Hospital sans doctor


Lack of doctor at the Hairiyochaur Health Centre located to the west of Baglung district, for the past four years, has affected the locals here. The centre has posts for one doctor, one nurse, three health assistants, three assistant nurses and one lab technician but it has been operating without a doctor for the past three years. According to the public health supervisor, Ramji Baniya, the health assistant is providing service in the absence of the doctor who, he said, has gone abroad for study. — RSS

Telecom services


Telecommunication services which had gone out of order for the past nine months has been restored in the southern villages of Jhapa district including Mahabhara, Baigundhura and Kerobari VDCs. — RSS

Training for farmers


A three-day leadership farmers’ training on winter vegetable, organised by the District Agriculture Development Office concluded recently. The training three-day training was participated in by 24 participants including four women. The farmers were imparted knowledge on farming seasonal winter vegetables such as pumpkin, cucumber, radish, carrot, tomatoes etc. They were also trained on implementing the TPS technique to produce potatoes. — RSS

Road constructed


Rural people welcomed a bus by garlanding it, when it reached Murchok Bhanjyang of Mulpani VDC in Dhading. The passenger bus had travelled a newly constructed 14-km fair weather road, constructed with the funds from provided by the DDC, VDCs in five years, to reach Murchok. People from 15 VDCs of northern region of Dhading and north eastern region of Gorkha district will benefit from the road. — RSS

Smuggling on the rise


Yarsagumba worth millions of rupees is found to be collected in an illegal way and smuggled out of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Yarsagumba is a valuable herb found in the alpine areas of the district and it is a known potency herb. The local people say that the smuggling and haphazard collection of this rare herb has increased due to the lack of clear policy and rules for regulating its collection and trade. The Maoists have taken the Reserve under their control since some time back and started collecting tax from the people coming to collect the herb at the rate of Rs.1,300 from a person. The Maoists are also learnt to collect tax from the traders who come to collect it. — RSS

Koirala to visit India


Chairman of Nepali Congress and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala is to leave for New Delhi for a week, soon after the Chhath festival, according to information given to this daily by NC central member Dr Shekhar Koirala on Friday. “His meeting with senior Indian leaders has already been arranged,” he said, adding the itinerary includes a meeting with Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh. Koirala will be accompanied by Dr Shekhar Koirala and other NC leaders. The India visit has the goal to make the stir more intense, he said. According to NC, Morang, Koirala also hinted he might meet high-level Maoist leaders during his Indian visit. — HNS

House looted


Group of armed dacoits have looted Rs 75,000 in cash and gold and silver jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 75,000 from the house of Lal Bahadur Lopchan of Barahathawa VDC-3, Taandi Basti on the night of Bhai Tika. According to Sub Inspector Uttam Budhathoki of District Police Office, 15 dacoits were involved in the looting.— HNS

Training for RPP men


The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is providing training to the cadres of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) in the four development regions soon. According to party spokesperson, Roshan Karki, the NDI will provide trainings to the party cadres of four development regions, other than the Far Western Region, on capability enhancement on other related political aspects. — HNS

Maoists abduct one


Maoists have abducted one Min Bahadur Adhikari, a resident of Jaisithok VDC- 9 of Kavrepalanchok, on Thursday. Sita Parajuli, the abductee’s sister, said Adhikari had come to the village to receive Tika on Tihar after three years. Adhikari’s family has appealed to human rights activists and journalists to help facilitate his release. District Police Office is yet to confirm the abduction. — HNS

Scribe awarded


Young journalist, Nabin Sigdel has been given the Crime Investigative Journalism Award 2061 by the Mechi-Mahakali Media Society and Crime Investigation Journalists’ Group, Kaski branch. — RSS

One freed on bail


The Department of Inland Revenues, Janakpurdham has freed Raj Kishor Shah of Paudeshwor VDC-3, who was held last week for producing liquor illegally, on bail. The police had seized 2,000 litres of alcohol from his shop. — HNS