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  • Prachanda ready for second China trip

    12/03/2008 4:34:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 144+ views ^ | December 03, 2008
    Nepal's first Maoist prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” is expected to visit Beijing early next year, marking an unprecedented bonhomie in Nepal-China ties. It would be his second visit to the communist republic within six months of assuming visit, a diplomatic feat unparalleled by any of his predecessors. The invitation came on Wednesday from visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who along with a 10-member delegation held talks with Prachanda and Nepal’s Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav. Soon after he leaves Kathmandu for Myanmar Thursday, a military delegation from China will arrive Saturday, the second such delegation within a fortnight....
  • No more private school, Nepal's Maoist government declares

    11/14/2008 1:18:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 611+ views
    cs monitor ^ | 11-14-08 | Bikash Sangraula
    The former rebels plan to put all children in public schools by 2010, saying it will even the playing field. Kathmandu, Nepal - The massive election win last April by Nepal's former rebel Maoists put them in the position to set the government agenda, and bring about drastic changes they promised during their campaign. But their initial proposals on education – to end private investment in schools and distribute academic certificates to Maoist fighters – have left many Nepalese worried. They're concerned that their new government will take the country in too radical a direction that favors its former fighters...
  • Teen 'Reincarnation of Buddha' Draws Crowds (Obama's Nemisis Rising)

    11/12/2008 8:45:21 AM PST · by Scythian · 56 replies · 1,941+ views
    RATANPUR, Nepal — The teenage boy revered as a reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the jungle as he blessed his devotees Wednesday with a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine. The followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, believe he has been meditating without food and water since he was first spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal in 2005, when believers say he spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed beneath a tree. Where is your Obama now ...
  • In Maoist Nepal, dogs still have their day (Kukur Tihar is the Dog Worship Festival)

    10/29/2008 1:11:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 485+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | October 27, 2008 | Anirban Roy
    The proverb—Every dog has his day — literally came true on Monday when people in Nepal, the world's last Hindu nation, worshipped their dogs with utmost devotion. Despite the transformation of Nepal into a “secular nation”, people did not forget to worship their dogs on the day of Kukur Tihar, and protect their families from destruction. The festival is also known as Narak Chaturdashi. Big red tikas — a paste of vermilion, curd and rice — were put on dogs' foreheads and were garlanded. “It (Kukur Tihar) is a very important festival in our society, and there cannot be any...
  • Japanese team finds 'yeti footprints' in Nepal

    10/20/2008 1:35:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 782+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/08 | AFP
    KATHMANDU (AFP) – A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. "The footprints were about 20 centimetres (eight inches) long and looked like a human's," Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan, told AFP in Kathmandu on Monday. Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape, tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades. Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV...
  • Is India Nepal’s enemy?

    10/16/2008 1:50:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 250+ views ^ | October 16, 2008 | Bhaskar Roy
    Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, assured New Delhi during his official visit to India September 14-18 that that his government would not play strategic games between India and China. But his defence minister preached the opposite after returning from a visit to China in the last week of September. A elated Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal told the CPN (Maoist) periodical, The Janadisha Weekly aboutthe support China was prepared extend to Nepal in the military field. Thapa is the ex-Deputy Commander of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA-M), and one of the leading voices from the...
  • Nepalese girl begins life as 'living goddess'

    10/07/2008 1:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 897+ views
    AFP ^ | October 7th
    The three-year-old daughter of a Nepalese watch repairer became a "living goddess" on Tuesday after being approved by the country's new atheist government. Despite Nepal being a Maoist republic after the monarchy was unseated in May, the centuries-old tradition of worshipping a young virgin as the living embodiment of a powerful Hindu goddess has survived. "Matina Shakya was chosen after consultation with Buddhist priests, community leaders and officials who will look after her," said Achyut Pokharel, a member of the government-run trust that maintains the tradition. "She became Royal Kumari after a series of pujas (religious ceremonies) on Tuesday at...
  • The debt we owe the Gurkhas(Britain)

    10/01/2008 4:41:40 PM PDT · by milestogo · 21 replies · 1,032+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2008 | Thomas Bell
    The debt we owe the Gurkhas Lance Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu won his Victoria Cross in a mostly forgotten war, the Indonesian Confrontation, in Borneo in 1965. First, he charged a machine-gun nest, knocking it out with a hand grenade. Then he made two forays into open ground to rescue wounded comrades, and another to retrieve a Bren gun. He used it to charge down and kill what was left of the enemy. When I decided to look up Lance Corporal Limbu a few years ago, it was a simple matter to find him – I just went to his...
  • Indian education turns fatal for Tibetan children

