Sunday, 30 September 2007

Breaking News!

Germany won the World Cup Soccer (women)

Today, Germany defeated Brasil 2-0 in World cup final tournament held at Sanghai, China.

First half of the tournamaent was totally in the Grip of Brasil however it ended 0-0. But at second half Germany took charge and changed the policy and controlled whole game and did 2 goals. The first goal came around 52 minutes and the last goal was near to end.

Brasilian topmost player and the highest scorer of he tournament missed the penalty goal. Also, one shot by Daniela rebounded by hitting the pole that shows their badluck.

We would like to congratulate winning team.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Protest against Myanmar regime in Nepal

Nepal Students Union activists stage demonstration outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Patan, Friday to protest against the crackdown on the democratic movement in Myanmar.

Killing of innocent people and peace lovers monks are considered as the start of end of Military junta in Myanmar. Their ends date have been started to count down. They will find no place inside Burma when they want to bury their body even after the deaths. Read more...

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Mahendra Police Club uprooted the Former Champ Regar Tadaz

Today in sensational match Nepalese Soccer League champion Mahendra Police club defeated the former champion of AFC football tournamaent, Regar Tadaz (Tajistani League Champion) by 2-1 goals. Jumanu Rai and Ramesh Budhathoki scored goals from Nepalese side.

Ramesh Budhathoki's last minute goal shattered the dream of former champion Regar TADAZ. This is the first ever enter of South Asian Team into the final of AFC football tournament. Tajistanai club Regar Tadaz were the winner of first AFC cup held in 2005 at Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tournament has been held in Punjab, Pakistan.

We would like to congratulate Nepalese team and wish all the best for coming final which is going to be held at 30th September.

News update: Mahendra Police lost to Dordoi Dynavo in the final game. The winner did 2 goals against Nepal's one goal. Jumanu Rai made only the goal from Nepalese side by penalty kick. Read more...

Nine killed in Burmese crackdown

The military warned protesters to go home or face 'serious action'Nine people have been killed amid a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Burma's main city of Rangoon, state television has reported. The dead included eight protesters and a Japanese man identified by Japan's APF News as a video journalist.
Eleven demonstrators and 31 soldiers were injured, state media said.
The clashes came on the 10th day of protests against Burma's military rulers led by the country's Buddhist monks. Hundreds have been arrested. Security forces on Thursday had to fire warning shots as protesters tried to take their weapons, the state television report said.
Witnesses said it was unclear whether bullets were fired into the crowd or above heads.
We still think that because there is a very, very heavy guard presence on University Avenue that [Aung San Suu Kyi] must be in her house halfway down that street Mark CanningBritish Ambassador in Rangoon
The military had been broadcasting warnings that the protesters should go home or face "serious action". World leaders have renewed their calls for an end to the violence. Japan's foreign ministry said it was working to identify a man found dead in Rangoon carrying a Japanese passport. The Japanese news agency APF News named the dead man as Kenji Nagai, a video journalist who had been in Burma for the agency since Tuesday.
The fresh protests follow reports of overnight raids on six monasteries. According to witnesses, soldiers smashed windows and doors and beat the sleeping monks. Some escaped but hundreds of monks were taken away in military trucks.

Key flashpoints in Rangoon:
Two members of the National League for Democracy, the party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were also arrested overnight. Britain's ambassador to Burma, Mark Canning, told the BBC he believed Ms Suu Kyi was still under house arrest, amid reports she had been sent to Rangoon's Insein prison.
"We still think that because there is a very, very heavy guard presence on University Avenue that she must be in her house halfway down that street," he said. Around midday, thousands of people poured onto the streets of Rangoon in an apparently spontaneous show of defiance. They began singing nationalist songs and hurling abuse at the soldiers driving by in trucks.
The soldiers responded with gunfire.
"They have shot several times into the crowd," one witness told the BBC.
Fewer monks
There are fewer monks on the streets - since so many were arrested - and there are large numbers of civilians instead, reports the BBC's Chris Hogg in Bangkok. The military may now have fewer qualms about firing on the crowd, our correspondent says, as monks are held in high esteem in Buddhist Burma.
A hotel in which foreign journalists have been staying in Rangoon has been surrounded and ransacked, our correspondent reports. Security forces have set up barbed wire barricades around Shwedagon Pagoda and Rangoon city hall, two of the focal points for the demonstrations.
On Wednesday, five people were reported to have been killed when police broke up protests. The military government has confirmed one death.

