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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

Of worms in juices & diplomatic gaffes

Like in Nepal, news of worms in bottled juices appears in Indian media, too. But when one particular brand is frequently targeted by a few media groups, the issue gets bigger than the maggots, writes Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Sep 06, 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Nepal Maoists leader asks for bribe

Are Maoists in Nepal seeking financial help from China to bribe lawmakers to vote for their candidate in the deadlocked prime ministerial election? See graphics

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Updated on Sep 05, 2010 12:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

India losing little great game

China and India are locked in an intense battle for one-upmanship in Nepal, reports Utpal Parashar. Chinese interests in Nepal

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Updated on Sep 04, 2010 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

'Chinese-hand' in Nepal horse trading scandal?

Are Maoists in Nepal seeking financial help from China to bribe lawmakers to vote for their candidate in the deadlocked prime ministerial election?

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Updated on Sep 04, 2010 03:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal media slam Indian JV

A smear campaign started by a section of Nepali media against Indian joint venture (JV) companies has intensified with the Indian embassy also being targeted.

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Updated on Aug 31, 2010 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Media campaign against Indian JVs in Nepal snowballs

A smear campaign started by a section of Nepali media against Indian joint venture (JV) companies has intensified with the Indian Embassy also being targeted.

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Updated on Aug 31, 2010 03:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal still awaiting its missing

Eight years after her husband was allegedly abducted by the then Royal Nepali Army at peak of the country’s 10-year civil war, Siwa Devi Tharu of Bardiya in western Nepal, still hopes that he is alive and will return.

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Updated on Aug 30, 2010 11:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Blood in the name of tradition

If you happen to be residents of Khokana village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, you throw a baby she-goat into the pond and drown it. That’s what villagers did last Thursday as part of an annual festival.

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Updated on Aug 30, 2010 01:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal parties seek reduced mandate for UN body

The Nepali Army could soon be kept away from purview of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the UN body monitoring the peace process in Nepal. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Aug 29, 2010 06:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal reforms founder on instability

Eight weeks after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned, the Himalayan nation is yet to elect his replacement even after five rounds of voting in parliament.

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Updated on Aug 28, 2010 12:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Peace, constitution drafting in Nepal take a backseat

Instability over government formation affects India too

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Updated on Aug 26, 2010 05:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

14, include 6 foreigners killed in air crash

All 14 passengers of a single-engine aircraft including six foreigners were killed when it crashed at a remote location south of capital Kathmandu today morning.

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Updated on Aug 24, 2010 08:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Tough going for Nepal’s best ‘export’

As if the global recession was not enough, migrant workers, Nepal’s best ‘export’ that contributes nearly 20 percent of the country’s GDP, are facing a series of recent worries.

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Updated on Aug 22, 2010 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Fate of Nepal UN mission uncertain

With less than four weeks remaining for expiry of its extended tenure, fate of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) hangs in balance.

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Updated on Aug 22, 2010 12:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Fate of UN’s Nepal mission hangs in balance

With less than four weeks remaining for expiry of its extended tenure, fate of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) hangs in balance.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2010 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

86 yr old Nepali weds 43 yr old for son

Desire for a son to carry the family name has made an 86-year-old Nepali man tie the nuptial knot for the fourth time. His latest bride is a 43-year old—half his age.

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Updated on Aug 20, 2010 02:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Currency in Nepal to drop king's face

One of the last visible signs of Nepal's former monarchy, currency notes carrying portraits of ex-kings, will soon go out of circulation. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Aug 19, 2010 02:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Inter-religion gay wedding flummoxes Hindu priest

Tuesday evening was an ‘unusual’ day in office for Mukti Neupane, a 58-year old Hindu priest in Nepal’s capital. One he won’t forget in a long while.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2010 05:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Stalemate over Nepal PM election continues

With major parties failing to reach any agreement, the fifth round of voting on Wednesday to elect Nepal’s new prime minister is likely to prove a failure again.

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Updated on Aug 17, 2010 04:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal hosts first Indian gay wedding

Love knows no boundaries. Legal restrictions and threats from family members made an Indian gay couple cross over to Nepal to get married.

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Updated on Aug 17, 2010 04:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepali Congress eyes makeover

Faced with the prospect of getting sidelined, Nepali Congress, Nepal’s oldest surviving political party, has got itself a youthful makeover.

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Updated on Aug 16, 2010 11:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Large number of youths joins Nepali Congress

Faced with the prospect of getting sidelined, Nepali Congress, Nepal’s oldest surviving political party, has got itself a youthful makeover.

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Updated on Aug 16, 2010 01:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Yet another peace prize and Obama

US President Barack Obama who is busy preventing jobs from going to China and India, trying to win the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reviving the economy has another task in his hands.

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Updated on Aug 15, 2010 11:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

No consensus yet in Nepal

Consensus or sahamati is the most commonly used term in Nepali politics these days. Everyone across the political spectrum agree that it must be achieved to end the ongoing political deadlock.

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Updated on Aug 13, 2010 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Consensus eludes political parties in Nepal

Consensus or sahamati is the most commonly used term in Nepali politics these days. Everyone across the political spectrum agree that it must be achieved to end the ongoing political deadlock. Utpal Parashar writes.

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Updated on Aug 13, 2010 12:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Saran sows dissent within Maoists

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy Shyam Saran left Nepal on Friday after a three day visit. But it exposed fresh fissures among Maoists—the country’s biggest political party, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Aug 09, 2010 11:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Movie buffs get a taste of Indian culture

Movie buffs in Kathmandu enjoyed a feast of India’s most popular cultural export this April.

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Updated on Aug 08, 2010 11:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

US suspends Nepali adoption

In an attempt at protecting rights and interests of children, their families and prospective adoptive parents, the US government has suspended adoptions of abandoned children from Nepal.

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Updated on Aug 07, 2010 10:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal fails to get leader on fourth try

Despite efforts by India to break the ongoing deadlock among political parties, Nepali lawmakers failed to elect a new prime minister for the fourth time on Friday.

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Updated on Aug 06, 2010 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Prachanda, Poudel fail to get support of lawmakers

Despite efforts by India to break the ongoing deadlock among political parties, Nepali lawmakers failed to elect a new prime minister for the fourth time on Friday.

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Updated on Aug 06, 2010 05:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu
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