsessed with it. After former Sen Joe Lieberman paid tribute to his friend and colleague, the camera turned to the audience as Lieberman made a joke about McCain, catching the brief moment between the former president and former first lady.

Meanwhile, people on social didn’t miss the light-hearted moment and the video, since then, went viral. While some are applauding their friendship, others are proposing their own show. Check out some Twitter reactions below:


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 Seeing George Bush smuggle a piece of candy from his wife Laura to Michelle Obama while trying to be discreet gives me faith in the future of our Republic.   

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 George Bush sneaking Michelle Obama some candy during John McCain's funeral might be the video that saves the Republic

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 If George Bush passing candy to Michelle Obama doesn't give you warm fuzzies for the oligarchy you're dead inside.#OwnedTogether#StillWithering????

Roland Scahill

George W. Bush sneaking a piece of candy to Michelle Obama is warming my heart .

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Ben Harris
 I'd totally watch a travel show where George Bush and Michelle Obama go abroad and get up to wacky adventures.

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Late United States Senator, John McCain was on Sunday laid to rest in a private ceremony at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis which was attended by McCain’s family, friends, former classmates and other military leaders, reported the Wall Street Journal. John McCain passed away on August 25 at the age of 81 due to brain cancer.

With Agency inputs.

Brazil: Massive fire tears through Rio’s 200-year-old National Museum

Brazil: Massive fire tears through Rio’s 200-year-old National Museum

Brasilia: A huge fire has broken out at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country. Firefighters were tackling the blaze at the building, which contains more than 20 million items in its collection, the BBC reported on Monday.

Brazil’s President Michel Temer tweeted that it was a “sad day for all Brazilians”, adding: “The value of our history cannot be measured by the damage to the building.” It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured in Sunday’s fire. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Michel Temer

 Incalculável para o Brasil a perda do acervo do Museu Nacional. Foram perdidos 200 anos de trabalho, pesquisa e conhecimento. O valor p/ nossa história não se pode mensurar, pelos danos ao prédio que abrigou a família real durante o Império. É um dia triste para todos brasileiros

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The museum, which once served as the residence for the Portuguese royal family, celebrated its 200-year anniversary earlier in 2018. Images broadcast on Brazilian television showed how the fire, which is believed to have started after the facility had closed for the day, had spread throughout the building, the BBC said.

People reported on social media that the museum was completely consumed by the blaze. It housed mummies, meteorites, insects, and fossils amongst other things. “So sad to see history in flames”. In an interview with Brazil’s TV Globo, the museum’s director said it was a “cultural tragedy”.

The museum houses thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries including Egyptian artefacts, according to its website.

Its natural history collection includes important dinosaur bones and a 12,000-year-old human skeleton of a woman — the oldest ever found in the Americas. Employees had reportedly previously expressed concern about funding cuts and the dilapidated state of the building.

Thailand: With rising sea levels, Bangkok struggles to stay afloat

Thailand: With rising sea levels, Bangkok struggles to stay afloat

Bangkok: As Bangkok prepares to host climate-change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade. A preparatory meeting begins Tuesday in Thailand’s capital for the next UN climate conference, a crunch summit in Poland at the end of 2018 to set rules on reducing greenhouse emissions and providing aid to vulnerable countries.

As temperatures rise, abnormal weather patterns — like more powerful cyclones, erratic rainfall, and intense droughts and floods — are predicted to worsen over time, adding pressure on governments tasked with bringing the 2015 Paris climate treaty to life. Bangkok, built on once-marshy land about 1.5 metres (five feet) above sea level, is projected to be one of the world’s hardest hit urban areas, alongside fellow Southeast Asian behemoths Jakarta and Manila. “Nearly 40 per cent” of Bangkok will be inundated by as early as 2030 due to extreme rainfall and changes in weather patterns, according to a World Bank report.

Currently, the capital “is sinking one to two centimetres a year and there is a risk of massive flooding in the near future,” said Tara Buakamsri of Greenpeace. Seas in the nearby Gulf of Thailand are rising by four millimetres a year, above the global average.
The city “is already largely under sea level”, said Buakamsri.

— By PTI

In 2011, when the monsoon season brought the worst floods in decades, a fifth of the city was under water.  The business district was spared thanks to hastily constructed dikes. But the rest of Thailand was not so fortunate and the death toll passed 500 by the end of the season. Experts say unchecked urbanisation and eroding shorelines will leave Bangkok and its residents in a critical situation. With the weight of skyscrapers contributing to the city’s gradual descent into water, Bangkok has become a victim of its own frenetic development.

Making things worse, the canals which used to traverse the city have now been replaced by intricate road networks, said Suppakorn Chinvanno, a climate expert at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. “They had contributed to a natural drainage system,” he said, adding that the water pathways earned the city the nickname ‘Venice of the East’. Shrimp farms and other aquacultural development — sometimes replacing mangrove forests that protected against storm surges — have also caused significant erosion to the coastline nearest the capital.

