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Eating in Nepal

By Joanne Camas New Jersey native Maggie Doyne is an amazing young woman who took a year out before college to travel. She ended up in Nepal, met young girls breaking rocks at the side of the road and discovered they were orphans, and founded a children’s home and school. Now she’s mom to 40 kids and runs an elementary school, recently opened a women’s center to teach sewing and other skills, and is breaking ground on a high school. People are naturally curious about her life in Nepal, so Maggie described her food and meals on her blog. “Nepal is one of the most food-deficit countries in the world, yet just about everyone subsistence farms,” she explains. “Food is never wasted and always shared. At Kopila Valley, we try to grow as much of our own food as possible. Every square inch of our yard and our neighbors’ is covered with vegetables and fruit trees. We plant and eat whatever is in season. For example, we’ll grow broccoli, that’s all we eat for 2 weeks and then when it’s finished, we move onto the next vegetable, like green beans, peas, pumpkin, or mustard greens. What we don’t grow, we source from local farmers.” Meat is only on the menu one night a week. “We try to eat animals that we raise,” she writes. “We almost always slaughter and butcher them ourselves. Our entire family eats about 14 chickens for dinner. It’s really sad when one of the uncles comes on the motorcycle carrying them all alive. An hour later they are in our soup. It’s definitely different than buying meat at the grocery store.” Maggie’s interesting in learning about making cheese with her kids. “There is an abundance of yak cheese but we don’t like it all that much,” she says. It smells a little funky.” Any tips for Maggie on cheesemaking? Post any advice here and on the BlinkNow blog, please. And if you’re interested in paying for a nutritious lunch for a Kopila Valley student, click here. Photo: Blinknow.org

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Rescued Nepalis find new life in circus

A young man climbs atop a human pyramid and performs a perfect handstand, while nearby a girl effortlessly swings a dozen glittered hoops around her hips.

Like most troupes around the world, performers from Nepal’s Circus Kathmandu have been practising their tricks for years.

But unlike others, most of these artists, until recently, were not given a choice.

Eleven of the thirteen-strong troupe are rescued victims of child trafficking who had been sold into circuses in neighbouring India and made to perform to crowds.

Now they are free to perform because they can, not because they have to.

“I like the fact I’m not being forced into doing anything now,” says Anjali Chhetri Khadka, 20, who joined the troupe when it formed in 2011.

“I’m performing from my own free will and I can do whatever part of the performance I choose.”

When she was seven years old, Anjali’s parents sold her to traffickers. She was smuggled across the border into India where she spent the next four years doing unpaid work at a circus in Darjeeling before being rescued.

Families, impoverished and desperate, receive as little as 1,000 Nepalese rupees ($10) for the sale of their child, experts say. They are often tricked into believing a better life awaits their child across the border. But the reality is usually quite different.

Like many trafficking victims, Anjali does not like to talk about her past.

“There are children there (in some circuses) as young as five or six years old,” explains Leslie Brown, the Nepal representative for Freedom Matters, a UK-funded non-governmental organisation that works to rehabilitate rescued circus performers.

“They are taught to interact with and perform with wild animals, and they are very commonly abused, neglected and sexually molested,”Z she says.

Young Nepalis have traditionally been favoured by circus owners due to their small builds and fair complexions, according to Brown.

Once far away from their country and families, and unfamiliar with the local language and culture, trafficked children are easier to exploit and control, and less likely to run away, she says.

A typical day at a circus starts at dawn with several hours of gruelling training followed by at least three shows to the public that last late into the night.

“Some young girls are forced to carry out private performances to groups of men,” according to Shailaja CM, who works for non-profit group Sano Paila and has carried out dozens of raids on Indian circuses since 2004.

Working alongside Indian authorities, they have rescued almost 400 trafficked Nepalis, including most of those now at Circus Kathmandu.

When they find them, 80 percent have tuberculosis, some are pregnant and most are suffering from injuries after years of physical abuse by trainers, she says.

“At the worst circuses, the children are normally happy to see the rescuers, but at others, they are frightened because the circus owners have told them that we will sell them into brothels and not take them home.”

Years of successful raids and the criminal conviction of circus owners, encouraged the Indian and Nepali governments to continue to crack down on the …read more

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India police release sketches of temple bomb suspect

Indian police investigating bomb blasts at one of Buddhism’s holiest sites released sketches of a suspect on Tuesday and offered a reward for information about the attacks.

