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Mar 27, 2014

Nepal plans free SIM cards to help hikers in distress

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal plans to distribute free SIM cards to trekkers visiting remote areas alone, officials said on Thursday, after several foreign hikers were attacked or went missing in recent years.

Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, Nepal hosts thousands of foreign climbers and trekkers every year. But the killing or disappearance of solo trekkers have raised concerns about the safety of tourists.

Mar 19, 2014

Maoist students in angry protest over fuel price rise in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Maoist student activists led a partial strike in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and stoned or set fire to a dozen vehicles on Wednesday, demanding that the newly elected government cancel a fuel price rise.

State-run Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) increased petrol and diesel prices by up to 7.6 percent earlier this week, saying the move was needed to reduce its losses.

Mar 13, 2014

More ropes to ease Mt Everest traffic jam

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous “death zone” bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world’s highest mountain, a hiking group said on Thursday.

Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit every year, but a 40-foot near vertical wall of rock at about 8,790 meters (28,840 feet) often causes major problems.

Feb 21, 2014

Nepal tightens controls of climbers after Everest brawl

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world’s highest peak is safe, officials said on Friday, after a fight last April between three Europeans and a large group of Sherpas.

The climbers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland abandoned their ascent to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit in the peak climbing season after the brawl over rope fixing made international headlines and stirred safety concerns.

Feb 17, 2014

Nepal plane crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather in Nepal were killed, an army spokesman said on Monday, after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event.

The crash highlights the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.

Feb 16, 2014

Plane with 18 people on board missing in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation company went missing with 18 people aboard in bad weather in west Nepal on Sunday, officials said, highlighting air safety concerns in the mountainous nation.

The Canada-made Twin Otter aircraft was carrying 15 passengers, including an infant, and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jumla in the far west of Nepal.

Feb 14, 2014

Nepal to reduce fees to climb Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will cut climbing fees for Mount Everest to lure more mountaineers to the world’s highest peak, already overcrowded during the peak climbing season.

Hundreds of foreign climbers, each paying thousands of dollars, flock to the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season stretching from March to May.

Feb 10, 2014

Nepal picks Koirala as new PM, but challenges remain

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s parliament picked a social democrat as its new prime minister on Monday after a last-minute power-sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted since an election two months ago.

Sushil Koirala, the head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, was elected with support from the communist UML party, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament.

Jan 3, 2014

Nepal court says no amnesty for serious war-time abusers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the government it must ensure serious human rights violators are not given amnesties by a truth and reconciliation commission which will investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war.

Human rights workers and victims’ groups had feared that the government’s plan for a reconciliation commission could mean pardons for serious violators of human rights.

Dec 24, 2013

Amid Nepal’s chaos, royalists spy chance for a comeback

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Nepal’s royal family looked consigned to the history books.

A palace massacre by an unhinged crown prince in 2001, in which the king and eight members of his family were killed, was followed seven years later by the abolition of the monarchy by a Maoist-dominated special legislative assembly.