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U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said. Nepal, home to Mount Everest and..

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Gov’t sets up contact office at Mount Everest base camp Sunday, April 13th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Government has finally set up a contact office at Mount Everest base camp over the last weekend, officials said. This is the first venture of its kind in Nepal in a bid to make Nepal's mountaineering more safe and organized. "The contact office has now come to existence since last..

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Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan Friday, April 11th, 2014

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. Wedged between China and India, the nascent republic..

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Nepal bill offers amnesty for war crimes Thursday, April 10th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Former Maoist rebels or security force members who committed crimes during Nepal’s civil war could be granted an amnesty except in cases of rape under planned legislation, a senior lawmaker said Thursday. The government late Wednesday introduced a bill in parliament to set up a..

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1999 hijack case: Yusuf Nepali released from jail Sunday, April 6th, 2014

MUMBAI: Bhupal Man Damai alias Yusuf Nepali, who was jailed in connection with the hijacking of Indian airlines flight IC-814 to Kandahar in December 1999, was today released after a Court exonerated him. Nepali (54) was released from Patiala Central jail at round 6.30 pm today, with a stamp on..

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Tibetans Repressed in Nepal, Rights Group Finds Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

By EDWARD WONG and BHADRA SHARMA, BEIJING (NY Times): Under enormous pressure from China, the Nepalese government restricts the political freedoms of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal, subjects them to abuse and harassment by the security forces, and spies on them for Chinese officials, according to..

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President Yadav observed Ghode Jatra Sunday, March 30th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepal Army (NA) marked the Ghode Jatra, the Festival of Horses, today organising a special function at the NA Pavilion. President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang, Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma,..

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Foreigners ‘may not’ climb Everest alone Friday, March 28th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal is considering banning foreign climbers from scaling Mount Everest alone in a bid to reduce accidents on the world’s highest peak, an industry official said Thursday. Solo climbers would be forced to take a local guide up the mountain amid concerns of safety, overcrowding..

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‘Nepal plans free SIM cards to aid stranded hikers’

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal intends to distribute free mobile SIM cards to trekkers travelling alone to remote corners of the country, to address safety concerns and aid any rescue efforts, an official said Thursday. Tens of thousands of independent trekkers arrive in the Himalayan nation every year,..

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Nepal to Ease Traffic on Mount Everest Monday, March 24th, 2014

KATHAMDU (AP): Nepalese officials say the government plans to minimize the congestion of climbers near the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of Mount Everest, which is clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather. Tourism ministry official Mohan Krishna Sapkota said..

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Nepal keenly watching Indian polls Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

By Anil Giri, KATHMANDU (IANS): Nepal is keenly following the upcoming general elections in India as any crucial economic or political changes that take place in the giant neighbour will directly impact on the Himalayan nation's politics, economy and common people. Nepal shares a 1,850-km open..

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Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

By Laurel Neme (National Geographic): It's the second year of such success in Nepal. In 2011 the country also had none, and in 2012 it lost just one rhino to poaching. This achievement is particularly notable in the face of increased poaching elsewhere. Since February 28, according to press..

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Dalai Lama meets the delegation of the EESC Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Dharamsala: The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse, met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (India) earlier today. He was accompanied by a delegation of EESC Members, whose official visit included attendance of the 55th anniversary ceremonies of the Tibetan..

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Nepal mulls leasing Himalayan peaks

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal is considering a plan to lease Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jumpstart the economy. The proposal would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open,..

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