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Nepal
  Last Updated: May 20, 2007 - 10:48:48 AM

Nepal
Nepal deity 'sweats' -- bad times ahead?
Kathmandu, May 20 - As the political stalemate in Nepal continued and the security situation worsened in the southern Terai plains, priests of a temple in the mountainous north reported 'sweat' oozing out of the deity's stone idol - spelling further woes for the Himalayan nation.
May 20, 2007 - 4:33:03 PM

Nepal
Two years after tobacco ban, Bhutan still awaits law
Kathmandu, May 20 - More than two years after it made history by becoming the first nation to ban tobacco sales and smoking in public, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is still awaiting a law to back the ban while a black market in tobacco flourishes.
May 20, 2007 - 2:15:44 PM

Nepal
Jimmy Carter to discuss polls with Nepal PM
Kathmandu, May 18 - Former US President Jimmy Carter will arrive here next month on a three-day visit to discuss the much-awaited election with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the assistance he and his Carter Center can offer to facilitate the ongoing peace process.
May 18, 2007 - 7:00:19 PM

Nepal
UN top refugee envoy to visit Nepal
Kathmandu, May 18 - After remaining stranded in closed camps in Nepal for nearly two decades, things have finally started moving for over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees with first the US offering to resettle them on American soil, and now UN's top envoy for refugees arriving for a first-hand assessment of their situation.
May 18, 2007 - 5:03:31 PM

Nepal
Bangladesh censors Nepal magazine
Kathmandu, May 18 - Having survived an autocratic regime on its own soil and threats by Maoist guerrillas, Nepal's media now faces a new foe - the caretaker government of its neighbour Bangladesh.
May 18, 2007 - 3:01:38 PM

Nepal
Bhutanese refugees brace for Indian crackdown
Kathmandu, May 18 - Bhutanese refugees, who are planning to start a march to the kingdom from Nepal on the day Thimphu holds a mock election, say they fear Indian authorities may stop them while they enter that country on their way to the Druk kingdom.
May 18, 2007 - 12:57:36 PM

Nepal
Nepal gays ask UN to save arrested peers in Iran
Kathmandu, May 18 - In a show of solidarity, Nepal's burgeoning homosexual community is seeking international support for the release of 80 gay men arrested in Iran.
May 18, 2007 - 10:47:00 AM

Nepal
US home offer sparks tension in Bhutanese refugee camps
Kathmandu, May 17 - A leading human rights organisation Thursday said Washington's offer to provide a home for the over 100,000 Bhutanese languishing in Nepal for nearly two decades has created a high level of tension in the refugee camps with militants threatening those welcoming the resettlement bid.
May 17, 2007 - 3:53:32 PM

Nepal
World Bank warns Nepal over engineer's murder
Kathmandu, May 17 - Expressing shock at the murder of an engineer working on one of its projects in Nepal, the World Bank Thursday warned the eight-party government it would re-think its assistance if development workers faced risks to their lives.
May 17, 2007 - 3:52:48 PM

Nepal
Three Asian climbers die on Everest
Kathmandu, May 17 - Three Asian climbers died while summitting Mt Everest, the tallest peak in the world, news reports said Thursday.
May 17, 2007 - 10:46:23 AM

Nepal
Indian Army puts 24 on Mount Everest
Kathmandu, May 16 - The Indian Army's 20-member Everest expedition team put six more soldiers and six Nepali Sherpas on the world's tallest peak Wednesday.
May 16, 2007 - 5:21:56 PM

Nepal
Nepal PM fails to revive paralysed parliament
Kathmandu, May 16 - Nepal's parliament was Wednesday adjourned till May 24 as dissenting MPs continued to disrupt its proceedings, disobeying party orders.
May 16, 2007 - 4:59:49 PM

Nepal
Grandson does Tenzing proud on Mt Everest
Kathmandu, May 16 - The memory of Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Mt Everest was revived afresh Wednesday when his grandson, an Everest hero himself, summited the world's tallest peak for the third time.
May 16, 2007 - 1:37:38 PM

Nepal
Nepal's 'Super Sherpas', the real kings on Everest
Kathmandu, May 16 - Mountaineering legend Apa Sherpa Wednesday consolidated his record of summiting the 8,848-metre Mt Everest 17 times as part of a unique 'Super Sherpa Expedition' designed to highlight the role of the intrepid Sherpa community in mountaineering.
May 16, 2007 - 12:51:08 PM

Nepal
Indian Army team summits Mt Everest
Kathmandu, May 15 - Six members of an Indian Army expedition team Tuesday conquered the Mount Everest, world's highest peak, along with six Sherpas, as another Indian Army team was readying to begin its climb later in the night.
May 15, 2007 - 4:05:10 PM

Nepal
Foundation stone of Nepali Cricket Academy laid
Kathmandu, May 15 - Nepal is all set to have a new cricket academy as the foundation stone for the National Cricket Academy was laid at Mulpani here, it was reported by the local media Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 1:48:18 PM

Nepal
Nepal family stigmatised for child's indeterminate sex
Kathmandu, May 15 - An impoverished labourer's family in south Nepal is being stigmatised for having given birth to a child of indeterminate sex.
May 15, 2007 - 11:49:44 AM

Nepal
Nepal parliament remains paralysed
Kathmandu, May 14 - Nepal's parliament was disrupted again Monday as protesting MPs have blocked house proceedings for nearly a month, forcing Speaker Subhash Chandra Nembang to adjourn it till Wednesday.
May 14, 2007 - 5:21:16 PM

Nepal
Nepal crown prince hits headlines anew over boxer's claims
Kathmandu, May 14 - Nepal's Crown Prince Paras has hit the headlines anew, with a boxer claiming he bailed out the royal but was rewarded with accusations for his act of good samaritanism.
May 14, 2007 - 12:34:58 PM

Nepal
Avalanche sweeps Spanish climbers away
Kathmandu, May 14 - Tragedy struck Sunday as two Spanish mountaineers were swept away by an avalanche while they were climbing Mt Dhaulagiri in Nepal, the seventh highest peak in the world.
May 14, 2007 - 11:52:25 AM

Nepal
Former army chief stopped from exiting Nepal
Kathmandu, May 13 - Gen Pyar Jung Thapa, a former chief of Nepal's army who had supported the royal coup in 2005, was Sunday prevented by the new government from flying out of the country with his wife.
May 13, 2007 - 2:27:33 PM

Nepal
One man's fight to save 1857 heroine's memory
Kathmandu, May 12 - India may be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising, but no one has bothered to hail a man here who has helped preserve the memory of one of the leaders of the Sepoy Mutiny all these years.
May 12, 2007 - 7:27:25 AM

Nepal
'Koirala in favour of Nepal elections in November'
Kathmandu, May 11 - Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala favours holding Nepal's constituent assembly election, put off for more than five decades, in November, a leading lawyer quoted him as saying Friday.
May 11, 2007 - 4:51:12 PM

Nepal
Hit by petro crisis, Nepal sends SOS to India
Kathmandu, May 11 - With just enough petroleum stocks left for 48 hours after Indian Oil Corporation - slashed its supplies on non-payment of dues, Nepal's government has sent an SOS to India.
May 11, 2007 - 11:44:32 AM

Nepal
Nepal poll meet put off
Kathmandu, May 10 - The political stalemate in Nepal deepened Thursday with the ruling coalition calling off a crucial meeting to decide fresh poll dates and find a way to revive parliament, blocked for nearly a month due to protests by legislators.
May 10, 2007 - 5:25:11 PM

