KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As the diners enter, Ram Babu Kafle strolls over with a notebook and ballpoint pen and stands beside their table at the Bakery café in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu.
He touches his ear and mouth and raises his fingers, signalling the customers to place their orders using sign language because he can neither speak nor hear.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal needs money and technical expertise from international donors to measure Mount Everest afresh, officials said on Wednesday, in a move to end a longstanding row with China about the height of the world’s tallest mountain.
More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the mountain that straddles the Nepal-China border since it was first climbed by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in May 1953.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thirteen Tibetans, detained last week for protesting against China in front of the United Nations office in Nepal, started an indefinite hunger strike on Monday to press for their release, the president of the Tibetan Youth Congress in Nepal said.
The activists, including two women, were demanding U.N. intervention in their homeland after a series of self-immolations against Chinese rule there.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Home to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, the scenic country of Nepal on Sunday added another height-related superlative – of having the world’s shortest man.
A Guinness World Records team measured Chandra Bahadur Dangi at 54.60 centimeters (21.5 inches), declaring the 72-year-old even shorter the previous title holder, Junrey Balawing, from the Philippines, who stood at 23.5 inches at the age of 18 last year.
KASARA, Nepal (Reuters) – As Prem Sharma steps gingerly into the sand-filled chamber, lines of baby crocodiles basking in the warm sunshine splash into a pond, eyes glinting behind their long, thin snouts.
Sharma quietly puts his hand into the green water, takes a young reptile from the pool, opens its mouth with a brush and begins to clean its teeth with potash, its thrashing 60 cm (2 ft) body held under his knee.
PITHAULI, Nepal (Reuters) – In the village of Pithauli, surrounded by ripening mustard fields, a woman hauls a cow carcass on a trolley, drops it in an open field, then runs and hides in a nearby hut as dozens of vultures swoop down.
In under half an hour, the carcass has been reduced to picked bones by the dun-colored birds, occasionally squabbling as they feed.
SHAKTIKHOR, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist former rebels shed their camouflage uniforms Friday and began leaving their camps to join their families in a first step to their reintegration five years after the end of a civil war.
The rehabilitation of more than 19,000 former rebels is seen as crucial for the stability of the nascent Himalayan republic wedged between India and China.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nine-year-old Bhintuna sat smiling in jewellery and a red and gold brocade bridal dress as she held a tray of offerings, waiting for her turn to take part in the ritual that would wed her to a god.
The schoolgirl is just one of hundreds of Nepali girls set to take part in the rite that weds them to the god Vishnu over the coming month, a symbolic time of weddings according to tradition in this deeply religious, majority Hindu nation.
BARAHBISE, Nepal (Reuters) – Looking at the swirling grey waters of the Bhote Koshi River, Ratna Kaji remembers when it turned into a “monster,” leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.
“It came down roaring, washed away homes and people when they were sleeping,” the 77-year-old said of the 1996 flood, caused by a massive landslide that blocked the river which eventually gushed out by breaking its mud wall.