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  • Neighborly ties top India's diplomacy priority: Indian PM

    09/27/2014 11:18:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    .xinhuanet ^ | 2014-09-28 01:33:05
    "India desires a peaceful and stable environment for its development," Modi said, when delivering a speech for the first time as prime minister of India to the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here in New York. Noting that a country's destiny is linked to its neighborhood, Modi said "That is why my government has placed the highest priority on advancing friendship and cooperation with her neighbors." "This includes Pakistan." Modi said he is prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism,...
  • Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

    09/21/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. [Ö] Gyanendra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constituent Assembly abolished the centuries-old monarchy and turned the country into a republic. Ö
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his governmentís focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting ďnew vitality into an ancient civilisationĒ.
  • Prime Minister of India Invites Pakistani Prime Minister to Inauguration

    05/22/2014 12:39:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Modiís inauguration ceremony, according to Indiaís victorious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BBC reported that this is believed to be the first time an olive branch of this magnitude has been extended to Pakistanís Prime Minister. On May 16, Modi and the BJP were victorious in an Indian election that experienced the highest quantitative voter turnout in history. Modi is set to take the oath as Indiaís new leader on May 26. In addition to Pakistan, Modi has also reached out to neighboring states...
  • At Least 13 Sherpas Dead as Avalanche Sweeps Mount Everest

    04/18/2014 4:37:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/18/14 | NBC News
    An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least 13 people in the mountain's deadliest disaster. NBC News confirmed that all of the dead were Sherpa guides. The guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. local time, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal told The Associated Press. Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry's mountaineering department, later told Reuters that some other people were...
  • Climbers feared missing after Mt. Everest Avalance

    04/17/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by machogirl · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04-18-14 | AP
    Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association says four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest.
  • Three more Ethiopians killed in Saudi Arabia (massacres reported)

    03/25/2014 1:00:54 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Three more Ethiopians killed by Saudi police. The killing of Ethiopians continues in Saudi Arabia Three more Ethiopians killed in Saudi Arabia Three more Ethiopians have been killed in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of Ethiopians are leaving the middle east country after scores have been killed in the past few days. Hundreds more injured and women are being raped in front of their families. It is astounding and mind boggling the international community is so silent about this shameful actions of the Saudis. "The act of killing innocent civilians is uncalled for, we condemn that," Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told...
  • Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish

    03/03/2014 7:17:57 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Relaxnews ^ | March 3, 2014 | unknown
    "The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest, each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash," he said... Decades of mountaineering have taken a toll on the peak, which is strewn with rubbish from past expeditions, including oxygen cylinders, human waste and even climbers' bodies, which do not decompose in the extreme cold.
  • Lost Danish tourist Ďgang-rapedí in Delhi: police

    01/20/2014 9:45:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 47 replies
    Pakistan Daily Times ^ | January 16, 2014
    Lost Danish tourist Ďgang-rapedí in Delhi: police January 16, 2014 NEW DELHI: Indian police rounded up a group of homeless men on Wednesday over the alleged gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist who lost her way near the main backpackerís area of the capital, officers said. The woman approached the suspects for directions early on Tuesday evening while trying to return to her hotel in the bustling Paharganj district of New Delhi, reportedly after visiting a city museum. Up to six ďyoungstersĒ allegedly assaulted and robbed the victim, who was travelling alone and had been in New Delhi since Monday...
  • Saudi Arabia's foreign labour crackdown drives out 2m migrants

    11/30/2013 6:35:45 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 29 November 2013 07.52 EST | Ian Black in Riyadh
    Under the watchful eyes of Saudi policemen, little knots of Ethiopian men sit chatting on doorsteps and sprawl on threadbare grass at one of Riyadh's busiest junctions. These are tense, wary times in Manfouha, a few minutes' drive from the capital's glittering towers and swanky shopping malls. Manfouha is the bleak frontline in Saudi Arabia's campaign to get rid of its illegal foreign workers, control the legal ones and help get more of its own citizens into work. This month two or three Ethiopians were killed here after a raid erupted into full-scale rioting. Keeping their distance from the officers...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Birth of Buddha