Nepal
Indian links to upgrade Nepal's telecom sector
Kathmandu, May 10 - State entity Nepal Telecom - has inked a pact with India's Reliance Telecommunications as part of its drive to upgrade the telecom sector and slash call tariffs.
May 10, 2007 - 3:03:49 PM

Nepal
Nepal suicides: Who are they, where did they come from?
Kathmandu, May 10 - The police of India and Nepal are hunting to unearth the identity and address of a couple who apparently died of a suicide pact in Nepal.
May 10, 2007 - 1:35:32 PM

Nepal
Nepal border towns rejoice at Indian ganglord's death
Kathmandu, May 10 - Indian ganglord Chhote Lal Sahani's dramatic death in an Indian court is being greeted with joy in neigbouring Nepal's border towns, with businessmen distributing sweets to celebrate the end of one of their prime foes.
May 10, 2007 - 12:14:49 PM

Nepal
Maoist rampage casts shadow on Nepal poll meet
Kathmandu, May 10 - On the eve of a crucial election meet Thursday, Nepal's Maoists went on the rampage in remote districts, attacking government offices and causing the death of at least one person -- actions likely to further widen the rift between the rebels and the main political parties.
May 10, 2007 - 11:30:34 AM

Nepal
Armed group calls strike in Terai
Kathmandu, May 9 - As Nepal's coalition government sought to resolve the impasse over the elections by calling a meeting to decide fresh dates, the turbulent Terai plains continued to erupt, with a relatively unknown armed group calling a closure in three key districts.
May 9, 2007 - 1:52:36 PM

Nepal
Manisha to play Nepali politician - in real life
Kathmandu, May 9 - After almost a decade in the film industry, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala is getting ready to play the most challenging role in her life - that of a Nepali politician, but this time in real life.
May 9, 2007 - 12:56:15 PM

Nepal
Indian kidnapped, released in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, May 9 - An Indian student here was the latest target of kidnapping gangs preying on Indians - he was released over the weekend - even as Nepal Police claimed a breakthrough with the busting of two gangs.
May 9, 2007 - 12:53:49 PM

Nepal
Nepal meet to plan for HIV hit children's future
Kathmandu, May 8 - Under the aegis of the SAARC Secretariat and Unicef, experts and policy makers are taking part in a two-day meet here to plan for the future of over 10 million children affected by HIV/AIDS.
May 8, 2007 - 1:20:39 PM

Nepal
Old Tibetan king renovates centuries-old monasteries
Kathmandu, May 8 - The descendant of a once powerful Tibetan kingdom is leading a drive in remote northern Nepal to renovate centuries-old Buddhist monasteries that are treasure troves of sacred manuscripts, paintings and architectural marvels.
May 8, 2007 - 12:36:26 PM

Nepal
After Miss Nepal, it's Miss Gay's turn at controversy
Kathmandu, May 7 - Less than a month after the controversial staging of the Miss Nepal pageant, the country's gay community has held a Miss Transgender contest - in a double defiance of the Maoist opposition to beauty pageants as well as homosexuality.
May 7, 2007 - 12:39:43 PM

Nepal
Indian TV channel Nepal1 staff ends strike
Kathmandu, May 7 - The staff of Indian television channel Nepal1 here have called off their 18-day strike after an agreement with the management, media reports said.
May 7, 2007 - 12:24:54 PM

Nepal
Unsung heroine behind Nepal's priceless archaeology finds
Kathmandu, May 7 - A Harvard graduate, whose feats include unearthing a 500-year-old frozen mummy in Peru and bringing to light the Sherpa climbers who made the earliest Everest expeditions successful, triggered the search for archaeological finds in northern Nepal - and the discovery of a treasure trove.
May 7, 2007 - 10:38:05 AM

Nepal
Nepal1 channel workers on strike in Nepal
Kathmandu, May 6 - The staff of Indian television channel Nepal1 have been on strike in Nepal for over two weeks, demanding better working conditions.
May 6, 2007 - 5:19:39 PM

Nepal
Former Maoists declare war on Indian gang
Kathmandu, May 6 - A group of former Maoists have declared war on an Indian gang preying on businessmen in the border towns of Nepal, warning that they would attack gang members lodged in a key prison if it did not stop criminal activities.
May 6, 2007 - 3:04:35 PM

Nepal
Nepal's first bishop appointed officially
Kathmandu, May 6 - Nepal began celebrating the official appointment of its first bishop by the Vatican with the incumbent, Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, pledging greater participation by Christians for the development of the nation.
May 6, 2007 - 12:32:12 PM

Nepal
Nepal censors up in arms against 'orphans'
Kathmandu, May 6 - Nepali film director Shovit Basnet has become the latest casualty of the new administration with his new film 'Barood' - meaning gunpowder in Nepali - being held up by the censor board.
May 6, 2007 - 7:38:46 AM

Nepal
Indian is Nepal's highest paid banker: report
Kathmandu, May 5 - A top Indian executive working for a multinational bank in Nepal is the kingdom's highest-paid banker, according to a leading newspaper Saturday.
May 5, 2007 - 11:14:58 AM

Nepal
Nepal's coup architect loses fight with cancer
Kathmandu, May 4 - A former general of Nepal, regarded as King Gyanendra's main advisor during the royal coup two years ago, succumbed to cancer here Friday, carrying to the grave untold state secrets.
May 4, 2007 - 1:22:07 PM

Nepal
Cricket stumps Indians' Everest dreams
Kathmandu, May 4 - As the first reports of the conquest of the world's tallest and most magnetic mountain start pouring in this summer, there is a sad dearth of Indian heroes at the top, with sponsors favouring cricket over all other sports.
May 4, 2007 - 12:02:16 PM

Nepal
Exiled scribes say Bhutan poll farcical without free press
Kathmandu, May 3 - While World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated Thursday, Bhutan's exiled journalists say the polls promised by the Druk government in 2008 won't be free and fair till there is an independent media.
May 3, 2007 - 1:35:00 PM

Nepal
Politics pip Indian firm's hydropower bid in Nepal
Kathmandu, May 2 - India's GMR Group, a prominent private sector organisation with prime interests in infrastructure and agro business, has had its bid for a 300 MW hydropower project in Nepal blocked by a parliamentary committee.
May 2, 2007 - 12:50:26 PM

Nepal
Trans-Himalayan highway threatens Nepal's Buddhist legacy
Kathmandu, May 2 - A priceless treasure trove of Buddhist teachings, manuscripts, paintings and other historical artefacts lie under grave threat, ironically from the advent of development in remote northern Nepal.
May 2, 2007 - 11:42:12 AM

Nepal
Nepal Maoists resume arms, attack police post
Kathmandu, May 1 - The fragile peace process in Nepal has received a body blow with Maoists resuming arms and attacking a police station, less than a month after they joined the government, formally ending their decade-old guerrilla war.
May 1, 2007 - 5:16:32 PM

Nepal
Did Punjab couple commit suicide in Nepal?
Kathmandu, May 1 - A young couple from India's Punjab state was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a forest in northern Nepal, giving rise to initial fears that they could have entered into a suicide pact.
May 1, 2007 - 3:06:38 PM

Nepal
Nepal Maoists resume arms, attack police: report
Kathmandu, May 1 - A month after Nepal's Maoist rebels joined the seven-party government, signalling a formal end to their decade-old guerrilla war, a large contingent of them has attacked a remote police station with firearms, a media report said Tuesday.
May 1, 2007 - 2:05:30 PM

