From Intercessors Network:NEPAL’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS WARY AS NEW KING TAKES POWER Nepal’s King Gyanendra sacked the government and assumed power Tuesday, Feb. 1, raising fears among the country’s embattled Christian minority. Speaking on national radio and television, Gyanendra said he had “dissolved the government in the larger interests of the people” of Nepal, the world’s only Hindu kingdom. He also declared a state of emergency, saying that authorities had failed to impose adequate security amid the Maoist rebellion that has claimed more than 11,000 lives since 1996. Sources said several government officials and other politicians were put under house arrest while security was increased around the capital, Kathmandu. Attempts were made to close down Nepalese news websites and several telephone connections were down.While it’s unclear how the latest developments will affect Christians, analysts say the monarchy has a poor history of allowing Christian activities. Despite persecution in Nepal, researchers say the church in Nepal has seen rapid growth in recent years, doubling to more than 500,000 Christians (2 percent of the population) who attend some 3,000 churches.