Police kill two protestors in western Nepal

Police kill two protestors in western NepalKathmandu  - Police shot and killed two demonstrators Saturday in south-western Nepal as members of the Tharu ethnic group defied a curfew and attacked officers and vehicles, government officials said.

The fresh violence came on the 13th day of a general strike by the Tharu across the southern plains known as the Terai.

The clash occurred in Dang district, about 420 kilometres south-west of Kathmandu, when protestors attacked dozens of passenger buses being escorted by police.

Nepal granted excise duty waiver from India

Nepal granted excise duty waiver from IndiaKathmandu, March 7 : The two-day trade talks between Nepal and India concluded on Friday with Nepal winning major concessions from the India

Kantipur quoted Surya Prasad Silwal, joint-secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, who led the Nepali delegation as saying, India has agreed to exempt excise and other duties while Nepal imports goods from India with Indian currency.

"This provision is the same as India applies when it exports goods to other countries for hard currency," he said.

Three killed as ethnic protest turns deadly in southern Nepal

Three killed as ethnic protest turns deadly in southern NepalKathmandu - At least three people, including a police officer, were killed as violence erupted in southern Nepal during a general strike by an ethnic group, official said Friday.

Local administration in Chitwan district, about 120 kilometres south of Kathmandu, said it had imposed a curfew to contain spiralling violence in several parts of the district.

The violence came on the fifth day of a general strike by the Tharu community across the southern Nepalese plains, known as the Terai.

India to assist Nepal to upgrade food laboratories

Kathmandu, Mar 6: India has agreed to provide technical aid to Nepal for upgrading the central food laboratory and the laboratory of the Department of Standards and Meterology (DoSM).

This assistance will help to harmonize the standards and accreditation system between the two countries.

The agreement to this effect came, during the two-day bilateral trade treaty review meeting held between the two countries here on Thursday.

According to Nepalnews, the visiting Indian team also promised to fulfill the treaty of Kathmandu to incorporate a clear provision on exempting excise, additional customs and other duties and charges on Nepali exports to India, under the bilateral trade treaty.

Sri Lankan president cuts short Nepal visit

Sri Lankan president cuts short Nepal visit Kathmandu - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cut short his three-day official visit to Nepal Tuesday after an attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Pakistan, official reports said.

The Sri Lankan president and his delegation were now scheduled to leave Kathmandu Tuesday evening, a day before his scheduled departure, the official Nepal Television said.

Rajapaksa's meetings with Nepalese politicians as well as his trip to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal, have been cancelled, the station said.

International Media mission call to Nepal to ensure press freedom

Kathmandu, Mar 3 : The international media mission has urged the Nepal Government to ensure press freedom by shielding journalists and media houses from attacks.

The mission headed by President of the Asia Journalists'' Association (AJA) Sang-Ki Lee here on Monday asked the administration to bring perpetrators to justice.

Expressing concern about the worsening situation of freedom of press Nepal, they urged the government to involve journalists in the Constitution-making process and enshrine press freedom in the new constitution.

The mission said that the Governments must ensure physical and professional security for journalists and enforce the Working Journalists'' Act and the Right to Information Act in letter.