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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
Nepal lifts Indian television ban
King Gyanendra
Media restrictions were imposed after the royal takeover
Nepal has lifted a ban on the broadcast of Indian television news channels in the country.

Cable operators say broadcasts of the channels will resume later on Sunday.

The authorities had ordered local cable operators to stop distributing the news channels over their network after King Gyanendra seized power in February.

They had justified the ban saying that the Indian news channels were distorting events in Nepal.

King Gyanendra introduced strict media restrictions after assuming direct control of the country.

Under the new guidelines, criticism of the king, the government and the security forces is banned.

Landline telephone, mobile and internet services were also been shut down.

Landline telephones and internet services were restored after a week, while mobile phone services have only been partially resumed.

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