Nepal capital fears violence as government clamps ban orders

Nepal capital fears violence as government clamps ban ordersKathmandu, Nov 11 : After a series of peaceful street protests by the former Maoist guerrillas against the communist-led government of Nepal, violence could erupt Thursday in the capital following the ruling alliance's decision to clamp prohibitory orders on large tracts of area around Singha Durbar, the bastion of the government.

Nepal's 'Laurel-Hardy' join protests against animal massacre

Nepal's 'Laurel-Hardy' join protests against animal massacre Kathmandu, Nov 10 : Nepal's best-loved comedian duo, who have also become the voice of the fledgling republic's conscience, have joined the growing protests in Nepal against the horrific slaughter of hundreds of thousands of birds and animals at a temple in the Terai.

Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya - known as the MaHa pair and the only living beings in Nepal to have a series of comic books devoted to their antics - are asking people not to pledge to sacrifice birds and animals at the altar of the Gadhimai Temple in Bara district.

Thousands stranded as Maoists lay siege to Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu, Nov 10 - Thousands of people, including the disabled, sick and children, were left stranded on the highways leading to Kathmandu valley as Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas Tuesday enforced a blockade to press their demand for a new government even as the ruling alliance warned the siege was against the peace pact.

Lines of trucks laden with essential commodities from India ground to a halt near Nagdhunga, the main entry point to Kathmandu valley from India, while the former insurgents fanned out to five more entry points to cut off all incoming and outgoing traffic for a day.

Key Nepal leader Koirala rushed to hospital

Kathmandu, Nov 10 - A day before he was to fly to Singapore for medical tests, Nepal's former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala and chief of the republic's second largest party was rushed to hospital Tuesday for emergency treatment after he complained of breathing difficulties and chest pain.

A team of seven physicians, including two of Koirala's personal doctors, began treating the 84-year-old who was rushed to the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre in the capital where he has been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Leaders of Koirala's Nepali Congress party, the largest in the ruling alliance and the second biggest in parliament after the Maoists, rushed to the hospital after he was diagnosed to have accumulated water in his lungs.

Maoist anti-government protestors blockade Kathmandu

Maoist anti-government protestors blockade KathmanduKathmandu - Nepal's former rebel Maoists imposed a blockade of the Kathmandu Valley Tuesday as part of an anti-government protest.

Maoist cadres sat on highways at several entry points into the valley, effectively cutting off the capital from rest of the country.

"Hundreds of Maoist activists have shut down the highways and other link roads leading in and out of the Kathmandu Valley," the Kathmandu police office said. "The blockade has been total, and no vehicles have entered Kathmandu from anywhere."

Despite protests, Nepal to host world’s largest animal sacrifice fair

Despite protests, Nepal to host world’s largest animal sacrifice fairManeka Gandhi’s protest and Nepal’s ‘Budhha Boy’ Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s appeal would not be able to prevent sacrifice of nearly half a million animals at this month’s Gadhimai Mela in this Himalayan nation.
Billed as the world’s largest animal sacrifice fair, the event held every five years at Bariyapur in Bara district of southern Nepal is expected to attract nearly five million Hindu devotees from across the country and several Indian states as well.

Pakistani couple behind fake Indian money trade in Nepal

Kathmandu, nepal, Kathmandu, Nov 9 : A Pakistani couple have been found to be involved in running a fake Indian currency network in Nepal.

Mohammad Ali Zamindar and his wife Sahebi Zamindar had been running the racket from their residence in Balaju in the capital, police said.    

Following reports by spies, police raided the house and found a cache of fake Indian notes totalling nearly Rs. 2.7 million. The money was in denomination of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, which have been banned in Nepal for nearly a decade to crack down on the fake currency racket that is believed to extend to the Middle East.    

Swine flu panic spreads to 3rd Nepal district

Swine flu panic spreads to 3rd Nepal district Kathmandu, Nov 9 : Hundreds of people flocked to hospitals for tests with swine flu like symptoms while public schools were shut down for three days in a third district in western Nepal after fears of an epidemic loomed large in the region following detection of the virus in school students and security forces.

Myagdi district, adjacent to Baglung and Parbat, where the H1N1 virus was detected in nine samples taken from 12 people complaining of swine flu-like symptoms, came under scare after over

16 killed in Nepal as bus falls from mountain

16 killed in Nepal as bus falls from mountain Kathmandu  - At least 16 people were killed and more than two dozen injured Sunday when a passenger bus plunged off a mountain highway in western Nepal, police said.

The bus fell about 250 metres off the narrow highway in the Arghakhanchi district, about 350 kilometres west of Kathmandu.

Police said most of the victims died after being crushed inside the mangled remains of the bus.

Police officer Radhe Shyam Singh said 25 people were injured in the accident and half of them were in serious condition.

16 dead in Nepal bus accident

16 dead in Nepal bus accidentKathmandu, Nov 8 - At least 16 people were killed and over two dozen injured in western Nepal Sunday when a commuter bus met with an accident, police said.

