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Nepal School System Left Shattered in Aftermath of Quake
By Gardiner Harris
EXCERPT:... officials say that thousands of schools have been destroyed and that tens of thousands of classrooms need replacing.
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Fresh tremors hit Nepal as toll in fresh quake rises to 65
Source : PTI
Kathmandu: Fresh tremors today struck Nepal where thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night in the open after a powerful earthquake killed 65 people, as the nightmare continued for the country already devastated by a temblor over two weeks ago that had claimed over 8,000 lives.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake yesterday brought down homes and buildings, killing 65 people and injuring nearly 2,000, Nepal's National Emergency Operation Centre said.

Most of the casualties were reported in ... Read More
‘Honoring Nepal’ Review, at the Rubin Museum of Art
New York
Within hours of the news that an earthquake had devastated the Himalayan nation of Nepal, emails and texts were flying among the curators and other staff members at the Rubin Museum of Art, which specializes in Himalayan art. On the very next working day, they met to discuss what they could do to help. And on that same evening, an email landed in the inboxes of the more than 30,000 people on the ... Read More
Earthquake jolts Nepal again, major tremors felt in India
Source : PTI
New Delhi: A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on richter scale epicentred in Nepal today shook several states in North and East India including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, causing panic among people, less than three weeks after the region was hit by a devastating temblor.
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Donor Response Slow to Meet Nepal's Needs
KATHMANDU, Nepal — The international response has been slow to an appeal for emergency funds to help the millions of people hit by last month's earthquake in Nepal, a U.N. official said Friday.
Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N.'s chief official in Nepal, said the agency had received $22 million so far against an appeal last week for $415 million to support relief efforts for the first three months in the Himalayan nation.
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Earthquake Survivors Turn to Rebuilding Homes and Lives
Kathmandu: Six years ago, Paru Shrestha's family tore down their old home in the Nepali town of Sankhu and replaced it with a modern, five-storey house. It probably saved their lives.

On April 25, a devastating earthquake killed over 7,700 people and flattened towns and villages across central Nepal, including most of Sankhu's fine old buildings.

But Shrestha's no-frills home stood cracked yet intact among the rubble and dust of neighbouring buildings.

"If this was an old ... Read More
Nepal Relief Team Bringing Medical Assistance to Those Most Vulnerable
Kathmandu, Nepal – The people of Nepal are still suffering after an earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes shook the country to its core, killing more than 5,500 people, and leaving thousands without water, shelter and medical aid, especially those living in remote areas who are famished and sick because of the lack of aid.
UNITED SIKHS Nepal Relief Team consisting of Dr. Harmeet Singh, physician in charge of Emergency and Urgent Care at the Moolchand hospital in ... Read More
Nepalis in New York Improvise a Relief Effort for Earthquake Victims
The day after the earthquake in Nepal, Lila Lamini, who lives in Woodside, Queens, gathered a dozen of her friends, all of them fellow domestic workers in New York and all from the same rural area of Nepal. The earthquake had destroyed their villages, blocked access to the region, and killed and injured residents.
“My friends said, ‘I have no idea what to do,’” she recalled. “I said: ‘Come on, guys. Everybody, think.’”
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After Nepal Quake, Faithful Seek Solace
KATMANDU, Nepal—Half a dozen holy men—some clad in saffron robes, others wearing nothing but a loin cloth—their faces smeared with ash and vermillion, sat under a covered walkway at one of the Hinduism’s most sacred sites here Monday, meditating and dispensing advice.
“If you seek blessing from a sadhu,” as the ascetics are known, said Tej Prasad Dangal, a 44-year-old shop owner whose home was destroyed by the April 25 earthquake, “you feel better, like a ... Read More
Gurkha Fighters Struggle to Save Homeland

BARPAK, Nepal—When the earthquake that ravaged Nepal hit this mountain village, Dhaniram Ghale lost his home and dozens of his neighbors, who were crushed to death.
He also lost a collection of tiny possessions that recorded some of his life’s proudest moments and reflect a centuries-old martial heritage here—medals he won during his 30 years in the Indian army.
“They were most dear to me,” he said. “There is no way I ... Read More
Nepal billionaire to construct 10,000 houses for earthquake victims
Kathmandu: A Nepalese billionaire will construct 10,000 transitional homes for the earthquake victims here and has sought technical support from a non-profit organisation in India.

Chaudhary Group will construct 1,000 homes with its own resources and will partner with other donor organisations to construct remaining 9,000 homes in the next six months period, said Binod Chaudhary, chairman of the Chaudhary Foundation.

Chaudhary Foundation, belonging to Binod who is Nepal's first billionaire will construct the flats with the ... Read More
Maoists criticize prime minister for moving too slowly, being ‘insensitive’
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who leads a coalition government, was out of the country when the temblor struck, at a summit in Indonesia. Even after Mr. Koirala’s return, his opponents and critics say, a lack of leadership has frustrated efforts to speed rescue and relief efforts.
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UN agency begins food distribution in remote Nepali villages
NEW DELHI: Food trucks commissioned by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started rolling out into the remote villages of one of the most severely affected Gorkha district of Nepal. WFP, which is the largest humanitarian agency in the world, plans to provide food for 1.4 million people in urgent need of assistance over the next three months at a cost of $116.5 million.

It is estimated that up to 8 million people have been ... Read More
Over 3,700 Killed in Nepal Earthquake
Kathmandu: Thousands of people spent last night huddled under makeshift tents fashioned from plastic sheeting that did little to protect them from heavy rain, sleepless with fear as aftershocks rattled Nepal, where more than 3,700 people have died in Saturday's earthquake, news agency Reuters said citing a Home Ministry official.

