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Passenger plane carrying 18 missing in Nepal

Rescuers in Nepal's mountainous west searched on foot Sunday for a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people, as officials called off a helicopter hunt due to poor visibility. The plane carrying 15 passengers including an infant and three crew……

Nepal to slash fees to climb overcrowded Everest

Nepal will slash climbing fees for Everest and other Himalayan peaks to attract more mountaineers, despite existing concerns of overcrowding during the climbing season, a tourism ministry official said Friday. The government will cut licence fees for foreign individuals trying to scale the world’s highest peak from $25,000 to $11,000…

Nepal’s ex-goddesses to receive monthly allowance to help them adjust to normal life

Nepal’s former Kumaris, girls worshipped as living goddesses in a centuries-old tradition, are to be awarded a pension to help them re-adjust 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…

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…

Nepal cracks down on cannabis at Hindu festival

Police in Nepal said they had cracked down on members of the public using cannabis at a major Hindu festival where the drug is smoked legally by thousands of holy men to honour a Hindu god. The wandering mystics — known as sadhus – use an ancient legal loophole to smoke marijuana during a night of…

U.S. warns Nepal over political unrest

KATHMANDU — The United States warned Nepal on Sunday that political strikes threatening to paralyse the country could lead to its travel warning being reinstated. Opposition leaders called a countrywide shutdown on Saturday — forcing shops to close, crippling transport and sparking violence — after a senior party activist was…

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