December 14, 1988 |
King Birendra of Nepal has granted permission to his younger brother, Prince Dhirendra, to renounce his royal title and its privileges, the royal palace announced Tuesday. Dhirendra, 40, submitted a petition to the king on Dec. 8 "seeking permission of his own free will to renounce the title," the palace said. The palace gave no reason for Dhirendra's move. He was fifth in line of succession to the throne.
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.
January 30, 2002
As a frequent traveler to the high reaches of Nepal, having eaten more yak cheese than I care to recall and having developed a great respect for the distance necessary between the hairy beasts and trekkers, I loved Jonathan White's article about his version of the product ("Developing a Knack for Yak," Jan. 23). I'll bet the Flower of Rajya is quite different than the strong-smelling version sold in the mountains and in Katmandu. I know this cheese too well because a huge container of the stuff got slipped into one of my duffle bags to go on a plane with me. That bag had to be replaced, but the cheese I was served was delicious.
January 15, 2006 |
Maoist rebels attacked two police stations on the outskirts of Katmandu on Saturday, killing 12 and wounding six in the first violence near the capital since the rebels withdrew from a unilateral cease-fire, officials said. In the first attack, rebels disguised as security officers approached a police post at Katmandu's main western check point and opened fire. At least 11 police were killed, said officials at the scene who spoke on condition of anonymity.
January 1, 2006
THE State Department has issued a travel warning urging Americans to delay nonessential travel to Nepal because of the threat of violence by the Communist Party of Nepal. The Maoist organization has been demonstrating against the government, and some of those protests have turned violent. In June, more than 100 people were killed or injured in a blast that was set off beneath a packed bus in the Chitwan district. Maoist rebels were blamed for the attack.
June 21, 1985 |
Five bombs exploded Thursday at government buildings, the royal palace and a hotel, killing at least six people in what is believed to be the first major terrorist attack in this Himalayan kingdom. The government said 16 people were wounded. No one claimed responsibility, but police suspected the involvement of King Birendra's political opponents, who are campaigning for a return to multiparty government. There were violent political disturbances in 1979.
April 9, 2005 |
Soldiers repelled a major rebel assault on one of their bases in this country's mountainous northwest, killing at least 50 Communist guerrillas, the army said Friday. Hundreds of guerrillas attacked the security base at Khara village, about 250 miles west of Katmandu, the capital, the Royal Nepalese Army headquarters here said. The army said it recovered at least 50 bodies but believed more rebels were killed. Soldiers also recovered several weapons and some ammunition from the battle site.
September 19, 2011 |
Rain, landslides and severed communications hampered rescue efforts Monday hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet, killing at least 40 people and injuring hundreds. With many roads to the epicenter area in India's northeastern Sikkim state cut off, experts said they expected the death toll to rise once emergency workers reach isolated communities in coming hours and days. Working in the Himalayan state's favor is its relatively few residents, about 500,000, making it India's least populated.
July 23, 2008 |
Nepal's former rebels, who won the most seats in April's national assembly elections, said Tuesday that they would not form a coalition government because lawmakers did not elect their candidate for president. Prachanda, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), said the party had "lost the moral grounds to lead."
January 11, 2007 |
Peru's Foreign Ministry said Royal Nepal Airlines, based about halfway around the world, had put a picture of Peru's Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on a poster with the slogan: "Have you seen Nepal?" "The airline ... offered apologies to Peru for using the picture of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary on a poster to promote their country and assured that the lamentable error has been corrected," a ministry statement said. It said an airline employee had been fired.