Ten small devices exploded on July 7 in the Bodh Gaya temple complex in the eastern state of Bihar, wounding two monks, while three others were defused at the historic shrine.

The National Investigation Agency released two sketches of a man suspected of planting the bombs at the complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was not badly damaged in the blasts.

One sketch showed the suspect wearing a mask, while the second showed a clean-shaven face. The suspect was “wearing the dress of a Buddhist monk”, the agency said on its website.

It also announced a reward of one million rupees ($16,900) for information leading to the arrest of the bombers.

Police studied CCTV footage of the complex immediately after the early morning attacks and arrested a man for questioning, but no charges were laid.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But police say they had received intelligence that Islamic militants could target the site as revenge for Buddhist violence against Muslims in neighbouring Myanmar.

Along with temples, dozens of monasteries housing monks from around the world dot the Bodh Gaya complex, which is said to be the site where the Buddha reached enlightenment in 531 BC.

The centrepiece of the complex is the site of the holy Bodhi tree, under which Buddha is said to have meditated. A sapling of the original tree was undamaged in the attacks.

The complex, 110 kilometres (69 miles) south of Patna, contains one of the earliest Buddhist temples still standing in India.

Buddhists are rarely targeted in India but there have been tensions in the wider region recently following clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

In neighbouring Nepal, dozens of police have been mobilised to guard the country’s famed Buddhist temple complex as a precaution after the India attacks.

Police have doubled to 70 the number of security officers guarding the Lumbini temple complex, 250 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of the capital Kathmandu, local police official Surendra Bahadur Shah told AFP.

Thousands of pilgrims visit Lumbini each year to pay homage to the Buddha, who is said to have been born in the temple gardens in 623 BC.

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Nepal investigating reports of a fight between foreign climbers and sherpas on Mount Everest

Nepalese mountaineering officials say they are investigating reports of a fight between three foreign climbers and local Sherpa guides on Mount Everest.

Dipendra Poudel of the Mountaineering Department said the three climbers — from Italy, Switzerland and Britain — were involved in arguments with some Sherpa guides on Sunday.

Poudel says both sides accuse each other of starting the fight, adding mountaineering officials based at the Everest base camp were investigating the incident.

Sherpa guides hired by the hundreds of Western climbers attempting to climb the world’s highest mountain are the first ones to fix the ropes on the routes so their clients can climb to the peak.

The Sherpas are accusing the foreign climbers of starting the fight.

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Sherpa guide killed fixing route on Mount Everest

A mountaineering official in Nepal says a Sherpa guide has been killed while fixing the climbing route on Mount Everest. It is the first death reported during the popular spring mountaineering season.

Mountaineering Department official Nishan Shrestha says the Nepalese Sherpa guide identified as Mingma fell into a crevasse just above Camp One on Everest on Sunday. It took several hours to retrieve his body.

Shrestha says a helicopter was sent to the mountain on Monday to bring back Mingma’s body.

Local Sherpa guides hired by foreign climbers are the first people to scale the world’s highest peak each climbing season as they dig a path through snow and ice to the summit.

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What Did It Feel Like To Win Google's #ifihadglass Contest?

By Quora, Contributor

It feels pretty incredible. When I saw the original promotional tweet from the Google Glass account, I hesitated to respond because of the typical assumption that you’ll never win large lotteries like that. But I decided to send this brief tweet anyhow: Fast forward a couple of weeks later and I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Kathmandu, Nepal while writing this answer. I just got done doing a bit of sightseeing and meandered back to my hotel room to watch a bit of tv and check my email. To my surprise, I had an email from a friend saying they saw that I won Google Glasses via this blog post on Gizmodo: Meet the Lucky People Who Suddenly Owe Google $1500. …read more
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Ex-US President Carter to observe Nepal elections

Former United States President Jimmy Carter says his Carter Center will observe the elections for Constituent Assembly in Nepal planned for later this year.

Carter who arrived last week in Nepal to meet political leaders said he was asked by the government and political parties to observe the elections. The Carter Center observed the last election in 2008 but the assembly failed to complete the task of writing a new constitution.

A government under the chairmanship of the country’s supreme court chief justice was formed last month to hold the polls in June but an exact date has not been set.

