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There is a debate about environmental concerns surrounding Lahore's Orange Line project, especially since there is a view that the line will pass perilously close to monuments such as Chauburji and the Shalamar Gardens, obscuring or even damaging them.
Let us face a harsh reality: the militant Islamic State group in all its hideousness has made the world forget Syria's human tragedy, for such is the callousness of the global community that the number of Syrian dead has become a statistic -- it does not matter whether it is a quarter million or 300,000.
Terrorism on a grand scale in France, cries for fear instead of trust in immigration policies in the United States, and breakthroughs in ties with Beijing have dominated our recent headlines. Local events that have also drawn attention include announcements of candidates for the vice-presidency of the R.O.C., new plans for Taipei Songshan Airport, and the fortunes of our Chinese Taipei baseball team.
Bloody terrorist attacks in Paris dominated the discussions of top representatives of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations held Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey. Related to providing effective security, the gathering devoted focused attention to helping the massive flow of refugees from the Middle East, stemming primarily from the Syria civil war.
The series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday killed 129 people, and some of those wounded remain in critical conditions. While terrorist attacks are now a regular phenomenon around the world, it still raises indignation every time another bomb goes off killing more people.
"Welcome to India and climb Mt. Everest!" Some day, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would like to see India's tourism industry issuing such advertisements. No one can object to a politician's desire to make a name as a "great" prime minister. But to fulfill his ambition, Modi, the enchanter of Nepalis a year ago, has now become their persecutor.
Again the forces of terror and hate have attacked Paris. Again, and for the second time in a year, we stand in solidarity and weep for the victims. And as the barbarity of the Grim Reaper of jihadi terror swept across Paris on a Friday night, the polite Western world is jolted into action and awareness, facing these terrorists who are trying to turn the City of Light into the casbah of darkness and fear.
The general lack of awareness of medical matters, even amongst the educated, can lead to problems that become increasingly entrenched over time.
Persisting with selective memory, fuzzy logic and contrived debates is what sustains global terrorism. Let me explain: If suddenly asked to comment on the scourge, most of us would think back to the murder of publisher Dipan and the latest "French 9/11" terror attacks. That's how it works: We understand abstract concepts in terms of narratives, events, places and personalities. Specifics.
Nepal's ongoing crisis of petroleum oil and cooking gas started when our sole supplier, Indian Oil Corporation, refused to fill our oil tankers and gas bullets, and the Indian border security forces and customs officials blocked oil shipments at the border. The southern neighbor has thereby reneged on its oil trade commitments to pressure Nepal into amending its newly promulgated constitution.
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