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Jan 18, 2013

Jan 18/Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Nepal’s capital

KATHMANDU, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu
is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a
riot of colour and dust with clogged streets where stray cows
and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.

Ringed by rolling hills, the city has many satellite towns,
of which Patan and Bhaktapur are popular with tourists. The area
has seven old monuments that are listed by the UNESCO as World
Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive.

Jan 16, 2013

Nepal to allow private firms to import fuel, oil products

KATHMANDU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Nepal’s government is
considering allowing private companies to import crude oil
products which would resolve chronic fuel shortages and end the
state’s monopoly on a trade worth about $1 billion a year, a
trade ministry official said on Wednesday.

Nepal buys all its fuel from abroad and state-run Nepal Oil
Corporation (NOC) is currently the sole importer of the 21,000
barrels per day of crude oil products the country needs.

Nov 26, 2012

From trash to treasure: Everest litter becomes art

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Fifteen Nepali artists were closeted for a month with a heap of 1.5 metric tons (1.7 tons) of trash picked up from Mount Everest. When they emerged, they had transformed the litter into art.

The 75 sculptures, including one of a yak and another of wind chimes, were made from empty oxygen bottles, gas canisters, food cans, torn tents, ropes, crampons, boots, plates, twisted aluminum ladders and torn plastic bags dumped by climbers over decades on the slopes of the world’s highest mountain.

Nov 23, 2012

Nepal president sets deadline for new prime minister

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav has given political parties until next week to agree on a candidate to replace caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, opening the door for a change of leadership in the unstable Himalayan nation.

Nepal has been in a political crisis since May when a special Constituent Assembly missed a deadline to prepare a new constitution amid a political row over the number and names of the federal states to be created under the new system.

Nov 22, 2012

Nepal rites to banish ghosts of fallen Gurkha soldiers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Wrapped in white and with their heads shaven, retired Gurkha soldiers sat cross-legged on the stems of dried rice plants for three days of symbolic and traditional mourning, laying to rest the souls of fellow soldiers who fought and died for Britain.

Hailing from the foothills of the Himalayas, the Gurkhas are known for their fierce fighting skills and big curved khukuri knife. They have served in the British army since 1815 when a peace agreement was reached by the British East India Company after it suffered heavy casualties during an invasion of Nepal.

Nov 11, 2012

Feuding politicians take Nepal to brink of ruin

KATHMANDU, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Apart from a small bust of
Chairman Mao beside his armchair, Nepali Prime Minister Baburam
Bhattarai flaunts no trappings of his revolutionary past: these
days he talks of foreign investment, infrastructure projects and
double-digit growth.

The trouble is that, since they handed over their guns at
the end of a decade-long insurrection in 2006, Nepal’s Maoists
have done no better at running the Himalayan republic than the
corrupt and incompetent political mainstream they joined.

Oct 15, 2012

First gay sports fest shows changing Nepal attitudes

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Clad in pink, blue and yellow clothes, more than 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes took part in a sports festival in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, at the weekend, billed by organizers as the first in South Asia.

About 1,500 spectators cheered as the athletes, waving rainbow colored flags, marched at the Dasharath Stadium in the heart of Kathmandu in the opening ceremony of the three-day event that showed how attitudes are changing, albeit slowly, in the conservative, Hindu-majority nation.

Sep 28, 2012

British, Chinese among 19 dead in Nepal plane crash

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane struck a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Friday, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers, officials said.

The crash of the propeller-driven Dornier aircraft was the sixth fatal air accident in less than two years in Nepal, where more than a dozen small private carriers often brave bad weather to fly to mountain areas served by no proper road network.

Aug 13, 2012
via FaithWorld

Nepal celebrates popular Gai Jatra festival to lead the dead to heaven


(A masked devotee takes part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Hundreds of young boys, their faces smeared with mascara and painted as cows, trot barefoot along the streets of Nepal’s capital in the Gai Jatra festival, the procession of cows.

Jul 31, 2012

Nepal harvest rush threatens “Himalayan Viagra”

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – For decades a rare fungus valued as an aphrodisiac and dubbed “Himalayan Viagra” has been a source of income for poor villagers in Nepal’s remote Himalayan foothills.

Men, women and children stream into high meadows every year to harvest the fungus called Yarsagumba, which grows from dead moth larvae. High quality specimens fetch thousands of dollars a kilo.