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Apr 25, 2015

Buildings collapse, at least four killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India-witnesses

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu’s decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. A 1934 quake of magnitude 8.3 in the impoverished Himalayan nation killed over 8,500 people.

Apr 19, 2015

Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 19, 2015

Cricket-Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, April 19 (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 13, 2015

Nepal clears $1.6 bln hydropower project by China’s Three Gorges

KATHMANDU, April 13 (Reuters) – Nepal’s investment board on
Monday cleared China’s Three Gorges International Corp
to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower
project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan
country.

The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest
Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts (MW) of power when complete,
board official Ghanashyam Ojha told Reuters.

Apr 7, 2015

Maoists call off three-day Nepal strike after clashes, anger

KATHMANDU, April 7 (Reuters) – Nepalese Maoists leading a
nationwide shutdown amid violent protests and clashes with
police called off the strike on Tuesday as anger rose at the
disruption their drive for a new constitution was causing.

On the first of three days of strikes, opposition activists
fanned out across Kathmandu waving red hammer-and-sickle flags
to enforce the shutdown. Stone-throwing protesters damaged 17
vehicles and 50 people were detained for arson, police and
officials said.

Apr 7, 2015

Nepal police, protesters clash during strike over constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Stone-throwing Nepali opposition protesters led by Maoists clashed with police in the capital on Tuesday as they enforced a three-day nationwide shutdown of schools, business and transport in the latest violence to mar talks over a new constitution.

Police in helmets and carrying shields fired tear gas to stop protesters attacking vehicles near the prime minister’s office, police official Kamal Singh Bam said. The protesters burnt a taxi after dousing it with petrol.

Mar 4, 2015

Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Six decades after the first conquest of the world’s highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.

Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in the process giving the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak the dubious honor of being the world’s highest garbage dump.

Feb 28, 2015

Nepal police fire teargas as thousands protest over constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Protesters and police clashed in Kathmandu on Saturday at a demonstration by some 30,000 people led by the Maoist opposition to demand that political parties reach a consensus on a new constitution, in the biggest street march in Nepal in years.

Police lobbed teargas shells and used cane batons to stop demonstrators from advancing to the parliament building, leaving more than a dozen people injured, witnesses said.

Feb 23, 2015

Nepal reassures Everest climbers on safety a year after deadly avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will arrange regular weather forecasts and tighten safety measures on Mount Everest to reassure climbers, an official said on Monday, after an avalanche killed 16 sherpas last year in the worst disaster in the history of the world’s highest mountain.

The country’s climbing season starts in March and runs through May, attracting hundreds of climbers who are expected to ascend the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) mountain by the normal South East Ridge route.

Feb 10, 2015

Nepal sets up panels to probe war crimes amid cries for justice

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal set up two commissions on Tuesday to investigate long-simmering allegations of human rights abuses and disappearances during the Himalayan nation’s decade-long civil war, a government minister said.

State forces and Maoist rebels alike have been accused of grave war-time abuses, including unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, rape and torture, during the years of conflict which ended under a 2006 peace agreement.