Monday morning brought the sun and some respite in devastated Kathmandu, where rain on Sunday hampered rescue work. Progress on relief was also hit by ... Read More
Chaos Reigns at Nepal's Only International Airport in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal: Chaos prevailed at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu today with hundreds of people waiting to be evacuated from the earthquake-ravaged country as India and other nations scurried to bring back their panic-stricken citizens.

While 2,500 people have been evacuated so far, scores of people, largely Indians were lined up at the Tribhuvan International Airport to board commercial and special defence aircraft to return home.

Given the huge rush, priority is being given to ... Read More
Historic tower collapses in Kathmandu after quake
KATHMANDU: A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a Reuters witness said.

The Dharahara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.

One body was removed from the tower and a ... Read More
Many Deaths as Earthquake Strikes Near Nepal’s Capital


NEW DELHI — An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, flattening sections of the city’s historic center and trapping sightseers in a 200-foot tower that crumbled into a pile of bricks. People in the capital described scenes of panic and collapsed buildings, and the United States Geological Survey predicted severe damage to villages near the quake’s epicenter, about 50 miles ... Read More
Modi Calls Emergency Meeton Nepal Tragedy: 10 Developments
New Delhi: A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across large swathes of Northern India for nearly a minute.

Following are the 10 latest developments:

More than 650 people are killed in Nepal, according to police and government officials cited by different agencies. In India, 34 people have died in Bihar; 40 children were injured when a part of their school collapsed in West ... Read More
Nepal leading tobacco control in South Asia
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service

(CNS): South Asian region has very high levels of tobacco use, and thus not surprisingly, rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other tobacco related illnesses rage high. Nepal is in spotlight in South Asian region by demonstrating high commitment to tobacco control and also acting on the ground! Recognizing Nepal's leadership, the country was awarded the prestigious 'Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for Global Tobacco Control' at the 16th World Conference on ... Read More
‘Understanding’ on Constitution broken, general strike on in Nepal
A day after claiming that they reached “understanding” on three of the four major contentious subjects of the new Constitution, Nepal’s political parties on Monday did not reach an agreement on them.

The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML leaders accused UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a. Prachanda of going back on the “understanding” reached by four political forces on Sunday. The alliance of opposition parties, led by the UCPN (Maoist), meanwhile, said it would go ... Read More
Trip to Nepal
The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce a group reporting trip to Nepal from April 25 to May 7, 2015.
Although Nepal is known as the home to Earth's tallest peak, Mt. Everest, and for its abundance of trekking and climbing options, little about health and development in the country garners headlines. In the past decade, Nepal emerged from a difficult civil war and has worked to address its many challenges in these areas.
The ... Read More
China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal

Nepal is trying to woo investment from its giant neighbors China and India.

KATMANDU: China says it's ready to help develop Nepal's power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi says his country will provide funding and human resources to train Nepalese professionals in the hydropower sector.

Wang spoke to reporters on Friday during his three-day visit to Nepal, ... Read More
Nepal's killing fields
FIVE THOUSAND buffalo lie slaughtered at the beginning of Hindu ceremony which sees up to 300,000 animals killed to bring worshippers good luck

•Hundreds of thousands of animals set to be slaughtered during two-day religious festival in Nepal
•The Hindu festival is held every five years in honour of Gadhimai, the goddess of power
•Festivities kicked off on Friday morning with the mass-slaughter of 5,000-6,000 buffalo in a field
•The last time the festival was held, in 2009, ... Read More
Nepal media critical of Modi
Source : PTI
Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice to Nepal's warring political parties on the Constitution-making process was on Thursday criticised by the media here which termed it as "breaching of diplomatic norms".

Critical comments appeared in some of Nepal's national newspapers regarding Modi's advice to political parties on the long-delayed drafting of the country's constitution.

During his bilateral engagements with Nepalese political leaders, Modi had urged them to forge consensus to draft the constitution and asked ... Read More
47 Killed in Nepal Deadly Bus Mishap

The bus carrying more than 50 people had skidded off a narrow stretch in Jajarkot district's mountainous region and plunged into Bheri river in western Nepal on Thursday.

On day one, officials had confirmed that five people were killed and around 45 remained missing.

The bus, which had completely submerged into the water soon after it fell around 80 metres off the road, was partially fished out today. ... Read More
Nepal Does China’s Bidding
In recent years the Chinese government has given $32.7 million annually to Nepal. The China Exim Bank has also doled out $66 million for various projects, including $32.7 million for an Armed Police Force academy.
The catch? Beijing wants Nepal to curb “anti-China activities.” The latest such lecture came from Governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region Lobsang Gyaltsen, who came to Kathmandu on Oct. 27 bearing an additional $3.3 million in annual aid.
“Anti-China activities” is code ... Read More
Nepal gearing to protect public health from tobacco industry interference
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
Photograph of Dr Tara Singh Bam of The Union is online at: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g9zDkkZE2Fg/VE3s-C2oh5I/AAAAAAAAN6g/j9UzTbmZlP8/s1600/IMG_1087.JPG

There is a direct and irreconcilable conflict of interest between tobacco industry and public health policy. This conflict of interest is also enshrined in the preamble of the Article 5.3 of the global tobacco treaty (formally called WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). The WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan had said at a recent meeting in Moscow: ... Read More
Nepal, India Sign Historic Power Trade Agreement

KATHMANDU: India and Nepal today inked a historic Power Trade Agreement (PTA), allowing exchange of electricity and opening up new vistas of cooperation in the hydropower sector.