This means that Bangkok could be penned in by flooding from the sea in the south and monsoon floods from the north, said Chinvanno. “Specialists anticipate more intense storms in this region in the years to come.” Narong Raungsri, director of Bangkok’s Department of Drainage and Sewage, admitted that the city’s “weaknesses” stem from its small tunnels and the hyper-development of neighbourhoods. “What used to act as water basins are now no more,” Raungsri said. “Our system can only handle so much — we need to enlarge it.” Today, the government is scrambling to mitigate the effects of climate change, constructing a municipal canal network of up to 2,600 kilometres with pumping stations and eight underground tunnels to evacuate water if disaster strikes.

Chulalongkorn University in 2017 also built in central Bangkok an 11-acre park specially designed to drain several million litres of rain and redirect it so surrounding neighbourhoods are not flooded. But these ad-hoc fixes may not be enough. “We need a clear policy of land management,” said Greenpeace’s Buakamsri, adding that the need for increased green spaces is outweighed by developers’ interests. “The high price of land in Bangkok makes economic interests a priority.”

Trump criticises media after off-the-record comment leaked

Trump criticises media after off-the-record comment leaked

Washington : US President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at media for “dishonest reporting” after off-the-record comments concerning North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were leaked.

Trump took to Twitter to say, “Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Can­a­­da, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it. At least Canada knows where I stand!”

According to a Fox News report, “The Toronto Star reports that it obtained comments from an off-the-record portion of an Oval Office interview between Trump and Bloomberg News. In those remarks, Trump said he isn’t making compromises with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government but isn’t going to say so publicly because ‘it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal”.”

Fox News further quoted Trump citing the Toronto Star as saying, “Here’s the problem. If I say no, the answer’s no. If I say no, then you’re going to put that, and it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal … I can’t kill these people.”

Meanwhile, the fate of the Nafta became uncertain when the US and Canada failed to come to a consensus on rewriting the three-nation trade pact. “We know a win-win-win agreement is within reach and that’s what we’re working towards,” Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told media on Friday.

President of Congress Party of India Rahul Gandhi arrived Kathmandu

President of Congress Party of India Rahul Gandhi arrived Kathmandu

Raju Lama 

President of Congress Party of India Rahul Gandhi arrived Kathmandu today. It's not a coincidence that PM of India Narendra Modi and Leader of opposition Party of India Gandhi both are in Kathmandu today. Modi is leaving Kathmandu today evening after concluding BIMSTEC Summit but Gandhi will move to Kailash Mansarovar of Tibet tomorrow. Gandhi is staying in Raddission Hotel of Kathmandu and he will fly for Nepalgunj tomorrow from where he will go to Kailash Mansarovar of Tibet.

Man in court over ‘plot’ to assassinate Dutch populist Wilders

Man in court over ‘plot’ to assassinate Dutch populist Wilders

The Hague: A man briefly appeared in a Dutch court Thursday on suspicion of wanting to assassinate far-right politician Geert Wilders after he said he planned to stage a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition.
The 26-year-old man “is being suspected of committing a terrorist act, planning to commit murder and incitement,” Dutch prosecutors said in a statement.

Police on Tuesday arrested the man at one of The Hague’s main railway stations after he posted a film on Youtube saying he planned an attack on Wilders or the Dutch parliament.

The man, believed to be from Pakistan, also called on other Muslims for support.

“Authorities are taking the threat very seriously,” the Dutch public prosecution service said in the statement.

“The investigation is ongoing” and the man is in custody “with maximum restrictions” meaning that he is only allowed to consult his lawyer.

Prosecutors did not release the suspect’s name, saying at this stage they were reluctant to release further information.

He will remain in custody for another two weeks before a next appearance.

Plans by Wilders, an avowed anti-Islamist, to hold a cartoon competition at his PVV party’s offices in parliament have stirred anger among Muslims, particularly in Pakistan.
The Netherlands on Wednesday updated its travel advice to Pakistan urging its citizens “to avoid demonstrations in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi”.

“Stay alert and keep a low profile,” the travel advice added.

A planned trade mission organised by the Dutch government and private companies in early November has also been postponed “until a later date”, the government-run Netherlands Enterprise Agency said in a separate statement.

Wilders in June announced plans to stage a cartoon competition in parliament later this year to draw the Prophet Mohammed. He claims he has received 200 entries so far.

The Dutch competition’s winner is set to receive a cash prize, Wilders said adding that the competition is not to “provoke or insult”.

“We are organising the competition because the freedom of speech is the most important freedom we have,” he said.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte however has distanced his government from the cartoon competition, saying it was not a government initiative.

Rutte last week said he supported free speech in the Netherlands but believed the cartoon competition “not respectful” and aimed only to provoke.

“The aim is to provoke, rather than stimulate a debate about Islam,” Rutte said — but he added Wilders was free to air his opinions.