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2006-04-19 21:25:02

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and troops patrolled deserted streets of the capital Kathmandu on Thursday as a curfew imposed to block a massive anti-monarchy protest went into effect. All roads of the city of 1.5 million were empty of traffic, residents said. Police pickets had been set up at every major intersection and troops were on patrol, they said. "I can't even see a dog on the street," said Manohar Acharya, a resident of the New Road business district....

2006-04-19 16:02:10

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's royalist government imposed a strict curfew in Kathmandu and neighbouring areas on Thursday but activists vowed to go ahead with their plan to bring hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets. "Residents are urged not to come out of their premises and security forces could shoot curfew violators," a government statement said. Political party leaders said they would defy the orders. "To protest peacefully is the fundamental and...

2006-04-19 04:43:46

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - India stepped up pressure on Nepal's King Gyanendra on Wednesday to restore democracy, sending a special envoy and its top diplomat to hold talks with the monarch to try to defuse a fortnight of crippling protests. A woman hit on the face by a tear gas shell during a protest died on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the campaign to six. Hundreds have been wounded in police action against protesters and hundreds of others arrested. The...

2006-04-16 02:23:00

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's anti-monarchy protests spread to the usually off-limits tourist district in Kathmandu on Sunday, with hundreds of people chanting slogans against King Gyanendra and burning tyres on the street. Police arrested four people during the protest in the Thamel district, a maze of alleys full of backpacker hotels, bars, curio shops and trekking and travel agencies which is a magnet for most tourists entering the country. Protests were held elsewhere in the city...

2006-04-15 06:00:49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of people staged a pro-democracy protest in Kathmandu on Saturday, the largest turnout in Nepal's capital since the latest campaign against King Gyanendra was launched. About 8,000 people gathered in the Kalanki suburb on the western outskirts of the city, chanting slogans as they sat cross-legged on the road. "Down with autocracy, restore democracy," they shouted, waving red flags of protest as riot police watched. Onlookers in nearby shops and...

2006-04-13 15:38:54

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's embattled King Gyanendra vowed on Friday to hold elections in his Himalayan kingdom but gave no firm dates and did not appear to go beyond previous promises to resolve a raging campaign against his rule. The monarch's message, broadcast at the stroke of midnight at the start of the Nepali Hindu New Year, looked unlikely to defuse a violent pro-democracy movement that has killed four people in the past week and wounded hundreds. "It is...

2006-04-13 14:33:15

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's embattled King Gyanendra vowed on Friday to hold elections in his Himalayan kingdom, but gave no firm date, and did not appear to go beyond previous promises. "It is our wish that in order to re-energize multi-party democracy, there should not be any delay in re-activating all representative bodies through elections, the monarch said in a message to the nation, broadcast at the stroke of midnight at the start of Nepal's Hindu New Year. "May the efforts...

2006-04-12 23:14:11

By Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's embattled king returned to the capital after a nearly two-month vacation and there are hopes he might make the first move to defuse a violent campaign against him, officials said on Thursday. King Gyanendra returned to Kathmandu late on Wednesday from the western tourist resort town of Pokhara, a week after the Himalayan country came to a standstill after his opponents launched mass protests seeking restoration of democracy. The king is...

2006-04-12 10:56:33

By Gopal Sharma and Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops shot dead an activist on Wednesday as violent pro-democracy protests flared for the seventh day across the troubled Himalayan nation. The latest death is the fourth during a mass campaign launched by political parties last Thursday to force the monarch to end his absolute rule. The royalist government relaxed a daytime curfew in the capital city Kathmandu, although protests continue to be banned and there was no...

2006-04-12 04:28:58

By Gopal Sharma and Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government said on Wednesday it was relaxing a daytime curfew in the capital for the first time in five days as violent pro-democracy protests flare across the country. The restrictions had been imposed for several hours a day since Saturday in a bid to quell protests called by Nepal's seven main political parties against King Gyanendra's power grab 14 months ago. But state television said the curfew would not be imposed...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.