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2006-04-30 01:45:28

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Veteran Nepali politician Girija Prasad Koirala was sworn in as prime minister of the Himalayan nation on Sunday, days after King Gyanendra bowed to pro-democracy protesters and returned power to political parties. The king, humbled by the protests and facing possible moves to end the monarchy, administered the oath of office to his 84-year-old arch foe at the Narayanhity royal palace in the capital, Kathmandu. A frail Koirala, who is suffering...

2006-04-29 05:03:49

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali political parties discussed the fate of the once-revered monarchy and proposals to set up a constituent assembly on Saturday, just days after the king ceded power in the face of mass protests. Other weighty issues on the agenda, a day before they debate a proposal for a special assembly to write a new constitution, included an expected decision to match a ceasefire announced by Maoist rebels. Bowing to weeks of often bloody protests, King...

2006-04-27 09:47:23

By Simon Denyer SOUTHERN PLAINS, Nepal (Reuters) - Deep in the forests of the southern plains, one of Nepal's top Maoist leaders sits cross-legged in the airy loft of a wood and thatch house. His pistol slung over his green camouflage jacket, his black beard neatly trimmed, Comrade Sunil exudes a quiet authority, his bodyguard clutching a submachinegun at his side. "We cannot lay down our arms if the Royal Nepalese Army has arms -- that would be dangerous for the people of Nepal," he...

2006-04-26 05:57:30

By Raju Gopalakrishnan KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Kathmandu was back to its usual bustling self on Wednesday after weeks of crippling protests and curfews, but an underlying sense of unease persisted in the Nepali capital over Maoist threats of a blockade. Horns blared as traffic inched forward on crowded streets, the bazaars were chock-a-block with vendors and shoppers and, on the surface, it seemed like just another day in the city of 1.5 million people. "For now, it is normal, but...

2006-04-26 02:17:03

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's incoming government is likely to offer Maoist rebels a ceasefire, political leaders said on Wednesday and urged the insurgents to end a fresh blockade of the capital. Their appeal came as life slowly returned to normal in Kathmandu, hit by weeks of often bloody anti-monarchy protests and a huge victory celebration on Tuesday when King Gyanendra reconvened the dissolved parliament. Streets were crowded with tourists and shoppers and...

2006-04-25 00:12:14

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven-party alliance called off crippling pro-democracy protests on Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced he was reinstating the dissolved parliament. As hundreds of people cheered and danced on the streets, the parties said their first job would be to ensure Maoist insurgents fighting a decade-long rebellion joined the political mainstream. A huge protest rally called for Tuesday has been converted into a victory parade, and hundreds...

2006-04-25 01:58:13

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven-party alliance called off crippling pro-democracy protests on Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced he was reinstating the dissolved parliament. The parties, speaking as thousands of people cheered and danced on the streets, named former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala as the new head of government and said the first job would be to ensure Maoist insurgents fighting a decade-long rebellion joined the political mainstream. A...

2006-04-24 18:36:46

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis cheered and danced on the streets in the early hours of Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced he was giving in to massive pro-democracy protests and reinstating the kingdom's dissolved parliament. Political parties leading nearly three weeks of protests that have crippled the impoverished kingdom hailed the proclamation and said they would most likely call off the anti-monarchy campaign later in the day. "This victory is the people's...

2006-04-24 12:57:59

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra announced the reinstatement of the kingdom's dissolved parliament on Monday, meeting a key demand of anti-monarchy protesters who have brought the nation to a standstill. "We, through this proclamation, reinstate the house of representatives which was dissolved on May 22, 2002," he said on national television.

2006-04-23 20:35:46

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed a town in eastern Nepal and fought a six-hour gun battle with security forces, a senior government official said on Monday. He said communication links had been cut with the town of Chautara, about 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital Kathmandu, and there was no word yet on casualties. The attack comes as the country's main political parties continue major street protests against King Gyanendra, who sacked the government and...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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