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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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Hope rises again for a new constitution

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai :: Four months after the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election, the constitution drafting process in Nepal has taken a pace with a hope that the country will get a new federal constitution within a year. The promulgation of the new constitution within a year is not a..

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Bala Ghimire announces candidacy for ‘NRN ICC member’ Friday, April 25th, 2014

LA, CALIFORNIA: Bala Ghimire, a non-resident Nepali based in Chicago, America, has announced his candidacy for the NRN ICC member of Non Resident Nepali Association International Coordination Council. On Thursday, Chicago, America,-based renowned Nepali social worker Bala Ghimie announced his..

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Landslide blocks Nepali tunnel, 16 trapped

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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Himalayan face-off is inevitable :: By Atul K Thakur Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

India and China have a long history of love-hate relations that can be traced to the pre-civilisational era. Colonisation, of course, changed the conventional terms of engagement — especially the Boxer Rebellion in which the Indians fought, along with British forces, against the Chinese..

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Most Sherpas Decide to Leave Everest for Season

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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SOUTH ASIA TERROR ASSESSMENT 2014 :: ANALYSIS

The extraordinary and gratuitous brutality of Islamist terrorists in Syria, the progressive destabilization of West Asia, as well as the cumulative disengagement of the West – led by the US – from Afghanistan, have pushed South Asian conflicts out of the focus of international attention. The..

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Actress Sweta and Neal Kumar getting engaged! Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Purushottam Dhakal, LA, CALIFORNIA: It was Saturday. The cameras rolled, the relatives & friend’s waited with bated breath. The “hero” and the “heroine” were ready to take “engage”. None to yell “action” or “cut”. This wasn't a scene on the sets of a Hollywood flick. Nepal’s..

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Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

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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‘Democratic constitution within a year’

BHADRAPUR: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has expressed the confidence of completing a democratic constitution within a year for peace, stability and democracy in the country. Inaugurating the CK Thought Academy building at CK chowk in Sanischare-8 of Jhapa today, he appealed to all to adhere to..

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The Hague isn’t too far from Kathmandu :: By Gyan Basnet Saturday, April 19th, 2014

In Nepal, a few days ago, the long awaited Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Enforced Disappearance Commission Bills were registered at the Legislature Parliament for the formation of a TRC and Enforced Disappearance Commission. Both had been promised by the Comprehensive Peace Accord..

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Deadliest Day: Sherpas Bear Everest’s Risks

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 Friday, April 18th, 2014

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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Maoists obstruct parliament, demand withdrawal of murder case Thursday, April 17th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Maoists obstruct the Parliament for a second day on Thursday demanding the withdrawal of charges against 13 of its cadres in connection with the murder of a school boy in 2004 during the civil strife in the country. UCPN-Maoist lawmakers, speaking in the Parliament, accused the..

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