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Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  
   
International


Nepali king spurns salary


Nepal's embattled King Gyanendra and his family have not drawn their annual salary since the new government slapped tax on the royals' income in May, a report said yesterday.

The king and family members have not approached the government for the first tranche of their 23.7 million rupee (329,000 dollar) salary and allowances, the English language daily Kathmandu Post reported, quoting unnamed government officials.

The royal palace used to collect its annual household budget within 48 hours of it being announced, the newspaper said.

"It is really surprising the palace has not drawn the money even after six months into the fiscal year," the newspaper quoted an official as saying.

Palace officials were not available for comment.