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Jan 13, 2012

Nepal detains 90 illegal Tibetan immigrants – police

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has detained 90 Tibetan exiles for illegally entering the Himalayan republic, police said on Friday, in the latest crackdown on Tibetans carried out shortly before a reported visit by the Chinese premier.

Kathmandu police chief Rajendra Shrestha said the refugees were held at Thankot on the outskirts of Kathmandu late on Thursday, while they were travelling in buses coming from India.

Dec 9, 2011

Nepal’s former king Gyanendra to lose state perks

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Maoist-led Nepal will cut perks to former King Gyanendra and his family, a Supreme Court official said on Friday, three years after the Himalayan nation abolished the centuries-old monarchy.

A specially elected assembly dominated by the Maoist former rebels overwhelmingly voted to topple the 239-year-old monarchy in 2008 and turned the desperately poor country into a republic.

Nov 19, 2011

Nepal’s Maoist fighters prepare to leave camps

KATHMANDU, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Hundreds of former
Maoist fighters dressed in camouflage uniforms queued up in
Nepal on Saturday for interviews to determine whether they
wanted to join the army or re-enter civilian life, five years
after the end of a civil war.

More than 19,000 former rebels have lived in camps since the
decade-long conflict ended. Their fate is seen as crucial to the
stability of the republic, wedged between India and China, and
has been a major sticking point in the subsequent peace process.

Nov 10, 2011

Tibetan sets himself on fire in Nepal as immolations continue

KATMANDU (Reuters) – A Tibetan exile in Nepal set himself on fire on Thursday, police said, the latest of a wave of Tibetan self-immolations, mainly in China, protesting Beijing’s controls on their religion and culture.

The protestor, whose name is unknown, was carrying a Tibetan flag and chanting “Long live Tibet” before setting his clothes alight in Baudha, a prominent Tibetan area of Katmandu, police officer Shyam Lal Gyawali told Reuters.

Nov 4, 2011

About 2,000 trekkers stranded near Everest in bad weather

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – About 2,000 foreign hikers have been trapped in bad weather on the slopes of a mountain near Mount Everest in a remote corner of Nepal for the past four days, officials said on Friday.

They have been forced to stay in the small hill resort of Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, which has been covered by thick clouds this week, forcing airlines to cancel flights to and from the remote region.

Nov 2, 2011

Nepal parties seal deal on Maoist fighters

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s political parties have agreed to integrate one-third of 19,600 Maoist former fighters into the national army, a move that could boost a flagging peace process after a decade of civil war.

The future of the Maoist fighters is key to the stability for a country that is courted by neighbours India and China as a geopolitical ally. How to treat those fighters was a major sticking point in the peace process, which ended the civil war that killed more than 16,000 people.

Oct 5, 2011
via FaithWorld

Nepal’s boy ‘god’ wants to become a doctor; photographer reflects on divine subject

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(Sambeg Shakya gets ready to play his role as a living god at the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu September 16, 2011/Navesh Chitrakar)

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 when he has led several processions of Nepal’s better-known ‘living goddesses’, also known as Kumari.

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.