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There is strong evidence that the overall gender ratio is significantly different from the background ratio in the case of UK parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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When word started to circulate late last week that Tomaz Humar was missing on a Himalayan peak and that a helicopter rescue mission was underway, there was a sense of déjà vu among mountaineers.

How an old banger turned Nepali minister into a slapper

Memo to all Nepali civil servants: when junior minister Karina Begum arrives in town, send the smartest, swankiest government car to pick her up. Or else expect to get slapped.

Men offered £400 to marry Nepal's widows

Hundreds of women march through Kathmandu over 'humiliating' scheme

Tea with the President for 'goddess' Lumley

Joanna Lumley's de facto state visit to Nepal continued yesterday as the star of Absolutely Fabulous had tea with the President, gave the Prime Minister a scarf and greeted yet more thankful Gurkhas with their traditional war cry "Ayo Gurkhali!" ("The Gurkhas are coming")

Nepalese rulers thank Gurkhas' champion Lumley

The rulers of Nepal expressed their gratitude to actress and Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley today during her emotional tour of the country.

Lumley receives ecstatic reception on Nepal visit

For months they have followed her every move with rapt attention from the other side of the world, but today the Gurkhas of Nepal finally got to meet a woman that many of them have come to regard as a goddess.

They're coming down the mountain to greet the messiah

Among the Gurkha villages scattered across the foothills of the Himalayas they call her the "daughter of Nepal".

Gurkha's 40-year battle to clear name goes to the High Court

A former Gurkha who has spent 40 years fighting to clear his name after he was thrown out of the Army is to take his case for race discrimination to the High Court.

First Person: 'I helped Ranulph Fiennes up Everest'

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Two killed in Nepal blast as PM vote nears

Two people were killed and at least a dozen wounded when an explosion ripped through a church near the Nepali capital today, police said, hours before the country's parliament was set to elect a new prime minister.

Gurkhas win final victory to stay in Britain

All Gurkha veterans will today win the right to settle in Britain following an embarrassing climb-down by Gordon Brown.

Nepal president orders vote for new PM

Nepal's president today ordered the country's parliament to elect a new prime minister after a deadline for forming a coalition government through negotiations passed with no progress made.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & texts (10 May 2009)

Geoffrey Lean is correct to support the Government's promise of coal-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage (Letters, 3 May). China, India, Poland and other countries are planning to build hundreds more coal-fired power stations over the next few decades. We can try to make those power stations less harmful by investing rapidly in carbon capture in order to make the technology more effective, more efficient and cheaper. Otherwise, the expansion of coal burning will accelerate global warming, with devastating consequences for all.

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