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Aug 19, 2014

Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest.

Aug 16, 2014

At least 53 killed in Nepal floods and mudslides

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said on Saturday.

The landslides and flooding were triggered by annual monsoon rains since Wednesday, causing rain-soaked earth and rocks to crash down on homes while rivers swelled and washed away low-lying villages.

Aug 9, 2014

Nepal hikes insurance for Sherpas after Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Foreign mountaineers will have
to spend more for the insurance cover of their Sherpa guides to
climb any Himalayan peak in Nepal including Mount Everest, the
government said.

Wedged between India and China, Nepal is home to more than
1,300 Himalayan peaks – 414 of them, including Mount Everest,
are open to foreign climbers who turn up in hundreds every year.

Aug 4, 2014

More than 500 foreign hikers rescued after deadly landslide in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – More than 500 foreign tourists and their guides have been rescued after a deadly landslide in Nepal blocked a major highway, leaving them stranded in a border town over the weekend, Nepali hiking officials said on Monday.

The mostly Indian and European tourists were returning to Kathmandu after hiking expeditions in Tibet when heavy rains triggered the landslide, blocking the Arniko highway to the capital and forcing them to take refuge in Tatopani town on the Nepal-Tibet border.

Aug 3, 2014

India’s Modi offers Nepal $1 billion loan in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi offered Nepal $1 billion in concessional loans to help
build power plants and roads during a visit on Sunday aimed at
shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads.

Both India and China are vying for political influence in
South Asia, home to more than 1.5 billion people, by offering
closer integration with their giant economies.

Aug 3, 2014

More than 400,000 Indians face risk of flooding after Nepal landslide

PATNA/KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – More than 400,000 people
in eastern India face the risk of flooding after a landslide
that killed at least nine people in neighbouring Nepal, an
Indian government official said on Sunday, as thousands were
being evacuated.

The landslide triggered by heavy rains has left scores of
people missing and has created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi
river, which runs into India’s Bihar state as the Kosi river.

Aug 3, 2014

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China.

Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects.

Aug 3, 2014

India’s Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up
negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a
new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a
buffer with China.

Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to
shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have
in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of
energy and transport projects.

Aug 3, 2014

Bihar evacuates thousands after deadly Nepal landslide

PATNA/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Authorities in eastern India began evacuating thousands of villagers on Saturday after efforts to clear a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal sparked fears of flash floods downstream, government officials said.

The landslide, triggered by heavy rains in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, killed at least nine people and buried dozens of homes. More than 100 people are believed missing.

Aug 2, 2014

Nepal landslide kills 8, blocking river and raising flood fears

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal on Saturday has killed at least eight people, injured 40 and buried dozens of homes, officials said.

The landslide created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river near Jure in the Sindhupalchowk district, about 60 kms (37 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, heightening fears of downstream floods that could reach as far as Bihar in eastern India.