According to THE HINDU a Nepali was raped by three different people. Two of the accused were arrested on Saturday. According to the police, the victim had come from Nepal to visit her husband who works in a factory in Mumbai. However after reaching the address given by him, she was told by the factory owner that he had already left for Nepal. “She was then allegedly raped by the factory owner. The victim was also raped by a factory worker, who was sent to give her food,” the police said. Meanwhile, the police raided a lodge in Madanpura area on a tip-off that a woman from Nepal was going to be sold into prostitution. “The woman was found with another person who is claimed to be a friend of her relative in Mumbai. He had also raped her,” the police said. The woman registered a complaint with the Nagpada police station.
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, underwent a successful surgery in New York, and has been discharged from the hospital, her manager is reported to have told Indian media. "Manisha's condition is stable now. After the surgery, she has been discharged and is back in hotel. She got discharged on December 18th 2012," said Subroto Ghosh, manisha's manager.
The Gangnam Style, which was posted only 5 months ago on YouTube has hit 1 Billion views on 22nd December 2012 at 8.30am AEST. It was the first YouTube video to reach the milestone count. YouTube has added a dancing Gangnam Style icon on the video views counter. The phrase "Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul. The song and its accompanying music video went viral in August 2012 and have influenced popular culture worldwide since then. Gangnam Style received mixed to positive reviews, with praise going to its catchy beat and PSY's amusing dance moves (which themselves have become a phenomenon) in the music video and during live performances in various locations around the world. On September 20, 2012, "Gangnam Style" was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video in YouTube history.
One of the game's all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records. "I have decided to retire from the One-Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest," the 39-year-old said in a statement released by the BCCI today. "I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years," he added. Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket and one who was considered next only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, retires from the ODI format at the top of the run-getters' list. Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred -- the first in this form of the game. Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals. The Mumbaikar, who made himself unavailable for Twenty20 after playing just one game in 2006, will now remain active in only the Test arena. The brightest moment of his ODI career came last year when he finally became part of a World Cup winning Indian team after five previous appearances.
The first American Mountaineer to climber Everest has created the most detailed image of Mount Everest ever, using a mosaic of hundreds of photographs. The digital version of the photo, captured from the Pumori viewpoint, allows people to view the world's highest peak in magnificient detail. The project was headed by American mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears, who, in 1985, became the first American to reach the summit. The image is made up of 477 individual photographs, taken during the climbing season in spring 2012 from vantage points all around the mountain with a 300mm lens. In the foreground is the Khumbu Icefall and it is possible to zoom in and see people roaming around the Everest Base Camp below.
The government has suspended six quarantine officials for allowing Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the US fast food chain, to import raw chicken from bird flu affected parts in India. "We have taken action against the officials. They have been suspended," Xinhua quoted Jaya Mukunda Khanal, Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture Development as saying. "We are thoroughly investigating into the matter." A three-member investigation panel had been formed under the leadership of Uttam Kumar Bhattarai, Joint Secretary at the Ministry to interrogate the matter. Among those suspended include two senior officials, i.e. under-secretaries and four technicians. All of them were summoned at the Ministry Sunday and interrogated on how they could overlook the quarantine law. The World Health Organisation, a few weeks ago, again listed India as a bird flu affected country. The law bans import of livestock from such countries. The ministry has issued circulars to all the government offices, quarantine check posts and security bodies to increase vigil to prevent illegal livestock imports into the country. Last Saturday, a group of irate poultry farmers in Dhading took control of two containers of KFC carrying 5,104 kg frozen chicken from India. They dug a pit and buried the whole stock. KFC has been importing raw chicken from outside Nepal even as Nepali poultry farmers are saying they are capable of meeting KFC's standards.
Nepal has been ranked in the top position in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) ranking for the second consecutive cycle following their triumph in ACC Trophy Elite 2012 and runners-up placing in ACC U-19 Elite 2011 and ACC U-16 Elite 2012. ACC published the ranking following the conclusion of the last tournament in the biennial ranking cycle of the ACC tournaments, 2011 and 2012. Similarly, Malaysia and Afghanistan have been listed in the second and third of the ACC ranking. The rankings are used to determine supplementary ACC funding for the countries concerned, under the categories of Coach Assistance Equipment, School Cricket, Women’s Cricket and Governance, according to ACC official site. Out of a fund amounting to close to $1.5 million, the countries at the top of the ACC rankings receive about 40 percent more than those at the bottom.