    09/23/2008 8:34:16 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 6 replies · 233+ views
    IANS / Sify ^ | Tuesday, 23 September , 2008, 15:25 | IANS
    Kathmandu: Thousands of Tibetan children and their families face stiff punishment at the hands of the Chinese government for enrolling into schools in India that are run by the Tibetan government in exile, headed by their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a rights body said. The Washington-headquartered International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has expressed its misgivings as the ultimatum issued by the Communist Party of China authorities to the Tibetan Party and government workers expired last week. In July, Communist Party authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region had issued a directive stating that Tibetan children must confess if they have...
  • Row over Prachanda's visit to China

    08/25/2008 1:57:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 115+ views ^ | Aug 24, 2008
    Kathmandu, Aug 24 (PTI) Maoist leader Prachanda's first foreign trip as Prime Minster to Beijing has sparked a row in Nepal, with the opposition Nepali Congress questioning his visit to China ahead of India, which had "invited him first". Prachanda's five-day official visit to Beijing is in a sharp departure from tradition where India has been the first port of call for most previous Nepalese prime ministers. Nepali Congress general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi criticised the newly-elected Prime Minister for visiting China to attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics at a time when thousands of people have been rendered...
  • Nepal Assembly Picks Maoist as PM (ChiComms take over Nepal)

    08/15/2008 6:39:30 PM PDT · by navyguy · 37 replies · 64+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 15 2008 | Amy Kazmin
    Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who led a revolutionary insurrection that claimed 13,000 lives over 10 years, was elected prime minister of Nepal on Friday night, becoming the first Maoist to lead a democratic government. The election of Mr Dahal – who used the nom de guerre Comrade Prachanda (”the Fierce One”) – follows four months of political wrangling as the Maoists struggled to garner sufficient support from other parties to form a government, and even gave up at one point after their rivals united to elect a president opposed by the party. Dahal, 53, led his Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)...
  • Maoist to launch 'people's struggle' to settle constitutional crisis

    06/23/2008 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 28+ views ^ | June 23, 2008
    Kathmandu, June 23: The CPN (Maoist) has decided to launch a 'people's struggle' to settle the constitutional crisis in Nepal, after charging the Nepali Congress (NC) of intentionally delayed the formation of the next government. According to Kantipur, the Maoists took the decision as a meeting of Seven Party Alliance (SPA), held at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's residence on Sunday failed to reach consensus over the structure of Security Council, including a few issues on integration of armies-Nepali Army (NA) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that the Nepali Congress doesn't want...
  • Maoists shift stand on UN monitors

    06/13/2008 9:18:29 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 64+ views
    IANS ^ | June 13, 2008 | Sudeshna Sarkar
    Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas have indicated a sudden shift in their position on the deployment of the UN in the thorny peace process, saying the world body could be asked to stay on even after its tenure ended next month. "The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) will be needed as long as there are two armies in Nepal," Maoist deputy chief Baburam Bhattarai said. UNMIN was sent in by then UN secretary general Kofi Annan when both the Maoists and the other major parties asked for arms monitors to keep watch over the barracks and weapons of the Nepal Army...
  • Prachanda to visit Mao-land for 'more inspiration'

    06/13/2008 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48+ views ^ | June 13, 2008
    While the contentious issue of power sharing continues to vex Nepali politics, leading many to fear a new round of political turmoil in the country, Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has expressed his eagerness to soon visit China where he wished to visit the village of "the great helmsman", Chairman Mao, and "get some more inspiration". In an interview to a correspondent of China Daily at his residence in Buddhanagar Thursday, the Maoist chairman said he hoped to visit China soon. "When our communication minister was there (in China) he was instructed to prepare for my visit. I hope...
  • I didn't kill my brother: Ex-king

    06/13/2008 9:01:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 43+ views ^ | 12 Jun 2008
    KATHMANDU: Before making his final exit from the Narayanhity palace, Nepal’s dethroned king Gyanendra held his maiden press conference in the palace in whichhe defended himself and his family against several dark allegations, the darkest being that he had engineered the murder of his elder brother Birendra and the latter’s entire family in 2001 so that he could ascend the snake throne of Nepal. “At a time the nation and the royal family were plunged in grief, the allegations were part of the war strategy by certain quarters to malign me and my family,” the 61-year-old said. “I was not...
  • Nepal Celebrates As Former King Evicted From Palace

