July 24, 2001 |
Nepal's new prime minister and Maoist rebels announced a cease-fire and agreed to hold talks to end the five-year insurgency that has left at least 1,600 people dead. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who took office Sunday, declared a unilateral cease-fire and called on rebels to talk peace. Deuba's call came amid a rebel offensive that was in part responsible for his predecessor's resignation.
July 8, 2001 |
Maoist rebels attacked police stations in three remote mountain villages in central Nepal, killing at least 38 police officers and seriously injuring two others, officials said Saturday. The deadliest attack was in Bichaur, a village about 100 miles northwest of Katmandu, when rebels attacked a police station late Friday, killing 22 officers. Details of the attack were sketchy, but police in Katmandu, the capital, said officers battled with the rebels until Saturday morning.
June 28, 2001 |
Two policemen were killed and 10 were injured in Nepal as Maoist rebels attacked a security post with the backing of at least 6,000 supporters, police said. The raid appears to be the latest attack in a new offensive by the Maoists since the June 1 massacre of most of Nepal's royal family by the crown prince. The rebels' overnight raid took place in Khilatpur, 190 miles west of Katmandu, the capital.
December 29, 2000 |
The prime minister of Nepal faced possible ouster because of a rebellion in his own party Thursday, as 56 lawmakers drafted a no-confidence motion against him. The lawmakers are angered over Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's failure to quell a Maoist insurgency and provide stability--the same charges Koirala made when he led the ouster of his predecessor in March.
May 18, 1990 |
King Birendra announced a general amnesty for Nepalese prisoners, most of whom were convicted of pro-democracy activities under the regime ousted in April. The number freed was not announced. Hundreds were believed to have been killed and thousands imprisoned during the uprising, which led to creation of a multi-party interim government. Birendra gave up his claim to an absolute monarchy and has been working with the government to create a new constitution.
May 4, 1990 |
At least 500 people died during Nepal's seven-week democracy movement that led to the fall of a 29-year-old partyless form of government, Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai said Thursday. "Our estimate is that at least 500 persons died during the movement," Bhattarai, who was an opposition leader before becoming prime minister, told a meeting organized by lawyers to discuss Nepal's new constitution.