June 27, 2008 |
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Thursday cleared the way for a government led by former communist rebels by announcing his resignation. For months Koirala had refused to step down and make way for a new government, but he finally announced his plans at Nepal's constituent assembly, elected in April to rewrite the constitution and govern the Himalayan nation.
November 30, 2001 |
Maoist rebels bombed a Coca-Cola factory Thursday in the first attack in the capital since a state of emergency was imposed in this Himalayan kingdom earlier in the week. No one was injured, police said. The two bombs exploded before workers arrived, damaging equipment and an exterior wall, police said. Troops took up positions around the Balaju industrial area where the factory is located.
November 15, 2002 |
Maoist rebels fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy attacked two remote towns, killing at least 56 security personnel and dimming prospects for talks to end a six-year insurgency. The fighting broke out Thursday night, just hours after a top official reiterated that the government was working to start a dialogue in response to the rebel leader's latest offer to talk peace.
June 21, 2001 |
More than 200 people demonstrated against a new law that allows Nepalese authorities to detain people and ban organizations in an effort to contain the threat posed by Maoist guerrillas. "This is dictatorship!" shouted protesters from the Democratic Youth Forum as they marched through the streets of Katmandu, the capital, to government offices. Police stopped them at the gate, but no scuffles were reported.
April 15, 2002 |
At least 17 Maoist rebels were killed in a new clash with soldiers after last week's assault on two security posts in which more than 300 people are believed to have died, state radio said today. Radio Nepal said soldiers recovered weapons and bombs after the gun battle late Sunday in Murkatti, near Dang in western Nepal, where last week's rebel attacks took place. King Gyanendra earlier Sunday appealed for an end to the increasingly deadly battle to topple him.
April 2, 2007 |
Six former communist rebels were sworn in as part of Nepal's interim government, a major step in a peace process that ended their decade-long insurgency. The Maoist leaders pledged to ensure development in the impoverished Himalayan nation and hold credible elections in June. More than 13,000 people were killed before a cease-fire was declared in April 2006 after weeks of pro-democracy protests that forced King Gyanendra to give up absolute rule and restore the disbanded parliament.
May 7, 2002 |
NEPAL Army helicopters killed more than 200 rebels in airstrikes in western Nepal, a government spokesman said, amid the deadliest fighting since the communist insurgency began six years ago. Officials say security forces have killed more than 560 rebels since Thursday. That claim could not be confirmed because of lack of access to the battle zones in remote districts of Rolpa and Pyuthanc, about 150 miles west of Katmandu. "It seems like a massacre has taken place.
December 3, 2001 |
A state of emergency in this Himalayan nation is directed at Maoist guerrillas fighting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said Sunday, as more troops were deployed to quell the uprising. "I want to assure you the emergency is directed only against the terrorists, their supporters and agencies," Deuba told reporters. "Others have nothing to fear."
June 14, 2006 |
The Nepalese government freed 190 imprisoned communist rebels Tuesday after withdrawing terrorism cases against them as part of efforts to forge peace with the insurgents, official said. Home Ministry spokesman Baman Prasad Neupane said they were freed from prisons in nine cities and towns across this Himalayan nation. The government had announced a day earlier that anyone jailed under an anti-terrorism law imposed by the previous government of King Gyanendra would be freed.
April 6, 2010 |
Maoists in eastern India killed at least 70 paramilitary soldiers Tuesday, authorities said, underscoring the continued strength of an insurgency that India has tried for decades to wipe out. The dawn attack in Chhattisgarh state was among the deadliest in memory. S. R. Kalluri, a deputy police inspector in densely forested Dantewada district where the attack occurred, told local media that the soldiers were on an extended overnight patrol and stopped Monday night to rest. At some point, insurgents learned of their location and "at the break of dawn the Maoists attacked," Kalluri said.