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  • Kim sends invitation to South Korean leader to visit North through sister

    AP PYEONGCHANG (South Korea), Feb 11   A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch and the potential shared joy of watching a “unified” Korea team play hockey at the Olympics. Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But the verbal message...

    The Sultan’s siege of Kathmandu

    He came to Kathmandu with around 20,000 men… His objective: to plunder, pillage and demolish everything. The celebrated historian Baburam Acharya thus described the Sultan’s attack on Nepal Valley. When he left, the city was ransacked, people displaced from their homes and monuments which took hundreds of years to build razed. Only Shiva, the lord of the lords, could help them get back on their feet. Many people, who would have watched the movie Padmaavat would imagine that this could...

    Australian govt to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse victims

    Agencies Canberra (Australia), Feb 8 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sex abuse before the end of 2018. In a surprise statement to parliament on Thursday morning, Turnbull said that “there is no more important obligation for every Australian adult than keeping our children safe from harm.” A Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final report in December, making 409 recommendations for change...

    Hunger used to target Rohingya in Myanmar now

    AP Nayapara Refugee Camp (Bangladesh), Feb 8 Abdul Goni says the Myanmar government was starving his family one stage at a time. First, soldiers stopped the Rohingya Muslim from walking three hours to the forest for the firewood he sold to feed his family. Then Buddhist neighbors and seven soldiers took his only cow, which he rented out to fertilize rice fields. Next, he says, they killed his uncle and strung him up on a wire for trying to...

    Retired archbishop of Hong Kong slams Vatican over deal with China

    AP Beijing, Feb 7 The retired archbishop of Hong Kong has slammed the Holy See’s negotiations with the Chinese government as a “catastrophe” that would bring suffering to millions of worshippers, as he escalates an extraordinary war of words against his church. Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen warned in a blog post this week that some Chinese Catholics who follow so-called underground churches are at risk of arrest even while the Catholic Church pushes for a historic breakthrough in relations...

    India to help Nepal in its development endeavors

    Kathmandu, Feb 4 : India has said that it is looking forward to working with the democratically elected government to take forward bilateral ties to newer heights for mutual benefit, and to support the Government of Nepal, as per its priorities, in its endeavours for rapid economic growth and development. Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, conveyed this message after her recent Nepal visit. Congratulating the Government and people of Nepal for the successful conduct of three-tier elections, India...

    Will lift suspension if CAN statute is amended again: ICC

    Kathmandu, January 29 The International Cricket Council has hinted that it may lift the suspension imposed on Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) if an advisory committee formed to solve problems facing the national cricket  agrees to amend CAN’s new statute. ICC Vice-Chairman Imran Hamid Khwaja says the international cricket governing body may end the nearly three-year-long suspension from its general assembly scheduled for June this year if the statue is amended before that. Khwaja is currently in Nepal in...

    Nepal condemns Kabul attack

    Kathmandu, Jan 28 : Nepal has strongly condemned the ambulance bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday that resulted in the loss of scores of lives and injuries to many innocent people. In a statement today, the Government has also extended heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Government and people of Afghanistan as well as the bereaved families at this hour of grief. While wishing for early recovery of those injured, Nepal hopes that the perpetrators of this heinous act...

    Two Nepali women plan to scale Everest with ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ message

    Charikot, Jan 23: Two women have planned to scale the world’s highest mountain peak Mount Everest with the objective of making the misconception regarding the birthplace of Gautam Budhha clear. Chhoki Sherpa of Simigaun of Gaurishankar Rural Municipality-9, Dolakha and Sharmila Tamang, of Rosi Rural Municipality-11, Kavrepalanchowk are on the mission of climbing the world’s highest peak measuring 8,848 meters with the message that Buddha was born in Nepal. The Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd is facilitating their expedition to...

    Two Nepali filmmakers’ productions selected for New York film festival

    Kathmandu, January 17 As Nepali filmmakers have been increasingly showing their strong presence at international film festivals these days, two Nepali filmmakers secured their places in the eight edition of New York’s Queens World Film Festival. Anuz Thapa’s documentary ‘Fighting for Justice’ is nominated under the Best Documentary category. A Nepali freelance journalist based in New York, Thapa’s documentary highlights the reluctance of criminal justice system to charge anybody with hate crimes. The film also sheds light on the...

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