Sunday, May 29, 2011

Why do people get married after having children?

Justine Thornton and Ed Miliband
The happy couple already have two children together
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his long-term partner Justine Thornton are due to get married. They already have two children, so why get hitched?

Friday, May 27, 2011

No sweat, all soul

from The Hindu
Catherine Rhea Roy
Varun and Rohn:
The Hindu Varun and Rohn: "We do have our creative differences". Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
Varun and Rohn started out with a simple dream. But when it turned true, Alma Mater grew really big, they tell Catherine Rhea Roy
I remember thinking that school was the worst thing to happen to me after my shellfish allergy. The wiser (read older) people said: “Those were the best days of my life.” Actually that was Bryan Adams, but the point being now I am wiser (read older) and those were in fact some of the best days of my life. And I shamelessly cling onto my alma mater in petty my school-your-school arguments, which one had a bigger playground, better uniform, won more trophies.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

‘The war is over… We’ve one way, one chance. That’s the peaceful way, peaceful negotiation, continuous engagement’

Selvarasa Pathmanathan: “I want to say to the Indian people and especially the [Rajiv] Gandhi family. I want to apologise for Prabakaran’s mistake” File photo
AP Selvarasa Pathmanathan: “I want to say to the Indian people and especially the [Rajiv] Gandhi family. I want to apologise for Prabakaran’s mistake” File photo
Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingam alias Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan, or simply ‘KP’, headed the ‘international secretariat’ of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and was its arms procurer. He took the leadership of the LTTE after V. Prabakaran was killed in May 2009. Arrested and taken to Sri Lanka two years ago, he is now in detention in Colombo. This is the transcript of an interview he gave V.K. Shashikumar of THL-Mediagrove on May 14. The interview was telecast over “CNN-IBN” and published by

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Arundhati Roy on Indian Democracy, Maoists

from By Krishna Pokharel

Writer and activist Arundhati Roy, winner of the 1997 Man Booker prize for “The God of Small Things,” is undoubtedly India’s iconoclast no.1. During the launch of her two latest books—“Broken Republic” and “Walking With the Comrades” —on Friday evening, she came to the defence of the military tactics of India’s Maoists in her polemical best:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
In Beldenadji, Mali, a canal has been extended to irrigate land, part of an American aid initiative.
SOUMOUNI, Mali — The half-dozen strangers who descended on this remote West African village brought its hand-to-mouth farmers alarming news: their humble fields, tilled from one generation to the next, were now controlled by Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and the farmers would all have to leave.
Deals for farmland have involved many African nations.

समाचार पढेर विज्ञ !

photo from faceobook
from Nagarik   
विमल गौतम
'संवाददाताहरुलाई जानकार व्यक्ति (स्रोत व्यक्ति) का रुपमा किन प्रस्तुत गरिँदैन? कुनै खास विषयमा वर्षौंदेखि निरन्तर समाचार लेखिरहेको संवाददातालाई त्यस विषयमा जति ज्ञान हुन्छ अरुमा नहुन सक्छ। संवाददातालाई जानकार व्यक्तिका रुपमा छलफल र निर्णय प्रक्रियाहरुमा सहभागी गराउने हो भने सन्तुलित सूचना सम्प्रेषित हुन्छ।'

Lower blood pressure naturally

from The Hindu
Fitness Centre. Photo:R. Ragu
Dr. Venugopal Gouri Fitness Centre. Photo:R. Ragu
“I don't want to start medicines for high blood pressure. There is no way I want to take medicines life- long” is the common response of a patient when suggested to start pharmacological help for hypertension. The unenthusiastic response is usually do to the fact the patient suffering with this problem does not always have any disturbing symptom that compels him to take medicines. But the fact is that in spite of any obvious disturbance the disease tends to have its own effects gradually on the human metabolism as it is called as the ‘silent killer.'

Monday, May 23, 2011

ताले घरको सपना

स्याउलाले बारेको घरअघि सानो छोराका साथ जानकी । तस्बिर: गजेन्द्र बोहरा/नागरिक
गजेन्द्र बोहरा

गौरियानाका दाङ, जेठ ८

आधा बारेको स्याउले घर बाख्राको खोरजस्तै लाग्छ । बाहिरबाट क्यामरा सोझ्याउँदा एउटी वृद्धा हतारिँदै निस्किइन् ।

'कोहो झिलिक्क पार्ने ?' उनले भनिन् । 'मैले' भनेपछि मात्रै उनले लामो सास फेरिन्, 'मैले त देशी (भारतीय) भन्याथेँ ।'

