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‘Himalayan Viagra’ taking its toll on Nepal

By Kyle Knight, Dolpa, Nepal (CNN) -- Ram Bahadur Jafra and his two brothers crouch on a field, picking through blades of grass and staring at the soil. They have traveled five days by foot to a Himalayan meadow at a 4,300 meter elevation deep inside Nepal's Dolpa district. They came, as tens of..

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Turmoil in another partner of Nepal’s ruling coalition Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Utpal Parashar, London (HT): Nepal’s caretaker government headed by Baburam Bhattarai suffered another jolt on Sunday due to fresh trouble in another Madhesi partner of the ruling coalition. Information and communications minister Raj Kishore Yadav was sacked from the post of acting chairman of..

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Heaven’s ascent Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Flip Byrnes sets out on a search for truth and beauty on Nepal's Annapurna Circuit. In a cave high above Manang village on the Annapurna Circuit, a 96-year-old Nepalese monk is chanting blessings. We're alone, the monk and I, and as he places a blessed rope around my neck, wishing me luck on this..

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Nepali Congress steps up Oust Bhattarai campaign Friday, June 29th, 2012

Utpal Parashar, KATHMANDU (HT): Nepali Congress, the country's oldest party, has stepped up its campaign to remove the Baburam Bhattarai led Maoist-Madhesi coalition and replace it with a national unity government. Since Thursday, the second largest party in the dissolved Constituent Assembly..

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Official says 8 killed, 2 missing in Nepal landslides

KATMANDU(AP): An official in Nepal says landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and two more are missing. National Emergency Operation Center official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said the landslide buried a house at Jamune village in Tanahu distrct on Thursday..

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Additional troops along Nepal, Bhutan borders Thursday, June 28th, 2012

PTI: New Delhi: India will deploy additional 8,000 troops along its borders with Nepal and Bhutan by July to ensure effective patrolling at these frontiers. "We would be deploying about eight fresh battalions between both the borders that we guard. The deployment will largely be achieved by..

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NEPAL: Timeline of constitution stasis

Naresh Newar, KATHMANDU (IRIN) - Nepal’s parliament dissolved on 28 May after failing to meet its fourth and final deadline to produce a draft constitution. An empty legislature and a fragmented ruling party now underscore the challenges since the country’s decade-long civil war, which killed..

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Another race for PM’s post sidelines constitution

Utpal Parashar, KATHMANDU (HT): Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai flummoxed everyone this Monday by refusing to resign till fresh elections. The statement temporarily evaporated any chances of consensus among parties to form a national unity government. The announcement, made..

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Nepal Prime Minister refuses to step down as crisis deepens Monday, June 25th, 2012

KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who was shown black flags on his arrival in Kathmandu from Brazil, refused to step down on Monday, saying he will not bow to pressure from political parties. Mr Bhattarai, who landed at Tribhuvan International Airport this afternoon, told..

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Nepalis worship with fervor as ancient festival adapts

Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters):  Thousands of Nepalis threw coins and marigolds at a giant chariot over the weekend in a centuries-old ritual to appease the rain god and assure a good harvest, as well as guaranteeing good omens for the country's rulers. The annual two-month chariot festival..

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Nepal Oppn presses for Bhattarai’s resignation Sunday, June 24th, 2012

KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal's main opposition parties on Sunday piled pressure on caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down, saying his resignation is a precondition to end the present political stalemate. Former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has said..

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Nepali rupee slips to new low of 90.58 against USD Friday, June 22nd, 2012

KATHMANDU (Xinhua-ANI): The Nepali rupee plummeted to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday as the central bank fixed the exchange rate at 90.58 rupees a dollar for Friday, breaking the previous record of 90.17 rupees a dollar on May 31. The devaluation of the Indian currency (with..

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Political situation in Nepal not to affect DTAA: PM

Indian Express: India on Friday said the fluid political situation in Nepal will not have any fallout on their recently signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement(DTAA), a pact that is another key step to boost their economic ties. The political situation came up for discussions during a..

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Gays hail Nepal move to liberalise ID cards

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hindu-majority Nepal said on Friday that it will start issuing identification cards with three categories for genders - a move hailed by gay activists, who said previous regulations had been discriminatory. Up until now, the government has issued the cards..

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Drones to protect Nepal’s endangered species from poachers Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

By Jill McGivering, BBC News: Conservationists in Nepal will soon start using special drones as part of efforts to protect endangered species. The pioneering pilotless aircraft have been developed by the global wildlife organisation, WWF. They have had some initial use in Indonesia and talks..

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