Nepal
Bomb scare aboard Qatar Airways flight at Kathmandu airport
Kathmandu, May 1 - An early morning bomb scare rattled Kathmandu's international airport on May Day but was quickly dispelled by authorities after a security check.
May 1, 2007 - 11:54:47 AM

Nepal
May Day brings respite to troubled Nepal
Kathmandu, May 1 - May Day, celebrated the world over as the day workers wrested their rights, finally brought respite to troubled Nepal with ethnic protesters calling off a stir that had crippled the Terai plains for eight days.
May 1, 2007 - 11:39:00 AM

Nepal
Indians, 179 others in Nepal jail call off protest fast
Kathmandu, April 29 - After 11 days of hunger strike demanding amnesty, three Indians in a Kathmandu prison as well as 179 other detainees called off their protest after Nepal's government said it would look into their demand.
Apr 29, 2007 - 4:50:42 PM

Nepal
Nepal PM expands cabinet
Kathmandu, April 29 - Four weeks after Nepal's new government, including the former Maoist guerrillas, was sworn in with 22 ministers, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Sunday expanded his cabinet after mounting pressure and anger from a junior ally in the ruling coalition.
Apr 29, 2007 - 3:16:02 PM

Nepal
Maoists give May ultimatum to Nepal government
Kathmandu, April 29 - Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas, who joined the seven-party government this month, have now given a fresh ultimatum to their coalition partners, saying they would call an indefinite closure if the country was not declared a republic by May.
Apr 29, 2007 - 1:41:24 PM

Nepal
Veteran mountaineer falls to his death on Everest
Kathmandu, April 29 - A high-altitude guide and former Mt. Everest summiteer died on the mountain while preparing logistics, a mountaineering agency said Sunday.
Apr 29, 2007 - 1:39:22 PM

Nepal
Indians in Nepal jail call off protest fast after 11 days
Kathmandu, April 29 - After 11 days of hunger strike to demand amnesty, three Indians languishing in a Kathmandu prison as well as 179 more detainees, called off their protest after Nepal's government said it would look into the issue.
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:53:09 AM

Nepal
Udit Narayan to return to roots with Nepali film
Kathmandu, April 29 - Bollywood playback singer Udit Narayan, who left his village home in southern Nepal almost three decades ago to carve out a flourishing career in neighbouring India, plans to return to his roots with a film in Nepali.
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:52:19 AM

Nepal
Manali boy raises Tibet's banner of revolt at Everest
Kathmandu, April 28 - A 27-year-old born and brought up in India's Manali town became the first known exiled Tibetan to return to Tibet to raise the banner of revolt against China and the International Olympic Committee's decision to allow Beijing to host the 2008 Olympic Games.
Apr 28, 2007 - 3:57:43 PM

Nepal
Manisha Koirala's father enters the ring again
Kathmandu, April 28 - Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala's father Prakah Koirala has put his hat in Nepal's political ring again, registering a new party to take part in a critical election that will decide his mentor King Gyanendra's fate.
Apr 28, 2007 - 9:39:42 AM

Nepal
Three Indians on fast unto death protest in Nepal jail
Kathmandu, April 28 - At least three Indians are on a fast unto death in a prison in Kathmandu, demanding amnesty from the government of Nepal that has recently freed several Maoist guerrillas jailed for crimes ranging from murder to bombing.
Apr 28, 2007 - 9:34:07 AM

Nepal
Nepal brides starve for lack of loos
Kathmandu, April 28 - Brides are generally fussed over and pampered, but not in one Nepal village where newly married women starve themselves so they don't need to go to the toilet - because there are none and it would embarrass the family if they went to the fields in the day.
Apr 28, 2007 - 8:37:14 AM

Nepal
Nepal's top Marwari industrialist dead
Kathmandu, April 27 - Mohan Gopal Khetan, one of Nepal's top Marwari businessmen whose ventures ranged from banks to breweries and insurance to instant noodles, succumbed to a heart attack here Thursday night.
Apr 27, 2007 - 2:13:15 PM

Nepal
Mt Everest claims year's first victim
Kathmandu, April 27 - Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, has claimed its first victim this year, taking the toll to over 200.
Apr 27, 2007 - 12:31:41 PM

Nepal
US resettlement plans give hope to Bhutanese refugees
Kathmandu, April 27 - There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees, with the US offering to rescue them from the ghettos in Nepal, where they have been languishing for nearly two decades.
Apr 27, 2007 - 12:23:18 PM

Nepal
Terai unrest: 33 lawyers taken captive, released
Kathmandu, April 27 - As Nepal's new eight-party government celebrated the first anniversary of the overthrow of King Gyanendra's regime with three days' pomp, the Terai plains in the south continued to burn with 33 lawyers held captive by an ethnic group and then freed.
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:15:03 AM

Nepal
3 killed in fresh Terai violence
Kathmandu, April 26 - Three people were killed in fresh violence in Nepal's southern Terai plains even as the nation celebrated the first anniversary of the restoration of democracy after the fall of King Gyanendra's government.
Apr 26, 2007 - 4:42:29 PM

Nepal
Nepal hydel project gets fresh start with ADB loan
Kathmandu, April 26 - A floundering mega hydropower project in Nepal, in which the Indian government had shown interest nearly two decades ago, has been given a fresh lease of life with the Asian Development Bank agreeing to lend $45 million.
Apr 26, 2007 - 2:06:08 PM

Nepal
After Gere, did Govinda head for Nepal?
Kathmandu, April 26 - After Hollywood icon Richard Gere's low-key trip to Kathmandu this month to resume old ties and meet members of the Tibetan community, did Bollywood heartthrob Govinda pay an even more low-key visit to the Himalayan nation?
Apr 26, 2007 - 10:55:34 AM

Nepal
Deferred poll makes Nepal lose 'energy'
Kathmandu, April 25 - With the date for a crucial election being put off indefinitely in Nepal, the government is losing potential revenue that could be earned from oil exploration in the southern plains and change the cash-strapped Himalayan nation's economy.
Apr 25, 2007 - 1:39:09 PM

Nepal
King prays as Nepal calls for republic
Kathmandu, April 25 - As the people celebrated the first anniversary of his fall from power and renewed their call for the abolition of monarchy, Nepal's King Gyanendra turned to the gods for help, offering sacrifices at the altar of a Hindu goddess of power.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:09:32 AM

Nepal
Nepalese celebrate first anniversary of return of democracy
Kathmandu, April 24 - An old palace and the open space that was once usurped by the army became the rallying point of tens of thousands of people as they celebrated Tuesday the first anniversary of restoration of democracy in Nepal following the fall of King Gyanendra's regime this day last year.
Apr 24, 2007 - 4:42:09 PM

Nepal
Democracy brings no respite for Nepal's Gurkhas
Kathmandu, April 24 - While Nepal celebrates the restoration of democracy and rights a year after the fall of King Gyanendra's regime, there is still no respite for the kingdom's Gurkha soldiers, now waging a war against Britain for equal pay and perks.
Apr 24, 2007 - 12:15:21 PM

Nepal
A year after fall, life still sweet for Nepal's royals
Kathmandu, April 24 - A year after his ouster as the all-powerful head of government, life still remains sweet for Nepal's King Gyanendra and the royal family with most of their perks intact.
Apr 24, 2007 - 11:22:24 AM

Nepal
A year after king's exit, protests continue to rock Nepal
Kathmandu, April 23 - A year after the ouster of King Gyanendra's authoritarian regime, peace continues to elude Nepal with fresh protests marring the government's victory celebrations that began Monday.
Apr 23, 2007 - 5:29:46 PM

