Infant drowns

KATHMANDU: Twenty-month-old Rejina Katuwal died on Thursday after drowning in a well at Gyaneshwor. According to the police, she died while being brought to hospital. Her father Krishna Katuwal, who hails from Triyuga of Udayapur, said she fell into the well while playing with other children. — HNS

Travel trade fair

KATHMANDU: Nepalese tourism entrepreneurs organised publicity programmes at the Travel Trade Fair recently held in the Indian cities of Chennai and Banglore, with a view to promote religious tourism in Nepal. Attractive publicity materials relating to religious tourism were displayed in the Nepalese Mandap during the fair. Around 10,000 Indian tourists and Travel Trade Entrepreneurs were reported to have visited the Nepalese Mandap, according to the Nepal Tourism Board. During a programme attended by the Royal Nepalese Airlines Corporation, Cosmic Air and seven other tourism entrepreneurs, an extensive discussion was held on the possibilities of bringing Indian religious tourists to Nepal. — RSS

Tribute to Prof Singh

KATHMANDU: A programme was held yesterday by the hospital to pay homage to the chairman of Nardevi Ayurved Hospital, Prof Dr Lokendra Man Singh. Dr Shesh Raj Acharya of the Health Ministry, Dr Thakur Raj Adhikari of the Department of Ayurved, chief of Ayurved Campus Dr Dhanik Lal Bharkher, chairman of the Ayurved Medical Council Dr Ram Briksha Sahu and chairman of the Ayurved Doctors’ Association Dr Rhishi Ram Koirala highlighted the contributions of late Prof Dr Singh. The meeting also held a condolence prayer for the departed soul’s eternal peace and extended its sympathy to the bereaved family. Prof Dr Singh died of cardiac arrest on February 2 in London. Around three dozen doctors prepared their research papers on Ayurved under his guidance. — RSS

Gathering in Moscow

KATHMANDU: A gathering of the French Women’s Association officials was organized by Khelo, a dealer in Nepali products, at the Royal Nepalese Embassy in Moscow to impart information about aspects of Nepal. Ambassador of Nepal to Moscow, Hiranya Lal Shrestha said such programmes would enhance friendship and brotherhood among the diaspora in Moscow. Welcoming the French officials, chairperson of Nepali Nari Nikunja, Dr S Mahato said it was an honour to be present. Chairperson of the French Women’’s Association, Brigette Tiyaz, hailed the bid to impart information about Nepali culture and art. Video shows wre held; handicrafts, pashmina shawls and carpets from Nepal were exhibited and various materials promoting tourism in Nepal were distributed. Staff of the embassy, representatives of Nepali Nari Nikunja and around 150 Frenchwomen currently based in Moscow participated in the programme. — RSS