Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end

Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end

Pouring water on hope for the relaxation on the ongoing indefinite bandh in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, the all hilly region party meeting today decided to continue the bandh. Nepal is scheduled to get Chinese internet services from August ending India’s monopoly over the same, a Nepali daily reported. Currently, the tiny Himalayan country accesses internet using Indian bandwidth through Bhairahawa, Birgunj and Biratnagar. English-language daily Republica reported that with Chinese firms offering services, Nepali…

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Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3 (video)

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3 (video)

The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle. “All the signs of a looming war on the Korean peninsula are surfacing,” the group says in the ominous six-minute clip, posted on YouTube over the weekend. Using their signature Guy Fawkes character, the hackers make…

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Nepal remembers Bista, last king of Upper Mustang

Nepal remembers Bista, last king of Upper Mustang

Ceremonies are taking place in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to mark the death of the last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang. Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista, who reigned the Buddhist kingdom for more than half a century, died on Friday aged 86. King Bista lost his royal title in 2008 when Nepal abolished its own centuries-old monarchy. He lived most of his life in the medieval capital Lo Manthang, acting as local…

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China prepares for Dalai Lama’s death by looking to its own top Tibetan cleric

China prepares for Dalai Lama’s death by looking to its own top Tibetan cleric

LHASA, China — In the contest for Tibetan hearts and minds, a 26-year-old Buddhist monk is emerging into the spotlight. He is the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, and he is being groomed by the Communist Party to fill an important political and religious role in Tibet. Obedient to the party and loyal to the Chinese state, the “Chinese Panchen” is being pushed forward as an alternative to the Dalai Lama, a man widely loved by Tibetans…

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In Tibet, Chinese characteristics set tone of religious freedom

In Tibet, Chinese characteristics set tone of religious freedom

LHASA, TIBET – The sun has yet to rise over Lhasa, but dozens of colorfully dressed pilgrims are already gathered and reciting prayers at the entrance to Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Many of those gathered — Tibetans and Han Chinese visitors — say religion is flourishing under Beijing’s rule, with adherents enjoying the freedoms they need to follow their faith. But this sense of freedom does not extend to the men…

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‘Unhappy’ China cancels President Xi Jinping’s proposed Nepal visit

‘Unhappy’ China cancels President Xi Jinping’s proposed Nepal visit

In a setback to China-Nepal bilateral ties, Beijing has cancelled President Xi Jinping’s proposed visit to the Himalayan nation in October, reportedly due to its disappointment with Nepal on several matters. According to reports, Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai has already conveyed this to Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shankar Bairagi. The Indian Express reported that China is disappointed with Nepal over a host of issues. Citing sources, the report said that Beijing was unhappy with…

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China makes panic effort to save Oli government in Nepal as no confidence debate begins today

China makes panic effort to save Oli government in Nepal as no confidence debate begins today

The withdrawal of support by Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Prachanda has propelled a Chinese delegation in Kathmandu these days to reach out in panic to leaders of other political parties. Nepal’s Parliament will on July 21 commence discussions on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s government amidst a last ditch effort by China to stitch up support for him to stay on as Prime Minister. Oli’s…

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Police shut down Dalai Lama birthday celebrations in Nepal

Police shut down Dalai Lama birthday celebrations in Nepal

The Songtsen Brikuti School in Boudhanath in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu where the Tibetan community was scheduled to celebrate the 81st birthday of the Dalai Lama was swarmed by Nepalese police early this morning, disrupting the celebrations and even detaining close to 30 Tibetans including the Tibetan Settlement Officer. The celebratory event has now been forced to cancel. The developments come as a surprise move by the police considering the fact that proper permission had…

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Dead woman found in elevator month after power cut off

Dead woman found in elevator month after power cut off

BEIJING — The discovery of a woman’s corpse in an elevator in the Chinese city of Xi’an has led to the detention of an elevator maintenance crew who improperly cut off power to the elevator a month ago without checking if anyone was inside In a statement posted Saturday, the Gaoling district government said two maintenance workers turned off the power source on Jan. 30 to the elevator in a residential building after they were…

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THE MOUNTAIN PASS TO NEPAL KEPT CLOSED BY CHINA

THE MOUNTAIN PASS TO NEPAL KEPT CLOSED BY CHINA

Namche Bazar, Nepal—A network of cameras now monitors China’s side of the Nangpa La pass, say Tibetan traders who used to cross it regularly. A series of guard towers manned by border patrol troops lines the way. The Nangpa La bridges the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet. Chinese soldiers on this mountain pass shoot at anyone trying to sneak across, traders who attempted crossings after 2009 say. Using these cameras and observation posts, the traders…

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