    06/11/2008 4:59:04 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2008 | Thomas Bell
    Nepal celebrates as former king evicted from palace By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 11:16PM BST 11/06/2008 Nepal's former king has been evicted from his palace as his former subjects revelled in the loss of his dignity and the opening of his secrets. Gyanendra loses his £1.5 million annual allowance and 600 staff The country was declared a republic two weeks ago and Gyanendra – now Mr Shah – was told to pack his bags and leave. In his final public act before leaving the palace, he addressed the nation on television. "I have assisted in and...
  • Maoists ask Koirala to quit within 24 hours

    06/04/2008 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 36+ views ^ | 4 Jun 2008
    Less than a week into a republic, Nepal stands on the verge of fresh political chaos once again with the Maoists Tuesday asking prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala to quit within 24 hours or face their pullout from the coalition government as well as a new street movement. Maoist supremo Prachanda and his deputy Dr Baburam Bhattarai met the premier Tuesday to remind him that as the largest party in the newly elected constituent assembly, their party had the "people's mandate" to head the next government. Sources said the two leaders had also talked tough about power-sharing, refusing to budge...
  • Prachanda warns media against criticising Maoists

    05/31/2008 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 137+ views
    PTI ^ | May 31, 2008
    Kathmandu, May 31 (PTI) Maoist chairman Prachanda, who is set to lead the next Nepal government, has warned the media of "serious consequences" if it continues to criticise the party, a move flayed by the country's apex journalists' body. "We will no longer tolerate criticism as we have already been elected by the people," he said addressing a rally here to celebrate the country's transition to a republic. Targeting the Kantipur publication that brings out the largest circulated dailies Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post, the former rebel leader said, "You journalists did well to continuously criticise the Maoists before the...
  • Nepal declares itself a democratic republic

    05/28/2008 11:44:29 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 110+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 May 2008, 2317 hrs IST | The Times of India
    KATHMANDU: Nepal on Wednesday scripted a new chapter in its turbulent history as the new constituent assembly abolished the 240-year-old monarchy and declared the country a "secular, federal democratic republic". The 601-member assembly met at the Birendra International Convention Centre on Wednesday evening where a motion was passed to declare the country the world's newest republic. After a series of meetings, the Seven Party Alliance agreed to table the motion of republic in the first meeting of the constituent assembly, dominated by Maoists. Out of 601 members of the constituent assembly, 572 were present during Wednesday's meeting. The motion to...
  • Nepal’s Maoists not in favour of open border with India

    05/27/2008 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 27th, 2008
    New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Maoists in Nepal do not favour an “open border” with India and want the unregulated cross-border movement to be reviewed. Baburam Bhattarai, the second most important leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has said in an interview with an Indian monthly magazine “Hardnews” that the current arrangement to have “open borders” that are “unregulated” is not to the advantage of either country. “Open border is not a big advantage, not even to India,” Bhattarai told the magazine. He said the current arrangement was mostly misused by big smuggling networks. Large number of...
  • Nepal government warns king he must leave palace

    05/27/2008 12:59:49 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 105+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 27, 2008 | Gopal Sharma
    Excerpt - KATHMANDU, May 27 (Reuters) - The Nepali government warned on Tuesday that it could use force to throw unpopular King Gyanendra out of the royal palace if he refuses to leave voluntarily after the 239-year-old monarchy is abolished. A special assembly elected in April is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Wednesday and formally declare an end to the monarchy, a key part of a 2006 peace deal with Maoist former rebels that ended a decade-long civil war. "The king must leave the palace immediately and move to the Nirmal Niwas," Peace and Reconstruction Minister Ram Chandra...
  • India extends support to Nepal's 'democratic experiment'

    05/17/2008 1:12:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 116+ views
    PTI ^ | May 17, 2008
    Bagdogra (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday hoped that Nepalese political parties involved in the electoral process have an obligation to make a success of the "democratic experiment" and extended India's support to the exercise. "We feel that all political parties which took part in the elections have an obligation to make a success of this democratic experiment," Singh said in an interaction with reporters here after concluding the "most successful" visit to Bhutan. On Maoists forming the next government in Nepal, the Prime Minister said that India has been in touch with the leadership of the erstwhile Maoist...
  • Nepal arrests 560 Tibetan women

