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2006-09-05 03:58:38

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested in the Nepali capital for the second straight day on Tuesday demanding information about friends and relatives they say disappeared during a decade-old fight against Maoist rebels. Dozens of protesters, whose demonstration has been backed by the rebels, were wounded late on Monday when police beat them with rattan sticks as they gathered outside the high security army headquarters in the capital. "We will continue to protest until...

2006-08-20 02:53:43

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Dozens of Nepali women stripped naked and plowed their fields in west Nepal, hoping to appease the gods and get some much needed rain, a newspaper report said on Sunday. About 50 women in two villages in Kapilvastu district, 190 km (120 miles) west of Kathmandu, resorted to the desperate move at night on Friday as days of prayers and Hindu ceremonies failed to bring rains for the parched paddy crop, it said. "This is our last weapon, we used it, and there was...

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...

2006-07-27 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...

2006-07-11 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...

2006-05-31 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...

2006-05-18 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.

2006-05-18 04:55:31

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Thursday presented in parliament a landmark resolution that aims to drastically curtail the powers of the king and take away control of the army from him. "It reflects the aspirations of the people and respects the sacrifices of the people who were martyred during the movement," said Koirala, referring to weeks of mass protests against King Gyanendra. Cutting the monarch's powers was a key demand of last month's...

2006-05-17 21:57:02

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament was set to pass a special resolution on Thursday, a top minister said , in a move aimed at curtailing the king's powers and wresting control of the army from the monarch. Cutting the king's powers was a key demand of last month's pro-democracy protests which led to King Gyanendra reinstating parliament and handing power back to a multi-party government. The proclamation is expected to strip the king of his formal title of supreme...

2006-05-17 16:05:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains skeptical about the commitment of Maoist rebels in Nepal to a ceasefire after a decade of brutal insurgency, the top U.S. diplomat for South Asia told Congress on Wednesday. Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, said the Maoists must renounce violence and lay down their weapons and said Washington was willing to help Nepal's security forces if the government requested it. "Until the Maoists...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.