Nepal calls general election, latest step on rocky path to stability

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Aug 21 : Nepal will hold a general election on November 26, the government said on Monday, hoping to conclude a turbulent journey to democracy a decade after a civil war and the abolition of its 239-year-old monarchy. The election timing is in line with the Himalayan nation’s first republican constitution, […]

Saddled with banned Indian currency, Nepalis risk losing savings

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Jul 18 : Nepalis stand to lose millions of dollars held in high-value Indian bank notes that New Delhi banned last year and has yet to exchange, a central bank official said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November banned 500 rupee ($7.77) and 1,000 rupee bank notes as part […]

Two more deaths take Everest toll to at least five in past month

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 22 : Two more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll on the world’s highest mountain in the past month to at least five amid mountaineers’ safety concerns, officials said today. A 54-year-old Australian, Francesco Enrico Marchetti, died on the Tibetan side of Everest, while Vladimir Strba, […]