Gloria Vanderbilt, who built a $100 million fashion empire, dies at 95

Kathmandu,June 18 To millions who wore her jeans, saw her alabaster face, jet-black hair and slim figure in magazines, and watched her move across a television screen and proclaim that her svelte jeans “really hug your derrière,” Vanderbilt was an alluring, faintly naughty fashion diva in the 1970s. Written by Robert D. McFadden Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of...

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader

HONG KONG,JUNE 17 : Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s most prominent student activist, has asked Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to step down. After walking free from prison, the 22-year-old activist has currently become the face of the 2014 pro-democracy protests. People have gathered on the streets today as well against a controversial bill that allows extradition to mainland China. Analysts have said that Wong is likely to increase pressure on Lam to resign. On Sunday, around two million people...

India planning to have its own space station

New Delhi,June 13 : A day after announcing the launch date of Chandrayaan-2, the chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan said Thursday that India is planning to have a space station of its own. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station,” news agency PTI quoted Sivan as saying. He added that the project will be an...

Frogs marry in Karnataka to please rain God !

Kathmandu,June 10 : A citizen’s forum on Saturday arranged the marriage of two frogs in Udupi in an attempt to appease the Rain God. Locals believe that this ritual will bring rain. The wedding ritual that began by catching hold of a male frog “Varun” from Kalsanka and female frog “Varsha” from Keelinje near Kolagiri was performed as per the Hindu tradition. ANI✔@ANI #WATCH Frogs married in Karnataka’s Udupi to please the rain gods. The frogs were dressed in...

Why there’s more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than you may have realised

Kathmandu,June 09 : This week brought news that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels at the Mauna Loa atmospheric observatory in Hawaii have risen steeply for the seventh year in a row, reaching a May 2019 average of 414.7 parts per million (ppm). It was the highest monthly average in 61 years of measurements at that observatory, and comes five years after CO₂ concentrations first breached the 400ppm milestone. But in truth, the amount of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere is higher still. If...

Malaysian PM bends law in controversial appointment of corruption watch-dog

PERMATANG PAUH,JUNE 7 : Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad must clarify why he appointed Ms Latheefa Beebi Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner, demanded Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim on Thursday (Jun 6). Latheefa was named to the post effective Jun 1, replacing Mohd Shukri Abdull who quit before his tenure to continue till 2020. Mahathir did not consult the Cabinet prior to the controversial appointment. The appointment is not in line with...

Trump Joins Queen For 75th D-Day Anniversary

London,June 06 : World leaders, including US President Donald Trump, have joined the Queen in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Theresa May is hosting 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. Figures from every country that fought alongside the UK are attending. Coming to the end of a three-day state visit to the UK, Mr Trump said he was looking forward to marking what “may have...

Decentralised water management is the future of South Asia

Kathmandu,June 05 : As the public sector struggles to provide water in South Asia, a bustling start-up industry is stepping in, but these entrepreneurs need to understand the complexity of what they are addressing Water management is arriving, if it has not already, at a crossroads where long-established and successful approaches are deemed inadequate in meeting the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal targets. Large-scale, centralised infrastructure, which was the hallmark approach to water management in the last two centuries, has...

Donald Trump to arrive in London today

London,June 03 : US President Donald Trump will arrive in the UK today for a three-day official state visit today. The Queen of England will host a state banquet at the Buckingham Palace today evening for President Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump. Meanwhile, protests have been planned across the UK during Trump’s visit – including rallies in London, among other places, media reports have said. President Trump and Melania will be given a tour of Westminster Abbey...

PM Modi To Take Oath Today,Oli To Take Part

Kathmandu,May 30 : More than 20 leaders are likely to take oath along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi including Nepali prime minister KP Sharma Oli. A galaxy of leaders from BIMSTEC nations, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, other opposition leaders, corporate honchos, film stars and other dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony. According to Indian media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath along with a new council of...

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