During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal in August, the two sides had agreed to sign the agreement that would allow exchange of electricity generated from hydel projects in Nepal. A draft agreement of the PTA was prepared by the two governments in first week ... Read More
Nepal: 9 more blizzard deaths
The security team looking for those trapped in heavy snowfall in Mustang district found bodies of nine more foreign tourists on Thursday. Nearly 70 tourists and accompanying Nepali trekking guides and porters are still missing, reports said.

“Five dead bodies have been brought to Muktinath on army helicopter,” said Mustang Chief District Officer (CDO) Baburam Bhandari. “We are arranging to have the remaining four bodies.” The identity of the dead is yet to be established.

Nepalis and ... Read More
Freak Blizzards in Nepal; Hikers Among 12 killed
This October 14, 2014 satellite image from NASA shows the remnants of Typhoon Hudhud over India, Nepal and China.
Kathmandu: At least 12 people, including eight foreign hikers and a group of yak herders, were killed in Nepal by unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by the tail of cyclone Hudhud, officials said on Wednesday.

The hikers' deaths come during the peak trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including ... Read More
Nepal PM Koirala free of cancer after treatment
KATHMANDU: Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who was diagnosed with first stage lung cancer and underwent radiotherapy sessions in the US, has fully recovered from the disease, his close aide said on Wednesday.

Koirala, 75, had undergone radiotherapy sessions for lung cancer in New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre after spots and lesions were detected in June.

Koirala, currently in New York for the UN general assembly, visited the hospital on Monday for a follow-up, ... Read More
Rajnath Singh Meets Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala
Kathmandu: Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held talks with Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and his counterpart, Bam Dev Gautam, separately.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Koirala, Mr Rajnath inquired about the latest political situation in Nepal, and the status of the constitution drafting process

Rajnath Singh arrived in Kathmandu Thursday afternoon to participate in the sixth meeting of the SAARC home and interior ministers be slated for Friday.

Known as the Nepal ... Read More
Abolish Haliya practice, a form of slavery
1. There are an estimated 3 million Dalits who have been facing the problem of untouchablity and caste-based discrimination in Nepal. In Nepal, 76% of the population depends on agriculture, and land is their major survival asset. However, 9% of the elite hold 47% of the cultivable land. On the other hand, 67% of poor people have ownership of only 17% of the arable land, and 33% of the poor have no land at all. ... Read More
Commission on Disappearance: will it deliver?
by Govinda Sharma " Bandi"
We just marked one more International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, but without any significant progress in terms of addressing the past disappearances in Nepal. Enforced disappearances were among the most serious human rights violations committed during the decade-long armed conflict. According to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Nepal recorded the highest number of enforced disappearances in 2003 and 2004 in the world.
On 21 ... Read More
Pressure needed in support of women forgotten in transitional justice process
1. In the recent past, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and its sister organization the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) have continued to highlight myriad problems in the substance of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Act passed by government of Nepal. However, given the nature of the violence during Nepal's insurgency, and given who continue to suffer the most without justice, the plight of women vis-à-vis the transitional justice system has received insufficient attention.
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In Nepal, a Better Life With a Steep Price

KATMANDU, Nepal — Picking up coffins at Tribhuvan International Airport here was once part-time work. Only a few arrived each week, not enough for a hearse driver to make a decent living.

Now, at least five turn up daily, the bodies shoehorned into white plastic-wrapped boxes. So, in 2009, Dipendra Prasad Acharya quit his job driving trucks to work full time in one of Nepal’s few growing industries — transporting the bodies of emigrant ... Read More
Modi's Nepal visit will reunite youth with his family

The maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal tomorrow will have a special humanitarian aspect -- reunion of a youth with his parents after a separation of about 16 years.

26-year-old Jeet Bahadur, who came in contact with Modi in Ahmedabad over a decade back and was since looked after by him, will travel with the Prime Minister to Kathmandu to be personally handed over to his mother and elder brother.

"On a personal ... Read More
Government slowly killing Adhikari couple
The fast-unto-death hunger strike of Nanda Prasad and Ganga Maya Adhikari, better known as the Adhikari couple , has reached 278 days and counting. Their only demand is an investigation and prosecution of those who killed their son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari. In other words, they demand justice.

Krishna Prasad was abducted and brutally murdered in June 2004 when visiting his grandparents in Chitwan District after his graduation examination. His relatives lodged a complaint with the ... Read More
Trauma & Drama Echo in Dolpo
Phurwa Dhondup
'A cold shiver runs through my veins and my body heats up every time I see a policeman', is what Nyima Tsering, from Tsarka VDC in Nepal, said to reporters after a 29 July press conference. During the police crackdown on 3 June, Nyima, 25 years of age, was dragged out from a grain storehouse, beaten, and then released, only to be rounded up again by another police team as he tried to flee ... Read More
Taking to the streets
Tashi Tewa Dolpo
French philosopher Michel Foucault, in his book Madness and Civilization, reveals the other side of madness. He links our narrow understanding of madness with the development of civilization, emphasizing that deviance and transgression are all mirrors of society and hence, should be analyzed properly to understand the society we live in. Foucault's objective was also to explore madness in the civilized world; therefore, his works shock the reader, showcasing the existence of an ... Read More
Nepal's oldest Communist party gets new leadership
Source : IANS
Kathmandu, July 16 (IANS) Khadga Prasad Oli has been elected the new president of Nepal's oldest Communist party CPN (UML), party officials said here Wednesday.

