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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.

Aug 3, 2014

More than 400,000 Indians face risk of flooding after Nepal landslide

PATNA/KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – More than 400,000 people
in eastern India face the risk of flooding after a landslide
that killed at least nine people in neighbouring Nepal, an
Indian government official said on Sunday, as thousands were
being evacuated.

The landslide triggered by heavy rains has left scores of
people missing and has created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi
river, which runs into India’s Bihar state as the Kosi river.

Aug 3, 2014

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China.

Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects.

Aug 3, 2014

India’s Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up
negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a
new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a
buffer with China.

Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to
shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have
in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of
energy and transport projects.

Aug 3, 2014

Bihar evacuates thousands after deadly Nepal landslide

PATNA/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Authorities in eastern India began evacuating thousands of villagers on Saturday after efforts to clear a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal sparked fears of flash floods downstream, government officials said.

The landslide, triggered by heavy rains in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, killed at least nine people and buried dozens of homes. More than 100 people are believed missing.

Aug 2, 2014

Nepal landslide kills 8, blocking river and raising flood fears

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal on Saturday has killed at least eight people, injured 40 and buried dozens of homes, officials said.

The landslide created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river near Jure in the Sindhupalchowk district, about 60 kms (37 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, heightening fears of downstream floods that could reach as far as Bihar in eastern India.

Jul 29, 2014

In change of heart Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan monk

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will allow a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests by his followers during the funeral.

The government had previously barred the followers of Shamar Rinpoche from bringing his body back to Nepal – where he ran a monastery – for the final rites, a decision that local media had blamed on pressure from China.

Jul 23, 2014

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went to Bhutan last month on his first overseas trip since coming to power, will soon visit Nepal, which has recently been questioning its position in India’s sphere of influence.

Jun 16, 2014

Suu Kyi says law barring her from Myanmar presidency is unacceptable

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi put her political future in the hands of the people of Myanmar on Monday, saying that a parliamentary panel vote to retain a key constitutional clause was intended to bar her from running for the presidency.

A parliamentary committee tasked with recommending amendments to the constitution in Myanmar has refused to change a provision that bars anyone married to a foreigner or with children of foreign citizenship from becoming head of state.