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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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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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Prachanda elected UCPN-M party’s parliamentary leader

KATHMANDU: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been elected the party's parliamentary leader. A meeting of the party held today at its parliamentary party office, Singha Durbar, elected the party chairman to the post of parliamentary party leader. The meeting also elected Giriraj Mani..

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Justice for Nepal’s War-Era Victims? Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai:: Nepal’s success in writing a new constitution will largely depend on how it handles the issue of providing justice for war-era victims through a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Commission on Enforced Disappearance (CED). The Comprehensive Peace..

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UN Warns Against Nepal Human Rights Bill

GENEVA: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday expressed grave concern at a bill presented to the Nepalese Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations. Under the bill, which is aimed at creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a..

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Worrying face of Indian militancy with a global stamp Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Gaurav Dixit: What may appear to be a prompt unplanned action by the Indian police in arresting a large number of jihadi terrorists from across the country this year is actually a long and focused effort by the intelligence agencies and police forces to derail the terrorists’ intention to..

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Welcome New Year-2071 Bikram Sambat in Nepal Sunday, April 13th, 2014

By Dirgha Raj Prasai:: Welcome New Year-2071. Bikram Sambat started from Mekh Sankranti-1st of Baishk-14th March 2012. Bikram Sambat (BS) is an ancient and original Era of Nepal in Himavatkhanda. Bikram Sambat is an original and sign of Nepalese sovereignty where the East India Company and other..

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Doing China’s Bidding in Nepal Saturday, April 12th, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD (NY Times): A Human Rights Watch report released this month shows how far Nepal has gone in capitulating to Chinese pressure in cracking down on Tibetan residents and refugees. It details a long list of shameful actions against Tibetans in Nepal, including restrictions on..

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US Secretary Kerry greets Nepali New Year

WASHINGTON DC: US Secretary of State John Kerry today greeted the Nepalese communities on the occasion of their cultural new year. "On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, I offer the people of Nepal best wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year," Kerry said in a..

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Prime Minister Koirala rejects ethnic federalism Friday, April 11th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday flatly rejected the ethnicity-based federalism in a speech which could irk country's various ethnic communities. In a strongly-worded public speech on federalism, a contentious issue of new constitution, the PM said that ethnic ideology has..

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Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. Wedged between China and India, the nascent republic..

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Nepal bill offers amnesty for war crimes Thursday, April 10th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Former Maoist rebels or security force members who committed crimes during Nepal’s civil war could be granted an amnesty except in cases of rape under planned legislation, a senior lawmaker said Thursday. The government late Wednesday introduced a bill in parliament to set up a..

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Controlled Contagion In South Asia: By Ajai Sahni Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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 USA – from Afghanistan, have pushed South Asian conflicts out of the focus of international attention. The..

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Nepal: A rude reminder

Shekhar Gupta, KATHMANDU: Even in the serene, sedate town of Kathmandu, residents are not unfamiliar with loud bangs. At noon every day, a cannon is fired in the town to tell everyone it's the lunch-hour. On the afternoon of June 20, too, many in Singh Durbar, the kingdom's stately capital complex,..

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“World Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion”

By Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.: We live in an interesting time. It is intersected by science and religion. Scientific revolution within the last 50 years has dramatically changed our actions and behaviors. I had never thought of getting hit by a car driven by a young man while he was texting. This..

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Amreeta Regmi leads in her delegate race in Georgia Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Purushottam Dhakal, GA, USA: An American of Nepali origin Dr. Amreeta Regmi has declared her nomination for the ‘Georgia House of Representatives’, Georgia Legislature House, District 95. Dr. Amreeta Regmi, who hails from Kathamndu, Nepal, filed her nomination as a Democratic candidate in..

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Amreeta Regmi announces Candidacy for House District 95 Monday, April 7th, 2014

Purushottam Dhakal, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA: Dr. Amreeta Regmi, a US citizen of Nepali origin (First Nepali woman) announced her candidacy for Georgia Assembly, House District 95 on January 15, 2014. Dr. Regmi is perhaps the first Nepali woman to run for the Georgia Legislature 'House of..

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Nepal challenges Oli for party chairmanship race

KAVRE: CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on Monday has openly challenged to party leaders KP Oli and Bam Dev Gautam to contest in the election for the party chairmanship. Senior leader Nepal announced that he will contesting for the top post of the party in the upcoming general..

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