Indian's murder triggers violence in Nepal town

Indian's murder triggers violence in Nepal townKathmandu, Dec 11 - Enraged transporters went on rampage Friday in Nepal's biggest industrial town Birgunj, bordering India, vandalising vehicles and calling an indefinite strike after an Indian transport employee was gunned down by an unidentified group.

Rajeshwar Dubey from Bihar's Motihari district, who worked as a cashier at the Pashupati Transport Co in Birgunj, was shot in broad daylight Thursday. He later died in a hospital.

Birgunj remains one of Nepal's most crime-prone towns, with traders living with daily extortion threats, abductions and killings.

Nepal president to visit India?

Nepal president to visit India?Kathmandu, Dec 11- Republic Nepal's first President Ram Baran Yadav will visit New Delhi in February, making it his maiden visit abroad since assuming office last year, a newspaper reported Friday.

The daily quoted foreign ministry sources as suggesting that the president would leave for New Delhi on a three-day visit Feb 15 and that his meeting with his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil was scheduled Feb 16.

But the foreign ministry in Kathmandu told IANS that the visit dates had not yet been finalised.

Nepal erupts in protests at attack on journalist

Nepal erupts in protests at attack on journalist Kathmandu, Dec 10 : Hundreds of journalists staged protest marches across Nepal Thursday, condemning the brutal attack on a young radio journalist in western Nepal and demanding tough punishment for the attackers who left her to die on a remote hill.

Migrating elephant from India kills 11 in Nepal

Migrating elephant from India kills 11 in NepalKathmandu, Dec 9  An enraged male elephant, which began its long winter odyssey in northeast India, has killed 11 people as well as two animals in Nepal in a classic illustration of man-animal conflict over habitat.

Dhanusha and Sindhuli, the two districts in Nepal's Terai plains that have borne the brunt of the recent killings, are now living in a state of panic with the administration carrying out a campaign through NGOs and local radio stations urging villagers not to walk alone or go near the forests where the pachyderm is hiding.

UN expels Nepal soldier charged with schoolgirl's torture death

UN expels Nepal soldier charged with schoolgirl's torture death Kathmandu, Dec 9 : The Nepal Army has run into fresh trouble with the UN expelling an officer for gross human rights violations and human rights organisations calling for his arrest.

The army, accused of torture and extrajudicial killings during the Maoist insurgency, has come under fire with the revelation that it sent a "killer" army officer to Chad as part of the UN Peacekeeping Forces.

Nepal continues to reel under Maoist strikes

Nepal continues to reel under Maoist strikes Kathmandu, Dec 7 :  A day after a general strike enforced nationwide by the Maoists, Nepal Monday continued to reel under more strikes called by the former guerrillas, which left hundreds of people in the west stranded.

A union of teachers affiliated to the Maoists shut down all educational institutions in Kathmandu Monday as part of their ongoing protests against President Ram Baran Yadav, who seven months ago caused the fall of the Maoist government.

'Tiger' kills boy in Kathmandu

'Tiger' kills boy in Kathmandu Kathmandu, Dec 7 : A five-year-old boy was killed by "tigers" in the capital city Kathmandu, police said Monday.

Vishal Lama, son of Badri Singh Lama, was killed in Chhaimale, a forested area in Kathmandu Saturday.

The boy, who lived in Devichaur in neighbouring Lalitpur city, had gone to Chhaimale to visit his maternal uncle, police said.

The World Wildlife Fund, however, said the predator was probably a leopard since tigers have been long extinct in Kathmandu valley.

Maoist strike shuts down Nepal

Maoist strike shuts down NepalKathmandu, Dec 6 - Capital city Kathmandu and other districts were hard-hit Sunday by a general strike called by Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas after clashes between security forces and homeless squatters during a demolition drive killed at least six people and triggered arson and looting in farwestern Nepal.

Despite the morning chill, hundreds of Maoist supporters began marching at key thoroughfares of the capital Sunday, burning tyres to bring traffic to a standstill and shouting slogans against the violence in Kailali district, a Maoist stronghold.

Indian encroachment triggered Nepal violence, says ethnic leader

Kathmandu, Dec 6 - The general strike called Sunday by Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas after six people were killed in clashes between security forces and squatters in the far west of the country was caused by continuing Indian encroachment in Nepal, a Nepali ethnic leader has alleged.

Raj Kumar Lekhi is the chief of the Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha, an organisation of ethnic Nepalis who could be the descendants of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The Tharus, who were among the first settlers of the Terai plains in southern Nepal, were later displaced by waves of migrants from Nepal's hill districts as well as India, displaced from their own land and becoming bonded slaves.

Maoists call Nepal shutdown Sunday after 6 die in clashes

Maoists call Nepal shutdown Sunday after 6 die in clashesKathmandu, Dec 5 : Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas have called a nationwide general strike Sunday and an indefinite shutdown in a remote western district after at least six people were killed following clashes between security forces and squatters.

The government rushed thousands of police and armed police personnel to Kailali district in farwestern Nepal, a Maoist stronghold, after a drive by security forces Friday to evict squatters from the Dudhejhari forest in Baliya village sparked violence with the homeless resisting the bid to evict them.

