Rotarians assume office

KATHMANDU: The Installation Ceremony of the new office bearers of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town for the Rotary 2004/2005 was held on Friday. Outgoing President Jyotsna Shrestha highlighted the works done by the club in the past year. She said that the club had received the Best Club Award amongst the 65 clubs in Nepal recently. While, the incoming president Arun Man Sherchen briefly outlined his plans for the coming year. New officers of the club includes president Sherchen, Komal Chitrakar, Chandra Kumar Golchha, Navyo Eller, Dr Neil Pande, Saroj Shrestha, Vispy Mehta, Kailash Dangol, David Soverweine and Govinda Chipalu. — HNS

Info on detainees sought

KATHMANDU: The Human Rights and Public Concern Committee (HRPCC) on Friday held a peaceful demonstration at Ratnapark calling on the government and the rebels to make public the names the people they have in their custody. It also urged both the parties to resume the peace process. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Maoists to release the abducted individuals, expressing great concern on the issue. The demonstrators further called on the state and the rebels to stop violent activities and respect the humanitarian law, a press release stated. "Both the parties are increasingly violating national and international humanitarian law and incidence of illegal detention and abduction are on the rise," according to HRPCC. — HNS

China info centre opened

KATHMANDU: Chinese ambassador, Sun Heping, inaugurated the Chinese Information Centre of the World Culture Net at the Kathmandu Plaza. The information centre is expected to boost Nepal-China relations by disseminating information related to China. Speaking on the occasion, envoy Heping said the newly-founded China Information Centre will play an important role in disseminating information on China. — HNS

Free health camp

BHAKTAPUR: The Bhaktapur hospital, in the past one year, provided free medical treatment services to some 410 elderly citizens to observe the 100 years of its establishment. This was disclosed at the closing ceremony of the 100 years celebrations organised here on Thursday. Altogether 219 men and 191 women of 75 years and above received free medical treatment at the hospital, said chairman of the hospital development committee Dhanman Shrestha. Drugs worth Rs 264,325 were also distributed. — RSS

Discussion on AIDS

BHAKTAPUR: Nepal Red Cross Society, Bhaktapur organised a discussion about the promotion of awareness about HIV/AIDS in on Friday. Representatives of different organisations pointed out the need of co-ordination among the government and nongovernment bodies working for the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the country. Inaugurating the programme central member of the NRCS Bal Mukunda Suwal shed light on various aspects of the disease. -- RSS