August 16, 1987 |
The arrests of a powerful aide to the king's youngest brother on a charge of attempted murder and a former national police superintendent on charges of corruption and drug smuggling have rocked the peaceful mountain kingdom of Nepal. The scandal has touched even the famous Gurkha troops of Nepal, 8,000 of whom serve in the Queen's Guard of the British army.
April 12, 1990 |
Dr. Satyan Man Rajbhandari, his arm in a sling and the rest of his body badly bruised, stood before two senior government ministers and nearly 100 of his fellow doctors Tuesday night and described what happened the night that democracy came to this remote Himalayan kingdom. After him came another doctor, and then another. And sitting there listening to all this, and to the cries of outrage that the accounts elicited, was King Birendra's interior minister, Nain Bahadur Swanr.
July 13, 1994 |
For three years, a septuagenarian workaholic who suffers from fainting spells served as prime minister of Nepal as the poor, isolated Shangri-La experimented with parliamentary democracy. This week, assailed by lawmakers he thought were his allies as well as by opposition Communists, the beleaguered Girija Prasad Koirala resigned. Elections have been called for Nov. 13. The jury is still out on Koirala's performance.
March 2, 1990 |
"Ah, Miss Barbara," the old tour guide said, as Barbara Adams drove away from the Hotel Yak and Yeti, her long hair billowing like a silver flame out of her ancient white convertible. "Ah, Miss Barbara," the guide repeated, pointing toward the disappearing image and shaking his head. "She was once a queen."
April 14, 1990 |
King Birendra has agreed to let an opposition alliance head an interim government, a leader of the 7-week-old pro-democracy movement reported Friday. A separate opposition statement said it was willing to allow the king to head the government, but it would step in if he chose not to. The king, who has generally stayed above the daily management of the government, was believed unlikely to assume its leadership.
July 30, 1990 |
The government of Nepal has abolished the death sentence, saying Sunday that the punishment was considered inconsistent with its new multi-party political system. Sunday's announcement that capital punishment laws enacted by the previous government have been repealed was the latest in a series of decisions by Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai's administration toward distancing itself from past policies.
September 11, 1995 |
Parliament ousted the Communist government that has led this small Himalayan nation for nine months, heralding a transfer of power away from Marxism. The main opposition party, the Nepali Congress, introduced a no-confidence motion last week that passed, 107 to 88. Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari, 74, sent his resignation to King Birendra, who accepted it and asked him to remain in office until ministers are chosen to replace him.
February 2, 2005 |
King Gyanendra announced a 10-member Cabinet dominated by his own supporters, one day after he dismissed Nepal's government, declared a state of emergency and blocked telephone and Internet connections. Gyanendra will head the Cabinet, state radio said. The United Nations, Britain, India and the United States were among those who criticized the king's actions. Australia advised its citizens not to travel to Nepal.
February 1, 2005 |
King Gyanendra dismissed Nepal's government and said he was taking sole control of the Himalayan kingdom. It was the second such move in three years. Soldiers surrounded the houses of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other government leaders. The king said government officials had failed to conduct parliamentary elections or achieve peace with Maoist rebels. He said a new Cabinet would be formed.
January 30, 2003 |
Maoist rebels and Nepal's government declared a cease-fire and prepared for talks, 14 months after a truce broke down and triggered the bloodiest spell in more than six years of fighting. But analysts said the two sides were no closer to resolving their dispute over Nepal's constitutional monarchy. The breakthrough came after the state dropped a bounty on rebel leaders' heads and canceled its declaration of the Maoists as a terrorist organization.