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2006-05-15 05:35:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven mainstream parties put off a plan on Monday to table a landmark resolution in parliament to curtail the powers of the king, including taking away his control of the army. The proclamation, which is expected to override the existing 1990 constitution, would now be tabled after an expansion of the cabinet and a debate there, political party leaders said after a three-hour meeting. It was expected to be presented to parliament on...

2006-05-15 05:07:14

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven mainstream parties put off a plan on Monday to table a landmark resolution in parliament to curtail the powers of the king, including taking away his control of the army. The proclamation would now be tabled after an expansion of the cabinet and a debate there, political party leaders said after a three-hour meeting. "The cabinet is not complete yet. By Tuesday or Wednesday it will be expanded and the expanded cabinet will give a final shape to...

2006-05-12 09:48:54

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal on Friday detained five ministers in the former royalist government, the state television said, bowing to demands of pro-democracy activists to act against those responsible for a crackdown on popular anti-king protests. King Gyanendra gave into last month's mass demonstrations against his absolute rule and handed power back political parties after 17 people were killed and thousands injured in the crackdown. State radio said police had...

2006-05-09 11:43:42

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new multi-party cabinet scrapped several royal decrees on Tuesday, including easing media curbs that were imposed by King Gyanendra after he sacked the government and seized absolute power last year. The king, who last month bowed to weeks of mass protests and handed power back to political parties, had curbed civil rights and media freedom after he grabbed power, accusing political parties of failing to quell a bloody Maoist revolt....

2006-05-09 02:26:11

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 12 children were killed in Nepal on Tuesday when a bus carrying 23 students to school plunged into an irrigation canal, police said. The accident took place in Sunsari, about 300 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu. "Twelve bodies have been recovered from the canal," a police officer told Reuters. He said nine children had been taken to nearby hospitals, while rescuers were looking for the other two. The cause of the accident was not known.

2006-05-09 01:42:34

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A top United Nations official met Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Tuesday and offered to help the Himalayan kingdom's efforts to end a decade-old Maoist insurgency in which thousands have died. Tamrat Samuel, a special adviser to the U.N.'s department for political affairs, met Koirala at his official residence in Kathmandu and conveyed Secretary General Kofi Annan's message. "They (the U.N.) want to help Nepal establish peace," Suresh...

2006-05-05 08:07:33

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels have taken three policemen captive in a remote area in the west of the country, the army said on Friday, days after the guerrillas declared a truce. The Maoists last week declared a three-month ceasefire in their decade-old campaign to topple the country's monarchy after King Gyanendra bowed to street protests and handed power back to political parties. The incident is the first reported operation carried out by the rebels since the...

2006-05-02 07:32:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, named a seven-member multiparty cabinet on Tuesday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers. King Gyanendra, who bowed to bloody street protests last week and handed power back to political parties, appointed the cabinet on Koirala's recommendation, a statement from the palace said. "We believe this council of ministers will receive the cooperation of...

2006-05-02 02:39:13

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, named a seven-member multiparty cabinet on Tuesday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers. King Gyanendra, who bowed to bloody street protests last week and handed power back to political parties, appointed the cabinet on Koirala's recommendation, state TV said.

2006-04-30 10:48:25

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament on Sunday unanimously approved a proposal by the new prime minister to hold elections for a special assembly to draw up a new constitution that will decide the future of the monarchy. The 205-member chamber took the decision at the end of a four-hour debate on the proposal, days after unpopular King Gyanendra returned power to political parties, but it did not set a date for the vote. An election schedule is expected to be...