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By Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Contributor

Since Denis Colomb Lifestyle began in 2004, the subtle palette and superb quality of their scarves and shawls have appealed to the sophisticated traveller. Indeed, the company’s elegant fans range from Haider Ackermann – the Paris-based fashion designer – to Carolina Irving – the NY-based textile expert – to Victoria Brynner – the LA-based producer. In the past three seasons, designer Denis Colomb and his wife the photographer Erica Lennard have branched out to create effortless dresses, jackets and coats and other timeless essentials. Colomb and Lennard – who spend 6 months a year residing in Nepal as well as being in charge of a privately-run orphanage – prove that when working closely with locals, extraordinary tradition and workmanship can be preserved yet represented in contemporary fashion. …read more
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Latest Google Maps views take you to the top of the mountain

You can now explore the world from the comfort of your couch with Google Maps’ new mountaintop Street Views.

On Monday, Google released images from four of the world’s highest summits: Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Russia’s Mount Elbrus, and Argentina’s Aconcagua. The latest addition to Google Maps lets you scale those famous peaks without an extensive training regimen or an expensive plane ticket.

Google’s team—not expert mountain climbers by any means—painstakingly documented each mountain’s ascent using just a tripod and a digital camera with a fisheye lens. The documentarians detailed their expeditions in a behind-the-scenes blog, Google Lat Long.

The view from a base camp at Plaza Argentina is one of the images now available through the Street View feature on Google Maps.

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Google Maps adds view from Mt. Everest

Google on Monday added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to scenes woven into its popular online map service.

Google on Monday added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to scenes woven into its popular online map service. Arm chair explorers were invited to take virtual adventures with members of Google’s Street View team to Aconcagua in South America; Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal. “Whether you’re scoping out the mountain for your next big adventure or exploring it from the comfort and warmth of your home, we hope you enjoy these views from the top of the world,” Google adventurer Dan Fredinburg said in a blog post. “With Google Maps, you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all the avalanches, rock slides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face.” The mountains climbed by the Street View team were among peaks referred to as the ‘Seven Summits;’ the highest peaks on the Earth’s continents. ‘Googlers’ who made the ascents took the pictures with tripod-mounted digital camera equipped with a fisheye lens to capture 360-degree views. Street View teams have cycled, driven and walked through cities and towns around the globe capturing images to add to online maps, letting people see what it might be like to stand at a spot they are curious about. Google has added images from a Nunavut community in the Canadian Arctic and a portion of the Amazon in Brazil.

See the map of Mount Everest on Google Maps

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World poverty is rapidly dropping, Oxford University report says

Poor no more?

A new report from Oxford University‘s poverty and human development initiative says some of the world’s most impoverished people are becoming significantly less poor.

The study also predicts that countries with the most poor, including Nepal, Rwanda and Bangladesh, could see acute poverty erased within 20 years if development continues at current rates, the Guardian reports.

Oxford University‘s study uses a measure called the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which includes indicators such as years of schooling, water availability, nutrition and child mortality.

“As poor people worldwide have said, poverty is more than money – it is ill health, it is food insecurity, it is not having work, or experiencing violence and humiliation, or not having health care, electricity, or good housing,” said Dr. Sabina Alkire, who co-developed the system for the organization in 2010. “Maybe we have been overlooking the power of the people themselves, women who are empowering each other, civil society pulling itself up.”

Last week, the UN‘s latest development report said the world is experiencing a “global re-balancing,” with higher growth in at least 40 poor countries, the Guardian reports.

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Top Nepal judge becomes head of interim government

Nepal‘s chief judge was named head of an interim government Thursday in an attempt by the Himalayan country’s main political parties to cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for months.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav. He nominated former bureaucrats Madhav Ghimire as home minister and Hari Prasad Neupane as law minister, who took the oath of office with him.

An agreement signed late Wednesday night by leaders of Nepal‘s four main political parties says Regmi will have an 11-member Cabinet and the interim government will hold elections by June 21.

Smaller parties oppose the move. Protesters vandalized government vehicles Thursday and shut down the country for hours.

Regmi will set aside his court duties but will return as chief justice when his tenure leading the government ends. His title is chairman of the interim election government.

“The priority and the main task of this government is to hold elections and I am determined to fulfill that,” Regmi said.

Nepal‘s last parliament was elected in 2008 and expired in May 2012, having failed in its mission to draft a new constitution. Baburam Bhattarai, of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), had been head of a caretaker administration since then, but rival parties did not want him in office while elections for a new Constituent Assembly were held. The bickering caused the cancellation of elections that had been set for November 2012.

