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Sep 14, 2013

U.S. to fund preservation of 11th-century monastery in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The United States will help to preserve an 11th-century monastery in Nepal, a Buddhist shrine also deeply revered in neighboring Tibet, by donating $87,800 to protect it from flooding, the U.S. embassy said.

The money from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, created in 2001, will be used for projects at the Richenling Monastery in Halji village, about 355 km (221 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, capital of Hindu-majority Nepal.

Sep 6, 2013

Nepal plans to name Himalayan peaks after Hillary, Tenzing

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal plans to name two Himalayan peaks after pioneering Mount Everest climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a senior hiking official said, in a move designed to boost tourism in the beautiful but desperately poor country.

New Zealander Hillary and his Nepali guide Tenzing made it to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit of the world’s highest mountain on May 29, 1953 as part of a British expedition, which put Nepal on the map as a destination for adventure tourism.

Aug 26, 2013

Ex-Maoist fighters join army in Nepal but challenges remain

KHARIPATI, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepal commissioned a group of former Maoist rebel fighters as officers in the national army on Monday, fulfilling a main component of a fragile peace deal that ended civil war but has failed to bring political stability to the Himalayan nation.

Some 70 Maoist fighters who battled the army in the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006 joined their former foes in a parade at the Nepalese Military Academy at Kharipati, 20 km (12 miles) east of Kathmandu.

Aug 23, 2013

Potholes on airport runway spell trouble for Nepal tourism

KATHMANDU, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Nepal has asked foreign
airlines not to land heavily-loaded wide-body aircraft at the
Himalayan nation’s international airport, aviation authorities
said on Friday, after potholes were found on the runway before
the annual influx of mountain-going tourists.

More than two dozen foreign airlines operate regular flights
from Asia and the Middle East to Nepal, home to eight of the
world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Six
airlines fly wide-body planes into the capital, Kathmandu.

Jul 30, 2013

Conservationists excited by tiger population rise in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The number of wild Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal has increased to 198, a 63.6 percent rise in five years, a government survey of the big cats showed.

The findings are crucial for the protection of endangered tigers facing the threat of extinction from poachers for the lucrative trade in their parts, encroachment of habitat by villagers due to the rise in human settlements and loss of prey.

Jun 13, 2013

Nepal sets first post-monarchy elections for November 19

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s first national elections since the abolition of the 239-year-old monarchy will be held on November 19, the government said on Thursday, raising hopes for stability in the Himalayan nation that has lurched from one crisis to another.

Nepal is recovering from a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006 and struggles with a fragile economy, crippling power cuts, ethnic divisions and a deteriorating security situation.

May 23, 2013

Japanese octogenarian becomes oldest to reach Everest summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had four heart surgeries reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world’s highest mountain.

Yuichiro Miura, who took the standard southeast ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 60 years ago, reached the top of the 8,848 meter (29,028 feet) mountain at roughly 9:00 a.m. local time (11pm EDT). He was accompanied by three other Japanese, including his son, and six Nepali sherpas.

Apr 29, 2013

Nepal officials vow to ensure security on Everest after fight

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal officials vowed on Monday to ensure the safety of climbers seeking to scale Mount Everest after three European climbers were involved in a fight with sherpa guides on their way to the peak of the world’s highest mountain.

Three experienced climbers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland were on route to camp three at 7,000 meters (22,965 feet) on the 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) Everest summit when a brawl broke out on Saturday with sherpas fixing their ropes.

Apr 26, 2013

Amnesty for Nepali war crimes could undermine peace, U.N. warns

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal risks more bloodshed in the future if a planned panel set up to investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war is given the power to offer amnesty, a senior official from the UN human rights agency said on Friday.

The volatile Himalayan nation is still recovering from a brutal civil conflict which ended in 2006 and in which more than 16,000 were killed, hundreds disappeared and thousands injured.

Apr 19, 2013

Crops seen safe from widespread drought in 2013

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and its south Asian neighbours are set to avoid widespread drought for a fourth straight year, thanks to a normal monsoon in 2013, a global weather forum said on Friday, raising the prospect of bumper grain supplies to squeeze world food prices.

The June to September monsoon is vital for 55 percent of India’s farmland, which has no irrigation facilities. For one of the world’s largest agricultural producers, the rains can make the difference between being an exporter or importer of staples such as rice and sugar.