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Oct 5, 2011

Nepal’s porridge-eating boy “god” wants to become a doctor

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A five-year-old Nepali boy, worshipped by many as a god, sits cross-legged with a stuffed teddy bear in his brick-and-cement home in Kathmandu.

Sambeg Shakya was hailed last year by Buddhist priests as Ganesh, or the god of good fortune, since whne he has led several processions of Nepal’s better-known ‘living goddesses’, also known as Kumari.

Sep 30, 2011

Nepal opens ‘unique’ Himalayan trekking trail

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has officially opened a new trekking route that runs along some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, in an effort to boost tourism, officials said on Friday.

The Great Himalayan Trail runs from Nepal’s eastern border with India in the shadow of Mount Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, to Humla in the west passing through or beside Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks.

Sep 25, 2011

Small tourist plane crashes in Nepal, 19 dead

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane carrying foreign tourists to view Mount Everest crashed in bad weather near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Sunday, killing all 19 people on board which included 10 Indians, officials said.

Kathmandu Airport officials said there were 16 passengers and a crew of three on board the plane. The cause of the crash was not known.

Sep 25, 2011

Nepal tourist plane crash kills 19 including 10 Indians

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane carrying foreign tourists to view Mount Everest crashed in bad weather near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Sunday, killing all 19 people on board which included 10 Indians, officials said.

Kathmandu Airport officials said there were 16 passengers and a crew of three on board the plane. The cause of the crash was not known.

Sep 25, 2011

Small plane with foreign tourists crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane with 19 people on board, most of them foreign tourists returning from a trip to view Mount Everest, crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu on Sunday, government officials said.

Kathmandu Airport officials said there were 16 passengers and a crew of three on board the plane. There was no official word whether there were any survivors.

Sep 2, 2011

Nepal’s ruling Maoists hand over arms cache

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist former rebels have handed control of a cache of more than 3,000 weapons to a multi-party committee overseeing the country’s peace process, officials said on Friday.

Weapons used by the Maoists during their decade-long rebellion that ended in 2006 are kept in metal containers in seven camps across the tiny Himalayan state. Keys to the containers were handed over to the committee.

Aug 28, 2011

Nepal parliament elects Maoist prime minister

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s parliament elected a Maoist leader as prime minister on Sunday after weeks of failure by lawmakers to form a national unity government that has threatened a fragile peace process in the nascent Himalayan republic.

The election of Baburam Bhattarai, a senior leader of the former rebels who waged an armed insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy, follows two years of turmoil in South Asia’s poorest nation where Asian superpowers China and India jostle for influence.

Aug 14, 2011

Nepal PM quits, political turmoil seen

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned Sunday pushing the country back into turmoil as political parties scrambled to form a new coalition government and draft a new constitution.

Khanal, a moderate communist, was elected six month ago and vowed to carry out the promises made in a 2006 peace deal with Maoist rebels.

Jul 19, 2011

Nepal measurement to decide Everest height

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will measure the height of Mount Everest afresh, an official said on Tuesday, a survey that could end confusion about the exact height of the world’s tallest peak.

The official height of Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) from the sea level as determined by the Survey of India in 1954.

Jul 15, 2011

Nepal deficit budget has money for peace process – fin min

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s finance minister on Friday allayed concerns the government did not have enough money to conclude a fragile peace process with the former Maoist rebels as he presented the annual budget for the Himalayan republic.

The fate of 19,000 former Maoist guerrillas is crucial to the conclusion of the peace process that ended a decade-long civil war in 2006, but little progress has been made on political differences.