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Apr 26, 2015

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday.

Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday.

Apr 25, 2015

Terror and panic in Kathmandu as deadly quake struck

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepalese tourist guide Naba Raj Amgai had just returned home from a mountain-biking trip when his home in the capital Kathmandu began to shake, sending a fridge and television smashing to the ground.

He and his wife bolted for the stairs. Outside, his neighbors were pouring onto the street, shouting and crying.

Apr 25, 2015

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, eight people killed

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A major earthquake in Nepal on Saturday unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least eight people and raising fears for other climbers on the world’s highest peak, a tourism ministry official said.

The avalanche buried part of the base camp for climbers bound for Everest, according to Gyanendra Shrestha at the ministry in Kathmandu. “The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas (guides),” he said.

Apr 25, 2015

Buildings collapse, at least four killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India-witnesses

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu’s decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. A 1934 quake of magnitude 8.3 in the impoverished Himalayan nation killed over 8,500 people.

Apr 19, 2015

Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 19, 2015

Cricket-Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, April 19 (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 13, 2015

Nepal clears $1.6 bln hydropower project by China’s Three Gorges

KATHMANDU, April 13 (Reuters) – Nepal’s investment board on
Monday cleared China’s Three Gorges International Corp
to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower
project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan
country.

The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest
Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts (MW) of power when complete,
board official Ghanashyam Ojha told Reuters.

Apr 7, 2015

Maoists call off three-day Nepal strike after clashes, anger

KATHMANDU, April 7 (Reuters) – Nepalese Maoists leading a
nationwide shutdown amid violent protests and clashes with
police called off the strike on Tuesday as anger rose at the
disruption their drive for a new constitution was causing.

On the first of three days of strikes, opposition activists
fanned out across Kathmandu waving red hammer-and-sickle flags
to enforce the shutdown. Stone-throwing protesters damaged 17
vehicles and 50 people were detained for arson, police and
officials said.

Apr 7, 2015

Nepal police, protesters clash during strike over constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Stone-throwing Nepali opposition protesters led by Maoists clashed with police in the capital on Tuesday as they enforced a three-day nationwide shutdown of schools, business and transport in the latest violence to mar talks over a new constitution.

Police in helmets and carrying shields fired tear gas to stop protesters attacking vehicles near the prime minister’s office, police official Kamal Singh Bam said. The protesters burnt a taxi after dousing it with petrol.

Mar 4, 2015

Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Six decades after the first conquest of the world’s highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.

Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in the process giving the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak the dubious honor of being the world’s highest garbage dump.