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Nepal social media bill sparks freedom of speech concerns

KATHMANDU: Nepal's government on Wednesday tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh penalties for "improper" social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent. Under the proposed law, the government would have the power to block social..

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Digital Education Center set up at Central Zoo Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

KATHMANDU: A 'digital education center' has been set up at the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel of Lalitpur. The center was established with the support of Nepal Investment Bank as honour to British biological conservationist Field Marshal Sir John Chapple who has been contributing to Nepal's biological..

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Growing internet addiction among kids: a headache for society Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Sanchita Ghimire, KATHMANDU: Twelve years old Rohan Thapa was good in his studies until two to three years back. Thereafter, his studies started taking a downturn in the recent months, giving a cause for concern to his parents. "Now, the problem is such that he (Rohan) does not even bothers to..

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Social media affects teen girls more than boys: Study Monday, January 7th, 2019

WASHINGTON DC: Social media has a greater impact on teen girls than boys of the same age, a study has observed. Though social media acts as a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming has its own..

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Biting into Apple: The Giant’s Revenues Fall Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The worm has gotten into Apple, and is feasting with some consistency. Revenue has fallen. Chief executive Tim Cook is cranky. The celebrated front of Apple’s wealth – the iPhone with its range of glittering models – has not done as well as he would have hoped. Dreams of conquering Cathay..

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Nepal launching its own satellites by mid- May Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Shubhanu Acharya, LALITPUR: Nepal is launchings its own satellites by coming mid-May.  It is all set to put its own satellites in orbit with the help of two Nepalis completing Master's Degree in Engineering from a Japan-based University and pursuing post-doctorate degree. According to Rabindra..

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NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

By MARCIA DUNN, LAUREL, Md. (AP) — The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto hurtled toward a New Year’s Day rendezvous with a tiny, icy world a billion miles farther out, in what would make it the most distant cosmic body ever explored by humankind. New Horizons was..

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Personal info of about 1,000 North Korean defectors leaked Saturday, December 29th, 2018

SEOUL, (Yonhap) -- The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors in South Korea has been leaked as a computer at a state-run resettlement center was hacked, the unification ministry said Friday. The names, birth dates and addresses of 997 North Korean defectors were confirmed to..

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Don’t fall in love on Facebook, jailed Indian warns Friday, December 21st, 2018

MUMBAI, (AFP) - An Indian man released this week after being jailed for six years in Pakistan issued advice on Friday not to follow his example and fall in love on Facebook. Hamid Nehal Ansari illegally entered Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012 to meet a woman he had fallen for on the social media..

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Indian journalist jailed after Modi Facebook post Thursday, December 20th, 2018

NEW DELHI, (AFP) - An Indian journalist has been jailed for a year after he criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, in the latest example of what critics claim is a clampdown on free speech. Kishorechandra Wangkhem was arrested last month in the remote northeastern state of Manipur..

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Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, to not make "another mistake" by raising interest rates. "I hope the people over at the Fed will read today's Wall Street Journal Editorial before they make yet another mistake," he tweeted...

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Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials Thursday, December 13th, 2018

By RAPHAEL SATTER, LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is..

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NTC’s microwave radio link expands across Upper Mustang

BAGLUNG: Nepal Telecom has expanded the access of microwave radio link across the Upper Mustang. The link, a wireless communication technology that uses high frequency beams of radio waves to provide high speed wireless connections, has replaced satellite technology. The service has started at Lo..

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William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in..

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Turning Screws: China’s Australian Coal Ban Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can..