August 21, 2006 |
The government withdrew increases in gasoline, diesel and cooking fuel prices Sunday after thousands of protesters clashed with police, blocked traffic and vandalized government vehicles. Nepal's government had raised prices Saturday to reduce losses for the state-owned monopoly distributor Nepal Oil Corp., which owes $213 million to the Indian Oil Corp. Police used truncheons to beat protesters who gathered at three locations Sunday in Katmandu.
May 27, 2006 |
The government and communist rebels concluded a first round of peace talks Friday, agreeing to continue negotiations but setting no firm date, negotiators for both sides said. In the meeting, which lasted nearly six hours, the two sides agreed on a 25-point code of conduct to be followed as they continue the talks, rebel spokesman Krishna Mahara and Home Minister Krishna Situala said.
August 2, 1992 |
The wreckage of a Thai Airways Airbus that vanished Friday with 113 people on board has been spotted in a remote mountainous area northwest of Katmandu, officials said, and all are feared dead. Rescue officials heading for the site said the wreckage was seen near the glacier lake of Gosainkund, northwest of the capital. Also, the death toll from a crash of a Chinese domestic flight as it tried to take off from east China's Nanjing airport climbed to 109.
October 12, 2003 |
At least three policemen and 37 Maoist guerrillas were killed in an overnight battle as the rebels resumed attacks on Nepalese government forces after a nine-day cease-fire, officials said Saturday. The rebels attacked a police camp in Kusum village, west of the capital, Katmandu, late Friday. Fighting continued until Saturday morning, police said. A statement from the Interior Ministry said the bodies of 37 rebels were recovered.
January 21, 2007 |
AN estimated 12,500 people were killed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Bombs exploded in busy tourist areas, demonstrations erupted in violence and road blockades disrupted transportation, but no tourists were killed. The most serious threat occurred in the mountains, where Maoist bands stopped trekkers and demanded money. Those who resisted were threatened or detained. In 2002, Maoists stopped American travel writer Jeff Greenwald in the middle of a trek.
May 5, 2006 |
Maoist rebels agreed Thursday to participate in peace talks with Nepal's government, calling recent protests that forced King Gyanendra to restore democracy a "historic movement." The announcement came a day after Nepal's new Cabinet matched the Maoists' declaration of a three-month cease-fire, dropped terrorism charges against rebel leaders and urged them to return to the negotiating table to find ways to end the insurgency that has killed 13,000 people in the last decade.
May 5, 2002 |
Security forces killed at least 350 guerrillas in gun battles in western Nepal, the Defense Ministry said Saturday, in what could be the deadliest fighting in the rebels' 6-year-old campaign to oust this Himalayan nation's constitutional monarchy. The bloodshed comes days before Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba travels to Washington to discuss the communist insurgency with President Bush. The administration recently asked Congress for $20 million in military aid for Nepal.
November 22, 2006 |
After a decade of armed struggle and the deaths of thousands of people, Maoist rebels entered a peace agreement Tuesday with the government of Nepal that is aimed at bringing onetime fighters into the political mainstream of the state they once swore to overthrow.
April 22, 2006 |
After two weeks of violent protests, Nepal's King Gyanendra said Friday that he would shift executive power to a prime minister. But the largest opposition party said he had not gone far enough and promised more demonstrations. At least 12 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in police action against protesters since a seven-party alliance launched a campaign April 6 to demand restoration of multi-party democracy.
May 28, 2002 |
King Gyanendra extended a state of emergency Monday, giving security forces sweeping search and detention powers to crush an increasingly violent Maoist revolt. The emergency rule was first imposed on the poverty-ridden Himalayan kingdom in November to stamp out the 6-year-old rebellion by Maoist guerrillas, who are battling to topple the constitutional monarchy and install a Communist republic.