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An adventure in Nepal Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

By BELINDA LEE, SINGAPORE: Two months ago, as World Vision Singapore’s newly appointed ambassador, actress and TV host Belinda Lee travelled to Sindhuli, the latest area development programme in Nepal to meet one of her sponsored children and understand firsthand their struggles and needs. She..

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‘Anti-women’ citizenship bill sparks fury in Nepal Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepalese single mother Deepti Gurung has spent years trying and failing to register her two teenage daughters as citizens of their country. Although her children were both born in Nepal, the 40-year-old has struggled to secure their legal right to citizenship in the absence of..

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Nepal: Independence Critical for Justice Panels

New York: The Nepal government should ensure more victim participation and improve transparency when selecting candidates for two independent commissions on the country’s decade-long conflict, eight local and international human rights organizations and conflict-era victims groups said in an open..

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Nepal’s Integrity Idol seeks civil servants with the X factor Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Pete Pattisson, KATHMANDU: While millions of Britons settle down on their sofas to choose the winner of The X Factor this weekend, Nepalese will be busy voting in their own television competition. But unlike other versions of perennially popular talent contests, the winner will not be the best..

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Death and the goddess: The world’s biggest ritual slaughter Sunday, November 30th, 2014

By Manesh Shrestha, Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN): Motilal Kushwaha had promised the Hindu goddess Gadhimai that he would offer her a male goat if one of his children found a job. Last year his son was successful -- and on Saturday he was one of tens of thousands of people killing the animals at the..

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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’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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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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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 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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French ‘bikini killer’ convicted of second murder in Nepal Thursday, September 18th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): A Nepalese court has convicted Charles Sobhraj of a second murder, sentencing the alleged serial killer, con man and prison escape artist to life in prison, an official said today. Sobhraj, a French citizen of Vietnamese and Indian parentage -- nicknamed the "bikini killer" --..

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Nepal citizenship law ‘biased’ against women Friday, September 12th, 2014

KATHMANDU:  Shivani Kharel from Nepal is worried about her future. Instead of attending college, she has been fighting a long battle to be recognised as a citizen of the Himalayan nation. The 20-year-old, whose mother was abandoned by her father when she was five, has been making the rounds of..

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Food crisis hits Nepal district Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Humla, Nepal (Aljazeera): Humla district, a remote area which lies in the northwestern part of Nepal, has been suffering from food shortage for more than a decade due to lack of access and corruption. The region perched at an altitude of 2,910 metres in the Himalayas bordering the Tibetan..

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A Vision for Nepal – Policy Notes for the Government Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Nepal has achieved important progress in the past few years, with increased political stability and substantial gains made in reducing poverty and expanding access to services. However, economic growth has been modest compared to its neighbors and the economy - highly dependent on..

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8 dead, hundreds missing in Nepal landslide Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP): A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. The death toll could climb because many houses were buried..

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