Recent Transfer in Ministry of Forests in Nepal

  1. Gazetted II class officers

    Shayam kumar Sharma to Jhapa
    Arun K.Shrivastav to RFD, Hetauda
    Ramanandan Sah to Kapilvastu
    Mahendra Raj Singh Suwal to Arghakachi
    Arun Sharma Pauel to Morang
    Suraj K. Shrestha to Gorkha
    Baburam Bhandari to Baglung
    Nirmal subedi to Dhanusha
    Hem Lal Aryal to Banke
    Krishna P. Pokhrel to Parvat
    Immamudin Ansari to Saptari
    Ganesh Jha to Tanahun
    Yogendra P. Yadav to Bara
    Diwakar Pathak to Dhading
    Vijaya Raj Paudel to Training center, Dhangadi
    Jagannath koirala Ministry
    Ashok Dhungana to RTC, Pokhara
    Kamal Bhakta shrestha to DoF
    Madhav Acharya to RD, Surkhet
    Shekhar kumar Yadav to Sarlahi
    Mohan Koirala to Ministry
    Krishna Raj Basukala to RTC, Biratnagar
    Ram Prasad Lamsal to Chitwan
    Keshav Kaji Shrestha to RD, Biratnagar
    Yam Bdr. Thapa to Rupandehi
    Rajendra P. Kafle to Nuwakot
    Raj Bdr. Raut to Bardia
    Man Bdr. Khadka to Kailali
  2. Gazetted III class Officers
    Rom Raj Lamichhaney to Kalikot
    Vijaya Raj Subedi to Myagdi
    Laxman Gautam to Nawalparasi
    Ram Babu Paudel to Palpa
    Santa Maya Shrestha to Rasuwa
    Bishnu P. Bhandari to Sindhupalchowk
    Mahendra Chaudari to Rautahat
    Kedar nath Dahal to Ministry
    Jeevan Kumar Thakur to Siraha
    Arvinda Kumar Barma to Kapilvastu
    Padam Prasad Dahal to Rupandehi
    Vinod Prasad Devkota to Chitwan
    Shila nath Jha to Sarlahi
    Upendra Prasad Patel to Saptari
    Durga Raj Niraula to Sindhuli
    Durga Raj Acharya to Lalitpur
    Shree Prasad Baral to Dhanusha
    Deepak Gyawali to Baglung
    Badri Prasad Baskota to RD, Pokhara
    Nanda Lal Roy to Pyuthan
    Krishna Prasad Osti to Gorkha
    Anirudra Kumar Sah to Morang
    Ishwori Prasad Paudel to Humla
    Dhani chand Thakuri to Achham
    Dirgha Narayan Koirala to Morang
    Krishna Prasad Neupane to Nawal Parasi
    Yadav Prasad Kandel to DoF
    Raj Narayan Prasad Jaisawal to RD, Hetauda
    Ghan Shayam Dhakal to Kavre
    Krishna Dutta Bhatta to RTC, Dhangadi
    Chandra Dev Lal Karna to Dailekh
    Ashok Kumar Shrestha to Gulmi
    Soharat Thakur to Mahottari
    Birendra Sah Teli to Mahotari
    Jagdish Prasad Gupta to Kailali
    Jaya Mangal Gupta to Rautahat
    Narayan Shrestha to DoF
    Khada Nanda Sharma to Kailali
    Gaya Prasad Barai to Rupandehi
    Gajendra Prasad Thakur to Tehrathum
    Jeevan Pageni to Baglung
    Ramesh Bahadur Chand to Darchula
    Prabhu Nath Prasad Yadav to Bajura
    Govinda Bahadur Shrestha to Banke
    Khem Nath Chapagain to Dhading
    Biswo Nath Mahato to Morang
    Shyam Prasad Nirala to Gulmi
    Naresh Thakur to RD, Pokhara
    Ramayash Prasad Shah to Sunsari
    Rama Aharaya Yadav to Bara
    Purneshwor Subedi to Kaski
    Devi Chandra Pokhrel to Parvat
    Padam Raj Nepal to Makwanpur
    Fanindra Pokhrel to Nawal Parasi
    Hari Narayan Mandal to Bardia
    Bodh Raj Subedi to Training Center, Surkhet
    Shiva Kumar Wagle to Rupandehi
    Rajendra Singh Bhandari to Kavre
    Badri Kumar Karki to DoF
    Narenda Bdr. Pacchai to DoF
    Krishna Kumar Dhakal to Bardia
    Dhananjaya Paudel to Tanahun
    Ram Babu Sah to Parsa
    Bindu Kumari Mishra to Bhaktapur
    Shyam Kumar Mishra to Chitwan
    Ashok Kumar Jha to Saptari
    Rabindra Maharjan to Mugu
    Pashupati Nath Koirala to Rolpa
    Saroj Kumar Pandey to Dolkha
    Bhairav Ghimire to DSCO, Mustang
    Kumbha Raj Lama to Okhaldhunga
    Yagya Nath Dahal to Ramechhap
    Pralad Psd. Dhital to Gorkha
    Mahantha Prasad Pandit to Solukhumbu
    Shiva Sapkota to Ministry
    Tirtha Raj Joshi to Doti

2 rangers killed

2 rangers were killed by Muslim rebels in Thailand at Yala state. They were killed in their own home by rebels. Read more...