Nepal
One year after king's ouster, protests continue to rock Nepal
Kathmandu, April 23 - A year after the ouster of King Gyanendra's authoritarian regime, peace continues to elude Nepal with fresh protests marring the government's victory celebrations starting Monday.
Apr 23, 2007 - 4:38:52 PM

Nepal
Tiger in peril - as China's tiger farm lobby wants sale ban lifted
Kathmandu, April 23 - India and Nepal are likely to be great jeopardy with the news that China's powerful tiger farm lobby is stepping up pressure on the government to lift its 14-year-old ban on the sale of tiger parts, wildlife experts have warned.
Apr 23, 2007 - 8:44:43 AM

Nepal
Another Indian investor wants to quit Nepal
Kathmandu, April 22 - Yet another Indian investor is trying to pull out of a joint venture in Nepal in which the other partners are the kingdom's government and an influential Marwari group.
Apr 22, 2007 - 6:13:15 PM

Nepal
Ethnic protesters call indefinite Nepal strike from Monday
Kathmandu, April 22 - Even as Nepal's Terai plains reeled under a three-day closure called by an ethnic group from Friday, a second organisation announced an indefinite strike in the plains as well as hills from Monday.
Apr 22, 2007 - 11:34:28 AM

Nepal
'Art of Living' for the spirit of golf
Kathmandu, April 21 - Here's some good news for all golfers. If you are hitting the rough every time you raise the club, then try yoga - that too in the midst of the Himalayas.
Apr 21, 2007 - 12:03:05 PM

Nepal
Abhi-Ash wedding eclipses Manisha's homecoming
Kathmandu, April 21 - The wedding of Bollywood power couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan dominated the headlines in Nepal as well, eclipsing the homecoming here of another Bollywood star, Manisha Koirala.
Apr 21, 2007 - 11:34:23 AM

Nepal
Indian envoy meets Maoist minister
Kathmandu, April 20 - Indian ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee Friday met Nepal's Information and Communications Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is also a front-ranking leader of the Maoist party, earlier banned as a terrorist organisation in India.
Apr 20, 2007 - 6:02:41 PM

Nepal
Madhesis strike cripples Terai
Kathmandu, April 20 - A three-day strike call given by Nepal's protesting ethnic Indian community in the southern plains crippled the Terai region Friday, underlining the absence of stability in the nation despite an end to its decade-old Maoist insurgency.
Apr 20, 2007 - 5:24:03 PM

Nepal
UN probe blames Nepal government for Terai massacre
Kathmandu, April 20 - Engaged in making lavish preparations to celebrate one year in power, Nepal's government Friday received a stern rap on its knuckles with a UN probe holding the state primarily responsible for a massacre in the southern plains that left at least 27 people dead.
Apr 20, 2007 - 4:21:43 PM

Nepal
US sits over visa for Maoist MP
Kathmandu, April 20 - The Nepal government's diplomatic relations with the US took a piquant turn with the Americans sitting on the visa of a Maoist MP, apparently on the grounds that the communist guerrillas are still regarded as terrorists by Washington.
Apr 20, 2007 - 1:22:31 PM

Nepal
Three-day shutdown hits Nepal's Terai plains
Kathmandu, April 20 - A three-day strike call given by Nepal's protesting ethnic community from the southern plains hit the Terai Friday, crippling the region and underlining the absence of stability in the nation despite an end to its decade-old Maoist insurgency.
Apr 20, 2007 - 10:38:22 AM

Nepal
Nepal gets its first gay beauty salon
Kathmandu, April 19 - A gay beauty salon has opened for the first time in Nepal and has been hailed as an 'opportunity' to support sexual minorities and empower the poor and marginalised.
Apr 19, 2007 - 5:32:44 PM

Nepal
India's sandalwood raises stink in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 19 - Red sandalwood, a precious fragrant tree whose indiscriminate felling is a punishable offence in India, has raised a stink in Nepal, with the exposure of a thriving cross-border smuggling network that has ministers at loggerheads.
Apr 19, 2007 - 1:50:56 PM

Nepal
Nepal gets first gay beauty salon
Kathmandu, April 19 - As a sign of changing times, a gay beauty salon opened for the first time in Nepal and has been hailed by a Western envoy as a symbol of democratization that seeks to empower the poor and marginalised.
Apr 19, 2007 - 11:52:39 AM

Nepal
Four Indians arrested from Nepal restaurant
Kathmandu, April 17 - Four Indians were among 16 people arrested from a restaurant in southern Nepal on the suspicion they were involved in criminal activities, a report said.
Apr 17, 2007 - 1:51:18 PM

Nepal
Former Maoists go on rampage in Terai plains
Kathmandu, April 17 - Armed groups of former Maoists went on a fresh rampage in the Terai plains of Nepal, killing a school teacher and attacking a police post.
Apr 17, 2007 - 1:44:48 PM

Nepal
Carter's team finds high level of fear, violence in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 17 - Almost a year after Nepal's Maoists signed a peace pact with the government signifying a formal end to a decade of violence, an NGO founded by former US president Jimmy Carter has reported 'unacceptable levels of continued fear, intimidation and physical violence' in the Himalayan nation.
Apr 17, 2007 - 11:17:57 AM

Nepal
After Shilpa storm, Richard Gere cools off in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, April 17 - After triggering a storm in India for kissing actress Shilpa Shetty at a public campaign in AIDS awareness, Hollywood icon and Tibet activist Richard Gere arrived here unannounced, probably to cool off.
Apr 17, 2007 - 8:45:53 AM

Nepal
Nepal Maoists blame Bihar zealots for poll fiasco
Kathmandu, April 16 - Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas Monday blamed 'Hindu extremists' from the Indian state of Bihar as well as the US for the election fiasco, saying these foreign powers wanted to protect King Gyanendra and his crown.
Apr 16, 2007 - 4:17:36 PM

Nepal
Save-the-tiger meet begins in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 16 - An international meet on ways to save the tiger and boost conservation strategies kicked off here Monday, with nearly 80 experts from 12 countries exchanging ideas and views.
Apr 16, 2007 - 12:29:18 PM

Nepal
Maoists evict Madhesi patients from Kathmandu hospital
Kathmandu, April 16 - Even as Nepal's government said it had formed a ministerial team to start a dialogue with protesters of Indian origin from the southern plains, the Maoists, now a dominant party in the ruling alliance, forced nine severely injured Madhesis to leave a hospital here.
Apr 16, 2007 - 12:17:39 PM

Nepal
China stops Prague mayor from Everest ascent
Kathmandu, April 15 - Communist China has stopped one of the most popular politicians of the Czech Republic from climbing Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
Apr 15, 2007 - 2:58:04 PM

Nepal
Nepal PM flayed by allies over poll delay
Kathmandu, April 15 - Six-time prime minister and chief of Nepal's biggest party Girija Prasad Koirala's stock plummeted drastically with his allies flaying him in parliament Sunday for the delay in holding a decisive election.
Apr 15, 2007 - 2:40:06 PM

Nepal
Indian film on Tibet raises China's hackles
Kathmandu, April 14 - A film on contemporary Tibet, made by a Tibetan exile and his Indian wife, has raised the hackles of the Chinese government which is reportedly trying to stop it from being screened at film festivals worldwide.`
Apr 14, 2007 - 2:18:34 PM

