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Nov 19, 2013

Nepal votes to end political gridlock

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal started voting on Tuesday to elect a special assembly which will draft a constitution aimed at ending years of political instability after the abolition of the monarchy, but the vote could be split and leave Nepal facing further turmoil.

Nepal’s neighbors, India and China, have grown increasingly concerned about its prolonged struggle to build a stable republic to replace the centuries old monarchy that was toppled by a 10-year Maoist revolt.

Nov 18, 2013

Nepal’s revolutionary leader Prachanda loses his appeal as nation limps to the polls

CHAPAGAUN, Nepal (Reuters) – - Widow Narayan Kumari Ghimire has lost faith in Nepal’s powerful Maoists: the only reason they will get her vote in Tuesday’s election is because her son died fighting for them during the insurrection that ended seven years ago.

For Ghimire, 62, the one-time guerrillas have turned out to be no better than the rest of Nepal’s grasping and ever-bickering politicians since they took off their red bandanas, gave up arms and tasted power in a 2008 election.

Nov 18, 2013

Nepal’s revolutionary leader loses his appeal as nation limps to the polls

CHAPAGAUN, Nepal (Reuters) – - Widow Narayan Kumari Ghimire has lost faith in Nepal’s powerful Maoists: the only reason they will get her vote in Tuesday’s election is because her son died fighting for them during the insurrection that ended seven years ago.

For Ghimire, 62, the one-time guerrillas have turned out to be no better than the rest of Nepal’s grasping and ever-bickering politicians since they took off their red bandanas, gave up arms and tasted power in a 2008 election.

Nov 14, 2013

As fractious Nepal drifts, India and China step in

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – In August, Indian security officials tracked down one of their most-wanted militants in a mountain town in Nepal where he had told neighbours he was a traditional healer.

That same month, Indian agents picked up a man they suspected was a top bomb-maker for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, this time in Nepal’s southern plain.

Nov 14, 2013

As fractious Nepal drifts, regional rivals step in

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – In August, Indian security officials tracked down one of their most-wanted militants in a mountain town in Nepal where he had told neighbors he was a traditional healer.

That same month, Indian agents picked up a man they suspected was a top bomb-maker for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, this time in Nepal’s southern plain.

Nov 4, 2013

Nepal’s cawing ‘bird brother’ amazes crowds, raises awareness

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A young man with a microphone stepped onto a small stage and cawed like a crow. Minutes later, hundreds of noisy birds circled above him, perched on trees and sat on roof tops, astounding the crowd at a show called the “crow conference”.

Gautam Sapkota, fondly known in Nepal as “charidada” or “bird brother”, then made another series of sounds. The crows fell silent before disappearing into the grey sky before dusk.

Oct 10, 2013

Nepal candidate’s death raises security fears before November vote

KATHMANDU, Oct 10 (Reuters) – An election candidate in Nepal
died on Thursday a week after being shot by motorcycle gunmen,
his party said, heightening fears that violence could mar a vote
meant to stabilise one of Asia’s most volatile nations.

Nepal, wedged between giants China and India, is scheduled
to hold elections on Nov. 19 for a Constituent Assembly charged
with preparing the young republic’s first constitution since the
abolition of the monarchy.

Oct 4, 2013

No jobs, no hope, Nepal’s workers head to the Gulf

TELKOT, Nepal (Reuters) – Raju Prasad Lamichhane is thinking of leaving Nepal again to drive trucks in Qatar even though his father died while working there.

“What else can we do? We have no other source of income,” Lamichhane said, sitting with his mother and brother in the half-finished house he started building in Telkot village near Kathmandu with money earned in the Gulf.

Oct 4, 2013

Feature: No jobs, no hope, Nepal’s workers head to the Gulf

TELKOT, Nepal (Reuters) – Raju Prasad Lamichhane is thinking of leaving Nepal again to drive trucks in Qatar even though his father died while working there.

“What else can we do? We have no other source of income,” Lamichhane said, sitting with his mother and brother in the half-finished house he started building in Telkot village near Kathmandu with money earned in the Gulf.

Sep 14, 2013

U.S. to fund preservation of 11th-century monastery in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The United States will help to preserve an 11th-century monastery in Nepal, a Buddhist shrine also deeply revered in neighboring Tibet, by donating $87,800 to protect it from flooding, the U.S. embassy said.

The money from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, created in 2001, will be used for projects at the Richenling Monastery in Halji village, about 355 km (221 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, capital of Hindu-majority Nepal.