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CC meet postponed following bigwig’s request Saturday, April 21st, 2012

KATHMANDU: The Constitutional Committee (CC) meeting has been postponed until Monday. The CC meeting will meet on 1 pm on Monday. The CC meet was postponed on the request of political parties as they have demanded more time to forge consensus in the disputed issues seen in constitution writing..

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Inferno breaks out at Bhaktapur NT office

BHAKTAPUR: A fire has caught the office of Nepal Telecom, Bhaktapur branch this morning. Some 100 telephone lines have been disrupted following the fire. Chief of office Brijesh Kumar Sharma said that the fire broke out due to electric shock in an electric pole located in front of the office...

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NSU cadres take to streets demanding justice

KATHMANDU: Nepal Students' Union (NSU) has organized vehicular strike for an hour from 9 this morning in front of all colleges in the valley protesting the attack of UML's students' organization to the NSU cadres at Pashupati Multiple Campus, Chabahil. The NSU cadres staged chakka jam by..

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Voting begins in France, economy may doom Sarkozy

[caption id="attachment_3305" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="A woman picks up ballot cards before voting at the 2012 French presidential election in Noumea, New Caledonia April 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stephane Ducandas"][/caption] to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years. In a..

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Opposition strike cripples Bangladesh’s capital

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Schools and businesses were shut in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday as opposition parties enforced a daylong general strike across the South Asian nation. An 18-party opposition alliance was enforcing the strike to urge the government to find a regional opposition..

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PM pledges to preserve identity of oppressed groups

KATHMANDU: : Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has pledged to draft the constitution in such a way that it would reflect the identity of oppressed and exploited groups including the Sherpas. At a gathering organized here on Sunday to commemorate Pasang Lyamu Sherpa, the first-ever Nepali..

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Schools showing fake student numbers to sustain

ILLAM: It is found that some of the local schools, which have been on the verge of closure in lack of students, are still receiving government facilities in the name of fake students. The mystery came to public when majority of students said to be enrolled did not appear in the district level..

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‘Terai should have multi provinces’:Tharu Community

CHITWAN: Tharu community has demanded that the Terai should be carved out into three provinces, saying the one Maadhes Pradesh would not be acceptable. At a press conference organized in Bharatpur this morning to disseminate the conclusions of the two-day national roundtable conference of the..

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Retired combatant detained with six round bullets

Kanchanpur, April 22: A Maoist ex-combatant, who chose voluntary retirement, has been arrested with six rounds of bullet. Police netted Binod Nepali, 22, of Dadeldhura from Krishnapur bazaar, Kanchanpur this morning. Police caught him while he was quarreling under the influence of alcohol,..

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Dutch train crash injures 125: police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters):  Almost 125 people were injured, many seriously, when two Dutch commuter trains crashed head-on in Amsterdam on Saturday, police said. There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 13 suffered major injuries while 43 or 44 were badly injured, a..

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Former Nixon aide Chuck Colson dies at 80

Leigh Ann Caldwell, (CBS News):  Chuck Colson, a former aide to Richard Nixon, evangelical leader, author and nonprofit founder, died Saturday at the age of 80. He passed away at a hospital in Northern Virginia, three weeks after surgery to ease intercerebral hemorrhage -- a large pool of..

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Dalai Lama laments latest Tibetan self-immolations

The Dalai Lama expressed sadness over two more Tibetans who set themselves on fire yesterday, protesting Chinese oppression. The spiritual leader said her preferred to “remain silent” on the issue, as It is still very political. The Dalai Lama voiced sadness Friday at the reported..

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Road to Rio: Rise of the sprawling cities

CNN: The past century has been defined by an epic migration of people from rural areas to the city. In 2008, for the first time in history, more of the Earth's population was living in cities than in the countryside. The U.N. now predicts that nearly 70% of the global population will be city..

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Economy: Unspoken issue in French election

By Ulrich Hege, Special to CNN: French voters are always good for a surprise, and the French presidential election will not be over before the run-off election on May 6. But the winner -- likely to be either Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande -- will need to immediately turn their attention to..

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Facebook clarifies changes to its terms of use

By Doug Gross, CNN: Facebook unveiled changes to its terms-of-use document on Friday, tweaking earlier drafts in an apparent effort to ease users' concerns about privacy and how their information is used. The proposed changes to the networking giant's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities come..

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Dalai Lama’s Visit Draws Attention to Tibet Turmoil

Mike O'Sullivan , Los Angeles (VOA): Amid reports that two Tibetan youths set themselves on fire Thursday to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is meeting with supporters in California. More than 35 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past year,..

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