Detainee’s release ordered


The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Ministries of Home and Defence, Royal Nepalese Army headquarters, Nepal Police and authorities of the Central Jail to release 36-year-old Tankeshwor Limbu who was arrested a month ago. Limbu is a restaurant operator in Koteshwor. A division bench of justices Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Badri Kumar Basnet issued the order, following Friday’s hearing. The bench said the claim of the security forces to detain him on charge of being a Maoist could not be established. Advocate Agni Kharel was the detainee’s defence counsel. Limbu has been released from the Central Jail. —HNS

Reform in policy stressed


Yubaraj Khatiwada, member of the National Planning Commission, said that economic programmes are not enough to address the root cause of poverty in the country. He, however, maintained the need to reform government programmes to ensure benefits of such programmes to the needy section of the population. Khatiwada said this after launching research reports titled “Listening to People Living in Poverty in Nepal” and “Listening to People Living in Poverty in Asia” prepared by Action Aid Nepal and New Era, both non-government organisations on Friday. “Economic factor is not only an indicator of the development, the consumer’s level, people’s accessibility to education and health are also the factors that define a nation’s development,” he added. —HNS

KU publishes MBBS result


Kathmandu University on Friday published the result of the final year MBBS university examination held in November-December 2004. The result has also been posted at the university website, http:/ — RSS