The assembly to be elected in June is to write a constitution and double as the country’s parliament.

The United States welcomed the formation of the interim government, and commended the political parties for making the necessary compromise.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called it an “important political milestone.” She expressed hope for free and fair elections and that the parties would remain committed to a democratic Nepal.

Regmi, 63, had been free of controversy in his two years as chief justice, but the Nepal Bar Association and some smaller political parties have criticized the arrangement as inappropriately mixing law and politics.

The Supreme Court was supposed to hear a case against …read more
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Top judge to be sworn in to lead Nepal government

The chief judge of Nepal‘s Supreme Court will be sworn in Thursday to lead an interim government that would hold elections in three months, ending an impasse since the last parliament’s term expired almost a year ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Narayankaji Shrestha said leaders of the four largest political parties signed the final agreement to appoint Khilraj Regmi as head of the government. Regmi is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday morning by President Ram Baran Yadav.

The agreement reached late Wednesday night says the new Cabinet would have 11 members and elections would have to be held by June 21 — the new government‘s main task.

The vote would choose a new Constituent Assembly to write a constitution and double as the country’s parliament. The assembly elected in May 2008 expired last year after failing to complete the charter because of disagreements among the political parties.

The feuding politicians agreed to appoint Regmi as the head of the government because they could not agree on a choice among themselves.

Since the last assembly tenure ended in May 2012, Baburam Bhattarai, of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has remained the head of caretaker administration.

Elections set for November 2012 were canceled because of the squabbling.

Regmi, 63, has remained free of controversy in his two years as chief justice, until now. The Nepal Bar Association and some of the smaller parties have criticized the arrangement as inappropriately mixing law and politics. Some of the opponents have threatened to organize street protests.

Maoist rebels in Nepal fought government troops between 1996 and 2006 until they gave up their armed revolt and joined a peace process that evolved after the Himalayan nation abolished its longstanding monarchy. They emerged as the largest political party in the 2008 Constituent Assembly, but no party got a clear majority. Four different prime ministers assumed power in the next four years. Differences among the political parties have been blamed for the delays in the peace process and in the writing of a new constitution for Nepal.

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India police stop immolation bid by Tibetan exile

Police in India prevented a Tibetan man from setting himself on fire as hundreds of Tibetan exiles gathered Sunday to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, officials said.

Dawa Dhondup, 30, was marching with hundreds of Tibetan exiles through the streets of Dharmsala, the home of Tibet’s government-in-exile, when he consumed and poured gasoline over himself, police constable Sanjeev Kumar said. Police stopped him from setting himself on fire and took him to a hospital.

Every year, Tibetan exiles in India mark the anniversary of the failed March 10, 1959, uprising with speeches and marches.

China maintains that Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries, but many Tibetans say the region was functionally independent for much of its history.

More than 100 self-immolations have been reported in Tibetan areas of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu since 2009, with the protesters calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans’ spiritual leader.

A Tibetan exile in Nepal self-immolated last month, and another did so last year in New Delhi, India‘s capital.

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of inciting the self-immolations, a charge the religious leader denies.

The Dalai Lama also denies China‘s charge that he is pushing for Tibet’s independence, saying that he only wants China to grant Tibetans cultural and religious freedoms.

He has been living in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala since he fled Tibet 50 years ago when Chinese troops marched in.

“We dedicate this day to all the self-immolators and those who have died for Tibet,” Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the government-in-exile, told a gathering of hundreds of exiles in Dharmsala on Sunday.

Sangay said the “repression” in Tibet was driving Tibetans to immolation.

Hundreds of Tibetan exiles also gathered in New Delhi to protest against Chinese repression. Many wore T-shirts with images of the Dalai Lama, while others carried Tibetan flags.

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Mapping The Wealth Of The World's Billionaires

By Luisa Kroll, Forbes Staff

The world’s billionaires increasingly hail from nearly all corners of the globe. This year we pinned down a record number of 10-figure fortunes in 64 spots including the first ever in Angola, Nepal, Swaziland and Vietnam. Yet there are still some countries that have a much higher number of billionaires than others. The U.S. has led the way since we started our wealth tracking 27 years ago. In fact, over time the percentage of billionaires from the U.S. has been relatively constant hovering just under one third. Americans represented 31% of the list entrants in 1987 and today that figure is the same. They are worth a combined $1.87 trillion, representing  just over one-third of total billionaire wealth in 2013. …read more
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