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NEPAL PLANE CRASH

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Aviation officials in Nepal say a plane carrying tourists to view Mount Everest has crashed, killing at least 18 people. Authorities say the plane crashed in heavy fog Sunday near Katmandu. Officials say the Beech aircraft belonging to Buddha Air was carrying 16 foreign passengers and a crew of three.

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Landslide Kills 4 in Nepal

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:18 pm (UTC-5)
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A landslide has hit western Nepal, killing at least four people. Police arrived at the scene in Baglung district following Thursday’s landslide, which buried workers digging a canal. Rescue workers so far have saved at least seven people, while several others are missing. The mountainous Himalayan region is prone to flooding and landslides during the […]

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ADB Helps Nepal Boost Water Supply

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:32 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank has announced an $80 million loan to Nepal for piped water distribution improvement. ADB says the improvements will benefit nearly 3 million people in the Kathmandu Valley. Manoj Sharma, of ADB’s South Asia Department, says the project will prioritize “underserved areas and poor sections” of the population. The Kathmandu Valley Water […]

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Nepal Arrests 20 Tibetan Teenagers

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Nepal say they arrested 20 Tibetan national teenagers for illegally entering the country on Sunday. Authorities say the 15 boys and five girls were captured near a remote western Himalayan village after crossing into Nepal from China. A police spokesman said the teens, all supporters of the Dalai Lama, arrived in the area […]

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Nepal’s PM Appoints 13 Cabinet Ministers

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s new Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai expanded his two-member Cabinet Sunday, appointing 13 new ministers. Mr. Bhattarai named Narayan Kaji Shrestha from his United Communist Party of Nepal as the deputy prime minister and foreign minister. The Cabinet now has seven members from the Maoist party and eight from an alliance of small parties. […]

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Rights Groups Urge Nepal to Drop Plans for Civil War Amnesty

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Local and international rights groups are urging Nepal’s new prime minister to ensure that those who committed crimes during the country’s civil war be held accountable. In an open letter Friday to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, the rights groups expressed concern about a recent political agreement to grant amnesty to those accused of human rights […]

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Nepal’s Former Rebels Turn Over Weapons

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s former rebels have agreed to give their weapons cache to a special committee operating under new Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. Some 3,400 Maoist rebel weapons are reported to be in storage in seven sites left over from the separatist war that ended in 2006. The former rebels, who now occupy the most seats in […]

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Nepal Extends Parliament Term as Maoist PM Sworn In

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Nepal on Monday agreed to extend the term of the country’s parliament for another three months so lawmakers can draft a new constitution, as part of the country’s long-delayed peace process. The parliament, or Constituent Assembly, voted in favor of the extension shortly after the deputy leader of Nepal’s former Maoist rebels, Baburam […]

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Maoist Leader is Nepal’s New PM

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The deputy leader of Nepal’s former Maoist rebels was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister Monday. Baburam Bhattarai won 340 votes Sunday in the 601-seat parliament after receiving the backing of the country’s smaller political parties. He has named a deputy prime minister from the alliance, but is still negotiating with the coalition […]

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Nepal Has New PM

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s parliament on Sunday elected a Maoist candidate as the country’s new prime minister. Baburam Bhattarai, a senior member of the United Communist Party of Nepal, won 340 votes in the 601-seat parliament after receiving the backing of the country’s smaller political parties. His only opponent, Ram Chandra Poudel from the Nepali Congress party, received […]

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