'प्रचण्डको दिमागमा क्रान्ति छैन’

from Nepal Weekly कुनैबेला एकीकृत नेकपा माओवादीका अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल 'प्रचण्ड'का निकट मानिने स्थायी समिति सदस्य नेत्रविक्रम चन्द यतिबेला उनका आलोचक भएका छन् । गत महिना अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डले जनविद्रोह छोडेर शान्ति र संविधानको बाटो अँगालेपछि उनीहरूबीचको दूरी झन् बढेको छ । यही सेरोफेरोमा प्रस्तुत छ, चन्दसँग भोजराज भाटको कुराकानी : 

अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डले हालै जनविद्रोहलाई स्थगित गरेर संविधान बनाउने लाइन लिनुभएको छ, त्यसबारे के भन्नुहुन्छ ?
पहिलो त सिंगो पार्टीले जनविद्रोहलाई स्थगित गरेको होइन, बहुमतले गरेको निर्णय हो त्यो। स्वाधीनता र जनसंविधानजस्ता राजनीतिक कार्यक्रम मिल्यो भने सहकार्यमा जाऔँ भनेर हामीले भनेका छौँ। यसर्थमा सिंगो पार्टीले विद्रोहको लाइन स्थगित गरेको भन्ने साँचो होइन।

When in power, people start making money, Maran told U.S. Political Officer

In a candid conversation with a Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate-General in Chennai in February 2008, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran spoke of corruption in his party and the increasing anti-incumbency factor in Tamil Nadu, according to a cable accessed by “The Hindu” through WikiLeaks. File photo
In a candid conversation with a Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate-General in Chennai in February 2008, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran spoke of corruption in his party and the increasing anti-incumbency factor in Tamil Nadu, according to a cable accessed by “The Hindu” through WikiLeaks. File photo
The estranged DMK M.P. spoke about party's corrupt image & predicted its downfall; criticised ‘freebies'; praised Rahul Gandhi; was ‘very downbeat' about United Progressive Alliance's electoral prospects
Suresh Nambath/ The Hindu
In a candid conversation with the American Political Officer in February 2008, DMK Member of Parliament Dayanidhi Maran spoke of corruption in his party and the increasing anti-incumbency factor in Tamil Nadu.
Consul General David T. Hopper, in a cable dated February 23, 2008 accessed by The Hindu through WikiLeaks, informed the U.S. State Department that Mr. Maran predicted that in Tamil Nadu the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and its partners “would lose about half of their [Lok Sabha] seats if things continue as they are.” Further, “talking about the increasing anti-incumbency factor in the state, Maran alluded to the general impression that the DMK is especially corrupt, saying ‘when people get into power they lose concentration and start focusing on making money.'”

Sunday, May 22, 2011

पछिल्लो स्क्यान्डलबारे के भन्छन् भुवन ?

from Nagarik
सन्तोष रिमाल, काठमाडौं, जेठ ९- दुईपटक बिहे, दुईपटक नै डिभोर्स। अनि बेलाबेला ‘स्क्यान्डल'मा मुछिइरहने अभिनेता भुवन केसीको जीवन फिल्म जत्तिकै नाटकीय छ। ‘महिला मित्र'सँग छिट्टै घुलमिल हुने उनको चरित्र फिल्मका कुनै रोमान्टिक पात्रको भन्दा कम छैन।

Directorate should be given military mandate: Pun

Following the recent decision of the UCPN (Maoist) standing committee to accept Nepal Army-proposed modality of integration, the parties are likely to reach consensus on the modality for integration of the Maoist combatants.
However, the Maoists have not accepted the modality in totality, leaving the nitty-gritties of modality open for discussion with other parties. In this context, Republica´s Kiran Chapagain and Kiran Pun talked to Barsha Man Pun, the chief of the party´s army department, on Sunday. Excerpts:

Becoming mother of a daughter

Binu with her daughter : photo from facebook
KATHMANDU, May 23: “Son or daughter?” my elderly neighbor asked me pointing my big belly. I proudly replied “daughter” as I was going to be a mother for the first time.I was eagerly waiting that cherished moment. But hearing my reply, her facial countenance darkened. She narrowed her eyes.
Anger was bellowed inside me but I remained silent. Breaking the silence, she began giving me sympathy, “First daughter is okay. But, next time check and give birth.”

शायद ज़िन्दगी बदल रही है

जब मैं छोटा था, शायद दुनिया
बहुत बड़ी हुआ करती थी..

मुझे याद है मेरे घर से "स्कूल" तक

का वो रास्ता, क्या क्या नहीं था वहां,
चाट के ठेले, जलेबी की दुकान,
बर्फ के गोले, सब कुछ,

अब वहां "मोबाइल शॉप",

"विडियो पार्लर" हैं,
फिर भी सब सूना है..

