Nepal, the Himalayan forests are burning Friday, April 27th, 2012

by Kalpit Parajuli, Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - The burning of thousands of hectares of forest has brought the mountain communities of Nepal to their knees. This week, 225 fires have struck areas scattered throughout the region of the Hindu Kush - Himalayas, causing serious damage to homes and killing..

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Visit to Nepal life-changing

By Lin Ferguson: Cullinane College student Tom Watson is proud to be a Kiwi and to be fortunate enough to live in New Zealand. But these are recent revelations for the 17-year-old, who has just returned from 18 days living in a valley at the foot of Mt Everest, 4300 metres above sea..

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Stopping Monsanto in Nepal: The People’s Victory Thursday, April 26th, 2012

By Neha Rayamajhi: Around the 16th century, Europeans arrived on the subcontinent of India—a place predominantly inhabited by a culture that believes in the concept of ‘atithi deva bhava’ (guests are Gods). White men arrived in huge boats, claiming to bring more trade, and white women..

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Nepal’s ‘Super Sherpa’ crosses the Himalayas Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP) : Nepal's "Super Sherpa" on Wednesday voiced amazement at the pace of change in the country's remote Himalayan communities, as he celebrated his return from one of the world's most difficult treks. Apa Sherpa, 52, arrived in Kathmandu earlier this week after leading the first..

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GM Maize: Nepal’s Food Security Threatened

Arun Shrivastava, DELHI):  Not only Nepal’s but the entire Himalayan region is under threat. Genetically Engineered seeds are weapons of mass culling. The Nepalese Government’s foolishness in inviting USAID and Monsanto for ‘agricultural development’ through genetically..

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Nepal’s Super Sherpa crosses the Himalayas

MSN News:  Nepal's "Super Sherpa" has voiced amazement at the pace of change in remote Himalayan communities, as he celebrated his return from one of the world's most difficult treks. Apa Sherpa, 52, arrived in Kathmandu earlier this week after leading the first expedition to complete the Great..

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Two sons follow fathers’ footsteps to conquer Everest Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters):  The sons of two members of the first U.S. team to scale Mount Everest are hoping to climb the world's highest mountain, replicating their fathers' feat nearly half a century after the historic first U.S. ascent. Leif Whittaker is the son of Jim Whittaker,..

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Nepal parties seek more time to settle statute row Monday, April 23rd, 2012

KATHMANDU (IANS) : Major political parties of Nepal Monday sought two more days to thrash out contentious issues that have held up their constitution drafting. The Himalayan country's political parties have extended the Constituent Assembly's (CA) term thrice earlier, though they had in 2008..

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Nepal urged to drop plan for war crimes amnesty Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP): Leading rights groups urged Nepal on Monday to drop plans for a blanket amnesty over thousands of killings and other atrocities committed during the country's ten-year civil war. More than 16,000 people died in the conflict between Maoist rebels and the state, which ended in..

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Nepal registers bill to shorten constitution drafting

From Shirish B Pradhan KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal today registered a bill in the parliament to shorten the procedure for promulgation of a new constitution to enable the constituent assembly meet its May 27 deadline. Law Minister Brajesh Kumar Gupta registered the bill in the parliament secretariat to..

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Ex-militants to help plug infiltration from Nepal

M Saleem Pandit, TNN,SRINAGAR: The Jammu & Kashmir government will soon deploy former militants as "spotters" along the India-Nepal border to stop infiltration. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by home secretary R K Singh on Sunday. The Centre has decided to depute..

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J&K Police to be deployed along India-Nepal border

NEW DELHI (PTI): In an attempt to plug the Nepal route used by Kashmiri militants to re-enter the Valley using the new surrender policy as a cover, the Centre has decided to depute Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel along with the Sashastra Seema Bal, a para-military force guarding the Indo-Nepal..

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Nepali climber, 30, dies in fall on Everest Saturday, April 21st, 2012

KATHMANDU (DAILY STAR): A 30-year-old Nepali mountaineer died on Saturday attempting to scale Mount Everest, a government official said, in the second death this season on the world's highest peak.  fell into a deep crevasse while climbing towards Base Camp Two, more than two-thirds of the way..

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Nepal war children head from poverty to university

KATHMANDU (DAWN): The gates of one of Nepal’s top private schools swing open and 20 children who hope to be the doctors, lawyers and scientists of tomorrow spill out into a smart Kathmandu suburb. But while their classmates come from the country’s wealthiest elite, these children were..

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US scientists head to Mount Everest for research Friday, April 20th, 2012

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP): A team of American scientists and researchers flew to the Mount Everest region on Friday to set up a laboratory at the base of the world's highest mountain to study the effects of high altitude on humans. The team from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota says it plans to monitor..

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