Nepal Today

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

GACHEDHAR MEETING BAIDHAYA THURSDAY Kathmandu, 27 June: MJFL Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar, who also is chief of the rotating presidency of the HLPM of the Big Three and Madesh Morcha, is holding consultations with CPN Maoist Chairman Mohan Babidhaya Thursday. Gachedhar is holding talks with Baidhaya who heads a 33-party alliance opposed to the 19 November polls, even as responsibility for negotiating with the opposition was given to the top three leaders of UCPN Maoist, NC and UML Wednesday by HLPM. Governments and major parties are efforting to convince Baidhaya to join the election fray; the CPN Maoist leader has rejected invitation to participate in elections just five months away. Government has to enforce a code of conduct of conduct for parties participating in elections. Differences cropped up Wednesday on the code with major parties opposed to a ban on use of aircraft for electioneering. A commission to delineate 240 electoral constituencies began work to redraw constituencies just this week; the task has to e complete in 30 days. Foreign governments have poured in millions of rupees to conduct the vote neded to elect members of a constituent assembly to run government and promulgate a constitution that has to institutionalize a declared republic amod concern of an extended transition. After toppling in 2007, Ranas in power for more than 100 years, the country’s first direct and popular was held eight years later in 2015. It’s taking almost the same time to institutional a republic after topplong the 240-uear monarchy. nnnn FATHER OF WEB BLASTS USA, UK Kathmandu, 27 June: The British inventor of the World Wide Web accused Western governments of hypocrisy in spying on the Internet while lecturing repressive leaders across the world for doing exactly the same, Reuters reports from London.. Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989 as the Berlin Wall crumbled, said the West was involved in “insidious” online spying that could change the way normal people use their computers. The United States and Britain are facing domestic and international furore after security contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents that lifted the lid on previously secret American and British programmes to spy on the Internet. “In the Middle East, people have been given access to the Internet but they have been snooped on and then they have been jailed,” Berners-Lee, 58, told The Times newspaper in an interview. “It can be easy for people in the West to say ‘oh, those nasty governments should not be allowed access to spy.’ But it’s clear that developed nations are seriously spying on the Internet,” he said. Berners-Lee said the revelations about US and British spying could alter the way people use the Internet, especially for younger generations who can use it in intimate ways. “Teenagers who are unsure about their sexuality who need to contact others, or people being abused trying to find helplines... There are things that happen on the net that are very intimate, which people are going to be loath to do if they feel there is somebody looking over their shoulder.” He questioned whether the governments could safeguard sensitive data once collected. Berners-Lee made the comments before accepting a joint engineering prize awarded by Queen Elizabeth to five men — including Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen — who are considered to be the fathers of the Internet. Cerf, Google vice president who is listed as “Chief Internet Evangelist” on the company’s website, suggested computer scientists should work on ways to get around surveillance by creating encrypted web communication, the paper reported. NNNN


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