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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.

Jun 24, 2011

Nepal shelter for ostracized gays a sign of change

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – The first ever shelter for ostracized gays has opened in Nepal — a growing sign, say activists, that the impoverished, conservative Himalayan nation is becoming more aware of the rights of its gay population.

Homosexuality is taboo in this majority-Hindu country and while there are no specific laws against gays or same-sex marriages, “unnatural sex” can result in up to one year in jail.

May 27, 2011

British schoolboy ascends Everest to become youngest ‘seven summit’ climber

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – A 16-year-old British schoolboy became the youngest person ever to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents when he ascended Mount Everest, the tallest of them, on Thursday, his organisers said.

George Atkinson from Surbiton climbed the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit on Thursday from the Tibetan side of the mountain that abuts Nepal and China, British hiking group Adventure Peaks said on its website.

May 27, 2011

British schoolboy ascends Everest to become youngest ‘seven

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – A 16-year-old British schoolboy became the youngest person ever to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents when he ascended Mount Everest, the tallest of them, on Thursday, his organizers said.

George Atkinson from Surbiton climbed the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Everest summit on Thursday from the Tibetan side of the mountain that abuts Nepal and China, British hiking group Adventure Peaks said on its website.

May 11, 2011

“Super Sherpa” scales Mount Everest for record 21st time

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – A 51-year-old Nepali mountaineer, nicknamed “Super Sherpa”, climbed Mount Everest for a record 21st time on Wednesday, breaking his own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain, hiking officials said.

Apa Sherpa, who lives in the United States, reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak of the mountain along the Southeast Ridge route, pioneered by New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who were the first to reach the top of the world in 1953.

May 9, 2011

Elizabeth Hawley, world’s Everest expert

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters Life!) – Over fifty years living in the shadow of Mount Everest has made U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley the unrivalled authority on the world’s highest peak. Not bad for a former journalist who has never set foot on the snow of base camp.

When the 87-year-old Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine, she had no idea that she was on the road to becoming the most highly-respected chronicler of mountain climbing in the Himalayan nation, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks.