Nepal

Everest swaps places with ousted Nepal king's palace

Everest swaps places with ousted Nepal king's palaceKathmandu, Dec 2 - Four years ago, when Mt Everest was the tallest peak in the world and Nepal's King Gyanendra the emperor of Hindus worldwide, both were considered national icons by the world's only Hindu kingdom with the god-king towering over the mountain.

Today, after a Communist revolution ushered in sweeping changes and the sleepy kingdom opted to oust its king to become a secular republic, it is the Everest that rules the roost in Nepal.

Nepal Maoists to start fresh protests from Tuesday

Nepal Maoists to start fresh protests from Tuesday Kathmandu, Nov 30 : With their ultimatum to the government failing to produce results, Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas will start a fresh round of protests against the alliance government from Tuesday, culminating in a three-day general strike.

"Our sister organisations will be leading anti-government protests nationwide from Tuesday," Maoist lawmaker and deputy chief of the party Narayan Kaji Shrestha Prakash told IANS.

Tales of inhuman cruelty dog world's largest killing fair

Tales of inhuman cruelty dog world's largest killing fair Kathmandu, Nov 26 : Tales of immense cruelty and imperviousness to suffering began to surface Thursday after the ritual slaughter of thousands of animals and birds at the world's largest killing fair ended in Nepal's Terai plains with animal rights activists condemning it as legitimisation of violence.

Hundreds of carcasses of butchered water buffaloes, goats and other animals lay strewn near the temple of Hindu goddess Gadhimai in Bara district with rivers of blood flowing since Tuesday, when the massacres started.

'Indian Idol' winner Prashant Tamang forays into Nepali movies

'Indian Idol' winner Prashant Tamang forays into Nepali moviesKathmandu, Nov 26 - He started his career as a cop and in 2007 shot to fame when he won the popular music contest "Indian Idol". Now Prashant Tamang has hit the headlines once again by "joining" the British Gurkhas and "tying the knot".

The 26-year-old from Darjeeling has been camping in Nepal, from where his ancestors hailed, to kickstart a new career in acting with the Nepali film "Gurkha Paltan" (The Gurkha Brigade).

200,000 animals sacrificed in Nepal to appease gods

200,000 animals sacrificed in Nepal to appease godsBariyarpur (Nepal), Nov 25 : Considered as the single largest mass slaughter of animals on earth, priests at a Hindu temple in Nepal sacrificed some 200,000 animals and birds in an ancient ritual to appease gods.

According to organizers, more than 200,000 animals, including buffaloes, goats, roosters and pigeons have been sacrificed during the festival at the Gadhimai temple in Nepal's Bariyapur village on Tuesday.

2 Indian women arrested in Nepal with banned currency notes

2 Indian women arrested in Nepal with banned currency notesKathmandu, Nov 25 : Two Indian women from the northeast state of Mizoram have been arrested in Nepal for carrying banned Indian currency notes.

Lalring Heti, 41, and Lal Moonbami, 37, were arrested Monday at the airport in Bhadrapur in eastern Nepal while trying to catch a flight to Kathmandu, police said Wednesday.

Nepal's bloodbath fair claims three Indian infants

Nepal's bloodbath fair claims three Indian infantsKathmandu, Nov 25 : At least three Indian infants died due to cold in Nepal's most controversial religious fair, where thousands of animals and birds are being slaughtered by Indians and Nepalis, mostly in the hope of getting a son or wish fulfilment.

Nepal government passes budget, Maoists to resume parliament siege

Nepal government passes budget, Maoists to resume parliament siegeKathmandu, Nov 25 : Nepal's embattled coalition government rushed to pass the stalled budget in parliament Wednesday, the last day of a truce called by the Maoists, and clamber out of a deep financial crisis while the former guerrillas vowed to resume the siege to parliament.

On Wednesday, the three-day truce called by the Maoists to enable the cash-strapped government to pass the budget ended.

Nepal Parliament passes 2009-10 budget

Nepal Parliament passes 2009-10 budgetKathmandu, Nov 25 : The Nepal Parliament formally passed the annual budget for fiscal 2009-10 on Wednesday after months of delay caused by the Maoist obstruction.

Finance Minister Surendra Pandey tabled the financial bill, the bill on national debt recovery and the bill on debt and collateral.

He had presented the Rs 285.93 billion budget four months ago.

Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang declared the annual budget endorsed unanimously as none of the lawmakers expressed notes of dissent on the provisions in the bills.

I-cards for citizens on Nepal border

I-cards for citizens on Nepal borderPeople on both sides of the porous Indo-Nepal border might soon be issued identification cards to prevent Pakistan from using the Himalayan republic to foment trouble in India.

The issue was discussed at a recent two-day meeting between officials from the two countries in Kathmandu.

25,000 buffaloes sacrificed in Nepal

25,000 buffaloes sacrificed in NepalOne.. five…20…100…500…1000. One lost count as nearly 25,000 buffaloes were sacrificed at Gadhimai Mela in Bara district of southern Nepal bordering India on Tuesday.

Protests by activists like French actress Brigitte Bardot and India’s politician-cum-crusader Maneka Gandhi failed to have an impact as nearly 300 people armed with machetes and khukhris butchered the animals to appease Goddess Gadhimai.

Nepal's rhinos flourish under bodyguards

Nepal's rhinos flourish under bodyguards  Kathmandu, Nov 24 : After the president, prime minister and other ministers in Nepal, the Himalayan republic has added a new VIP entitled to have bodyguards - its rare one-horned rhinos.

In two national parks in southern and farwestern Nepal, where the endangered species is found, a novel effort to protect them from poachers has paid rich dividends, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said Tuesday at a seminar at London Zoo.

Indian leads blood bath at Nepal's sacrifice fair

Indian leads blood bath at Nepal's sacrifice fairKathmandu, Nov 24 - A prosperous farmer from India's Bihar state led the bloodbath at Nepal's largest animal sacrificial fair Tuesday, ignoring calls for non-violence from animal lovers worldwide including his own country.

Raman Thakur from Sitamarhi district bordering Nepal's Terai plains shot to limelight at the controversial fair of Hindu goddess Gadhimai in Baraiyapur village in southern Nepal's Bara district, axing 105 buffaloes at the altar.

Nepal's parliament sits after five-month Maoist siege

Nepal's parliament sits after five-month Maoist siegeKathmandu, Nov 23 : After a Maoist siege for nearly five months, Nepal's 601-member parliament convened Monday with the coalition government gearing up to pass the stalled budget.

The former Maoist guerrillas, who had blockaded the house since the fall of their brief government in May, agreed to lift the siege for three days from Monday in order to allow the budget to be passed and rescue the government from a financial crisis.

Nepali grandpa wrests Everest title from Japanese samurai

Nepali grandpa wrests Everest title from Japanese samuraiKathmandu, Nov 23 : A 78-year-old grandfather from Nepal has wrested back from his Japanese rival the record of being the oldest man to conquer Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, at the age of 76.

Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former soldier in the British Army who quit his job to become a social worker, is now the proud holder of the record, vanquishing professional Japanese climber and skiier Yuichiro Miura.

Nepal Maoists call 3-day strike as talks with government fail

Nepal Maoists call 3-day strike as talks with government fail  Kathmandu, Nov 21 : As their week-long ultimatum to the coalition government of Nepal expired without an agreement with the ruling parties, the former Maoist guerrillas Saturday announced fresh turmoil and a three-day general strike that, their chief warned, could lead to an indefinite strike next month.

Indian among four dead at Nepal's controversial fair

Indian among four dead at Nepal's controversial fairKathmandu, Nov 21- The most controversial religious fair in Nepal's Terai plains, where thousands of birds and beasts are doomed to be slaughtered next week, has fallen into more disrepute with the death of four visitors, including an Indian.

Laloo Mahato Nuniyar, a resident of Motihari district in India's Bihar state and said to be in his mid-30s, had gone to attend the fair at Hindu goddess Gadhimai's temple in southern Nepal's Bara district.

Nepal peace pact in tatters on third anniversary

Nepal peace pact in tatters on third anniversaryKathmandu, Nov 20 Nepal's historic peace pact, which ended a decade of violent communist insurgency, turned three years Friday under the threat of unravelling.

On this date in 2006, the shadowy leader of Nepal's Maoist guerrillas, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, emerged in the capital from underground to ink a comprehensive agreement with the major parties.

The pact pledged peace, a new constitution and general elections within six months of that.

Nepal ignores Bardot's plea to halt animal slaughter

Nepal ignores Bardot's plea to halt animal slaughterKathmandu, Nov 20 - Nepal's coalition government has turned a deaf ear to urgent pleas by celebrated French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot to prevent the slaughter of thousands of birds and animals at a religious fair in the Terai plains next week.

Nabbed Nepali says he extorted ex-king's daughter 'with respect'

Nabbed Nepali says he extorted ex-king's daughter 'with respect' Kathmandu, Nov 19 : A man, who was arrested by Nepal Police for trying to extract money from deposed king Gyanendra Shah's daughter Prerana Singh, is trying to mitigate his action saying he had treated the former princess with "respect" throughout the extortion attempt.




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