The election was held during the ninth general convention of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) that kicked off here July 3, Xinhua reported.

Oli, 62 and a former deputy premier of the country, defeated his rival Madhav Kumar Nepal, a former prime minister and a general secretary of ... Read More
Contempt of Court bill is too restrictive
A cartoon depicting the face of the Chief Justice hovering above a coconut tree was published on 6 November 1996 in the weekly newspaper "Bimarsa". The CJ was caricatured as being asked to throw a file titled “Tanakpur Agreement” to the opposition and ruling leaders, who were standing on either sides of the tree. Harihar Birahi, Publisher and Editor of the newspaper, was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs ... Read More
Upholding Judicial Dignity No Excuse for Muzzling Freedom of Expression
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) objects to the Contempt of Court Bill, which the government has tabled in Parliament on 9 June 2014. The Bill, if passed, will restrict freedom of expression and the freedom of the press. The Bill, while purporting to uphold judicial dignity, curtails individual freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and ... Read More
Country heads downhill
Yarsagumba (caterpillar fungus), a herb prized for its medicinal value, and cash worth NRs. 40 million has been looted from the Phoksundo Village Development Committee (VDC), located in the highlands of Dolpa district in Nepal. This incident of gang robbery is within a day's walk from the site where a violent police crackdown on the local community took place on 3 June 2014.

Such gang robberies in the Dolpa highlands seem to be an annual occurrence. ... Read More
Nepal PM Diagnosed With Tuberculosis: Party Spokesman
Kathmandu: US doctors treating Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala have ruled out lung cancer and diagnosed the 75-year-old with tuberculosis, a spokesman for the premier's Nepali Congress party said on Thursday.

Koirala travelled to New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center last week for treatment after routine tests showed up a spot on his lungs, prompting cancer fears.

"The doctors have diagnosed the PM with tuberculosis, not cancer, and have told him that it can be cured ... Read More
Then where is Chhori Maiya Maharjan?
The Kathmandu District Court has given a clean chit to Mrs. Surakshya Singh, a.k.a Nikki, on 2 June 2014. Nikki has been the principle suspect in the case of disappearance of Mrs. Chhori Maiya Maharjan, missing for the past two years. In following this case, and the functioning of the criminal justice mechanisms, right up to this week's judgment, the AHRC has reason to believe that it presents yet another example of a flawed justice ... Read More
Need for amendment of Truth and Reconciliation Law
1.The process of transitional justice in Nepal has encountered deliberate and blatant delays mainly due to the sheer lack of commitment and will of the political parties. The establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) against disappearances and the establishment of the Commission against Disappearances have been expressly mandated and provisioned by both the Interim Constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as far back as 2006, which remain the two major instruments setting ... Read More
Death at 19,000 Feet:Sherpas,and the Dangerous Business of Everest
By By Gordon Fairclough, Raymond Zhong and Krishna Pokharel
Everest—despite, or perhaps because of, its fearsome reputation and long history of death and disaster—has turned into a big business. It is the centerpiece of Nepal's $360 million trekking-and-tourism industry. Last year, more than 450 people climbed Everest, more than twice as many as in 1990. And with the help of commercial expedition firms, and better weather forecasting, a climber's odds of success have never been ... Read More
Nepalese Government to Set Up Relief Fund for Sherpas
NEW DELHI — The government of Nepal has agreed to create a relief fund for Sherpa mountain climbers who are injured or killed in accidents and to make other concessions to the Sherpas, according to an official at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. The official, Sushil Ghimire, said some of the revenue the government gets from expeditions to Mount Everest would be set aside for the fund.

The announcement came a day after ... Read More
Soaring Trips to a Temple in Nepal

The faces in “Manakamana,” a transporting ethnographic film set in a green sliver of Nepal, stare into the camera, out into space and, perhaps, into the great beyond. The faces are sometimes creased and weathered, sometimes smooth as pebbles. A few look etched with worry, as if they were weighed down by a heavy burden, although they may also be seized with fear. That’s because for 10 or so minutes at ... Read More
Time for Nepal to reform decaying institutions
Nepal has been in transition since 2006. Following the failure of the first Constituent Assembly to promulgate a new constitution, the country has been in a state of limbo and to make matters worse, there is no clear indication of when this transition will come to an end.

The indefinite hunger strike of Dr. Govinda KC has proved that the Nepal government is not running its institutions; they are being led by a mafia. That a ... Read More
An open letter to UN's Navi Pillay
An Open Letter from human rights community of Nepal to Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

NEPAL: Request to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to pay special attention to the demand for justice by the parents of the murdered Krishna Prasad Adhikari, on the 146th day of their hunger strike

Dear Madame Pillay,

Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Gangamaya Adhikari of Phujel Village of ... Read More
What is the meaning of justice if people die seeking it?
There are estimated 15,451 pending cases at the Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal. Last year the Supreme Court gave final decisions on only 4360 cases. There are still 12,114 pending cases from last year and 8097 registered this year that makes total of 20,211 pending cases at the SC. So far this year, the SC has been able to give decisions to only 20.95 percent of cases.

10 judges have been appointed at the Supreme Court. ... Read More
AHRC congratulate Nepal
The AHRC would like to congratulate the Jagaran Media Center for launching a national campaign of community radios of Nepal against all kinds of discriminations, especially against caste-based discrimination and untouchability on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21st March 2014.

