VSAT telephone line


Dhunche village development committee has brought into operation a telephone line at district headquarters Dhunche using a VSAT system. It has been beneficial to all, including tourists and those living abroad for employment. Nepal Telecom has also been giving continuity to the two phones lines that it already had here. But journalists are still facing problems as they lack a fax service. Some 23 telephone lines have been in operation in Dhunche and Northern Rasuwa, informed the Nepal Telecom office at Rasuwa. — RSS

Paper output drops


As the production of handmade paper declines due to the on-going conflict, farmers here are facing hard times. The production of handmade paper has declined, as farmers are unable to work the fields as well as supervise the fields. This has led to a drop in the income of farmers, according to Bhaktapur Craft Paper (BCP), Baglung. The business volume in handmade papers used to stand at Rs 10 million annually seven years ago. Now it is difficult to do business worth even about three million rupees, said Gopal Shrestha, chairman of BCP. Raw material for handmade paper, lokta is adequately available in Baglung, Parbat and Myagdi districts. About 300 families have directly benefited from handmade paper production and they usually earn Rs 25,000 to Rs 100,000 annually. — RSS

Supply centre set up


A special centre has been inaugurated to help supply raw materials and finished goods to provide sustainability to micro-entrepreneurship. The centre will be operated by Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MEDP), Dhanusha, District Micro Entrepreneurs Association and Friends of Dhanusha. Punya Prasad Neupaney, joint secretary at the ministry of industry, commerce and supplies, Dr Laxman Pun, national programme manager of MEDP also expressed their views on the occasion.— RSS