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2006-04-18 04:52:03

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protests persisted in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Tuesday despite bad weather as diplomats said the movement against King Gyanendra appeared to be reaching a climax. It was the 13th day of a general strike and protest campaign launched by a seven-party political alliance which wants the king to restore multi-party democracy. Hundreds of people gathered in various parts of the capital and attempted to start a procession, but...

2006-04-17 23:43:13

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protests persisted in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Tuesday despite a steady drizzle as diplomats said the movement against King Gyanendra appeared to be reaching a climax. It was the 13th day of a general strike and protest campaign launched by a seven-party political alliance which wants the king to restore multi-party democracy. Hundreds of people gathered in various parts of the capital and attempted to take out a procession, but were...

2006-04-17 08:20:10

By Raju Gopalakrishnan KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops opened fire on anti-monarchy protesters in an eastern town on Monday and killed one man, witnesses said, as international pressure increased on King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy. If confirmed, it would be the fifth person to be killed in 12 days of violent pro-democracy demonstrations that have brought the impoverished Himalayan nation to a standstill. Hundreds have been wounded. Witnesses said troops had...

2006-04-17 07:41:05

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops opened fire on anti-monarchy protesters in an eastern town on Monday and killed one man, witnesses said, as international pressure increased on King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy. If confirmed, it would be the fifth person to be killed in 12 days of violent pro-democracy demonstrations that have brought the impoverished Himalayan nation to a standstill. Hundreds have been wounded. Witnesses said troops had opened fire on protesters in...

2006-04-17 04:59:22

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police burst tear gas shells and charged at youths with canes on Monday to break up a protest in the tourist heartland of Kathmandu, which has been largely immune to the anti-monarchy campaign sweeping the nation. It was the second day of unrest in the Thamel district, a maze of alleys full of backpacker hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and tour agencies. Witnesses said police burst tear gas and then charged at the protesters, but no one...

2006-04-16 02:23:00

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's anti-monarchy protests spread to the usually off-limits tourist district in Kathmandu on Sunday, with hundreds of people chanting slogans against King Gyanendra and burning tyres on the street. Police arrested four people during the protest in the Thamel district, a maze of alleys full of backpacker hotels, bars, curio shops and trekking and travel agencies which is a magnet for most tourists entering the country. Protests were held elsewhere in the city...

2006-04-15 06:00:49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of people staged a pro-democracy protest in Kathmandu on Saturday, the largest turnout in Nepal's capital since the latest campaign against King Gyanendra was launched. About 8,000 people gathered in the Kalanki suburb on the western outskirts of the city, chanting slogans as they sat cross-legged on the road. "Down with autocracy, restore democracy," they shouted, waving red flags of protest as riot police watched. Onlookers in nearby shops and...

2006-04-14 07:41:27

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Fresh pro-democracy protests broke out in Nepal on Friday despite King Gyanendra's pledge to hold elections in the Himalayan kingdom, as activists said he offered nothing new or substantive. Groups of protesters took to the streets of the capital Kathmandu hours after the king's midnight message, chanting "Gyanendra, thief, quit the country" and "Down with autocracy, end police repression." Riot police arrested about 20 demonstrators, but there...

2006-04-12 23:14:11

By Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's embattled king returned to the capital after a nearly two-month vacation and there are hopes he might make the first move to defuse a violent campaign against him, officials said on Thursday. King Gyanendra returned to Kathmandu late on Wednesday from the western tourist resort town of Pokhara, a week after the Himalayan country came to a standstill after his opponents launched mass protests seeking restoration of democracy. The king is...

2006-04-12 10:56:33

By Gopal Sharma and Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops shot dead an activist on Wednesday as violent pro-democracy protests flared for the seventh day across the troubled Himalayan nation. The latest death is the fourth during a mass campaign launched by political parties last Thursday to force the monarch to end his absolute rule. The royalist government relaxed a daytime curfew in the capital city Kathmandu, although protests continue to be banned and there was no...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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