Family stabbed, critical


A group of unidentified persons brutally stabbed all the members of a family at Kaldhara, KMC-16, on Thursday night. Police said that 24-year-old Pasang Sherpa, his wife Pemba and their three-year-old son Phurba were stabbed when they were sleeping on a single bed. They are in a critical condition and are undergoing treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. “The culprits neither appeared to have the intention of murdering nor looting,” police said. “They neither tired to kill them not take away money or valuables from their room.” Invesatigation is on, police said. — HNS

Man held with heroin


A team from the Narcotic Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit (NDCLEU), New Baneshwor, arrested Thir Narayan Darji, 39, with 88 grams of heroin from Kamalakshi, Kathmandu, on Thursday. “Acting on a tip-off, the police team arrested him along with the drugs which were concealed in the pockets of his pants,” police said. Darji hails from Ritthe of Ramechhap district. — HNS

Cops Liberia-bound


A team of 120 Armed Police Force (APF) personnel left Kathmandu for Liberia on Friday. The team will work there as a police unit as part of the United Nations’ mission to establish peace in Liberia. The team is headed by Deputy Superintendent of the APF Baburam Pandey. Inspector General of the APF bid farewell to the team amid a function organised at the APF headquarters, Halchowk, Kathmandu, on Friday, a press release issued by the APF stated. — HNS

Follow building code: Govt


Minister for Physical Planning and Works Prakash Man Singh has said that the building code should be implemented in full as it can play a significant role in minimising the damage caused by earthquakes. Inaugurating a symposium on ‘Experiences in earthquake risk management in Nepal’ organised by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction and the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal in collaboration with Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City and Mitra Kunj on the occasion of National Earthquake Safety Day 2005, Singh said a system should be developed for taking action against those who fail to implement the building code while constructing buildings. — RSS

Emphasis on technology


Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that today’s need is to develop appropriate technology and expand it to rural areas. Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Science and technology and its role for national development’ organised here on Friday by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Prime Minister Deuba said science and technology should be utilised for improving the social and economic infrastructure and style of the people. He said fruitful co-ordination among concerned institutions and organisations is essential while formulating programmes and activities, and these must be clearly delineated while formulating information technology policies. — RSS