A 'South Asian Parliamentary Forum' and 'Asia Dalit Rights Forum' which were also formed earlier this year rightfully goes along with this year's theme 'Role of Leaders in Combating ... Read More
Mental health and Human Rights
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. If there is discrepancy or disruption in mental well-being, which is must for an individual's wholeness, it will result in diminished capacity of coping with even ordinary demands of life. Therefore people with mental disorders are, or can be, particularly vulnerable to abuse and violation of rights (WHO ... Read More
There is always a price to pay
Last week the U.S. Embassy denied entry permits to Nepalese police officers as they have been stationed at police stations that have alleged track records of human rights violations during the insurgency and in other periods. The Police Headquarter sought help of the Home Ministry after the visas of 14 police officers were rejected as they have been implicated in human rights violations in the past. These officers are under 'Vetting'.

The U.S. Embassy has a ... Read More
The deficient justice system permits public punishment of children
The social media in Nepal was flooded with a photo share which showed three young boys tied to a bamboo pole on 22 February 2014. Three small boys aged 11 to 14 were caught stealing some mushroom packets and noodles in the settlement which lies near Aapgachhichok in Itahari-2, Sunsari district of Nepal. The boys were reportedly punished when the villagers caught them red-handed.

A bamboo pole was placed across their shoulders and their wrists were ... Read More
Long wait for justice
Two years on, and the family of a young man who was poisoned to death have been waiting for justice

The parents of Shiva Shankar Das (21) who was allegedly poisoned to death are still waiting for justice and compensation after two years. Shiva Shankar had a love affair with a 20-year old woman from a so-called ‘upper caste’ community and was allegedly poisoned by the girl’s relatives on January 30, 2012.

The Jagaran Media Center ... Read More
Adhikari Couple in Critical Condition
The health of Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Mrs. Ganga Maya Adhikari, parents to a murdered son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, is deteriorating rapidly. According to doctors at Bir Hospital, having resumed their hunger strike from their hospital beds, the Adhikari couple are now in critical condition.

Maoist cadre allegedly killed Krishna Prasad Adhikari in 2004. Krishna was visiting his grandparents in Jaimangala village, Chitwan district, when Maoists suspected him to be a spy of the ... Read More
No need to fence Indo-Nepal border: border chief
New Delhi: There is no need to fence the Indo-Nepal border as the frontier is a friendly crossing between the two countries, the chief of border guarding SSB on Friday said.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General Arun Chaudhary, during a conference held here to commemorate 50 years of the raising of the force said, there was "no threat emanating from the people of Nepal" and hence this measure was not required.

"Replying to a question, DG ... Read More
In Fractured Nepal, Plans for National Elections Provide a Series of Subplots

In Nepal, a Tentative Democracy Prepares to Vote: After decades of political upheaval and paralysis, Nepal is scheduled to hold national elections on Nov. 19.

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s former first lady insisted that she was not a crook.

“If you read the newspapers, you’d think I was the most corrupt woman in Nepal,” said Hisila Yami, a Maoist leader and the wife of a former prime minister, Baburam Bhattarai.

Now that the Maoists have given ... Read More
Shrestha feted with NSJF Journalism Honour
KATHMANDU: Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) marked its 18th anniversary by felicitating senior sports journalist Pushkar Lal Shrestha with the NSJF Journalism Honour today.

Shrestha, a former footballer, was feted for his continued contribution in the Nepali sports journalism. Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Shiva Gaunle, Nepal Olympic Committee General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha and senior sports journalist, the award winner of the previous year, Shyam Chitrakar handed over letter of felicitation and ... Read More
Indo-Nepal joint military exercise begins in Uttarakhand
Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand: Joint exercises in general combat and mountain warfare will form part of the two-week-long 5th Indo-Nepal war games, which began in Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand recently.

The joint military exercise will also include anti-insurgency operations in hilly terrains and relief and rescue operations at the time of natural disasters.

The military exercise will conclude on October 6, an Indian Army source said.

"Over 900 Indian and Nepali troops are taking part in this exercise being conducted in ... Read More
Shreya Shah did reach the top of Mt. Everest
The last words of a Toronto woman who died last year after reaching the summit of Mount Everest were "save me," says a close friend.
Shriya Shah-Klorfine of Toronto was one of four people who died while descending from the summit Saturday in what are being described as overcrowded conditions. She ran out of oxygen.
"I just learned this morning that her last words were 'save me,' as she was taking her last breath," Siddoo said ... Read More
An urgent call to save the lives of Krishna Prasad Adhikari's parents, on hunger strike
Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire
Home Minister
Government of Nepal
Simha Darbar, Kathmandu

Fax: +977 1 42 11 232

Dear Sir,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to voice its deepest concern regarding the sharp deterioration in the health of Mr. Krishna Prasad Adhikari's parents, Mrs. Ganga Maya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari. They have been on hunger strike for 41 days today, asking for concrete progress in the investigation and prosecution of their son's abduction and murder allegedly by ... Read More
Nepal identifies 17 crimes on border with India
Kathmandu, Aug 30 : Nepal's home ministry has identified 17 types of crimes committed on its border with India, of which nine have links with international gangsters, officials said Friday.

Some of the crimes include smuggling of drugs and small arms, robbery, abduction, extortion and homicide. The crimes with involvement of international gangsters are mostly related to fake currency notes and terrorist acts, including bomb blasts and other forms of explosions, Xinhua reported.

