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Nepal Art Now in Vienna  Nepali times

Paintings of the Nepal Art Now Exhibition are in pre-display at Nepal Art Council for the next two weeks before being taken to Welt Museum in Vienna. Photos: ...

Nepali times
Nepal Mandal in Manhattan  Nepali times

Photos: KANAK MANI DIXIT he Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents 'over 5000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods' in its galleries, ...

Nepali times
Government to ban higher denomination Indian Currency notes in Nepal  The Kathmandu Post

The government has decided to ban the use of high denomination Indian Currency notes and use only IRS 100 in Nepal from now onwards.

The Kathmandu Post
Nepal, China agree to boost bilateral ties  Business Standard

Read more about Nepal, China agree to boost bilateral ties on Business Standard. Nepal's Foreign Secretary met China's Foreign Minister here on Thursday to ...

Business Standard
The Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 and Civic Dissent in Nepal  The Diplomat

The recently concluded Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 held in Kathmandu not only raised eyebrows among Nepalis, but also invited varied concerns and opinions ...

The Diplomat
Math Class Creates Model for Food Packing Plant in Nepal  Bethel University News

Math and computer science students worked with Feed My Starving Children and Venture to digitally model a food packing plant in Nepal.

Bethel University News
India refuses to repatriate flood-displaced three rhinos to Nepal  The Kathmandu Post

Indian authority has refused to repatriate three one-horned rhinos that were swept across the border from Nepal's Chitwan National Park (CNP) during the ...

The Kathmandu Post
Abducted Indian boy rescued from Nepal, 3 arrested  Business Standard

Read more about Abducted Indian boy rescued from Nepal, 3 arrested on Business Standard. A seven-year-old Indian boy, who was kidnapped from Bihar last ...

Business Standard
UP CM Yogi Adityanath Attends Symbolic Wedding of Lord Rama in Nepal  News18

Yogi Adityanath, who arrived in Janakpur as head of the Indian delegation to participate in 'Vivah Panchami' celebrations, was welcomed by Chief Minister of ...

News18
Nepal's children at risk: Sexual abuse in the aid sector  Al Jazeera English

Is the international aid community doing enough to protect children in vulnerable communities?

Al Jazeera English
IDEMIA delivers smart national identity cards to the citizens of Nepal  Enterprise Innovation

The new e-ID cards will contribute to improving access to government services as well as to social security benefits. Delivery of the cards to all citizens over the ...

Enterprise Innovation
Nepal Deaths in Malaysia: On Rise, One Per Day!  Nepali Sansar

According to the Nepal Embassy report, in 2017 Nepali migrants died at a rate of one per day in Malaysia.

Nepali Sansar
Ram Katha ties India, Nepal with a single thread: Yogi Adityanath  Times of India

vivaah panchmi celebrations to mark the marriage of Lord Ram with Sita.

Times of India
In Nepal, Gyangfedi struggles with an unwanted identity  Kathmandu Tribune

Lil Prakash Chand. Lil Prakash Chand (Journalist). Until a few years ago, anyone visiting the local markets of Samundratar, Ramati and Mishra Bhanjyang from ...

Kathmandu Tribune
Photos: The Nepalese pioneers who shattered the belief that girls’ education threatens social order  Scroll.in

A glimpse into the history of women's education in Nepal.

Scroll.in
Nepal Telecom's plan to expand 4G service still 'undecided'  Himalayan Times

Though the government had been citing that the delay in the expansion of Nepal Telecom (NT)'s 4G *service* was due to the lingering probe on the expansion of ...

Himalayan Times
Daraz finds Nepalis still shy to shop online  Nepali times

unil Nepal works in IT in Kathmandu and has been buying provisions and necessities online for three years. But tech savvy as he is, he did not buy anything ...

Nepali times
Sri Lankan envoy underscores common viewpoint for tourism promotion  setopati.net

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal Swarna Perera has spoken of the need to forge a common viewpoint for the promotion of tourism between Nepal and Sri ...

setopati.net
Nepal Eyes Regulatory for eCommerce Sector  Nepali Sansar

In a move curbing fraudulent activity surrounding online transactions, the Government of Nepal is preparing new guidelines that regulate online shopping ...

Nepali Sansar
Stage set for Voice of Nepal  Gulf Times

Prabin Gurung, Managing Director of Green Grass, talks to Usha Wagle Gautam about the upcoming show and future prospects.

Gulf Times
Imja Lake near Mt Everest is not a danger to Nepal, satellite images indicate  ThePrint

In 2016, Nepal drained the Imja Lake to a 'safe level', and ThePrint's analysis reveals that today, it is no longer much of a threat to its people. This International ...