Maoists grievously injure ANNFSU leader

KATHMANDU, Sept 27 - In yet another instance of impunity, cadres of the Young Communist League allegedly beat up a student leader of All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) in Pokhara Friday and left him on the banks of the Seti River.
Dudh Prasad Ghale, Secretary of ANNFSU Gandaki Zonal Committee, was found unconscious and in a critical condition at the foot of a cliff near Prithivi Narayan (PN) Campus Tuesday night.
Ghale was rescued only after people walking past the cliff noticed him lying there at 10 pm Tuesday. He was airlifted to Kathmandu after Manipal Teaching Hospital referred him to TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu.
Ghale has eight broken teeth. He could not speak due to his injuries. Ghale had just returned home after being treated in hospital for typhoid.
Meanwhile, general secretary of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal visited the teaching hospital to inquire about Ghale's condition. Ghale expressed himself in writing to UML chief Nepal.
Though he could not give more details, he wrote some words to describe the incident. According to him, a group entered his room, locked it, beat him up and threw him on the river bank believing him to be dead.
Commenting on the incident Nepal said that a series of Maoist attacks on UML cadres was the outcome of the "trigger-happy attitude of the former rebels (Maoists)." He urged UML rank and file to expose such activities of the Maoists before the people.
Stating that the Maoists, politically unnerved, were resorting to violence, Nepal also instructed UML cadres to expose Maoist excesses. "It shows the Maoists have not reformed," Nepal said. However, the UML chief instructed his cadres to defend themselves in ideologically and not resort to violence.
Organizing a press meet at the hospital premises at Maharajgunj, ANNFSU announced that talks and cooperation with pro-Maoist students would not take place until the latter mended their ways.
A report from Pokhara stated ANNFSU leaders in Kaski claim pro-Maoist students chased Ghale up to the cliff before throwing him from the top. However, members of All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), the Maoist student wing, refuted the claim.
The ANNFSU claimed that 10 Maoist students wielding khukuris and canes attacked Ghale.
A group of Maoist students led by Dinesh Poudel of PN campus chased Ghale toward the cliff from the hostel as per a plan hatched by Sudip Kuwar, central secretariat member of ANNISU-R, said a statement issued by Rashmi Acharya, ANNFSU coordinator of Gandaki zone. Kuwar of ANNISU-R claimed that Ghale was not attacked. "He might have accidentally fallen from the cliff when he ran away fearing attack by ANNISU-R students when the latter reached the hostel," Kuwar said.
The situation at PN campus and Paschimanchal Engineering Institute at Lamachaur has remained tense for the last four days due to frequent clashes between pro-UML and Maoist students.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Nepali Congress decides to go for ‘federal democratic republic’

In a major policy shift, the Nepali Congress, the biggest party in the interim parliament and the coalition government, today formally decided to go for federal democratic republic.
The joint Mahasamiti meeting organised after yesterday’s unification between the NC and the NC (Democratic) unanimously passed the election manifesto, making federal democratic republic as the party’s political line.

According to Dr Prakash Saran Mahat, a central committee member, more than 90 percent Mahasamiti members stood in favour of the republican agenda. The Mahasamiti later reached unanimous decision following hours of debate on the draft manifesto.The election manifesto also commits to multilingual federal state, liberal economy, religious secularism and independent judiciary. It also proposes that the President as Head of State be elected by the central and provincial parliaments.

The Mahasamiti meeting, which concluded this evening in the presence of party president Girija Prasad Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, also passed a political resolution presented by Ram Chandra Poudel. According to NC leader Narahari Acharya, the resolution commits to an ‘inclusive federal republican model’ of the state and is, by and large, a reflection of the commitments made in the election manifesto.
The NC's decision to go for republic comes amid mounting pressure from the Maoists to declare republic from the legislature parliament. However, there was no decision at the Mahasamiti meeting regarding the Maoist demand.

Forests rethink could earn nation $1b

Carbon trading initiative mooted
By Maw Maw San

MYANMAR could earn an estimated US$1 billion if it works to reduce deforestation under a carbon trading initiative proposed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 6 to 17. Under the plan, industrialised nations would pay rainforest nations, including Myanmar, to protect their forests to offset greenhouse gas emissions limits set under international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol. About 20 percent of annual emissions of heat-trapping gases result from deforestation and forest degradation, scientists say.
Money from industrialised countries would flow into a forest conservation fund that Myanmar could draw upon depending on its success in reducing its deforestation rate.
By agreeing to the initiative, Myanmar could increase its per capita income by up to 25 percent, said U Ohn, general secretary of the Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association (FREDA).
“We do not need to cut these forests,” he said. “We can make money by keeping them so they continue to suck carbon dioxide from the air and benefit the environment.”
According to UN data Myanmar is harvesting more than 450,000 hectares of forest each year which emits 32 to 93 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Destroying one hectare of forest produces 80 to 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
According to the proposed scheme, preserving enough forestland to prevent one tonne of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the air would earn a rainforest nation from $8 to $32.
Even with only one-half of the country’s 34 million hectares of forest area factored in, Myanmar could make $800 million, said U Ohn.
“If we calculate for the whole area, we would get $1.6 billion,” he said. “FREDA is hoping the government can negotiate to get $800 million for saving half the area or $1 billion for saving more.” “If Myanmar accepts this plan, we can start it right away. It will be good for business, the climate, wildlife – everything,” he said. However, U Ohn acknowledged that reducing the amount of trees cut in the country could affect businesses relating to forest products such as furniture manufacturing.
“In that case, we would suggest that the trees be saved while programs are put in place for factories to plant more trees to use for manufacturing purposes,” he said, adding that such a plan would require negotiations between wood-based industries and the government.
Mr William F. Laurance, a leading rainforest biologist from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, was quoted on the environmental website as saying that the carbon trading initiative was “potentially a win-win situation for everybody involved”.
“The forests win, the atmosphere wins, the international community wins and developing nations struggling to overcome poverty win,” he said.

