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2008-07-10 09:01:28

Doctors close down health service in Nepali capital KATHMANDU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Doctors closed down all health services except emergency in governmental, non-governmental and private health institutions within Nepali capital Kathmandu on Wednesday, demanding security for their profession. According to a leading website, eKantipur.com, the Nepal Medical Association (NMA) have called the shutdown to protest against the government's failure to ensure security to health workers and health...

2008-07-09 09:01:01

Excerpt from report by Nepalese eKantipur.com website on 9 July Kathmandu, [Wednesday] 9 July: Doctors closed down all health services except emergency in governmental, non-governmental and private health institutions within the capital on Wednesday demanding security for their profession. The Nepal Medical Association (NMA) have called the shutdown to protest against the government's failure to ensure security to health workers and health institutions. The doctors took such step in...

2006-08-07 01:55:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoists said on Monday that peace talks with the government were close to breaking down over the contentious questions of the rebels surrendering their arms and the future of the monarchy. "The talks are very close to collapse," deputy rebel chief Baburam Bhattarai told business leaders in Kathmandu. "The dialogue process is stuck at a very sensitive stage." The Maoists and the government agreed a ceasefire in May after Nepal's King...

2006-07-28 01:49:36

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels extended their ceasefire by three months on Friday in a bid to support peace talks aimed at ending their decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands. The extension came hours before the truce -- declared after King Gyanendra ended his absolute rule in April -- was due to expire. "Expressing the commitment and responsibility (for peace) our party has extended the ceasefire for another three months," Maoist chief Prachanda said in a...

2006-07-20 09:55:30

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A meeting between Nepal's top Maoist leaders and seven political parties set for Friday has been postponed, delaying a slow-moving peace dialogue aimed at ending a bloody, decade-old revolt, officials said. Maoist chief Prachanda's meeting with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and other leaders was expected to discuss the tricky issue of arms monitoring to clear the way for the rebels to join an interim government under a power sharing deal...

2006-07-18 12:58:44

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels are likely to extend a ceasefire due to expire in a few days to support peace talks aimed at ending an insurgency which has killed thousands, a top guerrilla leader said on Tuesday. The Maoists -- whose decade-long fight for a Communist state, has left more than 13,000 dead -- declared a three month truce in April after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of protests, handing over power to an interim multi-party government. With...

2006-07-12 06:21:05

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's ailing prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, left hospital on Wednesday after treatment for pneumonia but his health remains a concern, doctors and analysts said. The 84-year-old veteran politician, who was appointed prime minister in April after King Gyanendra relinquished power following weeks of protests, was admitted to Gangalal Heart Center last week after complaining of chest problems. The health of Prime Minister Koirala, the consensus choice of...

2006-07-04 04:27:32

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters)- Nepal has invited the United Nations to monitor weapons held by Maoists rebels and government troops ahead of elections for an assembly that aims to map the nation's political future, an aide to the prime minister said on Tuesday. A letter from Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to Secretary-General Kofi Annan seeking U.N. help was handed over at the world body's office in Kathmandu on Monday, Suresh Chalise said. Monitoring arms is seen as...

2006-07-04 00:00:48

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An parliamentary address by Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Tuesday outlining his government's policies and vision for the next year has been delayed because he is ill. Koirala, appointed in April after King Gyanendra gave in to weeks of pro-democracy protests, will make his speech on Sunday, said House of Representatives speaker Subas Nemwang after meeting Koirala in a hospital. The 84-year-old politician was admitted on Monday night and is in...

2006-07-03 22:12:16

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's ailing Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has been hospitalized and would not attend parliament on Tuesday to present the government's annual policy statement, officials and doctors said. The 84-year-old politician was admitted on Monday night and is in the intensive care unit of the Gangalal Heart Center in Kathmandu after complaining of chest problems. "We have advised the cancellation of his public commitments for two days," Koirala's doctor, Madhu...


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