A Blast Times Daily journalist detained and tortured for over a month

first_img to go further June 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A Blast Times Daily journalist detained and tortured for over a month RSF_en May 17, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal 25.06.2002Bishnu Khanal, Liladhar Gautam and Khadananda Lamichanne, respectively editor, executive editor and journalist with the Surkhet Post daily, were released on 23 June by security forces of Surkhet (west of the country), after a seven months’ detention. Furthermore, Ramhari Paudyal, journalist with Samacharpatra daily, was arrested by security forces on 13 June in Parphing (south of Kathmandu). _______________________________________________________________13.06.2002″The main international organisations for the defence of press freedom have denounced the current repression against Nepalese journalists.  But your government does not heed these calls for moderation”, affirmed Robert Ménard, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières), in a letter sent to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Reporters Without Borders protested against the prolonged detention of Prem Bastola, a Blast Times Daily reporter. “We cannot but condemn this detention and the poor treatment suffered by this journalist, which confirms Nepal—with 37 information professionals detained—in its sad position as the world’s largest prison for journalists”, added Robert Ménard. “If this journalist was arrested for his articles, it is the duty of your government to free him immediately. The same applies for the other reporters some of whom have been tortured and arrested entirely illegally”, concluded Mr Ménard.According to information gathered by RSF, Prem Bastola, a Blast Times Daily journalist, has been detained since 6 May 2002 in the prison at Biratnagar (more than 400 kilometres to the south-east of Kathmandu). He was arrested by the security forces at his home at Haraicha (a small village in the east of the country).  According to the weekly Jana Aastha, which reported this information, Prem Bastola has written many articles on the fighting between the Maoists and the security forces, particularly in a local publication he manages. But, according to his colleagues, he has never supported the Maoist movement considered “terrorist” by the government. Prem Bastola is reported to have been obliged to sign, under the threat of a weapon, a letter in which he acknowledged having taken photographs at Maoist meetings. Beforehand the journalist had been violently beaten by the security forces during interrogation. Important members of the Congress Party, and representatives of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) and of the Blast Times Daily have rallied for his release, but to no avail.Reporters Without Borders published its fact-finding mission’s report on the Consequences of the State of Emergency and of the Fight Against “Maoist Terrorism” Attacks on Freedom of the Press, on 16 April 2002. You can read the report on the RSF web site at  www.rsf.org. Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific News Receive email alertscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific News June 8, 2020 Find out more News Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama storylast_img read more

Seminar class pushes bill in state Senate

first_imgStudents in the freshman seminar “It Ought to be Law” successfully introduced a bill to the California state Senate that would make it mandatory for all public high schools in the state to have automatic external defibrillators available.Senate Bill 63 has been introduced into the California State Senate by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles), who represents the area surrounding USC.The bill also stipulates all school-sponsored athletic events have AEDs available for use, schools have an emergency plan in place and school officials take a certified training course to operate an AED.Professor Nina Rathbun and former State Sen. Kevin Murray teach the class, which has two sessions, with a combined 21 students enrolled.“The entire class is about learning the political system, and in particular, the California state political system, through the practical experience of introducing [a] bill, and lobbying for it, and following it through,” Rathbun said.Students were asked to brainstorm ideas for a bill the first few class sessions. They then chose the issue of AEDs as their focus after hearing about a student-athlete in Texas who experienced sudden cardiac arrest, but whose life was saved because of an AED, according to Rathbun.“I have a friend who suffered from cardiac arrest on a football field in my neighborhood, and almost died from that,” said Emily Welch, a freshman in the class who is majoring in economics and English. “A law was passed very similar to the law that we are trying to pass … We all decided that this was something we wanted to see through in California.”The bill was drafted entirely by students, and students conducted their own research on the subject of cardiac arrest.Murray is USC’s politician-in-residence, and used his experience in the Senate to help students understand the legislative process.“Senator Murray has been a driving force in pushing the students to act professionally and helping them know what the next step is,” Rathbun said.Price introduced the bill to the Senate in early January.The bill was referred to the Education and Health Committees on March 3, and is currently in the Education Committee.The class is planning to fly to Sacramento on March 23 to give testimony to the Senate, according to Rathbun.“It’s quite likely that the bill will get out of committee which is the next step, and I think that it has a fairly good chance of passage,” Rathbun said. “The major issue will not be substantive, but financial.”The bill mandates that costs related to the AEDs will be funded by the state “if the Commission on State Mandates determines that [the] act contains costs mandated by the state.”Students said the chance to work on real legislation has been invaluable.“It was an incredible opportunity,” said Navtaj Singh, a freshman student in the class majoring in political science. “Creating a bill, learning the type of language used to come up with it, [learning] the costs we have to be aware of and learning about the other aspects leading up to the presenting the bill to the Committee and the Senate.”last_img read more