A team of experts ... Read More
India to host summit to catalyse power development in Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 8 (IANS) PTC India (PTC) will host a conference here Aug 26-27 to catalyze hydropower development in Nepal and prospect of exploring market like India.

The two-day Power Summit-2013 to be held in association with the Independent Power Producer's Association, Nepal (IPPAN) will bring investors, stakeholders and experts from India, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Japan, Norway, and the US, among others, for the focused discussions on "Hastening the Pace of ... Read More
Ex-Nepal PM Madhav Kumar meets India's Foreign Secretary

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar met India's Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai, and discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Madhav Kumar, a senior Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) leader, who is accompanied by UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel and his former Foreign Affairs Adviser Rajan Bhattarai, is also scheduled to hold meetings with senior Indian politicians during his visit.

He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party chief Sonia ... Read More
Bringing the eradication of torture back on the political agenda
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the International day in support of victims of torture.

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to express its solidarity with the survivors who are still dealing with the consequences of the torture they underwent during the decade long civil war and for which they are still waiting for justice, seven years after the ... Read More
Serious concerns for the security of human rights defenders remain
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight the continuing need for closer monitoring by the Human Rights Council and the international community of the renewed threats and attacks that human rights defenders working in Nepal have had to face since the beginning of the year. Worries about potential reprisals from the former belligerents have arisen following progress in the investigation and prosecution of cases of human rights violations committed during the conflict. ... Read More
Nepal Airlines signs deal for two Airbus A320s
PARIS: Nepal Airlines has signed a preliminary deal to buy two Airbus A320 aircraft as it looks to capitalise on growth in tourism to the landlocked country, the European planemaker said on Monday.

The planes would be worth around $180 million at list prices.
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Nepal Maoist leader Prachanda in India from April 27
Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: April 26, 2013 21:19 IST

Nepal Maoist leader Prachanda to visit India tomorrow
New Delhi: Nepal's former prime minister and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', will arrive in the Indian capital on Saturday. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during which bilateral issues as well as elections to the Constituent Assembly are likely to figure, sources said.

Mr Prachanda's visit to India comes days ... Read More
India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal plan Brahmaputra, Ganga talks, SAMN, April 6, 2013

Arunachal Pradesh Water Resources Development Minister Newlai Tingkhatra during a meeting in Itanagar on Friday with the visiting Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq A Khan discussed ways to tackle the problem of siltation through river dredging and building embankments so that proper water depth was developed for inland water transportation.

Mr. Khan advocated an integrated and holistic management of the flood problem in Arunachal Pradesh as well as the Brahmaputra basin, the sources ... Read More
Top Nepal judge becomes head of interim government

Nepal's chief judge was named head of an interim government Thursday in an attempt by the Himalayan country's main political parties to cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for months.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav, and his choices of former bureaucrats Madhav Ghimire as home minister and Hari Prasad Neupane as law minister took the oath of office with him.

An agreement ... Read More
Nepalese woman scales Mount Everest twice within days
Kathmandu: A Nepalese climber was confirmed on Monday as the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a single season, Guinness World Records said, after she made the second summit within days of the first.

Chhurim Sherpa, 29, reached the 8,848-metre (29,028-feet) peak on May 12 last year before returning to base camp for a well-earned rest and then repeating the stunning feat a mere week later.

"I am very happy for this recognition. I was ... Read More
Raising voice against impunity puts human rights defenders at risk
1. The Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) urges the Human Rights Council to pay special attention to the situation of human rights defenders in Nepal, who have found themselves exposed to threats, attacks and retaliation in the context of an intensified struggle against impunity. We urge the Council to remind the government of Nepal of its obligations to ensure that human rights defenders are protected and able to play their role as denouncers of human ... Read More
Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Nepal
KATHMANDU: The self immolation by Tibetans in Tibet spread to Nepal on Wednesday when a 21 year old Tibetan monk set himself on fire in front of Boudhanath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan shrine in Kathmandu.

This is the first instance of self immolation by an ethnic Tibetan in Nepal against Chinese rule in Tibet.

According to police spokesman Keshav Adhikari, the man went inside a toilet of restaurant in front of the stupa, doused himself in petrol, ... Read More
The slow erosion of democratic institutions hampers accountability
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is releasing its annual report on the state of human rights protection in Nepal through 2012 on the occasion of the 64th Human Rights Day. This year the world human rights community is celebrating with the theme of "Your voice, your right. Your voice counts", stressing the importance of participation and inclusion in democratic institutions to ensure a better protection f the rights of all. The full report is ... Read More
In Nepal – Christians up by 1 per cent?
In 10 years, Catholics and Protestants went from 0.4 to 1.4 per cent of the population, less than estimated in 2011. Hindu rise is attributed to wrong designation. Converts to Christianity are also afraid of declaring their new religion. Two million Nepalis live abroad.

Christians praying in a church in NepalNepal, November 27, 2012: Nepal’s Christians are growing. In ten years, they went from 0.4 per cent to 1.4 per cent in the country of 26 ... Read More
Nepalese media impacted by party split, working conditions
Radio Paschimanchal in Palpa, a district in the western region of Nepal, was disrupted for 10 days due to a dispute among its owners. The station, which is run by the UCPN-Maoist, stopped airing because of the split in the party.
(Freedom Forum/IFEX) - In this analysis of recent trends, Freedom Forum notes that the Nepalese media environment has been negatively affected by a split in the largest political party and by poor working conditions.

