IN BRIEF

Students’ protest

KATHMANDU: Nepal Students Union (NSU) on Saturday organised a torch rally from Patan Dhoka to Mangal Bazar demanding immediate release of their general-secretary Basu Koirala, who is currently in detention. The rally, which later converged into a mass meeting in Mangal Bazar, also demanded the restoration of democracy and flayed the February 1 royal move. — HNS

Girl awaits support

KATHMANDU: One Sanu Baram, 10, a member of a highly marginalised Baram community, has a hole in her heart and is seeking support of good Samaritans to collect fund to undergo treatment which is expected to cost as much as Rs 300,000. Interested people are requested to deposit donations at the account number 19836/67 at Rastriya Banijya Bank, Thamel Branch. — HNS

AIDS victims’ meet

KATHMANDU: The third national conference of National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal was held on May 29. The conference of the national representatives from five developments regions nominated executive committee, under the leadership of Rajiv Kafle. — HNS

Baram panel formed

LALITPUR: The Lalitpur district committee of the Nepal Baram Association has recently been formed. A two-day meeting of people from Baram community living in Lalitpur formed a 11-member district panel under the chairmanship of Ganesh Baram. — HNS

APF training ends

BHAKTAPUR: A band of 50 Armed Police Force (APF) constables on Saturday completed arms training and Billadar basic traning at APF Guheshwori batallion, Duwakot. — HNS

Debate held

KATHMANDU: English Preparatory School Alumni Association on Saturday organised the 3rd NK Singh Memorial Running Shield Inter-School Debate Competition-2005 at Nepal Tourism Board. Among the 16 participating schools, Galaxy Public School and Puspasadan School made their way to the final. The debate was held on ‘Tourism is the best tool for poverty alleviation’, a statement issued by the alumni said. — HNS

Women’s role lauded

Kathmandu: Vice-chairman of the Council of Ministers Dr Tulsi Giri has said despite the prevailing patriarchal social structure and male-dominated culture, the economic and political contribution made by women entrepreneurs in Asia is expected to exert significant influence in shaping a new business model for the 21st century. He said this while addressing the second Regional SAARC Women Entrepreneurs Council meet here on Saturday. — HNS

Nepal festival held

KATHMANDU: Charge d’affaires at the Royal Nepalese Embassy in Paris, Niranjan Mansingh Basnyat, inaugurated the ‘Nepal festival’ organised on the premises of the Temple of Buddha in Paris on Saturday. — RSS