    05/11/2008 4:20:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies · 214+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-11-08 | unattributed
    Nepalese police have arrested some 560 Tibetan women, including many Buddhist nuns, after breaking up demonstrations against China's crackdown in Tibet. In the first example of all-women protests, three rallies in Kathmandu were quickly stopped by police. It was the biggest round-up since Tibetan exiles began near daily demonstrations in March. Protestors wearing black armbands wept and shouted "We want free Tibet" as they were dragged to police vans. Police said those detained were being held in detention centres around the capital, and would be freed later.
  • Everest camp closed to foreigners

    05/07/2008 2:00:19 PM PDT · by fishhound · 3 replies · 64+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 April 2008 | Charles Haviland
    The authorities in Nepal are closing Everest Base Camp completely to foreigners not intending to climb the world's highest peak. They are doing this because China is worried demonstrators might disrupt their project to bring the Olympic torch up the mountain. China is seeking to bring the torch up any day now, when weather permits. Meanwhile, scores of Tibetan exiles have been arrested while demonstrating in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Many amateur trekkers come to Nepal with Everest Base Camp as their ultimate goal. The husbands and wives of summiteers stay in the camp before their spouses go on up....
  • Nepal 'boosts global communism'

    05/05/2008 1:42:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 43+ views ^ | 4 May 2008 | Charles Haviland
    The leader of Nepal's Maoists has said that his party's recent election victory is a sign of the global resurgence of communism. But Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, stressed his party believed in retaining multi-party competition. Prachanda has made it clear that he wants to become the first president of a Nepalese republic. The Maoists won twice as many seats as their nearest rivals in last month's polls for a constitutional assembly. Investment priorities Prachanda's comments are a reminder of the extraordinary way in which Nepal has contradicted the world's move away from communism in the past...
  • Prachanda: From radical Maoist to lovable mascot

    04/29/2008 10:39:44 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 41+ views ^ | April 29, 2008 | B Raman
    Since 2005, Prachanda, the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has become a lovable mascot of India's liberal elite. They see nothing but positive in him. His pre-2005 record has been forgotten -- the brutal massacre of innocent civilians in different parts of Nepal by the well-trained, well-armed and well-motivated insurgent army raised by him, his contacts with the Shining Path guerillas of Peru, his role in helping the Maoists in India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, his fulminations against India, particularly against the Indian Army, his devotion to Mao Zedong's thoughts, his raising of his insurgent army with...
  • UPA's not so great Himalayan blunder

    04/28/2008 10:00:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 50+ views ^ | Apr 26, 2008 | Dina Nath Mishra
    Ultimately, Maoists in Nepal have proved in the elections to the Constituent Assembly that power flows from the barrel of the gun. It must be noted that the strength of Royal Nepal Army is 20,000 as against much superior numerical strength of armed Maoists guerrillas and the quality of their arms. The recent elections in Nepal were peaceful but not free from fear. For a decade, the people of Nepal have suffered non-governmental conscription of innocent young boys and girls. Those who were resourceful escaped conscription of their wards. A few years back I wrote about my personal experience. A...
  • Does Maoist win spell end for the Gurkhas?

    04/25/2008 1:06:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 913+ views ^ | 25 April 2008 | ROSS LYDALL
    THEY are famed for their ferocity in battle and their loyalty to Britain, which they have served for almost 200 years – in some cases laying down their lives. But the tradition of Gurkha soldiers being an integral part of the UK armed forces is at risk from a change of government in their homeland, Nepal. The Maoists are the largest party in the 601-seat constituent assembly after a surprise election reADVERTISEMENTsult. Though they do not have a majority – preliminary results give them 217 seats – the former communist rebels say they are determined to end the practice of...
  • Nepal Maoists win half of directly elected Assembly seats

    04/20/2008 9:52:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 99+ views
    KATMANDU: Nepal's Chief Election Official said that Maoists have won half of the directly elected seats in elections for a Constitution-drafting Assembly. The ex-rebels who are formally known as Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) have won 120 of the 240 directly elected seats. Counting is continuing for three seats, but the Maoists are not expected to win those. The directly elected seats make up only about 40 per cent of the total seats in the Assembly, but the Maoists' win of half of these seats shows their level of support. Most of the additional seats are to be allotted...
  • Nepalese Army and Police Ordered to Use Deadly Force to Stop Tibet Protests on Everest

