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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.

Nepal court upholds ban on sale of cigarettes without pictorial warnings

Nepal's highest court has upheld a ban on sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products that do not carry a pictorial health warnings printed on 75 percent of the packaging, a court spokesman said Monday. In 2011, Nepal's parliament passed a bill that banned smoking in public places, prohibited sale of tobacco products to minors and directed manufacturers to print pictures and facts highlighting health hazards of tobacco consumption on 75 percent of the packaging of tobacco products.

Nepal's anti-graft body receives 11,000 complaints

Nepal's anti-graft body receives 11,000 complaints KATHMANDU, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's anti-graft body, Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) received around 11,000 complaints in 2013 related to corruption and abuse of power, the body said on Monday. According to the data provided by CIAA, around 6,000 corruption- related cases has been settled by the body.

Centrist party emerges as largest party in Nepal vote count

Centrist party emerges as largest party in Nepal vote count KATHMANDU, NOV. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Congress (NC), a centrist party of Nepal, has emerged as the largest party as counting of voters concluded on Thursday, Election Commission said. CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist), two communist parties have emerged as second and third largest party in the CA which is expected to write a new constitution. NC secured 105 seats under First-past-the-Post (FPTP) electoral category out of 240 and it gained 91 seats under the proportional category securing 2,421,252 votes.

Eight killed in Nepal landslides

Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have engulfed scores of homes, killing eight people and leaving five missing, officials said Tuesday. The dead included three children aged between three months and 12 years, Surendra Bahadur Shah, a senior police official in western Nepal, told AFP. The victims died when the landslides on Sunday and Monday hit their homes.

Landslides and floods in Nepal kill 50

Landslides and floods triggered by several weeks of monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people in mainly remote parts of Nepal, a government official said Thursday. "So far, 50 people from across the country have been killed by landslides and floods," said Lakshmi Prasad Dhakal, chief of National Emergency Operation Centre, which monitors natural disasters in Nepal. The death toll is likely to rise, with some 19 people still missing after floods hit mostly farming communities in the country's southern plains and remote western hills, Dhakal said.

Landslides and floods in Nepal kill 39

At least 39 people have been killed in landslides and floods triggered by heavy monsoon rain in mainly remote parts of Nepal, a government official said Thursday. "So far, 39 people from across the country have been killed by landslides and floods," said Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, chief of National Emergency Operation Centre, which monitors natural disasters in Nepal. The death toll is likely to rise, with some 18 people still missing, after floods hit mostly farming communities in the country's southern plains and remote western hills, said Dhakal.

Nepal hunts tiger after deadly double attack

Police and wildlife rangers have launched a hunt for a tiger which mauled two people to death Thursday in Nepal, officials said. The tiger first killed a 75-year-old man when it dragged him out of a hut on the fringes of the Chitwan National Park in central Nepal, police said. "The old man was living with his daughter-in-law but she said she didn't know about the attack. In the morning people saw blood and traced it to the forest, where they found the body," Superintendent Deepak Kumar Thapa told AFP.

Nepal traffic police herd Kathmandu's holy cows

Police in Nepal's capital Kathmandu have launched a campaign to round up cows roaming the streets, blaming the sacred animals for car accidents and traffic jams. "The stray cows and oxen have been a big nuisance in Kathmandu streets. They not only cause accidents, but also make the streets untidy," Pawan Giri, spokesman for the Kathmandu Metropolitan Traffic Police, told AFP. "We see traffic jams because the drivers who try to avoid the cows often crash into other vehicles."

Nepal police crack down on festival cannabis smokers

Nepalese police said Sunday they have arrested more than 60 pilgrims for smoking cannabis and disturbing the peace at a major religious festival. Cannabis is illegal in Nepal, but under an ancient legal loophole authorities allow holy men -- known as sadhus -- to smoke it during an annual, often wild, celebration in honour of Hindu god Shiva, Thousands of pilgrims travel to the sprawling Pashupatinath temple complex in Kathmandu every year from all over Nepal and India to mark the occasion, which is known as Shivaratri.
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