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Nov 28, 2014

Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world’s largest such exercise.

More than 80 percent of Nepal’s 27 million people are Hindus, but unlike most of their counterparts in neighboring India, they frequently sacrifice animals to appease deities during festivals.

Nov 27, 2014

SAARC summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A brief meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

Thursday’s pact, to be signed at the summit’s closing ceremony, will buttress Modi’s ambition for South Asia to become a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made sweeping inroads in the region.

Nov 27, 2014

South Asia summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A brief meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

Thursday’s pact, to be signed at the summit’s closing ceremony, will buttress Modi’s ambition for South Asia to become a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made sweeping inroads in the region.

Nov 27, 2014

India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at Himalayan summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world’s people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and just last month exchanges of fire across the border in disputed Kashmir killed 20 people. The bickering spilled into a two-day regional summit in Kathmandu, and their leaders refused to meet.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at SAARC summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbour is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbor is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 24, 2014

Nepal gives Indian firm green light for $1 bln hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Nepal has given an Indian
company permission to build a 900 megawatt hydropower plant,
government officials said on Monday, as the Himalayan state
looks to ease chronic energy shortages by opening up its rivers
to its larger neighbour.

The two countries will sign an agreement for the $1.04
project, which provides Nepal with free electricity and India
energy for its power-hungry economy, later this week when South
Asian heads of state meet for a regional summit in Kathmandu,
Nepal’s Law Minister Narahari Acharya told Reuters.

Nov 18, 2014

Thanks but no thanks: Pakistan PM shuns Indian limo for Nepal summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will bring his own car to a regional meeting in Nepal next week, an official said on Tuesday, turning down an offer to borrow a bulletproof limousine lent by Pakistan’s arch rival, India.

Pakistan will transport Sharif’s car hundreds of kilometers to Nepal’s capital in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Oct 21, 2014

India and Nepal sign electricity trading pact

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and Nepal signed an agreement on Tuesday to start selling electricity to each other, deepening energy ties between the two nations and boosting New Delhi’s efforts to grow its influence among its smaller neighbors.

Under the agreement, India will help develop Nepal’s vast but underexploited hydropower potential¬†and buy electricity to help tackle its own energy shortages. The agreement commits both countries to buy and sell electricity during times of shortages.

Oct 19, 2014

Trekking tragedy shakes Nepal’s faith in shoestring tourism

KATHMANDU, Oct 20 (Reuters) – German tourist Tobias Pantel
is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna
region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak
blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking
disaster.

As the search for dozens still missing on the snow-covered
Himalayan slopes continues and relatives around the world wait
in desperation for news of their loved ones, more foreigners are
preparing to hit the trail.