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Can solar pumps give Nepal's women farmers a brighter future?
21 March 2017 - Giving women loans to buy solar panels for irrigation -- and access to land -- can help them build resilience to climate change. Could solar pumping be a solution to address food security and poverty among smallholder Terai farmers like Yadav? This is one question the Water Lands and Ecosystems CGIAR research programme explored during the project 'Multiple approaches to solving agricultural water problems in mid hills and Terail in Nepal and India'. (more)

Inspired by Nepalese, UK architect rebuilds ancient temple
16 January 2017 - When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last year, villagers in Changu Narayan ran up the steep rocky path that cuts through their town to their renowned temple. Seeing the piles of rubble, they figured their lives were over. Less than two years later, the community is cleaning up their World Heritage Site themselves, and one of the world's leading architects has taken on the recovery as his pet project. British architect John Sanday, who led the World Monuments Fund restoration of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, fell in love with the place decades ago. (more)

Prince Harry extends Nepal trip to rebuild quake-hit school
23 March 2016 - Britain's Prince Harry said Wednesday that he will extend his trip to Nepal by six days to help rebuild a school damaged by a devastating earthquake last year. The 31-year-old Prince said he will work with a charity group in a remote village, but would not give the location. Prince Harry arrived in Nepal on Saturday for an official visit and had been scheduled to stay for five days. (more)

UK's Prince Harry encourages education for girls in Nepal
23 March 2016 - Britain's Prince Harry, on a four-day tour of Nepal, told a national summit that education and changing people's way of thinking are crucial to ending child marriage and empowering girls. 'Improved access to education can transform lives, families, communities, and ultimately entire countries. When girls finish their schooling, they gain skills, knowledge, and confidence -- in short, they are empowered to improve their lives and the lives of everyone around them,' Prince Harry said. (more)

Prince Harry praises Nepalese people for their 'resolve and resilience'
20 March 2016 - Prince Harry has visited sites damaged by April and May's earthquakes in Nepal during the second day of his five-day trip to the country. Prince Harry arrived in Kathmandu on Saturday evening, and met the country's President the next morning. They discussed climate change and conservation, Kensington Palace said. Prince Harry will meet survivors of the earthquakes as well as Gurkhas who helped the rescue efforts. He praised the Nepalese people for what he called their 'resolve and resilience' in the wake of the disaster. It is the Prince's first official visit to the country. (more)

Nepal ends fuel rationing after supply from India improves
23 February 2016 - Nepal ended months-long fuel rationing after supply from India improved, following the end of a border blockade by ethnic protesters against a new constitution, an official said on Tuesday. Relief came as Prime Minister K.P. Oli visited India, where he met Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. India is Nepal's sole supplier of fuel. Rationing had led to black marketeering and caused lines of motorists outside petrol stations to stretch for several kilometres. (more)

Leaders of Nepal and India mend fences after friction
20 February 2016 - The leaders of Nepal and India have overcome mutual misgivings, India's foreign secretary said on Saturday, after talks to ease tensions over Nepal's recently-adopted constitution. Modi and Oli inaugurated a power transmission line between India and Nepal and signed a framework agreement for reconstruction work in areas affected by last year's earthquakes. (more)

Nepal Prime Minister says will try to mend fences with India during visit
18 February 2016 - Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Oli begins a state visit to giant neighbour India on Friday, looking to repair ties damaged by a row over the Himalayan republic's first democratic constitution. Oli will meet his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and President Pranab Mukherjee, among other officials. His trip will focus on mending fences, but he did not expect to sign any new long-term agreements, he told reporters in Kathmandu. (more)

Famed architect Shigeru Ban builds quake-proof homes from rubble in Nepal
28 December 2015 - After twin earthquakes in April and May claimed 9,000 lives and left vast swathes of Nepal in ruins, survivors worried if they reused the brick rubble, they would end up with the same vulnerable, seismically unsound structures. Renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban -- who helped bring global attention to humanitarian architecture and continues to influence fellow architects and disaster-relief workers -- devised a solution. 'Each disaster is different, so I have to go there to find out the particular problems to solve,' said 58-year-old Ban. 'I'm hoping people will copy my design. If we make 20, some other NGO might make more. I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights,' Ban said. (more)

Donors pledge $4.4 billion for earthquake-hit Nepal
25 June 2015 - Donor nations and agencies announced $4.4 billion in aid for Nepal on Thursday, covering about two-thirds of what the Himalayan nation says it needs to rebuild from devastating earthquakes that killed more than 8,800 people and made millions homeless. Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said the amount was pledged by donors that attended a one-day conference in Kathmandu. The biggest pledge came from Nepal's large southern neighbor, India, which offered $1 billion in grants and low-interest loans. (more)


