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TRAVEL
January 28, 2007
SUSAN SPANO so captured the feelings of Nepal that I wanted to jump on a plane this morning ["Nepal at Peace," Jan. 21]. But I'll have to wait until October for my annual visit. I agree with her that for those yearning to experience the Himalayas and its people, the time to plan is now. Thanks to the Travel section for this gift and for Spano's skill and insight. JOYCE TAPPER Van Nuys THANK you for Spano's lovely piece "A Katmandu Page-Turner on How Visitors Can Help" [Her World, Jan. 21]
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NEWS
December 14, 1988 | Associated Press
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.
WORLD
June 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
WORLD
November 15, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
WORLD
May 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Elusive Communist rebel leader Prachanda agreed Friday to head a delegation to peace talks with Nepal's new government. The announcement came just hours after Deputy Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli promised Prachanda security and said negotiations would be ineffective unless he took part. No date has been set for the talks. Meanwhile, state radio reported Friday that the government had detained four former Cabinet ministers and a junior minister of the ousted royal government.
FOOD
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.
WORLD
January 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
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.
WORLD
January 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Nepal's former communist guerrillas began handing over weapons to U.N. monitors Wednesday under a landmark peace deal calling for thousands of fighters to disarm and stay in camps, officials said. United Nations monitors began registering the ex-fighters and their weapons at a camp in Chitwan, about 100 miles southwest of the capital, Katmandu, said a spokesman for the rebel unit there. The spokesman, who goes by the single name Abiral, said by telephone that the process was going smoothly. A U.
NEWS
November 28, 2001 | Reuters
Nepal's armed forces launched their first offensive against Maoist rebels Tuesday, using helicopters and ground soldiers in an effort to stamp out a revolt aimed at toppling the king and installing a communist state. A Defense Ministry statement said the army had inflicted "heavy damage" on the Maoists but gave few other details of the crackdown ordered Monday by King Gyanendra after the worst violence since the guerrillas began their fight in 1996.
WORLD
June 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
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