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11. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

As far as I've read the situation has not improved majorly. The emergency laws are still in place and there are protest and Maoist attacks.
If you want to check the latest news on Nepal, there's a News website called Nepal News: www.Nepalnews.com

12. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

hey there, thorn tree forum on lonelyplanet has constant discussion on this topic , you may wanna check it out. And best would be to contact YOUR embassy in kathmandu

13. Posted by p_kullar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

i still keep in touch with my guide from nepal.. he says that there is no work as there is a lot of bad press about how dangerous it is in nepal. He says the deal with the maoists is still the same as when i trekked.... pay 1000 rupees ($10) and you receive a receipt and you can go on your way and show the receipt to any other maoists you may meet. There were still maoist problems there when i trekked in may 2004 but i felt safe as i understood tourists to be a source of income for maoists. Trekking alone is not advised largely because if you injure yourself you will be in a pickle. I would certainly go there again even now as its bound to be even cheaper for tourists.
The only possible annoyance are the strikes. When a strike is on you cannot travel by car or bus and if you have a set plan with a limited timetable then this can really screw it up. My 3 day rafting plans were cut down to 1 after one such strike.

14. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

oh!What do i know is the current situation in Nepal is not really stabilized. As i am planning to join a NGO in Nepal - INFO ( i found this cool site in Backpack.com) in 2006...guess i've to prolong my plan until the peaceful atmosphere is recovered.

No wonder many Nepalians have moved to Malaysia these few years. Although many of them received MYR400-700 per month ( say working in hypermarkets), many of them are underdog by the 'exploitation' whereby most of them are graduated from university. With that amount of money is nearly to the last of the breathe to get survival in my country. They speak decent english and well-mannered. I read even a news reporting a few Nepalians are bullied by some Ixxxxxsians resulted in one of them was killed after the massive attack ( this happened at the centre of city...poor!

Hope the world will regain its peacefulness once again.

Lee

15. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Just got this from the Internet Nepal News:

Nepal king announces municipal polls to 'reactivate' democracy

Thu Apr 14, 6:21 AM ET South Asia - AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's King Gyanendra announced municipal polls to "reactivate the democratic process" after a storm of international criticism over his February seizure of power.

AFP/File Photo

The king said a better law-and-order situation since he imposed emergency rule and suspended civil liberties allowed the elections to be held.

"In view of the improving law-and-order situation, there should not be any delay in activating the democratic process," Gyanendra said in a speech marking the Nepali New Year on Thursday.

"We have, therefore, commanded the election commission to conduct municipal elections," he said on state radio.

It was Gyanendra's first nationwide address since he fired the government and imposed emergency rule on February 1 to combat a growing Maoist insurgency in the poverty-stricken country.

The king, who has pledged to restore democracy within three years, said he had ordered municipal elections to be held in Nepal's 58 municipalities before mid-April next year. The Nepali calendar year runs from mid-April to mid-April.

Gyanendra has been under heavy international pressure to re-establish democracy. India and Britain have suspended military aid and the United States has threatened to follow suit.

While Maoist violence and anti-monarchy protests have fallen sharply in the Kathmandu valley since the royal takeover, bombings and battles with rebels have been reported in other areas. The Maoists have also held nationwide general strikes and blockades to protest the king's power grab.

G.P. Koirala, who served as prime minister four times, urged political parties to boycott the municipal elections and branded the king's move to call the polls unconstitutional.

"We can't participate when the people and the country are being held prisoners," Koirala said.

"Calling for local elections without holding parliamentary elections is meaningless," Tribhuvan University professor Kapil Shrestha said, terming the polls "a cosmetic facade to camouflage the lack of democracy."

The announcement of the municipal polls came days after opposition parties attacked the king for appointing 14 regional administrators throughout the country, accusing him of seeking to consolidate his rule.

Opposition critics said the administrators' appointment harked back to a system in place before multi-party democracy was established in 1990 and the king was absolute ruler.

Human rights groups have expressed fears the administrators will act as proxies for the king in crushing protests calling for a return to democracy.

Analysts say government security forces are ill-equipped to crush the increasingly deadly Maoist insurgency aimed at toppling the king and installing a communist republic.

The conflict, which began in 1996, has claimed over 11,000 lives in the world's only Hindu kingdom sandwiched between Asian giants India and China.

While the king holds power in the capital region, analysts say the Maoists hold sway in most rural areas.

"Elections, whether for parliament or local bodies, won't resolve problems unless a consensus is reached between the king and political forces (including the Maoists)," the president of All Nepal Bar Association, Shambhu Thapa, said.

On Thursday, meanwhile, the army said the rebel death toll from a battle in Maoist-dominated western Nepal last week hit 166 with the discovery of 18 more bodies.

There has been no comment from the Maoists on the clash, believed to be the deadliest since Gyanendra took power. It was impossible to verify the army's statements due to the remoteness of the battle site.

16. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Thanks for the article Phil...very informative ;)

17. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

TV showed the Nepalians in Kathmandu are going for some 'No!No! We want Democacy!"...

Still, it is a safe place for visitors (I phoned to NGO in Nepal days ago). Pre-cautions from my mum's Nepalian friend: don't go uop the hill alone. Get someone local and go with them. Some of the foreign visitors are found insane after coming down from the mount. Personally, I am not really that superstitious but I experienced once in Kinabalu Mount and we should respect the power of nature!

Lee

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