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Aug 3, 2014

Bihar evacuates thousands after deadly Nepal landslide

PATNA/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Authorities in eastern India began evacuating thousands of villagers on Saturday after efforts to clear a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal sparked fears of flash floods downstream, government officials said.

The landslide, triggered by heavy rains in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, killed at least nine people and buried dozens of homes. More than 100 people are believed missing.

Aug 2, 2014

Nepal landslide kills 8, blocking river and raising flood fears

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal on Saturday has killed at least eight people, injured 40 and buried dozens of homes, officials said.

The landslide created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river near Jure in the Sindhupalchowk district, about 60 kms (37 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, heightening fears of downstream floods that could reach as far as Bihar in eastern India.

Jul 29, 2014

In change of heart Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan monk

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will allow a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests by his followers during the funeral.

The government had previously barred the followers of Shamar Rinpoche from bringing his body back to Nepal – where he ran a monastery – for the final rites, a decision that local media had blamed on pressure from China.

Jul 23, 2014

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went to Bhutan last month on his first overseas trip since coming to power, will soon visit Nepal, which has recently been questioning its position in India’s sphere of influence.

Jun 16, 2014

Suu Kyi says law barring her from Myanmar presidency is unacceptable

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi put her political future in the hands of the people of Myanmar on Monday, saying that a parliamentary panel vote to retain a key constitutional clause was intended to bar her from running for the presidency.

A parliamentary committee tasked with recommending amendments to the constitution in Myanmar has refused to change a provision that bars anyone married to a foreigner or with children of foreign citizenship from becoming head of state.

May 27, 2014

Nepal probes if Chinese woman used helicopter on Everest climb

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal said on Tuesday it was investigating whether a Chinese woman, this season’s sole climber of Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, used a helicopter to reach a high camp after a deadly avalanche last month washed away part of the route.

Using a helicopter would constitute a serious moral violation of tradition in climbing the world’s highest peak. But Wang Jing, 40, who completed the climb last Friday, denied she had used the aircraft to advance up the mountain.

May 27, 2014

Nepal probes if Chinese woman used helicopter on climb Everest

KATHMANDU, May 27 (Reuters) – Nepal said on Tuesday it was
investigating whether a Chinese woman, this season’s sole
climber of Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, used a
helicopter to reach a high camp after a deadly avalanche last
month washed away part of the route.

Using a helicopter would constitute a serious moral
violation of tradition in climbing the world’s highest peak. But
Wang Jing, 40, who completed the climb last Friday, denied she
had used the aircraft to advance up the mountain.

May 23, 2014

Chinese woman first to climb Everest after deadly Nepal avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Chinese woman climbed Mount Everest on Friday, a government official said, the first person to go up from the Nepali side since an April avalanche killed 16 guides and forced hundreds of foreigners to abandon attempts on the world’s highest mountain.

The deadliest accident in the history of Mount Everest triggered a dispute between Sherpa guides who wanted a climbing ban in honor of their colleagues for this season ending this month and the government that refused to close the mountain.

May 22, 2014

Nepal opens peaks named after Hillary, Tenzing to foreign climbers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has named two Himalayan peaks near Mount Everest after Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and opened them to foreigners for climbing, a month after a deadly avalanche killed 16 sherpa guides.

The conquest of Everest by New Zealand’s Hillary and his Nepali guide Tenzing in 1953 popularized Nepal as a destination for mountain climbers. The Himalayan country is home to eight of the 14 peaks in the world over 8,000 meters (26,247 ft).

Apr 27, 2014

Everest tragedy exposes big business behind noble pursuit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.”

Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however, for the Nepali guides who take breathtaking risks to help Western clients scale the slopes of Everest and realize the ultimate conquest.