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Oct 28, 2010

Nepal firm takes high speed Internet to Mt Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A private telecom firm took high speed Internet facilities to the top of the world on Thursday when it launched Nepal’s first 3G services at the base camp of Mount Everest.

The installation could help the tens of thousands of mountain climbers and trekkers who visit the Mount Everest region in the Solukhumbu district every year.

Oct 15, 2010

Nepali teen becomes world’s shortest man at 67 cm

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – Nepal’s little Khagendra Thapa Magar has a big ambition. Magar measures 67.08 centimeters (26.4 inches), weighs 6.5 kilos (14 pounds) and was proclaimed the world’s shortest living man by the Guinness World Records in the same week he celebrated his eighteenth birthday.

Now, “he wants to become a doctor and marry a tall and beautiful girl,” Min Bahadur Rana, the chief of a charity that pushed Magar’s claim to the title, told Reuters.

Oct 4, 2010

India says is now third highest carbon emitter

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India’s environment minister said on Monday the country could not have high economic growth and a rapid rise in carbon emissions now that the nation was the number three emitter after China and the United States.

Jairam Ramesh’s comments come as negotiators from nearly 200 governments meet in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin. The U.N. talks aim to reach agreement on what should follow the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol, the key treaty on climate change, which expires in 2012.

Sep 16, 2010

Hitler’s car gift to Nepal king to be used again

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday.

The 1939 Mercedes Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal’s last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago.

Sep 16, 2010

Hitler’s car gift to Nepal king to get a new life

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday.

The 1939 Mercedes Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal’s last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago.

Jul 30, 2010

Jailed “bikini killer” Sobhraj loses Nepal court battle

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – Nepal’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld a life imprisonment sentence for “bikini killer” Charles Sobhraj for killing an American backpacker in 1975.

French national Sobhraj, 66, has been accused in a number of Asian countries of killing over 20 Western travelers in the 1970s and his exploits have spawned two books, a movie and many news articles.

Jul 3, 2010

Nepal’s “living goddess” passes school leaving exam

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – Perhaps divine intervention helped.

A Nepali girl revered by many as a “living goddess” has become the first sitting deity to pass the high school leaving certificate exam, setting her on course for a career in banking.

Chanira Bajracharya, 15, called Kumari, was among nearly half a million children who took the exams in March. The results were declared late on Friday.

Jul 1, 2010

Nepal’s “living goddess” gets a pay rise

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – Nepal has increased the monthly stipend it gives its “living goddess” by a quarter, a top official said Thursday, to help the schoolgirl revered by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists beat double-digit inflation.

The girl called Kumari is considered holy and is an attraction for the many tourists who visit the Himalayan nation every year.

Jul 1, 2010

Q+A – Nepal power struggle intensifies after PM quits

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has resigned in a move aimed at resolving a political crisis which had imperiled a 2006 peace deal when the Maoists ended a decade-long civil war that killed thousands.

The move came after pressure from the former rebels who are demanding a return to power at the head of a unity government to oversee the drafting of a new constitution, a major condition of the peace deal.

Jun 30, 2010

Nepal PM quits in hope to end crisis with Maoists

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned on Wednesday in a move aimed at resolving a political crisis and saving the peace process more than three years after the end of a decade-long Maoist civil war.

“I have decided to resign with effect from today to clear the way for a political consensus,” Nepal said in a televised address.