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Rapper’s arrest is latest in government’s attempt to crack down on free expression

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Samir Ghising’s detention comes just days after another singer, Durgesh Thapa, was called for questioning by the police for the same reason.

With two musicians taken into police custody in the past week alone, rights activists believe that the government is increasingly cracking down on the right to expression, a freedom guaranteed by the constitution.

 

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Crime Division took rapper Samir Ghising, popularly known as Vten, into custody on charges of promoting “values that go against social norms” through his songs. Ghising’s arrest came just days after police arrested another singer, Durgesh Thapa, for allegedly promoting similar “anti-social values” in his recent song.

According to police, both Ghising and Thapa were arrested for advocating for anti-social activities like marijuana use and alcohol consumption. Anyone who instigates others to commit illegal activities—in this case, smoke marijuana—can be taken into custody, said police.

“In his rap song, he had used inappropriate words which could have a negative influence on society. So we arrested him after receiving a directive from the Central Investigation Bureau,” said Superintendent Durga Singh, spokesperson at the Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range.

Ghising had become a cultural sensation after the release of his song, ‘Hami yestai ta ho ni bro’The song, whose title has entered common parlance, has been viewed over 19 million times on Youtube since its release four months ago. Two hours after his arrest, the song was taken off his Youtube channel.

Thapa too is a popular singer, known most recently for his song, ‘Bichha bichha ma’. While Ghising remained in custody as of press time, Thapa was released after he publicly apologised and said that he would remove objectionable content from his songs, particularly ‘Happy Tihar’ which promoted drinking and marijuana, according to police.

“They threatened me to keep in custody so I apologised and vowed to take down the song,” Thapa told the Post. “All I did was use the phrase ‘chiso beer’ [cold beer] which everyone wants to drink in a festive mood. When the government starts arresting artists for portraying society, this is definitely a significant restriction.”

According to lawyers and activists, the police’s arrest of popular singers for violating ‘social standards’ is an exercise in moral policing and has little to do with actual security.

“Government and the police shouldn’t be setting or dictating society’s value systems. That is decided by society itself. Pop songs and satire are a reflection of society adapting to the changes we are going through,” said Babu Ram Aryal, a lawyer who specialises in cyber law. “If we keep quiet during single arrests like these, it will contribute to setting a precedent, where people will continue to get rounded up by the police for expressing their opinions.”

These increasing arrests reflect how the current government is no longer hiding its autocratic streak, said Aryal. The Nepal Communist Party government has been widely criticised for a number of bills—including the Media Council bill and the Information Technology bill—that critics say could be employed to curtail freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Earlier this month, Nepali citizens were detained by police during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit for wearing clothes and carrying bags with Tibetan signage.

When Gokul Baskota, government spokesperson and Minister of Communication, was asked about the recent arrests at a weekly press conference on Thursday, he defended the authorities’ action.

“We’ve never said you cannot sing, but can you listen to that song with your family without feeling uncomfortable? We can’t encourage those who make the mistake of trying to destroy the foundation of our society’s values,” said Baskota. “We aren’t trying to dictate what people should do, all we are asking them as Nepali citizens is to protect our value system.”

Earlier in February, singer Pashupati Sharma was threatened by the sister organisation of the ruling Nepal Communist Party for his song, ‘Lootna sakey loot’, which was a satirical take on the corruption prevalent in Nepal’s public sector. The song, which had received an overwhelmingly positive response from listeners on social media and other platforms, was pulled from Youtube just 48 hours after its release.

Police should not be able to dictate what musicians can sing about, as that is part of artists’ freedom of expression, say other musicians.

“Artists are a reflection of society. People could relate to VTEN’s lyrics because that’s how our society is,” said Rohit Shakya, an artist and music producer. “Such restrictions will only bring about negative effects and hurdles in the art community.”

Others pointed out that Vten is a rapper and rap as a genre of music has a long history of rebellion and confronting authority.

“Rap is the kind of genre where one can freely express themselves,” said Kolin Bikram Rana, CEO of Raw Barz, an entertainment company that hosts rap battles. “If the Nepali government can’t adapt to this genre then they’re not only depriving us of our rights but are also insulting a global movement.”

But rappers also need to be careful, he said. Musicians shouldn’t knowingly insult or disparage an entire community.

“One should have the right to express oneself but that doesn’t give them a pass to say anything without realising the consequences,” said Rana.

What is particularly worrying to many privacy advocates is that the Nepal Police seems to be going through public social media pages to find content that they deem “harmful.”

“No one filed a complaint against Vten or his song,” said Superintendent Singh of the Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range. According to Singh, the Central Investigation Bureau came across the song and issued an order to the Lalitpur Police to take Ghising into custody.

“The police are responsible for peace and security in society and we want to make sure that no one is damaging the religious, cultural or traditional harmony of society,” Deputy Inspector General Bishwaraj Pokharel, Nepal Police spokesperson, told the Post. “Everyone must be aware of and responsible for that.”

Shuvam Dhungana, Anup Ojha and Abani Malla contributed to this report.

The  Kathmandu Post 

 

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Days Gone is an open-world survival horror and action-adventure video game developed by SIE Bend Studio. Moreover, this horror-adventure game published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Unreal Engine 4 used for the development of this game. The game set in a post-apocalyptic Oregon held after a global pandemic. However, a former drifter Deacon St. John. seeks to survive with the help of his mate by staying in a shelter with resources like food, water, weapons, and booze.

