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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Nepal on track to hit magic figure of 1 million arrivals

Nepal on track to hit magic figure of 1 million arrivals
The Kathmandu Post
Thousands of foreigners and Nepalis trek to the Annapurna Base Camp … Nov 16, 2017-Nepal tourism is on track to reach the magic figure of 1 million … “The growth puts Nepal on a path to record arrivals,” said senior hotel …. The Kathmandu Post is also a member of Asia News Network that has over …MORE

Higher returns prompt farmers to grow herbs http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-15/higher-returns-prompt-farmers-to-grow-herbs.html

Farmers in the highlands of east Nepal have been earning a handsome income by growing Satuwa, an herb which is used as a pain reliever
eKantipur
Many farmers have switched to cultivating herbs commercially and abandoned traditional crops like maize, millet, potatoes and buckwheat because of the higher returns.

Satuwa (Paris polyphylla) is one of the medicinal plants that has attracted farmers. They said that they started growing Satuwa after the production of Chiraito, another traditional medicinal herb, started to decline due to pest infestation. The price of Chiraito has also dropped sharply in the last few years…MORE

The 1,000-year-old manuscript and the stories it tells

The 1,000-year-old manuscript and the stories it tells
Cambridge University Library
One of the greatest treasures of Cambridge University Library is a Buddhist manuscript that was produced in Kathmandu exactly 1,000 years ago. The exquisitely-illustrated Perfection of Wisdom is still revealing fresh secrets.

When Sujātabhadra picked up his reed pen and put his name to the manuscript, he was part of a rich network of scholarship, culture, belief and trade
Camillo Formigatti
One thousand years ago, a scribe called Sujātabhadra put his name to a manuscript known as the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight-Thousand Stanzas (Skt. Aṣṭasahāsrikā Prajñāparamitā). Sujātabhadra was a skilled craftsman working in or around Kathmandu – a city that has been one of the hubs of the Buddhist world from around 500 CE right up until the present day…MORE>

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Chinese team in Nepal for talks on rail links

Chinese team in Nepal for talks on rail links
Hindustan Times
A feasibility study carried out by a Chinese firm in 2016 states three railway lines will be built between China and Nepal with a total investment of …MORE

Chinese team to hold railway studies
The Kathmandu Post
Nepali and Chinese officials during a meeting on the development of railway networks, at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport in …MORE

U.S. State Department says certain immigrants no longer need protected status: Washington Post

U.S. State Department says certain immigrants no longer need protected status: Washington Post
Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under special status no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the U.S. Department of State told Homeland Security officials this week, according to the Washington Post…
Immigration advocacy groups fear the Trump administration will curtail the program by refusing to renew the protected status of some of the nine countries covered: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
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