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2006-08-07 01:55:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoists said on Monday that peace talks with the government were close to breaking down over the contentious questions of the rebels surrendering their arms and the future of the monarchy. "The talks are very close to collapse," deputy rebel chief Baburam Bhattarai told business leaders in Kathmandu. "The dialogue process is stuck at a very sensitive stage." The Maoists and the government agreed a ceasefire in May after Nepal's King...

2006-08-05 02:05:19

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Land owned by Nepal's King Gyanendra may be confiscated and handed to poor farmers, a minister said on Saturday, in the latest move to remove the monarch's privileges after street protest forced him from power. Having already lost control of the army, being unceremoniously dumped out of his legislative roles and facing the prospect of a tax bill dropping on to the royal door mat, the government is now eyeing the king's property. "We are...

2006-07-28 01:49:36

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels extended their ceasefire by three months on Friday in a bid to support peace talks aimed at ending their decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands. The extension came hours before the truce -- declared after King Gyanendra ended his absolute rule in April -- was due to expire. "Expressing the commitment and responsibility (for peace) our party has extended the ceasefire for another three months," Maoist chief Prachanda said in a...

2006-07-27 07:39:56

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels say they will extend a three-month-old ceasefire with the government that is due to end this week, but accused the ruling coalition of failing to push the pace of peace talks. "The extension of the ceasefire will be announced before it expires," said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who has led the rebels in talks with the multi-party government which came to power after King Gyanendra gave up his absolute rule in April. The rebels...

2006-07-20 09:55:30

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A meeting between Nepal's top Maoist leaders and seven political parties set for Friday has been postponed, delaying a slow-moving peace dialogue aimed at ending a bloody, decade-old revolt, officials said. Maoist chief Prachanda's meeting with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and other leaders was expected to discuss the tricky issue of arms monitoring to clear the way for the rebels to join an interim government under a power sharing deal...

2006-07-18 12:58:44

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels are likely to extend a ceasefire due to expire in a few days to support peace talks aimed at ending an insurgency which has killed thousands, a top guerrilla leader said on Tuesday. The Maoists -- whose decade-long fight for a Communist state, has left more than 13,000 dead -- declared a three month truce in April after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of protests, handing over power to an interim multi-party government. With...

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2006-07-15 16:00:00

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Sipping black tea on a glacial beach of jagged gray rocks nearly four miles above sea level, the lanky Briton had the air of a jilted lover who didn't want to admit it was over. Twice before, David Sharp had stood on this gravel plain in Mount Everest's shadow. In 2003 and again in 2004, the 34-year-old engineer had made it well into the "Death Zone" above 26,000 feet before weather, frostbite and lack of oxygen had forced him to turn around, just out of sight of the...

2006-07-12 06:21:05

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's ailing prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, left hospital on Wednesday after treatment for pneumonia but his health remains a concern, doctors and analysts said. The 84-year-old veteran politician, who was appointed prime minister in April after King Gyanendra relinquished power following weeks of protests, was admitted to Gangalal Heart Center last week after complaining of chest problems. The health of Prime Minister Koirala, the consensus choice of...

2006-07-11 00:39:10

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoists have revealed for the first time how many soldiers they have -- 36,000 -- in remarks published on Tuesday, a week after Kathmandu invited the United Nations to monitor arms of insurgents and the state army. "We are about 36,000 (fighters) in the People's Liberation Army now," Bibidh (one name), a Maoist commander was quoted by the Nepali daily, Kantipur, as saying. "This keeps on changing at the time of fighting." It was the first time the...

2006-07-09 02:20:35

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new government presented its annual policies in parliament on Sunday at a ceremony which for first time did not include the king, and the prime minister was absent to poor health. The parliament, reinstated by King Gyanendra in April after pro-democracy protests in which at least 18 people died, recently stripped the king of his legislative roles and took over his control of the army. In previous years, King Gyanendra, who turned 60 on Friday, delivered...


Latest Nepal Reference Libraries

Wild Water Buffalo, Bubalus arnee
2012-08-16 09:49:56

The wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) is a member of the Bovidae family that is native to Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Asiatic buffalo and the Asian buffalo. Its range includes Nepal, India, Cambodia, and Thailand and once included other areas like Laos and Pakistan, but populations there have gone extinct. In India, populations are mainly restricted to protected areas including Manas and Dibru-Saikhowa National Parks and D'Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, among other areas....

2012-06-14 13:08:11

Symbol: PHNE11 Group: Lichen Family: Physciaceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Synonyms:   PHNE12 Phaeophyscia nepalensis (Poelt) D.D. Awasthi   PHNE13 Physcia nepalensis Poelt Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lecanorales Family   Physciaceae Genus   Physciella Essl. – physciella...

Himalayan Quail, Ophrysia superciliosa
2009-07-15 14:04:36

The Himalayan Quail, (Ophrysia superciliosa), is feared extinct as it was last verified in 1876. By 1904, this quail was considered very scarce, and to add to its scarecity, only two locations (northwest India and the western Himilayas) of the species are known. Even with numerous searches, their survival can not be counted out since they may be hard to spot. This medium-sized quail belongs to the pheasant family. Unconfirmed records have been noted from 1952 up to 2003. There is a...

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2009-04-07 16:08:20

The Greater Yellownape (Picus flavinucha) is a species of bird found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain regions. The adult is large and has a prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. It is mainly a dark olive-green bird with gray underparts. The crown is brownish and the flight feathers are...

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2009-01-15 18:40:49

The Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) also known as the Impeyan Monal or Impeyan Pheasant, is a species of bird found in the pheasant family Phasianidae. It is native to eastern Afghanistan through the Himalayas including Kashmir region of Northern Pakistan, parts of India, Nepal, southern Tibet and Bhutan. There may be an occurrence in Burma as well. Its habitat is upper temperate oak-conifer forests scattered with open grassy slopes, cliffs and alpine meadows. Their normal elevation...

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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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