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Sunsari turning into safe haven for arms trade

ITAHARI: Sunsari, an eastern district of the country, is becoming a focal point for illegal trade of modern weapons. According to police sources, cadres of major political parties representing the Constituent Assembly and members of the underground outfits have been involved in the burgeoning illegal arms transaction in the district. Different criminal groups in the cities like Ithari and Dharan have possessed a large number of sophisticated weapons due to political protection. Police had recovered one magazine of a pistol and two rounds of bullets a month ago, when a clash erupted among...
Published On: 2012-03-23

NC leader raps ethnic federalism

POKHARA: Nepali Congress central leader Narahari Acharya today expressed fears that federal set up carved along ethnic lines with special privileges to some ethnic groups would revive family rule in the country. Speaking at the press meet organised by Press Union, Kaski in Pokhara, Acharya said the provision of conferring special rights to some ethnic communities would sow the seeds of disparity in the democratic country. “To give ethnic colour to federalism is nothing but fanaticism and fundamentalism,” Acharya added. On the occasion, NC leader reiterated that federalism drawn ...
Published On: 2012-03-23

Wild buffaloes on rise: Census

ITAHARI: For the first time in Nepal, the number of wild buffaloes has increased in Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reservation which is listed in the Ramsar area. According to the latest census, altogether 257 buffaloes including 38 in Block A, 81 in Block B, 133 in Block C and 5 in Block D were counted this year. The data came after a census was carried out using direct method that started from March 15 to 17. The number has gone up when compared to 2009, when the number of wild buffaloes was only 219. According to Warden Ashok Ram, this time the census was carried out using the methods of direct ...
Published On: 2012-03-23

Police thrash youth black and blue

PHIDIM: Til Bikram Chemjong (35), a local of Phaktep, Panchthar, today said police thrashed him black and blue on charges of setting fire on local Bhim Lal Chemjong’s house. Til Bikram, who arrived in the district headquarters, lamented that a police team headed by Head Constable Anil Poudel of Ghurbise Panchami police post thrashed him mercilessly on March 18. A district member of the UCPN-Maoist-aligned farmers’ association, Til Bikram was summoned by police following an FIR filed by the fire victim. With bruises on his thigh, face, chest and neck, Til Bikram is undergoing tr...
Published On: 2012-03-23

Bhattarai govt days numbered: Oli

CHARIKOT: CPN-UML influential leader KP Sharma Oli today said that the incumbent government would not last for more than a week. Oli further took a dig at Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s recent appointment of a minister for a short period describing it a bid to set up yet another bad precedent. “Baburam Bhattarai-led government has lost its moral grounds. Instead of inducting new ministers into the government, he should step down,” said Oli at a programme in Singati. PM Bhattarai today sacked Minister for Labour and Transport Management Sarita Giri and inducted Malawar...
Published On: 2012-03-23

No backtrack from federalism: Gyawali

TANAHUN: CPN-UML Politburo Member Pradip Gyawali has said the country cannot backtrack from federalism. At a press meet organised in Damauli on Friday by the Press Chautari Nepal, Tanahun branch, he said discussion was being held among parties on what form of federalism to apply, but the country will not be sans federalism. Peace and constitution making has been overshadowed due to the confusion within the UCPN-Maoist, he said, adding the country could fall in a huge disaster if constitution was not promulgated by May 27....
Published On: 2012-03-23

Fake invigilators expelled in Rukum

RUKUM: A total of six invigilators including three fake ones have been expelled from Chourjahari exam center in Rukum on the third day of SLC Examination, on Friday. A monitoring team deployed from the district expelled Mukti Prasad Sharma, Tulasa Budhathoki and Tej Bahadur Malla for acting against the norms of examination. Similarly, the team also expelled Govinda Budhathoki, Tikaram Acharya and Man Bahadur Kumal, who had entered the examination center as fake invigilators. The team said that they had entered in the center to help their relatives posing as fake invigilators at a time when ...
Published On: 2012-03-23

SLC examinee expelled in Pyuthan

PYUTHAN: An examinee taking School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination on Friday has been rusticated from the Saraswati Higher Secondary School of Bangesal Exam Center for leaking out the question paper prior to the examination. Superintendent of the Center, Thaneshwor Adhikari said examinee Srijan Pokhrel was expelled on the charge of leaking out the question paper of Compulsory Math. District Education Office, Pyuthan, however, said that Pokhrel can sit for exams of the remaining subjects. ...
Published On: 2012-03-23

Suspension bridge constructed in remote area of Gorkha

GORKHA: A suspension bridge over Myanglungkhola (river) linking Gumda and Laprak VDCs in remote part of Gorkha district has been constructed. Prior to this, locals of the adjoining VDCs were hard hit due to lack of a bridge in the area. Local nonagenarian Birlal Gurung inaugurated the bridge this morning amid a programme, said local Anarda Gurung. Chairman of the Bridge Construction Committee Dhan Bahadur Gurung presided over the programme. The 79-meter-long bridge was constructed with the investment of Rs 2.9 million including Rs 1.2 million support from the District Development Committ...
Published On: 2012-03-23

Khukuri attack on daughter in law

KHOTANG: An elderly woman in Khotang attacked her own daughter in law with a khukuri. Sanchahira Rai (72) of Bamrang -1 attacked Shivakumari Rai (51) Thursday night over a minor debate in the house, police said. Shiva Kumari is undergoing treatment at the District Hospital after sustaining serious injury on the head, whereas the police has taken the mother in law into custody.  ...
Published On: 2012-03-23