Acharya in NNITO

KATHMANDU: Nepal National Industry and Trade Organisation (NNITO) held its first convention and elected a 101-member central council and 51-member central working committee under the leadership of Krishna Acharya. Acharya, who was an ad hoc member, where a total of 350 industrialists participated. Acharya said they will work for the protection and promotion of national capital while ending feudalistic economy. — RSS

Herbs threatened

BIRGUNJ: Rare and precious species of herbs and aromatic plants found in Thori area are on verge of extinction. According to locals, smuggling of herbs to India, deforestation, encroachment and wildfires are to blame. Kurilo, Lauthsalla, Harro, Barro, Ghodelasun, Panchaule, Charito, Jatamashi, Dhupisalla, Khayar and other herbs are found in the area. Locals said that due to lack of conservation efforts valuable herbs used in treatment of various ailments are getting lost. They alleged that some villagers uproot herbs from the forests and sell these at throwaway prices to middlemen. Faced with the twin threat of theft and smuggling, farmers here are reluctant to take up herb farming

as a profession. — RSS