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Nepal's Supreme Court Halts Radio Station Shutdown

Nepal's Supreme Court has issued a stay-order to temporarily halt the closure of a private radio station that defied a ban on broadcasting news.

Judge Anup Raj Sharma issued an interim order on Wednesday requiring Nepal's royalist government to immediately suspend the closure of Nepal FM radio station.

Mr. Sharma also questioned the grounds on which the government closed down the station. Now the station will continue operating until a final ruling by the Supreme Court determines its future.

The Ministry of Information and Communication issued a letter requesting the station be shut down because it defied a ban imposed by King Gyanendra.

Nepal FM aired programs that included weather forecasts, information on cultural events and government announcements.

Some information for this report provided by AP.