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Nepal: Birthplace of the Buddha and Land of Mighty Mountain Peaks

Around the 6th century B.C the first civilization flourished in Nepal near by fertile Kathmandu Valley. Lumbini is the place in Nepal where Prince Siddhartha who later became the Buddha was born in 563 B.C. King Prithvi Narayan finally unified the kingdom of Nepal after series of turmoil’s in 1768. Between 1846 and 1951, the country was ruled by the Rana family, which has since held the office of prime minister till its transformation into a republic. In 1923, Britain recognized the absolute independence of Nepal. In 1951 the king took over all power and proclaimed a constitutional monarchy in the country. In 1990 a pro-democracy movement forced King Birendra to lift the ban on political parties. In 2007 the Seven Party Alliance overthrew the monarchy and proclaimed a republic in its place. Thus the world’s only surviving Hindu kingdom came to an end.

Nepal Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
    · Capital: Kathmandu
    · Total area: 147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles)
    · Population: 28.2 million (UN, 2007
    · Currency: Nepalese Rupee
    · Languages: Nepali 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5% (2001 census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Chhettri 15.5%, Brahman-Hill 12.5%, Magar 7%, Tharu 6.6%, Tamang 5.5%, Newar 5.4%, Muslim 4.2%, Kami 3.9%, Yadav 3.9%, other 32.7%, unspecified 2.8% (2001 census)
    · Religion: Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2%, Kirant 3.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $1,000 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 61.12 years, Female: 60.75 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 62.7%, Female: 34.9% (2001 census)

Geographical Information on Nepal:
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is bordered by China from the north and by India from the south, east and west. The Himalayan mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts.
Nepal has five climatic zones that vary according to varying altitude. The Himalayas blocks cold winds from Central Asia in the winter and forms the northern limit of the country.

Nepal Culture, Cuisine and Tradition:
Nepal is blessed with one of the richest cultures in the world. The country features a rich amalgamation of Hindu, Buddhist, Tribal and other ethnic cultures. Hinduism has the largest following in the Himalayan kingdom.

The Nepalese meals include the mouth-watering dal-bhat, which is a kind of a lentil soup served with rice and vegetables. Snacks such as chura and tea are consumed between the main meals. Meat, eggs, and fish are also eaten mainly in the mountainous regions where the diet is richer in protein. Rakshi, which is a millet-based traditional alcoholic drink, is famous among the Nepalese.

Tourist Attractions of Nepal:

Nepal is one of the major tourist spots of the world. It is home to ten of the highest mountains peaks in the world including Mount Everest. Nepal’s breathtaking beauty with Himalayan snow capped peaks with lush green vegetation attracts tourist from across the globe to Nepal. It is a favorite destination for trekkers and mountaineers.

The Durbar Square: It is UNESCO world heritage site and famous for its intricate design that reflects architectural marvels built by kings of Nepal in the form of numerous temples, statues, palaces and shrines.

Phulchowki: Phulchowki is a major hiking spot in Nepal located at an altitude of 2578 meters. It is also famous for its serene Buddhist shrines.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Nepal include:

    · Nyatapola Temple
    · Museums in Nepal
    · Wild life
    · Surya Vinayak
    · Krishna Mandir

After shock of 5.5 Magnitude felt in Nepal, minor tremors also felt in Bihar and Bengal

May 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM

According to the National Emergency Operation Centre Aftershock in Nepal of 5.5 magnitude was felt in Nepal whose Epicenter was in Dolkha.

Fresh Earthquake 7.4 magnitude: PM Modi takes stock of situation following fresh earthquake

May 12, 2015 at 5:38 PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today took stock of the situation following the fresh major earthquake felt in Nepal and parts of India, at a high-level meeting.

Earthquake 7.4 magnitude felt in Delhi, Nepal and across the country

May 12, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Fresh jolt of Earthquake of 7.4 magnitude felt in Delhi, Nepal and other parts of the country. The jolt of the Earthquake was felt around 12:35 pm which lasted for 20 seconds. Peoples came out of the work place and the home after recognizing the jolt of the Earthquake 7.4.

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Max Healthcare extends support to earthquake victims at Nepal

May 6, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Team of doctors and paramedical staff travels to Nepal to provide emergency medical care to the victims

Another Earth Quake of 6.8 rocked Nepal again

April 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Another Earth quake occurred today of 6.8 magnitude around 12.39 pm IST (Indian Standard Time) at a depth of 10 Km with its Epicentral Region located in Nepal about 65 Km east of Kathmandu. Its Latitude and Longitude are 27.71 N and 85.91 E respectively.