The American space agency NASA has admitted it mistook a summit in India for Mount Everest. The agency had said on its website that Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko's photo from the International Space Station, 370 kilometres above Earth, showed Everest lightly dusted with snow. The picture had spread rapidly via Twitter and was picked up by media around the world, including the US-based magazine The Atlantic, astronomy website Space.com and US cable news channel MSNBC. A Nepali expert on the Himalayas was not convinced. Journalist Kunda Dixit had tweeted: "Sorry guys, but the tall peak with the shadow in the middle is not Mount Everest." NASA confirmed on Thursday that it had made a mistake and removed the picture from its website, AFP reported. "It is not Everest. It is Saser Muztagh, in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India," a spokesman admitted in an email to AFP.
UCPN(M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal(Prachanda) has bailed out the man who was arrested on charge of assaulting him. Dahal's aide Shiva Khakurel said the Maoist chief posted bail on behalf of Padam Kunwar, who slapped Dahal in public on November 16. The news comes a day after police said Kunwar has been sent to jail until his case his decided, as he could not post a Rs 28,000 bail set by Kathmandu Chief District Officer. Earlier, Dahal had said he had forgiven Kunwar. He had however warned against encouraging people like Kunwar and supporting his actions.
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, underwent a successful surgery in New York Monday. "Manisha underwent a surgery on Monday at around 9 am. I got a message from her family members and they said it was a successful surgery," Subroto Ghosh, Manisha's manager, told Indian media. "Manisha's mother, father and her brother are by her side. One of her close friends is also there with her," he added. Koirala had shared a picture of her and her relatives on a social-networking site on Monday, a day before she underwnt a major surgery at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. In the picture she had shared on Twitter, Manisha looks very pale, but still carrying her trademark innocent smile that set many hearts aflutter when she starred in a number of successful and critically acclaimed Bollywood movies in the late 90s. Reaching out to her fans, she had tweeted, “'Dear friends I m writing this as a request..pl no sadness,I hv told my closest friends n fam too..this is part of life..I m fine n will be fine no matter the out come..I m in gratitude with all the gifts I hv received from this life..like your love n prayers..lets celebrate life in all forms..thank you again for ur prayers...love m.” Manisha, 42, flew to New York on December 1 accompanied by her father Prakash Koirala, mother Sushma and brother Siddhartha to undergo a treatment for ovarian cancer.
The Swiss government has clarified that the late King Birendra and his family do not hold any bank account or other property under their name in Switzerland. Information to this end was received from the Swiss government through its Embassy in response to a request made by the Government of Nepal, Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) said quoting spokesperson of the Nepal Trust Office, Sharad Raj Bista. The Trust had been investigating the property ownership of former royalties along with their bank accounts. Speaking at the regular press meet held at the Ministry of Information and Communications on Monday, Bista also said the Trust was mulling over investment in the education and health sector. The Trust that manages the property previously owned by the Royal family and now transferred into the state ownership is currently making a annual income of Rs. 46.21 million.
A 16-year-old Nepalese girl was allegedly kept in confinement in a flat in Defence Colony in New Delhi, India for over two months and sexually assaulted by six law students of a reputed Delhi-based university, according to a report appearing in the online edition of India's widely circulated newspaper The Hindu. While four of the accused have been arrested, two are absconding. The incident came to light when the victim in her statement to the court a few days ago revealed that she was repeatedly raped by the accused students who had kept her in confinement. The girl alleged that she had gone to attend a party hosted in a flat in Defence Colony in mid-September when she was overpowered and then raped by some of the accused. She remained in illegal confinement and was sexually assaulted by the accused and his friends, one of whom purportedly posed to be a policeman, the report added. After the girl went missing, her mother lodged a complaint with the police stating that she had not returned from school since September 15. She was finally traced to the flat in Defence Colony. On the basis of her complaint, relevant provisions of law were added to the kidnapping case and four of the accused students were arrested. “Four of the accused, all law students, have been arrested. Two of the suspects are absconding,” a police officer told the Hindu, adding that they have obtained two days’ custody of the four accused.