Aid for hospital

KATHMANDU: British Ambassador to Nepal Andrew Hall on Friday handed over a lithotripter machine to the Patan Hospital. It is said the machine breaks down kidney and ureteric stones, avoiding the need for surgery. The UN Women’s Organisation (UNWO) and the embassy contributed equal amount (Rs 113,000 each) to buy the machine from India. UNWO president Amele Tarakinikini said, “This is a beginning of a long-term programme between the Patan Hospital and the UNWO.” — HNS

Japanese MP arriving

KATHMANDU: Member of House of Councillors of Japan Masahiko Sato will arrive in Kathmandu on Saturday on a three-day visit. During his visit he will inspect activities of Japanese Arms Monitors under the United Nations Mission in Nepal, said a statement issued by the Embassy of Japan on Friday. Sato will also visit Nepalgunj and Biratnagar, the embassy added. — HNS

CEC lauds donors

KATHMANDU: Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokharel on Friday thanked the donor agencies for their assistance during the CA elections. At a programme, the CEC hoped that the EC will receive the donors’ cooperation in the coming days, too. Meanwhile, Swedish resident ambassador in New Delhi Lars-olof Lindren paid a courtesy call on Pokharel. Pokharel lauded the international community for the assistance in the polls. Also on Friday, the CEC expressed gratitude for the cooperation made by the chief secretary of the government, special class officers and the chiefs of the security bodies. — RSS