Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bhutan Readies for Second-Ever General Election Amid Strained Ties with India - International Business Times

Bhutan Readies for Second-Ever General Election Amid Strained Ties with India - International Business Times

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Fashion Of Honking Unnecessarily In Indian Streets

A guard is checking traffic in Indian street: Photo: Reuters
Source: International Business Times:

A couple of years ago, a traffic police officer once gave a briefing to a group of students in the Karnataka state capital Bangalore. There was something he told the gathering that day which made complete sense to the students, although it was meant to be a joke: The shortest unit of 'time' ever measured is what occurs when a traffic light goes green in Indian streets and the first honking sound you hear.

By Gopi Chandra Kharel

Friday, May 17, 2013

North Korea's Kim Jung-un Had A Secret Daughter Outside His Marriage?

Kim Jong-un With Wife Ri Sol-ju. Photo from Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jon-un appeared to be obsessed with missiles and nuclear warfare, as indicated by his country's saber rattling tactics in recent days to keep his "enemies" South Korea and the U.S. in check.
But the highly controversial missile-friendly Kim also seemed to have kept many details of his personal life a secret, perhaps in a bid to magnify his image at home that tends to be very important in a reclusive nation like North Korea.

For More Click: Missile Obsessed Kim Jong-un Was Women-Obsessed Too? He Fathered A ‘Secret’ Daughter Outside His Marriage, Says Report - International Digital Times

Reported By: Gopi Chandra Kharel
Edited By: Keerti Mohan

Bill Gates Is World's Richest Man Again: How Much Money Does He Have?

Bill Gates: Photo from Reuters
Bill Gates has become the World's richest person again after losing the much coveted title to Mexico's  Carlos Slim since 2007.

How much does he have?

His fortune is worth around $72.1 billion.Do you know how much is that?
You might probably not be able to count if that amount was converted into cash.

For More on the story click:

Bill Gates Regains The World’s Richest Title: How Did Microsoft Co-Founder Grab The Name Again? - International Digital Times

Writte By: Tendar Tshering
Edited By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nepal Plane Crash Injures 21 Including 9 Japanese Tourists; Incident Takes Place At The Same Place Of Crash Last May

Photo from Nepali 'Republica' Newspaper
Nepali media have reported that a small plane carrying 21 people crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip some 200 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu early Thursday.

All on board were injured, some of them seriously. 

The Nepali newspaper, Republica reports that 5 people were critically injured on the incident that took place in Mustang district. The NA-9NABO Twin Otter aircraft flew from Pokhara to Jomson skidded off the Jomson Airport runway while landing and fell into the nearby river.

Nine passengers are Japanese tourists while the rest of the members inside including three crew members were all Nepali.

The Associated Press reports that the plane belonged to state-owned Napal Airlines and was trying to land at Jomson airport when the crash took place on the banks of Kaligandalki River.

Those seriously injured are airlifted to Pokhara while others were rushed to local hospital, police have told the news agency.

Last May, 15 people were killed when a plane crashed while trying to land exactly at the same location.

The incident happened at around 8 a.m. local time.

Written By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

IPL Game Breaking News: Sreesanth, Two Other Playes Of Rajasthan Royals Arrested For 'Spot Fixing'

Source: NDTV
The NDTV reports in a breaking news that S Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals' players have been arrested for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

More: http://sports.ndtv.com/indian-premier-league-2013/news/207838-sreesanth-two-other-rajasthan-royals-players-arrested-for-spot-fixing-report

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

When The Accuser Is Accused: Russia Pins Down An American Diplomat To The Ground For Allegedly Trying To Recruit Spy

Photo From Reuters
Source: International Digital Times 

This insightful analysis written by Tendar Tshering focuses on how the accuser, the U.S has been itself accused this time, while the cause is not a cyber spying this time round, but an alleged plot to 'recruit' spy. 

I wonder what the White House has to say to this?

