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2006-08-05 02:05:19

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Land owned by Nepal's King Gyanendra may be confiscated and handed to poor farmers, a minister said on Saturday, in the latest move to remove the monarch's privileges after street protest forced him from power. Having already lost control of the army, being unceremoniously dumped out of his legislative roles and facing the prospect of a tax bill dropping on to the royal door mat, the government is now eyeing the king's property. "We are...

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 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...

2006-05-16 09:13:25

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepalis took to the streets of the capital on Tuesday, burning tires, uprooting pavement barriers and blocking roads as they protested against a delay in plans to curtail the king's powers. The demonstrations came a day after the country's new, multi-party government deferred tabling a landmark resolution in parliament to check King Gyanendra's powers, saying it needed to expand cabinet and debate the move there first. The...

2006-05-16 05:30:23

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepalis took to the streets of the capital on Tuesday, burning tyres, uprooting pavement barriers and blocking roads as they protested against a delay in plans to curtail the king's powers. The demonstrations came a day after the country's new, multi-party government deferred tabling a landmark resolution in parliament to check King Gyanendra's powers, saying it needed to expand cabinet and debate the move there first. The government, formed last...

2006-04-23 12:07:31

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepali capital on Sunday to chant slogans against the king, but the demonstrations seemed less intense and more peaceful than in recent days. Nevertheless, at least 23 people were injured in clashes between police and protesters in different parts of the city, some hit by rubber bullets, according to an official at a private hospital. King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to hand...

2006-04-23 04:32:19

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepali capital on Sunday, chanting slogans against the king on the 18th consecutive day of protests. At least three people were injured when police opened fire on one group of protesters in an eastern suburb of Kathmandu, witnesses said, although they were not sure if live rounds or rubber bullets were used. King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to hand over power to an alliance...

2006-04-22 21:49:21

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Authorities clamped a further curfew in the capital Kathmandu on Sunday to prevent a planned march by anti-monarchy protesters to the palace of King Gyanendra. Over 100,000 people broke the curfew to enter the capital from the outskirts on Saturday and police opened fire in at least two places to beat them back. Just a kilometer (half a mile) from the palace, they repeatedly fired teargas to push back protesters. At least 150 people were wounded in the police...

2006-04-19 23:29:23

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters gathered outside the city limits of the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Thursday where a strict curfew has been imposed to block a pro-democracy rally. Security forces have orders to shoot violators. Activists have said they will bring out hundreds of thousands on the street to force King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy. The city of 1.5 million people was deserted except for police and troops on patrol but about...

2006-04-19 04:43:46

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India stepped up pressure on Nepal's King Gyanendra on Wednesday to restore democracy, sending a special envoy and its top diplomat to hold talks with the monarch to try to defuse a fortnight of crippling protests. A woman hit on the face by a tear gas shell during a protest died on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the campaign to six. Hundreds have been wounded in police action against protesters and hundreds of others arrested. The...


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