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Chief justice to lead Nepal's interim government to elections

KATHMANDU: Nepal's chief justice will take over as the head of an interim unity government on Thursday, the country's main political parties said, a move aimed at ending a political deadlock in a nation still recovering from a decade of civil war.Khil Raj Regmi will replace Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and head the new…

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March 14, 2013


Cannabis-smoking ascetics light up Nepal festival

KATHMANDU: Ringed by an endless stream of pilgrims at an ancient temple in Kathmandu, Hindu holy man Mahant Ramnaresh Giri sat naked and puffed on a pipe filled with cannabis, his body smeared with ash as he took part in Nepal's biggest annual religious event.Giri was one of more than a hundred such naked ascetics…

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March 11, 2013


Nepal's Maoists set terms to end political deadlock

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Maoist party has for the first time laid down the condition on which its prime minister would resign, paving the way for an end to a political deadlock with opposition parties that has paralyzed one of the world's poorest countries.Baburam Bhattarai has agreed to step aside provided that opposition parties accept the chief…

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February 7, 2013


Feuding politicians take Nepal to brink of ruin

KATHMANDU: Apart from a small bust of Chairman Mao beside his armchair, Nepali Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai flaunts no trappings of his revolutionary past: these days he talks of foreign investment, infrastructure projects and double-digit growth.The trouble is that, since they handed over their guns at the end of a decade-long insurrection in 2006, Nepal's…

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November 12, 2012


Kabbadi Championship: Pakistan beat Nepal, India to Sri Lanka and Iran to Afghanistan on 2nd day

Staff ReportLAHORE: Pakistan and India continue defeating opponents on second day of Second Asian Kabbadi Championship in Lahore, SAMAA reports.Pakistan defeated Nepal, India beat Sri Lanka and Iran conquered over Afghanistan on second day of the tournament in Punjab Stadium, Lahore on Friday.The Pak-Nepal match proved one sided and easily won the match with 51-21…

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November 2, 2012


British, Chinese among 19 dead in Nepal plane crash

KATHMANDU: A small plane struck a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Friday, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers, officials said.The crash of the propeller-driven Dornier aircraft was the sixth fatal air accident in less than two years in Nepal, where more than a…

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September 28, 2012


British, Chinese among 19 dead as Nepal plane crashes on takeoff

KATHMANDU: A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Friday, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers, an airline official said. The twin-engine propeller-driven Dornier aircraft, owned by private firm Sita Air, had taken off from Kathmandu for Lukla in the Mount Everest region when it…

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September 28, 2012


Nine killed in Nepal avalanche

KHATMANDU: An avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the world's eighth highest mountain in northwestern Nepal on Sunday, killing at least nine climbers, with another four missing, police said.Five climbers were rescued.Police inspector Basant Mishra said the bodies of a German climber and a Nepali guide were recovered from the snow on the…

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September 23, 2012


Bus falls into Nepal river killing nine: police

KATHMANDU: A bus swerved off a road in central Nepal before dawn on Monday and plunged into a river, killing nine people, police said — the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the country's highways. The incident came less than 24 hours after at least 39 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus…

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July 16, 2012


Nepal bus crash kills 38 pilgrims

KATMANDU: At least 38 pilgrims were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus carrying them from India to a Hindu festival in southern Nepal swerved off a highway and plunged into a deep river.The bus was taking the devotees — 35 of whom were from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh — to a temple…

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July 15, 2012


Nepal's 'kamlari' girls break bonds of slavery

KATHMANDU: Shanta Chaudhary was eight years old when her parents sold her into effective slavery for $75, sending her to scrub, cook and sweep for 19 hours a day at the house of a stranger in southwestern Nepal.Now a strident rights campaigner, politician and one of the country's most influential women, she weeps as she…

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July 9, 2012


UN boss Ban fears for Nepal after constitution failure

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon raised fears about Nepal's stability after the country's divided parties failed to meet a Sunday deadline to write a new constitution.Ban “is disappointed that Nepal's Constituent Assembly has expired without the adoption of the long-awaited constitution,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Monday in a statement.”Nepal has entered an uncertain…

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May 29, 2012


Nepal plane crash kills 15, including 13 Indians

KHATMANDU: A small plane owned by a private company crashed in northwest Nepal on Monday, killing 15 people including 13 Indians, an official said.The Dornier aircraft owned by private Agni Air company was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom when it crashed…

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May 14, 2012


Plane carrying 21 crashes in Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal: Police says a plane with 21 people on board has crashed in Nepal's mountainous north.Police said the plane crashed Monday while trying to land at the Jomsom Airport, a gateway to a popular tourist and trekking area. It belongs to local airline company Agri Air.Police and soldiers have rushed to the area. Details…

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May 14, 2012


Protests cripple Nepal

KATHMANDU: A 48-hour strike brought much of Nepal to a standstill on Friday, two weeks ahead of a deadline for the country to complete its first peace-time constitution.Protest groups have been making various claims for their rights ahead of a May 27 deadline for parliament to complete its new constitution following the end of a…

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May 11, 2012


Nepal flood death toll rises to 17; 47 missing

KATMANDU, Nepal: Rescuers searching through mud and debris for flash-flood victims in northwestern Nepal had found 17 bodies by Monday, police said. Another 47 people, including three Ukrainian tourists, were missing and presumed dead.Houses, farms, trucks and trailers were swept away when the Seti River, held back by an avalanche, burst through the snow blockage…

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May 7, 2012


Nepal bomb blast kills four

KATHMANDU: Four people were killed and more than 20 wounded when a bomb attached to a motorbike went off near a crowd of protesters in southern Nepal on Monday, police said.The group of 150 demonstrators had been staging a sit-in when the bike exploded in the religious hub of Janakpur, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from…

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April 30, 2012


HRW urges Nepal against amnesty plan for war crimes

KATHMANDU: Leading rights groups urged Nepal on Monday to drop plans for a blanket amnesty over thousands of killings and other atrocities committed during the country's ten-year civil war.More than 16,000 people died in the conflict between Maoist rebels and the state, which ended in 2006, and more than 1,000 are still missing.The parliament is…

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April 23, 2012


Nepal calls for help to settle Everest height

KHATMANDU: Nepal is appealing to international donors to help it finally settle a long-running dispute over the height of Mount Everest, a government official said. The world's highest peak, which straddles Nepal and China, is usually attributed a height of 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) following an Indian survey in 1954, but other more recent measurements…

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February 29, 2012


Nepal's vulture “restaurants” for endangered birds

PITHAULI: In the village of Pithauli, surrounded by ripening mustard fields, a woman hauls a cow carcass on a trolley, drops it in an open field, then runs and hides in a nearby hut as dozens of vultures swoop down.In under half an hour, the carcass has been reduced to picked bones by the dun-coloured…

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February 8, 2012


Chinese PM Wen Jiabao visits Nepal today

KATHMANDU: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was due to arrive in Nepal Saturday for talks which mark the first visit for a decade by a leader of the world's second largest economy, the government in Kathmandu said.The agenda for the visit has not been disclosed but analysts expect Wen and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to discuss…

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January 14, 2012