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TIMELINE - Royal rollback


1 February 2005 - King Gyanendra takes over. Declares emergency, sacks Deuba yet again, cuts phone lines, sends army into newsrooms. Hundreds of politicians and civil society activists are jailed. International condemnation.

April 2005 - After debate at the UN in Geneva, an office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights is set up in Kathmandu.

June 2005 - Maoists blow up bus in Madi, killing 37 passengers and injuring 70. Worst ever terrorist attack in Nepal.

September 2005 - Maoists declare three-month unilateral ceasefire. King G continues walkabouts in various parts of the country.

October 2005 - Tourism bounces back with ceasefire.

November 2005 - Seven-party alliance (SPA) and Maoists sign 12-point 'understanding'. Government cracks down on media and prepares guidelines for NGOs.

December 2005 - Maoists extend ceasefire by one month, still no government response.

January 2006 - Ceasefire ends, Maoists intensify attacks.

February 2006 - In anniversary speech, King Gyanendra says he will continue direct rule and calls for elections by April 2007. Palpa attacked, Maoists shut down country before municipal polls. Twenty percent turnout in local elections. Maoist insurgency enters 10th year.

March 2006 - Maoists impose three-week blockade. King and queen leave for Pokhara. Seven parties and Maoists reaffirm 12-point understanding and prepare for April protests.

6 April 2006 - Malangwa attacked, RNA Mi-17 down. First day of pro-democracy demonstrations-over 450 protesters arrested in Kathmandu alone. Many political activists and academics under house arrest.

7 April 2006 - Nationwide protests, roads blocked, buildings vandalised, meanwhile King G inaugurates World Hindu Convention in Birganj.

8 April 2006 - Curfew in Kathmandu. Activists arrested as they defy curfew. Mobiles disconnected. Clashes with Maoists in Kapilbastu and Rupandehi, 25 killed. One pro-democracy protester shot dead in Chitwan.

9 April 2006 - 12-hour curfews become routine. Maoists blockade highways. One killed at a pro-democracy demonstration in Banepa.

10 April 2006 - Professionals and civil servants join the movement. A woman injured in police firing in Chitwan dies. Demos spread nationwide.

11 April 2006 - Curfew hours reduced. Peaceful rally in Gongabu turns violent. Tourists join the pro-democracy movement, dozens arrested in Thamel. Two protesters shot dead at a rally in Pokhara.

12 April 2006 - Daytime curfew lifted. King and queen return to capital from Pokhara. Over 500 journalists, lawyers, human rights observers and professionals arrested. Protester shot dead in Nawalparasi.

13 April 2006 - Lawyers injured in police crackdown on demo. Development workers join the movement, civil servants strike. Massive rallies in Kiritpur where students recite poems and sing revolutionary songs.

14 April 2006 - King addresses the nation on the occasion of Nepali New Year 2063, Maoists and parties say protests to continue.

15 April 2006 - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urges the king to take steps to solve the crisis. Over 20,000 march in Dhading. Nationwide protests intensify.

16 April 2006 - Businesses remain closed for 11th consecutive day. Journalists arrested, protests flare along Ring Road. Shortages hit Kathmandu. King Gyanendra meets ambassadors from the US, India and China.

18 April 2006 - Pokhara tense and under daytime curfew. Civil servants at the Home Ministry in Kathmandu protest, many arrested. King meets political party leaders.

19 April 2006 - 18-hour curfew in Kathmandu. Clashes in Jhapa leave three dead. CPN-UML General Secretary Madhab Kumar Nepal and other senior leaders released. Indian special envoy Dr Karan Singh arrives.

20 April 2006 - 25-hour curfew. Three protesters shot dead at Kalanki when security forces open fire, 50,000 protesters march to Kalanki. Curfew passes denied to media and the UN. K P Bhattarai refuses the king's offer to become prime minister. Karan Singh returns to India 'optimistic'.

21 April 2006 - Ring Road fills with over 500,000 protesters, several killed hundreds injured. King Gyanendra addresses the nation, hands executive power back to the people and asks parties to recommend a prime minister.

22 April 2006 - Seven parties reject king's offer to nominate prime minister. Thousands of protesters defy curfew, break security cordons and march towards the palace. Thunderstorm intervenes. Mobile out again.

23 April 2006 - 11-hour curfew in Kathmandu. SPA leaders announce mammoth Ring Road rally for 25 April over 200,000 people participate in demonstration in Dang.

24 April 2006 - King addresses the nation near midnight and reinstates dissolved parliament. Jubilation on streets.

25 April 2006 - SPA nominates Girija Prasad Koirala to head the new government. Victory rallies all over the country. Detainees released. Mobiles restored. Curfew lifted. Maoists reject king's offer.

26 April 2006 - Maoists remove blockade. Soldiers slay six in Morang.

27 April 2006 - Maoists declare three-month unilateral ceasefire. Huge rally at Tundikhel. Maoists announce rally for Friday to coincide with reconvening of parliament.



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