Historic Dharahara Tower collapses in Nepal due to two major earth quakes

April 25, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Two major earth quakes jolted Nepal and other parts of India. Due to quakes historic Dharahara Tower collapses in Nepal and hundreds of people are feared to be trapped.

India to host 5th Meeting of SAARC Health Ministers

April 5, 2015 at 5:21 PM

India to host 5th Meeting of SAARC Health Ministers. Deliberations to strengthen collaboration among SAARC countries

More Indians head to Nepal

May 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Kathmandu, May 3 (IANS) Nepal has witnessed a sustained tourist inflow with visitor arrivals in April rising by 23.1 percent year on year, according to official figures released Thursday. Arrivals from India went up by nearly 45 percent.

Nepali major parties reach deal on power sharing

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Kathmandu, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): In a dramatic and positive development in Nepali politics, the major political parties have reached a deal on power sharing and are formalizing the agreement on Thursday.

Landslides halt road traffic again in Tibet

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Nyalim (Tibet), May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Rain-triggered landslides and strong winds cut an international highway in southwest China's Tibet autonomous region once again on Thursday just after traffic resumed a day earlier.

Nepal witnesses sustained tourist inflow

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Kathmandu, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Nepal witnessed a sustained tourist inflow with visitor arrivals in April rising by 23.1 percent year on year, according to official figures released on Thursday.

Nepal expects steep rise in Indian tourist inflow

May 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Nepal may see a 32 percent jump in tourist inflow from India, a Nepal Tourism Board official said Wednesday.

Poll panels of SAARC countries establish forum

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) SAARC countries Wednesday adopted a charter for mutual cooperation and set up a forum that will enhance capabilities to conduct free and fair elections.

Kathmandu-Lumbini bicycle race to be held in Nepal

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Kathmandu, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): A bicycle rally is going to be held from Nepali capital Kathmandu to Lumbini on the occasion of Visit Lumbini Year-2012.

Alarm after 40 held on Indo-Nepal border

May 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Lucknow, May 1 (IANS) The detention Monday of 40 people for trying to enter India from Nepal without valid identity papers through the border in Maharajganj has put the Uttar Pradesh intelligence unit on alert.

Urgent: 4 killed in explosion in central Nepal

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Kathmandu, Apr 30 (Xinhua-ANI): An explosive device went off in Janakpur district in central Nepal on Monday.

Paid news an emerging challenge: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Paid news, a recent challenge thrown up before the Election Commission, is a "clandestine deal" between politicians and journalists, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said here Monday.

Four killed in Nepal blast

April 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Kathmandu, April 30 (IANS) At least four people were killed and over 10 injured Monday when a bomb went off in a central Nepal town Monday, police said.

Nepal offers to train Indian peacekeepers

April 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Kathmandu, April 28 (IANS) Nepal has offered to train Indian Army officers who will take part in the United Nations peacekeeping operations under various international assignments.

SAARC poll bodies' meet in Delhi from April 30

April 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Election Commission of India will host the third Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries from April 30 to May 2 here.

Couple arrested for harassing minor maids

April 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Gurgaon, April 26 (IANS) In a raid in Gurgoan, two minor girls working as maids were rescued Thursday and their employer, a garment factory owner and his wife, arrested for harassing them, police said. The girls, hailing from Nepal and Bihar, were trafficked through an illegal placement agency.

Nepal holds security talks with India

April 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Kathmandu, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): The Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Groups on Security issues meeting began in western Nepali city of Pokhara from Thursday.

Nepal holds security talks with India

April 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) India and Nepal began their four-day bilateral security talks Thursday.

WHO expands steps to fight non-communicable diseases

April 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Yangon, April 25 (IANS) Aiming to tackle the high occurrence of non-communicable diseases in southeast Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said here Wednesday that it would expand technical competence and resources in its action plan for the region.

12 long year search for son of Kashmiri Widow still persists

April 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

On August 12, 2000 a Kashmiri handicraft trader was supposedly arrested in Katmandu, the basis is still unknown, the person is still missing but her mother has been running to officials for 12 long years in search for her son.

Nepal parties seek more time to settle statute row

April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Kathmandu, April 23 (IANS) Major political parties of Nepal Monday sought two more days to thrash out contentious issues that have held up their constitution drafting.

