Clean development

KATHMANDU: Nepal can get millions of dollars by trading carbon through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the areas like promotion of alternative energy technologies, electric vehicles and others, an energy expert said on Friday at a talk programme on prospects for CDM in Nepal. Dr Govind R Timilsina said that for Nepal to be able to trade reduced greenhouse gases emissions to industrialised countries under CDM, it must ratify the Kyoto Protocol. — HNS

Quiz contest coming up

KATHMANDU: The Reukai Nepal and Himalayan White House International College (HHIC) are jointly organising a national-level quiz competition from April 24, according to a press statement released on Friday.The contest is open to students who have completed grades 9-10 and SLC. The first phase will be held in 116 stations, the second phase in 16 stations. The third phase will be on May 22 and 23 in. "Around 2,500 schools are expected to participate. The winner will bag Rs 30,000, and first and second runner ups will receive Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively," the organisers said. — HNS

Civic forum formed

KATHMANDU: The Civic Society Forum for International Support Development, a non-government organisation, was set up on Friday to facilitate an environment favourable for civic society to participate in the meet of the Nepal Development Forum and for advocacy of poverty eradication and progressive social development. The meet formed three committees. — HNS

Chand sad over events

KATHMANDU: Former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand has said the news that over 5,000 people of southern Kanchanpur district are taking refuge in the bordering Indian Basahi bazaar due to the Maoist threat, is a matter of great sorrow. In a press release issued on Friday, Chand has appealed to human rights organisations, service-oriented national and international bodies and the civic society to make attempts for the protection of life and early release of the abducted people. — RSS

US team calls on PM, FM

KATHMANDU: A three member delegation of the US Congress comprising Congressman David Dreir and Congresswomen Karen Mccarthy and Grace Napolitano paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa on Friday. They also met Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa at his office in Sheetal Niwas. — RSS