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Nepal: Army schools implement Transcendental Meditation technique
5 April 2017 - Nepal's army schools are finishing their first stage implementation of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. The army school in Bhaktapur, Nepal was the first military school to implement the practice. Three hundred of its teaching staff and 2,700 students there have greatly benefited from practising TM for the past three years. Teachers have noticed many positive changes in the students, who are the schoolchildren of military personnel. Many students improved their academic performance. 'It has been the best tool to maintain discipline and a healthy environment in the premises of the army school,' said the school's former Principal. (more)

Nepal: Exploring integrative medicine and Consciousness-Based Education
13 May 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos from Nepal, illustrating the visits of international experts in Consciousness-Based Education and integrative medicine. Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, was guest speaker at a seminar on the Nepalese Peace Process through Vedic Knowledge. In attendance at the seminar were many political and intellectual leaders of Nepal. Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, was the featured speaker at the Conference on Integrative Medicine for the 21st Century in Kathmandu, Nepal. This conference stirred interest in Nepal to build a college of integrative medicine. (more)

Nepal: Students and teachers learn Transcendental Meditation
5 April 2014 - At schools in many countries students and their teachers are enjoying the benefits of daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, a central element of Consciousness-Based Education. Scientific research has shown the Transcendental Meditation technique to be uniquely effective in reducing stress, improving learning ability, and promoting integrated brain functioning. When practised in groups, it has also been found to promote rising coherence and harmony in society. The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos from Nepal, where several schools have begun to integrate this Consciousness-Based Education approach in their academic programme. (more)

Healing Herbs Nepal: Promoting sustainable organic farming of medicinal herbs
3 April 2014 - Of the two main objectives of Healing Herbs Nepal, the first is to help protect Nepal's rapidly eroding biodiversity by training farmers to grow high-quality medicinal herbs sustainably and organically. (more)

Healing Herbs Nepal: Transforming an environmentally exploitative trade
29 March 2014 - Nepal, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, is also one of the poorest. It has abundant natural resources, including a rich biodiversity of more than 1,700 medicinal plants, used since ancient times in the indigenous Ayurvedic system of healthcare. Today, rural communities wild harvest these herbs as one means of making a living--but rising global demand has led to over harvesting which is threatening some species with extinction, while the system also deprives harvesters of the income. Healing Herbs Nepal has been established to transform this environmentally degrading and exploitative trade in herbs. It is being spearheaded by Earth Open Source, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainability, security, and safety of the global food system. (more)

Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Ukraine: Review Nepal reports on Invincible Defence Technology
6 February 2014 - 'The political situation in Ukraine is extremely dangerous. . . . Today, the military of Ukraine has an opportunity to overcome this cycle of turmoil by deploying a scientifically validated technology of defence that neutralizes social stress, creating a profound influence of coherence and harmony throughout society,' explain Dr Mykola Didukh, Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko, and Dr David Leffler, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science. The military of Ukraine has the opportunity today, simply by creating a Prevention Wing--a group of experts practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques--'to prevent further turmoil and create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time to act is now.' (more)

Five schools in Nepal in process of implementing Consciousness-Based Education
29 July 2013 - In Nepal, five schools are in the process of introducing Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education into their educational systems. At two of the schools, each with hundreds of students, all the students and faculty have learned Transcendental Meditation. A third has sent one of its faculty to a training course to become a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. This teacher will soon return to teach students and faculty the meditation technique, which scientific research has shown to be uniquely effective in reducing stress, improving learning ability, and promoting integrated brain functioning. Two other schools, including a large military high school, are also implementing Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation delegation visits US
29 July 2013 - A delegation from Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation, which makes available the Transcendental Meditation programme and related educational programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the country, recently paid a visit to the United States. There they met with award-winning film director and philanthropist David Lynch and also hosted a renowned Vedic scholar from Nepal. (more)

Nepal: Consciousness-Based Education expert meets with educators, political leaders
29 July 2013 - An international authority in Consciousness-Based Education visited several universities and attended seminars during a recent trip to Nepal. Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, met with a warm reception and found great receptivity to Consciousness-Based Education, the basis of the successful educational system at MUM, among distinguished educators and political and intellectual leaders in the country. (more)

Nepal: Entire staff of agricultural NGO learns Transcendental Meditation
29 July 2013 - At one of the leading NGOs (non-governmental organizations) for developing agricultural policy in Nepal, the entire staff learned Transcendental Meditation this year. The Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) was established in 1991, one of the first NGOs of its kind. It focuses on sustainable poverty reduction and enhancement of food security for the poor, especially in rural areas of the country. (more)


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At rising rate, Nepalis working abroad go home in coffins
21 December 2016 - The number of Nepali workers going abroad more than doubled after the country began promoting foreign labor in recent years: from about 220,000 in 2008 to about 500,000 in 2015. The number of deaths among those workers has risen much faster. One out of every 2,500 workers died in 2008; last year, one out of every 500 died, according to an Associated Press analysis of data released by Nepal's Ministry of Labour and Employment. In total, over 5,000 workers from this small country have died working abroad since 2008 -- more than the number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq War. (more)