Nepal
Nepal king prays for peace on new year day
Kathmandu, April 14 - As Nepal ushered in its new year Saturday with parties galore to celebrate peace after years of violence and turmoil, King Gyanendra, one of the chief architects of the past instability, said he was praying for the success of the ongoing peace negotiations and strengthening of democracy.
Apr 14, 2007 - 1:37:17 PM

Nepal
Nepal poll not possible by June 20: Election Commission
Kathmandu, April 13 - Nepal's peace process received a major blow Friday with its Election Commission saying it would be impossible to hold the crucial constituent assembly election by June.
Apr 13, 2007 - 4:12:24 PM

Nepal
Sino-India sandalwood smuggling racket unearthed in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 13 - When priests in Nepal need sandalwood for the daily rituals of the Hindu god Pashupatinath, they have to ask India for a gift of the wood that is unavailable here. However, a network of smugglers, extending from India to China via Nepal, has been obtaining and selling the precious wood with impunity.
Apr 13, 2007 - 1:49:28 PM

Nepal
Nepalis on warpath as US dream crashes
Kathmandu, April 13 - Like thousands of their countrymen, they wanted to migrate to the Big Apple, regarding it as the land of milk and honey where opportunity beckoned at every turn. But when their dream came crashing after the US denied them a visa, a group of Nepalis began a fast unto death here.
Apr 13, 2007 - 12:45:59 PM

Nepal
Nepal is new muse for fiction writers
Kathmandu, April 13 - The Himalayas, youth hostels, backpackers ... and then a dead body. The royal family visits a temple and a yogi makes a stunning prediction: one day, the crown prince will kill his royal parents. It sounds chilling, but then it is meant to be. These are all plots taken from several adventure thrillers.
Apr 13, 2007 - 9:09:38 AM

Nepal
Ethnic Indian group calls three-day closure in Terai
Kathmandu, April 11 - Less than a fortnight in power, Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas faced their first major challenge Wednesday with an ethnic Indian group calling a 72-hour closure in the southern plains.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:39:39 AM

Nepal
Indian envoy meets Nepal PM to discuss June poll
Kathmandu, April 11 - Indian ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee met Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Wednesday to discuss India's assistance for the upcoming election and other political developments.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:23:55 AM

Nepal
UN starts locking up Nepal Army arms
Kathmandu, April 10 - As a trust-building measure, Nepal's army Tuesday began replicating a gesture made by the Maoist insurgents earlier, locking up an equal number of arms and ammunition under United Nations supervision.
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:01:16 PM

Nepal
Bollywood starlet to usher in Nepal new year
Kathmandu, April 10 - Less than a week after Nepal's newly crowned beauty queen Sitashma Chand advocated veering away from tradition for a good cause, an entertainment agency has decided to follow her advice and plans to usher in the new year with Bollywood starlet Udita Goswami.
Apr 10, 2007 - 12:54:54 PM

Nepal
Former Maoists shut down southern Nepal
Kathmandu, April 9 - As Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Monday kicked off his party's campaign for the upcoming polls, former Maoist rebels shut down parts of southern Nepal, raising fears that the election exercise may be postponed yet again.
Apr 9, 2007 - 4:09:31 PM

Nepal
Dalai Lama's office won't reopen in Nepal: Prachanda
Kathmandu, April 9 - Nepal's Maoist guerrillas, who joined the new government this month, have ruled out allowing the Dalai Lama to reopen his office in Kathmandu on grounds that it would jeopardise the country's 'good relations' with its 'friendly' northern neighbour China.
Apr 9, 2007 - 1:41:20 PM

Nepal
Maoists 'jail' women for lesbianism
Kathmandu, April 9 - Two young women were 'jailed' by Maoist guerrillas in southern Nepal for being lesbians, Nepal's sole gay rights group has said.
Apr 9, 2007 - 1:29:08 PM

Nepal
Maoists fail to unseat Miss Nepal
Kathmandu, April 8 - She came, she was seen by thousands, and she conquered. Sitashma Chand, a 23-year-old sales executive, bagged the best deal in her career by lifting the Miss Nepal 2007 crown.
Apr 8, 2007 - 5:35:09 AM

Nepal
Yet another kidnapping in Nepal's Terai region
Kathmandu, April 7 - Less than a week after the formation of a new government in Nepal, an armed group in the Terai plains abducted a government official Saturday, warning of more unrest if the state went ahead with the June election without beginning talks.
Apr 7, 2007 - 3:07:54 PM

Nepal
Villagers forced to clear land mines: Myanmar trade union
Kathmandu, April 7 - Despite signing a pact that pledges not to use forced labour, Myanmar's military junta is continuing to compel villagers to clear land mines, a Myanmar trade union said.
Apr 7, 2007 - 12:38:22 PM

Nepal
Maoists declare war on beauty pageants in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 7 - Nepal's oldest and most popular beauty pageant faces its acid test Saturday with Maoists announcing a mass demonstration in front of the venue in Kathmandu in a bid to stop it.
Apr 7, 2007 - 10:04:03 AM

Nepal
Labour unions to form caucus to free Suu Kyi
Kathmandu, April 6 - Labour unions from all over the world have pledged to fight for the release of detained Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a two-day Burma Conference here.
Apr 6, 2007 - 12:49:52 PM

Nepal
Cleaning campaign for Mt. Everest to begin next week
Kathmandu, April 6 - A team of 12 mountaineers begin an operation to clean up the Mt. Everest from the northern side on April 15.
Apr 6, 2007 - 11:23:45 AM

Nepal
After king, Maoists take on Miss Nepal
Kathmandu, April 6 - After waging a battle to abolish the throne, Nepal's Maoists are now fighting to scrap the crown as well. Only this crown is not hereditary and belongs to the commoner, earned after gruelling competition.
Apr 6, 2007 - 10:15:26 AM

Nepal
37 mountaineering teams head for Himalayas
Kathmandu, April 5 - With the objective of scaling mountains in this spring season, around three dozen expedition teams have left for the Himalayas, a government officer said here Thursday.
Apr 5, 2007 - 8:36:36 PM

Nepal
Maoists in power means reprieve for United Breweries
Kathmandu, April 5 - Maoists joining the Nepal government has meant a reprieve for Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Nepal venture United Breweries that is readying to reopen after remaining closed for nearly five months.
Apr 5, 2007 - 2:25:27 PM

Nepal
Now Indian guru to do miracles in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 5 - When Nepal's former deputy prime minister Amik Sherchan was arrested and jailed during King Gyanendra's direct rule, the 63-year-old had severe health problems.
Apr 5, 2007 - 12:37:29 PM

Nepal
Workers shut down Asian Paints factory in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 3 - Aggrieved workers demanding they be hired permanently have closed down the Asian Paints - factory in central Nepal. The multinational is the market leader in the paints business in the country.
Apr 3, 2007 - 11:30:12 AM

Nepal
Curfew in Nepal town after Maoists go on rampage
Kathmandu, April 3 - Curfew was clamped in a remote town in Nepal after a backlash against Maoist attacks resulted in locals attacking the guerrillas.
Apr 3, 2007 - 10:57:30 AM

Nepal
Nepal government bans carrying arms in public
Kathmandu, April 2 - Nepal's new eight-party government Monday banned carrying of arms in public and asked all illegal weapon owners to hand over their weapons within a week.
Apr 2, 2007 - 7:24:25 PM

Nepal
Terai closure first challenge for Nepal's Maoist government
Kathmandu, April 2 - Less than 24 hours after joining the government and beginning a new chapter in Nepal's history, Maoist guerrillas faced their first challenge Monday with ethnic protesters calling a closure in the Terai plains in the south.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:35:06 AM