Four killed in Myanmar protest crackdown

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar security forces used batons, tear gas and live rounds Wednesday in a violent crackdown on mass protests against the military junta, killing at least four people including three Buddhist monks. Up to 100,000 people defied heavy security to take to the streets of the main city Yangon, marching and shouting abuse at police despite blunt warnings from the ruling generals who are facing the most serious challenge to their rule in nearly two decades.
Two of the monks were beaten to death while another was shot when he tried to wrestle a gun away from a soldier and the weapon discharged, two senior Myanmar officials told AFP.
They said the monks were killed near Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's holiest site and a key rallying point for the clergy leading the nine days of protests which have spread across the Southeast Asian nation.
A fourth man, who was not a monk, was shot dead, a hospital source said.
The UN Security Council was to meet in an emergency session in New York later Wednesday to discuss the spiralling crisis, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose country is the former colonial power, said "the whole world is now watching Burma" and called for a UN envoy to be sent there to talk to the "illegitimate and repressive regime."
After tolerating more than a week of protests, police opened fire and baton-charged protesters who had begun to gather at the Shwedagon Pagoda in the blazing noon sunshine.
Undeterred by the show of force, some 1,000 monks soon regrouped and paraded through the streets, to the delight of thousands of onlookers.
They roared approval for the monks and shouted at security forces: "You are fools! You are fools!"
Police and troops then fired a volley of warning shots and tear gas to try to break up the march.
In a sign of the resilience and determination of the protest movement, tens of thousands of monks massed once again, marching through the main market in a protest that lasted until the early evening. At least 100 people were injured during the day and some 200 people were arrested, as many as half of them Buddhist monks, according to witnesses and diplomats.
State television news said that one 30-year-old protester had been killed, and another two men and one woman were injured, along with 10 police.
The report said security forces had used loudspeakers to ask the crowd to disperse but that the protesters had hurled stones and sticks at them, tried to steal their weapons, and set fire to two military motorcycles.
"Because of the difficult situation, the security forces opened fire to disperse the crowd, using just a little force against the violent protesters. Because they opened fire, the protesters dispersed," it said

Bush Announces Sanctions on Myanmar

President Bush said the United States is "outraged" by human rights abuses in Myanmar and announced Tuesday that Washington would tighten economic sanctions against the country's military rulers amid mass anti-government protests there. During his annual address to the U.N. General Assembly, Mr. Bush accused the junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, of imposing "a 19-year reign of fear" that denies basic freedoms of speech, assembly and worship.
"Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma," he said.
"The United States will tighten economic sanctions on the leaders of the regime and their financial backers," he said. "We will impose an expanded visa ban on those responsible for the most egregious violations of human rights." The president also addressed the issue of terrorism, saying the world needs to "defeat their dark ideology with a more hopeful vision."
Mr. Bush made only a passing reference to Iran, listing it among other nations — Belarus, North Korea and Syria whose "brutal regimes deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration" of the United Nations.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is visiting the U.S., has been a focus of media attention in recent days as he has given a number of speeches and interviews leading up to the U.N. meeting, where he was to speak later Tuesday.
The new U.S. sanctions on Myanmar were aimed at addressing a resurgent pro-democracy movement there that has seen tens of thousands of Buddhist monks pour into the streets in recent days.
On Monday, demonstrations in the largest city, Yangon, reached 100,000, becoming the biggest demonstrations since a pro-democracy uprising in 1988. Joining the monks Tuesday were members of the pro-democracy National League for Democracy, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as university students. They marched more than a mile to the Sule Pagoda under a scorching sun.
In his U.N. speech, Mr. Bush also mentioned Cuba. He said he is looking ahead to a Cuba no longer ruled by Fidel Castro, the ailing 81-year-old leader of the communist-run government.
"In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end," Bush said. "The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and, ultimately, free and competitive elections."
Bush urged the U.N. to reform its Human Rights Council, created to replace the discredited Human Rights Commission. But he criticized the new body for ignoring abuses in places such as Iran "while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel."
"The American people are disappointed by the failures of the Human Rights Council," Bush said. "The United Nations must reform its own Human Rights Council."
He also touched on the U.S. commitment to fighting diseases such as AIDS and malaria.
"Earlier this year, I proposed to double our initial commitment to $30 billion. By coming together, the world can turn the tide against HIV/AIDS once and for all," he said.
But the president's call for change came with the suggestion of a deal: the United States' support for the highly contentious issue of expanding the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Bush suggested that Japan is "well-qualified" to be an additional member and said "other nations should be considered as well."
The council has 10 rotating members elected for two-year terms and five permanent members with veto power — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. Bush said the United States would listen to all "good ideas."

