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Rising Number of Nepali Students in Universities in the U.S.

Posted by Ka Frank on November 20, 2009

Hike in Nepali students in US universities

eKantipur, November 17, 2009

Kathmandu- The number of Nepali students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education has increased significantly, according to Open Doors 2009. The annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the number increased from 8,936 to 11,581 in 2008/09– a 29.6 per cent increase over the 2007/08 academic year.

Nepal ranks 11th among the leading countries of origin of international students, as it did the last year.  In the academic year 2006/2007, Nepal ranked 13th among the countries of origin of international students. India tops the list with 15.4% followed by China with 14.7%.

America’s nearly 3,000 accredited schools of higher education continue to attract new students in what is becoming a highly competitive international ‘market’ around the world, According to U.S. Embassy Kathmandu’s Counselor for Public Affairs Terry J. White.

The U.S. remains the preferred destination for students from Nepal who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree.

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RDF India: Stand by the Struggling Masses Against Operation Green Hunt

Posted by n3wday on November 20, 2009

“Resist the Indian government’s war on the people! Stand by the struggling masses fighting for their land, life and livelihood!”

Following is a statement by the Revolutionary Democratic Front of India  (rdfindia@gmail.com)  from the end of October 2009.

The former U.S. President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror” on the pretext of 9/11, and attacked Iraq and then Afghanistan so that U.S. imperialism could capture oil, gas and other natural resources in these foreign countries. The prime minister of India too made an open declaration of “war against terrorism” after 26/11. P. Chidambaram [The Home Minister in charge of Operation Green Hunt] too recently announced the government’s decision to go on a military offensive adhering to the dictates of the U.S. This time the offensive was aimed at the people of this country, those who are among the most deprived and exploited. This is just to facilitate the handing over of the country’s natural resources to the plunder and loot of foreign corporations, even though purported aim is to re-establish the sovereign rule of the Indian state in Maoist-influenced regions.

One of the main proponents of this war on people is Manmohan Singh, who was an economist with the World Bank controlled by U.S. imperialism before he joined active politics. Till the day he became finance minister of the UPA government , P. Chidambaram was a member of the Board of Directors in Vedanta, the British mining multinational. He was also the lawyer of the notorious U.S. electricity corporation, Enron.

Both Singh and Chidambaram have been die-hard advocates of foreign investment to the country, the two foremost agents of U.S. imperialism in the country. On 18 June 2006, the prime minister made a statement in the parliament, pronouncing that, “the environment for foreign investment is going to be severely affected if left-wing extremism continues to grow and expand in the mineral-rich regions of the country”. The booty of this war declared by Manmohan Singh’s government on the people is going to be handed over to the imperialist countries, particularly to U.S. imperialism.

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