Nepal
British doctors on Everest mission get bitter dose
Kathmandu, April 2 - A British team of doctors attempting to conduct tests on Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, had to swallow a bitter dose after the Nepal government said the research was illegal.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:25:26 AM

Nepal
World hails new government in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 1 - The international community Sunday welcomed the formation of a new government in Nepal with the participation of the Maoists, calling it a 'key moment' for the consolidation of the country's peace process.
Apr 1, 2007 - 6:46:31 PM

Nepal
Woman communist leader is Nepal's new foreign minister
Kathmandu, April 1 - Nepal's veteran trade union activist Sahana Pradhan was Sunday given the high profile foreign minister's job and will represent the country at the SAARC foreign ministers meet this week in New Delhi.
Apr 1, 2007 - 5:32:45 PM

Nepal
Nepal Maoists progress from mines to ministries
Kathmandu, April 1 - Eleven years after they had introduced a new phase in Nepal's history by launching an armed insurgency, the Himalayan nation's Maoist guerrillas Sunday added a new one by joining a coalition government with a pledge to build a new Nepal.
Apr 1, 2007 - 4:45:47 PM

Nepal
June 20 to decide King Gyanendra's fate
Kathmandu, April 1 - Though traditionally marked by foolery and merry-making, All Fools' Day struck a chilly note for Nepal's royal family Sunday with the ruling parties finally announcing June 20 as the date when voters would choose between the crown and a republic.
Apr 1, 2007 - 4:16:13 PM

Nepal
New Nepal PM calls for unity, patience
Kathmandu, April 1 - Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala took oath of office Sunday, urging for unity and patience and pledging improved security.
Apr 1, 2007 - 2:11:12 PM

Nepal
Koirala takes oath as new Nepal PM, poll date announced
Kathmandu, April 1 - A new chapter in Nepal's history began Sunday with veteran politician Girija Prasad Koirala named the new prime minister of Nepal and the date of the revolutionary election finally announced, after months of wait.
Apr 1, 2007 - 1:43:20 PM

Nepal
Women on warpath over delay in forming Nepal government
Kathmandu, April 1 - Angry women from various organisations gathered in front of Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's residence Sunday, shouting slogans and warning that they would begin a protest movement if a veteran woman politician was not given her dues.
Apr 1, 2007 - 11:49:42 AM

Nepal
Squabbles put off Nepal's new government formation
Kathmandu, March 31 - The formation of the new interim government in Nepal was shelved Saturday following squabbles over power sharing between the allies.
Mar 31, 2007 - 8:29:58 PM

Nepal
Scorned deputy PM delays new government in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 31 - The formation of Nepal's new interim government was held back Saturday despite an agreement between four main parties, after deputy prime minister dissented saying his party was not consulted during distribution of ministries.
Mar 31, 2007 - 2:59:24 PM

Nepal
Nepal's 'Bryan Adams' arrested in Dubai
Kathmandu, March 31 - A popular Nepali pop singer, dubbed Nepal's Bryan Adams for his husky baritone, has been arrested in Dubai for reportedly violating an employment contract, triggering outrage among his fans.
Mar 31, 2007 - 12:51:04 PM

Nepal
Maoists finally capture power in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 31 - Eleven years after they had started a civil war, Nepal's Maoist guerrillas finally captured the power they had been seeking, reaching an understanding with the ruling coalition to join the government with five key ministries.
Mar 31, 2007 - 10:03:22 AM

Nepal
Nepal parties agree on division of ministries
Kathmandu, March 30 - Nepal's eight main political parties, including Maoist ex-rebels, Friday agreed on division of ministries paving the way for the formation of an interim government.
Mar 30, 2007 - 11:47:41 PM

Nepal
Nepal PM puts Devyani before new government
Kathmandu, March 30 - While all Nepal anxiously awaited formation of a new government, rumoured to be announced Friday, and leading parties engaged in daylong negotiations, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala chose to put before politics Devyani Singh nee Rana, who has returned home as an Indian bride.
Mar 30, 2007 - 6:14:25 PM

Nepal
Minor fire in Dabur's Nepal factory
Kathmandu, March 30 - A minor fire broke out Friday at Indian firm Dabur's factory in south Nepal, triggering an alarm in the Nepali media.
Mar 30, 2007 - 1:04:09 PM

Nepal
Nepal gay activist 'blocked' by British censors
Kathmandu, March 29 - One of Nepal's foremost gay rights activists and founder of Nepal's only group devoted to protecting rights of sexual minorities has accused British airport authorities of homophobia and discrimination against gays.
Mar 29, 2007 - 12:00:32 PM

Nepal
Devyani returns to Nepal as Indian bride
Kathmandu, March 28 - Devyani Singh nee Rana is ready to start a new chapter in her life, exorcising past ghosts and burying her former identity as the girl over whom Nepal's crown prince Dipendra reportedly killed his royal parents and siblings before turning the gun on himself.
Mar 28, 2007 - 1:18:05 PM

Nepal
One killed in Nepal as Terai violence continues
Kathmandu, March 28 - An ethnic leader from the Terai plains was shot dead in Nepal and another supporter critically injured in what protesters alleged were 'revenge' attacks.
Mar 28, 2007 - 10:20:32 AM

Nepal
Five Indians, two locals hurt in Nepal firing
Kathmandu, March 27 - Seven people, including five Indians, were hurt when four men opened fire in a market place in Nepal's frontier disrict Parsa Tuesday raising fears that armed gangs were targeting Indians in a bid to foment ethnic violence in the India-Nepal border area.
Mar 27, 2007 - 6:03:01 PM

Nepal
Terai braces for violence as protesters call strike
Kathmandu, March 27 - Nepal's troubled Terai plains, reeling under violence since December, braced for still more disruptions as ethnic protesters called a shutdown April 2 to press their demand for an impartial probe into a carnage last week that left at least 29 dead.
Mar 27, 2007 - 6:01:45 PM

Nepal
Nepal's Buddha boy plans live burial: report
Kathmandu, March 26 - Ram Bahadur Bomjan - Nepal's 'Buddha Boy' whose followers claim he has meditated without food or water - is back in the news with media reports suggesting that he plans to be buried alive while meditating.
Mar 26, 2007 - 3:11:50 PM

Nepal
Nepal PM to arrive in New Delhi Sunday
Kathmandu, March 26 - Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala will arrive in the Indian capital New Delhi Sunday to attend the 14th summit of the heads of states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation -.
Mar 26, 2007 - 1:31:40 PM

Nepal
Kidnapped Indian teen freed in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 26 - An Indian teen who was kidnapped in broad daylight from here Saturday has been released unhurt after his family and school successfully negotiated with his abductors.
Mar 26, 2007 - 12:20:10 PM

Nepal
Bengali beauty Nepal's new vox populi
Kathmandu, March 26 - Bengalis in India and Bangladesh have a special reason to rejoice the success of Mampi Ghosh, the new voice of the masses in Nepal.
Mar 26, 2007 - 7:40:25 AM

Nepal
Growing Terai turmoil casts doubts on Nepal polls
Kathmandu, March 25 - A string of prohibitory orders in the Terai plains, fresh curfew, arrests and crackdown on ethnic protesters have raised doubts about the Nepal government's ability to hold elections in under three months.
Mar 25, 2007 - 11:52:41 AM

Nepal
Indian traders protest 'unfair' Nepal tax
Kathmandu, March 25 - Indian businessmen in Nepal are protesting against a tax imposed by the Nepal government from 2005, calling it unfair and misleading.
Mar 25, 2007 - 9:26:38 AM

