Capital Briefs

Water shortage

KIRTIPUR: Natural water reserves in Kirtipur are under severe human pressure. Artificial water reserves are fast depleting resulting in water shortage as many wells have gone dry. Local residents said that stone spouts and small ponds have come as a huge relief for them in the face of water crisis. However, increasing human pressure has been decreasing water level in the local natural water reserves. "These water reserves have been fulfilling the water demand at present. But slowly the water level will fall," says a local, Dipendra Kumar Shrestha. Although Kirtipur dwellers depend on natural water reserves, there has been no concrete effort to conserve them.

Murderer arrested

KATHMANDU: Police have arrested a person who was said to be involved in the murder of Mangal BK (45) in the capital in October. Bikram Karki (22), a permanent resident of Sindhupalchowk, was on the run after killing BK. According to Ganesh KC, chief Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, Karki had attacked BK in a bid to loot the money and mobile phone that he was carrying along with him in Baudha. Seriously injured BK died while undergoing treatment at Life Care Hospital on Nov. 13, KC said, adding that police had launched a manhunt to arrest Karki.


KATHMANDU: Two people were arrested last night for smuggling timber in Rautahat district. The arrestees are Jogendra Sahani of Kanakpur VDC and Prem Singh Dhami of Ranganpur VDC. A patrolling team of officials from District Forest Office, Rautahat, caught them while they were felling saal trees. Action will be taken against them under the Forest Act, said assistant forest officer Rakesh Karna.