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Germany to build maglev railway

Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service.
The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track.
Maglev trains use electric-powered magnets that enable them to float above their tracks, allowing for much faster speeds than traditional rail services.
The 1.85 billion-euro project had faced financing problems.
However, the Bavarian state government said it had signed an agreement with rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industrial consortium Transrapid that includes the developers of the train - Siemens and ThyssenKrupp.

Technological symbol :
Munich is following in Shanghai's foosteps
The only regular maglev service at present is in China, where the floating train whisks travellers between Shanghai's airport and the city's financial district.
The maglev, which has a top speed of more than 500km/h (310mph), is regarded as a symbol of German technological prowess.
However, the maglev project suffered a set back in September 2006 when a train collided with a parked maintenance vehicle on a test run in northern Germany, killing 23 people.
Japan has said it aims to launch its first maglev rail service by 2025.
No date was given for the launch of the Munich service. Read more...

Burmese military announces curfew

The military government in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the nation's two largest cities and once again warned of harsh punishment for protesters.
The regime's move came as pro-democracy demonstrations continued to grow, with thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters marched through the streets of Yangon, defying government orders. The curfew is the junta's latest attempt to end the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations that have taken place daily over the past week, growing to become the most serious challenge to the military since 1988.
What began last month as relatively small protests against higher gasoline prices has now become a threat to the ruling junta, which must decide whether to take forceful action to stop it.

Burmese protesters defy warning

Monks have called for political prisoners to be freed. Tens of thousands of monks and civilians in Burma's main city Rangoon have defied military warnings and staged new anti-government protests.
Some chanted "we want dialogue". Others simply shouted "democracy, democracy".
Earlier, lorries with loudspeakers warned residents that the protests could be "dispersed by military force". After the march finished, eyewitnesses told two news agencies they had seen several military trucks moving on Rangoon's streets.


1. Shwedagon Pagoda. Tens of thousands of protesters, led by monks, gathered here at start of march2.Sule Pagoda. Students joined the protest, passing nearby city hall
Reuters reported that eight trucks carrying armed riot police and 11 carrying troops had moved into the city centre.
The security forces stayed in the vehicles while a few hundred people looked on, AFP said.
Tens of thousands of monks and supporters had earlier marched from Shwedagon pagoda into the commercial centre of Rangoon, where they gathered around Sule pagoda and nearby city hall, witnesses told AFP.
Protesters addressed the crowd outside city hall.
"National reconciliation is very important for us... The monks are standing up for the people," proclaimed poet Aung Way.
One monk told the Associated Press: "People do not tolerate the military government any longer."
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says monks - who have been spearheading the protest campaign - have been handing out pictures of Burmese independence hero Aung San, the deceased father of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
They were also carrying flags, including some bearing the image of a fighting peacock used by students during the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, witnesses told Reuters.
Students were also openly marching, says the BBC Burmese Service. In earlier marches they had simply formed a chain and clapped.

Government's view
"Some students are in the middle of exams at this time," one of the students told the BBC. "But they have left their exam rooms and come out onto the streets, joining hands with the public, fighting for the country under the guidance of the monks."
The junta, which violently repressed the 1988 protests killing some 3,000 people, finally broke its silence over the mounting protests late on Monday, saying it was ready to "take action" against the monks. It repeated the warning on state media, ordering monks not to get involved in politics and accusing them of allowing themselves to be manipulated by the foreign media.
International reaction
At the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Burma's rulers to exercise restraint in the face of the growing protests.
US President George W Bush is to use his speech - due shortly - to announce further sanctions against Burma's ruling military junta, the White House has said.

The US is hoping it will encourage other nations to act and embolden the protesters on Burma's streets, says the BBC's Jonathan Beale in Washington.
Close neighbour China called for "stability", and the European Union has also urged the junta to show the "utmost restraint" and to take the opportunity to "launch a process of real political reform".
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has given his backing to the monks' call for freedom and democracy. The protests were triggered by the government's decision to double the price of fuel last month, hitting people hard in the impoverished nation.

Nepalese Mahendra Police Club enter into Semi final of AFC president cup football