Edited By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Justice Department Secretly Spied On Associate Press Journalists' Phone Call Records? Press Freedom Any More?

Photo From Reuters
The Associated Press has reported that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly spied on phone lines used by its journalists and editors and seized them for an unspecified probe. The news agency described the incident as a "massive and unprecedented Intrusion."

For More Click:
‘Massive And Unprecedented Intrusion’: Associated Press Says Justice Department Secretly Spied On Journalists’ Phone Records; White House Says It Has No Knowledge - International Digital Times

Monday, May 13, 2013

First Music Video Created In The Space Sounds Really Out Of The World!

This is what people with idea do!

Canadian astronaut Chris who is the Commander of Expedition 35 of the International Space Station thought of making history before he comes back to earth after staying in space for 5 months.

He made a beautiful music video to commemorate his last hours in the space.

The weightless astronaut flying in the space sings the revised version of David Bowie's Class song "Space Oddity" - the most appropriate number for the situation. His occasional strokes on the guitar has a wonderful feel to it. 

Read my article about this here: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5144/20130513/music-zero-gravity-first-video-created-space.htm

Headlined As: 

Music In Zero Gravity: First Ever Music Video Created In Space By Astronaut Chris Hadfield Has A ‘Weight’

New Orleans Mother's Day Parade Shooting: Mayor Describes The Incident As Part Of The 'Relentless Drum Beat Of Violence'

This is the location of the incident in New orleans: 1400 block of Frenchmen Street,

Click: Shooting At New Orleans Mother’s Day Parade: Two Kids Among 19 Wounded In The ‘Relentless Drum Beat Of Violence’ - International Digital Times
By Gopi Chandra Kharel

Saturday, May 11, 2013

North Korea Politics On Former Basketball Player's Hands: How Will Denis Rodman Talk To Kim Jong-un And Get Kenneth Bae Released?

Photo From Reuters: Dennis Rodman hugs North Korean Leader during his last visit. 
Click: Dennis Rodman Says He Will Go To North Korea, Talk To Kim Jong-un And Get Kenneth Bae Released - International Digital Times

Something that President Obama, the most powerful leader of the Western world and President Park Gyen-hye of South Korea couldn't do --might be done by a former Basketball player.

Dennis Rodman, more known in the world of NBA, basketball and in the subject of body piercing and tattoos than politics, has said that he will go to North Korea, engage into a dialogue with his "friend", the supreme leader Kim Jong-un in an effort to have the American captive released.

Kenneth Bae was apprehended when he visited the country last November with a group of tourists. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for allegedly trying to overthrow the country, although in a latest news North Korea has revealed that his crime was his plot in trying to convert people into Christians.

Dennis Rodman last visited the country in March, played basketball with the leader and build friendship with the him - something Obama, Park and world leaders alike can only dream to do!

When he returned from the country (he had gone there to make a documentary on basketball, according to sources) he told that Kim Jung-un had a message for Obama. He told the leader wanted Obama to call him because he didn't really want an all-out war (although he repeatedly threatened for a war in a series of threats)

Can this flamboyant former basketball player do what Obama couldn't?

Read More: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/17409/20130511/dennis-rodman-will-go-north-korea-talk.htm
Written By: Gopi Chandra Kharel
International Business Times.

Friday, May 10, 2013

North Korean Assessment: A Relationship In Which Obama Is 'Master' And Park Gyen-hye Is 'Servent'

Photo From Reuters 

Source: International Digital Times
A spokesman of North Korea said Friday that South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's recent summit with Barack Obama was a "despicable" meeting that signified a master-slave relation and that it was a preparation for war.
Responding to a question posed by the Korean Central News Agency, the spokesman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) dubbed the recent visit by the President as a "junket" that intensified tensions in Korean peninsula.

For More Click:
US-South Korea Tie Symbolizes Master-Slave Relationship: North Korea - International Digital Times
By Gopi Chandra Kharel
International Digital Times

International Space Station's Cooling System Leaking? Are Crew Members Fine?

