Nepal’s quake-hit Tibetan nuns rebuild homes – and faith

By Jane Qui CHAKHAM, Nepal, Apr 26 : It is the first time Nawang Tsultrim has harboured any sense of hope in a year. “They will begin to build my house tomorrow,” she says cheerfully, picking through a pile of rubble that was once her home: a modest one-room building in the Bakhang Buddhist Nunnery […]

Britain’s Prince Harry meets survivors of Nepal earthquake

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 20 : Britain’s Prince Harry, on a four-day tour of Nepal, visited centuries-old heritage sites today devastated by earthquakes last year and met some survivors, many of whom are still living in makeshift shelters. Nearly 9,000 people were killed, 22,000 injured and close to a million homes were destroyed in […]

Nepal extends Everest permits for climbers put off by earthquakes

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 1 : Nepal has extended the climbing permits of hundreds of foreigners forced to abandon the Himalayas after last year’s twin earthquakes, the government said today, to encourage them to return to the mountains. At least 19 climbers were killed when huge blocks of ice buried their tents at the […]

Death of former leader poses potential problems for Nepal

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Feb 9 : Former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, a moderate figure in Nepal’s unsettled politics, died today, presenting a potential hurdle in attempts to win greater rights for minorities in a new constitution. Koirala, 78, a senior figure in one of Nepal’s biggest political dynasties, stood down as prime minister in […]