Sharma leaves for US

KATHMANDU: Vice-chancellor of the Tribhuwan University Prof Dr Govind Prasad Sharma left Kathmandu on Friday to take part in the loan talks to be held on February 13 for the second Higher Education Project, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. According to the TU Information Section, the six-member team led by Sharma also includes Finance Secretary Bhanu Prasad Acharya and the Chairman of the TU Grant Commission, Prof Dr Bidur Prasad Upadhyay. — RSS

Allowance donated

KIRTIPUR: Newly elected Mayor of Kirtipur Dhruba Maharjan has said that he will provide the entire sum of mayoral allowance to government schools of Kirtipur municipality. He said he would make efforts to materialise the public announcement he made while filing nomination for the post. His allowance will be collected in a fund and mobilised for the schooling of poor students who are studying at government school. — RSS

Shali Nadi visits

KATHMANDU: Local traders said the number of devotees visiting the Shali Nadi — a holy river near Sankhu which is about 20 km away from Kathmandu — was not affected from the Nepal Bandh called by the Maoists and the protests of the seven political parties. A large crowd of Hindu pilgrims has gathered at the river to take a holy bath and perform puja from Kathmandu. A special fair has been taking place at and around the river, with devotees performing puja. — RSS

Haj team arrives

Kathmandu: The final team of Nepali Muslims that had gone for a Haj pilgrimage to Mecca Madina of Saudi Arabia arrived home on Saturday. A total of 184 Nepali Muslims had left for the Haj pilgrimage this year. — RSS