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Jul 30, 2013

Conservationists excited by tiger population rise in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The number of wild Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal has increased to 198, a 63.6 percent rise in five years, a government survey of the big cats showed.

The findings are crucial for the protection of endangered tigers facing the threat of extinction from poachers for the lucrative trade in their parts, encroachment of habitat by villagers due to the rise in human settlements and loss of prey.

Jun 13, 2013

Nepal sets first post-monarchy elections for November 19

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s first national elections since the abolition of the 239-year-old monarchy will be held on November 19, the government said on Thursday, raising hopes for stability in the Himalayan nation that has lurched from one crisis to another.

Nepal is recovering from a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006 and struggles with a fragile economy, crippling power cuts, ethnic divisions and a deteriorating security situation.

May 23, 2013

Japanese octogenarian becomes oldest to reach Everest summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had four heart surgeries reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world’s highest mountain.

Yuichiro Miura, who took the standard southeast ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 60 years ago, reached the top of the 8,848 meter (29,028 feet) mountain at roughly 9:00 a.m. local time (11pm EDT). He was accompanied by three other Japanese, including his son, and six Nepali sherpas.

Apr 29, 2013

Nepal officials vow to ensure security on Everest after fight

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal officials vowed on Monday to ensure the safety of climbers seeking to scale Mount Everest after three European climbers were involved in a fight with sherpa guides on their way to the peak of the world’s highest mountain.

Three experienced climbers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland were on route to camp three at 7,000 meters (22,965 feet) on the 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) Everest summit when a brawl broke out on Saturday with sherpas fixing their ropes.

Apr 26, 2013

Amnesty for Nepali war crimes could undermine peace, U.N. warns

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal risks more bloodshed in the future if a planned panel set up to investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war is given the power to offer amnesty, a senior official from the UN human rights agency said on Friday.

The volatile Himalayan nation is still recovering from a brutal civil conflict which ended in 2006 and in which more than 16,000 were killed, hundreds disappeared and thousands injured.

Apr 19, 2013

Crops seen safe from widespread drought in 2013

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and its south Asian neighbours are set to avoid widespread drought for a fourth straight year, thanks to a normal monsoon in 2013, a global weather forum said on Friday, raising the prospect of bumper grain supplies to squeeze world food prices.

The June to September monsoon is vital for 55 percent of India’s farmland, which has no irrigation facilities. For one of the world’s largest agricultural producers, the rains can make the difference between being an exporter or importer of staples such as rice and sugar.

Apr 19, 2013

India’s crops seen safe from widespread drought in 2013

KATHMANDU, April 19 (Reuters) – India and its south Asian
neighbours are set to avoid widespread drought for a fourth
straight year, thanks to a normal monsoon in 2013, a global
weather forum said on Friday, raising the prospect of bumper
grain supplies to squeeze world food prices.

The June to September monsoon is vital for 55 percent of
India’s farmland, which has no irrigation facilities. For one of
the world’s largest agricultural producers, the rains can make
the difference between being an exporter or importer of staples
such as rice and sugar.

Apr 15, 2013

Nepali TV host earns Guinness record for longest talk show

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Nepali television host has earned the Guinness world record for the longest television talk show in a marathon discussion about the founder of Buddhism which lasted more than two days.

Rabi Lamichhane, a former TV journalist from Nepal turned manager of a fast food restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland returned to his homeland to talk on air non-stop for 62 hours and 12 minutes, a feat certified by the Guinness World Records as the longest marathon talk show.

Apr 1, 2013

Jimmy Carter says China pressuring Nepal on Tibetans

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – China is putting pressure on Nepal to interrupt the flow of Tibetan refugees into the Himalayan nation, former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Monday.

Hundreds of refugees from the Chinese province of Tibet cross treacherous mountain passes to reach Nepal each year, but as the influence of China grows in its impoverished neighbour, their passage is becoming increasingly difficult.

Apr 1, 2013

Ex-President Carter says China pressuring Nepal on Tibetans

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – China is putting pressure on Nepal to interrupt the flow of Tibetan refugees into the Himalayan nation, former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Monday.

Hundreds of refugees from the Chinese province of Tibet cross treacherous mountain passes to reach Nepal each year, but as the influence of China grows in its impoverished neighbor, their passage is becoming increasingly difficult.