As South Asians gasp for breath, governments sit on their hands

As South Asians gasp for breath, governments sit on their hands
Authoritarian China has been more heedful of its people’s needs
The Economist
THROUGHOUT its steep climb away from Delhi, the plane remained enveloped in an acrid fug. It was not until it reached cruising altitude that sunlight could break through. Off to the north, tickling an achingly blue sky, the pristine pinnacles of the Himalayas whispered a promise of fresh air. But as the aircraft crested the lip of the jagged bowl that cradles Kathmandu, the fabled capital of Nepal looked less like Shangri-La than like a giant curdled cappuccino. The plane descended into a yellow-brown smear that stretched clear across the valley, thick enough at the centre to blur away streets and buildings entirely…MORE

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Headline News November 12, 2016

Cable car service offers serene escape from city life in Nepal
Gulf Times
With 4mn residents of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu struggling to find open spaces to relax and refresh inside the city, the surrounding hills are …

World’s largest Thangka art on display for second time in Nepal
Global Times
A volunteer fixes the Thangka pieces during the exhibition of the world’s largest Thangka art at Dasrath stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 11, 2016.
World’s largest Thangka art exhibition in Kathmandu – The Kathmandu Post


Headline News November 11, 2016

Nepal: Trekking Annapurna Base Camp Jan 21st – Jan 30th
Lonely Planet
My dates are pretty set as I will be on a business trip in India the week before, and will head straight to Nepal after that. I’m not a super budget traveller …

Charity and healing event to benefit Nepal
Fallbrook / Bonsall Villlage News
18 presents 111 Tibetan Healing Bowls, essential oils and raw chocolates, in support of the Gilung and Sindupalachoka Villages in Nepal which were …

Maya Sherpa first Nepali woman to scale Himlung Himal
Himalayan Times
KATHMANDU: Maya Sherpa, the only Nepali woman who successfully climbed Mt Everest from Nepal side in the last spring season, now has added …

Nepal’s auto boom: Story of share market, real estate uptick
Online Khabar (English) (satire) (blog)
Over the years, Nepal has proven to be a lucrative market for automobile dealerships. The increment in income of the urban middle class, thanks to the …

Our Big Nepal Adventure October 2016
The Big Adventure Co
Our Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure gives daring bikers the chance to be among the few to ride in the shadow of Mount Everest. From the bustling madness …

Headline News November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

Young Social Entrepreneur Helps Thousands Thrive in Nepal
Your Mark On The World
“As a young girl touring the world like many of us do, I was leading groups of architects to Nepal, through a tour company called Duke of Edinburgh, …

Migrant workers returning home in coffins becoming increasingly disturbing trend in Nepal
Global Times
The last time I was here was to say goodbye to Yogesh with tears of joy, as he was leaving Nepal for a new chapter in his life, Naresh Khatiwada, …

Nepal’s most popular Buddhist nun is a musical rock star
Pattaya Mail
Kathmandu, Nepal (AP) — There is one Buddhist nun everyone in Nepal knows by name — not because she’s a religious icon and a UNICEF …

Visiting Nepal in 2017
EVEREST HIMALAYAN RANGE, NEPAL – MAY 15: Aerial photograph of Mt Everest (back-center) and Everest’s West Shoulder with Nuptse (Right …

China Tries to Conquer Everest
Although the south-facing side of the mountain, in Nepal, might be better known, the Tibetan north face also has a rich mountaineering history, and …

Nepal to host weightlifting championship
KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Nepal will host the next edition of Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship from July 21 to 30, according to Nepal …

Nepal’s Sherpa takes lead in toughest Everest Trail Race
Himalayan Times
People take part in the sixth edition of the Everest Trail Race organised by the Annapurna Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd, in Bamti Bhandar of …

2 Turkish nationals held for ATM fraud
KATHMANDU, Nov 10: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on Thursday arrested two Turkish nationals with Rs 2 million cash …

US climbers extend support to mourning Nepal Sherpa family
Himalayan Times
KATHMANDU: Tom Bennett, Mark Mitchell, Rob Efaw and Jeff Witt had come to Nepal from the United States with a mission to climb the 6,812-metre …


