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Nepal parties stare at splits, dissension Monday, June 11th, 2012

Utpal Parashar (HT) KATHMANDU: Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on May 27 for failure to promulgate a new constitution and announcement of fresh polls has had a negative impact on political parties in Nepal. Eager to secure votes from their respective constituencies, factions within the..

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Nepal’s largest Madhesi party splits Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Shirish B Pradhan,KATHMANDU, (PTI): Nepal's Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum-Democratic, the second largest partner in the ruling Maoist-led coalition, today suffered a jolt as 10 of its top leaders quit from the party to form a new group. Ten Central Committee members resigned from the party after..

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Mainali ‘so happy’ to see family again Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Yomiuri Shimbun:  Following his release from prison the previous day, Govinda Prasad Mainali met with his family Friday and said he looks forward to returning home to Nepal with them to get on with his life. After 15 years in jail, Mainali was reunited with his wife and two daughters Friday..

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Going up and down the mountains in Nepal

By Paige McClanahan (Washingtonpost): I was pretty sure that I knew the answer to my question before it left my mouth, but part of me — the worrying part — just wanted to know for sure. Our guide, Ram, a 24-year-old Nepali built like a young Sylvester Stallone (muscly and short), peered at me..

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Nepal oppn launches campaign to oust Bhattarai govt

Utpal Parashar, (HT) KATHMANDU:Terming the government's move to announce fresh elections as unconstitutional, 27 opposition parties in Nepal on Friday launched a campaign to remove it from power. Led by Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), they blamed the..

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Nepal: Action Urged Over Precarious Human Rights Situation Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Nepal: Human Rights Council Urged To Ensure Ongoing Monitoring And Action Concerning Nepal's Increasingly Precarious Human Rights Situation The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and Advocacy Forum (AF) would like to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to serious political..

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Nepal, polluted home of garbage-strewn Mount Everest

by Kalpit Parajuli: country list. In Kathmandu, 70 per cent of residents do not have access to clean water. More than half of residents suffer from respiratory and skin diseases. Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - With very poor air quality in its cities, rivers that are open sewers and the Everest turned..

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Nepal’s opposition plans massive rally for removing PM Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

KATHMANDU (Zee News): Nepal's 22 opposition parties are gearing for a massive anti-government protest here on Friday demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Bhattarai for his "unilateral" and "unconstitutional" decision to hold fresh elections in the country without consulting them.Forming an..

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Nepal Misses Pro-Women Constitution

By Naresh Newar, KATHMANDU (IPS): Nepal’s squabbling political parties have squandered an opportunity to pass into law one of the most gender-friendly constitutions ever devised. After four years of intense work, the 601-member Constituent Assembly (CA) missed a May 27 deadline to adopt a new..

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Nepal PM refuses to ‘turn tail’ Monday, June 4th, 2012

Utpal Parashar,KATHMANDU(HT): Despite mounting pressure from opposition parties for his removal, Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has refused to make any such move—at least for now. In an interview to 'Republica', Bhattarai stated that he needs to stay in his position to prevent a..

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Bhattarai refuses to ‘run away from responsibility’

Utpal Parashar, KATHMANDU (HT): Despite mounting pressure from opposition parties for his removal, Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has refused to make any such move—at least for now. In an interview to 'Republica', Bhattarai stated that he needs to stay in his position to prevent a..

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Nepal’s Gurkhas battle to stay in British military Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Mark Magnier, KATHMANDU (L A Times): Deo Man Limbu sat in a veterans hall lined with pictures of old soldiers and reflected on his years of service, his battles and his dreams. The retired major with Britain’s legendary Gurkhas faced the Argentines in the 1982 Falklands War, when being a member..

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Everest Sherpas swap danger for luxury watchmaking Thursday, May 31st, 2012

By Frankie Taggart, Kathmandu (AFP):  In a modern, airy workshop located in a fashionable Kathmandu shopping hub frequented by Nepal's rich and famous, two skilled craftsmen assemble some of the world's most exclusive luxury watches. For Namgel and Thundu Sherpa, the sedate, intricate world of..

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Ethnic divides underlie Nepal’s political turmoil

KATHMANDU (AP): For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was..

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Supreme Court judge killed in Nepal shooting: police

KATHMANDU (AFP): Gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Nepalese Supreme Court judge under investigation for corruption on Thursday as he left a temple in the centre of the capital Kathmandu, police said. Rana Bahadur Bam, 64, was being investigated by the Judiciary Council on allegations of..

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Nepal’s political process derailed, again

By Bikash Sangraula, KATHMANDU(CS Monitor):Nepal’s lawmakers failed to agree on a new constitution, reducing the government to caretaker status and with it the possibility of an end to a lengthy and tumultuous political transition this week.The popularly elected constituent assembly was dissolved..

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Nepal Supreme Court Judge Killed

KATMANDU(WSJ)– Motorcycle-riding assailants shot and killed a Supreme Court judge under investigation for allegedly taking bribes as he headed to work in the Nepalese capital Thursday, police said. Rana Bahadur Bam's bodyguard and another passenger in his car were also wounded in the attack as..

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