National Briefs

Birds’ offering banned

GORKHA: In a bid to control spread of bird flu, a technical team formed in the district has prohibited offering of pigeons, chickens and ducks at the Manakamana and Gorakhkali Temple. The committee announced barring the offering of these birds to stop possible spread of bird flu. Cases of the flu have been recorded in neighbouring Pokhara recently. The meeting of the committee held at the District Administration Office today made such a decision. Chief District Officer Kamalmani Kafle, who is also the chief of the committee, said that they have decided to check the entry of birds at the Abukhaireni Police Post, Manakamana cable car station and other entry points. Devotees have been offering chickens, ducks and pigeons at the temples.

Lawyer for the hapless

Tehrathum: The District Court, Tehrathum, has appointed a lawyer to provide legal assistance to the poor, helpless and disabled people in the district. The court has appointed Krishna Prasad Bhattarai as the lawyer for a year’s term. According to Gunaraj Dhungel, district judge, Bhattarai will provide legal advice free of cost to the poor, helpless and the disabled for a year. Nawaj Dulal, an employee at the court, said that the lawyer would provide free legal advice to the poor, helpless and disabled persons who often fail to get legal advice.