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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.

Apr 1, 2013

Octogenarian Japanese climber aims for Everest record

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third ascent of the world’s highest peak and will become the oldest person to reach the top if he succeeds.

Yuichiro Miura climbed to the summit of the 8,850 meter (29,035 ft) mountain in 2003 and 2008. He skied down Everest from an altitude of 8,000 meters (26,246 ft) in 1970.

Mar 13, 2013

Chief justice to lead Nepal’s interim government to elections

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s chief justice will take over as the head of an interim unity government on Thursday, the country’s main political parties said, a move aimed at ending a political deadlock in a nation still recovering from a decade of civil war.

Khil Raj Regmi will replace Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and head the new administration until a national election is held, the parties said.

Mar 11, 2013

Cannabis-smoking ascetics light up Nepal festival

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Ringed by an endless stream of pilgrims at an ancient temple in Kathmandu, Hindu holy man Mahant Ramnaresh Giri sat naked and puffed on a pipe filled with cannabis, his body smeared with ash as he took part in Nepal’s biggest annual religious event.

Giri was one of more than a hundred such naked ascetics at the ancient Shivaratri festival, which brings an estimated one million devout Hindus flocking to Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath temple each year for rituals to cleanse them of sin and earn a place in heaven.

Feb 28, 2013

Sherpa woman overcomes prejudice for Everest record

KATHMANDU, Feb 28 (Reuters) – When Chhurim Sherpa was a
child she was inspired to dream of scaling Mount Everest by the
mountaineers heading to the Himalayan peaks which tower over her
village in eastern Nepal.

But economic and social pressures stood in her way,
including people saying she did not have the right to set foot
on the sacred peak because she was a mere female.

Feb 18, 2013

Nepal agrees to caretaker govt ahead of mid-year election

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s main political parties said on Monday they had reached an agreement to set up a unity government before a national election in the middle of the year, in a deal that could end a deadlock after a decade of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, 58, will step down and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi of the Supreme Court will head the new administration to oversee the vote in May or June, the parties said.

Feb 18, 2013

Nepal agrees to caretaker government ahead of mid-year election

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s main political parties said on Monday they had reached an agreement to set up a unity government before a national election in the middle of the year, in a deal that could end a deadlock after a decade of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, 58, will step down and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi of the Supreme Court will head the new administration to oversee the vote in May or June, the parties said.