Monthly Archives: April 2006

Chariot Festival Begins in Kathmandu

Seto Machhindranath is revered as the ‘Lord of Compassion’

The chariot procession of the Seto (white) Machhindranath deity started on Thursday, April 6 amid tension in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. The day marked the start of a four day general strike called by the seven political party alliance.

Nepal Government Bans Peaceful Public Gatherings

Ban will be effective within Kathmandu valley

The government of Nepal will ban peaceful public gatherings and assemblies within Kathmandu valley beginning April 5 until further notice. But on April 4, I witnessed a number of incidents in which people were barred from exercising their right to protest peacefully.