Nepal launches ‘pride project’ to find out Everest’s real height

Nepal has launched a “national pride” project to measure the height of Mount Everest, following in the footsteps of India and China. The project is partly to ascertain whether a huge earthquake in 2015 affected the height of the world’s tallest mountain, but is also intended for Nepal to catch up with its regional neighbours.…

Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end

Pouring water on hope for the relaxation on the ongoing indefinite bandh in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, the all hilly region party meeting today decided to continue the bandh. Nepal is scheduled to get Chinese internet services from August ending India’s monopoly over the same, a Nepali daily reported. Currently, the tiny Himalayan country accesses…

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3 (video)

The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle. “All the signs of a looming war on the Korean peninsula are surfacing,” the group says…

Nepal remembers Bista, last king of Upper Mustang

Ceremonies are taking place in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to mark the death of the last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang. Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista, who reigned the Buddhist kingdom for more than half a century, died on Friday aged 86. King Bista lost his royal title in 2008 when Nepal…

In Tibet, Chinese characteristics set tone of religious freedom

LHASA, TIBET – The sun has yet to rise over Lhasa, but dozens of colorfully dressed pilgrims are already gathered and reciting prayers at the entrance to Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Many of those gathered — Tibetans and Han Chinese visitors — say religion is flourishing under Beijing’s rule, with adherents…

‘Unhappy’ China cancels President Xi Jinping’s proposed Nepal visit

In a setback to China-Nepal bilateral ties, Beijing has cancelled President Xi Jinping’s proposed visit to the Himalayan nation in October, reportedly due to its disappointment with Nepal on several matters. According to reports, Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai has already conveyed this to Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shankar Bairagi. The Indian Express reported that…

Police shut down Dalai Lama birthday celebrations in Nepal

The Songtsen Brikuti School in Boudhanath in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu where the Tibetan community was scheduled to celebrate the 81st birthday of the Dalai Lama was swarmed by Nepalese police early this morning, disrupting the celebrations and even detaining close to 30 Tibetans including the Tibetan Settlement Officer. The celebratory event has now been…