KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Most lodges and hiking trails near Mount Everest suffered only minimal damage during two big earthquakes in Nepal this year,
an engineering firm said in a report that will offer some hope to a battered tourism industry.
Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would spur efforts by other religious groups to convert Hindus.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would spur efforts by other religious groups to convert Hindus.
Hundreds of protesters wearing orange sashes blew conch shells and rang temple bells as they marched to a special constituent assembly tasked with writing the long-awaited charter.
LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) – Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation’s most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.
The landslides struck the villages near the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (77 miles) west of Kathmandu shortly after midnight.
KATHMANDU, July 23 (Reuters) – Nepal reopened its most
popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after
international experts said it was safe, three months after two
devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking
Miyamoto International, a California-based structural
engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage
in the Annapurna region “was very limited”.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, the finance minister said, the biggest skill development program in the country’s history as economic growth is expected to fall to the slowest rate in eight years.
The impoverished country says it needs $6.6 billion to rebuild after twin earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people in the country’s worst natural disaster. Delivering the annual budget on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat Mahat said the government will train tens of thousands of people to work as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons.This will help plug a labor shortage as millions of young Nepalis travel to the Middle East and other Asian nations to work, particularly on construction sites.Mahat said the economy is likely to grow at 3 percent this fiscal year, the lowest rate since 2007. Finance ministry officials said the reconstruction will help boost growth to 6 percent by next year.
GAJURKOT, Nepal (Reuters) – Weeks after annual monsoon rains started to lash Nepal, Kanchhi Maya Sherpa sits inside a makeshift tent on a soggy soccer pitch, flies crawling over her swollen mouth and limbs.
Doctors say the 82-year-old had developed a fungal infection from living for weeks under the damp tarpaulin, but her family couldn’t afford to send her to a hospital.
KATHMANDU, June 25 (Reuters) – Earthquake-hit Nepal received
pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion on Thursday, or two-thirds of
the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a
devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram
Sharan Mahat said.
Half of the money pledged at an international conference in
Kathmandu is in the form of grants and the rest is in the form
of concessional loans, Mahat said.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and China pledged nearly $1.5 billion in aid for earthquake reconstruction in impoverished Nepal on Thursday, as the Asian giants try to help it back on its feet and expand influence in the buffer state.
Two quakes, on April 25 and May 12, killed 8,832 people, injured more than 22,000 and forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters. Nepal’s government has estimated the cost of recovery at over $6.6 billion, equivalent to one third of its gross domestic product.
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepal re-opened hundreds of earthquake-damaged monuments at heritage sites on Monday, trying to draw visitors back to the Himalayan nation less than two months after two devastating tremors killed about 8,800 people.
At least 743 monuments were damaged by the quakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, including centuries-old temples, monasteries and palaces listed as world heritage sites by UNESCO.