    11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | probably National Geographic
    Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the birthplace of SiddhńĀrtha Gautama, or Buddha. Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence supporting a date any earlier than the third century BCE for Buddha's life. Some historians have suggested the death of Buddha took place sometime in the late 4th century or early 3rd century BCE, although there are a number of traditions...
  • Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

    11/26/2013 3:47:06 PM PST · by ThanhPhero · 20 replies
    BBC News and Environment ^ | 25 November 2013 | James Morgan
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal. The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch. Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal Antiquity. Radiocarbon Every year thousands of Buddhists make a holy pilgrimage to Lumbini - long identified as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. Continue reading the main story Lumbini Located in...
  • As ties with India grow, Israel again says won't supply arms to Pakistan

    09/15/2013 7:56:04 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | 15 Sep., 2013 | NDTV
    NEW DELHI: With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel today asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was "very clear" and "strict". Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said his country follows a very strict guidelines in exporting weapons systems and there was no question of reversing its policy of not supplying military hardware to Pakistan. "The policy of Government of Israel is (very clear) and we are tremendously strict about it that we do not export weapons system to Pakistan," he said. A...
  • Ireland, Fiji, Nepal to send peacekeepers to Golan Heights

    07/22/2013 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Xinhau Net ^ | 2013-07-23 07:32:51 | Editor: Hou Qiang
    JERUSALEM, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Ireland, Fiji and Nepal will send hundreds of troops to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported Monday. The latest development comes weeks after Austria withdrew its 380 troops from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force ( UNDOF), citing deterioration of security situation due to the escalation in Syria's unrest. According to the report, Ireland agreed to send a 150-strong well-trained and equipped infantry unit, which was previously part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali; Fiji would dispatch about 500 peacekeepers; and Nepal would redirect some 50 peacekeepers,...
  • A Word of breakthrough for ministries around the world !

    07/17/2013 6:28:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 7-17-13 | Jedediah
    A Word of Breakthrough for ministries around the world ! Your Voice (ministry) is about to be , A living testimony , A SHOFAR of Spirit and Truth , No longer hampered but flowing through ~ ~ ~ So ALL IS behind you now , You have ceased to exist it is ALL ME your vow ! And so it begins "TRULY" you in Me, Woven in to My TAPESTRY , YOUR VOICE "IS MY WILL" no longer you , I WILL SPEAK AND YOU WILL DO, All that you were is gone and void, I AM YOUR ALL I...
  • Three Nepali drivers held for US national's gang-rape

    06/06/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013, 21:53 IST | IANS
    The woman, who is still in Manali, was yet to identify the accused. Manali - Three Nepali truck drivers were arrested Thursday for the gang-rape of a 30-year-old US national in this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort two days ago, police said in Manali. Arjun, Lucky and Som Bahadur Tamang, in the age group of 22-24, had been living in the state for a long time, Superintendent of Police Vinod Dhawan said. "Two of them were arrested from Patlikuhl (20 km before Manali) and one from Mandi town," Dhawan added. The victim, who reached this tourist resort, some 500 km from...
  • Israel Embassy detains 'suspicious' Iranian man in Kathmandu

    04/22/2013 4:28:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    THE HIMALAYAN TIMES.com (THT Online) ^ | Added At: †2013-04-21 7:58 PM Last Updated At: 2013-04-21 12:39 PM | n/a
    KATHMANDU SNIPPET: The Annapurna Post vernacular daily reported on Sunday that the arrest was made on April 13. Identified as Mohsin Khosravian, the suspect is currently in police custody.

 The security officials at the Embassy speculated that the suspect was scouting the facility with a harmful intention "for he carried a tourist map of the Lazimpat area" where the Israeli mission is located. 

