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2006-05-18 06:06:01

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's reinstated parliament on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping plan to curtail the powers of the king and take away his control over the army. The landmark resolution was approved by a verbal vote by deputies in the 205-member house.

2006-05-12 09:48:54

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal on Friday detained five ministers in the former royalist government, the state television said, bowing to demands of pro-democracy activists to act against those responsible for a crackdown on popular anti-king protests. King Gyanendra gave into last month's mass demonstrations against his absolute rule and handed power back political parties after 17 people were killed and thousands injured in the crackdown. State radio said police had...

2006-05-10 07:41:28

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Nepal have seized seven people, including five policemen, the army said on Wednesday, despite recently declaring a three-month truce. Last month, the Maoists announced a ceasefire in their decade-old campaign to overthrow the Himalayan nation's monarchy after King Gyanendra bowed to street protests and handed power back to political parties. "Five personnel of the armed police force were taken captive by the Maoists on Tuesday from Nawalparasi,"...

2006-05-09 11:43:42

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new multi-party cabinet scrapped several royal decrees on Tuesday, including easing media curbs that were imposed by King Gyanendra after he sacked the government and seized absolute power last year. The king, who last month bowed to weeks of mass protests and handed power back to political parties, had curbed civil rights and media freedom after he grabbed power, accusing political parties of failing to quell a bloody Maoist revolt....

2006-05-09 02:26:11

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 12 children were killed in Nepal on Tuesday when a bus carrying 23 students to school plunged into an irrigation canal, police said. The accident took place in Sunsari, about 300 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu. "Twelve bodies have been recovered from the canal," a police officer told Reuters. He said nine children had been taken to nearby hospitals, while rescuers were looking for the other two. The cause of the accident was not known.

2006-05-05 08:07:33

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels have taken three policemen captive in a remote area in the west of the country, the army said on Friday, days after the guerrillas declared a truce. The Maoists last week declared a three-month ceasefire in their decade-old campaign to topple the country's monarchy after King Gyanendra bowed to street protests and handed power back to political parties. The incident is the first reported operation carried out by the rebels since the...

2006-05-02 07:32:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, named a seven-member multiparty cabinet on Tuesday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers. King Gyanendra, who bowed to bloody street protests last week and handed power back to political parties, appointed the cabinet on Koirala's recommendation, a statement from the palace said. "We believe this council of ministers will receive the cooperation of...

2006-04-29 05:03:49

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali political parties discussed the fate of the once-revered monarchy and proposals to set up a constituent assembly on Saturday, just days after the king ceded power in the face of mass protests. Other weighty issues on the agenda, a day before they debate a proposal for a special assembly to write a new constitution, included an expected decision to match a ceasefire announced by Maoist rebels. Bowing to weeks of often bloody protests, King...

2006-04-28 07:56:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament opened on Friday for the first time in four years, but the country's 84-year-old prime minister-designate was too ill to attend the opening or his swearing-in ceremony. The House began with two minutes of silence for the victims of this month's anti-monarchy and pro-democracy street protests, in which at least 13 people died and thousands were wounded. In a written statement to parliament, the absent premier-in-waiting,...

2006-04-28 06:38:43

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament reopened on Friday for the first time in four years, but the country's 84-year-old prime minister designate was too ill to attend the opening or his swearing-in ceremony. The House began with two minutes of silence for the victims of anti-monarchy and pro-democracy street protests, in which at least 12 people died and thousands were wounded. Outside thousands of Nepalis surrounded the gates of parliament, waving party flags...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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