Ministry’s statement

KATHMANDU: Ministry of Home Affairs, issuing a press statement on Wednesday, has stated that there is no scientific base for the rumour that there would be earthquake in June/July, which has been spread throughout the country. The statement says there is no reliable

technology to forecast earthquake. “Himalayan region that stretches about 2500 km from Myanmar in East and Afghanistan in the west remains a earthquake-prone zone,” the statement says. — RSS

Martin meets PM

KATHMANDU: Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Ian Martin, on Wednesday met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and discussed with him the UNMIN’s ‘latest update in connection with the ongoing peace process.’ UNMIN will begin the second stage of registration and verification of Maoist combatants from Thursday. — HNS

Survey findings

Lalitpur: Farmers in Dhading use more than the required amount of pesticides in vegetable crops, according to a survey conducted recently in Dhading by the Entomology Division of the Nepal Agriculture Research Council. The excess use of pesticides is due to lack of awareness of adverse effects of pesticides. — HNS