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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

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

Urged by China, Prachanda seeks better ties with India

Having attacked India at every available opportunity for the past year, Nepal Maoists chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' now apparently wants to cozy up to it — on China's advice. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2010 08:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Mount Everest gets 3G network

Communication from the top of the world has got easier with a Nepali telecom firm providing third generation mobile network at the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Oct 30, 2010 01:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal fails to elect PM again

Nepali lawmakers failed to elect a new prime minister for the 14th time on Friday with Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel, the lone candidate in fray, securing only 96 votes in his favour.

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Updated on Oct 30, 2010 12:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

The killing fields of Dashain

Bal Krishna Mainali, a resident of Balkhu in Kathmandu is a happy man these days. Anyone would be if you happen to hit the jackpot in a contest. But unlike other winners Mainali has won an unusual prize—a castrated goat called khasi in Nepali.

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Updated on Oct 11, 2010 01:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Instability leads to indifference

Political instability should be a good breeding ground for cartoons. But after 11 failed attempts at electing a new prime minister even cartoonists in Nepal are getting bored. Utpal Parashar reports

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Updated on Oct 07, 2010 11:32 PM IST
None | By, Kathmandu

Poudel fails to get elected as Nepal PM for the 11th time

Political instability should be a good breeding ground for cartoons. But after 11 failed attempts at electing a new prime minister even cartoonists in Nepal are getting bored.

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Updated on Oct 07, 2010 04:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal fails to elect new PM despite 10 attempts

Nepal has been without an effective government for 98 days now. And it seems it will continue that way for some more time.

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Updated on Oct 06, 2010 06:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar/HT Correspondent, Kathmandu

Nepal blocks Tibet voting

In yet another instance of Nepal’s hardening stance on Tibetan refugees, police here interrupted voting to elect the next Tibetan government in exile on Sunday.

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Updated on Oct 04, 2010 11:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

India commits to help smaller neighbours cope with climate change

Aware of the need to work together, India has committed to help its smaller neighbours cope with effects of climate change.

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

Nepal stops voting for Tibetan government in exile

In yet another instance of Nepal’s hardening stance on Tibetan refugees, police in Kathmandu interrupted voting to elect the next Tibetan government in exile on Sunday.

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Updated on Oct 04, 2010 11:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Power politics and candlelight dinners

Last winter, our first in Kathmandu, we had countless candlelight dinners at home. Thanks to Nepal Electricity Authority's 12-14 hours of daily power cuts, writes Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Oct 04, 2010 12:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Step to get hills’ voice heard at UNFCCC

Is the voice of mountains getting lost in climate change discussions? As bigger players hog the limelight, smaller nations with mountainous regions are feeling sidelined.

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Updated on Sep 28, 2010 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

PM election deadlock remains

Despite having only one candidate in fray, Nepali lawmakers failed to elect a new prime minister for the eighth time on Sunday due to abstention of 410 of the 599 members of parliament.

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Updated on Sep 26, 2010 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal PM poll remains deadlocked

Despite having only one candidate in fray, Nepali lawmakers failed to elect a new prime minister for the eighth time today due to abstention of 410 of the 599 members of parliament.

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Updated on Sep 26, 2010 05:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Maoist stance condemned

Maoists targeting Indian hydropower projects is old news in Nepal. But their fresh attack on 14 such projects has evoked unprecedented condemnation from all.

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Updated on Sep 26, 2010 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

No support for Nepal Maoists opposition to hydropower projects

Maoists targeting Indian hydropower projects is old news in Nepal. But their fresh attack on 14 such projects has evoked unprecedented condemnation from all.

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Updated on Sep 25, 2010 12:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal tourism's short cut

The world's shortest person Khagendra Thapa Magar had a heavy burden placed on his tiny shoulders on Friday. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Sep 25, 2010 01:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal takes a ‘shortcut’ to lure tourists

The world’s shortest person Khagendra Thapa Magar had a heavy burden placed on his tiny shoulders on Friday. Nepal’s tourism board hopes the 22 inch small 17-year-old will help the country attract one million tourists when it celebrates Nepal Tourism Year next year.

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Updated on Sep 24, 2010 05:04 PM IST
None | By, Kathmandu

Nepal peace process a tough road ahead: UNMIN

Despite significant developments in recent days, completing the delayed peace process in Nepal within the next four months is a tough task views the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

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Updated on Sep 22, 2010 05:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Sushil Koirala elected Nepali Congress president

Nepal's oldest political party, Nepali Congress, elected itself a new leader in the wee hours today.

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Updated on Sep 22, 2010 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

No end to Nepal deadlock

Frustrated at repeated failures, Nepal’s Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ bowed out of the deadlocked prime ministerial poll last week.

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Updated on Sep 21, 2010 02:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

China pips India in Nepal projects

Call it absence of suitable climate or plain coincidence, but for the second consecutive year China has edged out India to top the list of joint venture (JV) projects registered in Nepal.

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Updated on Sep 20, 2010 01:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Prachanda backs out of Nepal PM race

In a bid to find a way out of the deadlocked prime ministerial polls in Nepal, Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has withdrawn his candidature from the race.

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Updated on Sep 18, 2010 12:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

UN mission in Nepal to leave in January next year

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) monitoring the fragile peace process in the Himalayan nation would leave the country in January next year.

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Updated on Sep 16, 2010 04:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Former Maoists to be rehabilitated

If things go according to plans, nearly 19000 former Maoist rebels in Nepal could get rehabilitated or integrated into the country’s security forces within next four months. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Sep 16, 2010 12:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

‘Little Buddha’ goes to Big Apple

Guess which Nepali was the toast of New York last week? None other than ‘Little Buddha’ Khagendra Thapa Magar, a 17 year old from a remote village in Baglung district, nearly 160 km west of Kathmandu.

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Updated on Sep 13, 2010 12:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu
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