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Nepal’s Maoists, Madhesis form federal alliance Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Prashant Jha (The Hindu): In a development with significant implications for the future direction of Nepali politics, the ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), and several small Madhesi and Janjati outfits have come together to..

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Reality bites for Nepal and Papua New Guinea Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

George Binoy, ESPN: Nepal and Papua New Guinea found out the hard way what life must be like for forage fish on the Great Barrier Reef. Both Under-19 teams from Associate cricket nations were annihilated by Full Members in Townsville: Nepal dismissed for 82 by Australia after conceding 294, and..

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Tourists in Nepal warned over cholera outbreak Monday, August 13th, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal on Monday urged foreign travellers to take precautions against cholera after 13 people died in an outbreak in the remote west of the country. Visitors were urged by GD Thakur, director of the Himalayan nation's epidemiology and disease control department, to drink boiled..

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Nepal PM reconfirms he won’t stay in power

KATHMANDU (UPI): Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai reconfirmed he will step down immediately after a constitution is agreed to by all parties to be elected to a new Constituent Assembly. Nepal's political process has been in deep freeze since May when the last Assembly was dissolved by..

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Nepal PM defends letter seeking India’s support Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Utpal Parashar,KATHMANDU (HT): Embattled Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has defended the controversial decision seeking India's support to the Maoist cause in 2002 when the civil war was at its peak. Bhattarai and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda have been under attack from..

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Nepali students study to become priests in unique school Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Agencies: It is 9:00 am. Outside the compound of Nepal Ved Vidhya Ashram School, students wearing their neat uniforms are disembarking from school buses for their classes. Inside the school, the morning sessions for an "all boys" class wearing the national dress "Daura-Suruwal" along with "Dhaka..

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Was it worth it, ask young Maoist fighters in Nepal

Jiri,Nepal (AFP): As youths they were idealistic Maoist soldiers fighting to bring revolution to Nepal but now that their leaders are in power, many say the party has abandoned its faithful. Among a class of 12 students in an engineering course designed to help them rejoin civilian life after the..

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Opposition protesters demand Nepal PM step down

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of opposition political parties have gathered outside the main government offices in Nepal's capital to demand Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai step down. The protesters on Friday blocked the area around the complex in the heart of Katmandu that..

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Nepal women banned from Middle East over exploitation Thursday, August 9th, 2012

BBC News: Nepal has banned women under the age of 30 from going to work in Middle Eastern countries amid growing concerns that they are being exploited. Common complaints include physical and sexual abuse, poor conditions and non-payment of salaries. The move comes 18 months after the..

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Nepal bars women from working in Gulf

AAP: NEPAL has banned women under 30 from travelling to Gulf countries to work following reports of widespread sexual abuse and exploitation. Thousands of women - mostly aged under 25 - leave the impoverished Himalayan nation every year to take up menial jobs in cleaning or construction, with..

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Nepal mulls ban on solo trekkers after attacks Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal is considering a ban on tourists trekking alone in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, after several women foreign visitors were attacked or have disappeared. Solo travellers would have to be accompanied by at least one porter or guide under proposals being discussed by..

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Lonely Planet’s guide to Nepal Saturday, August 4th, 2012

TEMPLES, tigers, trekking - Nepal has a myriad of activities for curious travellers after a scenic and adventurous time. Mountain adventures Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this tiny mountain nation has had an irresistible mystical allure for travellers...

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Nepal PM wants another deal to quit office

Utpal Parashar,KATHMANDU (HT): Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has sought a fresh deal among political parties as pre-condition to stepping down from office. Reacting to growing clamour for his resignation, Bhattarai thinks it is the best way out of the present deadlock..

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Politicking and its domino effect on bureaucracy Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Utpal Parashar, KATHMANDU (HT): Like other nations in the region, politics is all pervasive in Nepal too. The country witnessed another example of it this week in connection with appointment of Nepal's top bureaucrat. The promotion of Leela Mani Paudel to the post of chief secretary on Sunday by..

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NEPAL: Tailoring technology for female farmers

KATHMANDU, (IRIN) - Most of Nepal’s agriculture is undertaken by women, but research tailored to their needs is lacking. “We need new technologies that can reduce the drudgery for them,” said Devendra Gauchan, agricultural economist and chief of the Socioeconomics and Agri-research Policy..

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Nepal harvest rush threatens “Himalayan Viagra” Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters) - For decades a rare fungus valued as an aphrodisiac and dubbed "Himalayan Viagra" has been a source of income for poor villagers in Nepal's remote Himalayan foothills. Men, women and children stream into high meadows every year to harvest the fungus called..

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Nepal election commission rules out November polls Monday, July 30th, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP) — Nepal's Election Commission said Monday it lacked a legal framework to hold elections promised for November -- threatening a long delay that could push the country deeper into political turmoil. "In a situation of constitutional and legal ambiguity, it will be difficult for us..

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