He had stayed in a Thamel-based hotel. After his arrest, the suspect told police that he had ventured out to find out a shop to repair his laptop.

 According to the report, the Nepal Police's Central Bureau...
  • 1959 (State Department) Memo Lists Government Regulations for Yeti Hunting. Really.

    02/28/2013 9:42:19 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    BLASTR ^ | Tue, 02/26/2013 | Matthew Jackson
    1959 memo lists government regulations for Yeti hunting. Really. If you're planning to hit the Himalayas in search of an Abominable Snowman, you better be ready to do things by the book. At least, that'd be the case if you were conducting your search in 1959. These days, if you head out in search of a Yeti, you'll probably get a lot of giggles and funny looks, but back in 1959, the American Embassy in Kathmandu was taking such expeditions seriously. In a memo issued on Nov. 30 of that year, the embassy listed three specific regulations for Yeti searches...
  • 'Be Ready for a War in 2013 and Also Win it', China Tells its Soldiers

    01/19/2013 3:20:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Daily Bhaskar ^ | Jan 18, 2013
    In the wake of increased tension with Japan over disputed islands, Chinaís soldiers have been directed to be ready for a war in 2013 and also win it. Government Chinese media disclosed this in a report. The report also said the soldiers are being prepared to the best possible level and that they are being trained for the purpose. According to reports, in 2012, no such directive- of getting ready for a war and winning it- was given. The Chinese army has also been told to improve its activities and enhance information and intelligence gathering techniques. In 20th century, Japan...
  • Over 200 Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

    11/29/2012 5:45:33 PM PST · by Daffynition · 59 replies
    Mount Everest has claimed the lives of over 216 known mountain climbers in recorded history. The area above 26,000 feet is called ďthe Death ZoneĒ, where breathing fresh oxygen from canisters is necessary for all but the most experienced climbers. The atmospheric pressure is about a third of that at sea level, so there is about one third the amount of oxygen to breathe. The air is so thin, recovery of bodies is impossible. As such, many victims lay where they took their last breath.
  • Sky Caves of Nepal

    10/07/2012 3:21:14 AM PDT · by Renfield · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10-2012 | Michael Finkel
    The skull, a human skull, was perched atop a crumbly boulder in the remote northern reaches of the Nepalese district of Mustang. Pete Athans, the leader of an interdisciplinary team of mountaineers and archaeologists, stepped into his harness and tied himself to a rope. He scrambled up the 20-foot boulder, belayed by another climber, Ted Hesser. ~~~snip~~~ But more intriguing than the skull itself was where it fell from. The boulder Athans scaled sat directly below a soaring cliff, tan rock streaked with bands of pink and white. Toward the top of the cliff were several small caves, painstakingly hand-dug...
  • Hijacked Airliner lands in Aftganistan..... what if???? (1999 FR thread excerpt)

    09/11/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT · by piasa · 7 replies
    FREEREPUBLIC.COM ^ | 12/24/1999 20:20:12 PST by LYNXcry | LYNXcry
    Please forgive the vanity post, BUT I just had a terrible thought....I just heard that the hijacked airliner has landed in of all places, Aftganistan.... Is that not the home turf of Osama Bin Laden?? Remember the movie a few years back where terrorists hijacked a 747 with the intentions of crashing it into New York city or some other big city??? If Bin Laden wanted to creatate a major catastrophe, that would surely do it. I suppose the military could shoot it out of the sky, but how do they insure where it is going to land, or that...
  • Cobra Bites Farmer. Farmer Bites Cobra Back. Cobra Dies ... Farmer Lives. (Nepal)

