Envoy to Sri Lanka


Royal Nepalese Ambassador Durga Prasad Bhattarai presented letters of credence, accrediting him as the ambassador and plenipotentiary of Nepal to Sri Lanka, to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga amidst a function held at the President’s House in Colombo on Monday. Nepal and Sri Lanka had established diplomatic relations on July 1, 1957. The Royal Nepalese Embassy was established in Colombo in 1995. — RSS

Cow worshipped


A queer cow with four legs and a ‘hand’ was brought from Thansing VDC of Nuwakot district to Damauli on Tuesday on the occasion of Laxmi Puja. Hundreds of people came to see and worship the queer cow. The cow belongs to one 74-year-old Basudev Silwal. It will be taken to Pashupatinath temple soon, Silwal said. — RSS

Solar-lit homes


Solar electricity is being supplied to Ward No 2 of Katunje and Ward Nos 3, 4 and 5 of Semjung VDC. People here actively participated in the Nepal-India Cooperation Programme to light their homes by electricity generated from solar power. — RSS

APF convocation


A convocation of Armed Police Force jawans of the Far West Regional APF headquarters, Baidhyanath Brigade, in Kailali, concluded on Monday. Honouring a march past by trainee armed police jawans on the occasion, DIG Narayan Raj Pande of the APF said the jawans should discharge their duty in the field by winning the hearts of the people. Battalion Commander of Wardmalika Batallion, Kailali, Sri Kanta Koirala administered oath to the trainees. Prizes were given away to trainees for their distinguished performances. — RSS

Maoist surrenders


Dissatisfied with terror activities and internal struggle within the Maoist party, Ganesh BK (Ravi) of Jedabarang-4, Rolpa, surrendered before the District Administration Office, Gorakha, on Tuesday. BK said he was forced to join the organisation some ten months ago by Maoist leader Chandra Bahadur and others. He said they had threatened him of dire consequences if he did not comply. He will be sent to the Maoist Rehabilitation Centre at Dhakaltar in Tanahu, according to the DAO. — RSS

Relief for quake-hit


Nepal Himalayan Overseas Trade Association has provided 1,000 blankets for earthquake victims in Pakistan. Chairman of the Association Durga Bahadur Shrestha handed away the materials to Pakistani ambassador Sohil Amin amid a programme held in the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu on Monday. Expressing his gratitude, he said the materials would be sent to Pakistan immediately. Relief materials collected by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry from various individuals and organisations were sent to the neighbouring country on Monday. — RSS

Accident claims one


One passenger died and two were injured when a truck bearing registration number Na 2 Kha 3071 met with an accident on the Mahendra highway in Manahari village development committee Rajaiya ward number 8 on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Hom Prasad Dahal, a resident of Simara-9. The truck was headed for Hetaunda from Kathmandu. The two injured passengers have been admitted to the Bharatpur hospital for treatment, the District Police Office, Makawanpur, said. — HNS

Poet’s b’day marked

Bara: Various propgrammes were held here on Tuesday to mark the 97th birth anniversary of Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Senior litterateurs here garlanded the statue of Devkota at the Devkota Chowk of KalKalaiyaiya-4. Meanwhile, a report from Ramechhap said, a poetry symposium was organised in the district headquarters Manthali to mark the 97th birth anniversary of the Great Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. —HNS

Held with fake notes


One 25-year-old Sikandar Chaudhari, a resident of Sarlahi who has been living in a rented quarter at Jorpati, Kathmandu, was arrested with counterfeit currency. According to the Police Headquarters, he was taken into custody after finding out that he was using Rs 1,000 counterfeit while shopping on Sunday evening. Police are conducting necessary investigation on the matter. — RSS

Newari New Year


Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers Kirtinidhi Bista has said the life and personality of National Hero Shankadhar Sakhwa, who was successful in earning great respect and fame due to his service to the society, remains inspiring to us all. In a message greeting people on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1126 that begins on Wednesday, Bista said Nepal Sambat holds a special meaning in the Nepali society. He lauded efforts made by the Nepal Bhasa Manka Khala in the protection and promotion of Nepal Bhasa. — RSS

Team leaves for Congo


The 5th contingent of the RNA Shree No 5 Field Company and the 3rd contingent of the RNA Special Force Company left for the Central African countries of Congo and Burundi respectively on a peace-keeping mission at the call of the United Nations on Monday. Quarter Master General, Major General Govinda Bahadur Gurung bid farewell to the departing teams at the Gauchar Barracks. — RSS