April 25, 2006 |
Threatened with a popular revolt, King Gyanendra on Monday announced the reinstatement of parliament and offered condolences to the families of more than a dozen people killed by police during pro-democracy protests that have paralyzed this country for nearly three weeks. The monarch said he was acceding to a key demand by the political coalition opposed to his absolute rule. He summoned parliament to convene next Friday in what would be its first meeting in nearly four years.
May 1, 2006 |
The Nepalese parliament voted Sunday to call elections for an assembly to redraw the country's constitution, an action that could signal the beginning of the end for the monarchy that has ruled this Himalayan kingdom for more than 200 years. During the same session, the newly sworn-in prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, also asked Nepal's Maoist rebels, who have waged a bloody decade-long insurgency in the countryside, to come to the bargaining table.
December 7, 2003 |
Security forces killed 14 Maoist insurgents in separate gun battles across Nepal, the Defense Ministry said. Troops on Friday gunned down at least four rebels in the Bakachol area of Khotang district in eastern Nepal, the ministry said in a statement. Khotang is about 200 miles east of Katmandu, Nepal's capital. Ten other rebels were killed in half a dozen clashes spread across several districts, the statement said.
February 11, 2006 |
Communist rebels clashed with soldiers in western Nepal, leaving seven people dead. The fighting came two days after municipal polls, Nepal's first elections in seven years. The vote was boycotted by nearly every major political party.
July 12, 1992
From the writer who brought us "A Feminist Babe" (View, March 4), I expected no less insight than I got from Jeannine Stein's cover story on Nepal--"Confessions of a Nepal Novice," May 31. The Hilburnesque straw dogs she set up in the form of tired jokes about high heels and malls sure made me excited. Come on, Jeannine, if you can call a potential trekking partner in Australia, couldn't you have done a little research on Nepal? Like that one of the main reasons for the deforestation of Nepal is to feed the yaks that carry the trekker's gear.
October 13, 2002 |
Police said they suspected Maoist rebels fighting to bring down Nepal's constitutional monarchy were behind an explosion that destroyed a statue of the late King Mahendra, killed a bystander and injured nine others. The attack came a day after Nepal's King Gyanendra appointed Lokendra Bahadur Chand, a monarchist, as prime minister. Mahendra was the father of the present king. During his rule, Mahendra outlawed political parties and introduced absolute monarchy.
September 23, 2002 |
Nepal's army killed 38 rebels this weekend in clashes in the insurgents' mountain strongholds, and 11 other guerrillas died when explosives they were carrying went off accidentally, an official said. The army did not suffer any casualties, Defense Ministry spokesman Shiv Kumar Thapa said. There was no independent confirmation of the death toll. The insurgents have been fighting to overthrow Nepal's constitutional monarchy since 1996.
February 10, 2008 |
The alleged leader of a syndicate accused of illegally removing hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from poor laborers held at gunpoint, has been deported from Nepal to India. Nepalese authorities handed over Amit Kumar to Indian officials, said Upendra Aryal, a top police officer in Nepal's capital, Katmandu. Indian officials had been seeking his extradition since he was arrested Thursday at a jungle resort in Nepal. Authorities had been searching for Kumar since last month when he fled after police said they broke up the kidney transplant racket they alleged he ran from the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon.
December 2, 2001 |
Nepal said its troops inflicted heavy casualties on Maoist rebels in an intense offensive against insurgents trying to topple the constitutional monarchy. "The Royal Nepal army fired from helicopters and inflicted heavy casualties on Friday," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. It did not say how many rebels were killed in the attack in forests of the Rolpa and Jajarkot districts in western Nepal, a rebel stronghold.
December 19, 2004 |
NEPAL Maoist rebels attacked a police post near Nepal's capital with crude bombs and automatic weapons, killing five officers, police said. The attack in Sankhu village, less than 10 miles from Katmandu, was one of the deadliest assaults to take place near the capital since the rebels launched a revolt in 1996 aiming to topple the constitutional monarchy.