ThePrint
Chiefless Nepal Oil Corp may get new boss soon  The Kathmandu Post

Nepal Oil Corporation, which has been without a chief for more than a year, is likely to get a new managing director soon as its line ministry plans to send the ...

The Kathmandu Post
One Nepali worker dies per day in Malaysia  Himalayan Times

The Embassy of Nepal reported that Nepali migrants died at a rate of one per day in Malaysia during 2017.

Himalayan Times
Nepal Unhappy With India Over Delay in Review of 'Unequal' Treaty – Source  Sputnik International

A Highly placed source in the Nepal government told Sputnik that Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had promised prompt acceptance of a report ...

Sputnik International
Social Media Trolls Continue to Haunt 'Miss Nepal' Contestants!  Nepali Sansar

Applaud aside, Miss Nepal and other Nepali beauty contestants are facing severe criticism from social media trolls by Nepali netizens.

Nepali Sansar
Nepal: first came the earthquake, then came the debt  The Guardian

Ratna Awale counts herself lucky. She and her husband, Prem, and their two sons survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015 ...

The Guardian
Nepali Church grows despite anti-conversion law  Mission Network News

Nepal's anti-conversion law means persecution for some believers, but John Puidate of Bibles For The World says God's at work behind the scenes.

Mission Network News
Nepal's envoy to Australia Lucky Sherpa likely to be sacked  Himalayan Times

Chairpersons of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal had decided on Thursday to sack Nepal's Ambassador ...

Himalayan Times
PM says Nepal won't rely on foreign debt  Himalayan Times

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the government is planning to make optimum use of domestic resources rather than rely on foreign debt to build a ...

Himalayan Times
Nepal neither used China card against India nor India card against China: Former Nepal PM  Economic Times

KATHMANDU: Nepal neither used the China card against India nor the India card against China, and wants to develop good relations with its neighbours on the ...

Economic Times
Our man in Nepal on being the face of Britain with a visible difference  The Telegraph

Richard Morris is the face of Britain in Nepal. That his bears a visible difference – our man in Kathmandu was born with a port wine stain birthmark along the left ...

The Telegraph
Animated in Nepal  Nepali times

Kiran Joshi at the Incessant Rain studio. Photos: SIKUMA RAI ust when Kiran Joshi was trying to get more business for his Incessant Rain animation studio in ...

Nepali times
Nepal eyes world record with Dead Sea of plastic bags  BBC News

Volunteers make a map of the Dead Sea out of 100000 used plastic bags collected in Kathmandu.

BBC News
Nepal's Children at Risk | Nepal  101 East

Investigating rising fears that Nepal has become a target for paedophiles acting under the cover of aid work.

101 East
Nepal- Dehradun bus service inaugurated  Hindustan Times

This international friendship bus *service* has been initiated in view problems faced in commuting across the border where people have to take recourse to ...

Hindustan Times
Morgan Freeman Has Divine Meeting With Spiritual Leader in Nepal  The Blast

Morgan Freeman's TV show on religion and culture has taken him far and wide, and most recently the actor was blessed by one of the holiest figures in India.

The Blast
Nepal to join hands with China on Tibet-Kathmandu railway  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- Nepal will work with China to link its capital to Tibet by rail as the Himalayan nation strengthens ties with its giant northern neighbor to.

Nikkei Asian Review
Meet Ginger, Nepal's robot waiter  Axios

One of the latest restaurants to replace waiters with machines has three robots, all named Ginger, who glide from the kitchen to the tables, cracking jokes for ...

Axios
Yogi Adityanath to visit Nepal as Oli faces heat over summit  The Indian Express

Bimalendra Nidhi, vice-chairman of Nepali Congress, the main opposition party, and a former deputy PM of Nepal, who had opposed Adityanath's presence at ...

The Indian Express
IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Nepal  EIN News

December 13, 2018 End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views.

EIN News
35 Nepalese women rescued from hotel; 4 men arrested  Times of India

BENGALURU: Acting on a tip-off, Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths raided a hotel in Cottonpet near Majestic on Wednesday, arresting four men on charg.

Times of India
Nepal attempts record with a Dead Sea of plastic bags  Rappler

Young Nepalis create a map of the Dead Sea with used plastic bags in a bid to set a new international record and raise awareness about the vast volumes ...

Rappler
Miss Nepal Khatiwada's run ends at Top 12 in Miss World Finals  Himalayan Times

Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada made it to the list of final 12 contestants in Miss World 2018 being held at Sanya in China.

