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Nepal targets Tibetan exiles, under pressure from China: rights body

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tibetan refugees living in Nepal face tighter curbs on freedom of expression and assembly as the tiny Himalayan nation succumbs to pressure from neighbour China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetans - for many from as far back as 1959, when their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled to India after a failed uprising against China.

Nepal plans free SIM cards to help hikers in distress

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal plans to distribute free SIM cards to trekkers visiting remote areas alone, officials said on Thursday, after several foreign hikers were attacked or went missing in recent years. Home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, Nepal hosts thousands of foreign climbers and trekkers every year. But the killing or disappearance of solo trekkers have raised concerns about the safety of tourists.

S. Korean broadcasting crew arrested in Nepal for illegal filming

KATHMANDU, March 20 (Yonhap) -- Four South Korean nationals, including a broadcasting crew, have been arrested by Nepalese authorities on charges of illegally shooting a Hindu temple and a military facility, South Korean embassy officials said on Thursday. The three employees of a Seoul TV network, including a producer surnamed Kim, and one tour guide allegedly filmed the Pashupatinath Temple located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and a nearby military airbase without government authorization, they said.

S. Korean broadcasting crew arrested in Nepal for illegal filming

KATHMANDU, March 20 (Yonhap) -- Four South Korean nationals, including a broadcasting crew, have been arrested by Nepalese authorities on charges of illegally filming a Hindu temple and a military facility, South Korean embassy officials said on Thursday. The three employees of a Seoul TV network, including a producer surnamed Kim, and one tour guide allegedly filmed the Pashupatinath Temple located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and a nearby military airbase without government authorization, they said.

Nepal police find plane wreckage, no survivors

Nepalese police Monday found the wreckage of a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people in the country's mountainous west but there were no survivors, an aviation official said. "The plane crashed into a hill, police have found its wreckage in a village, but no survivors," Bimlesh Lal Karna, chief air traffic controller at the country's largest airport in Kathmandu, told AFP. amu/pj

Nepal doctors' strike leaves patients stranded

A doctor-led shutdown of hospitals and clinics in Nepal left thousands of patients untreated as campaigners for medical education reforms ignored a court order to resume services, the doctors' association said Monday. Doctors were still providing emergency and intensive care but all other services have been halted indefinitely since Sunday in a strike to support a surgeon leading the campaign, Nepal Medical Association (NMA) officials said.

Nepali former 'living goddess' welcomes pension

A former "living goddess" from Nepal welcomed news Wednesday that she and other girls who are worshipped until they reach puberty will get a pension to compensate for their personal sacrifices. Kathmandu Metropolitan City decided this week that ten former "goddesses," known as Kumaris, will receive a monthly allowance of 10,000 Nepalese rupees ($101) beginning in July and continuing for the next 10 years.

Nepali former 'living goddess' welcomes pension

A former "living goddess" from Nepal welcomed news Wednesday that she and other girls who are worshipped until they reach puberty will get a pension to compensate for their personal sacrifices. Kathmandu Metropolitan City decided this week that ten former "goddesses," known as Kumaris, will receive a monthly allowance of 10,000 Nepalese rupees ($101) beginning in July and continuing for the next 10 years.

Nepal's ex-goddesses to receive monthly allowance

Nepal's former Kumaris, girls worshipped as living goddesses in a centuries-old tradition, are to be awarded a pension to help them readjust to normal life, an official said Tuesday. Ten former Kumaris will receive the monthly allowance of 10,000 Nepalese rupees ($101) from July for the next 10 years, Kathmandu Metropolitan City chief executive officer Laxman Aryal said. "Although most of the Kumaris come from well-to-do families, they miss a vital period of their lives and often lag behind in our increasingly competitive society," Aryal told AFP.

Nepal police arrest Everest-bound American with bullets

A US policeman on his way to Mount Everest was arrested in Nepal for possessing bullets which he claimed to have inadvertently carried in his hand luggage from Washington, police said Monday. Leonard John David Rubin, 39, was arrested on Saturday at Kathmandu Airport while checking in for an internal flight to Lukla near Everest base camp, police official Abhi Kafle told AFP. "He was carrying seven rounds of bullets and a magazine," Kafle said.
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