    04/20/2008 5:43:51 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 70+ views
    VOA ^ | 20 Apr 2008 | Liam Cochrane
    A special team of Nepalese police and army personnel has been given orders to use force if necessary to stop anti-China protests on Everest. Liam Cochrane reports from Kathmandu. Thai actor Christopher Benjakul runs with the torch during the Beijing Olympic Torch relay in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 Apr 2008 Expeditions heading towards Mount Everest will face tight security checks this climbing season, as Nepal tries to prevent anti-China demonstrations on its side of the mountain.The army has sent 15 soldiers trained in mountaineering to set up a checkpoint at Camp One, the first stopping point above Everest Base Camp.There will...
  • Deep Red in Nepal

    04/19/2008 7:24:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 34+ views ^ | 20 Apr 2008 | SWAPAN DASGUPTA
    Forecasting an election is always hazardous, especially if it happens after 12 years of chaos. The mistake pundits and journalists invariably make is to equate their own preferences with the likely outcome. They then try to cover up an honest mistake with intellectual dishonesty, such as suggesting that the unforeseen outcome is actually a "positive development". Last week witnessed comic efforts by the Indian Government to atone for its miscalculations in Nepal. Ministers and mandarins who had banked on a fractured verdict did an abrupt U-turn and gushed over the impending coronation of Maoist leader Prachanda in Kathmandu. The onrush...
  • India gifts Nepal to China

    04/17/2008 4:09:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 69+ views ^ | April 18, 2008 | Balbir Punj
    The UPA Government can now flaunt one more 'achievement' along with inflation, deceleration in rate of growth and industrial production, and minority appeasement. The latest addition to this list is the gift of Nepal on a platter to China. With Communist China under virtual global siege for its horrible record on human rights in Tibet, the success of armed Maoists in Nepal should come as a heart-warmer for China's President Hu Jintao. The Indian Communists who keep the UPA in power are, of course, delighted. Mr Sitaram Yechuri has hailed the Maoist victory even as his comrades in Nepal are...
  • Nepal Maoists head for victory

    04/14/2008 5:49:52 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 5 replies · 81+ views
    The Australian ^ | 14 April 2008 | Bruce Loudon
    HARDLINE Maoists led by guerilla commander Prachanda - "the fierce one" - were heading for a stunning victory in Nepal's elections last night, sealing the fate of the Himalayan nation's 300-year-old Hindu monarchy and the widely reviled King Gyanendra. Officials in India, which has traditionally wielded overwhelming influence over Nepal, were reported to be "gulping in barely concealed shock" over a result that seems likely to see a new Maoist government tie the small but strategically important country more closely to Beijing. International strategists believe the election result will lead to a significant extension of Chinese influence in a region...

    04/10/2008 8:41:47 PM PDT · by Beloved Levinite · 13 replies · 57+ views ^ | April 11, 2008 | Way Of Life - Church News Notes
    TONY BLAIR SAYS RELIGION MUST BE SAVED FROM EXTREMISM (Friday Church News Notes, April 11, 2008) On April 3 former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that religion must be saved from extremism. Blair’s speech was a part of “The Cardinal’s Lectures” at the Westminster Cathedral sponsored by Cormac Murphy O’Connor, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England. Blair, who became a Catholic last year, said that religion must become the centerpiece of a program to solve the world’s problems. To do this, it must reject “extremism,” “exclusion,” and “strange convictions.” He was referring to Islamic terrorism, of...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • India silent as China deploys forces on Nepal soil

    03/25/2008 3:51:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 520+ views ^ | 26 Mar 2008 | Indrani Bagchi
    NEW DELHI: Despite the huge diplomatic snub by China as it summoned India's ambassador at 2am on Saturday to protest against Tibetan activists breaking into the Chinese embassy in Delhi, the government here is silent on the reported deployment of Chinese troops in Nepal. According to reports, China stationed forces on the Nepalese side of the border with Tibet last week, in order to keep tabs on protests by Tibetans in Nepal over the past few days. The Chinese forces were in plainclothes, but armed with small weapons, sources said. This has rung alarm bells in India's security apparatus, but...
  • Nepalese Police Beat Monks, Refugees in Tibetan Protest; 40 Arrested