'जनयुद्धका उपलब्धिहरु सबै समाप्प्त'

from Kshepyatra Weekly
सीपी गजुरेल, गौरव सचिव- एनेकपा माओवादी
० सेना समायोजनसम्बन्धी नेपाली सेनाले सार्वजनिक गरेको मोडालिटीमा माओवादी सहमत भएको कुरा बाहिर प्रचारमा आइरहेको छ । वास्तविकता के हो बताइदिनुस् न ?
सेना समायोजनबारे सेनाले ल्याएको मोडालिटीसाग मिल्दो जुल्दो मोडालिटी नै पार्टीको बैठकमा बहुमतले पारित गरिसकेको छ । त्यो गलत छ भन्ने लागेर नै हामीले फरक मत दर्ता गराएका हौा । सेना समायोजनसम्बन्धी मोडालिटी सर्वसहमत रूपमा पारित हुन सकेन बहुमतले मात्र पारित भयो ।

Saturday, May 21, 2011

'Party will ultimately follow my line'

Maoist Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, who leads the hardline camp in the UCPN (Maoist), has registered a note of dissent against the party’s decision to accept Nepal Army’s modality for PLA integration.

Earlier, he had registered his dissent when Chairman Dahal adopted the line of peace and constitution overturning the mandate of the Palungtar plenum.

Baidya has accused Chairman Dahal of deviating from the revolutionary course of the party. Republica’s Kiran Pun caught up with him at the party headquarters Paris Danda after the standing committee meeting of the party held on Saturday. Excerpts:

संविधानसभाको म्याद अन्तिमपटक थप्नुपर्छ’

from Kantipur
काठमाडौ, जेष्ठ ७ -
संविधानसभाको म्याद थपिने/नथपिने विषयमा चर्को बहस भइरहेका बेला माओवादी अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल भने म्याद थपिनेमा ढुक्क देखिए । उनले शान्ति र संविधान निर्माण प्रक्रिया निष्कर्षमा पुर्‍याउने स्पष्ट आधार तय भइसकेको अवस्थामा प्रमुख प्रतिपक्षी कांग्रेससमेत म्याद थप्न सहमत हुने विश्वास व्यक्त गरे । संविधानसभाको म्याद थप्नुअघि उनले प्रमुख दलहरूबीच नयाँ समझदारी हुने र त्यसले मुलुकलाई नयाँ सहमतितर्फ डोहोर्‍याउने बताए । हालको तरल राजनीतिक अवस्थामा केन्दि्रत रहेर अध्यक्ष दाहालसँग कान्तिपुरका सुधीर शर्मा र गंगा बीसीले शनिबार गरेको कुराकानी ः

संविधानसभाको भविष्य अब के हुन्छ ? म्याद थपिन्छ कि थपिन्न ?

समग्र परिस्थिति हेर्दा हाम्रो पार्टीलाई के लाग्छ भने संविधानसभाको म्याद थप्नुको विकल्प छैन । संविधानसभाको म्याद थप्नका लागि आधारहरू निर्माण भइसकेका छन् । कोही पनि लोकतन्त्रवादी र त्यसका हिमायतीले यतिबेला संविधानसभाको म्याद नथप्ने कल्पना पनि गर्न सक्दैनन् भन्ने मलाई लाग्छ ।

Friday, May 20, 2011

Relationship milestones, worrying about the ‘whole future

Carolyn Hax,Columnist. 
from Washingtonpost
A disagreement broke out about your position of what the two-year mark in a relationship means. Would you mind clarifying?
Some said you believe that after two years, love dies due to repetition and monotony, and others said that’s nothing like what you said.

Average couple argues 2,455 times a year

Couple arguing.jpg
Average couple argues 2,455 times a year (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
from Times of India
A new survey has discovered that the average couple bickers 2,455 times a year - equal to almost seven times a day.

Researchers found that the biggest single reason for a tiff is not listening to what the other half is saying, which is responsible for around 112 cross exchanges a year, followed by money worries, spending issues and laziness around the house, reports the Sun .

Annoyance about over-spending, especially on impulsive or unnecessary purchases, leads to 109 disputes - with money in general being the cause of a further 108.

Detachment is necessary

from Hindu
We must realise that what we enjoy in this life is impermanent, and we must develop a detached attitude towards life, said M.V. Anantapadmanabhachariar.
There were kings who would retire to the forest and do penance, hence earning the title of Rajarishis. There were other kings who might not have retired to the forest, but carried out their duties while continuing to live in their kingdoms. But they were detached with regard to the power and pelf. Such a king was Janaka.
He carried out his duties as a king, but did so in the true spirit of a rishi, with no attachments whatsoever. He followed the path of karma yoga that the Lord was to talk about later in His Krishna avatara.