The bus was heading towards Sandhikharka, the main town in Arghakhanchi, one of the hardest-hit districts during the Maoist insurgency, when it met with an accident in Hangshapur village. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

While 16 passengers, including women, children and the driver of the bus, died on the spot, 25 people were badly injured, 10 of them seriously, police said.

UN says Nepal parties should fix president's powers

UN says Nepal parties should fix president's powersKathmandu, Nov 7 : Ignoring a rebuff by Nepal's ruling parties, who have asked the UN not to intervene in the republic's internal matters, a top UN official is suggesting that the parties fix the powers of President Ram Baran Yadav, whose action almost six months ago triggered a fresh crisis in the Himalayan nation.

No import of Nepal's Maoists, arms to India: Home secretary

No import of Nepal's Maoists, arms to India: Home secretaryKathmandu, Nov 7 : India's Home Decretary G. K. Pillai Saturday wound up bilateral security talks with Nepal here with no progress in the new extradition treaty proposed by New Delhi. He also scotched allegations that Nepal's Maoists and their arms were being "imported" to India to fan anti-government violence in the sub-continent.

Nepal will not allow use of its territory against India

NepalJhalanath Khanal is the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) that leads the 22-party regime the Prachanda-led Maoists want dislodged. But in Himalayan nation’s quest for political consensus, he’s also seen as a compromise successor to Prime Minister Madhav Nepal. Khanal is visiting India. Excerpts from an interview:

Swine flu menace looms large over Nepal

Swine flu menace looms large over Nepal  Kathmandu, Nov 6 : Though not yet having lost a patient to swine flu, Nepal Friday sounded an alarm after the discovery that the epidemic could be spreading in two districts in the west where school children and security personnel tested positive for the disease.

Schools were closed in Parbat and its neighbouring district Baglung after viral fever raged in classrooms and 12 people tested positive for swine flu in Parbat.

Last week, an outbreak of viral fever was reported in Parbat's schools but the health authorities had not indicated the nature of the fever.

India-Nepal security talks focus on open border, extradition

India-Nepal security talks focus on open border, extraditionKathmandu, Nov 6 : India and Nepal Friday began bilateral talks in Kathmandu to enhance security cooperation, focusing on the management of the open border between the two neighbours, an updated extradition treaty and training Nepal's police forces.

Indian Home Secretary G. K. Pillai is leading a 10-member delegation of security officials while the Nepal side is headed by Home Secretary Govinda Kusum.    

Triumphant Maoists call off another protest

Triumphant Maoists call off another protestKathmandu, Nov 6 - Their morale boosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging for a national government in Nepal, the former Maoist guerrillas Friday called off another protest that was deemed as going against the peace pact, in a renewed bid to woo the international community.

The former rebels, who agreed to call off a proposed blockade of the country's only international airport scheduled for Tuesday after 12 western governments expressed grave concern, have now also decided not to declare a restructuring of the country Monday.

India-Nepal to ink extradition treaty

India Nepal BoarderIndia and Nepal will sign twin agreements this weekend to tighten the grip on terrorists, underworld and drug mafia, a senior home ministry official in Delhi said on Thursday.

Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai and his Nepalese counterpart Gobinda Prasad Kusum would sign the extradition treaty and a mutual legal assistance treaty on criminal matters towards the end of two-day home secretary-level talks.

Foreign sex workers begin to eye Nepal

Foreign sex workers begin to eye NepalKathmandu, Nov 5 - Once the destination of trekkers and pilgrims, the Himalayan Shangri-la of Nepal is now becoming a hub of foreign sex workers with a bustling network of international procurers and clients.

Nepal's police began the first crackdown on international sex trade Wednesday when a nocturnal raid in one of the best locations of the capital netted them six Chinese sex workers, who were caught red-handed with six Nepali customers.

Manipal hospital under fresh attack in Nepal

Manipal hospital under fresh attack in NepalKathmandu, Nov 5 - The Manipal Teaching Hospital, run by India's Manipal Group as a joint venture with the Nepal government, has come under fresh attack from locals, causing its outdoor unit for patients to be closed indefinitely.

The 700-bed hospital in Pokhara, established in 1998 under the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, has shut down its outdoor services after two of its doctors were assaulted Tuesday over the death of a patient and local groups began demanding compensation.

China lends Nepal $200mn for infrastructure

Surendra PandeyKathmandu, Nov 4 : Nepal's northern neighbour China Wednesday pledged a soft loan of $200 million for infrastructure-related projects in the Himalayan republic, including a 61 MW hydropower project.

The Upper Trishuli power project in Nepal's Nuwakot district will be built within three years with Chinese assistance, Nepal's Finance Minister Surendra Pandey told reporters as a memorandum of understanding was signed between China's state-owned Exim Bank, which will disburse the loan, and Nepal's finance ministry.

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