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2006-02-08 02:25:06

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis voted on Wednesday in their first elections since King Gyanendra seized power a year ago, but many followed a call by the main political parties and Maoist rebels to boycott municipal polls they have dubbed a sham. Voting was slow and at most of the polling booths in the capital, soldiers and police heavily outnumbered the trickle of voters. Many voters are simply too afraid to cast their ballots in fear of reprisals by...

2006-02-07 23:45:05

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis were voting in their first elections in seven years on Wednesday in municipal polls dubbed a sham and boycotted by the main political parties and Maoist rebels. Guerrillas struck at least three cities overnight, bombing government buildings but there were no injuries, witnesses said. Wednesday's elections are for only a little more than 600 of more than 4,000 seats. In more than 2,200 seats, voting has been delayed or...

2006-02-07 22:27:31

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis began voting in their first elections in seven years on Wednesday in municipal polls dubbed a sham and boycotted by the main political parties and Maoist rebels. Guerrillas struck at least three cities overnight, bombing government buildings but there were no injuries, witnesses said. Wednesday's elections are for only a little more than 600 of more than 4,000 seats. In more than 2,200 seats, voting has been delayed or...

2006-02-07 21:28:29

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis vote in their first elections in seven years on Wednesday in municipal polls dubbed a sham and boycotted by the main political parties and Maoist rebels. Guerrillas struck at least three cities overnight, bombing government buildings but there were no injuries, witnesses said. Wednesday's elections are for only a little more than 600 of more than 4,000 seats. In more than 2,200 seats, voting has been delayed or canceled...

2006-02-07 09:43:51

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Nepal launched a series of attacks, killing nine people including a taxi driver, as tension mounted on the eve of the kingdom's controversial first election in seven years, officials said on Tuesday. Olive-green armoured personnel carriers guarded key parts of the ancient capital and camouflaged police stopped and checked cars in the tense build-up to the municipal vote, which has been boycotted by the main...

2006-02-07 02:22:28

By Gopal Sharma and Sunil Kataria PANAUTI, Nepal (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Nepal have launched a series of attacks ahead of controversial elections, killing eight people and wrecking a government building near Kathmandu, officials said on Tuesday. On the eve of the vote, which has been boycotted by the main political groups, the capital's usually bustling shopping districts and crowded streets were deserted with most residents heeding a strike call. Maoists killed a taxi driver...

2006-02-06 22:41:46

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist guerrillas fired on an army patrol in east Nepal and gunned down a taxi driver as violence continued ahead of the country's first local election in seven years. A police officer said rebels killed a cab driver late on Monday in the temple town of Lalitpur on the outskirts of Kathmandu -- apparently for defying their call for a week-long strike aimed at disrupting Wednesday's elections. The municipal poll is the country's first since 1999. The election,...

2006-02-06 01:53:16

By Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Revolt-torn Nepal holds municipal polls this week, the country's first elections in nearly seven years, but a boycott by key political parties and rebel threats are expected to rob the vote of credibility. For King Gyanendra, who sacked the government and took executive power one year ago, Wednesday's polls are an attempt to signal that he is serious about restoring democracy and is laying the ground for parliamentary elections by April 2007. But...

2006-02-04 22:27:32

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of riot police guarded government buildings and patrolled deserted streets across Nepal on Sunday, the first day of a week-long general strike called by the Maoist rebels. The guerrillas called the countrywide closure of transport, businesses, factories and educational institutions to disrupt Wednesday's municipal elections ordered by King Gyanendra, who seized full power last year. They have carried out a series of bomb blasts across...

2006-02-01 08:11:06

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Street protests erupted across Nepal on Wednesday on the first anniversary of King Gyanendra's power seizure despite his promise to hold national polls by 2007. The protests came after Maoist rebels killed 19 police and soldiers in an overnight raid on Palpa town, targeting army barracks, police posts and government buildings. Hours after the attack, Gyanendra, who sacked the government and seized executive power on February 1,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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