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Jun 26, 2012
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Nepalis worship with fervour as ancient rain god festival adapts to the times

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(A statue of the Red Machindranath is lowered from its chariot at the end of the Bhotojatra festival in Lalitpur June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Thousands of Nepalis threw coins and marigolds at a giant chariot over the weekend in a centuries-old ritual to appease the rain god and assure a good harvest, as well as guaranteeing good omens for the country’s rulers.

Jun 25, 2012

Nepalis worship with fervor as ancient festival adapts

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of Nepalis threw coins and marigolds at a giant chariot over the weekend in a centuries-old ritual to appease the rain god and assure a good harvest, as well as guaranteeing good omens for the country’s rulers.

The annual two-month chariot festival for Rato Machhindranath, revered as the god of rain, has for countless generations been presided over by Nepal’s kings.

Jun 22, 2012

Gays hail Nepal move to liberalize ID cards

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hindu-majority Nepal said on Friday that it will start issuing identification cards with three categories for genders – a move hailed by gay activists, who said previous regulations had been discriminatory.

Up until now, the government has issued the cards only to people who identified themselves as either male or female.

May 28, 2012

Allies quit government as Nepal crisis deepens

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three parties quit Nepal’s Maoist-led government on Monday as the Himalayan republic slipped deeper into crisis after the prime minister called elections following the failure to agree on a new constitution aimed at ending years of instability.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has called for Nov 22 elections to resolve the constitutional impasse, sparking a backlash from politicians and Nepalis who have seen the country lurch from one crisis to the next after a civil war ended in 2006.

May 28, 2012

Fresh turmoil in Nepal after charter deadline miss

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s warring political parties failed to meet a midnight deadline to agree on a new constitution on Sunday, plunging the Himalayan republic into further uncertainty, but the government moved quickly to defuse the crisis with a call for elections.

A new constitution was widely seen as crucial to ending the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines.

May 27, 2012

Nepal faces fresh turmoil after charter deadline missed

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s warring political parties failed to meet a midnight deadline to agree on a new constitution on Sunday, plunging the Himalayan republic into further uncertainty, but the government moved quickly to defuse the crisis with a call for elections.

A new constitution was widely seen as crucial to ending the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines.

May 27, 2012

Nepal parties fail to finalise constitution

KATHMANDU, May 27 (Reuters) – Nepal’s warring political
parties said on Sunday they had failed to narrow their
differences sufficiently to agree on a new constitution for the
Himalayan republic before a midnight deadline, plunging the
country into fresh political turmoil.

A new constitution was widely seen as crucial to ending the
instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led
civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but
it has long been thwarted by demands for the country to be
divided into states along ethnic lines.

May 27, 2012

Nepal on alert as clock ticks towards constitution deadline

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal stood on the brink of fresh political turmoil on Sunday as wrangling over the young Himalayan republic’s first federal constitution ground towards a midnight deadline.

A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines.

May 22, 2012

Nepal government seeks more time to draw up new constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali politicians on Tuesday proposed to ignore a Supreme Court deadline giving them until Sunday to draw up a new constitution for the Himalayan republic, saying they needed more time to agree on the boundaries and names of new states.

The new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and the subsequent overthrow of the monarchy.

May 22, 2012

Nepal races to meet charter deadline amid heavy security

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – In a siege-like atmosphere, Nepalese politicians on Tuesday huddled in a Kathmandu parliament building ringed by barbed wire and surrounded by riot police to thrash out the young Himalayan republic’s first federal constitution.

But with the Supreme Court’s deadline only five days away, politicians were gloomy about finalising a charter amid protests by those demanding the country be divided into states along ethnic lines.