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The world’s most precarious road in Nepal

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Narendra Modi and the struggle for India’s soul

The Economist

When the world’s biggest electorate handed Narendra Modi a thumping victory five years ago, India seemed poised for far-reaching change. His party had won an outright majority of seats in the national parliament, a rare feat in India’s fractious politics. This was not only punishment for tarnished incumbents or reward for Mr Modi’s hard-working, no-nonsense, business-friendly image. Many also saw it as a ringing endorsement of his ideology. Mr Modi’s strident brand of Hindu nationalism, which pictures Pakistan less as a strategic opponent than a threat to civilisation, puts him at the fringe even of his own Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp). MORE…

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The Most Corrupt Countries In The World

Forbes

Sometimes, corruption can be carried out with a smile.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dominicdudley/2019/02/08/most-corrupt-countries-in-the-world/#752ec6a457bb

Nepal’s CPI Index 2018 score is 31/100. Butan 68. India 41. Sri Lanka 38. Pakistan 33. Myanmar 29. Bangladesh 26. Afganistan 16.

https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018
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Hodgson Collection Drawings

This collection of drawings mainly comprises a series of 50 views of Nepalese architecture drawn by Raj Man Singh Chitrakar (1797-1865) in 1844 at Kathmandu, and come from the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894). Many of the drawings show buildings that have since been altered, or destroyed in earthquakes.

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How to make Asian homestyle spicy chicken drumsticks with tikka masala

Ingredients to marinate the chicken drumsticks:

  • 6-8 pieces of Chicken Drumsticks (2 lbs approx)
  • 1 Tikka masala seasoning mix
  • 1 Tbs of Hot Chill Oil (available from Asian market)
  • 2 Tsp of Ginger/Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp of Red Chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp of Salt (to taste)
  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro/green onion

Oven cooking:
Preheat your oven to 375°F and roast to an internal temperature of 165°F, time about 1 hour.

Great recipe to serve as Appetizer. Enjoy!!!

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2018 Nepal Corruption Rank

Nepal Rank: 124 out of 180 countries in 2018. Nepal was in 122th position in 2017.

It’s fair to say, there’s no sign of improvement in this index.

Related articles:

https://tradingeconomics.com/nepal/corruption-rank

https://www.transparency.org/country/NPL

https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018

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Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

Los Angeles Times
Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.

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Parenting methods are exacerbating social divisions – How to help level the playing field

The Economist

British children used to play conkers in the autumn when the horse-chestnut trees started to drop their shiny brown nuts. They would select a suitable chestnut, drill a hole in it and thread it onto a string, then swing their conker at that of an opponent until one of them broke. But the game has fallen out of favour. Children spend less time outdoors and rarely have access to chestnut trees. Besides, many schools have banned conkers games, worried that they might cause injuries or trigger nut allergies.

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