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2006-04-22 03:38:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of anti-monarchy protesters were marching toward the center of Nepal's capital on Saturday, witnesses said, as a seven-party alliance rejected overtures by the king to form a government. Security forces had begun pushing the crowd back but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Armed troops were in position around palace in the center of the city. "The proclamation has no meaning," said former Prime Minister Girija...

2006-04-22 01:31:34

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of anti-monarchy activists burned tires and chanted slogans in Nepal's capital on Saturday as protests persisted despite King Gyanendra's promise to restore multi-party democracy. Authorities slapped an eight-hour curfew on Kathmandu from noon (0615 GMT) after protesters made it clear they were not satisfied with the king's offer to hand executive power to a seven-party alliance. "The royal proclamation is a sham," protesters shouted...

2006-04-21 23:18:03

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people held anti-monarchy protests across Nepal on Saturday despite the king's promise to restore multi-party democracy, saying they wanted his powers limited by a new constitution. "The royal proclamation is a sham," thousands shouted on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital. Protests were held in several district towns as well, but there were no reports of violence. On Friday, King Gyanendra said he was restoring political...

2006-04-21 13:54:39

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra said on Friday after weeks of violent anti-monarchy protests he would restore political power to the people but the largest party said he had not gone far enough and vowed more demonstrations. At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in police action against protesters since a seven-party alliance launched a campaign on April 6 to demand restoration of multi-party democracy. King Gyanendra sought to ease...

2006-04-21 11:23:25

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra, facing sweeping anti-monarchy protests, said on Friday he was restoring political power to the people, but the country's largest party said that was not enough. "Executive power of the kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall from this day be returned to the people," King Gyanendra said in an address to the nation in the Nepali language. "We ask the seven-party alliance to recommend the name for the post of...

2006-04-21 09:23:28

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra, facing sweeping anti-monarchy protests, said on Friday he was handing over political power to the people and asked a seven-party alliance to choose a new prime minister. There was no immediate reaction from the parties which have spearheaded more than two weeks of violent protests to force the restoration of democracy. But the king appeared to rule out any change of the constitution to curb his powers, which has been one...

2006-04-21 08:36:04

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra said on Friday he was handing over power to political parties and asked them to recommend a new prime minister. "Executive power of the kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall from this day be returned to the people," he said in Nepali in an address to the nation. "We ask the seven-party alliance to recommend the name for the post of prime minister at the earliest."

2006-04-21 07:06:30

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra will address the nation at 7 p.m. (9:15 a.m. EDT) on Friday, state television said, amid widespread speculation that he would hand over political power to an all-party government. After more than two weeks of violent street protests demanding he restore democracy, the embattled monarch has come under tremendous international pressure to relent. At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in the pro-democracy...

2006-04-21 04:05:47

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters in Nepal burned Tires and threw logs and barbed wire across the streets of the capital Kathmandu on Friday as a curfew imposed to prevent a march on King Gyanendra's palace came into force. Black smoke rose from several places in the city of 1.5 million people as protesters, angry at the king's sacking of the government last year, tried to block the movement of police and troops. The protests started two weeks ago but an...

2006-04-21 03:18:38

Please read in first paragraph ... Kathmandu on Friday ... instead of ... Kathmandu on Thursday By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters in Nepal burned tires and threw logs and barbed wire across the streets of the capital Kathmandu on Friday ahead of a curfew imposed to prevent a march on King Gyanendra's palace. Black smoke rose in the air from several places in the city of 1.5 million people as protesters tried to block the movement of police and troops...


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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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