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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.

Nepal seeks legal cover for shawl that conquered the world

Foreign rivals put pressure on the original pashmina

Haiti's cholera misery: 5,000 dead – and UN peacekeepers to blame

Report likely to raise tensions in earthquake-ravaged nation

'Missing' Nepalese choir turns up – after three days

A Nepalese male voice choir, whose disappearance left organisers of a Cornish music festival scratching their heads and sparked a Home Office investigation, was last night finally set to honour its commitment to sing.

Nepalese singers vanish at Heathrow

A Nepalese choir due to perform in Cornwall has disappeared after landing at Heathrow.

Rhinos are on the rise after surviving war and poachers in Nepal

Nepal's population of endangered rhinos appears to be growing after years of decline caused by a debilitating civil war and widespread poaching, new figures show.

12 killed in protest at UN office

Eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters have been killed when a demonstration against the burning of a Quran turned violent.

Travel By Numbers: Holi Festival

The vivid colours of India explode more brilliantly than ever this weekend, as this vibrant Hindu festival begins. By Laura Holt

Report urges preparation for large urban disasters

The world should expect to have to cope with three to five big urban disasters in the next 10 years, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has warned.

No Smoking: Monk jailed for three years in Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, famed for its unspoilt natural beauty and social policy of gross national happiness, found itself at the centre of bitter controversy yesterday after a Buddhist monk caught carrying tobacco worth under £2 was jailed for three years.

The Big Six: Himalayan Retreats

New Nepalese leader elected at 17th attempt

The Nepalese Parliament has elected Jhalanath Khanal, chairman of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal, as its new Prime Minister, seven months after the last government resigned amid sometimes violent protests.

Where the weird things are: The gharial - a croc with a knobbly nose

This bizarre crocodilian from northern India, is hardly the killer that Mr Dundee brags about. Granted, it looks the real deal: big tail, knobbly back, the works. But those skinny jaws are like some Toy Story nightmare – as though an evil child has replaced the head with pliers.

Charles honours Gurkha soldiers

The Prince of Wales paid tribute today to Gurkha soldiers who were killed and horrifically injured in a hard-fought tour of Afghanistan.

Himalayan kingdom throws open its doors to gay tourists

Gay rights activists in Nepal are hoping to attract up to 200,000 pink tourists this year as the Himalayan nation seeks to boost its coffers after years of political instability.

All aboard the river mild: White-water rafting in the wilds of Nepal doesn't have to be terrifying

"Does this rapid have a name?" I asked, not entirely convinced I wanted to know the answer. A smile spread across my rafting guide's face as the foaming white water approached. "This one," he said, "is too insignificant."

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