Ten killed in Nepal bus accident

NepalKathmandu  - At least 10 people were killed when a bus plunged from a narrow mountain highway in western Nepal, police said Sunday.

It fell nearly 800 metres into a narrow gorge while negotiating a sharp bend in remote Baitadi district, about 500 kilometres west of Kathmandu.

Police said 10 another seven people were taken to hospital in serious condition.

The bus was carrying 17 passengers between the western town of Mahendranagar and neighbouring Bhajhang district.

It was not immediately clear why the driver lost control, but police said they suspected he could have been speeding.

Former king Gyanendra wants to continue to live in Nepal

Former king Gyanendra wants to continue to live in NepalBhopal, Feb 27 : Nepal''s last king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah, who is on a private visit to India, today said that he will continue to live in Nepal till the people of Nepal want him to be there.

Talking to reporters here, Gyanendra said he doesn''t wish to relocate to any other country.

"I will continue to stay in Nepal as long as the people of Nepal want me there. I don''t want go anywhere," he added.

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Kathmandu, Feb 27 : The visiting Chinese delegation led by Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi has handed over the draft of ''Peace and Friendship Treaty'' to acting Foreign Secretary Suresh Prasad Pradhan here on Thursday.

China proposed for a new Friendship Treaty in order to address the changed political situation after the abolition of monarchy in Nepal. The first Friendship Treaty between Nepal and China was signed in 1960.

The delegation said China hopes that the treaty could be signed during the Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda''s upcoming Chinese visit.

Prachanda is scheduled to visit China in the second week of April.

Former Nepal royal palace reopens as a museum

Nepal nervous about downturn's impact on its workers abroadKathmandu- Nepal's Maoist-led government on Thursday formally reopened the former main royal palace in Kathmandu as a museum.

The Narayanhiti Palace was inaugurated as a museum by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal whose Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, waged a 10-year insurgency to abolish the monarchy.

Officials said only 19 of the palace's 52 rooms would be open to the public as of Friday.

Culling of birds completed in Nepal

Nepal, KathmanduKathmandu, Feb 26 : The Rapid Response Teams (RRT) deployed to control bird flu in Sharanmati area Jhapa district has completed its culling operation on Wednesday.

The RRTs killed 2891 chickens, 29 ducks, 265 pigeons and destroyed 8257 eggs belonging to some 446 households of the bird flu affected area during the four day operation that begun on Sunday.

According to District Livestock Services Officer Dilip Sapkota, the 45 technicians of the five RRTs will be stationed at Sharanamati area for a week for health check up.

Prachanda on one-China policy

Prachanda says Govt will give justice to conflict victimsKathmandu, Feb 26 : Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda today reiterated Nepal's commitment on one-China policy.

During a meeting with visiting Chinese delegation led by Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi at his office, Prachanda proposed that the Chinese government should support the construction of 400 MW Narsinghgad hydro-power project in Jajarkot.

He also urged the Chinese government to help Nepal in infrastructure building and development of Special Economic Zones (SEZ).