Mahendra overcome Khemara in a thriller
25 September 2007
Tatung captain Tsai Hui-Kai (left) tries to tackle Dordoi-Dynamo's Mirlan Murzaev during their AFC President's Cup match in Lahore. Photo by: AFC/Stanley Chou
LAHORE: Kyrgyzstan's Dordoi-Dynamo and Nepal's Mahendra Police Club notched impressive wins against Chinese Taipei's Tatung and Cambodia's Khemara by 6-4 and 5-0 scorelines respectively to enter the semi-finals of the AFC President's Cup from Group B.
Group A winners Regar-TadAZ will take on Mahendra Police Club in the first semi-final on September 27 while Dordoi will clash against Ratnam Sports Club in the second semi-final the following day.
Mahendra were given a fright in the closing stages by Khemara as they brought the game to 4-4 with three quick goals, but Mahendra recovered to add to its tally by another two to seal the issue 6-4.
In the second, simultaneous game at the Railway Stadium, with its leading star Roman Kornilov banging in four goals (in 18th, 62nd, 83rd and 89th minute with the opener pumped in by Artem Muladjanov) defending champions Dordoi-Dynamo gave another convincing performance that must serve as a serious warning to the pretenders for their crown.
With Dordoi-Dynamo having already qualified for the last four stage even before this last encounter, the second place from the group was up for grabs. And Mahendra seemed to have snuffed out Khemara's prospects of making it to the business end of the tournament with four first half goals against one. But then five late goals – three on the trot in 11 minutes by Khemara – infused life to the proceedings, for Mahendra too had to shun its complacent ways and score two goals to wrest back the initiative.
From Group A, Tajikistan 's Regar TadAZ, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka 's Ratnam Sports Club had booked their places for the semis by winning the morning's rescheduled matches.
Mahendra must have had in the back of their mind that goal average might come into play if the scores were even. Thus going all out, using long and short passes, they got their first goal early – in the 12 th minute when Anant Raj Thapa beat the entire Khemara defence to score. Only four minutes later, captain Ramesh Budhathoki made it 2-0.
Khemara came back in the game with pleasing display of skills in the midfield, and in the 23rd minute from the top of the circle Rotha Loch just tapped the ball past Mahemdra 'keeper Ritesh Thapa to get one back.
But Mahendra were again on the charge, and put away a brace more in the 25th and 30th minute through Parbat Pandey and Ju Manu Rai.
At the break, Mahendra at 4-1 seemed invincible. Afterwards the game was mostly played in the midfield and seemed to be a rather lacklustre affair when Khemara came back strongly to score three goals in a flash. Once Bun Vi Chet Ty had scored from a penalty in the 67 th minuted, Sokumpheak Kouch got another two in the 70th and 78th minute made the fag end really exciting.
That spree must have stung Mahendra, but they got the lead soon after through two strikes by Anant Raj Thapa in the 79 th that restored their primacy and Rijal Arjun in the 87th that with only three minutes and a bit remaining must have been really reassuring.
Dordoi coach Boris Podkorytov said he wants his players now to concentrate on tougher matches ahead. “Our semi-final against Sri Lanka ’s Ratnam will not be easy. I would like my boys to be prepared for the game as they also have a strong team.”
“We qualified for the semi-final after the second game but didn’t want to take any chances against Tatung today. We fielded our best players and they delivered what was expected from them.”
Mahendra Police Club coach Birat Krishna Shrestha expressed satisfaction after his team made it to the semi-final. “We are the second team from Nepal after Three Star Club to reach semi-final in this competition. I am happy with the performance of my players today.”
“They knew that only victory can guarantee them a place in the last four and they coordinated well and implemented the gameplan accordingly.”

Monday, 24 September 2007

India win the World 20/20 cup cricket

India beat Pakistan in the World Twenty20 final by five runs to clinch their first major trophy since 1983. India were 157/8 in the first inning. Gautam Gambhir made 75 runs as the highest for Indian side. Irfan Pathan took 3 wickets for 16 to restrict Pakistan at 152 all out.

As both South Asian team Pakistan and India reached the Final of 20/20 world cup cricket made all south asian happy.Irfan Pathan was Man of the Match and Sahid Afridi of Pakistan was declared man of the tournament. We would like to congratule both team India and Pakistan for reaching finale of world cup. The final game was quite sensational and competitive. Read more...

Aung San Suu Kyi
Like the South African leader Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression. For the Burmese people, Aung San Suu Kyi, 62, represents their best and perhaps sole hope that one day there will be an end to the country's military repression.

A life in pictures
As a pro-democracy campaigner and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy party ( NLD), she has spent more than 11 of the past 18 years in some form of detention under Burma's military regime.
In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to bring democracy to Burma.
At the presentation, the Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Francis Sejested, called her "an outstanding example of the power of the powerless".
After a period of time overseas, Aung San Suu Kyi went back to Burma in 1988.
House arrest
Soon after she returned, she was put under house arrest in Rangoon for six years, until she was released in July 1995.
1989: Put under house arrest as Burma's leaders declare martial law
1990: National League for Democracy (NLD) wins general election; military does not recognise the result
1991: Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1995: Released from house arrest, but movements restricted
2000-02: Second period of house arrest
May 2003: Detained after clash between NLD and government forces
Sep 2003: Allowed home after medical treatment, but under effective house arrest

She was again put under house arrest in September 2000, when she tried to travel to the city of Mandalay in defiance of travel restrictions. She was released unconditionally in May 2002, but just over a year later she was put in prison following a clash between her supporters and a government-backed mob. Following a gynaecological operation in September 2003, she was allowed to return home - but again under effective house arrest.

During these periods of confinement, Aung San Suu Kyi has busied herself studying and exercising. She has meditated, worked on her French and Japanese language skills, and relaxed by playing Bach on the piano. In more recent years, she has also been able to meet other NLD officials, and selected visiting diplomats like the United Nations special envoy Razali Ismail.
But during her early years of detention, Aung San Suu Kyi was often in solitary confinement - and was not even allowed to see her two sons or her husband, the British academic Michael Aris.
In March 1999 she suffered a major personal tragedy when her husband died of cancer.
The military authorities offered to allow her to travel to the UK to see him on his deathbed, but she felt compelled to refuse for fear she would not be allowed back into the country.
Aung San Suu Kyi has often said that detention has made her even more resolute to dedicate the rest of her life to represent the average Burmese citizen. The UN envoy Razali Ismail has said privately that she is one of the most impressive people he has ever met.

