UN aid for kids’ welfare

Tanahun: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional office Pokhara will provide Rs 12.215 million for the continuation of a decentralised programme for children and women in Tanahun. An agreement to this effect was reached between the district development committee Tanahun and the UNICEF regional office. — HNS

‘Let FM stations air news’

Pokhara: Owners of different FM stations have requested the government to let them broadcast news. Addressing a press conference organised by the Broadcasting Association of Nepal (BAN), the BAN president, Shivalal Malla, warned that the FM owners and journalists would launch a joint agitation if their demands were not met. — HNS

Discussion on rights

KATHMANDU: The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nain Bahadur Khatri, has said the commission is always ready to guarantee and protect the human rights. Speaking at a discussion on “Role of NHRC in Human Rights Protection and State of Human Rights in Nepal” on Wednesday, Khatri urged rights activists to remain alert of the individuals leveling accusations against the commission over petty issues and spreading a rumour that it has become inefficient. — RSS

Five released from jail

BARA: Advocate Narayan Dewkota, lecturer Krishan Poudel, student leader Manoj Poudel, and local politicians Tara Bahadur Karki and Papu Singh were released from the Birgunj jail on Wednesday. Their release came after the Appellate Court, Hetauda, issued an order to the jail authorities to free them after a hearing on a habeas corpus petition. They were arrested while taking part in a rally in Kalaiya on April 8. — HNS

Plea to free abductee

ILAM: Family members, the Human Rights Forum, Diploma Engineers’ Association, and the Association of Civil Servants of Ilam DDC have appealed to the Maoists for a safe and unconditional release of Govind Dhakal, an overseer at the IlamDDC. Dhakal was abducted two week ago. —RSS

Graft control seminar

POKHARA: The commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Basu Dev Lamichhane, has said the civic society, entrepreneurs, businessmen and intellectuals should help curb corruption. He was speaking at a regional seminar on Local Participation in Corruption Control. — RSS