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18 people have died after a small passenger plane crashed during takeoff in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal has a poor aviation safety record and all of its airlines are banned from European airspace. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . Advertisement18 people have died after a small passenger airplane crashed during takeoff in Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Organizations: Service, Saurya Airlines, Business Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal, Pokhara
One person survived the Saurya Airlines crash, the Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. The Saurya Airlines plane caught fire at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 24, 2024. Last year, Nepal saw its worst plane crash in more than 30 years when at least 68 people died when a Yeti Airlines flight went down near Pokhara. In early 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines flight from Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed on landing and caught fire, killing 51 people. And in 2016, a Tara Air flight crashed while flying the same route as the 2023 crash.
Persons: Gyanendra, Navesh Chitrakar, Sujan Gurung Organizations: CNN, Saurya Airlines, Civil Aviation Authority, Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport, Aircraft, International, Yeti Airlines, Bangla Airlines Locations: Yemeni, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepal, Dhaka
The pandemic signified a “historic backslide,” according to Dr. Katherine O’Brien, director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biological at WHO. WHO and UNICEF’s 2023 immunization coverage report, released Sunday, is the world’s largest dataset on immunization trends for vaccinations against 14 diseases. It analyzed estimates from 185 countries and used a third dose of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) vaccine — which is recommended for 1-year-olds — as the global marker for immunization coverage. The 2023 report also found HPV vaccine coverage in girls increased 7%, returning to near pre-pandemic levels. Analyzing immunization coverage in other areas of conflict is “a mixed picture,” O’Brien said.
Persons: Katherine O’Brien, , Ephrem, Lemango, ” Lemango, , ” O’Brien, Subaas Shrestha, WHO’s O’Brien, “ I’ll, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, Melinda Gates Organizations: CNN, World Health Organization, United Nations, Fund, Biological, WHO, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control, Vaccine, Global, Get CNN, CNN Health, Vaccine Alliance, Melinda Gates Foundation Locations: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Africa, Kathmandu, Nepal, United States, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Gaza, Israel, IA2030
CNN —Russia has promised to discharge Indian nationals who were “misled” into joining its army to fight in Ukraine, India’s foreign secretary said Tuesday. “The Russian side promised the early discharge of all Indian nationals from the service of the Russian army,” he said. “The trafficked Indian Nationals were trained in combat roles and deployed at front bases in Russia-Ukraine War Zone against their wishes,” the CBI statement said. In neighboring Nepal, lawmakers have called on the Russian authorities to provide figures for its nationals fighting in Ukraine. The Russians position themselves a few hundred meters back as support,” said Suman Tamang, after he returned from Russia.
Persons: , Narendra Modi “, Vladimir Putin, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Putin, Bimala Rai Paudyal, Kwatra, , ” Kwatra, Imran Mohammad, Asfan Mohammed, Asfan, ” Imran, Suman Tamang, Ramchandra Khadka, ” Khadka Organizations: CNN, Indian, Indian Ministry, Russian, Kremlin, India’s, Bureau of Investigation, Indian Nationals, CBI Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Russian, Moscow, New Delhi, South Asia, Nepal, India, Indian, Hyderabad, Bakhmut –
New York CNN —With interest rate cuts on the backburner, Wall Street is looking to corporate earnings to continue powering the 2024 stock market rally. Analysts polled by FactSet expect second-quarter earnings of S&P 500 companies to grow about 8.7% on average from the prior year. Strong corporate earnings have helped the S&P 500 gain a whopping 16% and notch repeated record high closes this year. Since the Fed isn’t likely to cut rates anytime soon, the onus is on strong corporate earnings to continue driving the market rally. Earnings season kicks off July 12 when big banks including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup report results.
Persons: FactSet, Jerome Powell, , Jeffrey Buchbinder, Wells, Dow, Lisa Shalett, Jessie Yeung, Hanako Montgomery, Junko Ogura, , Tadashi Matsubara, ” Read, Laura He, Pan Gongsheng, Read Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, New York CNN, Federal, LPL, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Nvidia, Microsoft, Meta, Dow Jones, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Kanpou, , Beijing Money, Silicon Valley Bank, People’s Bank of China, prudential Locations: New York, Sintra , Portugal, Wells Fargo, Banks, Japan, Nepal, China, Beijing, Silicon, United States, Shanghai
Everest is the world's tallest peak, that doesn't mean it's the most difficult to climb, according to three professional mountaineers. Jenn DrummondDon't let the name fool you — when it comes to difficulty, there's nothing secondary about the Seven Second Summits. Unlike the seven highest summits, some of the Seven Second Summits involve skiing and rock climbing in addition to hiking. AdvertisementOut of all the Seven Second summits, Mt. Climbing Mt.