Himalayan Times
This Brooklyn Entrepreneur Was Shaken to Her Core by Nepal's Devastating Earthquake and Did Something Incredible  Entrepreneur

On April 25, 2015, a devastating, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Nepal along the foothills of the Himalayas. Nearly 9,000 people were ...

Entrepreneur
Nepal: Release Amnesty International activists now  Amnesty International

The Nepal authorities must immediately and unconditionally release members and supporters of Amnesty International Nepal who were detained after ...

Amnesty International
Foreigners in Nepal's prisons  Nepali times

Himal Khabarpatrika, 11-18 November As many as 898 foreigners are currently serving time in Nepal's prisons, according to the latest data released by the ...

Nepali times
"Nepal is a naturally a picturesque country"  Himalayan Times

The 2nd International Watercolor Festival kicked off in Kathmandu today.

Himalayan Times
Sydney woman deported from Nepal accused of door knocking as a Christian missionary  ABC News

A Nepalese official says Katie Rachel Graham was going door-to-door in an attempt to convince people to join her religion, which is strictly prohibited under our ...

ABC News
Trafficking slur on Nepal's envoy to Australia  Himalayan Times

Nepal's Ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa's driver Wongchhu Sherpa has accused her and her husband of human trafficking.

Himalayan Times
Young philanthropist Maggie Doyne's tryst with poor children in Nepal  Al-Arabiya

The field of philanthropy, earlier associated primarily with rich retirees and big legacy foundations, has in recent decades been increasingly.

Al-Arabiya
Australian woman killed in kayak accident near tourist hotspot Pokhara in Nepal  ABC News

Fellow athletes pay tribute to rafter Cassandra Emary, who was killed while kayaking in a river in Nepal — the third Australian killed while participating in ...

ABC News
UN rights expert expresses concern over violence against women in Nepal  JURIST

The UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonović, said Thursday that she is “gravely concerned” about the number of cases related ...

JURIST
CPN at work to realize dreams of martyrs: Dahal  setopati.net

Communist Party of Nepal Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal Thursday said his party was effortful to realize the dreams of martyrs of the people's movements.

setopati.net
The Rape Case That Shook Nepal  The Diplomat

Five months on, the justice for Nirmala campaign is still going strong – but still unheard by the government.

The Diplomat
Nepal Stalls on LGBT Rights Despite Early Strides  Voice of America

Nepal was hailed a leader in LGBT rights when it became the first country in conservative South Asia to recognize a third gender and assure equality for its ...

Voice of America
One Nepali guest worker dies every day in Malaysia  The Kathmandu Post

Dec 12, 2018-. One Nepali guest worker dies in Malaysia daily, Embassy of Nepal in Malaysia data shows.The reasons for death include suicide, road accidents ...

The Kathmandu Post
Chopper scam thriving despite Nepal's promised crackdown  Channel NewsAsia

Global insurers threatened to stop covering travellers to Nepal unless the frequency and cost of rescues fell sharply. (Photo: AFP/Prakash Mathema).

Channel NewsAsia
The urgent need for climate-resilient tourism in Nepal  Down To Earth Magazine

The Himalayan country and its sherpas race against time to save themselves and the tourism sector from climate change.

Down To Earth Magazine
Digital dream: From a village in Nepal with no electricity to a UCOL scholarship  Stuff.co.nz

The likelihood of a career in IT seemed as remote as the Nepali village where he grew up.

Stuff.co.nz
Transitional phase not yet over in Nepal  Observer Research Foundation

More than three years ago Nepal seventh constitution was promulgated in an environment in which one section of the society was celebrating the occasion.

Observer Research Foundation
Nepal's digital restaurant where guests are served by robots  Euronews English

Nepal's digital restaurant where guests are served by robots.

Euronews English
Naturally Nepal  Nepali times

Kunda Dixit cross the world, human societies are suffering a growing nature deficit. The march of consumerism and economic globalisation has come at an ...

Nepali times
2,500 people 'Get Into Rugby' in Nepal as World Rugby's 'Asia 1 Million' Impact Beyond target edges closer  Rugby World Cup 2019

Part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour, the first time the Webb Ellis Cup has visited Nepal.

Rugby World Cup 2019
New opponent enters war against human trafficking in Nepal  Mission Network News

John Puidate of Bibles For The World says they're joining the fight against human trafficking with a new Women's Ministry initiative in Nepal.

Mission Network News
220 benefited from free health camp in Baitadi  setopati.net

At least 220 local people of Pancheshwor Rural Municipality-4 in Baitadi have benefited from a free health camp set up by Baitadi-based Shatrumardan ...

setopati.net
Least developed countries like Nepal have special needs: Global Environment Facility  Online Khabar (English)

Gustavo Alberto Fonseca is the Director of Programmes at the Global Environment Facility. His responsibilities include overseeing the portfolio of investments in ...