    03/24/2008 5:16:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 281+ views
    FOX/AP ^ | March 24, 2008
    Nepalese Police Beat Monks, Refugees in Tibetan Protest; 40 Arrested March 24, 2008 KATMANDU, Nepal — Police in Nepal broke up a protest by 200 Tibetan refugees and monks near the offices of the United Nations on Monday by beating them with bamboo sticks and arresting 40. The refugees demonstrating in Katmandu were demanding that the U.N. investigate the recent crackdown in Tibet by Chinese authorities. Chanting "China, stop killings in Tibet. U.N., we want justice," the protesters were marching to U.N. headquarters when police stopped them about 300 feet from the office and snatched their banners. When the Tibetans...
  • China Says It Has Secured Tibet’s Capital [with photos]

    03/15/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT · by charles m · 25 replies · 848+ views
    New York TImes ^ | 3/15/2008 | Jim Yardley
    BEIJING — Thousands of Buddhist monks and other Tibetans clashed with the riot police in a second Chinese city on Saturday, while the authorities said they had regained control of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, a day after a rampaging mob ransacked shops and set fire to cars and storefronts in a deadly riot. Skip to next paragraph Multimedia Protests in Tibet and NepalSlide Show Protests in Tibet and Nepal Related Times Topics: Tibet Back Story: Somini Sengupta Discusses Mt. Everest Decision (mp3) Enlarge This Image Reuters Residents in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, walked through Barkhor, an ancient part of the...
  • 100 Nepalese Workers Missing From Alabama Plant

    01/31/2008 9:54:55 AM PST · by Froufrou · 64 replies · 524+ views
    FOX ^ | 01/31/08 | Unknown
    About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday. Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. "We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important," she said. A Huntsville...
  • I'm 'destroyed,' says Canadian imprisoned in India

    01/30/2008 4:11:11 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 378+ views
    CTV News ^ | 29 Jan 2008 | Paul Workman
    MOTIHARI, India -- The city of Motihari shows off the worst of India. The streets are a dirty, noisy mess of people and animals, cars and rickshaws, litter, sewage and poverty. It's a heaving frontier town, in the state of Bihar, which has the distinction as India's poorest, most backward, and most lawless. Just the same, Motihari has some history. The British writer, George Orwell was born here in 1903 (his father worked for the Indian Civil Service) and this is where Mahatma Gandhi began his "satyagraha" in 1917, his resistance to British rule, better known to Indians as the...
  • FBI: al-Qaida operative posed as student while living in N.J.

    10/14/2004 4:02:53 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 41 replies · 1,630+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/14/2004, 12:59 a.m. ET
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A senior al-Qaida operative lived in New Jersey and posed as a student while conducting surveillance of financial institutions as possible targets for a terror attack, according to a published report. The operative, identified by U.S. officials in Washington as Dhiren Barot, 32, entered the United States on a student visa, The Record of Bergen County reported in Thursday's editions.
  • An obituary to Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919-2008

    01/11/2008 3:49:44 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 200+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 11 Jan 2008, 1358 hrs IST | The Times of India
    He was a darling to all those who lived in the harsh and hostile mountains under the protective gaze of Sagarmatha. He was a blessing for the Sherpas. He worked tirelessly to bring water and electricity in the upper reaches of the mountains where they lived. He built hospitals and schools. He was a true mountaineer in all sense and sensibilities. On the morning of 29 May, 1953, Edmund Hillary stepped on the summit of Mt. Everest along with Tenzing Norgay, shot into limelight and refused to fade away even after the evening of his life. Sir Edmund was concerned...
  • Woman On Plane Had Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

    12/30/2007 7:58:22 AM PST · by ricks_place · 28 replies · 262+ views
    Health Authorities Check 44 Passengers On Flight From India To Chicago CHICAGO (STNG) ― Forty-four American Airlines passengers in 17 states -- including Illinois -- are being tracked down for testing after U.S. health authorities learned a woman on a flight from India to Chicago was suffering from a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, officials said Friday. The 30-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., woman was diagnosed with the deadly disease in India in August, authorities said. She was a passenger on Flight 293 from Delhi to O'Hare Airport to San Francisco on Dec. 13. "She certainly knew she had TB," said Dr. Marty...
  • Canadian and Afghan troops capture IED factory in Panjwai-area