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As I already said, the game sets in a post-apocalyptic environment and the main protagonist is Deacon St. John. The third-person view of the game is the player navigates an open-world setting. The player uses handguns, equipment with improvised weapons. Stealth is used to protect and defend against hostile humans and creatures.

The main player is to complete his objectives by using stealth mode or assault mode. The weather is dynamic like day-night cycle mode and also features slow by day. Fast by night with deep thrill chilling environment. John’s transportation is a motorcycle, and it is modified with several parts to enhance speed and durability.  As a player, you need to defend yourself against threats as it is a survival-horror game. Take care of your vehicle because you need to travel to different locations, clean the bandit camps, freak dens, and killing zombies.

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The game featured a muddy and disturbed environment with zombies and firefighters, and the graphics are good, and the story is interesting with the necessary action. The game background music is good and apt to the environment. John’s character was well designed. Especially, his face features angry, sullen, and when it comes to his personal life. His wife has been divorced and claimed to be death.

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Players can experience epic gameplay with additional features. They can play the game with their earned weapons, NERO boosters, skills, collectibles, and more. You can play NG+ on any mode like easy, normal, hard, and survival. Additionally, players can new trophies and new weapons from several modes.

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Players begin a new journey on PC. They have two challenge modes Survival Mode and Challenge Mode. Players can play the main story, and also they can access new game content. In Survival, I and Survival II modes are difficult to play because enemies are harder. Indicators removed, and no fast travel and gameplay are highly tensed environment.  In Challenge mode, there are 12 different challenges available. The player needs to fight with zombies, freaks, and bike races as he needs to climb up the leaderboard. The player can earn credits to unlock bike skins and characters.

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Download Modern Critical Warfare action offline games 2018 APK 0.0.2j for Android

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The World of Warcraft is all set to release its newest epic, the Modern Critical Strikes package that promises to be an expansion pack for World of Warcraft, and one that many are expecting to be well worth the money spent on it. As always, Blizzard Entertainment will be releasing a new patch with this new game, and it will be essential to players to make sure they are up to date on this before downloading and installing the latest patch. Not only will the new game to add a number of new levels and additional content, it will also include brand new equipment for the characters in the game, as well as a brand new system for playing” PvE “and” PvP “online. Here are some of the details about the exciting new addition to World of Warcraft:

There are currently over a dozen World of Warcraft massively multiplayer online role-playing games available, but only one of them offers players the chance to truly enjoy the highly addictive action that is the staple of modern critical combat, with a number of unique settings and combat mechanics that are not found in other MMORPGs. STJ Games, Incorporated has developed a number of fantastic arcade style mobile games, and now they have decided to bring this excellent content to life on the Android platform. As with the other versions of the Modern Critical Strike series, users will find that the touch screen interface is easily navigable, and that Android users will really enjoy the various little details that have been added to this popular action-adventure game. A great deal of the fun comes from the new arcade style level design that Blizzard has used, and players will have a good amount of fun figuring out how to defeat the ever growing numbers of enemies that appear on screen.

This all adds up to an exciting prospect for avid World of Warcraft players around the world, and it looks as though the company is gearing up for a number of new releases, including perhaps the return of the Lich King. With the success of STJ games on consoles, it’s only a matter of time before the PC version becomes available. Of course, the success or failure of STJ depends on whether or not the player base continues to grow as rapidly as the developer hopes it will. As you might expect, the success of STJ depends very much on the user base, which would seem to indicate that there are a lot of people out there who play this game. Whether or not they can enjoy it on their PC is another matter entirely.

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How to download PUBG Mobile 1.6, android and iOS

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PUBG Mobile 1.6: How to download PUBG Mobile 1.6 on your android and iOS, Download Link and Step by step guide
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PUBG Mobile 1.6: How to download PUBG Mobile 1.6 on your android and iOS, Download Link and Step by step guide – After the massive success of the PUBG Mobile 1.5 Update, Krafton has given PUBG Mobile players another reason to be excited. The much-awaited PUBGM 1.6 update is live for players globally with new maps, weapons, vehicles, and many other cool features. Players can download the game on their mobile devices from the Google Play Store (Android) and Apple App Store (iOS). Sometimes users face the problem while downloading the game but don’t worry we have covered you. In this article, we have covered all steps to download the PUBG Mobile 1.6 Update APK and OBB file on your mobile.

PUBG Mobile 1.6: How to download PUBG Mobile 1.6 on your android and iOS, Download Link and Step by step guide

PUBG Mobile 1.6 Update: PUBG pros and enthusiasts alike can download the game and enjoy the new feature on their mobile. If you don’t have PUBG Mobile on your device and want to download it on your android device. Please head over to the Google Play Store to install the game on the device. If you having any problem with downloading the game from Google Play Store, we have got you covered. We bring the download link of PUBG Mobile 1.6 Update APK and OBB File from where you can download the game on your device.

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Step 1: To begin the installation process, players need to download the APK file from the given link.

Step 2: After the download is complete, players need to enable the “Install from unknown source”. Ignore this step if done already.

Step 3: Locate & Install the downloaded APK file on your device

Step 4: After installation, open the game & download all the necessary resources. Once the process has complete players may restart the game & enjoy the all-new Titan theme at the battlegrounds.

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