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SAARC summit postponed

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that a three-day SAARC summit was suspended on Wednesday, a day after India and some other countries pulled out of the conference. The key summit was scheduled to be held in Islamabad from November 9 to 11. Islamabad said that Pakistan would not budge…

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September 28, 2016


India-Pakistan tensions threaten South Asia summit

ISLAMABAD: A key South Asian summit was in doubt Wednesday after India and three other countries pulled out following a deadly attack on an army base that New Delhi blames on a Pakistan-based group.India has sought to isolate Pakistan in the wake of the raid on its base in the disputed region of Kashmir, which…

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September 28, 2016


Rhino shot by poachers dies

A one-horned rhino has died weeks after it was shot by poachers in Nepal, becoming the first of the rare animals to be killed in the country in over two years. The injured adult male was taken to the Chitwan National Park, the country’s biggest rhino conservation area, for treatment after it was shot in a…

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September 7, 2016


Nepal imposes 10-year ban on Indian couple for fake Everest claim

KATHMANDU: Two Indian climbers were slapped with a 10-year mountaineering ban for making “spurious and dishonest claims” of climbing Everest, a media report said. Dinesh and his wife Tarakeshwari Rathod claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest. Nepelese investigators concluded on Monday that photographs purporting to show the pair at the…

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August 30, 2016


21 dead as bus plunges into Nepal river

KATHMANDU, Nepal: A packed passenger bus plunged into a river early Friday in central Nepal, killing 21 people, a senior local official said. Rescuers struggled to recover bodies and help the injured to safety after the bus plunged into the swelling Trishuli river, off the highway at Chandi Bhanjyang village in Chitwan district. “Twenty-one people…

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August 26, 2016


Nepal recalls India envoy, cancels president’s visit

KATHMANDU: Nepal has recalled its ambassador to India and cancelled an upcoming visit by its president to New Delhi, officials said Saturday, further straining ties between the two neighbours after months of tension. Deep Kumar Upadhyay was recalled to Kathmandu late Friday after allegedly siding with the Nepali Congress opposition in supporting a threat by…

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May 7, 2016


Bodies of Himalaya climbers emerge from 16 yrs

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The bodies of top mountaineer Alex Lowe and his cameraman have been found in a Himalayan glacier, 16 years after they were buried by an avalanche on one of the world’s highest mountains. Two climbers last week came across the men’s remains “still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the…

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May 2, 2016


Pathankot attack: Pakistan’s investigators to visit India March 27

POKHARA: Pakistan’s special investigation team probing the terror attack on Indian airbase at Patkhankot would visit New Delhi on March 27, Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday. “We discussed issues pertaining to Pathankot terror strike,” Sushma said in a joint press conference with Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s advisor to the prime minister on Foreign Affairs,…

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March 17, 2016


Sartaj, Sushma hold informal talks in Nepal

POKHARA: Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, Wednesday met Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday in Pokhara. According to Indian media, the informal meeting between the two neighbouring countries was held at a dinner hosted in the honour of SAARC countries. On the occasion, both the leaders exchanged…

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March 16, 2016


Alert: Modi’s visit may presage bad news

  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits have never been a good sign for the host countries. Watch this report

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November 14, 2015


Pakistan, England tune up with warm-up wins

ABU DHABI: Pakistan and England tuned up for their four-match one-day series with comfortable wins against minnows Nepal and Hong Kong respectively in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Pakistan beat Nepal by 121 runs while England thumped Hong Kong by 163 runs in 50-over games to gear up for the bigger challenge starting later this week….

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November 8, 2015


One-fingered Japanese climber fails to summit Everest

TOKYO: A one-fingered Japanese climber who was attempting the first summit of Mount Everest since this year’s deadly quake said Thursday he had turned back before reaching the summit. This is the fifth season Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers on the mountain in 2012, has tried to scale the world’s highest peak and he…

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October 8, 2015


Nepali leader accuses India of blocking vital supplies

KATHMANDU: A Nepali lawmaker, tipped to be the next prime minister, Wednesday accused neighbouring giant India of deliberately blocking vital supplies into the landlocked country, as the government announced fresh fuel restrictions. Scores of Indian trucks have been stranded at a key border checkpost for almost a week, halting fuel and other supplies, following protests…

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September 30, 2015


Pakistan welcomes promulgation of new constitution in Nepal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday welcomed the promulgation of new constitution in Nepal, through a democratic process. “We felicitate the government and the political parties of Nepal on this achievement. Pakistan is confident that the new constitution will further cement the foundations of democracy in Nepal,” said a Foreign Office statement. The President and the Prime…

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September 21, 2015


First climber to attempt Everest ascent since Nepal earthquakes

KATHMANDU: A Japanese climber will be the first to attempt to scale Mount Everest since a massive earthquake in April triggered avalanches that killed 18 climbers, shutting an industry that feeds thousands of people across Nepal. Nobukazu Kuriki, 33, of Tokyo will make a solo attempt on the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit along the…

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August 23, 2015


Monsoon troubles Nepal quake survivors three months on

KATHMANDU: As dark clouds loomed overhead, Rabi Baral hurriedly secured his tent to the ground at a camp for victims of Nepal's earthquake, three months after the disaster upended his life. The 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 destroyed the 41-year-old's home and left him without a job, forcing him and his young family to take…

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July 25, 2015


Nepal landslide toll climbs to 35

KATHMANDU: Rescuers on Friday recovered 14 more bodies following a landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal, taking the confirmed death toll to 35. Up to 20 people are still missing after the landslide, which crushed villages in mountainous Taplejung district Thursday following incessant rains. “The toll has reached 35, but we believe another…

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June 12, 2015


Nepal quake death toll becomes highest on record; dozens still missing

KATHMANDU: The number of people killed in Nepal by two major earthquakes has surpassed 8,500, making the disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record, as rescuers on Sunday searched for dozens of people still missing in remote villages. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than…

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May 17, 2015


Search for survivors as 65 die in Nepal quake

KATHMANDU: Rescuers battled Wednesday to reach survivors of a deadly new earthquake in Nepal that triggered landslides and brought down buildings, as the search resumed for a US military helicopter that went missing while delivering aid. Thousands of traumatised survivors spent the night outdoors, afraid to return to their houses after the 7.3-magnitude quake, which…

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May 13, 2015


US copter with eight aboard missing in Nepal quake zone

WASHINGTON: A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter was declared missing on Tuesday with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers aboard as it was ferrying rice and tarps to earthquake victims in rugged terrain in Nepal, near a town hard hit by the latest deadly aftershocks. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said reports from the…

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May 12, 2015


Pakistan condoles with Nepal on fresh loss in earthquake

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday expressed sorrow and grief on the loss of lives in the latest earthquake of 7.3 magnitude that hit Nepal today. Foreign Office Spokesman in a statement said the news of fresh earthquake has shocked and saddened the entire nation of Pakistan. “Our heart goes out to the victims of this repeat…

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May 12, 2015