Persons: , Jenn Drummond, Drummond, there's, Jake Meyer, Garrett Madison, it's, crevasses —, Alan Arnette, Arnette, Jason Maehl, Madison Organizations: Service, Mountaineers, Business, Everest Locations: Everest, Kilimanjaro, . Logan, Nepal, Kathmandu, Logan, Tyree, Mt . Logan, Mt, Lhotse, Nuptse
Kathmandu, Nepal — A Nepali court sentenced a man who thousands believed was a reincarnation of the Buddha to 10 years in jail on Monday for child sexual abuse, a court official said. As a teenager, Ram Bahadur Bamjon had drawn international attention when in 2005 tens of thousands of people turned up to see the “Buddha Boy” sitting cross-legged under a tree in a dense forest in southeastern Nepal for nearly 10 months. Court official Sikinder Kaapar of the Sarlahi district court in southern Nepal said a judge had also ordered Bamjon, 33, to pay $3,750 in compensation to the victim. Bamjon could not be reached for comment by Reuters, but his lawyer, Dilip Kumar Jha, said he would appeal in a higher court. Bamjon was arrested at a house on the outskirts of Kathmandu in January.
Persons: Ram Bahadur Bamjon, Boy ”, Bamjon, Dilip Kumar Jha, laud him, Siddhartha Gautama, CNN’s Sugam Pokharel, Tara John Organizations: Reuters Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal, Sarlahi
“Without Nepal, Japan would not function.”The yellow flowers of the paperbush shrub seen in Dolakha, Nepal, in December 2023. Its bark has long, strong fibers that are perfect for making thin yet durable paper, according to the Kantou website. But as the shortage of Japanese paperbush became evident in the following years, Kanpou and the Nepali farmers ramped up production until they became the main source of the yen bill. It’s a protracted process, said Matsubara: farmers plant seedlings in early summer, harvest their branches in the fall, then spend several months processing the bark through steaming, peeling, washing and drying. The profits from the paperbush sales have provided a new revenue stream to Nepali communities, said Matsubara.
Persons: , , Tadashi Matsubara, Matsubara, Tadashi Matsubara Kanpou, It’s, it’s, Eiichi Shibusawa, , Kanpou Organizations: Tokyo CNN — Banks, Kanpou, , National Printing Bureau, Kyodo, Bank of Japan, Observatory, Ministry of Economy, Trade, Industry, government’s Japan International Cooperation Agency, CNN Locations: Japan, Nepal, China, Dolakha, Everest, Tokyo, Farmers, Kathmandu, Indian, Kolkata, Yokohama, Odawara, Ilam, Nepal’s Ilam
Heavy rains caused roads to flood, submerged cars and subways and cut power to some parts of the city. Heavy rain caused a section of roof at New Delhi’s airport to collapse on Friday, crushing one man to death, and injuring eight others. In Uttarakhand, video posted by ANI News shows vehicles swept away following heavy rain being hauled out of floodwaters. Meanwhile, seasonal monsoon rains usually start in June until September, bringing bands of heavy rains from the southwest that quench fields, nourish crops, and replenish reservoirs. Last June, nearly half a million people in northeast India were affected by severe flooding after heavy rains battered the region.
Persons: , Navdeep, didn’t, Kalyani Saha, Sunita Narain, ” Narain, Narain, Organizations: CNN, Indian Meteorological Department, News, “ Rescue, Reuters, Disaster, Management, for Science, YouTube Locations: New Delhi, Delhi, , New, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Uttar Pradesh, Capital Territory, Uttarakhand, India’s, Ladakh, Nepal, Lajpat Nagar
K2 "has been called the mountaineer's peak, whereas Everest has become more of an amateur climber's peak," he added. In 2023, roughly 600 climbers summited Mt. The average cost to climb Everest in 2024 was about $55,000, according to pricing data from ExpedReview. Everest, Mt. AdvertisementEven though Everest is the tallest of these three mountains, it's not the most challenging to climb, Madison said.