Headline News November 09, 2016

Nepal govt to table Constitution amendment in mid-November
India Today
Kathmandu, Nov 9 (PTI) Nepal government is planning to table a proposal in the parliament by mid-November seeking an amendment to the …

Red pandas seen in Nepal
Global Times
A red panda rests on a tree at the Central Zoo in Lalitpur, Nepal, Nov. 8, 2016. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma). Two red pandas are fed at the Central Zoo in …

New charity project launched to rebuild school in Nepal
The Argus
Mr Leigh added: “There are over one million children who cannot go to school across Nepal because of the earthquakes last year – we hope that we …

Blessed Nepal: Sea of opportunities
Himalayan Times
Yet Nepal as a nation is becoming politically insignificant day by day. People often mention how it can take advantage of the two giants and growing …

Masha Gordon, four others summit Nepal’s virgin peak
Himalayan Times
According to climbers, Ben O’Connor Croft (UK), Joshua Jarrin (Ecuador), Masha Gordon (UK), Ang Phurba (Nepal) and Pasang Bhote (Nepal) made …

Nepal Banks Asked To Stop Transactions In Rs. 500, Rs. 1000 Indian Notes
Kathmandu: Nepal’s central bank on Wednesday asked banking and other financial institutions in the country to immediately stop transacting in Indian …

Chinese airlines increasing flights to Nepal
“The number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal has not increased much this year,” he said, adding that the tourism industry should make concerted …

Headline News November 08, 2016

EDITORIAL: Disturbing fraud
Himalayan Times
Nepali banks have so far issued more than 3.5 million credit/debit cards to their customers who now feel they are at risk of having their money stolen …

Drop in cardamom price worries farmers
Himalayan Times
On the contrary, per man cardamom is fetching just around Rs 56,000 to Rs 60,000 this year, said Nepal Cardamom Entrepreneurs’ Federation …

Nepal: Drought slashes potato output
This year, potato production in Dolakha – a district in Nepal severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes – has dropped sharply due to a prolonged …

Nepali Americans upbeat about voting in presidential race
TIMES SQUARE, Nov 9: As Americans get ready to elect their 45th president, Nepali Americans, a relatively new community in this country, were …

Nepal Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analysis 2016-2021 – Research and Markets
Business Wire
The mobile market in Nepal continues to grow at a moderately strong rate in a relatively mature market, although growth began to taper off by 2015.

Virginia Tech service group establishes partnership in Nepal
Virginia Tech
As the students sought advice regarding potential projects in Nepal, Hammett, who first worked in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1974, was the …

Traveling in Nepal
U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Nepal is a country with frequent natural disasters and political uncertainty. U.S. citizens who are planning to travel to Nepal are strongly encouraged to …

‘All are equal but some are more equal than others’
Anna Note
No person shall be denied the equal protection of law,” reads Article 18(1) of Nepali Constitution beginning with the marginal note of “Right to equality.

India Plans to Supply LNG to Nepal via River
Natural Gas World
Inland Waterways Authority of India plans to transport LNG to Nepal byriver under the Jal Marg Vikas project, Businessline reported November 6.

Festive offers and Smartphones
Himalayan Times
As the festive season wears off, it shows how the market of smartphones have boomed. The Nepali market was flooded with offers and schemes on …

Gorkhaland statehood movement may become armed again in West Bengal
The New Indian Express
Sanjay Rai may have taken shelter in Nepal. A sedition charge has … “The explosives may also be linked to the Maoists of Nepal. Nepal Maoists are …

Make Kathmandu Valley load shedding-free area, PM tells NEA
Himalayan Times
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in a meeting with the Nepal Electricity Board (NEA) Managing Director Kul Man Ghising at Baluwatar on …

Delhi: After Sadar Bazar, fire breaks out in Nepali woolen market
The fire broke out in the Nepali woollen market, in front of the Jama Masjid area, fire officials told IANS. “A fire call was received at 1:10 am following …

Headline News November 07, 2016

Bone marrow transplant in Nepal ‘cheapest’ in Asia
Himalayan Times
Bone marrow transplant in Nepal ‘cheapest’ in Asia … People queue in line in front of Civil Service Hospital of Nepal at Minbhawan of Kathmandu on …

