Modi mulling Kailash Mansarova yatra

kailash mansarovarNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be extremely keen to be part of this year’s Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to Tibet, and could even take the new motorable route from the Nathu-La border point in Sikkim to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet, from where pilgrims can travel comfortably to Mansarovar and Kailash using the modern highway.  Continue reading

Saving newborns: Nepal women volunteers brave terrain, taboos

NEPAL-HEALTH-INFANTS-WOMENBADALAMJI (NEPAL): On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay (photo) is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube of gel.

Upadhyay is among thousands of volunteers at the front line of a campaign that has dramatically cut neonatal mortality in a country where nearly two-thirds of babies are born at home. Continue reading