KATHMANDU - The Nepal police has cracked down on an organisation looking after Tibetan resistance fighters, who fought a long guerrilla war against the Chinese invasion and annexation of their country in the 1950s and 1960s, without any provocation, a rights group said.

KATHMANDU - Tibetan refugees in Nepal, who feel increasingly vulnerable due to the growing Chinese influence on the republic's government, have been heartened by the visit of a top American envoy to Nepal.

KATHMANDU - As Nepal underwent the first periodic review of its human rights situation at the UN in Geneva, rights groups have said that security forces continue to practise "systematic torture" even four years after the end of a decade of communist insurrection that saw torture and extrajudicial killings.

KATHMANDU - India will celebrate its Republic Day here in a unique way this year, toasting maestros with Nepali roots who became legends in India such as artist Laxman Shrestha, Bollywood diva Manisha Koirala and singer Udit Narayan.

KATHMANDU - Staking claim to the new government, the Maoists, the largest party in Nepal's parliament, have indicated they favour regulating the open border between India and Nepal and visa for Indians in Nepal as part of their demand to scrap a six-decade-old bilateral pact.
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