PLANT RESOURCES DAY : Unity must to fight terror: Giri

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 11:

The vice-chairman of the Royal Cabinet Council, Dr Tulsi Giri, said that the country’s integrated concentration was needed for the fight against terrorism. “Since terrorism has caused a setback to every section of the country, the first and prime concern should be winning the fight against terrorism,” Giri said. He asked everyone to understand the intentions of the government while talking about protection of human rights. “The government wants to establish peace, progress and prosperity in the country which is not possible without defeating terrorism,” Giri said. He also made it clear that the government had no interest in killing Nepalis but it was the fight to uproot terrorism which had turned out to be a problem for Nepalis.

Speaking at a function organised by the Department of Plant Resources to mark Plant Resources Day, Giri said terrorism had caused severe damage to development efforts in the field of plant resources. “They (terrorist) cut water pipes, disrupt sources of water and explode bombs in the forest. How can you explore the possibilities of plant resources without surmounting these problems,” he said. The function followed an afforestation programme at the Royal Botanical Garden at Godawari inaugurated by Giri. Uday Raj Sharma, director general at the department of plant resources, said that the department lacked resources to expand its services throughout the country. Sharma was of the view that Nepal can generate income if the area of plant resources is enlarged. Life-member of the Royal Nepal Academy, Dr Tirth Bahadur Shrestha, outlined the history and development of plant resources in Nepal as well as the performance of the department staff.

Peace within one year, says Sachit Shumsher

Kathmandu: Member of the Rajparishad Standing Committee, Sachit Shumsher JB Rana, on Monday said peace would prevail in the nation within a year. Addressing the annual function of Everest Foundation Nepal here, Rana, who is also former Chief of Army Staff, claimed the Maoists have been fighting among themselves as they are gradually being defeated by the army. With the government ready to take the concept of peace and development to each village, the concept of security and development will ensure peace prevails in the nation, said Rana. — HNS