Kathmandu plane headed for Everest crashes, claims 19 lives

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A small Sita Air Dornier plane that was carrying tourists to the Mt Everest region for three weeks of trekking caught fire during an emergency landing early Friday morning 28 September, killing all 19 persons on board. Five were Chinese nationals and seven Britons, with four Nepalese passengers and the crew. Officials […]

Swiss climber survives Nepal avalanche, 4 French climbers dead


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Twenty-five climbers were caught by a large avalanche in the Himalayas, on Mt Manaslu (8,156m) in northwestern Nepal Sunday 23 September. Four French climbers, including guides from Chamonix, died in the accident which is now reported to have taken eight lives (earlier estimates were higher) and has left three people missing. One […]

Four climbers die on Everest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Four climbers died while returning from the summit of Mount Everest, over the weekend, Nepali officials report. All four climbers, from Germany, China, South Korea and Canada, died along the Southeast Ridge route, at altitudes of over 8000 meters above sea level. This area is also known as the “death zone”, as […]

Himalayan earthquake toll fears rise, at least 70 dead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Concern is growing, say UN and national authorities in three countries after a 6.9 earthquake shook remote Himalayan areas in India, Nepal and Tibet Sunday. The regions hardest hit by the earthquake that was centered in the northern Indian state of Sikkim are difficult to reach and mountain roads have been blocked […]

22 die in Nepalese aircrash

All 22 passengers and crew on board a Twin Otter aircraft have been found dead in the remote Okhaldhunga district in eastern Nepal, after the plane went missing 15 December on its return to Kathmandu. The US embassy in Kathmandu has confirmed that one passenger was a Tibetan with US nationality. Passengers were initially believed […]

UN under pressure as Haiti protests spread

United Nations agencies are coming under pressure to leave Haiti, as crowds protesting their presence spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, Thursday 19 November. The rock-throwing, tire-burning crowds also appear to be protesting what they see as government inaction. Cholera has now killed some 1,100 people and spread throughout most of the country. Rumours have also […]

Tourist plane crashes in Nepal; no survivors

A tourist plane carrying 14-15 people, mostly foreign tourists according to early reports, crashed early Tuesday 24 August in the Himalayas near the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, after their plane was unable to land in Lukla, a popular trekking area in the Everest region. There are reportedly no survivors. Bad weather, with heavy rain and […]

Snow white orchid among 353 new species discovered in Eastern Himalayas, WWF report

One of 12 new poppy species discoveries, Meconopsis tibetica

Gland, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Eastern Himalayas, one of the richest and most bio-diverse areas of the world, is also one that is most threatened by global warming, according to a new report by The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), out 10 August. Over the past 10 years, researchers have discovered an average of […]

Switzerland to open embassy in Nepal

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland announced that it was upgrading its diplomatic presence in Nepal to ambassadorial level. Thomas Gass, currently Switzerland’s ambassador to the UN in New York, will take up his post in the capital Kathmandu early August to coincide with the 50 years celebration of development cooperation with Nepal later this month. […]

Asian scientists, public handed longest 21st c. solar eclipse

The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century was visible along a 155-mile wide stretch of Asia Wednesday 22 July: from India’s holy Hindu city of Varanasi through Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and along China’s Yangtze River to the Pacific. Coastal areas had cloud cover, but much of the rest of the area had clear […]