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Jan 20, 2015

Brawl in Nepal parliament as clock ticks on new constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least three security marshals were injured in a brawl that broke out in Nepal’s parliament early on Tuesday, with opposition legislators climbing on their chairs and throwing microphones and shoes in a heated debate over the Himalayan nation’s new constitution.

Former Maoist rebel lawmakers stormed the parliament’s chambers during the late-night session in an attempt to prevent the ruling coalition from pushing ahead with a vote to settle several disputed points in the new constitution and have a draft of the document ready by their soft deadline on Thursday.

Dec 26, 2014

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence.

The jump in assistance was announced after talks between visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Nepali counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, part of a deepening engagement which is expected to lead to a visit by President Xi Jinping next year.

Dec 14, 2014

Dozens of trekkers cut off by snowfall near Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Dozens of foreign hikers and Nepali guides returning from a trekking trip to the base camp of Mount Everest have been cut off by heavy snowfall, a police official said on Sunday.

They have been forced to stay in four hotel resorts in the Gokyo area near the world’s tallest peak, which has been battered by heavy snowfall following freak rains in the last 24 hours, police officer Chandra Dev Rai said from Salleri, the nearest town.

Nov 28, 2014
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Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

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(Sacrificed buffalos lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the “Gadhimai Mela” festival held in Bariyapur November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world’s largest such exercise.

Nov 27, 2014

SAARC summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A brief meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

Thursday’s pact, to be signed at the summit’s closing ceremony, will buttress Modi’s ambition for South Asia to become a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made sweeping inroads in the region.

Nov 27, 2014

South Asia summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A brief meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

Thursday’s pact, to be signed at the summit’s closing ceremony, will buttress Modi’s ambition for South Asia to become a viable economic counterweight to China, which has made sweeping inroads in the region.

Nov 27, 2014

India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at Himalayan summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world’s people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and just last month exchanges of fire across the border in disputed Kashmir killed 20 people. The bickering spilled into a two-day regional summit in Kathmandu, and their leaders refused to meet.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at SAARC summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbour is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 26, 2014

India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India.

In Nepal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the volatile region except Pakistan, as neither neighbor is ready to seek talks to reduce tension between the nuclear-armed states.

Nov 24, 2014

Nepal gives Indian firm green light for $1 bln hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Nepal has given an Indian
company permission to build a 900 megawatt hydropower plant,
government officials said on Monday, as the Himalayan state
looks to ease chronic energy shortages by opening up its rivers
to its larger neighbour.

The two countries will sign an agreement for the $1.04
project, which provides Nepal with free electricity and India
energy for its power-hungry economy, later this week when South
Asian heads of state meet for a regional summit in Kathmandu,
Nepal’s Law Minister Narahari Acharya told Reuters.