KATHMANDU, April 7 (Reuters) – Nepalese Maoists leading a
nationwide shutdown amid violent protests and clashes with
police called off the strike on Tuesday as anger rose at the
disruption their drive for a new constitution was causing.
On the first of three days of strikes, opposition activists
fanned out across Kathmandu waving red hammer-and-sickle flags
to enforce the shutdown. Stone-throwing protesters damaged 17
vehicles and 50 people were detained for arson, police and
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Stone-throwing Nepali opposition protesters led by Maoists clashed with police in the capital on Tuesday as they enforced a three-day nationwide shutdown of schools, business and transport in the latest violence to mar talks over a new constitution.
Police in helmets and carrying shields fired tear gas to stop protesters attacking vehicles near the prime minister’s office, police official Kamal Singh Bam said. The protesters burnt a taxi after dousing it with petrol.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Six decades after the first conquest of the world’s highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.
Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in the process giving the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak the dubious honor of being the world’s highest garbage dump.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Protesters and police clashed in Kathmandu on Saturday at a demonstration by some 30,000 people led by the Maoist opposition to demand that political parties reach a consensus on a new constitution, in the biggest street march in Nepal in years.
Police lobbed teargas shells and used cane batons to stop demonstrators from advancing to the parliament building, leaving more than a dozen people injured, witnesses said.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will arrange regular weather forecasts and tighten safety measures on Mount Everest to reassure climbers, an official said on Monday, after an avalanche killed 16 sherpas last year in the worst disaster in the history of the world’s highest mountain.
The country’s climbing season starts in March and runs through May, attracting hundreds of climbers who are expected to ascend the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) mountain by the normal South East Ridge route.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal set up two commissions on Tuesday to investigate long-simmering allegations of human rights abuses and disappearances during the Himalayan nation’s decade-long civil war, a government minister said.
State forces and Maoist rebels alike have been accused of grave war-time abuses, including unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, rape and torture, during the years of conflict which ended under a 2006 peace agreement.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nearly seven years after Nepal’s former king was deposed, hundreds of birds in his private aviary are starving in cages on the grounds of a royal hunting lodge, a conservationist said.
Gyanendra, the last king of the Himalayan nation, was forced out of his pagoda-roofed palace in 2008 when the monarchy was abolished and he now lives as a commoner in the capital, Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Conservationists must try to reduce the demand for tiger parts in China as part of a campaign to save the big cats, wildlife experts warned at an anti-poaching conference in Kathmandu.
Thousands of tigers once roamed forests in South and Southeast Asia but numbers have plummeted to about 3,000 worldwide. Experts say poaching is fuelled by a thriving trade in China, where tiger parts are prized as status symbols and often used in traditional medicine.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, seen as a key step to stability in the Himalayan buffer state wedged between Asian powers China and India.
Opposition party lawmakers stormed the well of parliament late on Thursday to prevent the ruling coalition from pushing ahead with a vote to salvage the draft of a charter marred by political rivalries.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least three security marshals were injured in a brawl that broke out in Nepal’s parliament early on Tuesday, with opposition legislators climbing on their chairs and throwing microphones and shoes in a heated debate over the Himalayan nation’s new constitution.
Former Maoist rebel lawmakers stormed the parliament’s chambers during the late-night session in an attempt to prevent the ruling coalition from pushing ahead with a vote to settle several disputed points in the new constitution and have a draft of the document ready by their soft deadline on Thursday.