Indo-Nepal security talks begin

India-NepalThe seventh bilateral consultative meeting between India and Nepal on security issues began here on Friday. The three day talks will deliberate on a range of issues including information sharing, training of army officials and construction of an airstrip at Surkhet with Indian help.

The Indian team for the talks is being led by Satish Mehta, joint secretary, Ministry of External Affairs while the Nepali delegation is headed by Khaganath Adhikari, joint secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4 Indians held in Nepal for Dalit girl's murder

4 Indians held in Nepal for Dalit girl's murderKathmandu, Dec 5 - Four Indians are among six people arrested by the Nepal police for the suspected rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl from the Dalit community, a group that is among the most disadvantaged in Nepal.

Anukul Chauhan, Hridaylal Gaur, Ramdhani Gaur and Takeshwor Chautan, temporary workers at a brick kiln in Rupandehi district in Nepal's southern Terai plains, have been arrested Friday along with the owner of the kiln, Birendra Jaiswal, and another local, Naresh Harijan, police said.

All the four Indians are from Bettiah town in India's Bihar state.

Jaipuria Group's Pepsi venture under Maoist attack in Nepal

Kathmandu, Dec 5 - India's Ravi Jaipuria Group, which is the sole bottler of Pepsi in north India and Nepal, has shelved its plans to expand in the Himalayan republic after being virtually shut down by a powerful trade union affiliated to the Maoists.

Less than a fortnight after introducing the first multinational eating chains in Kathmandu -- Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) -- the group has decided not to invest an additional Nepali Rs. 1 billion to build a second bottling plant in the Terai plains.

The decision came after the All Nepal Industrial Labourers' Association affiliated to the Maoists stopped production at the Pepsi plant in Koteshwar in Kathmandu valley nine days ago and even locked up officials inside their offices.

Five killed as Maoist activists clash with police in west Nepal

Five killed as Maoist activists clash with police in west NepalKathmandu, Dec 5 - At least five people, including a police officer, were killed after violent clashes erupted between police and Maoist supporters in western Nepal, media reports said Saturday.

The clashes erupted Friday after police tried to evict thousands of illegal settlers occupying forest land in Kailali district, about 400 kilometres west of the capital, Kantipur newspaper reported.

The Maoist-aligned squatters had been illegally occupying forest land and constructed huts to start a settlement last week.

India, Nepal resume security talks in Kathmandu

India, Nepal resume security talks in KathmanduKathmandu, Dec 4 : India and Nepal resume talks in security cooperation in Kathmandu Friday to review the progress of the high-level commitments made between the two governments during Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's official visit to India in August.

The three-day talks, delayed Friday due to the widespread excitement about the Nepal cabinet's historic meeting at the foot of Mt Everest, are led by Satish Mehta, joint secretary at India's external affairs ministry, and his Nepali counterpart Khaganath Adhikari.

Historic Nepal Cabinet meet for green cause concludes

Historic Nepal Cabinet meet for green cause concludesKathmandu, Dec 4 : The much-anticipated Nepal Cabinet meet which aimed at highlighting the impact of climate-change in the Himalayas, has concluded in Kalapatthar plateau near Mt. Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,242 metres on Friday.

According to Nepalnews, the ministers are preparing for a press meeting in Syangboche, where large numbers of national and international media persons are camping.

Twenty-four cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, were flown to Kalapatthar to hold the historic meeting.

Nepal ministers talk global warming in icy Everest heights

Nepal ministers talk global warming in icy Everest heightsKathmandu, Dec 4 : Nepal's coalition government Friday basked in the global limelight with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal leading a historic meeting of his cabinet in the shadow of Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, to draw the attention of nations to the perils of climate change.

Nepal offers gay weddings on Mt Everest slope

Nepal offers gay weddings on Mt Everest slopeKathmandu, Dec 3 : As Nepal's embattled government makes a statement on climate change by holding a cabinet meeting Friday in the lap of Mt Everest, a Nepali innovator is offering an even bigger sensation: holding gay weddings further up the snowy slopes.

16 held in Nepal for anti-India protests

16 held in Nepal for anti-India protestsKathmandu, Dec 2 - Sixteen people were arrested in Kathmandu Tuesday for trying to block the way to the Indian embassy in protest against a treaty signed in the 19th century.

Phanindra Nepal, a professor in Nepali, led the protests against the controversial Sugauli Treaty signed between the British East India Co and Nepal in 1816 that compelled Nepal to concede almost a third of its territory to the British colonial rulers of India.

Kabir to inspire hearts in Nepal

Kathmandu, Dec 2 - He was thought to have been born a Muslim and yet his songs are part of the Guru Granth sahib, the sacred text of Sikhs. A weaver by profession, yet he became one of the driving forces of the Bhakti movement in India that advocated love and tolerance.

Now the life and dohas - couplets - that 15th century Sufi poet Kabir wrote will touch hearts in Nepal when noted filmmaker Shabnam Virmani brings her Kabir Project to the Himalayan republic this week.

Documentary maker Virmani, whose camera is known for capturing the anguish of women in rural India, including the infamous case of Roop Kanwar, who committed "sati" in Rajasthan, will bring to Kathmandu Friday the fruit of her six years' labour, the Kabir Project.

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