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NEPAL: Women demand end to sexual harassment Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

KATHMANDU, (IRIN) - Sexual harassment is an everyday issue for women in Nepal, particularly in urban areas. Although exact numbers are unavailable, activists say the problem is on the rise and are demanding change. “Harassment is all over Nepal against women and the problem is big. It’s more..

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Nepali pact to extend CA term Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

PRASHANT JHA,KATHMANDU: Nepal's major parties agreed to register a Bill to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly by three months on Tuesday. The term of the CA is set to expire on May 27. If the Bill is approved by the Legislature-Parliament, this will be the fifth extension of the..

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Nepal races to meet charter deadline amid heavy security

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters) – In a siege-like atmosphere, Nepalese politicians on Tuesday huddled in a Kathmandu parliament building ringed by barbed wire and surrounded by riot police to thrash out the young Himalayan republic’s first federal constitution. But with the Supreme..

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Nepal strike enters second day; six injured in clashes Monday, May 21st, 2012

Gulf Times: At least six people were injured in clashes between an agitating ethnic group and locals who were opposing the three-day strike, called by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), which entered the second day yesterday. The clashes in Imadol area of Lalitpur district near..

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3 climbers die on Mount Everest, 2 still missing

KATMANDU,(AP) – Three climbers who were among scores who scaled Mount Everest over the weekend died on their descent and two more are missing, a Nepalese official said Monday.The first clear weather conditions of the spring climbing season were Friday and Saturday, but a windstorm swept the..

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Three climbers die on Mt. Everest

KATHMANDU (AFP): Three climbers have died on their descent from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said Monday, bringing the season's death toll to five on the world's highest peak. A 61-year-old German and a South Korean aged 44 died on the mountain's south face on Sunday, Ang..

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Ethnic agitation shuts down Nepal Sunday, May 20th, 2012

PRASHANT JHA, (The Hindu): Life was paralysed across Nepal on Sunday as the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), an umbrella organisation of ethnic communities, kick-started a three-day nation-wide shutdown demanding identity-based federalism, and opposing the agreement signed by..

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Fewer Girl Child Marriages In South Asia, Study

By Asian Scientist Newsroom | Each year, more than 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry, usually under force of local tradition and social custom. Almost half of these compulsory marriages occur in South Asia. A new study suggests that more than two decades of effort to eliminate the..

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36 in Nepal make final push to Qomolongma summit

KATHMANDU (China Daily) - Around 36 mountaineers started making the final push towards the summit of Qomolangma from Nepali side Thursday night following good weather forecasts. This is the first summit attempt of the spring 2012 season. A large number of climbing teams are planning to make summit..

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Nepal politicians claim constitution breakthrough Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Jason Overdorf , GlobalPost): Nepal's political parties have finally reached an agreement that should allow them to meet the latest deadline and draft a new constitution by May 27, Reuters reported. The news agency cited a Nepali Congress party leader as saying that the stakeholders in the..

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Top graduate came from Nepal to Daly City

BY AARON KINNEY (NY Daily News): Four years after traveling halfway around the world to study in a foreign land, Apurwa Sharma will sit on the stage Saturday at San Francisco State's graduation as the top student in the College of Science and Engineering. The 23-year-old native of Nepal has not..

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73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest

KATMANDU (AP) – A 73-year-old Japanese woman climbed to Mount Everest's peak Saturday, smashing her own record to again become the oldest woman to scale the world's highest mountain.amae Watanabe reached Everest's 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit from the northern side of the mountain..

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In Nepal, After Revolt, ‘Art Was Changed Forever’ Friday, May 18th, 2012

By AMY YEE (NY Times): The sea-green mural at Lasanaa, an arts center here, has familiar elements of Nepali art: images of snowy Himalayan peaks and curlycue whorls representing wind in Buddhist thangka tapestries.But it is the unconventional images that reflect the anxieties of a country in..

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Nepal parties object to Indian diplomat’s remarks

Maneesh Shrestha, TNN, KATHMANDU: Nepal political parties were in arms Friday against reports of an Indian diplomat inciting politicians from southern Nepal to "create a storm" over federal issues in the region. Political parties representing the Madhes in southern Nepal have demanded that the..

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Climber’s sky-high dreams dashed far below Everest summit Thursday, May 17th, 2012

By Rebecca Ruiz (MSNBC): For six months, starting last September, Joe Martinet went to the gym twice a day for six days a week. He spent hours on a steep treadmill, wearing climbing boots and a 25-pound backpack. Then he hit the StairMaster and lifted weights. When Martinet, 37, wasn't at the gym,..

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Nepal gets national unity government

NY Daily News: A national unity government in Nepal was sworn in on Wednesday, with seven new ministers from various parties joining the cabinet. The government was formed in order to create a new constitution after being held up for years.A Nepalese national unity government was sworn in Wednesday..

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