Online Khabar (English)
Nepal-Bangladesh agree to build cross-border transmission line  Himalayan Times

Nepal and Bangladesh have agreed to build a cross-border transmission line to supply electricity generated in Nepal to Bangladesh. A joint steering committee ...

Himalayan Times
Nepal restaurant uses only robot waiters  WILX-TV

The future of restaurants could look a lot like this one in Nepal.

WILX-TV
US-Nepal Trade and Investment Forum  Nepali times

WASHINGTON — The United States-Nepal Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council held its fourth meeting on 13 November here to promote expanded ...

Nepali times
Robredo flies to Nepal for Asia Pacific Summit  Rappler

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to deliver the keynote speech during the summit, where issues like climate change and good governance will be tackled.

Rappler
Nepal's first robot waiter is ready for orders - ​Ginger: Nepal's first robot waiter  Economic Times

"Please enjoy your meal," says Nepal's first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers.In pic: A ...

Economic Times
Nepal Restaurant Uses Locally Designed Robot Waiters to Serve Diners  Inside Edition

Move over Alexa, Ginger can do everything you can do while serving a meal. Naulo, a new restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal, uses only locally developed robots ...

Inside Edition
Rescue scam thriving despite Nepal's promised crackdown  Himalayan Times

Nepal's pledge to crack down on fraudulent helicopter evacuations has failed to curb the scam, with tourists still being unnecessarily airlifted from the Himalayas ...

Himalayan Times
NAC proposes civil servants to use its service  Himalayan Times

The state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has urged the government to introduce a mandatory provision for civil servants to travel abroad for official ...

Himalayan Times
Darjeeling planters claim tea imported from Nepal is not FSSAI-compliant  Economic Times

Tea from Nepal look similar to Darjeeling tea and even packet tea players and blenders find it difficult to tell them apart.

Economic Times
Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha  setopati.net

Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district. The rural municipality provided clothes ...

setopati.net
Tasmanian adventurer Adrian Kiernan dies while kayaking in Nepal  ABC News

Tasmanian kayak adventurer Adrian Kiernan has died during a white-water mishap in Nepal, with the worldwide kayaking community shocked at the loss of a ...

ABC News
Bus drives off mountain highway in Nepal, killing 16 people  CTV News

A bus packed with people returning from a village fair drove off a mountain highway in Nepal on Thursday, killing 16 people and injuring 20 others.

CTV News
Tourist arrivals cross 1 mil mark in 2018  Himalayan Times

The Nepal Tourism Board reports that tourist arrivals in 10 months from January to November in 2018 has crossed one million with 1001930 arrivals, ...

Himalayan Times
European Union ban on Nepali airlines remains even after five years  Himalayan Times

Lack of improvement in safety oversight by the country's aviation regulator has led the European Commission to continue its ban on all Nepali airlines from flying ...

Himalayan Times
Bethany College alum appointed ambassador to Nepal  The Hutchinson News

Randy Berry, an alumnus of Bethany College in Lindsborg, was recently nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. ...

The Hutchinson News
Nepal Earthquake: How Social Media Has Turned Nepal Into One Of The People Trafficking  Grazia

How Facebook DMs And Cold Calls Made Nepal One Of The People Trafficking Capitals Of The World. Read the latest life stories on Grazia.

Grazia
The Irish engineers helping to rebuild post-earthquake Nepal  The Irish Times

Engineers face some of Earth's most testing conditions in aftermath of 2015 earthquake.

The Irish Times
UI student travels to Nepal to learn about human trafficking  UI The Daily Iowan

Sitting at the Mayflower front desk in September, Danielle Havel's phone lit up with a notification: “Pack your bags; you're going to Nepal.” Havel, a University of ...

UI The Daily Iowan
Tourism in Nepal : In Pursuit of Shangri-La  Economic and Political Weekly

Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal by Mark Liechty, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2017; pp xiv +387, $35.

Economic and Political Weekly
Nepal climbing death: Australian Michael Davis dies after freak mountain plunge  NEWS.com.au

An Australian climber has fallen to his death in a freak accident while descending a peak near Mount Everest in eastern Nepal. Newcastle resident Michael ...

NEWS.com.au
Nepal Police Arrest Man Who Fled After Raping 12-Year Old From Gurgaon  NDTV News

A 27-year-old Nepali citizen who had fled to India after allegedly raping a minor a week ago has been arrested from Gurgaon near India's capital New Delhi, the ...

