Forest plan ready

JANAKPURDHAM: District Forest Office, Dhanusha, has formulated a five-year plan for Sustainable Management of Dhanushadham Forest. The plan aims at introducing scientific management of the forest, developing the sense of ownership among locals for forest conservation and management, developing easy distribution system of forest products as well as enhancing tourism. — RSS

Tourist site

RAMECHHAP: Work has begun to develop Malagiri area of Ramechhap VDC as a tourist site. The site has important historical and archaeological value. The project was launched on the initiative of a local NGO, Malagiri Development Centre. The site includes the historic Tilkesthan fort, the Mahadev temple, Tamang culture and a model plastic pond and can be developed as a second gateway to the Everest region. Nepal Tourism Board and local bodies have supported the project. — RSS

Bridge constructed

BIRTAMOD: Construction of a concrete bridge over the Khahare Khole at Sunmai of Shantinagar VDC has benefited people of hilly areas of south-eastern Ilam and Jhapa districts. The bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs 4 lakh received from the VDC, timber from the Chulthe Community Forest Users’ Committee and the Rural Reconstruction Organisation, Damak. People of Shantinagar, Barne, Irautar, Jirmale, Samalbung, Kolbung and Shantipur have benefited from the bridge. — RSS

CDO, rebel share dias

Ramechhap: Ramechhap-based Maoist leader, Bigul, and Chief District Officer (CDO) of Ramechhap, Mohan Prasad Wagle, addressed an interaction on ‘Constituent Assembly and Professionals’ Responsibilities’, organised in Manthali, the district headquarters of Ramechhap, on Saturday. “Our organisation made many mistakes in the past, but we are ready now to embark on the path of peaceful politics through the formation of a constituent assembly,” Maoist leader Bigul said. Commenting on a working paper presented at the programme, CDO Wagle said, “By supporting the parties during the movement, professionals played a great role in restoring democracy.” Urging parties to respect the people, he said, “Parties should come up with a clear view on constituent assembly.” —HNS

Lightning kills girl

RAMECHHAP: A 12-year-old girl, Lila Bohora, a resident of Puranagaun VDC-9 of Ramechhap district, was killed and two other girls injured when lightning struck them on Friday afternoon. According to a local, Nabaraj Bohora, the trio were playing in a school compound when the incident occurred. Students of grade three Srijana Bohora (10) and Man Maya Bohora (9) were injured. They are undergoing treatment in a local health post. — HNS

Two killed in mishaps

BARA: Eighty-five-year-old Tulsi Prasad Dhodari, a resident of Nijga-dh, was killed when he was hit by a passenger bus headed for Kathmandu at Nijgadh-9 along the East-West Mahendra Highway on Friday, police said. A report from Siraha said a cyclist, Kishori Mochi, of Asanpur-8, was killed when he was hit by a tractor carrying members of a marriage procession at Cheharwa Chowk along the Mahendra Highway on Friday. Rajesh Mochi of the same VDC, who was riding pillion, was injured in the accident. A local, Guru Sharan Sada, said Kishori died while being rushed to a hospital. — HNS

Two hurt in blast

DAMAULI: Som Bahadur Thapa (16) and Sadeep Thapa (8), who mistook a bomb for a toy and were playing with it, were injured when it went off at Harkapur, Manpang VDC-8, in Tanahun on Saturday, locals said. The duo sustained injuries in their chests, hands and legs. They are undergoing treatment in Damauli Hospital. — RSS