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  • New Year 2019 Celebrations Around The World

    Kathmandu,Jan 01:A wave of celebrations are illuminating the skies above cities around the world, dazzling millions of people as spectacular firework displays and light shows welcome the arrival of the New Year. New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year’s Day). This was also the case...

    25 militants killed in airstrikes near Kabul

    KABUL, Dec 31: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed after the Afghan Air Force launched airstrikes in eastern Wardak province, 35 km west of Kabul, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday quoting the country’s Ministry of Defense. A total of 25 Taliban militants were killed as a result of air strikes that conducted based on a confirmed tip-off in Sayyed Abad district, Wardak province, on Sunday, according to Xinhua. Those among the killed were four local Taliban divisional...

    Kim expected to make policy announcements in New Year speech

    AP Seoul, Dec 31 Kim Jong Un will be keeping North Korea watchers busy on New Year’s Day, when he is expected to give his annual address laying out the country’s top priorities for the year ahead. The speech, which is normally broadcast on North Korea’s state-run television network, is often the best gauge of what the North Korean leadership is focused on and what tone it will take in its dealings with the outside world. For 2019, it...

    Sheikh Hasina Wins New Term As Prime Minister

    Dhaka,Dec 31: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday. Ms Hasina’s ruling party has so far won 281 of the 350 parliamentary seats, surpassing its previous election wins. The opposition has condemned what it called a “farcical” election, marred by violence and claims of intimidation and vote rigging. They won just seven seats and have demanded a new vote. “We urge the election commission to void...

    NASA’s New Horizons To Fly By Ultima Thule On New Year’s Day

    Kathmandu,Dec 31:The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) soon after the stroke of midnight. One billion miles beyond Pluto and an astounding 4 billion miles from Earth (1.6 billion kilometers and 6.4 billion kilometers), Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ever explored by humankind. That’s what...

    How sound can help us understand environmental change

    Kathmandu,Dec 30: Our hearing tells us of a car approaching from behind, unseen, or a bird in a distant forest. Everything vibrates, and sound passes through and around us all the time. Sound is a critical environmental signifier. Increasingly, we are learning that humans and animals are not the only organisms that use sound to communicate. So do plants and forests. Plants detect vibrations in a frequency-selective manner, using this “hearing” sense to find water by sending out acoustic emissions and to...

    Cyberattack hits US newspaper distribution

    Kathmandu,Dec 30: A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major U.S. newspapers, including ones owned by Tribune Publishing Co (TPCO.O) such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. The cyber attack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, Tribune, Sun and other...

    UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

    DAMASCUS,Dec 28–The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus Thursday, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold.  The UAE broke ties with Syria in February 2012, as the repression of nationwide protests demanding regime change was escalating into a devastating war.  Nearly seven years later, the Emirati flag was raised again during a ceremony attended by diplomats and journalists. An acting charge d’affaires has already started working, an Emirati statement...

    When New Yorkers Feared It Was An Alien Invasion

    kathmandu,Dec 28:There was a boom, then a hum. The lights flickered. A giant plume of smoke filled the New York City sky and turned it blue. “A sort of unnatural, fluorescent shade of blue,” said Bill San Antonio, 28, who was watching Thursday night from inside a terminal at LaGuardia Airport “We thought it was a UFO,” said Yiota Androtsokis, a longtime Queens resident. Androtsokis was not the only one. In the earliest moments, hundreds of Twitter users from...

    Weakened Bangladesh Opposition Hopes For Change In Sunday’s Election

    Dhaka,Dec 28:Campaigning for Bangladesh’s general election at the weekend ended on Friday after weeks of violence, mainly against workers and officials from an opposition alliance that has been criticised by the United States and others. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League is seeking its third straight term in Sunday’s election against the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which boycotted the last vote in 2014. The Awami League is promoting its economic record over the past decade but the...

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