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

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(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.

Jul 17, 2012

Likely Nepal election delay may test fragile peace process

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Political squabbles are likely to delay until next year Nepal’s first national election since the abolition of the monarchy, dealing a major blow to hopes for stability in the Himalayan republic as it recovers from years of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had called for elections to be held on November 22 after a special assembly missed its deadline to draft a new constitution. But opposition parties have rejected the date as impractical and called for Bhattarai to resign. He has so far refused.

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.