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 […]

Nepal ethnic minorities call off blockade over charter

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Feb 8 : Nepal’s ethnic minority groups lifted a four-month-old blockade along a major trading point with India today saying it didn’t want ordinary people to suffer anymore, but vowed to carry on with its campaign against the new constitution. The Madhesi Front of four small parties based in the Tarai […]

Indian trucks cross freely into Nepal for first time in four months

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Feb 5 : Residents and traders in southern Nepal today dismantled tents and roadblocks set up by protesters at a key border crossing, allowing trucks to cross freely from neighbouring India for the first time in four months. More than 50 people have died in an agitation against Nepal’s first republican […]