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2006-04-28 03:55:43

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of Nepalis surrounded the gates of the country's revived parliament on Friday, waving party flags and chanting slogans to keep up pressure for a new constitution after weeks of street protests. But with 84-year-old prime minister-designate Girija Prasad Koirala too sick to attend his swearing-in ceremony in the morning, the legislature was unlikely to take any major decisions to immediately satisfy the crowd, politicians said....

2006-04-27 23:59:50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's 84-year-old Prime Minister-designate Girija Prasad Koirala was unable to attend his own swearing-in ceremony on Friday morning because of bronchitis, relatives and officials said. The decision to postpone his swearing-in means that parliament, due to open in the afternoon for the first time in four years, might not be able to make any substantive decisions. Koirala's daughter Sujata said her father had bronchitis and was on antibiotics. He had been also...

2006-04-27 07:57:22

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels declared a three-month ceasefire from Thursday and political parties forming a new government promised to work with them, raising hopes of an end to the decade-old conflict. "Our People's Liberation Army will not carry out any offensive military action during this period and will remain defensive," rebel chief Prachanda said in a statement. Just earlier this week, the impoverished kingdom was paralyzed by sweeping...

2006-04-26 22:42:51

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels declared a three-month unilateral ceasefire from Thursday, easing tensions in the impoverished kingdom, but again underlined their demand for a new constitution. "Our People's Liberation Army will not carry out any offensive military action during this period and will remain defensive," rebel chief Prachanda said in a statement. "Our party believes that this declaration will highly respect the aspiration for the constituent...

2006-04-26 20:52:31

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels declared a three-month unilateral ceasefire from Thursday, easing tensions in the impoverished kingdom, but again underlined their demand for a new constitution. "Our People's Liberation Army will not carry out any offensive military action during this period and will remain defensive," rebel chief Prachanda said in a statement. "Our party believes that this declaration will highly respect the aspiration for the constituent...

2006-04-26 09:28:09

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels suspended a blockade of the capital on Wednesday after the country's incoming prime minister assured them elections would be held for an assembly to frame a new constitution. The Maoists said they had lifted the blockade on Kathmandu and major towns until parliament meets for the first time in four years on Friday, but they reiterated their key demand -- a new constitution and a review of the role of the monarchy. Life...

2006-04-26 05:57:30

By Raju Gopalakrishnan KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Kathmandu was back to its usual bustling self on Wednesday after weeks of crippling protests and curfews, but an underlying sense of unease persisted in the Nepali capital over Maoist threats of a blockade. Horns blared as traffic inched forward on crowded streets, the bazaars were chock-a-block with vendors and shoppers and, on the surface, it seemed like just another day in the city of 1.5 million people. "For now, it is normal, but...

2006-04-26 02:17:03

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's incoming government is likely to offer Maoist rebels a ceasefire, political leaders said on Wednesday and urged the insurgents to end a fresh blockade of the capital. Their appeal came as life slowly returned to normal in Kathmandu, hit by weeks of often bloody anti-monarchy protests and a huge victory celebration on Tuesday when King Gyanendra reconvened the dissolved parliament. Streets were crowded with tourists and shoppers and...

2006-04-25 10:36:28

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Nepal's capital on Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced a deal to end weeks of unrest, but the rally was part victory celebration and part continued protest. Gyanendra announced on Monday night that he had reinstated the country's dissolved parliament, meeting a key demand of the seven-party alliance, which swiftly welcomed the decision and called off their protests. Maoist rebels, who...

2006-04-25 00:12:14

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven-party alliance called off crippling pro-democracy protests on Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced he was reinstating the dissolved parliament. As hundreds of people cheered and danced on the streets, the parties said their first job would be to ensure Maoist insurgents fighting a decade-long rebellion joined the political mainstream. A huge protest rally called for Tuesday has been converted into a victory parade, and hundreds...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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