    08/23/2012 7:19:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Gopal Sharma
    Nepali man bites snake to death in revenge attack KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali man who was bitten by a cobra snake bit it back and killed the reptile in a tit-for-tat attack, a newspaper said on Thursday. Nepali daily Annapurna Post said Mohamed Salmo Miya chased the snake, which bit him in his rice paddy on Tuesday, caught it and bit it until it died. "I could have killed it with a stick but bit it with my teeth instead because I was angry," the 55-year-old Miya, who lives in a village some 200 km (125 miles) southeast of...
  • Saudi Arabia, thousands of immigrant workers die from exploitation, torture and alcoholism

    08/12/2012 1:09:10 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    asianews.it ^ | 10AUG12 | Not Listed
    Revealed in report by Nepalese Embassy in Riyadh. Since 2000 more than 3 thousand Nepalese migrant workers have died. One in every 162 people. Kathmandu (AsiaNews / Agencies) - In 12 years over 3 thousand Nepalese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have died because of their poor working conditions and exploitation. Of a total of 484,701 migrants in the Arab country, the average is 1 in every 162. The shocking findings were revealed in a report by the Nepalese Embassy in Riyadh, which identifies the abuse of black market alcohol a major cause of deaths. Udaya Raj Pandev, Nepal's ambassador...
  • "I wanted to murder whoever did this to my daughter"

    08/15/2011 1:48:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Krishna Tamang had taken his cattle out to graze on a meadow near his farm in Bhojpur in eastern Nepal. Dark clouds were gathering over the mountains beyond, and he had a sense of foreboding. At 2 pm, a neighbour ran up to tell him his daughter had fallen sick in Chainpur. Krishna borrowed some money and headed off with his brother. Krishna says he felt like he had fallen off a cliff when police in Chainpur told him what had happened to his daughter. A 21-year-old apprentice at the Laligurans Rimthen Chholing Boudha Gumba in Dilkharka, the nun had...
  • [Red] Chinaís Strategic Advantage in Nepal (India wary)

    06/18/2011 11:29:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 6/17/2011 | Vijay Sakhuja
    The ongoing political paralysis in Nepalócaused by the small Himalayan nation's inability to draft a Constitutionócoupled with the rise of Maoists as a major political force in Nepalís mainstream politics have created the ideal conditions for Beijing to increase its leverage and influence over Nepal. New Delhi is wary of the pace with which Beijing has been able to apply pressure on the Nepalese leadership, make inroads into the political, economic and strategic dynamics of Nepal's development and control the activities of nearly 20,000 Tibetan refugees living in exile in Nepal. This concern precipitated a string of visits by high-level...
  • Meet the Soldier Who Held Off 30 Taliban Attackers Alone [Gurkha]

    06/03/2011 2:59:01 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 2, 2011 | Adam Martin
    The story of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepali soldier fighting in Afghanistan with the British Royal Gurkha Rifles, didn't get a lot of press in the United States because, well, he's a Nepali British soldier. But it's amazing. Last September, Pun fought off thirty Taliban attackers by himself, firing 400 rounds of machine gun ammunition, detonating 17 grenades, a landmine, and finally beating the last attackers back with the tripod of his gun. Naturally, he received a high honor yesterday: Britain's Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. A report from March in the British Forces News explains that Pun was on sentry duty alone...
  • Gurkha who repelled Taliban attack gets bravery medal

    03/25/2011 9:12:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    A Gurkha who single-handedly fought off an attack by at least a dozen Taliban insurgents has been awarded Britain's second highest medal for bravery. Acting Sergeant Dipprasad Pun used up all of his ammunition and resorted to using his machine gun tripod to repel the attack in Afghanistan in September. The Gurkha, 31, of Ashford, Kent, said he was a "lucky guy" and very proud to get the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. A total of 136 UK servicemen and women are being honoured, four posthumously.
  • Photos 'show Himalayan glaciers receding'