From NASA official website
The chilled ammonia coolant that the International Space Station uses to cool its power systems in the space is leaking, although there is no apparent danger to the crew members, news have emerged.

For More Click: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5130/20130510/cooling-system-international-space-station-leaking-crew.htm
Written By Gopi Chandra Kharel
International Science Times

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Printer That Turns Baby's Ultrasound Into 3D Holograms

Picture From Diginfo.tv
Click: Japanese ‘Pioneer’ Printer Turns Unborn Baby’s Ultrasounds Into 3D Holograms - International Digital Times

Japanese electronics company Pioneer has pushed itself through difficult times adding one more feature to a bizarre product it announced late last year. The "compact full-color printer" that the company claimed to have the ability to make three-dimensional holographic images, now has a new function.
It could turn flat ultrasound images of unborn baby into a hologram image having three or four dimensions.
Written By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

Milky Way Paris Pic: Amazing Night Picture Of Paris Taken From International Space Station Looks Like Galaxy [PHOTO]

One of the crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this night image of the bright city of Paris, France on April 7, 2013. FROM: Official NASA Webpage

Did you think you could see the spectacular image of the milky way only when you raised your head high above to fix your gaze at the sky?

A galaxy-like delight to the eyes could also be witnessed when looked down from above the earth. Astronomers from the International Space Agency took this amazing picture of Paris, France in which dazzling lights glitter like billions of star clamped together in a super-gigantic galaxy in a wonderful night view of Paris.

Let me know what  you feel about this picture!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Shocking: Overwhelming Number Of People Want To Settle Permanently In Mars!

78,000 People Don’t Want To Live On Earth Any More: Where Do They Wish To Go?

By Gopi Chandra Kharel
Source: International Science Times:

If you had a better place to live elsewhere in the universe, would you forget this Earth?
For 78,000 people belonging to various corners of the earth, they wouldn't want to live on earth even if living elsewhere would mean outrageous things such as recycling and drinking one's own urine, and having no natural air to breath.

Syria Can't Access The Internet: President Bashar al-Assad's Regime To Blame?

Syria Cut Off From Internet: Nation Gripped In Civil War ‘Disappears’ From World Wide Web - International Digital Times
By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

Internet traffic to and from Syria, the land gripped in civil war for almost three years, has dramatically dropped Tuesday afternoon, various sources have reported.
For More Click the above Link or: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/17295/20130508/syria-cut-internet-nation-gripped-civil-war.htm

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Want To Protect Your Baby From Allergies? Try Sucking Their Pacifiers!

Picture: Reuters

A new study suggests that there is a simple method for parents to prevent one's infant from developing allergies and that could be done by simply sucking the baby's pacifiers. This simple approach will introduce the toddler to the world of parents "microbiome" that act as a shield for the baby.

Source: International Science Times

Written By Gopi Chandra Kharel

See The Flying Car To Be Released In 2025; Drives Like A Car, Flies Like A Plane, Looks Like A Gorgeous Piece Of Innovation

Hybrid-Electric Flying Car: Manufacturer Touts Of New Model Plan; First Product Yet To Hit Roads [PHOTOS & REPORT] - International Digital Times
Clik The Link to Read the Article By Gopi Chandra Kharel

We will need to wait for at least another two years before we could witness the first ever model of a flying car making the historic entry both in the road and air.
But a Massachusetts aerospace firm has already unveiled a new design for a future flying car  while the first product, a winged "Transition" flying car, is scheduled to hit the roads by 2015.
More: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/17256/20130507/hybrid-electric-flying-car-manufacturer-touts-new.htm

Monday, May 6, 2013

See The Airplane That Hopes To Travel Around The World Without Using A Drop Of Fuel

Image From: Solar Impulse | J. Revillard)

Can you see the big insect-like airplane flying? It is the first plane that uses no fuel at all. 

