Thousands of animals are sacrificed by beheading at the Hindu Gadhimai Temple in southern Nepal.
Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolves parliament and calls for new elections in November. Her office says that the decision was made on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. This is the second time in six months that the parliament has been dissolved amidst a political crisis.
A strong 7.9 earthquake strikes between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the regional headquarter city of Pokhara. The Government of Nepal declares a state of emergency with 1500 dead. A number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are destroyed, including the historic Dharahara tower. Deaths are also recorded in India, Bangladesh and the Chinese province of Tibet.
U.S. space agency NASA admits it posted online a photograph taken from the International Space Station of an Indian mountain Saser Muztagh, claiming it as Mount Everest. With Nepalese netizens left puzzled by this, it took a Nepalese expert to point out the agency's inaccuracy.
The President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condemns the beheading of an Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia and condemns the Saudi Government of breaking the "norms and manners" of international relations. [http:--www.straitstimes.com-BreakingNews-SEAsia-Story-STIStory_683019.html ("Straits Times")]date=August 2019