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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.

Nov 18, 2014

Thanks but no thanks: Pakistan PM shuns Indian limo for Nepal summit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will bring his own car to a regional meeting in Nepal next week, an official said on Tuesday, turning down an offer to borrow a bulletproof limousine lent by Pakistan’s arch rival, India.

Pakistan will transport Sharif’s car hundreds of kilometers to Nepal’s capital in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Oct 21, 2014

India and Nepal sign electricity trading pact

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and Nepal signed an agreement on Tuesday to start selling electricity to each other, deepening energy ties between the two nations and boosting New Delhi’s efforts to grow its influence among its smaller neighbors.

Under the agreement, India will help develop Nepal’s vast but underexploited hydropower potential¬†and buy electricity to help tackle its own energy shortages. The agreement commits both countries to buy and sell electricity during times of shortages.

Oct 19, 2014

Trekking tragedy shakes Nepal’s faith in shoestring tourism

KATHMANDU, Oct 20 (Reuters) – German tourist Tobias Pantel
is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna
region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak
blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking

As the search for dozens still missing on the snow-covered
Himalayan slopes continues and relatives around the world wait
in desperation for news of their loved ones, more foreigners are
preparing to hit the trail.

Oct 18, 2014

Nepal blizzard trek toll up to 39, more than 370 rescued

KATHMANDU, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The death toll in a blizzard
that engulfed trekkers on a popular hiking route in Nepal rose
by nine on Saturday to 39, as a helicopter search spotted more
bodies stranded in the rugged, snow-covered Himalayan terrain.

Sixty more people were rescued from the Annapurna trail, a
three-week route popular with foreign adventure tourists that
circles the world’s tenth-tallest mountain, bringing the total
saved to 371. Dozens more were still missing.

Oct 18, 2014

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on blizzard-hit trek

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country’s worst mountain disasters.

More than 40 people are still missing after unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world’s 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to finish.

Oct 17, 2014

Nepal blames poor forecasts, lax rules for trek disaster

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s prime minister on Friday promised to set up an early weather warning system after at least 29 people were killed in a blizzard on a popular Himalayan trekking route, raising concerns that amateurs were ill prepared for such expeditions.

Nepal’s government blamed poor weather forecasts and lax regulation after the storm struck at high altitude on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, close to the world’s 10th highest mountain, stranding scores of foreign tourists and Nepali guides in waist-high snow with little shelter.

Oct 17, 2014

Nepal blizzard survivors recount ordeal, rescuers hunt for missing

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Trekkers battling a Himalayan blizzard were left helpless after porters fainted from the cold, a survivor of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters said on Friday, as rescue teams resumed a hunt for 10 missing hikers and the death toll reached 29.

The dead included trekkers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland, as well as Nepali guides and herders, drawn by the peak hiking season only to fall victim to unexpected avalanches and blizzards brought by a cyclone in India.

Oct 16, 2014

Canadian trekkers, sherpa hid under rock in Nepal avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Survivors of a freak Himalayan blizzard that killed at least 25 people in Nepal said on Thursday they dived under a large boulder to shelter from an avalanche that buried four Canadians in their group when it smashed into the trail.

Mountain rescue teams helped by clear weather scoured the Himalayas for dozens of hikers missing after the early winter blizzard and avalanches this week hit the Annapurna trekking route popular with backpackers.