कम्युनमा एक रात

राँचीबाङ (थबाङ, रोल्पा)
'लाल सलाम,' टाउको भन्दा माथिमाथि मुठी उठाउँदै एकै तालमा आवाज झर्‍यो, 'हाम्रो अजम्मरी जनकम्युनमा स्वागत् छ।'
आम रोल्पाली घरका तुलनामा केही ठूलो काँटीका दुईतले घरअगाडि थालमा अबिर र हातमा लालीगुराँसको माला लिएकाकाको एउटा लाइनबाट स्वागत्को ताली पनि झर्‍यो। लाइनमा उभिएका अनुहार समाबेसी छ केही बूढी आमै, केही किशोर, केही युवा र केही बालबालिका।
लाइनमा सबैभन्दा अगाडि उभिएकी बूढी आमैले आगन्तुकका निधारमा अबिर लगाइदिइन्। त्यसपछि सनासोले चेपेजसरी चपक्क पारेर आगन्तुकसित हात मिलाइन्। कम्युनका अन्य सदस्यले आगन्तुकका गलामा लालीगुराँसको माला लगाइदिए। उनीहरुले पनि आफूभन्दा माथिमाथि हात उठाए र 'लाल सलाम' भन्दै आगन्तुकसँग चपक्क पारेर हात मिलाए।

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sex worker invited to Mamata's swearing-in ceremony

Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as West Bengal's first woman chief minister on Friday.

KOLKATTA: Seema Folka is excited, nervous and proud that she will be rubbing shoulders with the state's who's who on Friday. The 43-year-old will be attending Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in ceremony.
Folka is a sex worker who will be in the invitee's gallery when Banerjee and her ministers take the oath.
"We are thankful to Didi for showing a humane gesture by including sex workers in her invitee list. This quality in her will keep her connected with people from every section of the society," said Folka.
Driven to the profession by abject poverty, Folka entered the professiion at a young age. Her father used to work as a daily wage earner to feed five mouths till he became bed ridden due to gastric ulcer. Her mother's meager income as domestic help was too insufficient for the family. Most of the time Seema and his two siblings would go without food for days. And when Seema's marriage was arranged, the groom's family broke the engagement as Seema's father could not meet the dowry demand. That was when Seema left her Murshidabad dwelling for Sonagachi, the biggest red light area in Kolkata to salvage the family out of poverty.

A 'big' family affair

Family on the beach.jpg
A 'big' family affair (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Everyone has heard the old saying, the more the merrier. We are taking this saying to heart.
As the summer vacations are here, it's a perfect time to take a nice, long trip with one's family. But many of us are multiplying this fun by bringing their relatives along for the journey. Obviously, when you travel with a group of twenty people, including your cousins, nieces and nephews, it sure makes the trip a memorable one. 

टिबी लागेपछि हलियाको उठिबास

बाबुले ४० वर्ष, छोराले १६ वर्ष, भाइले ८ वर्ष र श्रीमतीले ६ महिना हरुवाचरुवा बस्दा पनि पाँच हजार ऋण चुक्ता भएन, पैसा उठाउन हलियाको घर जमिनदारले उखेलिदिए, भाँडाकँुडा पनि लगे

भोला पासवान/नयाँ पत्रिका
सप्तरी, ४ जेठ
सप्तरी दौलतपुरका एक गरिब किसानलाईर् टिबी लागेपछि परिवारकै उठिबास भएको छ । उनी स्थानीय जमिनदारको घरमा ४० वर्षदेखि हलिया बस्दै आएका थिए, टिबी लागेर काम गर्न नसकेपछि जमिनदारले उनको झुप्रो थामसहित उखेलेर लगेका छन् । 
दौलतपुर-२ लक्ष्मीपुरका जमिनदार (गिरहत) सूर्यनारायण यादवले स्थानीय मुसहर मौजै सदालाई ४० वर्षदेखि हलिया राखेका थिए । जमिनदार यादवले हलिया सदाको जस्ताले छाएको दुईकोठे घर, खम्बा, भाँडाकुँडा र लत्ताकपडासमेत लुटेर लगेका छन् । 

I imagined my true love

I don't know. But I can imagine. I cannot claim. But I can guess. I think, perhaps, Prashant G, fell in love again and again. Or he just share. Ramjane. Really, he posted heart touchy love poems in his facebook status on mid Thursday. And, some comments.
Yes, I can say. I can think. Anyway, it may be or not.
How and why human being falls in love? Nowhere its specific answer, till now.
But you may be exception. So, I borrowed his status and its comment, too. Oh, my friend, try. If you get, tell me. Just for you borrowed these lines from Prashant's status.

