June 4, 2001 |
With the second declaration of a Nepali king's death in just four days, public anger and confusion intensified today and stone-throwing demonstrators took to the streets demanding to know the truth behind the slayings of Nepal's royal family. In an emergency meeting, the state council confirmed that King Dipendra had officially been declared dead early this morning. The council proclaimed Dipendra's uncle, Prince Gyanendra, who had been acting king, the new monarch.
June 2, 2001 |
The heir to Nepal's ancient throne killed the country's king and queen and several other members of the royal family Friday, then killed himself, according to a top government official. The palace massacre in Katmandu, Nepal's capital, horrified the Himalayan nation of about 22 million people, whose government is struggling to put down a spreading insurgency by Maoist rebels who control large tracts of remote mountains and valleys.
August 25, 1990 |
Twenty-two persons were arrested Friday for protesting and stoning a limousine carrying Queen Aishwarya, two of her children and her sister, authorities said. The royal family, which was en route to the Temple of Pashupati Nath for the festival of Teej, was not injured in the incident Thursday, although the queen's vehicle was badly damaged, the Home Ministry said. Leaders of two political parties in the interim government denounced the incident.
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.
April 20, 1990 |
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, a leader of the pro-democracy movement who spent 14 years in jail, Thursday became prime minister of Nepal's first independent government in almost three decades. King Birendra administered Bhattarai's oath of office at the royal palace, embarking on a new political course for the Himalayan monarchy where Birendra once wielded absolute power. After the ceremony at Narayan-heti palace, Bhattarai drove to the government secretariat where he swore in nine ministers.
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.