IN BRIEF

Call to quit post

KATHMANDU: Central members of the Nepal Sadbhawana Party-Ananadidevi Sarita Giri and Urmila Pandey are on a hunger strike since Tuesday evening. They are demanding the resignation of Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Shyam Sundar Gupta, an immediate halt to the government crackdown on Madhesi agitators and resolution of the Madhesi problems through dialogue. Alleging a foul play, the two woman leaders demanded that the Election Commission make public the candidates’ list submitted by Gupta. — HNS

Agro projects

KATHMANDU: The Ministry for Agriculture and Co-operatives on Thursday reviewed the progress made in the execution of main policies and programmes in the fiscal year 2007/08. In a statement, the ministry said programmes covering irrigation, income-generating activities for backward communities, development of wholesale and retail markets for agriculture products, supplies of fertilisers and distribution of improved seeds to 36 remote districts have accomplished their goals. However, the government has not yet finalised the bids for establishing tea-processing units at Ilam and Jhapa and powder milk factories, it said. — HNS

Free treatment

Kathmandu: Some 780 people benefited from the free health check-up camp organised by Alka Hospital in association with Friendship for Development and Peace Nepal. Alka Hospital president Kumar Thapa said the health check-up camp, organised to mark its first anniversary from February 14, would conclude on Friday. “The effort aims to provide service to those who could not go to hospital due to poverty,” Thapa said, adding they are providing free operation service to some 125 needy people from February 22. — HNS