Happiness has a dark side

from Hindu  
Even happiness can have a dark side, according to the authors of a new review article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
They say that happiness shouldn't be thought of as a universally good thing, and outline four ways in which this is the case. Indeed, not all types and degrees of happiness are equally good, and even pursuing happiness can make people feel worse.
But setting a goal of happiness can backfire, says June Gruber of Yale University, who co- wrote the article with Iris Mauss of the University of Denver and Maya Tamir of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It's one of the many downsides of happiness — people who strive for happiness may end up worse off than when they started.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

मदन हत्यामा मैले गिरिजाबाबुमाथि शंका गरेको थिएँ

माधवकुमार नेपाल एमाले वरिष्ठ नेता तथा पूर्वप्रधानमन्त्री 
जेठ ३ को सन्दर्भमा कुमारको कथा र माधवकुमारको वार्ता
तपाईंहरू सरकारमा पुग्नुभयो । तर, दासढुंगा काण्डको छानबिन किन गर्नुभएन् ?
सबैले समय बितेपछि मात्र कुरा उठाउँछन् (हाँस्दै) । म प्रधानमन्त्री भएको वेला यस्तो कुरा कसैले गरेनन् ।
आफैँले अनुसन्धान गर्नुहोला भन्ने आशा थियो होला नि ?
एक महिना आशा गर्न सकिन्छ, दुई-तीन महिनासम्म आशा गर्न सकिन्छ । २२ महिनासम्म म प्रधानमन्त्री रहेँ । कसैको दिमागमा पनि रहेन, जब समय बित्यो, तपाईंले पनि उठाउनुभयो ।
ओली आयोगको प्रतिवेदन कहाँ छ ? 
पार्टीमा हुनुपर्ने हो । 
छैन, पाइएन ?
त्यसो नहुनुपर्ने
ओली कमरेडले बैठकमा पेस त गर्नुभएको थियो ?
खोई अफ्ठेरो प्रश्न सोध्नुभयो त (हाँस्दै) । खोई बैठकमा सुनाउनु भो कि, सम्झनै गाह्रो भो ।

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

मदन भण्डारीलाई बचाउन खोज्ने युवा २० वर्षदेखि पक्षघात पीडित

  जसले बचाएका थिए मदन भण्डारीलाई 
कुमार गुरुङ

- रामशरण बजगाईं , from Naya Patrika
'दासढुंगा' कुमारको एकोहोरोपनलाई घरिघरि ब्युँझाउने शब्द रहेछ । उनी एक्कासि बोले, 'लाइफ खत्तम भयो, देश बर्बाद भयो ।' ०५० साल जेठ ३ गते मदन भण्डारी चढेको जिप नारायणी नदीमा खसेर हराउँदाको साँझ कुमार भोकै बसेका थिए । उनी  राति नै पुगे दासढुंगा । खुब रोए, आफ्ना पि्रय नेताको वियोगमा । 
गोरखाको थालाजुङबाट कुमार गुरुङ ३४ वर्षअघि देशको राजधानी काठमाडौं छिरेका थिए । एमएस्सी पास गरेका उनीसँग आफ्नो विगतबारे त्यत्ति धेरै सम्झना बाँकी छैनन् । कारण उनी मस्तिष्कको पक्षघातबाट थलिए, आफ्नो वाणी र पुराना सम्झना गुमाए । सम्झना फर्काउन अहिले अक्कुपंचर विधिबाट उपचार गराइरहेका छन् र केही सम्झना र्फकेको पनि छ । कुमार जीवनमा भोगेका दुःख र करुणासँग चुकचुकाउँछन् अनि खुसीसँग अट्टालिन्छन् बेपत्तासँग । कुनै घटनाका विषयमा कुरा गर्दा अनुहारको भाव हेरेर बुझ्नुपर्छ । अनुहारको रंग र भाव हेरेर गरिने संवादबाहेक उनको जीवनबाट केही खोतल्न सकिँदैन । नेपालका चर्चित कम्युनिस्ट नेता एमालेका तत्कालीन महासचिव मदन भण्डारीलाई आफूले बालबाल बचाएको सम्झनाबाट उनी खुबै हाँसे संवादका क्रममा । बुझियो उनी आफ्नो त्यो पुरुषार्थबाट खुबै खुसी छन् । त्यसैक्रममा उनी चुकचुकाए- दासढंुगा सवारी दुर्घटनामा भण्डारीको देहान्त भएको घटना सम्झेर ।

Monday, May 16, 2011

Staged fright of the inevitable

CK LAL, from Republica daily news paper
Once acolytes of Krishna Prasad Bhattarai stopped patronizing Laxmi Didi’s teashop at New Baneshwar over a decade ago, Saturday mornings ceased to be politically significant for the residents of the neighborhood. Politics these days is discussed over rounds of harder drinks during Happy Hours in the evening at one of the various restaurants along the main road.

The April Uprising in 2006 reenergized the minor intersection in front of distinctive water tower as it became a favorite site for protest programs. Since the formation of the Constituent Assembly (CA), all kinds of pressure groups use the place to proclaim their position on various issues of national importance. Last Saturday it was the turn of the twitterati (The Urban Dictionary definition: “The Tweet elite, whose feeds attract thousands of followers and whose 140-character spews capture the attention of the rapt who doggedly monitor them”) to declare that they were angry, very, very angry, with their elected representatives.