Source: International Science Times:
Bertrand Piccard had once a vision of travelling around the world on hot air balloon. Although he succeeded to be the first person to do so, the balloon he was travelling in betrayed him in 1999 when he was stranded in an Egyptian desert after the fuel went low.
That was when another vision dawned in Piccard's mind - to create a plane in which he would not only travel around the world, but he would do so without using an ounce of fuel.
Written By: Gopi Chandra Kharel

The App That Uses Smartphone Cameras As CCTV To Monitor Homes

Apps Turn Old Smartphones Into Security Cameras To Monitor Homes [Report] - International Digital Times

Click the above link to read the article
Written by Gopi Chandra Kharel


Thousands of features and apps are in themselves unnecessary as are many of the high-profile smartphones that act as "desirable" luxury that will make no difference whether you have it or not.

But as time passes, things that were once unnecessary will gradually become a need....
Image a world without a phone in today's world....but it was the same world that survived without it for billions of years.

Same is the case with these overwhelming numbers of applications coming in the market for smartphones everyday.  How useful are they. The application mentioned here could work as a way to monitor homes during one's absence, but it is developed with a pre-conceived assumption that we will have "old" phones that will act as cameras for the house--the images from which will be accessed by by the owner of the "new" phone.

Not everyone is rich enough to own more than a few digital devices, let alone the ability to enjoy the luxury of making phones their "security cameras". And i bet this wouldn't be less expensive than having traditional surveillance CCTVs.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Android Smartphones Used In Space, Sends Pictures To Earth Via Radio Waves: Surprising?

NASA’s Android Smartphones Act As Satellites, Send Blurry Pictures From Space

Three Android smartphones sent by NASA in orbit last month to experiment if they could be used for a satellite in space transmitted "image-data packets" to multiple ground stations which were reconstructed into blurry pictures of the Earth.

Written By Gopi Chandra Kharel
International Science Times

If US, Israel Can't Decide On Pelistine, Google Surely Can!

Google’s Political Might: It Is ‘Palestine’ And Not ‘Palestinian Territories’ Any More, Says Internet Giant - International Digital Times

Click the above link for the article
Written by Gopi Chandra Kharel

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Will You Be Among The First Humans To Settle On Mars?

An article I have written about the fact that Mars-One, an organization working to take the first troop of humanity to permanently settle on mars have opened an online application form for interested candidates.

Is is possible for humans to settle down on mars?
When will they go there?

Find Out: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5002/20130424/will-first-humans-settle-mars.htm

Bin Laden’s Former Secretary Resentenced To Life

Bin Laden’s Former Secretary Resentenced To Life: Wadih el-Hage Is ‘Committed Terrorist Who Betrayed His Country,’ Says Judge - International Digital Times
Osama Bin Laden's former secretary was resentenced to life in prison for plotting with the terrorist leader to kill thousands of U.S. citizens after he told a U.S. judge Tuesday that 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy that rocked America in October were "God's punishment" for convicting him unjustly.

More: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/16942/20130424/bin-laden-s-former-secretary-resentenced-life.htm

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strict Tobacco Rules: Law Requiring Graphic Labels In Cigarette Packages Upheld As Smoking Age Limit Set To Be Raised In New York City

Tobacco industry's challenge to a 2009 federal law that makes it mandatory to have graphic warning labels on cigarette packages and puts restrictions on expanded tobacco marketing was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.
The decision came on a day when New York City's Council announced a bill that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 from 18, scrutinizing U.S. citizens in terms of smoking laws.
My Opinion:
 It is only a farce to regulate such laws aimed at restricting people on smoking. As I wrote in the report, there is no statistically proven data that putting up graphic warnings on cigarette packages are indeed going to limit the number of smokers. Nor is it going to impact the smokers if the age limit is raised. 
If the menace associated to smoking is to be eradicated, we need a wholesome approach towards the issue, possibly a moral or spiritual awakening that spontaneously raises awareness in humans for what is wrong and bad for themselves. People will need to have an innate realization for righteousness. 