Persons: , Garrett Madison, He's, it's, LAKPA SHERPA, Alan Arnette, Arnette, Jake Meyer, It's, Madison Organizations: Service, K2, Business, Everest, Everest Mountaineers, Getty, Magazine, PBS, Madison Locations: Everest, Nepal, Everest's, Kathmandu, Mt, Madison, ExpedReview, Lhotse, Nuptse, it's, It's
How to Escape From the Russian Army
  + stars: | 2024-06-27 | by ( Bhadra Sharma | Jeffrey Gettleman | )   time to read: +1 min
He didn’t have any documents. He was wrapped in bandages and 2,500 miles from his village in the Himalayas. But as he lay in a Russian military hospital, wounded in battle and surrounded by people speaking an alien language, Krishna Bahadur Shahi, an out-of-work engineer from Nepal who had committed the mistake of joining Moscow’s army, made a vow. “I had to get out,” he said in a recent interview. But the Russian military continues to rely on it, boosting combat power with impoverished young foreigners even though many, like Mr. Shahi, said they didn’t know they would be going into battle.
Persons: Krishna Bahadur Shahi, I’m, , , Mr, Shahi Locations: Russian, Nepal, Ukraine
Does off-season travel exist anymore?
  + stars: | 2024-06-20 | by ( Lilit Marcus | )   time to read: +8 min
Then, you can plot a graph to see which months are higher and lower than that total to determine when the peak season is. “In Thailand, low season typically spans from April to September with April and May being really hot,” says Ponti. “During this low season the tourist volumes each month constitute more than 7% of the annual total. Angelos Tzortzinis/dpa/picture alliance/Getty ImagesArguably the biggest single factor affecting what we know as “peak season” travel is weather. “For me, the challenge is about finding the joy in those low seasons, finding those nuggets of gold.”
Persons: , Olivier Ponti, Ponti, Angelos Tzortzinis, Ged Brown, Mikey Sadowski, there’s, we’re, Sadowski, David Silverman, it’s, ForwardKeys ’ Ponti, Ann Woodward, , Woodward, , I’ve, , Brown, haven’t, ” Brown Organizations: CNN, United Nations, European Travel Commission, Intrepid, Travelers Locations: Italy, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Japan, Canary, Spain, Thailand, Hawaii, Maldives, , , Athens, Greece, Europe, Denmark, Sweden, Nepal, Mexico, New York
Lawmakers in Thailand voted on Tuesday to approve a marriage equality bill, a move that puts the country on a clear path to becoming the first in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Thailand’s Senate passed the bill by 130 votes to 4, with some abstentions, on Tuesday afternoon. It was approved by the House of Representatives in March. The legislation would become law after it is reviewed by a Senate committee and the Constitutional Court and receives royal assent from the king, a formality that is widely expected to be granted. Only Taiwan and Nepal have legalized same-sex marriage.
Persons: Thailand’s, , Plaifa Kyoka Organizations: Representatives, Constitutional Locations: Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia, Taiwan, Nepal
The question was a precursor to my graduate work, and the next decade of my career, promoting community, belonging, and social health in society. In the experiment, acts of kindness would be my daily beads and mantra, reminding me to set out each morning with the intention of connecting. After 108 days of prioritizing connection, my life was better in just about every way you can imagine. Kasley Killam, MPH, is a leading expert in social health and author of "The Art and Science of Connection: Why Social Health is the Missing Key to Living Longer, Healthier, and Happier." She's a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, sought-after advisor and keynote speaker, and founder of Social Health Labs.
Persons: I'd, Kasley, Harvard —, I'm, League baseballs, Penelope, Homer's, he'd, She's Organizations: Queen's University, Harvard, League, Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Social Health Labs, Google, U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, Economic Locations: Canada, Nepal, laundromats, Vancouver, Toronto
The result of the vote means that Thailand will become only the third place in Asia to allow for marriage equality after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage in 2019 and Nepal in 2023. Mark Phillips/CNNPrevious attempts to legalize marriage equality over the past decade had stalled. Nonetheless Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, of the Pheu Thai Party, had also promised to bring the marriage equality bill to parliament. Japan is the only Group of Seven (G7) country that has not recognized either same-sex civil unions or same-sex marriage, despite recent high court decisions that ruled not allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. South Korea does not legally recognize same-sex marriage but in February 2023, a South Korean court ruled in favor of a same-sex couple seeking equal health benefits.
