Schools reopen

Syangja: Schools in Chitrebhanjyang, Magyam, Chisapani, kichna, Chinnebas, Manakamana, Aladi, Majhkot, Shivalaya, Biruwa, Archale, Raipur, Arunodaya and Bhanumati areas, which had shut down during the operation of the Royal Nepalese Army against the Maoists two weeks ago, reopened on Sunday. The closure affected over 40,000 students of those VDCs. The schools are re-opened as the situation returned to normal and as the SLC examination begins from Monday and the annual examination too is nearing. —HNS

King, Queen return

KATHMANDU: King Gayanendra and Queen Komal returned to the capital on Sunday after completing their informal visit of the Eastern Development Region. The royal couple had departed for the region from the capital on January 1 to take stock of the situation there. — RSS

NC flays govt

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) on Sunday condemned the government for its inhumane treatment of those inmates jailed during the movement for the restoration of democracy. political leaders and activists are not given proper facilities, a NC press release stated. “Inmates do not even have proper toilet facilities,” the release added.— HNS

Alumni formed

KATHMANDU: Former students of Annapurna Secondary School, Dilpa, Bhojpur, have constituted a 15-member Annapurna Alumni Association (AAA). Former minister Hem Raj Rai is convenor of the AAA. An Alumni Statute Drafting Committee led by Tej Bahadur Rai was also set up. School principal Indrasur Rai said contributions by former students were welcome. Former students Haribansha Kirant, Hemraj Rai, and Bal Krishna Rai also expressed their views. — RSS.

Power outage timing

KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to enforce power outage for 17 hours a week from Sunday. Earlier, it was only three-and-a-half hours every week. Issuing a public notice, NEA said load shedding would take place daily beginning Sunday, until power generation improved. According to NEA, each consumer will have to bear up with a three-hour morning power cut twice a week, a two-hour power cut twice a week, a two-hour afternoon power cut twice a week and a three-hour evening power cut once a week. The power outage in the far-western region and eastern regions will be three-and-a-half hours a week. — HNS

KU results

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu University on Sunday published the results of the BSc Computer Science Fourth Year First Semester, BE Mechanical engineering, BE Computer Engineering, BSc Environmental Science and BT Biotechnology First Semester Third Year examinations held under the School of Science/School of Engineering in Dec 2005/Jan 2006. — RSS

Bombs defused

BIRGUNJ: Security forces today defused bombs planted by unidentified persons in front of the Nepal Oil Corporation, Regional Office, near the Pratima Chowk of Birgunj Municipality. An unidentified person fled after planting two pressure-cooker bombs packed inside a carton. Security forces later defused the bombs and averted a disaster. The gate and window panes of the Corporation were damaged while defusing the bomb, the Corporation informed. — RSS

Tank construction

GAIGHAT: Construction of a drinking-water-tank has begun at Bokse of Triyuga municipality-1. The tank will supply water to people of some 3000 households of Triyuga Municipality, according to the standards of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). According to the Chairman of the User’s Committee, Shankar Basnet, the construction works will be completed by November 15 this year and it will be sufficient to distribute drinking water to 6,000 households even after 15 years. The government has agreed to provide half the cost of construction estimated at Rs 86.4 million, it is learnt. — RSS

Civic Charter issued

RASUWA: Land Revenue office, Rasuwa has issued Civic Charter-2062 to make land related works more effective and to provide quick services to the people. Officer of the Land Revenue office Ram Krishna Adhikari said the civic charter has been circulated to reduce the time to identify the types of land. The civic charter includes time frame for handing over the ownership, agreements, property sharing, land registration, among others. The people are asked to be cautious to identify the rate of revenue according to the services. — RSS

Meet inaugurated

DAMAULI: Chief of the Central organisation department of the Nepal National Oppressed Students Association, Arjun Kumar Sunam, while inaugurating the First district Convention of the Association, said that emphasis should be given for the rights and uplift of the Dalit students as they are lagging behind in every sectors. Central Member of the Nepal Gold and Silver Enterprenuours Association, Mohan Kumar BK, District Secretary of CPN-UML Pratap Lal Shrestha, Central Member of Dalit Association Democratic Dobote BK, Shree Ram Karki of ANNFSU among others expressed their views. — RSS

Looters killed

GAIGHAT: Two looters were killed in an encounter with the villagers that took place in Saune VDC of Udaypur. Among the three looters, who had appeared in Dhaplang in ward no 7 last night, two of them got killed when the villagers encountered with them. And the others fled the scene, according to the district police in Gaighat. The three villagers were injured during the incident. — RSS