(Reuters) – Home to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, the scenic country of Nepal on Sunday added another height-related superlative – of having the world’s shortest man.
A Guinness World Records team measured Chandra Bahadur Dangi at 54.60 centimeters (21.5 inches)…. Read more…
“We’re completely changing this country. It’s a newborn republic — and we want to showcase this change,” Sharat Singh Bhandari, the Tourism Minister, told The Times. “We also want to re-establish tourism as a major industry.” He aims to attract one million tourists in 2011, more than double the number last year.
He kicked off the marketing campaign in October with a written message to the International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism in Boston — an unprecedented gesture for an Asian minister. “As the world knows, Nepal is the land of Mount Everest, world’s highest peak and the birth place of Lord Buddha, light of Asia,” the message said. “I, therefore, would like to take this opportunity to invite and welcome all the sexual and gender minorities from around the world.”
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Mikel Dunham, writing in Tricycle, discusses the effect of the now Maoist government in Nepal on Tibetan exiles, and their hopes (or lack thereof) for the future.
After the Spring 2008 eruption of anti-Chinese demonstrations in Tibet, Tibetan refugees staged daily protests at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. In the fifty-plus years since Tibetan exiles first sought safe haven in Nepal, their recent public displays of outrage are unprecedented. From March to August of this year, an average of 100 demonstrators were arrested each day, only to be released that same evening. Beijing, intent on enjoying controversial-free Olympics, became ever more furious with Nepal’s interim government for not doing more to punish the demonstrators.
Mikel DunhamAll of this changed in August, when a new Maoist-predominant government came into power. Maoist leader Prachanda, the new Prime Minister, immediately lowered the boom: “Anti-China demonstrations will no longer be tolerated on Nepali soil.”