Nepal
SIM card gangs prey on Marwaris in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 25 - Summer began on a tense note for Marwari businessman Narendra Kumar Gupta with a phone call at his shop in Kathmandu.
Mar 25, 2007 - 9:11:42 AM

Nepal
Golwalkar's followers call for Hindu republic in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 24 - He was born in Nagpur city in India and died in New Delhi. But late Hindu nationalist leader M.S. Golwalkar is being honoured in Nepal on his birth centenary with a campaign for a Hindu republic in the Himalayan nation.
Mar 24, 2007 - 4:03:19 PM

Nepal
Indian schoolboy kidnapped in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, March 24 - An Indian businessman's son has been kidnapped from the Nepal capital in broad daylight, just 24 hours after the government gave a written assurance to the business community that it would be protected from threats, extortion and abduction.
Mar 24, 2007 - 2:28:43 PM

Nepal
Fresh terror in Terai, government to probe killings
Kathmandu, March 23 - The Nepal government Friday formed a four-member team to investigate the Terai plains massacre two days ago that claimed 28 lives, even as fresh gunfire and terror in the area injured one person.
Mar 23, 2007 - 3:52:11 PM

Nepal
Nepal singer readies for peak performance
Kathmandu, March 23 - He's no Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. But that doesn't deter debutant Nepali singer Tashi Lakpa Sherpa from trying to create a world record with his new music album.
Mar 23, 2007 - 12:44:43 PM

Nepal
After bloodbath, looters spread terror in Terai
Kathmandu, March 23 - Even before mourning for the 28 people killed in clashes in Nepal's Terai plains died down, fresh gunfire and terror erupted in the same afflicted district once again early Friday, injuring at least one.
Mar 23, 2007 - 9:54:42 AM

Nepal
UN calls for justice as Terai toll rises
Kathmandu, March 22 - As the toll from violence in south Nepal's Terai plains rose to 28 Thursday, the United Nations called for the perpetrators to be identified and brought to justice.
Mar 22, 2007 - 7:28:29 PM

Nepal
Nepal traders call off strike, Maoists on rampage
Kathmandu, March 22 - Nepal's aggrieved business community has agreed to call off its three-day strike but the capital's hotel industry remained fearful following an order by the Maoist guerrillas to shut down within seven days.
Mar 22, 2007 - 11:22:56 AM

Nepal
Terai bloodbath leaves 27 dead in Nepal, dozens hurt
Kathmandu, March 22 - Nepal's fragile peace process and the possibility of holding a key election by June received a major blow as a bloodbath in the Terai plains in the south left 27 people dead and dozens fighting for their lives in hospitals.
Mar 22, 2007 - 10:12:58 AM

Nepal
12 die in Terai clashes, indefinite curfew clamped
Kathmandu, March 21 - At least 12 people were killed and over two dozen injured when fresh violence broke out in the southern Terai plains Wednesday even as much of Nepal stayed paralysed by an indefinite strike called by traders to protest Maoists' atrocities.
Mar 21, 2007 - 8:05:05 PM

Nepal
Indefinite curfew after five die in Terai
Kathmandu, March 21 - As much of Nepal stayed paralysed Wednesday by an indefinite strike called by traders to protest atrocities by Maoists, at least five people were killed and over two dozen injured when fresh violence broke out in the southern Terai plains.
Mar 21, 2007 - 6:06:17 PM

Nepal
At least five killed in fresh Terai violence
Kathmandu, March 21 - At least five people were killed in Nepal's Terai region Wednesday in fresh violence between Maoists and ethnic protesters, as the indefinite strike called by traders against atrocities by the guerrillas entered its third day.
Mar 21, 2007 - 3:48:09 PM

Nepal
Only 26 percent have bank account in Nepal: survey
Kathmandu, March 21 - Though money sent home by relatives working abroad has kept Nepal's economy alive for nearly a decade, only 26 percent Nepalis have bank accounts due to lack of access to financial services, say a survey.
Mar 21, 2007 - 1:41:20 PM

Nepal
Nepal crown princess to shift to India?
Kathmandu, March 21 - With growing uncertainty looming over Nepal's 238-year-old snake throne, Crown Princess Himani is contemplating taking up abode in India for the security of her three children, a report said.
Mar 21, 2007 - 1:05:31 PM

Nepal
Luck forsakes Sobhraj in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 21 - In the 70s, he was notorious for escaping from the toughest prisons in Asia and being one step ahead of law-enforcing agencies. But three decades later, luck seems to be running out for 'bikini killer' Charles Sobhraj with sheer circumstances upsetting his final bid for freedom.
Mar 21, 2007 - 1:04:38 PM

Nepal
Nepal shuts down as traders go on warpath
Kathmandu, March 20 - The Kathmandu Valley shut down Tuesday and Nepal's outer districts were also impacted by the indefinite closure called by traders and entrepreneurs, who said their protest would continue till the government promised in writing that their lives and livelihoods would be protected.
Mar 20, 2007 - 2:48:19 PM

Nepal
Maoists capture ex-Nepal army chief's property
Kathmandu, March 20 - Even as angry businessmen began enforcing an indefinite general strike in Nepal to protest atrocities by the Maoist guerrillas, the rebels continued their attacks on civilians, seizing the property of a former army chief and royal advisor.
Mar 20, 2007 - 9:17:03 AM

Nepal
Indian debacle in World Cup busts punters' network in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 19 - When India lost to minnows Bangladesh in the World Cup, the tremors of the shock defeat were felt in far away Nepal with 12 Indians and a Nepali associate arrested for operating a betting racket.
Mar 19, 2007 - 5:39:32 PM

Nepal
Nepal king refuses to divulge wealth details
Kathmandu, March 19 - Despite growing clamour for the abolition of monarchy in Nepal, King Gyanendra has refused to divulge details about his wealth to the government, ignoring the deadline set by a team of ministers.
Mar 19, 2007 - 2:28:57 PM

Nepal
11 Indian punters arrested in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 19 - When India lost to minnows Bangladesh in the World Cup, the tremors of the shock defeat were felt in far away Nepal with 11 Indians and a Nepali associate arrested for operating a betting racket.
Mar 19, 2007 - 12:27:42 PM

Nepal
Kuwait becomes latest 'hellhole' for Nepali women
Kathmandu, March 19 - A young Nepali woman who flew in here from Kuwait via New Delhi in a state of severe trauma is now undergoing psychiatric treatment. Disgusted NGO officials here say Kuwait has become the hellhole for Nepali women being illegally trafficked to Gulf countries.
Mar 19, 2007 - 8:08:55 AM

Nepal
Another Marwari kidnapped in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, March 18 - Panic has gripped Kathmandu's Marwari community as a yet another businessman belonging to it has been abducted from the capital, taking the number of kidnappings in three months to at least 35.
Mar 18, 2007 - 4:48:38 PM

Nepal
King loses place in Nepal's historic knights' game
Kathmandu, March 18 - In yet another sign that Nepal's royal family is losing its place in the nation's socio-cultural life, King Gyanendra, for the first time in the history of Nepal, will not be attending the Ghode Jatra festival in the capital, one of the most colourful and attractive ceremonies watched by hundreds.
Mar 18, 2007 - 10:11:35 AM

Nepal
Nepal to get new government today?
Kathmandu, March 16 - The top leaders of Nepal's major parties began frantic consultations Friday amid speculation that a new mini-interim government will be announced during the day.
Mar 16, 2007 - 12:29:24 PM

