Lumley arrives

KATHMANDU: British actress and rights defender Joanna Lumley, who reached the acme of popularity in her own country and Nepal for her role to fight for the Gurkhas,on Sunday arrived in Kathmandu on a week-long visit.

Lumley will hear the woes of the Gurkha veterans and their family members in person during her maiden visit to the country.

The British actress and human rights activist said she felt Nepal like her own home. "I feel honoured and pleased to be here in Nepal," she added. According to her, the fight for justice would be complete only after all the rights of Gurkha heroes were guaranteed.

Hundreds of Gurkha veterans, mediapersons and well-wishers had rushed to the Trivhuvan International Airport to receive and extend warm welcome to the renowned actress. Sixty-three-year-old actress is scheduled to meet President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala. Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen's Organisation will felicitate her at City Hall, Kathmandu, on Monday.