Carrying Knives In Aircraft

Rule That Allows Small Knives On Jets Delayed: Why Were Knives Banned In American Flights? - International Digital Times
A controversial policy that was going to allow carrying of small knives on planes has been delayed only three days before it was due to be implemented, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said.
More: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/16910/20130423/rule-allows-small-knives-jets-delayed-why.htm

Monday, April 22, 2013

UN International Day Of Happiness – IBT

March 19
An insightful article by Gopi Chandra Kharel in the International Business Times
looking at the first UN International Day of Happiness, and the question about
where the concept of "Gross National Happiness" developed.
Please click below to read further on IBTIMES.com:

Nice to be mentioned this way and nice to have my article called "insightful" from some other posts. 

Earth Day 2013 Observes ‘Faces Of Climate Change’: 8 Amazing Facts About Climate Change Unknown To Many

Here are some amazing facts about climate change that most people around the globe are oblivious about:

More: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/4977/20130422/earth-day-2013-observes-faces-climate-change.htm

How far can we possibly go by observing days like Earth-Day? Will it, in fact, impact the issues gripping the world today such as climate change and pollution and more?
The the other day we had the first celebration of the first international day of 'happiness' brought forth by an initiave of the tiny himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan which is known for propogating the idea of Gross National Happiness.
See http://ca.ibtimes.com/articles/448152/20130319/international-day-happiness-gnh-index-bhutan-un.htm

But the question is how far can 'celebrating' or 'observing' the days such as these will actually impact the world? 

Man Bites Off Piece Of Another Man’s Ear During Argument

Man Bites Off Piece Of Another Man’s Ear During Argument; Missing Chunk Of Ear Found Later - International Digital Times

How far can you go to vent your fury during a heated argument? A 28-year-old man from Justice, Ill., could go as far as biting off a chuck of another man's ear.

More: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/16878/20130422/man-bites-piece-another-s-ear-during.htm

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Apple’s China Store Accused Of Providing ‘Pornographic’ Contents: Is This Beijing’s Way Of Censoring Politically Sensitive Information? - International Digital Times

Apple’s China Store Accused Of Providing ‘Pornographic’ Contents: Is This Beijing’s Way Of Censoring Politically Sensitive Information? - International Digital Times

China has shutdown dozens of websites and warned others to delete content from the sites that were accused of being 'pornographic' in nature. Apple's China online store is one of the many sites that were asked to delete its content, it was revealed Wednesday.

For More Click the above link or here: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/16870/20130420/apple-s-china-store-accused-providing-pornographic.htm

Boston Bombing Suspect’s Twitter Revealed: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Had Said ‘Stay Safe People’ Hours After Blasts; Followers Soar To 77,000 In 24 Hours - International Digital Times

Boston Bombing Suspect’s Twitter Revealed: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Had Said ‘Stay Safe People’ Hours After Blasts; Followers Soar To 77,000 In 24 Hours - International Digital Times

Once the authorities tracked down and arrested the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings after a dramatic manhunt that made international headlines, focus has suddenly turned towards the Twitter account of the suspect which has been revealed.

For More click the above link or: http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/16865/20130420/boston-bombing-suspect-s-twitter-revealed-dzhokhar.htm

Digital media has become an important source of news these days. It has helped not just for dissemination of news in this fast paced news world, but has enabled healthy discussion of important news. there is no limit to how fast news fly in platforms like Twitter. It has become a new world altogether.

China Earthquake: Powerful 6.6-Magnitude Quake Hits SW Sichuan Province; At Least 100 Dead, Over 400 Injured, Still Counting

Latest Update: At Least 100 is thought to have died, Reuters has reported citing state media. 
A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan Province at 8: 02 a.m. Saturday Beijing time, China's Xinhua News Agency has reported citing information from China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chinua Achebe Dies