Nepal
King's aide crosses swords with Nepal media
Kathmandu, March 16 - After a string of rebuttals by Nepal's palace, now a trusted aide of King Gyanendra has crossed swords with the media, saying he did not read out the monarch's message at a Hindu ceremony in India, as reported by some dailies.
Mar 16, 2007 - 10:29:04 AM

Nepal
Nepal government axes half of king's retinue
Kathmandu, March 15 - Nepal's cornered royal family received a fresh blow Thursday with the government deciding to axe half of the employees working in the palace and bring them under state control.
Mar 15, 2007 - 3:24:46 PM

Nepal
Nepal pilot with royal links held for rhino poaching
Kathmandu, March 14 - A former Nepali pilot with links to Nepal's royalty has been arrested for running a rhino poaching network along with a Nepal Army soldier.
Mar 14, 2007 - 1:53:57 PM

Nepal
Maoist chief triggers fresh arms controversy
Kathmandu, March 14 - Nepal's Maoist leader Prachanda has created a fresh controversy by reportedly saying that thousands of rebel soldiers and arms still remained outside cantonments, which goes against an accord between the rebels and the government.
Mar 14, 2007 - 12:20:56 PM

Nepal
Nepal palace refutes Maoist plot allegations
Kathmandu, March 14 - Showing that their hat was still in the ring, Nepal's cornered royal family has lashed out at Maoists, saying the rebels' allegations about King Gyanendra's followers hatching plots to assassinate top political leaders were 'fabricated, malicious and unfounded'.
Mar 14, 2007 - 11:37:41 AM

Nepal
Premier Indian steel group to pull out of Nepal
Kathmandu, March 13 - One of India's prime steel manufacturers, the Rs.60 billion Bhushan group, has decided to pull out of Nepal because of the prevailing political, power and labour problems.
Mar 13, 2007 - 2:37:25 PM

Nepal
Nepal's royal family in fresh plot controversy
Kathmandu, March 13 - Nepal's royal family, suspected of masterminding numerous plots ever since king Birendra and his entire family was wiped out in a midnight massacre in the palace six years ago, has now been accused of several more, including trying to kill prominent politicians and fomenting a revolt in the army.
Mar 13, 2007 - 9:43:23 AM

Nepal
Terai turmoil to hit Kathmandu now
Kathmandu, March 12 - As violence spread to more areas in Nepal Monday, ethnic protesters fighting for an autonomous state said they would take the battle to the capital and encircle the prime minister's office -.
Mar 12, 2007 - 6:43:30 PM

Nepal
Survivor of Everest tragedy to return in triumph
Kathmandu, March 12 - A climber who survived the biggest tragedy ever on Mt. Everest but lost his nose, fingers and toes will make a triumphant return to the world's highest peak as part of the Olympics ceremony next year.
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:24:47 AM

Nepal
Violence in Terai as former Maoists begin fresh 'war'
Kathmandu, March 11 - Fresh violence erupted in Nepal's volatile Terai plains as a band of former Maoist rebels said they were ending their truce and beginning a new 'war'.
Mar 11, 2007 - 2:57:47 PM

Nepal
Nepal Hindu group demands poll on secularism
Kathmandu, March 11 - A controversial Hindu organisation in Nepal, regarded as loyal to King Gyanendra, has started a movement demanding a poll on secularism.
Mar 11, 2007 - 2:55:16 PM

Nepal
Terai flare-up, Maoist arms display alarm US
Kathmandu, March 10 - A senior US envoy wound up her two-day trip to Nepal Saturday with a premonition that continuing violent Maoist activities and mounting ethnic unrest could derail the kingdom's peace process.
Mar 10, 2007 - 4:38:24 PM

Nepal
Nepal's 'Buddha Boy' disappears again
Kathmandu, March 10 - A teenager from a Nepali village who captured the imagination of the world with tales of his long and arduous meditation for enlightenment has vanished once more, media reports said Saturday.
Mar 10, 2007 - 1:39:56 PM

Nepal
Abandoned Nepali wife appeals to Kashmiris for help
Kathmandu, March 10 - A 34-year-old Nepali woman married to a man from Jammu and Kashmir has appealed to the Kashmiri community for help after the disappearance of her husband in Kathmandu.
Mar 10, 2007 - 11:54:39 AM

Nepal
Fresh blood stains Nepal's Terai protests
Kathmandu, March 10 - Fresh blood stained the protests in Nepal's Terai plains with a protester dying in clashes, taking the toll to at least 32 in the ongoing Madhes movement.
Mar 10, 2007 - 10:18:24 AM

Nepal
Nepal school strike alarms parents, educators
Kathmandu, March 9 - The fate of tens of thousands of students in Nepal hangs in balance with hundreds of schools remaining closed for over two months.
Mar 9, 2007 - 3:51:57 PM

Nepal
Nepal's Oscar phenomenon grappling with cancer
Kathmandu, March 9 - While Australian diva Kylie Minogue's battle with cancer made the headlines, few know about the fight against the dreaded disease being waged by Nepal's Oscar phenomenon, a yak herder who has provided the plot for the only Nepali film to have been nominated for an Academy Award.
Mar 9, 2007 - 1:42:57 PM

Nepal
Another Indian kidnapped, panic in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, March 9 - There is mounting panic in Nepal's business community with yet another Indian being kidnapped from a busy area of the capital, making it at least the 20th abduction in less than four months.
Mar 9, 2007 - 11:25:29 AM

Nepal
Nepal gets its first graduate goddess
Kathmandu, March 8 - As the world observes Women's Day to celebrate the emancipation and empowerment of women, Rashmila Shakya has a special reason to rejoice. In addition to the distinction of being a goddess, she now has the additional laurel of becoming Nepal's only graduate goddess.
Mar 8, 2007 - 11:58:38 AM

Nepal
Maoists force premier woman industrialist to quit Nepal
Kathmandu, March 7 - Nepal marks International Women's Day Thursday with a series of programmes, rallies and a holiday for women employees, but Laxmi Sharma, the only woman to own a film studio in the country, will not be part of the celebrations.
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:15:11 AM

Nepal
Nepal government gears up to break Terai strike
Kathmandu, March 6 - Nepal's government Tuesday started marshalling its forces to break the indefinite strike called in the Terai plains in the south by ethnic Indian protesters, beefing up security on highways to give confidence to transporters.
Mar 6, 2007 - 1:43:10 PM

Nepal
Nepal's communists at loggerheads over king
Kathmandu, March 5 - Two of Nepal's biggest communist parties are at loggerheads over the fate of King Gyanendra, raising fresh doubts about the intentions of the seven-party government.
Mar 5, 2007 - 10:06:43 AM

Nepal
Coke gets a reprieve in Nepal
Kathmandu, March 5 - After being forced to shut down for over two months, Coca-Cola finally had a reprieve in Nepal, re-opening its factories after an undisclosed pact with the Maoists.x
Mar 5, 2007 - 10:00:09 AM

Nepal
Nepal to introduce Art of Living for golfers
Kathmandu, March 4 - More things are wrought by prayers than the world dreams of - even achieving the perfect putt on golf links.
Mar 4, 2007 - 2:26:15 PM

Nepal
India, Nepal rush to tap energy ventures
Kathmandu, March 4 - Faced with growing demand for energy, neighbours India and Nepal are rushing to tap power ventures with a clutch of energy meets starting Monday.
Mar 4, 2007 - 10:22:24 AM

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