>>Gyanendra on Agreement: Kantipur FM is reporting at the end of it’s 18:30 hours bulletin that Gyanendra Shah, the king who dismissed democracy, imposed autocracy in Feb 1, 2005 and intensified war against Maoists after the takeover, has welcomed yesterday’s historic comprehensive peace agreement between the government of Nepal and CPN Maoist. As per the agreement, Gyanendra’s properties that he inherited along with the crown in 2001 will be nationalized, he will have no role whatsoever in the state of affairs in Nepal and the fate of monarchy will be decided by the simple majority of the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly. According to the statement issued by Shah’s office in Narayanhitti, he has “expressed his happiness” over the agreement. Shah has basically confied himself within the high walls of Narayanhitti since the third week of April when he was nearly overthrown by the popular uprising.
>>Today is the day of celebrations! The government of Nepal declared today public holiday and the Home Minister requested all citizens to do dipawali in their homes. All government offices are reported to be doing dipawali this evening. People on the street are in jubilant mood.
Images of celebrations and the Comprehensive Peace Accord signing ceremony (Tuesday, November 21, 2006). UWB Photo blog
Celebrating Peace: Students lit candles in a ceremony Wednesday (Nov 22) organized to celebrate the Peace Accord in RR campus (Kathmandu) Pic by Sailendra Kharel via eKantipur
In Biratnagar. Pics by Bhim Ghimire via Kantipur
He…he.. Good News! A man in Tulsipur (Dang) listens to the live radio broadcast about the peace agreement signign event. Pic by Sudarsan Rijal via Kantipur
Peace At Last: Prime Minister Girja Prasad Koirala Koirala and CPN Maoist Chairman Prachanda shake hands and exchange the papers after they put their signatures in the Comprehensive Pace Accord. Pics by eKantpur
Koirala and Prachanda put their signatures at the copies of Comprehensive Peace Accord. Pic via eKantipur
US ambassador James F Moriarty and Indian envoy Shiv Shankar Mukharjee in the signing in ceremony