Following the ... Read More
Nepalese media impacted by party split, working conditions
Radio Paschimanchal in Palpa, a district in the western region of Nepal, was disrupted for 10 days due to a dispute among its owners. The station, which is run by the UCPN-Maoist, stopped airing because of the split in the party.
(Freedom Forum/IFEX) - In this analysis of recent trends, Freedom Forum notes that the Nepalese media environment has been negatively affected by a split in the largest political party and by poor working conditions.

Following the ... Read More
Anti-India posturing has lost appeal in Nepal: Daily

Kathmandu, Oct 10 (IANS) Anti-India posturing is no longer an appealing issue in Nepal today but some Maoists still believe they could find support among the masses, a leading Nepali daily has said in an editorial.

The Kantipur Daily's op-ed "Daily doublespeak on India" Tuesday comes after a breakaway Maoist group announced an indefinite ban on Indian vehicles entering the country.

The issue of "Swadhinatako Abhiyan" is no longer appealing to people as they faced so much ... Read More
Nepal’s Army integration process concludes
Prashant Jha

Six years after the formal end of the civil war, Nepal’s “peace process” has concluded with the integration of a little over 1,450 former Maoist fighters into the Nepal Army (NA). The cantonments where the former combatants of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) resided have closed down, Maoist weapons are under state control, and the PLA has ceased to exist ending the state of “one country, two Armies”.

In the past few weeks, the ... Read More
Nepali Christians have been ordered by Hindu extremists to leave Nepal
Nepal, August 22, 2012: The minister of a church in Nepal that was bombed by an extremist Hindu group in 2009 has been threatened with another attack amid demands for Christians to leave the country.

Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in the attack by the Nepal Defence Army (NDA) on Robin Rai’s church in Lalitpur, south of Kathmandu. On 8 August, he received a sinister phone call by a man claiming ... Read More
Only two options to resolve present Nepal impasse: Bhattarai
Utpal Parashar

Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai feels revival of the Constituent Assembly or fresh polls for a new one are the only options to resolve the country’s ongoing political crisis.

“Any other option to draft the constitution would be very regressive in the context of present Nepal and no progressive force would or should accept it,” he wrote in ‘Kantipur’, Nepal’s highest circulated daily, on Monday.

The present impasse in Nepal is result of dissolution of the ... Read More
UP to develop districts adjoining Nepal border
ucknow, July 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday assured a visiting Nepalese delegation that his government would develop infrastructure in bordering districts on a priority basis.

The chief minister was interacting with the visiting delegation of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) led by FNCCI vice-president Bhawani Rana. He assured them that for issues like the laying of a railway line, power and customs, he would soon write ... Read More
India-Nepal trade could reach $10 bn by 2017
Bilateral trade between India and Nepal could touch $10 billion over the next five years, its envoy to India said Thursday.

"Our trade with India has shown good growth. Nepal has great investment potential in sectors such as hydropower, tourism and exotic agricultural products" acting Ambassador K.N. Adhikari said at a seminar organised by Confederation of Indian Industry here.

The bilateral trade stood at around $3 billion in fiscal 2011-12 that ended March 31.

Adhikari said Nepal was ... Read More
Nepal: Govt bows to Christians over church wall
A missing retaining wall raises suspicions of religous bias.

Government officials promised to build a retaining wall for a church in remote Nuwakot, after Christian rights’ advocates brought the matter to the attention of the media yesterday.

A road expansion project has left the church in danger of collapse, while the embankment on either side has been fortified, the advocates said.

“Any suspicions that we did not build a retention wall there because a church was above it ... Read More
Former king's comeback desire creates fresh storm in Nepal
Four years after leaving Narayanhiti Palace to become a commoner, Nepal's former king Gyanendra Shah has kicked up a storm by expressing his desire to stage a comeback. In an interview with a Nepali television channel aired on Sunday night, the 66-year-old expressed desire to play a "guardian's role" to resolve the present political and constitutional crisis.

The former monarch also 'disclosed' that during his written communications with political parties prior to dissolution ... Read More
Turmoil in Nepal

“Nepal, on the Brink of Collapse,” by Seyom Brown and Vanda Felbab-Brown (Op-Ed, June 6), oversimplifies and underestimates the democratic process in Nepal. The current political turmoil is troubling and, indeed, a constitution must be delivered. Still, Nepal has made substantial progress in its democratic transition, which began only in 1990 and is unlikely to end now.

Accomplishments include the creation of a genuinely open public sphere, in which all citizens ... Read More
Nepali Christians hope rights promised by government are not mere propaganda
Nepal’s Maoist government signs a six-point deal with the Christian minority. The authorities agree to defend the rights of Catholics and Protestants and ensure their representation in parliament. With the failure of the constituent assembly, the country could implode economically and socially.

The Nepali government will guarantee the rights of the country’s Christian community as well as their representation in the institutions of the state. This pledge is contained in a six-point agreement signed by the ... Read More
Book Launch: Architecture of the Newars
The architecture of the Kathmandu Valley

by Niels Gutschow

What: A talk on the architecture of the Kathmandu Valley by Niels Gutschow whose three volume Architecture of the Newars encompasses the entire history of ... Read More
Nepal Supreme Court justice shot dead
KATHMANDU: Nepal's Supreme Court justice Rana Bahadur Bam was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kathmandu on Thursday.

According to police, two men on motorcycle stopped the car he was travelling in while returning from a local temple and shot him several times through the window. He was immediately rushed to a hospital.

