Sitaram Parajuli released after 13 days of secret detention

first_img Receive email alerts NepalAsia – Pacific News May 29, 2019 Find out more June 8, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News The security forces on 9 January released Sitaram Parajuli, executive editor of the weekly Shram. He told Reporters Without Borders that he was held blindfolded and in solitary confinement for 13 days. Military interrogators questioned him about his sources of information and used threats to try to obtain his contacts with Maoist leaders. Before releasing him in central Kathmandu, the soldiers threatened him with reprisals if he released any details about his detention.———————————————————————-Two journalists held by army, two others beaten by police04.01.2005Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about physical attacks by police on journalists in Dailekh and Nepalgunj yesterday, the arrest of Shram editor Sitaram Parajuli without a warrant on 28 December and the fact that the army is still holding Rajdhani correspondent Shakti Kumar Pun despite having rescued him last month from Maoist rebels.The organisation wrote to Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to request the release of those held and an investigation into recent attacks.”The kidnapping of Sitaram Parajuli and the detention of Shakti Kumar Pun once again show that the Nepalese army is trying to install a climate of fear in the press community,” the letter said. Four other journalists are currently detained in Nepal.Parajuli, who edits the Kathmandu-based independent weekly Shram, was abducted by plain-clothes members of the security forces who went to his home in the Kathmandu district of New Baneswor, blindfolded him and took him away in an unmarked car, Reporters Without Borders was told by his brother, Bishnu Prasad Parajuli. It is not known why he was arrested or where he is being held.Pun, a provincial correspondent for the national daily Rajdhani, is currently being held by the Royal Nepalese Army in a barracks in Pyuthan, in the centre-west of the country.He was kidnapped by a group of Maoist rebels on about 18 November in the western district of Rukum. The army rescued him from the rebels during December but has since detained him for “interrogation.” Army spokesman Deepak Gurung said he would be released after an investigation, but could be summoned for further questioning “if needed.”In yesterday’s incident in the western locality of Dailekh, Bhupendra Sahi of the state-owned daily Gorkhapatra was attacked by a policeman as he was photographing the place where local ruling party official Dil Bahadur Rana had just been killed by Maoist rebels. Sahi was with Naman Kumar Sahi, the local representative of the human rights group INSEC. Both of them were hit by the policeman who accused them of defending the Maoists.In the southwestern town of Nepalgunj, community radio reporter Roshan Puri was roughed up by the police while preparing a report. The police promised an investigation. Puri works for Lumbini FM, based in the central locality of Butuwal. Follow the news on Nepal Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Help by sharing this information center_img May 17, 2019 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News Organisation to go further NepalAsia – Pacific January 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sitaram Parajuli released after 13 days of secret detention News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama storylast_img read more

Electrolux wins recognition for fast grill

first_imgElectrolux Professional’s HSG Panini Grill has won a gold award at the first Lunch! 2010 Innovation Challenge, which identifies cutting-edge innovations in the food-to-go sector.The grill is up to six times faster than a standard sandwich grill, enabling caterers to sell a sandwich that stays “warm-to-the-last-bite” in less than a minute, with a non-stick top plate, creating traditional grill marks.Innovative features include: three heating modes, contact heating plates, infrared radiation to deliver crispness, automatic holding and opening once the cooking phase is complete, programmable electronic control and an energy-saving mode.last_img read more

MFA students win Notre Dame App Challenge with South Bend City Connect

first_imgTwo Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) design students, Miriam Moore and Robbin Forsyth, won first place in the Notre Dame App Challenge Wednesday night for their mobile app South Bend City Connect. The app seeks to serve South Bend city residents who need financial assistance, want to help build up the South Bend community or are looking to better understand their finances.Moore, a visual communications design major, and Forsyth, an industrial design major, started the project in the fall of 2016.“We always hear about people talk about collaborating, and we don’t see a lot of it, so we thought we would try and do this,” Forsyth said.After meeting with South Bend city leaders, Moore and Forsyth realized the city faced a problem with their 311 phone center — 80 percent of the calls came from 20 percent of the customers.Forsyth said these customers are typically calling when they are in a panic, in situations such as when their utilities are about to be shut off.“Once you get into shut off, you basically have to show up with cash at the city office to pay your bill. We wanted to learn more about these customers,” he said.The two worked as volunteers at the local nonprofit Stone Soup Community to further understand these customers, who are classified as the working poor by United Way’s ALICE threshold.“We [volunteered there] because Stone Soup is the only agency left in St. Joseph County that offers emergency aid on a walk-in basis,” Forsyth said. “It’s the only place you can go to and say, ‘Today I have a problem. I need help.’”Through their research and volunteer work, Moore and Forsyth identified 40 percent of St. Joseph county residents belonged to the working poor — members of the working poor are subject to what Moore and Forsyth call the “additional costs of poverty.” These costs typically result due to a lack of a bank account and include fees to cash paychecks or short-term, high-interest loans.“The less money you have, the more expensive it is to live sometimes,” Forsyth said. “If you don’t have the convenience of enough cash flow to have some money in the bank to be able to wait for your paycheck to clear, you’re spending money to access your money.”Moore and Forsyth also found these low-income residents typically do not have access to a desktop computer and instead use a smartphone for internet access.While Moore and Forsyth said South Bend is planning to revamp its website to help reduce the strain on its 311 call center, they identified a mobile application as a better option. This realization led to birth of South Bend City Connect.“South Bend City Connects integrates financial education, low cost banking resources and electronic utility payments in a powerful tool to aid in the transition to self-sufficiency,” Moore said. “We see South Bend City Connect as a powerful tool that aligns with the Notre Dame vision to heal, unify and enlighten the world.”The app offers services such as bill pay, budgeting and paying it forward to help a neighbor and reporting a city maintenance problem such as a pothole. In addition, the app alerts users as to overdraft fees when they pay their bills and will offer to connect them to Stone Soup Community, the financial education partner of the app.Other partners for the app include Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, which is looking to offer some accounts to the working poor that will integrate with South Bend City Connect, and the City of South Bend’s Innovation Department, which will house and operate the app.Currently, Forsyth and Moore are working with Notre Dame’s innovation department to determine the app’s future. While the two want to stay involved with the project after graduation, they would not manage the app on a day-to-day basis.“The goal is to get the innovation department … to set something up and get a running entity,” Forsyth said.Two other banks and a national initiative are interested in serving as partners with the app, which would allow the program to expand to a regional or national level.“People are really excited about the idea; it’s just a matter of getting the infrastructure to scale it,” Forsyth said.Tags: App Challenge, South Bend City Connect, working poorlast_img read more