Will take oath if 33 pc issue addressed: Gharti

Maoist leader Jayapuri Gharti, who has been named Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, boycotted the oath-taking ceremony.

Along with Gharti, two other ministerial nominees also boycotted the ceremony. All of them are from the Maoist party hardline faction led by Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya.
Gharti has argued that she is in politics not our of vested interests, but to fight for the cause of women and the betterment of society. 
"So oath-taking is not the major issue; the issue is whether reservations for women are ensured," Gharti said. She is also against the party´s decision to send into government those defeated in the CA elections. "What is the meaning of getting elected by people if losers also get equal political opportunity?" she asks. Excerpts of an interview:  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

गुण्डाहरुको नेता नाता

केपी ढुंगाना- नागरिक
यसपटक पनि आठै दिनमा उड्यो चरी भुरुरुर्र। उडेर सरासर बल्खु दरबारको गजुरको टुप्पोमा गएर बस्यो चरी। पुलिसहरू हेरेको हेर्‍यै भए। फिरौती रकम र हतियार सहित रङ्गेहात समातिएको चरी किन र कसरी उड्यो? किन बल्खु दरबारकै गजुरको टुप्पोमा गएर बस्यो? पुलिसहरूलाई केही थाहा थिएन। यी चरीलाई त्यत्तिकै चरी भनिएको थिएन। जहिले जहाँ थुनिए पनि भुरुरुर्र उडन्सक्ने विशेषता नै हो उनको। होइन भने, उनको नागरिकताको नाम त छँदै थियो -दिनेश अधिकारी। पक्राउ पर्दा उनीबाट बरामद भएका सामग्रीका आधारमा उनीमाथि कार्वाही चलाउन सकिने पर्याप्त आधार थियो। तर, प्रहरीले केवल ‘केही सार्वजनिक ऐन' अन्तर्गतको अभियोग लगायो। यही आधारमा उनलाई काठमाडौँ जिल्ला प्रशासन कार्यालयले पनि सहजै धरौटीमा रिहा गर्‍यो।

'गर्लफ्रेन्ड’का पतिले बीच सडकमै कुटे भुवन केसीलाई

शर्मिलाका पतिले बीच सडकमा कुटिरहँदा भुवन भनिरहेका थिए, 'यो पागल हो, यो बेकुब हो’

लक्ष्मण सुवेदी 
नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, ३१ वैशाख
फिल्मको पर्दामा गुन्डाहरूलाई 'रामधुलाइ' गर्दै आएका अभिनेता भुवन केसीले शनिबार बीच सडकमा वास्तविक 'धुलाइ' भेटेका छन् । 'रिल लाइफ'मा झगडापछि कुर्सीमा आराम गर्ने भुवनले 'रियल लाइफ'मा कुटाइ खाएर भाग्नुपर्‍यो । 
भुवनलाई बाटो छेकेर, गाडीबाट तानेर कुट्ने व्यक्ति उनकै नयाँ 'गर्लफ्रेन्ड' का पति हुन् । सम्पत्तिका लागि आफ्नी श्रीमती शर्मिला डंगोललाई बरालेको भन्दै उनका पतिले भुवनलाई हातपात गरेका हुन् । 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

काठमाडौंमा दम

'देखो इमरान, यसके आगे चौपाटी आता हैं। हर दिन यहाँ बहुत लोग आते है- भेलपुरी खाने, पाउभाजी खाने। मॆरे ख्यालमे यहाँ ज्यादातर लोगों खुली हावा खाने आते है, जिसको कमि महसुस होते है।'
कहिलीकसो फिल्म हेर्नु कहिलीकसो डायरी लेख्नु सामान्य हुन थालेछ। लोडसेडि+uको कारण बाथरुममा बत्तीको जिम्मेवारी पनि थाहै नपाई ल्यापटपले लिन थालेछ।
कहिलीकसो कति कुरा जानअन्जानमै पनि हुँदारहेछन्। 
सायद तपाईंको पनि होला। यसो सम्झनु !
अँ, जोड्न खोज्दैथिएँ, आमीर खानपत्नी किरण रावको फिल्म धोबीघाटसँग। फिल्ममा यश्मिन नुर आफ्नो भाइ इमरानलाई भिडीओचिठी रेकर्ड गर्दैछे।

