March 30, 1990 |
Thousands of Nepalese students at dozens of schools battled riot police in the most violent protests since a pro-democracy movement began a month ago. More than 230 students were arrested and at least 92 were injured, witnesses said. The opposition Nepali Congress Party and a coalition of seven other banned leftist parties started a movement last month to end Nepal's party-less system of elected councils.
May 24, 1991 |
The Nepali Congress party named Girija Prasad Koirala to lead the first democratically elected government in 32 years in the Himalayan nation. "I feel a sense of responsibility and look toward a future full of challenges," Koirala, 65, said after party legislators elected him parliamentary leader and prime minister. Koirala is to meet King Birendra, the constitutional monarch, on Sunday.
November 20, 1989 |
Chinese Premier Li Peng arrived in Katmandu on Sunday for a three-day visit that Nepal hopes will generate help for its economy, heavily damaged by a trade war with India. Li, on his first foreign tour since the Chinese army crushed massive pro-democracy demonstrations in June, arrived from Bangladesh to a welcome from his Nepali counterpart, Marich Shrestha.
October 10, 1990 |
A Seattle woman has become only the third American woman to scale Mt. Everest, achieving the feat with her Russian husband, the Nepali Ministry of Tourism said today. Catherine Gibson, 35, conquered the 29,029-foot mountain on Sunday with her husband, Aleksei Karasnokutsky, 41, and a Sherpa guide after an eight-hour climb from the fourth camp at 26,247 feet. Gibson became only the 14th woman to climb the world's highest peak.
September 11, 1995 |
Parliament ousted the Communist government that has led this small Himalayan nation for nine months, heralding a transfer of power away from Marxism. The main opposition party, the Nepali Congress, introduced a no-confidence motion last week that passed, 107 to 88. Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari, 74, sent his resignation to King Birendra, who accepted it and asked him to remain in office until ministers are chosen to replace him.
March 19, 2000 |
The man who helped lead Nepal to democracy a decade ago was chosen Saturday to be the nation's next prime minister--the fourth time that he has headed the Himalayan nation's chaotic government. Girija Prasad Koirala was picked by his Nepali Congress party in Parliament to lead the new government, beating Shir Bahadur Deuba--also a former prime minister--by a vote of 69 to 43. The Nepali Congress has 113 members in the lower house of parliament.
February 14, 2011 |
Being a "living virgin goddess" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Imagine the bruising you get when you tumble back to earth. It's been two decades since Rashmila Shakya, a 33-year-old with the sweet smile and gentle voice, reached puberty and "retired" as a royal kumari , as the young Nepalese goddesses are known. Sitting in her modest bedroom next to an oversized Mickey Mouse doll, she describes being selected when she was 4, after a kumari caretaker ensured she had an auspicious horoscope and bore no physical defects in line with "32 perfections" ?
June 12, 2011 |
Bina Badi tends her garden behind a picket fence. Goats leap. Boys fly kites. Water buffalo laze in the river. Idyllic, except for the used condoms that litter the road and the fact that men have visited her house virtually every day for 28 of her 38 years to enjoy her body, and she sees no escape. South Asia's caste system is infamous. The ancient tradition that once rigidly defined people's occupations continues to shape their social status and sense of self-worth. But few living under its influence are as degraded as the Badis of southwestern Nepal.
May 5, 1991 |
Bhutan, hidden deep in the mountains between India and China, no longer qualifies for its travel book description of "the last Shangri-La." King Jigme Singye Wangchuk says that his small Himalayan kingdom faces the greatest threat to its survival since the 7th Century. Peace was shattered in September by an uprising of militants from the kingdom's ethnic Nepali minority. Sporadic violence has continued since.
April 14, 1990 |
King Birendra has agreed to let an opposition alliance head an interim government, a leader of the 7-week-old pro-democracy movement reported Friday. A separate opposition statement said it was willing to allow the king to head the government, but it would step in if he chose not to. The king, who has generally stayed above the daily management of the government, was believed unlikely to assume its leadership.