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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.

Aug 5, 2015
via FaithWorld

Hindu activists march in Nepal to demand charter drop the term “secular”

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(Hindu activists clash with riot police personnel as they try to break through the restricted area during the protest rally marching towards the parliament demanding Nepal to be declared as Hindu State in the new constitution, in Kathmandu August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would spur efforts by other religious groups to convert Hindus.

Aug 5, 2015

Protesters march in Nepal to demand charter drop the term ‘secular’

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would spur efforts by other religious groups to convert Hindus.

Hundreds of protesters wearing orange sashes blew conch shells and rang temple bells as they marched to a special constituent assembly tasked with writing the long-awaited charter.