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2006-04-07 06:45:08

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepali students fought pitched battles with police on Friday, braving tear gas, hurling stones and chanting pro-democracy slogans as a four-day general strike against the king's rule entered its second day. The strike and protests have been called by the Himalayan kingdom's seven main political parties in what they hope will be a definitive campaign against King Gyanendra, who sacked the government and grabbed control...

2006-04-06 22:25:39

By Gopal Sharma and Y.P. Rajesh KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Opponents of Nepal King Gyanendra vowed to come out in vast numbers on Friday to pressure him to give up absolute power as riot police gathered to thwart them on the second day of a four-day nationwide general strike. The strike has been called by the Himalayan kingdom's seven main political parties in what they hope will be a definitive campaign against the monarch, who sacked the government and grabbed control of the nation last...

2006-04-06 15:19:41

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas to break up stone-throwing anti-monarchy protesters in Nepal on Thursday after a fierce overnight attack on a town by Maoist rebels left 22 people dead, witnesses and authorities said. The demonstrations came on the first day of a four-day nationwide strike called by the Himalayan nation's seven main political parties against King Gyanendra's absolute rule. Activists in the ancient temple town of Lalitpur,...

2006-04-06 09:46:54

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas to break up stone-throwing anti-monarchy protesters in Nepal on Thursday after a fierce overnight attack on a town by Maoist rebels left 22 people dead, witnesses and authorities said. The demonstrations came on the first day of a four-day nationwide strike called by the Himalayan nation's seven main political parties against King Gyanendra's absolute rule. Activists in the ancient temple town of Lalitpur,...

2006-04-05 01:09:49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels killed six soldiers and policemen in an ambush in east Nepal on Wednesday, an official said, a day ahead of a planned nationwide strike by political parties against King Gyanendra. "The troops were escorting question papers for the school leaving certificate examinations when they were ambushed," Jhapa's district administrator Bhola Shiwakoti said. The attack took place at Durgapur in Jhapa district, a Maoist stronghold 700 km (440 miles) east of...

2006-03-31 03:27:09

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 11 schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded on Friday when suspected Maoist rebels set off an explosion at a school in west Nepal, the army said. The incident took place in Dailekh district, 340 miles west of the capital Kathmandu, while children were appearing for a school-leaving examination, an army officer said. "The injured are undergoing treatment in a local hospital," he said, adding the nature of the injuries was not known. Dailekh is a...

2006-03-21 04:09:12

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 21 Maoist rebels and 10 police were killed as violence escalated across Nepal on Tuesday following the end of a rebel-led road blockade, authorities said. On Monday, 13 soldiers and one rebel were killed in a gun battle east of the capital, Kathmandu, a day after rebels ended a six-day blockade that had choked supplies and disrupted transport across the mountainous nation. Maoists have stepped up attacks on security bases and on towns and cities since...

2006-03-14 07:41:30

By Gopal Sharma KHATRI POUWA, Nepal (Reuters) - Soldiers carrying automatic rifles patrolled key highways in Nepal on Tuesday but normally busy roads were all but deserted as an indefinite blockade of the capital by Maoist rebels began. Piling pressure on King Gyanendra, who seized power last year, the rebels are attempting to cut hill-ringed Kathmandu off from the rest of the country, a move criticized by political parties who have said it will only hurt ordinary Nepalis. "We...

2006-03-13 22:28:48

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Roads across Nepal were deserted on Tuesday, the first day of an indefinite blockade of Kathmandu and other major towns called by Maoist rebels mounting pressure on King Gyanendra who seized full power last year. The Maoists, fighting to overthrow the Hindu monarchy and set up a single party communist republic, have ordered the closure of all roads to the capital, disrupting the movement of people and goods to the city of more than 1.5 million....

2006-03-11 08:47:06

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police began hunting on Saturday for a teenaged boy who some people believe is an reincarnation of Buddha after he disappeared from the site where he had been meditating for almost 10 months. Fifteen-year-old Ram Bahadur Bamjon has not been seen since early Saturday, said Hari Krishna Khatiwada, a district official of Bara, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kathmandu. The boy had been meditating there without food or water since May. Some of his followers...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.