    07/16/2010 2:11:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/10 | Sebastian Smith
    NEW YORK (AFP) Ė When British climbing legend George Mallory took his iconic 1921 photo of Mount Everest's north face, the mighty, river-shaped glacier snaking under his feet seemed eternal. Decades of pollution and global warming later, modern mountaineer David Breashears has reshot the picture at the same spot -- and proved an alarming reality. Instead of the powerful, white, S-shaped sweep of ice witnessed by Mallory before he died on his conquest of Everest, the Main Rongbuk Glacier today is shrunken and withered. The frozen waves of ice pinnacles -- many .. the size of office buildings -- are...
  • Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against 40 Men

    Whoa...holy cow! Every once in a while someone in the world comes along and reminds us what a true hero really looks like. A 35 year-old Gurkha soldier named Bishnu Shrestha was riding a train when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a massive robbery. 40 men armed with knives, swords and guns stormed the train and began robbing the passengers. Bishnu kept his peace while the gang snatched cell phones, jewelry and cash from other riders. But then, the thugs grabbed the 18 year-old girl sitting next to him and forcefully stripped her naked. Before the bandits...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally

    06/30/2004 12:27:40 PM PDT · by optik_b · 19 replies · 210+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally By NINA BERNSTEIN t took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist. He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes...
  • N. Korean missing in Nepal has defected to India

    12/13/2010 9:26:11 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Dec 14, 2010
    SEOUL: A North Korean who went missing in Nepal was a restaurant manager who defected and is now living in India, a South Korean newspaper reported Tuesday. A local media report in the Himalayan country had said last week the man, surnamed Yang, may have been an intelligence official. The South's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said he was in fact the manager of the local franchise of an overseas restaurant chain, operated by the North's regime and known as Pyongyang Okryugwan.
  • Two S. Koreans detained in Nepal over case of missing N. Korean(NK intel official defected?)

    12/10/2010 5:38:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/10/10
    Two S. Koreans detained in Nepal over case of missing N. Korean SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- Nepalese authorities have detained two South Koreans on suspicion of involvement in the case of a missing North Korean, a foreign ministry official said Friday. "We cannot confirm the identities of the detainees or the details of the incident due to concerns about their safety and the safety of their families," the official said on customary condition of anonymity. "The government, through the South Korean embassy in Kathmandu, is contacting relevant Nepalese authorities and requesting consular interviews," the official added. Japan's Kyodo News,...
  • Hitler's Car Gift to Nepal King to Get a New Life

    09/16/2010 7:34:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 16, 2010 | Gopal Sharma
    A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday. The 1939 Mercedes Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal's last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago. It has been stored at an old palace garage for more than five years, after being abandoned by an engineering college that had been using it for classes.
  • From The Himalayas to Helmand Province (video-Ghurkas from Nepal in Afghanistan fighting with us)

    09/04/2010 3:34:50 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8-31-10 | Anup Kaphle
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  • After 200 years, UK army set to axe Gurkha Regiment

    08/29/2010 7:54:36 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 33 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 29 August, 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: The world-famous Gurkha Regiment, part of the British army for almost 200 years, may be among those axed unless the ministry of defence's demands for more money to fund the replacement of Trident nuclear missile submarines are answered. Last night, hopes for extra funding were fading as chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander rejected demands for extra money from Tory defence secretary Liam Fox and insisted the £20 billion cost of replacing Trident had to be met fully by the MoD, The Observer reported. Quoting an expert, the report said the increasing costs of running the regiment following...
  • Gay Couple From India, UK Tie Knot in Nepal (Muslim Guy, Hindu Guy)

    08/17/2010 12:14:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | Aug 17, 2010
    They met in Mumbai, fell in love and sought to marry. However, there were several obstacles in the way. The 42-year-old, a social worker of Indian origin from the UK, and his 30-year-old love, a sales executive from Ahmedabad, belong to different religions. One is a Hindu and the other a Muslim. Also, both are men. Fearing an outcry in conservative Gujarat, they packed their bags and drove from Surat to Kathmandu last week. On Tuesday, the couple will wed in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu under the aegis of Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepalís first gay rights organisation that...
  • [South Texas:]Immigrants from Nepal among people found in abandoned La Joya house

