Batsayan bags award

CHITWAN: Senior cartoonist Durga Baral aka Batsyayan of Pokhara has bagged the Krishna Prasad Bhattarai Rastriya Patrakarita Puraskar.

He received the award that carries a purse of 100,000 rupees from the hands of President Bidhyadevi Bhandari at the general assembly of Federation of Nepali Journalists in Ratnanagar of Chitwan on Tuesday.

The award is provided by FNJ. Similarly Tularam Pande of Kalikot received the Gauri Kathayat Smriti Patrakarita Puraskar set up in memory of former FNJ central member late Gauri Kathayat.

Ganesh Chaudhary of Kailali bagged the Uma Singh Rastriya Patrakarita Puraskar. Various other journalists were also feted on the occasion.

The assembly is expected to float a new statute and a three-tier organisational structure  central, provincial and local.