‘We need to respect people from the smaller countries like Nepal’

A few years ago when i had gone to Kathmandu in the aftermath of King Gyanendra's declaration of a state of emergency in the Himalayan nation, an Indian diplomat posted at our embassy there told me how the first thing he advises new joinees is to remember that Nepal is a sovereign, independent country and not New Delhi's colony in the mountains.

People fleeing Kathmandu, by bus and on foot to reach their villages

Tens of thousands of people are making torturous, impossibly brave and, in some cases, futile journeys back home to the countryside from cities and towns they'd come to eke out a living.

Nepal villages cut off, people dying slow death

 Villagers are dying a slow death in many parts of Barpak and Gurkha regions — the quake's epicenter — which are completely cut off.Quake-induced landslides have wiped out long strethches of roads and most villages have no space to land choppers.??In these villages, there is no rescue, only relief effort. Indian Air Force choppers hover over the villages, dropping food, tents and blankets as rescue work is impossible without helipads or roads. ??On Wednesday an IAF chopper made sorties over a village in Barpak— its 100-odd houses completely flattened by the quake.

Nepal readies for 18th SAARC Summit to be held on November 26

Kathmandu, Nov. 23: Preparations for the 18th SAARC Summit has reached its final stages with Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today instructing officials to ensure fool- proof security to visiting dignitaries. ??Koirala visited Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu, where SAARC heads of the states and governments will stay during the summit which will be held from November 26 to 27. ??

Indian PM Mods first visit to Nepal three agreements signed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala during which the two sides signed three agreements, including a NRs 69 million grant to Nepal to supply iodated salt to curb iodine deficiency diseases. Modi, who arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday morning on his maiden official visit to Nepal, met Koirala at Singha Durbar Secretariat.

Bangladesh plane catches fire on landing in Kathmandu

 A rear wheel of an Airbus A-310 operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines caught fire on landing at Nepal’s international airport in Kathmandu on Monday, but there were no injuries, an official said.