    08/02/2010 1:21:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 3+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 02, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    LA JOYA ó Police found 11 suspected illegal immigrants in an abandoned tool shed Sunday morning. Officers responded to an "old, dilapidated house" at the intersection of 12th Street and Perales Martinez at 10:39 a.m. Sunday after neighbors said they heard people on the property, said Joe Cantu, a La Joya police spokesman. No one was inside the house, but officers found 11 people crowded in a small tool shed littered with soda cans on the property. Two of the immigrants told police they are residents of Nepal, police said. The other nine people, aged between 18 and 44 years...
  • India detains arms-laden Pakistan-bound cargo ship: Police

    06/26/2010 1:34:07 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | June 26, 2010 | The Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: A Pakistan-bound cargo vessel carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives and other weapons has been detained by the authorities at a harbour in eastern India, police said on Saturday. The vessel was heading for the Pakistani port city of Karachi and was detained Friday on an intelligence tip-off at Diamond Harbour, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Kolkata, capital of the West Bengal state, police said. "The Indian Coast Guard and navy personnel have found a huge quantity of explosives, rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and some bombs in two large containers," West Bengal police director general Bhupinder Singh...
  • Ethnic violence forces Christians to flee

    06/24/2010 9:00:07 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/24/2010 | staff
    SOUTH ASIA - Abirami is a goat farmer. She and her family raise these animals in a gorgeous, mountainous area of Asia. But today, she is far from her home and her goats. The one thing she does have is her life. If she had stayed at home, she would probably be dead. Abirami is one of several Nepali Christians-among hundreds more Nepali people-who had to flee from Meghalaya, India, in the last month. A sudden outburst of violence between tribal groups in a boundary dispute left Nepali settlers in Meghalaya at risk of losing their lives. After four people...
  • (Nepal) Hindu fundamentalists plan to restore a theocratic monarchy

    05/24/2010 12:15:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 194+ views
    Asia news ^ | 5/23/2010 | Kalpit Parajuli
    Kathmandu (AsiaNews) Ė Hindu fundamentalists are against the transformation of Nepal into a secular state. For this reason, they held a conference in Mumbai titled ďNepal Hindu State Unity CampaignĒ to prepare the restoration of the monarchy. Delegates from 64 countries, including the United States, Japan and Great Britain, participated in the event, which was organised by Nepalis living in India with the support of the Shiva Sena and the World Hindu Federation. In the meantime, back in Nepal, Maoists are preventing the ruling coalition government from working at a time when it is faced with a 28 May...
  • Everest set to become new Brokeback mountain after Nepal U-turn on gays

    04/22/2010 12:25:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 356+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | April 21, 2010 | Jeremy Page
    As recently as 2007, Nepal classified homosexuality as a crime, punishable by up to two years in prison. Gays and lesbians were harassed and beaten by police, and denounced by Maoist rebels as ďa product of capitalismĒ. Three years on, this Himalayan nation is not only about to become the first in Asia to allow same-sex marriages: it is promoting gay weddings on Everest in an attempt to become the continentís top gay tourism destination. ďWeíre completely changing this country. Itís a newborn republic ó and we want to showcase this change,Ē Sharat Singh Bhandari, the Tourism Minister, told The...
  • How high is Mount Everest? It depends which side you are on

    04/08/2010 8:36:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 609+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/8/2010
    Communist China and Nepal have settled a 150-year-old dispute over the height of Mount Everest, agreeing that the "snow height" of the world's highest peak is 29,029 feet. The great mountain lies on the border between the two countries and they have disagreed for years over its exact height, which Nepal had put at 29,029 feet (8,848 metres) - nearly 13 feet more than the measurement used by China. However, officials revealed in talks in Kathmandu this week that the two measurements referred to different things - one to the height of Everest's rock and the other to the height...
  • Could a Frozen Camera Dethrone Hillary and Norgay as the First to Summit Everest?

