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By Sophia Tamot (AFP)

KATHMANDU — Maoist protesters clashed with residents in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Thursday as anger grew over a strike that has shut down much of the country for five days. (more…)

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KATHMANDU (UCAN) — Family members of those killed and injured in the Assumption Church bomb blast are still hoping for compensation promised by the government, which has been delayed.

Newly elected Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, during a visit to the church immediately after the blast, had promised compensation as soon as he had finalized his Cabinet.

That was delayed by political infighting and now, despite a Cabinet in place, the government is suggesting the victims could face more delays.

Home Ministry spokesperson Nabin Ghimire told UCA News on June 30 that “we are currently formulating a new set of norms regarding compensation in such cases and we will be able to look into all such cases only after the norms are finalized.” (more…)

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The Indian border security force, Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB), has driven out hundreds of Nepali families living along Nepal-India border in west Nepal.

More than 6,000 have been displaced as SSB personnel drove Nepali families out from various bordering villages of Dang district along Nepal-India border.

Of them, 1,800 have taken refuge at the Satbariya community forest of Deukhuri, Dang after SSB encroached Nepali land and torched their homes, Kantipur daily reported.

“They torched our houses saying you can’t live here,” Purna Kumari Bista, 70, of Rajpur, Dang told the daily. “We had to leave with the family to protect our lives.”

She also claimed the SSB shifted border pillars some 35 metres inside Nepali land.

Villagers from some 22 entry points bordering Dang district on the Nepali side and Balarampur, Shravasti and Gonda districts on the Indian side have fled their homes.

The displaced said the SSB assaulted and raped women. “We are forced to become mute spectators when they rape our ladies,” said Begaram Pun of Siriya. “More than 15 girls have already gone missing.” (more…)

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By The Australian Government

Australia will provide $2.4 million for prosthetics and the rehabilitation of Iraqi landmine survivors and other victims of conflict.

This assistance through the United Nations Development Programme builds on our existing support for mine clearance activities across Iraq, through which more than 9.4 million square meters of land has been cleared. It will continue to prevent injuries from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and help and support survivors.

Australia will also donate 10 Australian-made landmine detectors to the United Nations in Nepal to help clear 45 minefields across the country and reduce the risk of death and disability.


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By Charles Haviland
BBC News

Three members of a family – a woman and two infant children – have been killed in a bomb explosion in Nepal.

The blast happened in the south-east of the country, which has seen constant ethnic unrest for nearly two years.

This is a grim reminder that the people of Nepal’s flat south-eastern farmlands are still the unhappy victims in a simmering violent conflict. (more…)

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