Overseas life
Much of Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal within Burma lies in the fact she is the daughter of the country's independence hero General Aung San. He was assassinated during the transition period in July 1947, just six months before independence. Aung San Suu Kyi was only two years old at the time. In 1960 she went to India with her mother Daw Khin Kyi, who had been appointed Burma's ambassador to Delhi.

Four years later she went to Oxford University in the UK, where she studied philosophy, politics and economics. There she met her future husband. After stints of living and working in Japan and Bhutan, she settled down to be an English don's housewife and raise their two children, Alexander and Kim.

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991But Burma was never far away from her thoughts. When she arrived back in Rangoon in 1988 - initially to look after her critically ill mother - Burma was in the midst of major political upheaval. Thousands of students, office workers and monks took to the streets demanding democratic reform. "I could not, as my father's daughter remain indifferent to all that was going on," she said in a speech in Rangoon on 26 August 1988. Aung San Suu Kyi was soon propelled into leading the revolt against then-dictator General Ne Win. Inspired by the non-violent campaigns of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King and India's Mahatma Gandhi, she organised rallies and travelled around the country, calling for peaceful democratic reform and free elections. But the demonstrations were brutally suppressed by the army, who seized power in a coup on 18 September 1988.
The military government called national elections in May 1990.

Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD convincingly won the polls, despite the fact that she herself was under house arrest and disqualified from standing. But the junta refused to hand over control, and has remained in power ever since.

EYEWITNESSES of "Myanmar Protests" say:

I witnessed the big protests in Rangoon today. I am really sorry for our country and our people because we are under the control of the wicked junta.We haven't got arms, we wish for peace, a better future and democracy. We are hoping that the UN security council will put a pressure on the junta. Kyi Kyi, Rangoon
I saw about 40,000 to 50,000 people, including monks, nuns and ordinary people, marching along Prome road. That was at around 3:30pm. The protests will grow bigger day by day and I hope that they are not going to start killing people. We need help to save our people. Mr Tun, Rangoon
It is astounding to see such a great mass of people on both sides of the roads, some clapping and some crying, but all demonstrating their support for the monks and those chanting prayers. It's for sure that all these people showing their support are willing to be part of the mass protest. They do not trust the government though and think that they could be crushed, just like it happened in 1988. But if we are just bystanders, today's rare and momentous events might not lead to the fall of the regime. Kyaw, Rangoon
I am not sure where these protests are going to lead to, but I am sure that it's not at all a good sign. Many people are expecting that there will be a great change coming soon. I am not sure if the monks will be joined by students, workers, or even soldiers. We are very insecure because we don't know what the government is planning to do. There are some news in the government - controlled newspapers that the monks are trying to agitate the public. This can be a big excuse for them to start attacking the monks. I really want some changes in Burma but I am not sure where the change is going to lead us to. I hope there won't be any blood-bath this time like there was in 1988. Soe Soe, Mandalay
We need a little reason to combine all opposition resources into one mass movement. This reason must be a political issue. The current situation can lead to a civil war because hardline junta still holds the power and the opposition might use this opportunity to form an armed struggle. After 1988, many activists, including students, ran to the border and took up the arms against the government. This time we want things to change peacefully, not through a civil war. But if there's no way to avoid the arms struggle, the people will choose it and the conditions in our poor country may become worse. The international pressure, including from China and Russia, is very important for the future of Burma at this moment. Mg Khar, Rangoon
One of the monks who took part in the protests came to us and told us about his experiences. He said: "We are not afraid, we haven't committed a crime, we just say prayers and take part in the protests. We haven't accepted money from onlookers although they offered us a lot. We just accept water. People clapped,smiled and cheered us." The monk seemed very happy, excited and proud. But I'm worried for them. They care for us and we pray for them not to get harmed. Mya, Rangoon

Monks lead largest Burma protest
The orange-clad monks are streaming through the streetsTens of thousands of people have marched through Burma's main city of Rangoon in the biggest of a mounting wave of anti-government protests.
Eyewitnesses said the number of monks and civilians demonstrating was more than 30,000, with some activists saying 100,000 were involved.
Some monks carried placards calling for better living conditions and national reconciliation, witnesses said.
The military government has so far showed restraint against the protests.
Monks are highly revered in Burma and any action against them would spark an outcry.
But there are fears of a repeat of 1988, when the last democracy uprising was crushed by the military and some 3,000 people were killed, correspondents say.
15 Aug: Junta doubles fuel prices, sparking protests
5 Sept: Monks hurt in protest crackdown
17 Sept: Junta fails to apologise to monks
18 Sept: 1,000 monks protest in Sittwe
19 Sept: 2,000 protest in Sittwe, others in Mandalay and Rangoon
20 Sept: 100s march around Rangoon's Shwedagon Pagoda
21 Sept: 1,500 protest in Rangoon and issue strong statement
22 Sept:1,000 march in Rangoon, visiting home of Aung San Suu Kyi
23 Sept: Up to 20,000 march in Rangoon
24 Sept: Up to 30,000 protest in Rangoon