Nepal: Farmers receiving good prices for apples
Apple farmers in Jumla, Nepal, are receiving good prices for their crops; farmers were paid Rs 70 per kg directly from their orchards in the harvesting …

Romanian gang active in ATM fraud shifts focus to Nepal
With the repeated outbreak of ATM skimmings in the country, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has strongly urged ATM users to …

Nepal Army donates Rs 61.7 million for Dharahara reconstruction
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Nepal Army has donated Rs 61.7 million to the government for the reconstruction of Dharahara which had collapsed in the …

15-year-old Nepali’s documentary awarded in Chicago
Himalayan Times
Aditya Khadka, a 15-year-old Nepali filmmaker, poses for the lens after receiving the second prize for his film ‘Dhartiputra’, at the 33rd Chicago …

ATM card users in Nepal alerted after fraud threat
India Today
Kathmandu, Nov 7 (PTI) Nepalese Police today asked all ATM card users in the country to immediately change their PIN codes in view of potential …

US concerned over Nepal political stability
Himalayan Times
CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal in a meeting with US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz at the party’s central office in Dhumbarahi, …

UPDATE: Victims identified in Jefferson County Crash on Friday
Georgia Department of Public Safety says Pratima Subedi, 29 of Athens, Reecha Pant, 28 of Nepal, Chiranjeebee Khanal, 61 of Nepal, and Jibanjari …

World economies
Nepal has achieved remarkable progress over the past seven years. Several social indicators in education, health and gender have improved, helped …

Ekadeshma film festival in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival is a pioneering film festival in Nepal that showcases short films from Nepal and …

Lowville Academy grad aiding relief effort from 2015 Nepal earthquake
LOWVILLE — A former Lowville resident and her daughter have traveled to Nepal to assist in the ongoing recovery effort from an April 2015 …

Headline News November 06, 2016

‘Nepal has enough opportunities to tap tourists who visit other South Asian nations’
Himalayan Times
Though Nepal is one of the top tourist destinations in global rankings released by various agencies, the country has been attracting only 5.7 per cent …

Nepal’s eternal quest for hydropower: Challenges and quakes
Online Khabar (English) (satire) (blog)
After more than a century, Nepal has little to show from its attempts to tap the vast hydropower potential of its Himalayan rivers – are things finally …

EDITORIAL: Clear the decks
Himalayan Times
Over 1,800 Nepal-bound cargo containers are reported to be stuck at Kolkata port after the Kolkata Police prevented them from being released during …

Report to address problem of tea sector gathers dust
Indra Adhikari, chief of the Birtamod-based regional office of Nepal Tea and Coffee Development Board, admitted that there has been delay in …

Five-year disaster risk management plan for Barpak
Nepali Headlines (satire) (press release) (blog)
The plan was developed by the local disaster risk management committee with the support of Hariyo Ban programme, Care Nepal, Swanra Intensive …

Mushrooming hotels, limited tourists
Himalayan Times
“Nepal received eight million tourists in 2014, 5.38 million in 2015, and the estimated number for 2016 is around six million. We have 36,000 beds in …

Headline News November 05, 2016

Top Five Countries You Should Have In Your Travel List
For adventurous travelers, Nepal is definitely one of those places included in their bucket list. It certainly isn’t off the radar as well; on the contrary, …

Climbing legend stresses traditional alpinism with Sherpas
Himalayan Times
KATHMANDU: Legendary mountaineer from Italy, Reinhold Messner, has said that Nepali Sherpas are capable of facilitating traditional alpinism on …

Nepal storyteller uses photos and few lines to…
Hamilton Spectator
Nepalese photographer Jay Poudyal chats with an elderly man in Kathmandu, Nepal. Inspired by the similar project “Humans of New York,” Poudyal …
The Gurkhas of Nepal are arguably the toughest soldiers in the world
GQ India (registration)
A fearless unit of hearty Nepali mountainfolk drafted into the British army – and often considered its fittest and finest soldiers – the Gurkha story is as …