As the year 2013 comes to an end, nepalnews.com looks back at the most significant events of this year in Nepal.
January 28 : United Nations lauds Nepal’s progress constructing toilets in households and public institutions, increasing coverage by 19 percent in a year. NN/ PM
February 14 : Nepal witnesses death of the 100th Tibetan self immolation. The young Tibetan exile, who set himself on fire near the Bouddhanath Stupa a day before, takes his last while undergoing treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Maharajgunj.
March 01 : UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal apologises for the tragic Badarmude incident in Madi of Chitwan, which is considered one of the worst attacks on innocent civilians during the Maoist insurgency. He also announces a relief package of Rs 6 million for the victims of the attack. NN/FILE PHOTO
March 14 : Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi is sworn in as the head of the Interim Election Council (election government) at a special function organised at the President's Office in Shital Niwas.
April 13 : After remaining out of operation for 12 years, Sajha Yatayat resumes service in Kathmandu under a new management. PIC: Sajha Yatayat
April 26 : The UN refugee agency and the International Organisation for Migration marks resettlement of refugees from Bhutan in Nepal, with 100,000 people referred for resettlement to third countries since 2007. Pic: UNHCR
May 30 : Nepal marks 60 years since the first ascent of Everest, celebrating the pioneering climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. AP
June 06 : Nepal narrowly escapes being blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force by endorsing two ordinances to curb money laundering. A meeting of the council of ministers passed the 2nd amendment to the Money Laundering Prevention Act and Ordinance on Criminal Offence.
July 05 : A total of 1,352 ex-combatants of UCPN (Maoist) complete army training, marking their integration into Nepal Army and official end of armed insurgency.
July 24 : Shakti Samuha, an organisation working against human trafficking in Nepal, wins the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award. Shakti Samuha is Nepal’s first NGO established and run by victims of human trafficking. Pic: Shakti Samuha
July 29 : Tiger population increases in Nepal by 63% in the past four years, reaching 198 in 2013. Nepal aims to double this tiger population by 2022.
August 03 : Nepathya performs live in London's Wembley arena. It was the first instance for any Nepali musical band to perform in the globally coveted arena.
September 10 : Nepal bids farewell to veteran singer Phatteman Rajbhandari. He was 77 years old. NN/ANA
September 28 : Miss Nepal Ishani Shrestha makes history by reaching the Top 10 of Miss World Beauty Pageant held in Indonesia. She also wins the "Beauty with a Purpose" title.
October 21 : Australia based Shesh Ghale is elected the new president of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) during its convention in Kathmandu. NN/RH
November 13 : Nepal gets elected in the Executive Committee of UNESCO, during the organisation’s General Conference held in Paris. Nepal will hold the post for a period of four years. UNESCO/Nora Houguenade
November 19 : Nepal goes into polls for the second Constituent Assembly. Nepali Congress emerges as the largest party, followed by CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist). NN/ANA
November 25 : Archaeologists find oldest signs of Buddhist worship, dating to around 550 B.C, during an excavation project in Lumbini. Ira Block/National Geographic
November 27 : Nepali cricket team makes history by qualifying to play in the ICC Cricket World Twenty20 Cup
December 21 : FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Nepal for the first time in its world tour to 89 countries. NT/ Bikram Rai