Maoists accused of breaching Peace Agreement in Nepal

Maoists accused of breaching Peace Agreement in NepalKathmandu, Dec 21 : Nepal Government has said the violence that occurred during the first day of the UCPN (Maoist) nationwide strike in which at least 24 people were injured and over 37 were arrested, will pose a serious threat to the ongoing peace process.

A high-level meeting convened by Home Minister Bhim Rawal, which included Cabinet ministers and police officials last evening said that the Maoists had breached the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

300 old pilgrims stranded by Maoist strike

300 old pilgrims stranded by Maoist strikeKathmandu, Dec 21 - Over 300 pilgrims, in their 70s and more, have been stranded in a border town near India due to the three-day general strike called by Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas that has kept the country paralysed since Sunday.

The Nepali pilgrims, packed in seven buses, were returning to Nepal after visiting various pilgrimage sites in India when they were hit by the disruption.

The buses have been stopped by Maoist protesters at the Bhairahawa border entry point in Nepal after they reached there from India's Uttar Pradesh state.

Indian foreign minister to visit Nepal

Indian foreign minister to visit NepalKathmandu, Dec 21 - Against a backdrop of deepening political crisis in Nepal, New Delhi is sending its External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna to Kathmandu next month for consultations with the country's major political players.

UN urges restraint as Nepal's Maoist strike turns violent

UN urges restraint as Nepal's Maoist strike turns violentKathmandu, Dec 21 - An alarmed UN called for restraint as the general strike enforced by Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas entered the second day Monday amidst reports of widespread violence.

Police said 72 protesters were arrested and almost an equal number of people, including security forces, injured while more than a dozen vehicles were vandalised and shops and industries attacked.

Three-day Maoist strike paralyses Nepal

Three-day Maoist strike paralyses NepalKathmandu, Dec 20 - As talks with the government failed, Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas Sunday enforced a three-day general strike nationwide, shutting down transport, industries and educational institutions and cutting off road links with India.

Defying the morning chill, hundreds of former rebels began holding protest marches in the capital and major towns outside, blocking highways by burning tyres and shouting slogans against President Ram Baran Yadav, the target of the protests.

Maoist-goverment talks fail, three-day Nepal closure from Sunday

Maoist-goverment talks fail, three-day Nepal closure from SundayKathmandu, Dec 19 : Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas, who are now the largest party in the former kingdom, Saturday said they would go ahead with their decision to enforce a three-day general strike nationwide from Sunday after talks between their leaders and the ruling parties failed.

Toll reaches 13 as elephants continue Nepal ravage

Toll reaches 13 as elephants continue Nepal ravageKathmandu, Dec 18 : More than three weeks after a wounded elephant killed at least 11 people in Nepal, the pachyderms have continued to wreak havoc with the toll now rising to 13.

A woman, Savitra Lamichhane, who had gone to the forest in Sindhuli district to gather firewood, was trampled to death Thursday night, police said.    

Sindhuli, Udaypur and Dhanusha remain the epicentre of attacks by a wounded male elephant, thought to have strayed into Nepal from the forests of Assam in eastern India last month.

Nepal MP predicts military rule from May

Nepal MP predicts military rule from May

Kathmandu, Dec 18 : With Nepal's government failing to reach an understanding with the former Maoist guerrillas and just five months left for the promulgation of a new constitution, a member of parliament has predicted emergency and military rule in the trouble-torn country from May.

Copenhagen summit turns nightmare for oldest Everest climber

Copenhagen summit turns nightmare for oldest Everest climberKathmandu, Dec 18 - While there is a growing debate about the result of the UN summit of world leaders on climate changes, for one man, Everest hero Min Bahadur Sherchan, the Copenhagen meet is now indisputably a nightmare.

The 78-year-old climber, who won worldwide media acclaim last month for wresting back the title of the oldest man to climb Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, from his Japanese contender Yuichiro Miura, is still recovering from the after-effect of his participation at the Copenhagen meet, thanks to an uncaring bureaucracy.

Nepal Maoists finally agree to free child soldiers

Pushpa-Kamal-DahalKathmandu, Dec 16 : Witnessed by top UN officials and envoys from foreign governments, Nepal's Maoist chief and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Wednesday finally gave his consent to a new accord with the coalition government to release nearly
3,000 child soldiers from his party's guerrilla army.

Rahul Roy set to enter Nepal's film industry

Rahul RoyKathmandu, Dec 16 : Bollywood actor Rahul Roy, who made a sensational debut in 1990 with the romantic film "Aashiqui", and his One Stop Shop (OSS) company are now poised to enter Nepal's film industry with a love story that will also act as the promotional gimmick for the company in the Himalayan republic.

