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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.

Hillary's ashes set for final ascent

A Nepalese sherpa will scatter the ashes of Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest, on the top of the world, two years after the death of the climbing hero.

Gordon Brown says sorry to Joanna Lumley over Gurkhas

Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley today he was "sorry" over comments made about her by a Government minister.

Lumley hits out at 'smear' campaign over Gurkhas' rights

Joanna Lumley today hit out at what she claimed was a Government smear campaign that saw her accused of "deathly silence" over Gurkhas' rights.

Girija Koirala: Politician who led the drive for peace and democracy in Nepal

Girija Prasad Koirala was an integral part of Nepal's modern political history and served as its prime minister five times. He was a champion of democracy and architect of the peace talks with the Maoists which brought to an end a bloody 10-year insurgency that killed thousands; his efforts brought the rebels into the mainstream and paved the way for abolishing the 239-year-old Hindu monarchy.

'They made us the poorest of the poor' say Gurkhas

They celebrated victory in their fight for the right to live here. Now the Gurkhas feel betrayed and exploited. Terri Judd hears their grievances

Lumley named in row over Gurkha charity

Minister attacks campaigner's 'silence' as inquiry is launched into donations solicited in Nepal

Alfred Gregory: Official photographer on the 1953 Everest expedition

Alfred Gregory was official photographer to the British expedition which made the first ascent of Everest in 1953. He joined the team on the strength of his climbing, as well as his camera skills, and on the eve of Hillary's and Tenzing's historic climb he carried a load to Camp Nine, which was perched precariously 8,424 metres above sea level, higher than any person had camped before.

Nepalese TV executive shot dead in capital

A television executive who owned Nepal's first cable TV company was shot dead in a busy neighbourhood in the capital yesterday.

The highway at the top of the world

A new mountain road is bringing big changes to Nepal's prime trekking territory. It's a lifeline for locals but what impact will it have on tourism? Amar Grover reports

Former child soldiers leave Nepal camps

After a final meal of chicken, beans and rice, and wiping tears from their eyes, more than 200 former Maoist child soldiers were yesterday released from the jungle camps in Nepal where they have spent the last four years to start new lives in their villages.

Fears over influx of right-to-settle Gurkhas

Military charities voiced concern today over their ability to cope with the numbers of former Gurkhas coming to them for help.

The beckoning silence: Why half of the world's languages are in serious danger of dying out

Of the 6,500 languages spoken in the world, half are expected to die out by the end of this century. Now, one man is trying to keep those voices alive by reigniting local pride in heritage and identity.

Nepal's cabinet to meet on Mount Everest

Nepal's government says it will hold a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest on 4 December to highlight the threat from global warming to glaciers in the Himalayas.

Slaughter of the innocents (200,000 of them)

Animal welfare protesters fail to halt ancient but 'barbaric' Nepali ritual
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