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2006-06-13 06:06:49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new government freed dozens of jailed Maoist rebels on Tuesday, keeping a pledge made to the guerrillas ahead of last month's resumption of peace talks that aim to end a revolt that has killed thousands of people. At least 60 rebels were freed from a jail on the outskirts of the capital, Kathmandu, a day after officials dropped terrorism charges against them. The Maoists left the high-security prison in a line to be greeted by hundreds of friends and...

2006-06-12 05:25:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels said on Monday that a new round of peace talks with the government would be held soon, a day after the guerrilla chief met a senior minister in a remote village in the west of the country. The meeting between Prachanda and chief government negotiator Krishna Prasad Sitaula was the elusive rebel leader's first known encounter with a high ranking government official since the insurgency began in 1996. It took place in...

2006-06-02 07:45:51

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Their fists raised in the air and clutching red flags, some 200,000 Nepalis gathered in the capital on Friday for the first Maoist rally in three years to build pressure for a constituent assembly to decide the country's future. Tens of thousands of people filled into a public ground in Kathmandu, many berating King Gyanendra just 500 meters (yards) from the royal palace. "We will burn the crown and we will run the country," they shouted....

2006-06-02 05:05:56

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Their fists raised in the air and clutching red flags, tens of thousands of Nepalis berated King Gyanendra on Friday as Maoist rebels held their first mass rally in the capital in over three years. "We will burn the crown and we will run the country," the people shouted as they filled into a dust-choked public ground just 500 meters (yards) from the royal palace for the rally in Kathmandu. Dozens of soldiers carrying automatic rifles stood in...

2006-05-31 00:20:06

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament is expected to consider stripping the king of his remaining parliamentary roles, a lawmaker said on Wednesday, after voting to withdraw most of his powers earlier this month. King Gyanendra reinstated parliament in April after weeks of protests against his absolute rule, and political parties soon approved sweeping curbs ending the monarch's control of the army, and making him open to questioning in parliament and the courts. But any bill...

2006-05-29 23:15:50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's army and Maoist rebels have accused each other of violating a code of conduct agreed last week which commits both sides to cease provocations and stop intimidating people with arms. In their first peace talks since 2003, the Maoists and the new multi-party government agreed to the code which also committed both sides to stop recruitment. The rebels also pledged not to force people to pay donations. "The Maoists are ignoring the code of conduct and...

2006-05-28 11:56:56

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The chief of Nepal's army said on Sunday the military would accept the orders of the new government, his first comments since parliament curbed King Gyanendra's powers including his control over the armed forces. General Pyar Jung Thapa said troops were committed to democracy in the Himalayan nation where King Gyanendra gave in to violent popular protests in April, handed power back to political parties and reinstated parliament dissolved in...

2006-05-28 01:02:32

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new multi-party government and Maoist rebels said on Sunday they may request the United Nations to monitor a ceasefire in the Himalayan nation after holding further talks. The government, formed after last month's violent pro-democracy protests that forced King Gyanendra to hand back power to political parties, matched a ceasefire this month declared earlier by the Maoist guerrillas. On Friday, government and rebel negotiators held their first meeting...

2006-05-26 05:55:14

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government and Maoist rebels began their first peace talks in nearly three years on Friday in a bid to end a decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives. "We will discuss everything that is of interest to Nepal and its people," Home Minister Krishna Prasad Situala said before entering the talks as head of a three-member government team. "I am 100 percent confident that the talks will be successful." Shortly after he spoke, the three-man...

2006-05-26 02:32:00

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government and Maoist rebels will begin their first peace talks in nearly three years at 4 p.m. (1015 GMT) on Friday, negotiators from both sides said. "We are meeting at four," Maoist negotiator Dev Gurung told Reuters. The talks, aimed at ending a decade-long insurgency that has killed thousands of people, will be held at a luxury resort on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu. Earlier, Gurung welcomed Thursday's cabinet decision to free hundreds of...


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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