Five columns of monks, one reportedly stretching for more than 1km (0.6 miles), entered the city centre to cheers and applause from thousands of bystanders.
"People locked arms around the monks. They were clapping and cheering," one witness told Reuters news agency.
Many of the civilians who joined in pinned small pieces of the monks' robes onto their clothing; some were in tears. Civilians who joined in included officials from the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

A BBC correspondent in Bangkok, Soe Win, says there are also reports of protests in at least 25 other cities, including Pakokku, Sittwe and Mandalay. The British ambassador in Rangoon, Mark Canning, said Burma's leaders were now in uncharted territory. "Firstly, the demonstrations could subside - I mean, that's looking less and less likely by the day," he told the BBC. "Secondly, that we could see some sort of counter-reaction, which I've said would be a disaster, although in terms of probability it, I'm afraid, ranks quite high."
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says it is not clear why the generals are so far exercising such restraint. One suggestion is that China, Burma's most important trading partner, is urging the generals to be cautious.
Detained leader
Two well-known actors, comedian Zargana and film star Kyaw Thu, went to Rangoon's golden Shwedagon Pagoda early on Monday to offer food and water to the monks before they started their march. On Saturday, monks marched to greet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, but access to her home was barred on Sunday, and again on Monday.
The monks have urged the Burmese people to hold prayer vigils in their doorways for 15 minutes at 2000 (1330 GMT) on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. In a statement on Friday, the organisation that has emerged to lead the protests, the Alliance of All Burmese Buddhist Monks, vowed to continue the marches until they had "wiped the military dictatorship from the land".
This will be the eighth straight day of action by the monks. The protests were triggered by the government's decision to double the price of fuel last month, hitting people hard in the impoverished nation.

PROTEST for Democracy in Myanmar

Photo 1.Thousands of Buddhist monks have taken to the streets of Burma for a seventh day of protest in the biggest show of opposition to the military regime since the 1988 uprising.

Photo 2.The protesters have vowed to march until the generals step down. Demonstrations have focused on Rangoon but have also broken out in Mandalay and townships across Burma.

Photo 3. About 200 nuns joined the protest on sunday.
Photo 4. On Saturday, the monks managed to reach the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since 2003. She emerged to pray with them.
Photo 5. The demonstrators have used loud-hailers chant pro-democracy slogans such as "Release Suu Kyi". They have also urged people to join in.

Photo 6. And a trickle of supporters has been accompanying the protesters.
Photo 7. Security officials have until now proved reluctant to act against the publicly-revered monks' demonstrations for fear of inflaming the public, say analysts.

Photo 8. But as the protests spread, some supporters feared a police intervention and linked arms to form a human chain in order to protect the saffron-robed devotees.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Prashanta became Indian Idol

Today in the tough competition at the final round of reality show programme, the nepali origin Prashanta Tamang became Indian Idol and won 150 thousands Euro. He would get 1 maruti Car. Furthermore, the runner up is Amit from Sillong who can also speak Nepali. These shows the Nepali power and dominancy in India too. Really the language Nepali is really sweet and melodious like any other language in the worlds. We are proud of our Language, dress and whatever we have.

We are proud of Prasanta and his brave to show him as Nepali infront of billions of Indian People who are supposed to vote to select Indian Idol. All judges especially Javed Akhtar (Wellknow Indian Poet) and Alisha Chinoy were very bias towards him and never praise Prashanta. Even in final round, they tried to influence the people by providing very positive comments and gesture to Amit and negative comments to Prashanta. However they could do nothing to determined person like Prashanta and viewers. Altogether, 70 million SMS votes were given to select the indian idol within 2 weeks, that shows the popularity of the programme. Lots of Nepalese flag were seen in celebrating his victory. HE WAS WEARING NEPALESE CAP IN THE STAGE AFTER WINNING THE TITLE however lots of young nepalese find hesitation to wear nepalese cap since they thought our national cap as the sign of backwardness which is quite wrong and shameful saying. links to see video of final round.
When he sang the song "Bir Ghorkali (Brave Gurkhas)" all Nepalese became sentimental about his faith and dedication to Nepal.
Lots of processions are being held in Nepal in many parts to celebrate his triumph.
Danke schon PRASANTA.

Everest Brand Cycle in Germany

Yesterday, when I went to the market, I found cycle with the brand name of EVEREST which fascinated me. Since we are from the land of EVEREST, the word itself fascinated me and I hope all Nepalese would be fascinated with it too.

The cycle is one of the expensive brand here in Germany hence very few people use to buy it as said by the owner of that cycle.

I was so happy that I could not resist myself from buying one second hand cycle for my children despite of financial inability. Please find some photos of these cycle which will certainly make you nostalgic and take you in the Nepalese Sansar for few moments.

Since there is high recognition of Nepalese and Nepalese landmark here in Germany, there is great opportunity to develop tourism in Nepal. But, due to several difficulties we are not being able to promote tourism in nepal from Germany on its fullest capacity.

Rajesh K.C.'s selected cartoons from media


Famous cartoonist Rajesh K.C.'s cartoons