Roundup: Nepalese mark day of "people's triumph"

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Kathmandu, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Five years ago on this very day, Nepal witnessed a great change in its history. The ultimate power was handed over to the Nepalese people by the then King.

For 12 years, Kashmir widow hunts for missing son (With Image)

April 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Srinagar, April 23 (IANS) Twelve years after her son was allegedly arrested by the Nepal police, Zubeida, a 65-year-old Kashmiri widow, has said that she has been running from pillar to post to know his whereabouts.

Tibetans to get five-year registration certificates

April 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Dharamsala, April 22 (IANS) Tibetans born in India and those living in the country for more than 20 years can now get the registration certificates essential for their stay renewed after every five years, a Tibetan official said Sunday.

Over 6,000 Maoists 'retire' in Nepal

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kathmandu, April 20 (IANS) A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants, have opted for voluntary retirement, a report said.

Over 6,000 ex-PLA combatants in Nepal opt for voluntary retirement

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Kathmandu, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army combatants have opted for voluntary retirement at the end of the timeline specified for the second round of regrouping of the ex-Maoist combatants on Thursday.

India welcomes Nepal's Maoist integration pact

April 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) India Thursday welcomed the recent pact under which former Maoist rebels handed over control of their fighters and weapons to the Nepal Army and hoped that "the Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes would be taken to their logical end within the time-frame".

India hails Nepal's resolve to rehabilitate former Maoist cadres

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday termed the Nepalese Government's decision to rehabilitate former Maoist combatants as per certain recent pacts, thereby ensuring peace.

Nepal Army takes over control of Maoist camps, completes peace process

April 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): Nepalese soldiers have taken over the control of former Maoist rebels camps, as part of securing peace six years after the end of civil war in Nepal

China detains hundreds of Tibetans returning from Buddhist ceremony in India: Report

April 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Beijing, Apr 8 (ANI): Hundreds of Tibetans who attended a Buddhist ceremony in India in January have reportedly been detained by Chinese forces without any charge on their return to Tibet.

Five killed in Nepal road accident

April 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Kathmandu, April 7 (IANS) At least five people died and nearly a dozen were injured in a head-on collision between a jeep and a bus in Nepal Saturday.

CII offers to push Nepal's economic development

April 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Leading business lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has offered all help for Nepal's economic development.

Army Chief Gen. V.K Singh meets Nepal PM Bhattarai

April 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Kathmandu, Apr 5 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff of India, General V.K. Singh met Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai here today.

Nepal Parliament gives go-ahead for Chinese firm's $1.6 bln dam project

April 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Kathmandu, Apr 3 (ANI): Nepal's lawmakers have reportedly given the green signal to a Chinese state-owned company's 1.6 billion dollars hydroelectric-power project.

Nepal Parliament gives go-ahead for Chinese firm's $1.6 bln dam project

April 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Kathmandu, Apr 3 (ANI): Nepal's lawmakers have reportedly given the green signal to a Chinese state-owned company's 1.6 billion dollars hydroelectric-power project.

Unicef urges India to curb open defecation

March 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Tuesday stressed the urgent need for India, the first among 12 countries where open defecation takes place, to check and curb the practice and reduce the high rate of water-borne disease in rural communities.

Two leopards found dead in UP

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Lucknow, March 26 (IANS) Two leopards were found dead in the jungles of Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district, officials said Monday.

Two Manipuri militants arrested from Siliguri by NIA

March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Siliguri (West Bengal), March 23 (IANS) Two members of Manipur's banned Kangleipak Communist Party of Manipur were arrested Friday from near the Indo-Nepal border here in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, police said.

Nepal PM sacks labour minister

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Kathmandu, March 23 (IANS) Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai Friday sacked Labor and Transport Management Minister Sarita Giri, a media report said.

Nepal to stage Asia's first gay sports tournament

March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Kathmandu, Mar 20 (ANI): Nepal is planning to stage Asia's first ever multi-sport games for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Nepal to stage Asia's first gay sports tournament

March 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Kathmandu, Mar 20 (ANI): Nepal is planning to stage Asia's first ever multi-sport games for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Three Nepal parties to continue discussion to iron out differences

March 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Kathmandu, Mar. 4 (ANI): Leaders of Nepal's three major political parties - the UCPN-Maoist, the CPN (UML) and the Nepali Congress (NC) - on Sunday decided to meet again on March 8 to thrash out the differences seen in constitution drafting and peace process.

Three Nepal parties to continue discussion to iron out differences

March 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Kathmandu, Mar. 4 (ANI): Leaders of Nepal's three major political parties - the UCPN-Maoist, the CPN (UML) and the Nepali Congress (NC) - on Sunday decided to meet again on March 8 to thrash out the differences seen in constitution drafting and peace process.

Clean delivery kits helped reduce neonatal deaths in India

February 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Washington, Feb 290 (ANI): Use of clean delivery kits led to a substantial reduction in neonatal deaths in South Asia, with the largest fall seen in India, according to a recent study.

Nepal seeking international help to settle Everest height

February 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The precise height of Mount Everest has been disputed ever since the first measurement was made in 1856.

Nepal seeking international help to settle Everest height

February 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The precise height of Mount Everest has been disputed ever since the first measurement was made in 1856.

Clean delivery kits helped reduce neonatal deaths in India

February 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Washington, Feb 290 (ANI): Use of clean delivery kits led to a substantial reduction in neonatal deaths in South Asia, with the largest fall seen in India, according to a recent study.

Mountaineer enters Guinness World Record for climbing Everest 21 times

February 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Nepal's mountaineering legend Appa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, was awarded with the Guinness World Record (GWR) on Monday.

Nepal PM arrives in Patna to inaugurate Global Bihar Summit

February 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Patna, Feb 17 (ANI): The Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, received a ceremonial welcome on his arrival here on Friday.

Pakistan's MFN status in line with SAFTA protocol: Anand Sharma

February 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Islamabad, Feb 17 (ANI): Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said that Pakistan's decision to grant India 'most favoured nation' status for trade is in line with the protocol of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement.

Pakistan's MFN status in line with SAFTA protocol: Anand Sharma

February 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Islamabad, Feb 17 (ANI): Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said that Pakistan's decision to grant India 'most favoured nation' status for trade is in line with the protocol of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement.

Security stepped up near Indo-Nepal border ahead of second phase of UP polls

February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Sunauli/Maharajganj, Feb 10 (ANI): With Uttar Pradesh entering the second phase of assembly polls tomorrow, security has been stepped up along the India-Nepal border to avoid any untoward incident.

Nepal man claims to be world's shortest at 1 foot 10 inches

February 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

New York, Feb 3 (ANI): A 72-year-old man in Nepal says he is just 1 foot, 10 inches tall, which would make him as the shortest adult human in Guinness World Records' history.

Nepal man claims to be world's shortest at 1 foot 10 inches

February 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New York, Feb 3 (ANI): A 72-year-old man in Nepal says he is just 1 foot, 10 inches tall, which would make him as the shortest adult human in Guinness World Records' history.

Security beefed up along Indo-Nepal border ahead of assembly polls in UP

January 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Maharajganj, Jan 29 (ANI): Security has been beefed up along 500-kilometer long Indo-Nepal border in a bid to avert movement of anti-social elements during assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh to be sealed before polls

January 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Lucknow, Jan.28 (ANI): The 500-kilometer-long Indo-Nepal border that runs along eight districts of Uttar Pradesh will be sealed two days before the state goes to polls to prevent movement of anti-social elements.

Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh to be sealed before polls

January 28, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Lucknow, Jan.28 (ANI): The 500-kilometer-long Indo-Nepal border that runs along eight districts of Uttar Pradesh will be sealed two days before the state goes to polls to prevent movement of anti-social elements.

Customs officials seize tiger skin at Indo-Nepal border

January 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Panitanki, Jan 19 (ANI): Customs officials at the border village of Panitanki in West Bengal have held a man carrying a tiger skin across the Indo-Nepal border.

Customs officials seize tiger skin at Indo-Nepal border

January 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Panitanki, Jan 19 (ANI): Customs officials at the border village of Panitanki in West Bengal have held a man carrying a tiger skin across the Indo-Nepal border.

One in eight Gurkhas to lose jobs as UK MoD announces armed forces cuts

January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

London, Jan 17 (ANI): One in eight Gurkhas will lose their job as British Ministry of Defence is expected to announce plans to make 4,000 members of the Armed Forces redundant.

One in eight Gurkhas to lose jobs as UK MoD announces armed forces cuts

January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

London, Jan 17 (ANI): One in eight Gurkhas will lose their job as British Ministry of Defence is expected to announce plans to make 4,000 members of the Armed Forces redundant.

India, Nepal discuss cooperation to curb cross-border crimes

January 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): India and Nepal on Monday discussed cooperation in countering cross-border crimes and terrorist activities during Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries.

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