    01/28/2010 10:24:39 AM PST · by Palter · 28 replies · 1,954+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 26 Jan 2010 | Larry Greenemeier
    Photo detective work could solve an enigma nearly nine decades old. But will it vindicate Hillary's historic climb or rewrite the record books? On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their camp less than a kilometer from the summit of Mount Everest on a mission to be the first mountaineers to ascend the world's highest peak (8,850 meters). They were never to be heard from again. Whether either man reached the summit‚ÄĒalmost three decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic 1953 climb‚ÄĒhas been an open question for nearly 86 years. Although more than half a...
  • India Issues Terror Alert Over Possible Hijacking

    01/21/2010 11:03:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,727+ views
    NEW DELHI ó Indian airports were on high alert Friday after intelligence services received information that Al Qaeda-linked militants were plotting to hijack a plane. Such an attack would be the first major terror strike against India since 10 militants rampaged through the city of Mumbai for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people. Aviation spokeswoman Moushumi Chakravarty said that the airports were placed on alert Thursday after the government received warnings from the intelligence agencies.(continued)
  • Caste System Traps Nepali 'Hereditary Prostitutes'

    01/11/2010 1:01:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,224+ views
    AFP ^ | Claire Cozens
    Durpati Nepali hides her face in shame as she recalls how she was forced to return to work as a prostitute after her husband was killed during Nepal's 10-year civil war. The 35-year-old mother of five says she resorted to prostitution -- an occupation she first took up aged just 14 -- in desperation after the food stall she set up failed because customers were abusive and refused to pay. Nepali was victimised because she is a Badi, a caste of so-called "untouchables" living mainly in western Nepal whose women have traditionally earned their living as sex workers. Once high-class...
  • Maoists shut down Nepal on 1st day of 3-day general strike

    12/19/2009 10:46:48 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 219+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009
    KATHMANDU, Dec. 20 (AP) - (Kyodo)óNepal's Maoists shut down businesses, schools, factories and transportation throughout Nepal on Sunday, the first day of a three- day nationwide general strike. In the strongest protest since their leader Prachanda resigned in May as prime minister, Maoist supporters took to the streets from 5 a.m. to enforce the strike, called to demand an apology from President Ram Baran Yadav for earlier this year countermanding Prachanda's order to sack the army chief. Maoist cadres lit up tires at the busiest road intersections in Kathmandu to prevent vehicles from plying the roads, forcing tens of thousands...
  • Hindu sacrifice of 250,000 animals begins

    11/24/2009 5:29:56 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 34 replies · 1,685+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/24/09 | Olivia Laing
    The world's biggest animal sacrifice got under way in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Biriyapur, near the Indian border. * * * In the main event, 250 appointed locals with traditional kukri knives began their task of decapitating more than 10,000 buffalo in a dusty enclosure guarded by high walls and armed police. Frightened calves galloped around in vain as the men, wearing red bandanas and armbands, pursued them and chopped off their heads. Banned from entering the animal pen, hundreds of...
  • More Than 200,000 Animals Slaughtered at Nepal Sacrifice Festival ["Barbaric" Hindu Ritual]

    11/24/2009 8:07:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,653+ views
    FoxNews ^ | November 24th 2009
    More Than 200,000 Animals Slaughtered at Nepal Sacrifice Festival November 24, 2009 Nov. 24: A butcher prepares to slaughter a buffalo with his knife during a mass sacrifice ceremony at Gadhimai temple in Bariyapur, Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus gathered at a temple in southern Nepal on Tuesday for a ceremony involving the slaughter of more than 200,000 animals, a festival that has drawn the ire of animal-welfare protesters. A Nepalese minister said it was the largest sacrificial slaughter of animals in the world. Animal rights groups and activists including the actress Brigitte Bardot have condemned the event, which...