Siddhipur project

LALITPUR: A project to supply potable water to 1,308 households of Siddhipur VDC of Lalitpur district began recently. After completion of the Rs 20.5m project, Siddhipur locals will be supplied drinking water of WHO standards within one-and-a-half-years. The project has been started with the support of UN-HABITAT and Water Aid, in association with local partners. Locals will have to contribute 25 per cent cost through labour. The Water Supply and Sanitation Division Office will facilitate and technically support the project. A 3.5-litre per second intake has been constructed near Godawari river. — HNS

Exams rescheduled

KATHMANDU: The Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) examination committee on Sunday decided to conduct the postponed examinations of grades 11 and 12 on June 2 and May 21, respectively. A total of 3,20,000 students are appearing for the board examinations this year. The examinations were postponed citing “unfavourable circumstances”. Meanwhile, the Tribhuvan University (TU) has still not announced new dates for its postponed exams. The TU examination board meeting will be held only after a week. — HNS

Doctorate for Shrestha

KATHMANDU: Professor Jagannatha Shrestha has received doctorate from the LN Mithila University, India for his research in “Solar Energy application in sustainable development of rural area: Computer modeling and techo-economic analysis”. Shrestha has made a significant contribution to the development of solar Energy in Nepal. He is the Director of the TU Engineering Corporation Energy Studies Centre. — RSS

Resignation accepted

KATHMANDU: King Gyanendra has approved the resignation tendered by Attorney General Laxmi Bahadur Nirala from his post in accordance with the 1990 Constitution. This was informed in a notice published by the Press Secretariat of the King. — RSS

Thimi land dispute

BHAKTAPUR: A dispute between slum dwellers and landowners broke out after the former started building houses on private land along Manohara river at Madhyapur Thimi Municipality-16. Bharat Bogati, Yambahadur Bogari, Sushil Bogati and Jitendra Basnet were injured in the clashes. The land owners set fire to four houses of Surya Khawas, Narbada Adhikari, Bhawanath Gautam and Chakre Damai. — RSS

Staffers on street

BHAKTAPUR: Bhaktapur Municipality staffers have started working from the street following damages to eight counters and tourist entry point of Bhaktapur municipality. Five counters and three tourist entry points were set on fire during the protests following Nagarkot massacre. According to municipality staff, they started working from street as there was no reconstruction work on the fire-damaged counters and tourist entry posts. The fire set by the protestors damaged the physical infrastructure worth around Rs 1.3 million, said Executive Office of the municipality, Hem Nath Sharma. — RSS