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Sep 2, 2015

Four months after quakes, Nepal fails to spend any of $4.1 billion donor money

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Two months after foreign countries and international agencies pledged $4.1 billion to help Nepal recover from its worst natural disaster, the government has yet to make arrangements to receive the money and has spent nothing on reconstruction.

The United Nations estimates almost three million survivors of twin earthquakes in April and May – around 10 percent of the Himalayan nation’s population – need shelter, food and basic medical care, many in mountainous, hard-to-reach areas.

Sep 1, 2015

Five protesters killed in fresh Nepal violence: police

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali police shot dead at least four protesters and killed a fifth on Tuesday as demonstrators threw stones and petrol bombs, angry at a new planned constitution.

The government and major political parties hope that the constitution, in the works for seven years, will provide much-needed political stability and bolster economic development in the Himalayan nation, which is still reeling from two devastating earthquakes that killed 8,900 people this year.

Aug 28, 2015

Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government has vowed that protests in which 14 people have been killed will not derail a constitutional process that is in the final stretch, even though pressing ahead could further anger ethnic minority groups on the southern plains.

In the most serious incident, nine people were killed this week when protesters attacked a police post in the far southwest of the poor Himalayan state, which lies sandwiched between India to the south and China to the north.

Aug 25, 2015

India’s Modi to Nepal: Exercise restraint after deadly protests

KATHMANDU, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Nepal must exercise
“restraint” and restore peace and order after deadly attacks by
protesters in a small border town in the Himalayan country,
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

The comments by Modi were made during a phone conversation
with his counterpart Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, a day after
the violence in Kailali district which is close to the border
with India, officials said.

Aug 25, 2015

Japan finger frostbite victim exposes Nepali desperation to revive Everest climbs

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Japanese man has become the unlikely face of Nepal’s desperate efforts to revive its climbing industry, seeking to conquer Everest alone for the first time since 18 people were killed in April – and since he lost all his fingertips to frostbite.

Nobukazu Kuriki, 33, set off on his adventure on Tuesday, leaving Kathmandu for the mountains for acclimatization before tackling Everest next month, the first person to do so since multiple avalanches unleashed by an earthquake slammed into Base Camp in the mountain’s worst climbing disaster.

Aug 25, 2015

Soldiers patrol restive Nepal town after deadly protests

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Soldiers patrolled a small border town in Nepal’s far west on Tuesday after nine people, most of them police, were killed in attacks by protesters angered by government reforms.

Authorities imposed a curfew and mobilized the army on Monday to quell protests in Tikapur in Kailali district, which is close to the border with India.

Aug 24, 2015

Protests over draft Nepal charter turn violent, nine dead

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least nine people were killed in Nepal on Monday when demonstrators attacked police with spears, knives, axes and scythes during a protest against proposals for administrative reform in the Himalayan country.

State television reported authorities had mobilized the army to quell the protests in the low-lying far west of the country close to the border with India.Thousands of people were protesting in the town of Tikapur against a government-backed plan to include their area in a hilly province, part of a regional overhaul envisaged in a new federal constitution expected to be finalised this month.

Aug 23, 2015

First climber to attempt Everest ascent since Nepal earthquakes

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – 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 normal Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, the Nepal government said on Sunday.

Aug 10, 2015

Nepali police kill two, injure dozen during protest against reform plan

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali police shot dead at least two demonstrators and injured about a dozen others on Monday after they attacked buildings during a protest against proposals for administrative reform in the Himalayan country.

Hundreds of people were protesting against government-backed plans to divide their province into two, part of a regional administrative overhaul envisaged in a new federal constitution that Kathmandu hopes to finalize this month.

Aug 7, 2015

Nepal quakes caused ‘minimal damage’ to Everest trails

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Most lodges and hiking trails near Mount Everest suffered only minimal damage during two big earthquakes in Nepal this year,

an engineering firm said in a report that will offer some hope to a battered tourism industry.