Man Utd boss Ferguson keen to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazilian – report

first_imgManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to pip Chelsea to the signing of Brazilian teenager Lucas Moura, the Daily Mirror say.Ferguson is reported to have sent a delegation to Brazil to thrash out a deal to sign the Sao Paulo midfielder and is pleading with United’s owners to spend up to £30m on him.Real Madrid are also said to be interested in Moura, who has already played for his country and is regarded as one of the world’s top prospects.The Daily Mail suggest that Benfica’s apparent interest in Manchester United midfielder Anderson could help Chelsea capture Axel Witsel.Mackie recently signed a new deal.It’s believed that Witsel – reportedly a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid – will be allowed to leave if Anderson signs for the Portuguese club.Meanwhile, QPR’s Jamie Mackie is wanted by Southampton and West Ham, according to The Sun.It is claimed that both promoted clubs are considering tabling £1m bids for the Scotland forward.Mackie signed a new contract at the end of last season, committing his future to Rangers until 2015.Fulham are interested in signing Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, according to the Mail.It is claimed they could move for the former England man after his transfer to Turkish outfit Beskitas appeared to stall.The Sun report that Fulham are competing with Ajax for the signing of FC Twente’s Holland Under-19 midfielder Chris David.The player’s agent Fabio Alho is quoted as saying: “Fulham and Ajax both want to be kept informed about Chris.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA gives to region’s hungry

first_img5 October 2005The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have praised South Africa for a R140-million (US$21.5-million) contribution to the agencies’ operations in southern Africa.The WFP will R35-million ($5.4-million) for food aid while the FAO will receive R98-million ($15-million) for agricultural and livestock inputs. An additional R7-million ($1.1-million) will be donated for the SADC Regional Early Warning System.“Yet again the government of South Africa is playing a leading role in trying to help its neighbours during their time of critical food need”, WFP regional director for southern Africa Mike Sackett said in a statement on Tuesday.According to the WFP, the donation comes at a critical time in the gearing up phase of programmes ahead of the region’s lean season, which starts as early as November in some countries.“Already many poor people have very little to eat and their needs are only going to escalate the closer we get to the lean season, but because it’s a cash donation, we’ll be able to buy food locally and quickly transport it to the people in need,” Sackett said.The donation is the third major contribution from South Africa to the UN agencies since 2003, when SA donated R170-million, followed by a R100-million donation in 2004.The situation in southern Africa is considered so serious that in early August, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote to 27 heads of state, the European Commission and the African Development Bank to raise the alarm for urgent funding to “avert a catastrophe”.“Large numbers of people in the central-eastern part of southern Africa – including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and southern Mozambique – are at risk of food insecurity due to reduced harvests, lack of purchasing power and the devastating effects of HIV/Aids,” said Anne Bauer, director of the FAO’s emergency operations and rehabilitation division.The WFP launched a regional appeal in January this year for US$621-million to assist the region’s most vulnerable in Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe over the next three years.The organisation says it faces an immediate funding shortfall of US$152-million to feed up to 9.2-million people through to the end of the next lean season in March/April 2006.The FAO, for its part, has asked for $16-million to finance its emergency activities in southern Africa. To date, the agency has only received $3-million.“Maize prices are already rising dramatically in most countries in the region, months ahead of the lean season, which means that many people we assumed would be able to fend for themselves will need food aid earlier,” Sackett said.“The South African donation comes at the right time to help many people who would otherwise face an extremely difficult and long period without enough food to eat.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Sachin is a mammoth of world cricket: Strauss

first_imgMany an adjective has been used to describe Sachin Tendulkar in a career spanning more than two decades and England skipper Andrew Strauss added another one, calling him a mammoth of world cricket.Strauss was all praise for Tendulkar, who scored his 47th ODI ton while batting against England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.”He is one of the mammoths of world cricket for the last two decades,” Strauss had told reporters ahead of India-England clash in Bangalore.”The fact that he has been doing that for so long and so consistently is a great testament to his preparations,” he added.Strauss also acknowledged that there is hardly any negative point in Tendulkar and said he is a true legend. “There are normally no negative words that you can say about Tendulkar. He is absolutely a great legend,” Strauss said.In the 2003 World Cup and was honoured for making most runs (673).last_img read more

Beermen spend time with fans as they celebrate latest PBA All-Filipino title

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The likes of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Louie Vigil, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser played with the supporters in a game of paper dance. Cabagnot and his partner was the last pair standing with the lucky fan taking home a 40-inch LED TV.She got a hug and a TV. pic.twitter.com/wDyz5LnKnM— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019The players also thanked the fans in attendance with some even arriving at the venue as early as 10 am.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES The winner in this paper dance will win a 40-inch LED TV. pic.twitter.com/iNMYBCpL2f— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue San Miguel earned its fifth straight Philippine Cup after a grueling seven-game series with the Beermen taking a hard-fought 72-71 Game 7 win.The Beermen are expected to have their own celebration, usually held at the SMC compound in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel got to celebrate its fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup with its faithful supporters after the league held a fans’ day Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.Everyone on the Beermen roster was present except for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo, who went back in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Craig Cathcart on Watfords comeback victory

first_imgWatford defender Craig Cathcart reflects on their 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace after he scored on both ends of the pitch on Saturday.Cathcart was unfortunate to be on the end of Abdoulaye Doucouré’s attempted clearance which ricocheted off him and went into the net.The Northern Irishman equaled the most own goals scored in the Premier League this season, on par with Wesley Hoedt of Southampton.He went from zero to hero in the 67th minute when he nodded in the equalizer from a corner kick sent in by Jose Holebas.Tom Cleverley then came off the bench and scored in the 74th minute to give the visitors a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“It was my first brace! So I’m happy with that…” Cathcart jokingly told the club’s website.“Obviously, it’s nice after scoring an O.G. to get the equalizing goal. Then we had the momentum going forward.“The second goal from Tom was a great finish, and we pretty much controlled the game after that.”last_img read more