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Nepal jails 5 former rebels for journalist murder, torture Monday, December 8th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): A Nepalese court jailed five former Maoist rebels on Sunday over the torture and killing of a journalist, lawyers said, in the first such ruling for crimes committed during the country's civil war. The men, all middle-ranking cadres, were convicted and sentenced to up to two years..

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Remembering Swor Samrat Narayan Gopal Sunday, December 7th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Perhaps there isn’t anyone who hasn’t listened to the melodious songs of Swor Samrat Narayan Gopal. Be it his Priyashi Ka Yaadharu, Malai Nasodha Kaha Dukcha Ghaau, Pokhiyera Ghaam Ko Jhulka, Timi Jun Rahar Le, Aakha Chhopi, Mohani Lagla Hai and so on, they have been all-time hits...

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Nepal set for mass animal slaughter despite protests Friday, November 28th, 2014

BARA, Nepal, (AFP): Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees were expected to turn the village of Bariyapur near the Indian border..

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Nepal tackles traffic woes with unique idea Monday, November 24th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Grappling with massive traffic chaos, Nepal has introduced a unique way to tackle the issue ahead of the SAARC summit by restricting plying of private vehicles bearing odd registration numbers on Monday and barring those with even numbers on Tuesday. The schools and other government..

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Saving Nepal’s newborns Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

BADALAMJI, Nepal (AFP): An army of housewives is mobilised in an attempt to lower the country's neonatal mortality rate On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube..

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10,000 children estimated to work in Nepal’s carpet industry Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Aged 11, Sanju was sent by her parents in rural Nepal to work for a carpet factory in the capital Kathmandu. They were assured she would be paid and well looked after. That was the last they heard of her. Her new employer had her working from 4am until 8pm, seven days a week. She stitched knots..

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Nepal’s marginalised group protest crackdown Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Gyanu Adhikari, KATHMANDU: Nationalist strains have emerged along Nepal's southern border with India as Madhesis who make up the majority of inhabitants in the region seek improved conditions. Many Madhesis say they are victims of discrimination and rights abuses, and protests seeking repairs to..

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Nepal’s housewives help to reduce newborn deaths Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube of gel. Upadhyay is among thousands of volunteers at the front line of a campaign that has dramatically..

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Image of Asia: Picking Tea Leaves in Nepal’s Hills Monday, November 17th, 2014

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, women pick tea leaves at the Kanyam tea estate in the Himalayan hills of eastern Nepal. The tea-growing Illam district neighbors India's famed Darjeeling region and also has many tea gardens and estates, with Kanyam being one of the largest and most productive...

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Nepal to host international conference on climate change Thursday, November 6th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Over 200 scientists from two dozen countries, including India, would be attending a conference here to discuss measures on reducing the impact of climate change and melting of the glaciers in the Himalayan region. The international conference on the theme "Mountain People Adapting to..

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Snakebite test correctly IDs attackers in Nepal

BY NATHAN SEPPA, NEW ORLEANS: Swabbing for traces of snake DNA around bite marks on people can reveal the guilty serpent, a use of forensics that could change how people in regions beset by snakebites identify the culprits, a study in Nepal finds. Snake identification can be lifesaving if it..

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India orders SSB to stop cattle smuggling to Nepal Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

New Delhi, (IANS): The ministry of home affairs has ordered the paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to ensure that cattle are not taken illegally across the border into Nepal for sacrifice during the Gadhimai festival. "The MHA has desired that the movement of cattle for sacrifice during..

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Ensure no torture to cattle on way to Nepal: SC to Centre Monday, November 3rd, 2014

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to ensure that cattle, exported from India to Nepal for sacrifice at Gadhimai festival in that country, are not tortured and starved on their way. A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar directed Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to sit with the..

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Nepal lacks preventive measures despite rise in suicide rates Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Bibbi Abruzzini, KATHMANDU: The World Health Organization ( WHO) has underscored the need to develop suicide preventive measures in countries like Nepal where a national response to reduce suicide rates is still largely non-existent. "Suicides are preventable. For national responses to be..

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Nepal Hunger Striker Died Seeking Justice for War Crimes Thursday, October 9th, 2014

KATHMANDU (Reuters): More than two weeks after a Nepalese hunger striker died, his frozen corpse still lies unclaimed in a hospital morgue - a grim reminder of the desperate struggle for justice by the families of victims of the decade-long civil war. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, 56, and his wife Ganga..

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