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Oct 16, 2014

Rescuers search for dozens of trekkers after deadly Nepal snow

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers.

Army and civilian rescue workers say between 73 and 85 trekkers registered on the trail were unaccounted for. Not all of those people were necessarily trapped by the weather and some may have left the area, rescue workers said.But the death toll, which included 11 foreigners and three yak herders, was expected to rise with so many unaccounted for after snowstorms brought by the tail end of a cyclone that struck eastern India last weekend.

Oct 15, 2014

Freak Nepal blizzards kill 12, including hikers, yak herders

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least 12 people, including eight foreign hikers and a group of yak herders, were killed in Nepal by unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by the tail of cyclone Hudhud, officials said on Wednesday.

The hikers’ deaths come during the peak trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.

Oct 15, 2014

Blizzard triggered by cyclone Hudhud kills hikers in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Seven people including three foreigners and a group of yak herders were killed in Nepal by unseasonal snow blizzards and an avalanche triggered by the tail of the Hudhud cyclone, officials said on Wednesday.

The bodies of a Nepali citizen along with two Polish nationals and an Israeli hiker from the Thorang-La area were found along a popular trekking route near Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, according to Baburam Bhandari, governor of Mustang district. Bhandari said they perished in a blizzard.

Sep 19, 2014

Nepal clears GMR plan for $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign investment scheme.

The Nepalese government agreed to allow GMR in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.

Sep 18, 2014

Nepal clears India’s GMR plan for $1.4 bln hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet
on Thursday cleared the way for an Indian firm to build a $1.4
billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a
cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign
investment scheme.

The Nepalese government agreed to allow India’s GMR company
in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali
hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.

Aug 19, 2014

Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest.

Aug 16, 2014

At least 53 killed in Nepal floods and mudslides

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said on Saturday.

The landslides and flooding were triggered by annual monsoon rains since Wednesday, causing rain-soaked earth and rocks to crash down on homes while rivers swelled and washed away low-lying villages.

Aug 9, 2014

Nepal hikes insurance for Sherpas after Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Foreign mountaineers will have
to spend more for the insurance cover of their Sherpa guides to
climb any Himalayan peak in Nepal including Mount Everest, the
government said.

Wedged between India and China, Nepal is home to more than
1,300 Himalayan peaks – 414 of them, including Mount Everest,
are open to foreign climbers who turn up in hundreds every year.

Aug 4, 2014

More than 500 foreign hikers rescued after deadly landslide in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – More than 500 foreign tourists and their guides have been rescued after a deadly landslide in Nepal blocked a major highway, leaving them stranded in a border town over the weekend, Nepali hiking officials said on Monday.

The mostly Indian and European tourists were returning to Kathmandu after hiking expeditions in Tibet when heavy rains triggered the landslide, blocking the Arniko highway to the capital and forcing them to take refuge in Tatopani town on the Nepal-Tibet border.

Aug 3, 2014

India’s Modi offers Nepal $1 billion loan in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi offered Nepal $1 billion in concessional loans to help
build power plants and roads during a visit on Sunday aimed at
shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads.

Both India and China are vying for political influence in
South Asia, home to more than 1.5 billion people, by offering
closer integration with their giant economies.