He had been shot in the head and when he was brought to Norvic Hospital, his condition was not very good, said a hospital ... Read More
Nepal Runs Out Constitution Clock, Slips into Crisis

Nepal dissolved its four-year-old Constituent Assembly at midnight Sunday and set new elections after political parties failed to agree on the model of federalism the country should adopt in a new constitution.

In a televised midnight address to the nation, Baburam Bhattarai, prime minister of Nepal's Maoist-led national government, said the government has set Nov. 22 as the date for fresh elections to a new Constituent Assembly.

Read more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303807404577430741243205950.html

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Two young Indian girls lucky to survive Nepal crash

Two young Indian girls were lucky to survive the Nepalese airliner crash on Monday near high-altitude Jomsom airport in northern Nepal, being among the six who were rescued alive from the debris of the ill-fated plane.
The girls aged 6 and 9 were among three Indian survivors of the crash in which the Dronier aircraft got buried after hitting a mountain peak straddling the airport.

"The girls are conscious and out of danger," Indian Embassy spokesperson Apoorva ... Read More
Nepal: No agreement on full constitution yet
Nepal, May 02, 2012: The Constituent Assembly of Nepal has yet to reach agreement on a number of core issues concerning the new constitution, with the deadline looming at the end of this month. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is again urging that due attention is paid to protecting the fundamental human rights of Nepali citizens, including the right to freedom of religion or belief.

It is possible that a skeletal draft will be produced as ... Read More
Four people killed in Nepal blast

Four people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others wounded today when a powerful bomb stuck to a motorbike went off in a crowded market in southern Nepal near Indian border of Sitamadhi. The blast at Ramananda Chowk of Janakpur Municipality in Dhanusha district occurred while a group of Madhesi activists were staging a sit-in demanding a separate Mithila state in the new Constitution. Three people including a woman were killed on the ... Read More
India welcomes Nepal's Maoist integration pact
"We welcome the agreement reached on April 10 in the constitutionally mandated Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) on taking forward the process of integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist combatants in consonance with the past agreements," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here.

"We congratulate the Nepalese leadership for the wisdom, and spirit of consensus displayed by them to complete the remaining tasks," he said.

"We hope the Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes ... Read More
Nepal lawmakers meet Indian MPs for constitution drafting

As Nepal is drafting its new constitution after its shift from monarchy to democracy, its lawmakers on Saturday discussed India’s model in an interaction with parliamentarians here seeking to have a better understanding of India “robust” federal structure.

“They raised the issue of federalism. They evinced interest in our “robust” model and asked us to share our experience and how it should be for Nepal... how they can remove the shortcomings which India has faced,” ... Read More
Nepali widow burned alive, accused of witchcraft
Nepal, February 20, 2012: Thegani Devi Yadav, 40, supported two children and in-laws with her work. The government provides compensation and punishes the culprits. A famous healer and magician, tied her and set her on fire with the help of some villagers. Human rights activists explain that “it is a very common practice” and the legacy of a society “dominated by Hinduism.”

A Nepalese woman was burned to death on charges of witchcraft. A terrible story, ... Read More
Bihar court acquits 11 Nepali Maoist leaders
Patna, Feb 3 (IANS) A Bihar court Friday acquitted 11 Nepali Maoist leaders, including a former minister and six MPs, on a state government petition seeking to withdraw criminal cases against them.

The government Wednesday filed a petition in the court of additional district judge in Patna for the withdrawal of cases against the arrested Nepali Maoists, government lawyer Jai Prakash Singh said.

The state government initiated the move to withdraw the criminal cases following a ... Read More
City college announces new journalism award

KATHMANDU: Kantipur City College has established the ‘KCC Journalism Award’ which will be given annually to two working Nepali journalists.

The award will carry a purse of Rs 25,000 along with a certificate for each.

Principal of the college, Prahlad Karki announced the award at a one-day seminar on ‘Information for Nation-Building: Quality Media Education for Quality Information,’ organised by the college in Kathmandu on Saturday.

According to Karki, the college has allocated a revolving ... Read More
Ordination for ethnic Nepalese priest
Nepal, January 03, 2011: An ethnic Nepalese Jesuit priest from India has been ordained in the country’s poorest parish.

Father Samuel Simick, 32, was ordained on December 31, in Maheshpur parish, around 600 kilometers east of Kathmandu, by Nepal’s apostolic vicar Jesuit Bishop Anthony Sharma.

He joins three other priests, a diocesan and two Jesuits, who were ordained there by Bishop Sharma last year.

The ceremony, concelebrated by about two dozen priests, was held at the Moran Memorial ... Read More
Newspaper evangelism makes inroads for hope in Nepal
Nepal, December 13, 2011: Christians are approximately four percent of the population.

Recent upheaval in the country has been disruptive for ministries, especially in light of changed penal codes, and failed efforts to draft a new Constitution.

However, AMG International has found one way to present the hope of truth to people, in spite of what chaos might be wreaking havoc in Nepal: Newspaper evangelism.

This method is particularly effective in predominantly Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist countries. ... Read More
Nepal: Religious Liberty Under Attack
Nepal, November 30, 2011: A crude bomb exploded in Thapathali, Kathmandu, on 22 November, outside the offices of United Mission in Nepal (UMN), a Christian non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has been working to relieve poverty in Nepal since 1954. A second bomb was disarmed. No one was injured. Police found leaflets at the site from the Nepal Defense Army (NDA), a militant Hindu nationalist group that has targeted Christians previously. The leaflets accused the UMN ... Read More

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