NDTV News
Nepalese diplomat in China  Gulf Times

Nepal's Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi (left) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse ...

Gulf Times
UNK students from Nepal share their culture and traditions with community  NTV

The small Nepalese community at UNK invited the Kearney community to learn more about their country. The "Nepalese Student Association at Kearney" hosted ...

NTV
Is Nepal falling into China's Belt and Road debt trap?  Quartz

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has ambitions to reshape the global economy by connecting more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa ...

Quartz
An Ambitious Chinese-Built Rail Line Through the Himalayas – A Debt Trap for Nepal?  The Wire

Sri Lanka has become the cautionary tale when it comes to Belt and Road investment with China. Can Nepal avoid a similar fate?

The Wire
Kathmandu Summit of Kleptocrats  Nepali times

Under the capable leadership of the Nepal Communist Party (Moonies) and the Great Helmsperson the Right Honorary Prime Minister, this is a country that is ...

Nepali times
Day after BJP drubbing, Yogi Adityanath lands up in Nepal  ThePrint

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath attends a religious event at Janakpur, believed to be Sita's birthplace.

ThePrint
Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius: Plan an impromptu vacay to places with easy visa policies  Economic Times

A spontaneous travel plan to top getaways with easy visa policies is always welcome. Region: Seychelles Since Indian passport holders don't need to get a prior ...

Economic Times
Morgan Freeman is blessed by spiritual leader in Nepal  Daily Mail

Morgan Freeman has been keeping a low profile over the past few months, but was back at work to film a blessing ceremony in Nepal as part of his new ...

Daily Mail
Health Literacy and Knowledge of Chronic Diseases in Nepal  Healio

Abha Shrestha, MD, is the Registrar and the Quality Rural Health *Service* Program Lead, Department of Community Programs, Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu ...

Healio
Remittances and migration: the case of Nepal  devpolicy.org

In the last two decades, remittances have grown to almost three times the size of official aid. As of 2017, Nepal has the fifth highest ratio of remittances to GDP in ...

devpolicy.org
Chinese Buddhists walk to Bodh Gaya from Nepal  Hindustan Times

A delegation of 170 Chinese Buddhists which walked all the way from Nepal to Bodh Gaya in Bihar arrived in the pilgrimage town on Sunday to join special ...

Hindustan Times
ThirdWheel Nepal: Get Your Bike Repaired Online Through A Smartphone  TechLekh

Have you ever been stuck in the middle of the traffic and your starter doesn't work? Does your bike need servicing but you feel too lazy to go to the showroom?

TechLekh
Ayodhya, Nepal's Janakpur To Become Twin Cities As UP Signs Agreement  NDTV News

The Uttar Pradesh and Nepal governments will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to declare Ayodhya and Janakpur as twin cities, an official ...

NDTV News
 

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Nepal ( (listen); Nepali: नेपाल Nepāl [neˈpal]), officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Nepali: सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल Saṅghīya Lokatāntrik Gaṇatantra Nepāl), is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.The name "Nepal" is first recorded in texts from the Vedic period of the Indian subcontinent, the era in ancient India when Hinduism was founded, the predominant religion of the country. In the middle of the first millennium BCE, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini in southern Nepal. Parts of northern Nepal were intertwined with the culture of Tibet. The centrally located Kathmandu Valley was the seat of the prosperous Newar confederacy known as Nepal Mandala. The Himalayan branch of the ancient Silk Road was dominated by the valley's traders. The cosmopolitan region developed distinct traditional art and architecture. By the 18th century, the Gorkha Kingdom achieved the unification of Nepal. The Shah dynasty established the Kingdom of Nepal and later formed an alliance with the British Empire, under its Rajput Rana dynasty of premiers. The country was never colonised but served as a buffer state between Imperial China and British India. Parliamentary democracy was introduced in 1951, but was twice suspended by Nepalese monarchs, in 1960 and 2005. The Nepalese Civil War in the 1990s and early 2000s resulted in the proclamation of a secular republic in 2008, ending the world's last Hindu monarchy.The Constitution of Nepal, adopted in 2015, establishes Nepal as a federal secular parliamentary republic divided into seven provinces. Nepal was admitted to the United Nations in 1955, and friendship treaties were signed with India in 1950 and the People's Republic of China in 1960. Nepal hosts the permanent secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), of which it is a founding member. Nepal is also a member of the Non Aligned Movement and the Bay of Bengal Initiative. The military of Nepal is the fifth largest in South Asia; it is notable for its Gurkha history, particularly during the world wars, and has been a significant contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations.