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Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
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Location  Asia
Capital  Kathmandu
Area  147,181 sq km
Population  29,717,587
"A hen cannot scratch for food with her two legs simultaneously"
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  • Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat of Nepal was named Finance Minster of the Year by the reputed Banker Magazine in the UK on 4 January 2016.[1]

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  • The Himalayan country of Nepal celebrated an extraordinary achievement on 7 January 2012 marking zero rhinos poached during 2011 in Nepal. The government of Nepal, World Wildlife Fund and various other conservation organizations marked the occasion with great enthusiasm in recognition to everyone's hard work.[2]

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  • Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the country's state-owned power utility body and China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) on 16 January 2017 initialed a joint venture (JV) agreement to develop a 750-MW West Seti Hydropower Project in midwest Nepal.

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  • Saraswati Upadhaya of Nepal won the first prize at the 2016 Youth Video Contest organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The aim of the contest was to explore water challenges in growing food.[3]

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  • Nepal and twelve other countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers on 6 February 2015 agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers.[4]

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  • Nepal’s Nima Gharti Magar grabbed gold in the women’s Wushu Taolu (Nanqua & Nandao) at the 2016 South Asian Games in India. It was Nepal’s first gold at the event.

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  • Bangladesh has agreed to provide duty-free access to 108 Nepali goods, mainly farm products, according to an official announcement after the joint-secretary level technical meeting held between the two countries in Dhaka on 17 February 2013.

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  • The Manahari Development Institute of Nepal was named as the co-winner of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize on 23 February 2011 for introducing agroforestry to help improve crop productivity and water irrigation systems as well as reduce soil erosion on the forested hills and mountainous areas in Nepal.

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  • Nepalese woman mountaineer Chhurim Sherpa was confirmed on 25 February 2013 as the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a single season. According to Guinness World Records, the 29-year-old Chhurim scaled the 8850-metre summit on May 12, 2012, and again a week later on May 19.

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  • Nepal is one of the 11 South Asian countries declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 March 2014. The region has been maintaining its polio-free status for the last 3 years.[5]

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  • Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an enhanced bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) on 16 April 2013 to increase the existing 28 flights a week to 70 between the countries to meet the growing demand of air travelers. Moreover, the revised pact has given unlimited traffic rights for cargo-only flights with any type of aircraft.[6]

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  • Nepal's Nabil Bank Ltd won the Asian Development Bank Trade Finance Program (TFP) award on 23 April 2015 for their role in supporting trade in the region.[7]
  • Nepal became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 23 April 2004.[8]

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  • A 51-year-old Nepalese climber known as the "Super Sherpa" broke his own world record by scaling Mount Everest for the 21st time on 11 May 2011.[9]

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  • Lhakpa Sherpa, a Nepalese Sherpa mountain climber, on 16 May 2018 climbed Mount Everest for the ninth time, the most by any woman in the world.
  • Nawang Sherpa of Nepal became the first person to climb Mount Everest using a prosthetic leg when he reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 16, 2004.[10]

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  • Kami Rita, a Nepalese Sherpa Mount Everest climbing guide, completed his record making 22nd ascent of the mountain when he safely returned on 20 May 2018.

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  • Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita on 21 May 2019 set a new Mount Everest record, making it to the top for the 24th time.

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  • On May 29, 1953 Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary became the first human beings to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Their stay would last a mere 15 minutes since their oxygen reserves were low.[11]

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  • The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on 7 June 2013 launched a new project in Nepal aimed at increasing the safety of journalists and ending impunity in the crimes against media and media professionals, while also contributing to the overall peace effort in the country.

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  • The United Nations (UN) declared Nepal free of land mine fields on 14 June 2011 after the last of the anti-personnel weapons planted by the army while fighting insurgents was destroyed. According to the UN, Nepal is the second country in Asia after China to be minefield free.[12]

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  • Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India on 15 June 2015 signed a landmark Motor Vehicles Agreement in Thimpu for seamless movement of road traffic among Four SAARC Countries. The agreement is expected to pave the way for a unified movement of people and goods across their borders for the benefit and integration of the region and its economic development.[13]

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  • The United Nations on 29 June 2012 released $8 million to help Nepal consolidate peace, improve policing, promote dialogue and reinforce national efforts to address the needs of those affected by political disputes.[14]

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  • Shakti Samuha “Power Group”, from Nepal was announced as of one of the recipients of the prestigious 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award. The organization’s founders and members are being recognized for transforming their lives in service to other human trafficking survivors, their passionate dedication towards rooting out a pernicious social evil in Nepal, and the radiant example they have shown the world in reclaiming the human dignity that is the birthright of all abused women and children everywhere.[15]

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  • The Gadhimai Temple Trust in Nepal on 28 July 2015 announced to end the world's largest animal sacrifice event at the the Gadhimai festival that is held every 5 years. Hundreds of thousands of water buffalo, goats, chickens and other animals will now be saved from a brutal death by bludgeoning or decapitation.

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  • The number of Royal Bengal tigers living in Nepal has increased approximately by 63% to 198 since 2009, according to an official figure released on 29 July 2013. Experts attributed this sharp rise in the number of tigers in the wilds of Nepal to a crackdown on poaching and a government pledge to double their numbers.[16]

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  • Shashi Kumary Adhikary from Nepal was announced as one of the winners of the N-Peace Awards on 31 July 2013 for her determination in fighting discrimination against women in her decades-long struggle for gender-sensitive legislative changes. N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS) issues.


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  • The parliament of Nepal on 9 August 2017 passed a law criminalising an ancient Hindu practice called chhaupadi that banishes women from the home during menstruation and after childbirth.

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  • Nepal and Israel released a joint stamp on 4 September 2012 featuring Mount Everest and Dead Sea — the highest and the lowest places on earth - meant to mark decades of cooperation between the two countries.

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  • The Upper Marsyangdi-A Hydroelectric Project in Kathmandu, developed by a China-Nepal joint venture company, started generating 25 MW electricity from 26 September 2016.

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  • Indira Rana Magar of Nepal was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017 for helping prisoners and their children gain access to education, dignity and a safer childhood.

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  • The government of Nepal on 14 October 2012 launched ambitious 'Literate Nepal Campaign' aiming to eradicate illiteracy in the country by 2015.[17]

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  • Nepal was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017 for a 3-year term starting on 1 January 2018.[18]

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  • Dr Yam P. Siwakoti of Nepal was awarded the 2016 Green Talent prize by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for his research focus on application of power electronics for renewable and sustainable power generation and management.[19]

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  • Nepal's parliament on 28 October 2015 elected politician and women’s rights activist Bidhya Bhandari as the country's first female president.

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  • Srijana Karki of Nepal won the 2017 N-Peace Award in Untold Stories category for creating awareness against sexual violence.

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  • Scientists from Nepal and their international colleagues have recognized a particular form of the HLA-DRB1 gene that may provide better protection against typhoid fever, which infects millions of people each year. The discovery, described in Nature Genetics on 10 November 2014, is expected to lead to improvements in the rational design of vaccines for this and other bacterial infections.[20]

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  • Archaeologists from Nepal, Scotland and England have uncovered evidence of a structure at the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal dating to the sixth century B.C. This is the first archaeological material linked the life of the Buddha to a specific century according to their study published on 25 November 2013 in the journal Antiquity.[21]

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  • Nepal qualified for their maiden International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 finals with a five-wicket win over Hong Kong at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 27 November 2013.[22]

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  • Pushpa Basnet, a Nepalese woman who supports children so they don't have to live behind bars with their incarcerated parents, was named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year on 2 November 2012.[23]

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  • Nepali social worker Pushpa Basnet was awarded as CNN Superhero 2016 and received a cash prize of USD 50,000 for her work to strengthen the rights of children living behind bars with their incarcerated parents.

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  • Nepal created new strides in snow leopard conservation with the historic collaring of a snow leopard using satellite GPS technology in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, according to an official announcement on 18 December 2013.[24]
  • China and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 18 December 2012 to jointly boost tourism between the two countries.[25]

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  • Nepali authorities have rescued the country's last known "dancing bears" on 19 December 2017, in a major step towards ending the medieval tradition of abuse of the beasts for entertainment.[26]

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  • Photographer Palpasa Prajapati of Nepal was named as one of the winners of the 2017 World Meteorological Organization Water Ways Photo Competition.

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  • Nepal and China on 23 December 2014 signed a currency swap deal to expand the use of their currencies for cross-border and ordinary trade. The agreement is expected to boost bilateral trade and investment ties between China and Nepal.

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References


  1. http://www.thebanker.com/Awards/Finance-Minister-of-the-Year/Finance-Minister-of-the-Year-2016
  2. http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPresitem26278.html
  3. http://www.adb.org/news/youth-video-contest-winners-explore-water-challenges-growing-food
  4. http://phys.org/news/2015-02-tiger-nations-anti-poaching-network.html
  5. http://www.searo.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2014/pr1569/en/
  6. http://ekantipur.com/2013/04/17/business/nepal-uae-sign-agreement-allowing-70-weekly-flights/370128.html
  7. http://www.adb.org/news/adb-awards-partner-banks-promoting-trade-developing-asia
  8. http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm
  9. http://www.apasherpa.com/
  10. http://friendshipbeyondborders.com/expedition/Nawang.htm
  11. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,991255,00.html
  12. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/14/nepal-clears-last-landmine
  13. http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=122516
  14. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42362&Cr=nepal&Cr1=
  15. http://www.rmaf.org.ph/newrmaf/main/community/announcement/page/1/view/18
  16. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-30/nepal-bengal-tigers-increase/4851840
  17. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C10%5C15%5Cstory_15-10-2012_pg14_7
  18. http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22248
  19. http://www.greentalents.de/awardees-2016.php
  20. http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ng.3143.html
  21. http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/087/ant0871104.htm
  22. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-qualifier-2013/content/story/693721.html
  23. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/02/world/cnnheroes-show/index.html
  24. http://www.wwfnepal.org/?213420/Snow-leopard-successfully-collared-in-Nepals-Himalayas
  25. http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/china-nepal-sign-mou-boost-tourism-183227596.html
  26. https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/news/bear-rescue-we-just-saved-nepals-last-two-dancing-bears