Nepal's deadly roads
19 September 2016 - Hundreds have died or been severely injured in a summer of carnage on Nepal's roads. The recent spike in accidents follows the bloodiest year yet on Nepal's roads -- 2,006 people died and more than 4,000 were severely injured in the 12 months from July 2015. More people have been killed on the roads in the last 10 years than in the country's decade-long civil war, in which an estimated 16,000 people died. (more)

Nepal, northern India battle worst forest fires in years
2 May 2016 - Nepal and parts of northern India are battling their worst forest fires in years that have devastated thousands of hectares of woodland, killed at least 18 people, and sent a pall of smoke across the southern Himalayas that can been seen from space. 'This year we have experienced a longer spell of dry weather and the temperatures have risen significantly, contributing to the disaster,' Nepal Forest Ministry official Krishna Prasad Acharya told Reuters. (more)

Isolated Nepal PM could be toppled by constitution crisis
4 February 2016 - An unwieldy coalition of lawmakers trying to implement Nepal's first democratic constitution is finding common cause with protesting minority groups, isolating Prime Minister K.P. Oli and increasing the risk his government could fall this spring. Oli, of the leftist Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), promised to resolve simmering tensions in the southern plains and lift a blockade of the Indian border when he was voted in to power almost four months ago. Yet sporadic violence continues in the Himalayan nation. Protest leaders say the heavy-handed police tactics show the government is not sincere about finding a solution, while in Kathmandu residents have to choose between queuing for hours for fuel and gas and paying exorbitant prices on the black market. (more)

With lives at risk, Nepal struggles to escape dysfunction
5 December 2015 - Shiva Parwar has been camping on the pavement for five days, waiting in line for cooking gas. There are 521 gas cylinders ahead of his, and not even the dealer knows when more fuel will arrive, thanks to a two-month-long border blockade that shows no sign of ending. An ethnic group's blockade of a key border point with India is leaving Nepal with only about 15 percent of its normal supply of gasoline, diesel, and cooking fuel, and creating shortages of other goods including food and medicine. The group's dispute with the government is part of the political dysfunction that has held back development and even prevented the adoption of a constitution for nearly a decade. Now it is threatening lives as hundreds of thousands of people, many of them displaced by Nepal's devastating spring earthquakes, face the winter without fuel, secure housing, and many essential goods. (more)

Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 30 people
30 July 2015 - Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages in Nepal on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said. Heavy rains during the seasonal monsoon in Nepal often trigger landslides in the mountains and flooding in the southern plains. The devastating earthquake in April that killed nearly 8,900 people had set off many landslides and officials fear that the heavy rainfall would trigger more. (more)

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach
19 May 2015 - The Nepali government is struggling to provide shelter for more than a million people who were uprooted by two massive earthquakes, first on April 25 and then 17 days later. Tens of thousands are sleeping in the open, with monsoon rains possibly little more than a fortnight away. Aid organizations worry about the possible spread of disease and the risk of further displacement in a country ill-equipped to help those most in need. (more)

Another mountain village devastated in latest Nepal quake
16 May 2015 - Dozens of people, including relief workers who had been transporting emergency supplies, were still missing in and around the Nepali village of Singati on Friday, three days after a major earthquake triggered a landslide in the area. Tuesday's tremor brought renewed terror to remote areas east of the capital Kathmandu. On the road leading out of the village, which lies about 75 km east of the capital Kathmandu, further landslides have hampered search efforts for a missing aid convoy, Dolakha district administrator Prem Lal Lamichane told Reuters. (more)

Another deadly earthquake spreads fear and misery in Nepal (with AP video)
12 May 2015 - A new earthquake killed dozens of people Tuesday and spread more fear and misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left more than 8,000 dead. Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, centered midway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest, struck hardest in the foothills of the Himalayas, triggering some landslides, but it also shook the capital badly, sending thousands of terrified people into the streets. Tremors radiated across parts of Asia. In neighboring India, at least 16 people were confirmed dead after rooftops or walls collapsed onto them, according to India's Home Ministry. Chinese media reported one death in Tibet. (more)

Behind Nepal's Shangri-la image, poverty and misery
30 April 2015 - Nepal is blessed with resilient people and some of the most stunning vistas on the planet. But even on the best days, electricity routinely dies in the heart of the capital, Kathmandu, where the hum of thousands of generators is a normal soundtrack of life. There have been centuries of instability, oppression, and bloodshed, and, in recent decades, a massacre of the royal family by the Crown Prince and a Maoist insurgency that killed thousands. And now comes a disaster many have long seen coming. The government tried to prepare for a quake, but political and economic turmoil over the last decade hurt the attempts to improve the national power, communications, and social services infrastructure, and to organize the helicopters, train the workers, and build the structures essential to being ready and responding effectively, said Allen Clark, a disaster policy specialist at the East-West Center and former geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. (more)

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