मन छुने फोटोहरु

By Salokya from Mysansar
फोटो पत्रकार क्लबले आयोजना गरेको नेपाल कै सबैभन्दा ठूलो फोटो प्रतियोगितामा विभिन्न विधामा उत्कृष्ट फोटोहरुको घोषणा आज भयो। कुन फोटो राम्रो, कुन ठीक, कुन झुर- त्यो हेर्नेको आँखामा भर पर्ने कुरा हो। करिब छ सय जना सौखिन र व्यवसायिक फोटोग्राफरहरुबाट प्राप्त झण्डै पाँच हजार फोटोलाई छान्नु चानचुने काम थिएन। निर्णायकहरुले त्यसमध्येबाट १४३ वटा उत्कृष्ट फोटो छानेर त्यसमा पनि विभिन्न विधाका उत्कृष्ट फोटो चयन गरेका थिए। एउटा फोटोलाई वर्षको सर्वोत्कृष्ट घोषणा गरिएको थियो र एक लाख रुपैयाँ बराबरको पुरस्कार दिइएको थियो। माथिको फोटो त्यो एक लाख जित्‍ने सर्वोत्कृष्ट फोटो हैन। तर मेरो मनलाई भने चसक्क पारेको फोटो हो यो। एकछिन टक्क अडिएर धेरै सोच्न बाध्य बनाउने छ यो फोटो। समाचार विधातर्फ पहिलो पुरस्कार पाएको यो फोटो कपिलदेव खनालले खिचेका हुन्।
फोटोमा माध्यमिक विद्यालयका यी विद्यार्थीहरु समूहमा तुइनबाट त्रिशुली नदी तर्दैछन्। उनीहरुको बुद्दसिन गाउँमा माध्यमिक विद्यालय नभएकोले दिनहुँ दुई पटक यसरी तुइन तर्नुपर्ने बाध्यता रहेछ।

माथिको फोटो भने पर्यटन विधा अर्थात् नेपाललाई चिनाउने, नेपालको प्रवर्द्धन गर्ने फोटोहरु मध्ये उत्कृष्ट ठहरिएको हो। यसलाई लमजुङमा रमेश तामाङले खिचेका रहेछन्।

Friday, May 13, 2011

गृहमन्त्रीकी गृहमन्त्री

शब्द/तस्बिर : प्रमिला 
त्यसवेला छोरीले अक्षर चिने हुन्छ भन्थे । त्यसले कखरा पढ्न सक्ने भएपछि स्कुल छाड्नुपर्‍यो । उहाँलाई पनि मैले केही दिन सकेकी छैन । कहिलेकाहीँ लाग्छ पढेको भए अहिले उहाँलाई काममा त साथ दिन सक्थँे । सीतालाई पछुतो छ । 
पुल्चोक । मन्त्री क्वार्टर ब्लक 'डी' नम्बर चार  । यहाँ बस्छन्- गृहमन्त्री कृष्णबहादुर महरा । प्रधानमन्त्री झलनाथ खनालले आफ्नै दलसँग जोरी खोजेर माओवादीलाई गृह मन्त्रालय दिएका हुन् । तर, यी गृहमन्त्रीकी गृहमन्त्री -श्रीमती) सीता महरा भने साँच्चिकै गृहमन्त्राणी हुन पाउँदा त्यति खुसी रहिनछन् । 
क्वार्टरको भान्छातिर जाँदै गर्दा सीताले सुस्केरा हाल्दै गुनासो गरिन्, 'विकास-सिकास केही हुने होइन म त उहाँलाई यो मन्त्री-सन्त्री नहुनुहोस् भन्छु । बेकारमा मान्छेले गाली गर्ने मौका पाउँछन् ।'

Write where the heart is

 Suparna Chatterjee tells Sravasti Datta she loves to write simple stories thatare, at their core, very Bengali
With her doll-like face, large eyes and the red bindi on her forehead, Suparna Chatterjee looks every bit the quintessential Bengali. In fact so strong is her sense of roots — despite having lived in three different continents — that it's one of her strengths as a writer. Her debut novel “The All Bengali Crime Detectives” (Rupa, Rs. 150) provides a word picture of the sights and scenes of Kolkata, Chatterjee's birth place. Chatterjee, though settled in Bangalore, still remembers her childhood days growing up in the City of Joy. “This novel is a release of nostalgia I felt for home.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law

By SCOTT SHANEWASHINGTON — The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama in their first public reaction to their father’s death, accusing the United States of violating its basic legal principles by killing an unarmed man, shooting his family members and disposing of his body in the sea.
The statement, provided to The New York Times on Tuesday, said the family was asking why Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, “was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world.”

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…

by Ruth Gordon, LCSW It’s always unsettling, to say the least, when facing an inevitable unwelcome event that will occur at some unknown time in the future. This could be anything from going to the dentist to a serious loss. There hangs the sword of Damocles and we are helpless to make it vanish or to slither out from under it — we are stuck.
We can steel ourselves, go into denial, round up a crew of advisors, or utilize any one of a number of possible reinforcements.

Faces behind Facebook

from Hindu
An inside view of the Facebook office. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu An inside view of the Facebook office. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
A working day in the Facebook India office isn't just about ideas, codes, designs and tests.
‘Done is better than perfect,' sounds good? How about unleashing the painter in you on a clean bare wall? And then indulging in some more fun in ‘after-hour' activity? Sounds too good to be true? This is only a glimpse of how life is at the Facebook office.
You log in everyday and stay connected for hours here. You update and comment, post albums, events, videos and also become a farmer. All this and more on the social networking site — Facebook. How often have you traced old friends and got traced through this networking site. Then there are those who met on this virtual space and also tied the knot. Ever wondered how all this is possible?

