Monthly Archives: February 2006

Nepal Recruits Female Officers to Army

For the first time in its history, Nepal’s army on Monday, Feb. 20 commissioned 67 female officers.

The 67 new second lieutenants were able to “pass out” and receive felicitations from the Royal Nepalese Army Academy at Kharipati, Bhaktapur, according to the RNA public relations director.

Traditionally, females were recruited for non-combat services, such as healthcare. On the other hand, the Maoist rebels have a strong force of female guerillas.

RSF Urges Release of Journalists

Nepal has arrested more journalists than any other country worldwide

As scores of political activists and journalists have just been released across the kingdom, Reporters Without Borders has urged the Nepalese government to free seven journalists who are still being held.

Nepal Maoist Leader Talks to BBC

Prachanda claims King Gyanendra’s future is exile or trial

For nearly 10 years, he was a mysterious person. Some even doubted his existence, but from this week, Prachanda, Nepal’s elusive guerilla leader, surprised everyone by giving an interview, photographs and even a TV appearance on the BBC.

Love in the Air for Nepali Youths

Valentine’s Day celebration gains adherents among urban dwellers

Happy Valentine's Day sign on door of a restaurant ©2006 Umesh

Nepal is enduring its most difficult period because the ongoing conflict is at its height, but that does not stop the people, especially the young, from celebrating Valentine’s Day, dubbed as “Lover’s Day.”

Protests Rage After Killing of Nepal Activist

Leaders declare him the first martyr of the democratic movement

Protesters rally against the activist's killing in Kathmandu, Thursday. ©2006 Umesh

There were nationwide protests Thursday against the killing of Umesh Chandra Thapa, a local leader of the Communist Party of Nepal-CPN (UML). He was shot dead Feb. 8 by the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) in the eastern city of Dang, while protesting against municipal elections.