Persons: , Panyaphon Phiphatkhunarnon, Thailand –, ” Panyaphon, Watit, ” Pokpong, Pokpong, Mark Phillips, Pita Limjaroenrat, Srettha Thavisin, Srettha, , Peerapon Boonyakiat, Xi Jinping Organizations: CNN, Love Foundation, Pokpong, , Party, Thailand’s, Pheu Thai Party, Bangkok Pride Locations: Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia, Taiwan, Nepal, Bangkok, Sukhumvit, Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia, Aceh, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, Beijing, South Korea, Korea
Thailand passes landmark bill recognising marriage equality
  + stars: | 2024-06-18 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Thailand's Senate passed the final reading of a marriage equality law on Tuesday, paving the way for the country to become the third territory in Asia to recognize same-sex couples after Nepal and Taiwan. The law gained the support of nearly all upper house lawmakers and will be sent to the palace for royal approval. LGBTQ+ advocates called the move a "monumental step forward" as it would make Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to enact marriage equality legislation. Thailand is already known for its vibrant LGBTQ+ culture and tolerance, making it a popular destination for tourists. "This would underscore Thailand's leadership in the region in promoting human rights and gender equality," the Civil Society Commission of marriage equality, activists and LGBTI+ couples said.
Persons: Srettha Thavisin Organizations: Civil Society Commission, Pride Locations: Thailand's, Asia, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Bangkok
These three peaks — Mt. Everest, Mt. Professional mountaineer Garrett Madison has achieved the Everest triple crown not once, but twice — first in 2023, the deadliest Everest climbing season on record, and again this year. Plus, the climbers have to carry extra protective equipment like gloves and packages for transporting the trash down the mountain. Madison's cleanup project partners with both of these organizations in a united front against trash pollution on the world's tallest peaks.
Persons: , Garrett Madison, he's, we've, Madison, PRAKASH MATHEMA, Everest haven't, Troy Aupperle, summitted, Aupperle, PIERRE BESSARD, it's, Alton Byers, Byers, It's Organizations: Service, Business, Madison, DOMA, Everest, Pollution Control Locations: Everest, Mt, Lhotse, Nuptse, microplastics
Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. CNN —In travel news this week, new hiking programs in Italy, America’s best restaurants and chefs and how to bear-proof your picnic. Hiking in ItalyThe Proclaimers were willing to walk 500 miles for their dream, but the under-35s only have to embark on a 500-kilometer (311-mile) walking route to qualify for three nights’ free accommodation in Sardinia, Italy. The accommodation vouchers are valid from September 15 to the end of the year, so start planning now. CNN Travel celebrates the best barbecue from around the world.
Persons: James Beard, CNN It’s, Yogi Bear, they’re, It’s Organizations: CNN, Palma de Mallorca Airport, Austrian Airlines, Palma de Mallorca, Oakland Zoo, China Eastern Airlines, CNN Travel Locations: Italy, Sardinia, Cammino, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Denmark, French Polynesia, India, Nepal, Greece, China, Spain, Austrian, Palma, Vienna, Austria, California, Florida
The severe downpours have also left 2,400 tourists stranded in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Six people died in India’s Sikkim state and another four died from a landslide in neighboring Nepal’s Koshi province, according to officials. Bordered between Bhutan and Nepal, the northeastern state of Sikkim is known for its scenic Himalayan landscapes, boasting 28 mountain peaks, 21 glaciers and more than 200 lakes. The mountainous terrain of northeastern India is prone to landslides. ANI/ReutersChettri said approximately 2,400 tourists are stranded in various tourist spots in the state after landslides covered roads with debris and heavy rainfall damaged some bridges.
Persons: , Hem Kumar Chettri, Chettri, Organizations: CNN, India’s Meteorological Department, Neighboring Locations: India, Nepal, Indian, Sikkim, Six, India’s Sikkim, Nepal’s Koshi, Bhutan, Government, Kalimpong, West Bengal, Neighboring West Bengal, Delhi
In July 2023, the mountaineer Tenjen Lama Sherpa guided a Norwegian climber to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks in record time. In a sport that demands an alchemy of sinewy resolve and high-altitude faith, Mr. Lama did everything his client did and more. The kind of lucrative endorsements enjoyed by foreign athletes are not usually given to Nepal’s ethnic Sherpas. Mr. Lama could not afford to rest after guiding the Norwegian, he told The New York Times. He could not read or write, but he wanted his sons to get the best education, a costly endeavor.