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death

Portrait, Noam Chomsky, 06/15/09. (photo: Sam Lahoz)
By Noam Chomsky, Reader Supported News
07 May 11

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.
t's increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition - except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress "suspects." In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it "believed" that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn't know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence - which, as we soon learned, Washington didn't have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that "we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fear of flying—II

Prateebha Tuladhar
When I boarded the Cessna nine-seater aircraft from Nepalganj to Juphal, I just knew that I had to write “Fear of flying-II”, if I made it in one piece. The plane was tiny, really tiny. I was already shivering inside just at the sight of the aircraft.
I noticed the pilot, who had just flown the aircraft to Nepalganj from Juphal, sauntering near the plane talking to a tourist, drinking out of a mug that said COFFEE in brown letters all over it. He looked composed. I wondered how he could be so and also what kind of a man would want to fly such a small aircraft, and so many times a day.

Secret Held if Bin Laden Lived Here, Village Says

Warrick Page for The New York Times
News vans have begun showing up in Chak Shah Muhammad, the Pakistani village Osama bin Laden's wife said they made their home for two and a half years.

Bin Laden’s youngest wife, who was detained after the raid that killed her husband, told Pakistani investigators that they lived for more than five years in their last home, in Abbottabad, and before that spent two and a half years in this village of roughly 1,500 people, some 25 miles to the south.

Bin Laden’s Secret Life in a Diminished, Dark World

An image from a video seized during the commando raid shows Osama bin Laden at home, watching himself on TV.

The Abbottabad compound became the Bin Laden base in 2005. Interviews paint a portrait of a man, perhaps a little bored, presiding over family life while plotting mayhem.
WASHINGTON — The world’s most wanted terrorist lived his last five years imprisoned behind the barbed wire and high walls of his home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, his days consumed by dark arts and domesticity.
American officials believe that Osama bin Laden spent many hours on the computer, relying on couriers to bring him thumb drives packed with information from the outside world.

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With Former Guantanamo Detainee David Hicks

by: Jason Leopold, Truthout
David Hicks was one of the first “war on terror” detainees to be sent to Guantanamo the day the prison facility opened on January 11, 2002. He is one of the small group of detainees who challenged President George W. Bush’s November 13, 2001 executive order authorizing indefinite detention, which led to a landmark 2004 Supreme Court case, Rasul v. Bush, in which the High-Court said detainees have the right to habeas corpus. Hicks spent five-and-a-half years at Guantanamo and was tortured. Last October, he published a memoir, “Guantanamo: My Journey.” This is his first interview since his release from Guantanamo in 2007.

The War Is Over. Start Packing!

by: Robert Naiman, Truthout
We got our man. Wave the flag, kiss a nurse (or a sailor) and start packing the equipment. It's time to plan to bring all our boys and girls home from Afghanistan. When the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks rolls around, let the world see that we are on a clear path to bringing home our troops from Afghanistan and handing back sovereignty to the Afghan people.
With more Sherlock Holmes than Rambo and judging from press accounts, not much role for the 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan, US intelligence tracked Osama bin Laden to a safe house in a well-appointed suburb of Pakistan's capital and a small US force raided the compound. Press reports say Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in the compound and that his body has been buried at sea, in accordance with Islamic tradition that expects a burial within 24 hours.

Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later

Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times
Samar Hassan, with a relative, had never seen the photo of her, below, taken after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq — Until the past week, Samar Hassan had never glimpsed the photograph of her that millions had seen, never knew it had become one of the most famous images of the Iraq war.
“My brother was sick, and we were taking him to the hospital and on the way back, this happened,” Samar said. “We just heard bullets.
“My mother and father were killed, just like that.”
The image of Samar, then 5 years old, screaming and splattered in blood after American soldiers opened fire on her family’s car in the northern town of Tal Afar in January 2005, illuminated the horror of civilian casualties and has been one of the few images from this conflict to rise to the pantheon of classic war photography. The picture has gained renewed attention as part of a large body of work by Chris Hondros, the Getty Images photographer recently killed on the front lines in Misurata, Libya.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The daughter of a 9/11 victim reacts to the death of bin Laden

Matt McClain/For The Washington Post - Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, Judy Larocque, when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, on May 4 in Washington.
from Washingtonpost
Like most Americans, the first time I heard the name Osama bin Laden was on Sept. 11, 2001. Unlike everyone else, when I first heard his name, I had just hung up the phone after being told that my mother, Judy Larocque, had a reservation on American Airlines Flight 11 — which hours earlier had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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