KATHMANDU: Veteran culture expert and littérateur Satyamohan Joshi has been hospitalised.

He was admitted at the Vayodha Hospital on Sunday evening, after he suffered from breathing and chest problems along with a bout of gastritis and urine infection.

The 95-year-old has been preliminarily diagnosed as having pleural effusion and pneumonia.

Pleural tapping--a procedure to remove fluid from the space outside the lungs and inside the inner wall of chest --has been carried out for proper diagnosis.

Joshi is currently under the supervision of senior consultant physician and gastroenterologist Dr. Shyam Bahadur Pandey, and internist Dr. Binod Karki.

Last week also, Joshi was taken to the hospital. He, however, was discharged after a few hours stay in the hospital.

According to Joshi's son Anurag, the veteran was "under the weather" for some time. Poor health notwithstanding, Joshi kept on taking part in public programmes before being bed ridden.

Recently, Joshi was felicitated with the title of Shatabdi Purush--The Man of the Century--by the Trimurti Niketan for his contribution to the Nepali literature and culture.

Joshi was honoured with prestigious Madan Puraskar for three times for his works --Hamro Lok Sanskriti in 1956, Nepali Rastriya Mudra in 1957 and Karnali Lok Sanskriti in 1971.