Persons: Tenjen, Sherpa, Lama, Organizations: New York Times Locations: Norwegian, Kathmandu, Nepal
In a region sliding toward authoritarianism one country after another, the small Himalayan nation of Nepal was a shining exception. Political debates remained largely free, and the powerful could easily be questioned. That openness, in a poor country emerging from centuries of monarchical suppression and decades of insurgency, showed that democratic expression need not necessarily be correlated to economic status. The executive, Kailash Sirohiya, was detained nearly two weeks ago in a thinly veiled act of retaliation by Nepal’s powerful home minister, Rabi Lamichhane. The minister had been the subject of intensely negative coverage by the Kantipur Media Group, owned by Mr. Sirohiya.
Persons: Kailash Sirohiya, Rabi Lamichhane, Sirohiya Organizations: Kantipur Media, Mr Locations: Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India
Carol Tan, Rakcent Wong and their son, Atlas, have traveled across 23 countries and counting since the start of 2024. Carol Tan, 36, and Rakcent Wong, 35, often received that age-old advice before having their son, Atlas — but they were determined to prove the naysayers wrong. The Singaporean family took a sabbatical from work to "worldschool" their 4-year-old child and has traveled from Switzerland to Denmark to Nepal, across 23 countries since the start of the year. "We realized [that] after every trip, we always gained something — there's some kind of growth and transformation that we experience, just both on a personal level and as a couple," Wong said. By January 2024, Tan and Wong began their work sabbaticals, took Atlas out of school and the family traveled to their first destination — Greece.
Persons: Carol Tan, Rakcent Wong, Atlas, Tan, Wong, Rakcent Wong Tan, Rakcent Wong Atlas, It's Organizations: CNBC Locations: Switzerland, Denmark, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Iceland, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Greece, Montenegro
When Dinesh Nepal first arrived in the United States in 2010, he had never heard of the term “Asian American.”He knew that he was of Asian descent. He grew up in a refugee camp in Nepal after his parents were expelled from Bhutan, a landlocked Himalayan nation. And after he moved to Pittsburgh and became a United States citizen, he began calling himself an American. But it never occurred to him to put those two labels together, even after he and his wife opened a shop selling bubble tea — a Taiwanese specialty that is iconic for Asian Americans.
Persons: Dinesh, Organizations: United Locations: Dinesh Nepal, United States, Nepal, Bhutan, Pittsburgh
It's so treacherous to summit Mount Everest that human remains are a common sight on its frigid mountainside. Among the frozen bodies are many ethnic Sherpas — an Indigenous people who make up the majority of Everest climbing guides. AdvertisementSherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to successfully summit Mount Everest in 1953. AdvertisementClimbing Mount Everest can be deadly, no matter who you are. Mountaineers line up during their ascent to summit Mount Everest in Nepal.
Persons: , Norgay, Edmund Hillary, Phurba Wangchhu, Sam Rashid, Rashid, it's, Andrew Murray, Geljen Sherpa, Rully Anwar, LAKPA SHERPA, Nachhiring Rai Organizations: Service, Everest, Business, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, NPR, International Federation of Mountain Guides Association, Nepal's Department of Tourism, World Bank, Mountaineers, Getty, Dawa Locations: Everest, Nepal, Kathmandu
But Meryl and Tim had talked all evening, into the early hours, gradually shuffling closer and closer to one another. And while it had only been five days, Meryl felt certain Tim was “the right person.”“I’d dated other people, and I just never clicked with them,” she says today. Meryl RivettWhen Meryl and Tim crossed paths in September 1981, Meryl was 29. Tim felt the same way. Meryl felt that assuredness too.
Persons: Meryl Gage, Meryl, Tim Rivett, Tim, We’re, we’re, they’d, , , Meryl wriggled, ’ ”, “ I’d, South America Tim, Tim's, Meryl Rivett, She’d, Karen, ’ ” Meryl, Here's Tim Rivett, Meryl Rivett Tim, who’d, , “ Meryl, England, Meryl Rivett That’s, hadn’t, gobsmacked, Mike, Jack, , “ I’m, ” Meryl, Meryl’s, Lisa, Meryl she’d, Tim didn’t, Paul, he’d, Meryl –, Meryl Rivett –, Tim weren’t, , – Tim, Aussie, they’ve, Tim –, ” Tim, who’ve, They’ve, Tim aren’t Organizations: CNN, CNN Travel, South America, Florida State, Miami Beach Locations: South America, South, Florida, backpacked, Europe, London, Kathmandu, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Queensland, America, Rio de Janeiro, England, Asia, Nepal, India, Miami, Brazil, Argentina, Iguazu, Patagonia, Colombia, Buenos Aires, Tierra del, Chile, , Central America
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