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 […]

Nepal PM to support new Silk Road during China visit

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 23 : Nepal’s prime minister is set to throw his support behind Beijing’s initiative to build a modern-day Silk Road across Asia during a six day trip to China starting today, in a move that could upset traditional regional powerhouse India. Beijing is jostling to increase its influence in Nepal, […]

Indian border guards shoot Nepali citizen: Prachanda government

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 10 : Indian border guards killed a Nepali citizen over a local dispute in a rare shooting at the border, the Prachanda government said. Anti-India protests subsequently erupted in the area and in the national capital today. India and Nepal share a 1,751-km long and open border and thousands of […]

Nepal banishes old vehicles from Kathmandu’s streets to fight smog

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 1 : Nepal has forced 2,500 old vehicles off roads in its capital city of Kathmandu, part of a fight against alarming air pollution levels that have hit nine times World Health Organisation (WHO) limits. Air pollution has been a chronic problem in rapidly growing Kathmandu, which sits in a […]

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years – minister

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Feb 20 : Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in May, a minister said today, an important milestone in its long and difficult transition to democracy that the government hopes will culminate in a general election. The Himalayan nation has been unable to complete the journey to […]