JOHOR BAHRU, 25 March - A peace-themed festival was held in the capital city of Johor State, Malaysia to raise awareness of cooperative peacebuilding. The 1stJohor Peace Carnival as the official name, the event was co-hosted by local community and international NGO.    650 citizens participated in the festival by Johor Bahru City Council, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Johor Peace Committee (JPC) to establish a harmonious culture safeguarding ethnic and religious diversity. The Malaysian community including the local government and civil society has developed plans to reinforce a socially cohesive environment with the principle of peaceful coexiste

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Kathmandu, March 22 -- The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament finally passed the bill relating to political parties by fixing the threshold of three percent votes for the proportional category of election while one seat in the first-past-the-post to be recognized as the national party.    Although big political parties were univocal for the threshold, the fringe ones strongly protested it.    The political party, securing three percent votes under the proportional category can represent in the parliament but is not eligible for incentives. The small parties protested in the parliament arguing that the bill was brought against their consent; and boycotted the parlia

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Kathmandu, March 22: The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal has sent a letter to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) -- an umbrella organization of journalists across the country --to halt the convention at its Chapters.    With this, the general convention of the umbrella organization is hung in balance. The 25th convention of the Federation is scheduled for coming May 3-4.  The conventions of FNJ's 50 chapters have been conducted so far.    The leadership of the FNJ has decided to hold a meeting with EC on the same, according to FNJ President Dr Mahendra Bista.

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A multilateral proposal for peace, coexistence and mutual understanding

Four years have passed since Nelson Mandela, the conscience of humanity in both South Africa and the globe, passed away. The long struggle for rebuilding human rights by Mr. Mandela and his advocates came to have a light when South Africa in 1994 declared the abolition of apartheid, one of the worst violations of human dignity.   Has the abolition of apartheid and peaceful passing-away of Nelson Mandela led to a whole new reality in South Africa? Sadly not. The conflict between ethnicities is still ongoing. It still casts a deep darkness, making the future of South Africa uncertain.   Beginning of Discrimination   As apartheid became an official law, policies that discri

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A student attending the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) was killed after getting struck by a truck at Rupnagar of Saptari along the East-West Highway this morning.  The truck (Na 1 Ka 5200) heading east rammed Nitu Kumari Thakur, 16, of Bhardaha, Saptari, Area Police Office, Kanchanpur said.  Nitu, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, died on the way to Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital based in Rajbiraj, according to police. The police have detained the truck driver.

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Faced with the reality of uncertainty in global cooperation triggered by a chain of political upheavals from the Brexit to elections in the United States and European states, a new approach to pursue an international peaceful order is discussed.   On March 14, with 1,800 stakeholders in governance, Peace Forum for the 1st Annual Commemoration of the DPCW was held in Seoul, South Korea by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).   In commemoration of the DPCW proclaimed on the same date in 2016, the forum reaffirmed the importance of global peace movement currently on prog

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Ilam, March 13 - Tea entrepreneurs of Ilam district have voiced concern over government's apathy towards addressing the problems facing the tea estate here.    They complained that the government has not put the tea sector on priority and their organic tea produce has not received proper price while exporting to foreign countries.    "Our quality tea production was not evaluated well", said Uddhav Chapagain, manager of Gorkha Tea Estate based in Fikkal. He further added that the government did not heed to their demand of fixing proper price of tea.    Likewise, proprietor of Himalayan Shangri-La Tea Estate Ram Chandra Nepal said majority of

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Peace seminar to discuss the role of media and importance of peace

On March 3, 2017, a peace seminar ‘The Role of the Press for Practical Implementation of Peace Education in India” was held at Asian Business School (ABS), with about 100 participants including educational figures and students of ABS. This event was hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) which is a non-profit organization under the UN DPI (Department of Public Information).   Ravi Sharma, Head of Department of ABS, emphasized the importance of cooperation at every level of society for peace by saying, "As individual, society, nation and globe, all are part of peace. Is there anyone who does not agree to these words? We cannot do peace wor

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WASHINGTON  - Republicans hate "Obamacare," so House GOP leaders freak out whenever their health care bill is compared to President Barack Obama's law. But one reason some conservatives are branding the bill "Obamacare Lite" comes down to the tax credits to help consumers buy insurance.   Both tax credits target people who don't get health insurance from their employer or from the government. They are both available to people even if they don't make enough money to owe any federal income tax. And they are both entitlement programs — if you meet the criteria, you are entitled to the benefit.   But there are significant differences in

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