Nepal police fire tear gas as MPs debate US grant

KATHMANDU: Nepal police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday as hundreds protested against a $500-million US grant going before parliament that has become a bone of contention between China and the United States. Nepal signed the Millennium Challenge

Shahid Afridi to play in Nepal’s Everest Premier League

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is set to play for Kathmandu Kings XI (KKXI) in the Everest Premier League (EPL), a T20 franchise tournament in Nepal. The event is scheduled to be held from Sept 25 to Oct 9

What is the new ‘Nepal variant’ of COVID-19?

The United Kingdom has suspended travel from Portugal by saying the threat of the new Nepal variant of the coronavirus is behind their decision. What is the new variant and should we be concerned? What is the new variant? The

Icelandic mountaineers scale Everest despite COVID-19 infection

KATHMANDU: Two Icelanders managed to climb Mount Everest despite having contracted coronavirus and even though Nepalese authorities insisted there have been no virus cases on the world’s highest peak. The two climbers, Sigurdur Sveinsson and Heimir Hallgrimsson, began coughing and

Two mountaineers become first Pakistanis to scale Annapurna peak

ISLAMABAD: Mountaineers Mohammad Abdul Joshi and Sirbaz Khan have became the first Pakistanis to scale the world’s 10th highest peak, Mt Annapurna, in Nepal. The four-member team left for Nepal to attempt Annapurna (8,091 metres) last month. Apart from the

Pakistani expedition leaves for Nepal to scale Mt Annapurna

ISLAMABAD: A four-member Pakistani expedition from Gilgit-Baltistan has left for Nepal to scale Annapurna peak. The exhibition comprises climbers Sirbaz Khan and Abdul Joshi along with expedition manager Saad Munawar and filmmaker Kamran Ali.  The team departed from Islamabad airport

Mount Everest is higher than thought, says Nepal and China

KATHMANDU: Nepal and China have settled a long-running conflict over the height of the world’s tallest peak that straddles their shared border and said that Mount Everest is higher than previously thought. Both countries had differed over its exact height but

Indian killed, several injured in firing by Nepal police

NEW DELHI: At least one Indian was killed and four others were injured on Friday after Nepal police allegedly opened fire at the border between the two countries. Indian media reported that the firing took place after a clash between

World’s shortest man dies in Nepal aged 27

KATHMANDU: The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Friday at a hospital in Nepal. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08cm (two feet and 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in

14 killed, 18 injured in Nepal bus accident

KATHMANDU: At least 14 people died after a bus carrying pilgrims veered off a highway and rolled down a steep slope in central Nepal Sunday. Police said the bus carrying 32 passengers plunged 70 metres (230 feet) onto a lower

Pakistan’s Saadi Abbas wins gold medal in South Asian Games

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Saadi Abbas won the 84kg Karate event on Tuesday to help the country bag their second gold of the ongoing 2019 South Asian Games in Kathmandu, Nepal. Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fahmida Mirza lauded Saadi Abbas for

Nepali climber claims new record for 14 highest peaks

KATHMANDU: A Nepali mountaineer on Tuesday smashed the speed record for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks, racing up all “8000ers” in just six months and six days, organisers said. The previous record for the 14 mountains above 8,000 metres

Pakistan, Nepal agree to strengthen bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Nepal have agreed to further strengthen the bonds of friendship by diversifying the bilateral relations in different fields. The understanding came at a meeting between President Arif Alvi and Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli on