KATHMANDU - As Nepal's Maoist party formally handed over its guerrilla army to the state, reminiscences by veteran fighters revealed how their 10-year "People's War", which killed over 16,000 people, had begun with firearms once used by Tibetan rebels to fight the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

KATHMANDU - It was not a desire to change the world but his grinding poverty that made Nar Bahadur Sunuwar join the underground Maoist guerrillas when he was only 12.

KATHMANDU - Undeterred by his party's failure to turn Nepal into a military state constitutionally, Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal is now urging all students to become "troops" and turn all universities and colleges into barracks.

KATHMANDU - A young Muslim from Nepal, who had been held in an Indian prison for eight months on suspicion of being involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has been freed on bail, a media report here said Tuesday.

KATHMANDU - Though he never came to Nepal, slain Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara remains one of the best-known foreign faces in the Himalayan republic that nursed a 10-year Communist revolution of its own.
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