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Nepal rural field workers uncertain under climate change Monday, April 28th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the vegetables the community grows, and the men who once..

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Nepal Receives First China-made Aircraft

KATHMANDU: The long wait of Nepal government to receive the first China-made air carrier has finally been over Sunday afternoon with the landing of a 58-seater Modern Ark 60 (MA60) at the country's only international airport. The aircraft that took off from China's Kunming finally arrived to the..

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Everest tragedy exposes big business behind noble pursuit Sunday, April 27th, 2014

By John Chalmers and Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU, (Reuters): Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: "I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion." Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough,..

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Nepal passes bill offering amnesty for war crimes Saturday, April 26th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Former Maoist rebels and security forces who committed torture, killings and other crimes during Nepal's decade-long civil war could be granted amnesty under new legislation approved by parliament, a lawmaker said on Saturday. Lawmakers passed a bill in parliament late on Friday..

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Landslide blocks Nepali tunnel, 16 trapped Friday, April 25th, 2014

KATHMANDU (Reuters): Sixteen workers including a Chinese national have been trapped by a landslide inside the tunnel of a hydroelectric power project in Nepal, a project official said on Friday. The men were working at the Upper Madi Hydroelectric Project in Kaski district, 125 km (80 miles)..

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More teams withdraw, Nepal’s Everest season in jeopardy Thursday, April 24th, 2014

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU, (Reuters): Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the first time in decades. The toll..

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Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP): Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a..

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Most Sherpas Decide to Leave Everest for Season Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU (AP): Most Sherpas mountain guides have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide said, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief over the lives lost last week in Everest's deadliest disaster. Earlier Tuesday,..

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Nepali sherpa families cremate Everest victims, anger grows Monday, April 21st, 2014

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas on Monday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world's highest mountain. The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered at the..

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Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Binaj Gurubacharya, KATHMANDU (AP): Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive. Just minutes before the avalanche hit on Friday, about 60..

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Deadliest Day: Sherpas Bear Everest’s Risks Saturday, April 19th, 2014

By ELLEN BARRY and GRAHAM BOWLEY, NEW DELHI (NY Times): The Sherpas always go first, edging up the deadly flank of Everest while international clients wait for days in the base camp below. They set off in the dark, before the day’s warmth causes the ice to shift. They creep one by one across..

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Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATHMANDU (AP): An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for..

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6 Dead, 9 Missing After Avalanche Sweeps Mount Everest

BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU (AP): An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix the..

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Nepal: Reject Draft Truth and Reconciliation Bill Thursday, April 17th, 2014

New York: Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2..

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Nepal govt files murder case against 13 Maoists Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepalese government has filed a case against 13 Maoist cadres for their alleged involvement in the murder of a 16-year-old school boy in 2004 during the decade-long civil strife in the country, prompting the Maoists to obstruct the Parliament. The Maoists were arrested for abducting..

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U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said. Nepal, home to Mount Everest and..

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Gov’t sets up contact office at Mount Everest base camp Sunday, April 13th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Government has finally set up a contact office at Mount Everest base camp over the last weekend, officials said. This is the first venture of its kind in Nepal in a bid to make Nepal's mountaineering more safe and organized. "The contact office has now come to existence since last..

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