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Nepal: State Department Issues Travel Alert

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Nov. 1, just weeks ahead of the country’s constituent assembly elections. Nepal’s government is working to ensure security during the Nov. 19 elections, but protests and general strikes, or bandhs, may occur, disrupting transit services and other tourist activities. Strikers usually try to enforce a ban on [read more]

Nepal: Planned Protests May Disrupt Transit, Tourism

Date: September 26th, 2012 | No Comments

As the trekking high season begins, a new wave of political protests may disrupt transit and tourism activity throughout the country. On Sept. 24, 13 opposition parties banded together with plans to overthrow Prime Minister Bhattarai and install a unity government. In response, the current government announced it will hold a series of rallies to [read more]

Nepal: Power Blackouts Now 14 Hours a Day

Date: February 9th, 2011 | No Comments

Electrical power has become so scarce that authorities imposed a 14-hour daily blackout schedule that is putting a strain on the local population and affecting all business and tourism operations. The blackout is actually closer to a 20-hour stoppage because the schedule calls for it to be lifted at 1 a.m. or 3 a.m., effectively [read more]

Nepal: Residents to Block Tourists from Upper Mustang near Tibet

Date: September 1st, 2010 | No Comments

Residents of the former kingdom of Mustang on the border with Tibet vowed to ban tourists beginning Oct. 1 to protest broken promises by the government. Upper Mustang opened to tourists only in 1992 and visitors are required to pay $500 for a pass to enter the region. The locals said the government promised to [read more]

Nepal: Maoists Plan Nationwide Rallies to Dissolve Government

Date: April 21st, 2010 | No Comments

Maoists plan nationwide rallies and sit-ins April 22 and May 1 in an ongoing effort to force the government to resign. Such protests have paralyzed the country in the past and could do so again. The Maoists are hoping to bring down the government or prevent an extension of the current term of parliament beyond [read more]

Nepal: Tourist Bit by Asian Pit Viper

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Hospitals in Nepal were not prepared when an Australian tourist was bitten by an Asian pit viper in Pokhara Sept. 27. Because the hospitals do not stock the anti-venom needed to remedy this kind of serious infection, the woman was flown to Brisbane, where she received treatment a week after her bite and recovered. Although [read more]

Nepal: Government Bans Solo Trekking for Safety Reasons

Date: August 7th, 2012 | No Comments

The government has issued a ban on independent trekking following a series of grisly headlines involving women trekking alone. The ban requires all foreign visitors who wish to hit the trails to hire at least one registered porter or guide—a requirement that is already in place for trekking groups. Authorities may be eager to promote [read more]

Nepal: Crime Increases During Fall Festival Season in Kathmandu

Date: October 13th, 2010 | No Comments

The fall festival season is underway with Dashain running through Oct. 22 and Tihar occurring Nov. 5-7. The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu reported that this is a time of year when criminal activity spikes, and urges travelers to remain alert for thefts, pickpockets, robberies and bag snatches. Street harassment from intoxicated individuals also increases during [read more]

Nepal: Maoist Strike Shuts Down Kathmandu

Date: May 5th, 2010 | No Comments

Maoists launched an indefinite general strike May 1 trying to force the prime minister to resign and put the Maoists in power. The strike shut down most transport and businesses in Kathmandu, and by the third day supplies were running short because trucks could not bring goods into the city or from wholesalers to shops. [read more]

Nepal: Maoists Declare Autonomous Regions, Plan Strike in Kathmandu

Date: December 16th, 2009 | No Comments

Maoists still angry over the president’s refusal to accept the prime minister’s sacking of the army chief in May are intensifying their pressure on the government. They planned a general strike for Dec. 20-22 and declared four autonomous states in regions they controlled when they were fighting a guerrilla war. Business leaders in Kathmandu vowed [read more]

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