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Utpal Parashar

Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

Articles by Utpal Parashar

The other Koirala does Nepal proud

Good news sometime comes in small packages. Nepal had one recently when a 61-year-old brought smiles to every lip in the good-news-starved nation.

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Updated on Dec 06, 2010 12:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal peace process at critical phase, says UN

With less than six weeks remaining for its mission in Nepal to leave the country, United Nations feels that the fragile peace process in the Himalayan nation is at a critical phase.

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Updated on Dec 04, 2010 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal new haven for militants?

Rajkumar Meghen, chairman of the banned United National Liberation Front (UNLF) of Manipur, also known as Sana Yaima, has yet another name - a Nepali one.

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Updated on Dec 03, 2010 01:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

India to stay away from Nepal deadlock for now

Call it a case of once bitten twice shy or diplomatic pragmatism, but India has decided to stay away from the Nepal political deadlock—for now.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2010 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Foreign trips prolong nepal deadlock

Foreign trips by caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and senior leaders of his party have further prolonged the deadlocked prime ministerial poll in Nepal.

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Updated on Dec 01, 2010 12:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal awaits Cablegate release

There are no red faces yet. But like many other nations across the globe, Nepal too is waiting with anticipation for release of the US embassy cables relating to the Himalayan nation.

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Updated on Nov 30, 2010 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar/HT Correspondent, Kathmandu

India Inc tests Nepal

India accounts for 45% of total foreign investment in Nepal. But Indian ventures are facing a tough time in the Himalayan nation due to political instability and unfair treatment.

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Updated on Nov 30, 2010 12:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

India Inc tests Nepal’s insecure waters

India accounts for 45% of total foreign investment in Nepal. But Indian ventures are facing a tough time in the Himalayan nation due to political instability and unfair treatment.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2010 01:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Between a rock and a hard place

Four months ago, I wrote about the dangers of being a journalist in Nepal – a country “where journalists are murdered on a recurring basis and governments are unable or unwilling to prosecute the killers”.

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Updated on Nov 28, 2010 11:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

UN wants mechanism to monitor former child soldiers in Nepal

Stating that there were still challenges in implementing the action plan to rehabilitate former child soldiers in Nepal, the United Nations has called for creation of a separate mechanism.

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Updated on Nov 27, 2010 03:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar/HT Correspondent, Kathmandu

Nepal refutes mediator claims of Lanka

Nepal has refuted claims made by a Sri Lankan minister that it had sought the island nation's help to diffuse the ongoing political crisis in the Himalyan nation.

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Updated on Nov 26, 2010 12:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Maoists at crossroad

Four years after shunning violence and joining the political mainstream, Maoists in Nepal are finding themselves at crossroads.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2010 01:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

A brief-case for posterity

An incident inside parliament last week reminded me of its existence and informed everyone else in Nepal about a new addition to its list of historical treasures, writes Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2010 11:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Deadlocked Nepal PM poll in limbo

Friday's fracas in Nepal parliament over presentation of budget that led to the session getting prorogued has put question marks over the deadlocked prime ministerial election.

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Updated on Nov 21, 2010 02:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

‘Black Friday’ in Nepal over budget

Nepal’s parliamentary history witnessed its darkest chapter late on Friday night when lawmakers attacked each other over presentation of the country’s budget.

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Updated on Nov 20, 2010 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Maoists seize forest resort

At a time when pressure is mounting on them to release properties seized during the civil war, Maoists in Nepal have been accused of forcibly taking control of a popular forest resort.

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Updated on Nov 18, 2010 01:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal to confer Saudi prince with highest civilian medal

Nepal has decided to confer visiting Saudi Arabian prince, Al-Waleed bin Talal, with Mahaujjwal Rashtradip, the highest civilian medal given to foreign nationals.

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Updated on Nov 15, 2010 02:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Battle over Nepal budget

As if the ongoing stalemate over electing a new prime minister was not enough, political parties in Nepal are now busy fighting over presentation of the country’s annual budget.

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Updated on Nov 14, 2010 12:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

S Asia seeks to end violence against kids

First the bad news. A child born in South Asia is more likely to be a victim of violence than in any other region across the globe.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2010 11:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Maoists point finger at Nepal PM on Naxal training issue

The issue of Maoists in Nepal providing training to Indian Naxals has taken a new turn with fingers being pointed at caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal over his role. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Jan 27, 2013 03:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

South Asian nations join hands to end child labour

More than half the women who were married before turning 18 are from the region and 13% of the 614 million children in South Asia are engaged in some form of child labour.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2010 05:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Maoists deny training Indian Naxals

In a late reaction, Maoists in Nepal have denied India’s allegation of having provided ideological and military training to Naxals with help of Pakistan’s Lashar-e-Toiba. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2010 12:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Green card lottery to better lives

Prema, the protagonist of Nepali author Manjushree Thapa’s recent novel Seasons of Flight, reinvents herself and finds love in Los Angeles far away from her village in Nepal—thanks to a green card lottery.

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Updated on Nov 08, 2010 12:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Two killed as rescue chopper crashes in Nepal

Two persons were killed when a private chopper on a rescue mission crashed near the base camp of Ama Dablam (6812 m) mountain in Nepal Himalayas today morning.

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Updated on Nov 07, 2010 05:19 PM IST
HindustanTimes.com | By, Kathmandu

Nepal leaders decisive talks at resort fails

The much anticipated 'decisive talks' of leaders from Nepal' three major parties at a resort to break the ongoing political deadlock has failed. Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2010 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Maoists training Naxalites with LeT help

Naxalites, the country's "biggest internal security threat", seem to have spread wings and getting trained in Nepal by Maoists with Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Toiba providing help.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2010 11:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Deadlock elicits probable solutions

With no end to the current prime ministerial poll deadlock in sight, the three major parties are suggesting solutions to forge a consensus.

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Updated on Nov 04, 2010 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Solutions aplenty to end Nepal PM poll deadlock

With no end to the current prime ministerial poll deadlock in sight, parties in Nepal are now offering solutions to forge a consensus.

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Updated on Nov 04, 2010 04:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal facing financial crisis without leade

Even as Nepal failed to elect a new prime minister for the 15th time on Monday, as most lawmakers stayed away from the election process, the country is facing another crisis. Till the elusive political consensus is reached, the country remains in limbo and stares at financial crisis due to non-presentation of its annual budget.

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Updated on Nov 02, 2010 12:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Pall of gloom on climbers

The mountaineering fraternity lost one of its tallest heroes to a Himalayan avalanche last week. Chhewang Nima Sherpa (43) got buried under snow on Mt. Baruntse (7129 m) while fixing ropes to reach the summit.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2010 02:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu
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