The 43-year-old, who is also executive director of OSS, a corporate group with interests in real estate, technology and Internet marketing, arrived in Kathmandu with the group's CEO Subhash Jewria to announce that OSS Entertainment, the entertainment wing of the company, will make a Nepali film with Rahul playing the lead.

Now, demand for new states in Nepal

India-Nepal It’s a season of new states in South Asia. Well, at least in India and Nepal where announcement and declaration of new geographical divisions are leading to a rise in political temperatures this winter.

In India, the UPA government’s announcement to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh has led to a surge of demands for further fragmentation of the world’s largest democracy.

On the other hand, declaration of autonomous states by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in Nepal is threatening to hurt the fragile peace process in the world’s youngest republic.

Sobhraj-Nihita love story now to inspire film in Nepal

Kathmandu, Dec 15 : Six years after he was arrested in Nepal for the murder of an American tourist during the hippie era of the 70s and slammed with life imprisonment, the country's most talked-about prisoner Charles Sobhraj and his fairytale love story with a young Nepali woman 44 years his junior is now going to inspire a film by a Nepali director.

Nepali film director Narayan Puri, who made the first film on the Maoist insurgency in Nepal at a time the armed insurrection was taboo for historians, authors and film makers alike, is now going to venture into uncharted waters with his new venture, "Badshah".

India-Nepal give fresh impetus to bilateral military ties

Chhatra Man Singh New Delhi, Dec 14 : India and Nepal sought to give fresh impetus to their bilateral military ties as Nepali Army chief General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung Monday received the honorary rank of General of the Indian Army, an official said.

Gurung is on a nine-day visit to India since Dec 11.

"The visit assumes special significance in the light of enhanced bilateral cooperation between the two countries," an Indian Army spokesperson said Monday.

Nepal top leaders to finalise joint resolution motion

Nepal top leaders to finalise joint resolution motionKathmandu, Dec 14 : Leaders of three major political parties of Nepal are meeting here today to find a solution to the prevailing political deadlock by finalizing a Common Resolution Motion (CMP).

Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Prachanda and CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal will discuss the contentious issues in the draft of the resolution motion.

Nepal's shortest man seeks Manmohan's help for greater stature

Manmohan SinghKathmandu, Dec 14 : Nepal's shortest man is seeking Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's help to achieve greater stature: the title of the shortest man in the world.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, also known as the "Little Buddha" of the country, who will try to claim the title in the Guinness Book of World Records next year, wants the southern neighbour to help his campaign.

Khagendra, who measures only 22 inches and weighs about six kg, is eyeing the title of the shortest man in the world, currently held by China's He Ping Ping, who stands 2 ft
5 inches.

5 Maoists held for deadly attack on Nepal journalist

5 Maoists held for deadly attack on Nepal journalistKathmandu, Dec 12 :Four days after a woman journalist was savagely attacked in western Nepal and left to die on a desolate hillside, police Saturday arrested five cadres of the opposition Maoist party, including a local leader.

Hundreds of journalists continued to march in protest in Kathmandu and towns outside the valley Saturday demanding punishment for the attackers, who had slashed radio and print journalist Tika Bista in Rukum district Tuesday, leaving her with deep gashes on her head, legs and arms.

Nepal major fired by UN arrested for killing girl

nepalflagKathmandu, Dec 12 : In a sensational turn of events, Nepal's military police Saturday arrested an army major expelled last week by the UN for the tortured death of a school girl.

Major Niranjan Basnet, expelled from the UN Peacekeeping Forces in the central African republic of Chad after being exposed as facing criminal charges for the killing of
15-year-old Maina Sunuwar five years ago, was arrested at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Saturday after he returned in disgrace from Chad.

The military police said the major was being taken into custody for investigations.

Woman who mothered 25 kids Nepal's new 'heroine'

nepal-flagKathmandu, Dec 12 : Unable to read or write and extremely poor, Santkumari Pariyar seems an unlike heroine.

But the story of the village woman of uncertain age is making ripples in Nepal after a chance encounter led a filmmaker to train his camera on Santkumari and her family.

It is a large family. Besides her husband Jitman, the couple have eight children.

The size of the family would have been larger still had all the children survived. In her 27 years of marriage, a stoical Santkumari bore her husband 25 children, only eight of whom have survived.

Alarmed UN sends envoy to free Nepal's child soldiers

Alarmed UN sends envoy to free Nepal's child soldiersKathmandu, Dec 12 - With Nepal's new coalition government failing to meet its November deadline to free almost 3,000 child soldiers languishing in Maoist barracks since the signing of a peace agreement three years ago, an alarmed UN Saturday said it was sending a special envoy to give a push to the stalled process.

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