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Nepal and India floods leave many dead

Nepal and India floods leave many dead

At least 160 people are reported to have been killed in floods and landslides following days of torrential rain in Nepal and northern India. In Nepal, officials said at least 101 people were known to have died after rescuers found four more bodies. More than 130 people are still missing. In northern Indian states severe...

A significant outing in Nepal

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has concluded an important visit to Nepal, where he tapped all the right nodes of the relationship -- political, economic and cultural -- to turn around ties, which had begun to languish over the last few years. The visit seems to have caught the imagination of the people of Nepal. Partly, this was because Mr. Modi managed to connect with the common person through his carefully choreographed visit to the ancient Pashupatinath temple, and a...

Landslide tragedy hits Nepal

Landslide tragedy hits Nepal

A massive landslide in northeastern Nepal left at least eight people dead and dozens missing yesterday, burying a hydropower plant and putting several villages at risk of flash floods due to debris blocking a major river, officials said. The landslide struck in the early hours, burying two dozen homes before dumping mud and stones...

Rain hampers search for Nepal landslide victims

Rain hampers search for Nepal landslide victims

Fresh rainfall was hampering a search Sunday for scores of villagers missing after a massive landslide in northern Nepal, where army troops used explosives to blast a river blockage in an attempt to release a dangerous water buildup. Police said eight bodies have been recovered so far, but villagers say more than 100 people...

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects. His will be the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, though Indian leaders have routinely attended regional summits in Kathmandu. Negotiators were trying to narrow...

4 killed in massive landslide near Nepal capital

4 killed in massive landslide near Nepal capital

A massive landslide has buried dozens of homes in Nepal, with four people confirmed dead so far, say police. The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, near the capital Kathmandu, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground. Officials said army technicians would be sent in to unblock the river...

Modi pitches for Saarc satellite

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday asked the country's space scientists to develop a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) satellite to benefit the neighbouring countries. "We have done a lot (in space science) but the heart wants more. I have proposed to our scientists that they develop a Saarc satellite. This will help all our neighbours," Modi said while congratulating the scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation on the launch of a rocket carrying five satellites at Sriharikota...

What undersize Bangladesh can do with excess population

Bangladesh is an oddity. Roughly the size of Nepal and the US state of Iowa (56,980 square miles), Bangladesh packs over 160 million people. Nepal's population is 26.5 million, Iowa's only 3 million. The population densities of adjacent India and Myanmar are a fraction of Bangladesh's. From Pakistan westward to North Africa, the whole region is Muslim. Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia are Muslim majority nations embedded within non-Muslim neighbours. During his negotiations with Lord Mountbatten, leading to the partition of India...

12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said. The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five...

'Tigers not doing justice to fans'

Forrmer India captain Anil Kumble believes that Bangladesh have not done justice to the level of support they receive at home. The World Twenty20 hosts lost to two Associate nations this month, first to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and then to Hong Kong in the first round of the World T20 last weekend. On Tuesday, they begin their Super 10s campaign with a game against defending champions West Indies. "They've played at the highest level for a good number...

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