NWSC staff on strike

KATHMANDU: Staffers of Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) on Sunday began a fresh round of agitation against the management. The employees have accused the latter of breaching agreements it reached with employee associations. Members of three employee associations gheraoed the central office and stopped work against the government decision to lay off around 100 staffers. “We cannot accept it. There was an agreement between us and the management that it would not dismiss a single staffer except after providing voluntary retirement facilities. The agitation has to conitinue,” said Ram Kumar Thapa, the secretary of the joint struggle committee.— HNS

Earth Day marked

Kathmandu: Conservationists said at an interaction on Sunday that trees should be planted to free the planet from pollution. Speaking at an interaction — ‘ Our Earth, Our Future’ — organised today to mark the World Earth Day, Dr Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, a former chairman of the Nepal National Committee-IUCN (World Conservation Union), said, “A person needs six trees to lead a healthy life.” “Trees should be planted to ensure a sustainable existence of man,” Shrestha said. Bhairav Rishal, an environmental journalist, said every citizen should work for nature conservation. “Every individual should work to conserve nature. Our endeavours should free the planet Earth from pollution,” Rishal further said. — HNS

NSP (A) panels

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu district committee of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandadevi)-affiliated Nepal Women’s Forum has been constituted. The committee is headed by Chanda Chaudhari. Namita Dev, Mina Lama, Kiran Dev and Kanchan Chaudhari are vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer of the newly-constituted panel. The Nepal Students Forum Kathmandu District Committee has also been constituted under the chairmanship of Madhusudan Thapa. Shrawan Kumar Sob, Mukesh Kumar Jha, Samir Lamichhane and Sudha Chaudhari are vice-chairman, secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer of the committee. — RSS

Training concludes

KATHMANDU: The five-day-long Leadership Development Training for trekking guides and leaders concluded on Sunday. The training was held by the Nepal Tourism Board and Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP) to develop leadership skills among trekking guides and leaders. Marianne Heredge of England provided training to 14 trekking guides and leaders. — HNS