    12/09/2007 10:15:51 AM PST · by Clive · 24 replies · 129+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-12-09 | (wire service)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A coalition force led by Canadian soldiers captured a Taliban explosives factory and cleared insurgents operating around a highway in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. The Canadian military says a Canadian unit, a company of Afghan army troops and a Nepalese company backed by artillery and air support took on insurgent elements that had been operating around Highway One. The military says the explosives factory that was captured Saturday produced improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Kandahar Police Chief Sayed Aka Fakid claims that coalition forces killed 30 insurgents and wounded nine more. There were no Canadian...
  • Footprints seen around Mt. Everest stoke Yeti mystery

    12/02/2007 3:13:18 AM PST · by jsh3180 · 61 replies · 1,563+ views
    Rooters ^ | Nov. 30, 2007 | Gopal Sharma
    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A U.S.-based television channel investigating the existence of the legendary Yeti in Nepal has found footprints similar to those said to be that of the abominable snowman, the company said on Friday. A team of nine producers from Destination Truth, armed with infrared cameras, spent a week in the icy Khumbu region where Mount Everest is located and found the footprints on the bank of Manju river at a height of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). One of the three footprints discovered on Wednesday is about one foot long, or is of similar size and appearance as shown...
  • Sagarmatha's Superfruit

    11/17/2007 5:33:15 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 10 replies · 55+ views
    The Nepali Times ^ | November 16, 2007 | Khumbu Alpine Conservation Council / Mallika Aryal
    (DINGBOCHE) -- Birds, mice and Chinese herbalists have long understood the health benefits of sea-buckthorn berries, but now farmers in Solu Khumbu are looking to make money from these tart-tasting fruit. At Dingboche, in the shadow of Ama Dablam, the Khumbu Alpine Conservation Council has been teaching villagers to make a healthy juice from the wild berries, which they can sell to thirsty tourists heading for Everest Base Camp or transport to Kathmandu's cafes and bars for the cocktail crowd. The council has given priority to those villagers, particularly women, who do not own tourist lodges or camp-sites and need...
  • US gives visa to 'terrorist' Maoist MP from Nepal

    11/12/2007 12:11:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 18+ views ^ | 13 Nov 2007
    KATHMANDU: Though the Maoists are still on the US list of "terrorist" organisations, the US government has approved the visa for a senior Maoist leader, in what could be the dawning of Washington's realisation that the rebels are a key player in Nepal's politics today. Maoist MP Janardan Sharma aka Prabhakar, who is also one of the deputy commanders of the rebels' guerrilla forces, the People's Liberation Army, was given visa by the American embassy in Kathmandu to take part in the ongoing General Assembly that kicked off in September. Prabhakar is part of a Nepali delegation of MPs that...
  • India raps Nepal for putting off polls

    10/05/2007 1:29:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 211+ views ^ | 6 Oct 2007 | Indrani Bagchi
    NEW DELHI: India has sharply rapped Nepal on the knuckles for a third postponement of Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November 22. In the wake of Maoists walking out of government and a failure to come to a resolution on the question of representation, the Koirala government has postponed elections to the Constituent Assembly indefinitely. In a testy statement, the MEA said on Friday, "The repeated postponement of elections erodes credibility and affects the process of democratic transformation and legitimisation in Nepal." While Maoists are unwilling to face elections, the government too has not taken any step that could clearly...

    09/20/2007 9:33:39 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 6 replies · 58+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 9/20/7
    Kathmandu (dpa) - The ambassadors from European Union member countries and EU representatives based in Nepal Thursday said they were disappointed over the withdrawal of the Maoists from the country's interim government. Issuing a statement, the ambassadors and representatives said the scheduled elections in November must be held on time and failure to do so will damage the credibility of the peace process. ``If the elections cannot be held on time with the full support of all parties, this will be a betrayal of the people's aspirations and damage the credibility of the peace process in their eyes and in...
  • India revives plans to provide arms training to border villagers

    09/15/2007 4:51:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 246+ views
    BBC News ^ | 14 September 2007 | Subir Bhaumik
    India border weapons plan revived By Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Calcutta India's Special Services Bureau (SSB) has revived a programme to provide weapons training to youths in border villages after a gap of seven years. The SSB is a para-military agency now responsible for guarding the country's borders with Nepal and Bhutan, It was formed in 1963 after India's humiliating defeat in the 1962 border war with China. Its brief was to train border populations for behind-the-lines partisan warfare. Ten days In 2001, the SSB was placed under the Home Ministry and given the job to guard India's borders with...