National Briefs

Youths leaving villages

Khotang: Youths are hardly seen in most of the villages in the district these days as most of them have left the country in search of greener pastures abroad. Youths are compelled to go for foreign employment as the country lacks employment opportunities. Major destinations of the youths include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. One Laxmi Thapa of Sapteswor Chitapokhari Village Development Committee-4 said, ‘’There are no employment opportunities in the village and as such, youths are compelled to go for foreign employment by borrowing money at high interest rates.” “I have sent my two brothers to Malaysia by borrowing Rs 2 lakh from local lenders,’’ she added.Representatives of civil society say that the government should provide employment opportunities for the youths within the country for the development of the country.

Security plan review

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Home Affairs has started reviewing the implementation of the Special Security Plan 2009. The process comes in the wake of public outrage over rising criminal activities in the country despite its implementation.Speaking at a meeting organised in the ministry today, Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal said that the process of reviewing the SSP had begun after the review of the overall peace and security situation in the country. “Discussions are underway to review the SSP for its better and effective implementation,” he said. He also reassured action against criminals issuing threats to journalists, media entrepreneurs, professionals and the general public. “The government will not let the culprits involved in murder and intimidation escape at any cost,” he said. The meeting was attended by officials of the ministry and all the three security agencies.

Jailbirds’ demand

Dang: Ten inmates in Tulasipur jail have started an agitation demanding security. The inmates launched the agitation demanding security and action against culprits who had thrashed other inmates in the jail on February 12. Some inmates had beaten up Naike Ram Bahadur Khadka and Chaukidar Dinesh Jaisi while they were asleep. The agitating inmates also claimed that the jail administration was unable to bring the culprits to book. The inmates made public the protest programme today. The programme includes sit-in and relay hunger strikes. However, Jagat Oli, jail chief, said that they had already taken action against the culprits involved in the attack. He also said that they were compelled to

keep the rival groups of the inmates in the same room due to lack of