American climber dies on Everest, Indian missing

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 21 : An American climber on Mount Everest died today, officials said, the third death on the world’s highest mountain in the past month and raising safety concerns for climbers. Roland Yearwood, 50, from Alabama, perished at an altitude of about 8,400 metres (27,500 feet) in an area called “death […]

Vote counting slow in Nepal’s first local elections in 20 years

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 15 : Counting of votes in Nepal’s first local elections in two decades began today but officials said it could take several days for all the results to be known. Officials said 73 per cent of nearly five million voters cast their ballots yesterday in the first round of the […]

Swiss climber falls to death, preparing for Mount Everest ascent

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Apr 30 : An experienced Swiss climber died today after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world’s highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season, officials said. Ueli Steck, 40, died after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller […]

Lost Taiwan hiker says didn’t give up hope in tragic 47-day Nepal ordeal

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Apr 28 : A Taiwan hiker rescued 47 days after disappearing in the foothills of the Himalayas and just days after his girlfriend died is recovering well in hospital in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, his doctor said today. Liang Sheng-yueh, who turned 21 today, went missing with girlfriend Liu Chen-chun, […]

Nepal asks climbers to clean quake-littered Everest camp

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 29 :Nepal is urging climbers on Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, to help remove garbage from a camp abandoned two years ago after an earthquake triggered avalanches killing 18 people, as officials prepare to handle a rush of climbers. Tourism and mountain climbing are the main sources of income […]