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2006-04-22 03:40:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of anti-monarchy protesters defied a curfew and were marching toward the center of Nepal's capital on Saturday as a seven-party alliance rejected overtures by the king to form a government. Security forces had begun pushing the crowd back but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Armed troops were in position around palace in the center of the city and helicopters flew overhead. "The proclamation has no meaning," said...

2006-04-22 03:38:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of anti-monarchy protesters were marching toward the center of Nepal's capital on Saturday, witnesses said, as a seven-party alliance rejected overtures by the king to form a government. Security forces had begun pushing the crowd back but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Armed troops were in position around palace in the center of the city. "The proclamation has no meaning," said former Prime Minister Girija...

2006-04-22 03:23:46

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven-party alliance on Saturday rejected overtures by King Gyanendra to form a government and said anti-monarchy protests would continue. "The proclamation has no meaning," said former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala of the Nepali Congress, the largest party in the alliance. He was referring to the king's broadcast to the nation on Friday in which the monarch offered executive power to the alliance.

2006-04-22 01:31:34

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of anti-monarchy activists burned tires and chanted slogans in Nepal's capital on Saturday as protests persisted despite King Gyanendra's promise to restore multi-party democracy. Authorities slapped an eight-hour curfew on Kathmandu from noon (0615 GMT) after protesters made it clear they were not satisfied with the king's offer to hand executive power to a seven-party alliance. "The royal proclamation is a sham," protesters shouted...

2006-04-21 23:18:03

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people held anti-monarchy protests across Nepal on Saturday despite the king's promise to restore multi-party democracy, saying they wanted his powers limited by a new constitution. "The royal proclamation is a sham," thousands shouted on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital. Protests were held in several district towns as well, but there were no reports of violence. On Friday, King Gyanendra said he was restoring political...

2006-04-21 13:54:39

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra said on Friday after weeks of violent anti-monarchy protests he would restore political power to the people but the largest party said he had not gone far enough and vowed more demonstrations. At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in police action against protesters since a seven-party alliance launched a campaign on April 6 to demand restoration of multi-party democracy. King Gyanendra sought to ease...

2006-04-21 11:23:25

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra, facing sweeping anti-monarchy protests, said on Friday he was restoring political power to the people, but the country's largest party said that was not enough. "Executive power of the kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall from this day be returned to the people," King Gyanendra said in an address to the nation in the Nepali language. "We ask the seven-party alliance to recommend the name for the post of...

2006-04-21 09:23:28

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra, facing sweeping anti-monarchy protests, said on Friday he was handing over political power to the people and asked a seven-party alliance to choose a new prime minister. There was no immediate reaction from the parties which have spearheaded more than two weeks of violent protests to force the restoration of democracy. But the king appeared to rule out any change of the constitution to curb his powers, which has been one...

2006-04-21 08:36:04

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra said on Friday he was handing over power to political parties and asked them to recommend a new prime minister. "Executive power of the kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall from this day be returned to the people," he said in Nepali in an address to the nation. "We ask the seven-party alliance to recommend the name for the post of prime minister at the earliest."

2006-04-19 23:29:23

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters gathered outside the city limits of the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Thursday where a strict curfew has been imposed to block a pro-democracy rally. Security forces have orders to shoot violators. Activists have said they will bring out hundreds of thousands on the street to force King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy. The city of 1.5 million people was deserted except for police and troops on patrol but about...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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