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At least 17 bodies found in migrant ship off Libya Friday, December 5th, 2014

ROME (AP): Italian news reports say rescue crews have discovered some 17 bodies in the hull of a migrant ship off Libya in the first reported deaths since the European Union took over Mediterranean rescue operations. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters Friday that the boat was..

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Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual Friday, November 28th, 2014

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise. More than 80 percent of..

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Nepal tackles traffic woes with unique idea Monday, November 24th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Grappling with massive traffic chaos, Nepal has introduced a unique way to tackle the issue ahead of the SAARC summit by restricting plying of private vehicles bearing odd registration numbers on Monday and barring those with even numbers on Tuesday. The schools and other government..

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Saving Nepal’s newborns Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

BADALAMJI, Nepal (AFP): An army of housewives is mobilised in an attempt to lower the country's neonatal mortality rate On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube..

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10 Lessons I Learned While Working With Women Activists in Nepal Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

By Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.(Author, Anthropologist) :: In my recent memoir on becoming a wife and mother in a high caste family in Nepal, I also share stories of my work with women activists there. More than negative reviews, I dread some praise, especially characterizations of my book as "giving..

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Nepal’s marginalised group protest crackdown Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Gyanu Adhikari, KATHMANDU: Nationalist strains have emerged along Nepal's southern border with India as Madhesis who make up the majority of inhabitants in the region seek improved conditions. Many Madhesis say they are victims of discrimination and rights abuses, and protests seeking repairs to..

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International Buddhist Conference 2014 held in Lumbini Nepal Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

KATHMANDU: The International Buddhist Conference 2014 was held from 15 November to 18 November 2014 in Lumbini, Nepal. It was held with an objective of preserving Buddhist culture and heritage. The conference was held with a joint initiative of Nepal Theravada Buddhist Academy and Myanmar Sitagu..

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Health Woes in Nepal Village Known for Organ Sales Friday, November 14th, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, HOKSHE, Nepal(AP): Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of..

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Snakebite test correctly IDs attackers in Nepal Thursday, November 6th, 2014

BY NATHAN SEPPA, NEW ORLEANS: Swabbing for traces of snake DNA around bite marks on people can reveal the guilty serpent, a use of forensics that could change how people in regions beset by snakebites identify the culprits, a study in Nepal finds. Snake identification can be lifesaving if it..

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India orders SSB to stop cattle smuggling to Nepal Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

New Delhi, (IANS): The ministry of home affairs has ordered the paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to ensure that cattle are not taken illegally across the border into Nepal for sacrifice during the Gadhimai festival. "The MHA has desired that the movement of cattle for sacrifice during..

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Bangladesh power back on after nationwide blackout Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP): Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country's energy grid was fully restored, and any further..

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Nepal lacks preventive measures despite rise in suicide rates Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Bibbi Abruzzini, KATHMANDU: The World Health Organization ( WHO) has underscored the need to develop suicide preventive measures in countries like Nepal where a national response to reduce suicide rates is still largely non-existent. "Suicides are preventable. For national responses to be..

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Bhai Tika today, 11:35am auspicious hour for Bhaitika Saturday, October 25th, 2014

KATHMANDU: The last day of Tihar Festival, Bhai Tika, is being observed across the country on Saturday. The auspicious hour for this year's Bhai Tika is set for 11:35am. Professor Dr Ram Chandra Gautam , Chairman of Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Committee, said that the auspicious hour for this year's..

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Nepal celebrates Tihar festival

KATHMANDU: Celebrations in Nepal for the Tihar festival, dedicated to animals, were under way yesterday as Hindus as well as some Buddhists joined the five-day festival. The first day is dedicated to worshipping of the crow, considered the messenger of death or Yamaraj, by the Hindus. The dog is..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..