Plea for Chudal’s release:

Kathmandu: Six human rights activists and advocates today urged the Maoists to release Jayandra Chudal, a permanent resident of Morang’s Pathari VDC-7, and currently working at Ganga Devi Chaudhary Gram at Dumkauli of Divyapuri VDC, Nawalparasi, from their captivity. A group of Maoists had abducted Chudal from the Gram on February 18. — HNS

NC convention put off:

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) general convention has been postponed indefinitely due to “the latest political development”. — HNS

Website on journalists:

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Journalists’ Association launched its official Website — www.nja.org.np — on Sunday. Information on various activities of the association, Nepal and on the monarchy have been posted on the website. — RSS

Drama fest in March:

JANAKPURDHAM: An International Maithili Drama Festival is to take place in Janakpur from March 15. Renowned theatre groups from Nepal and India are taking part in the festival being organised by the Ramananda Youth Club which has been working to promote Maithili music and culture for the last 20 years. The week-long festival is taking place for the first time in Janakpur, according to the organisers. — RSS

Allowance for widows:

RAMECHHAP: The widow allowance provided by the Ganeshman Singh Peace Movement, has been distributed to widows whose husbands have been killed by the Maoists. The allowance of Rs 1,187 each was given away to 15 women by CDO Chundamani Basyal recently. — RSS

Woman under detention BAGLUNG: The Baglung District Court has ordered detention of Kala Rana, 15, for killing her infant son born out of an illicit relation. Rana, an unmarried girl of Jaidi VDC-6, gave birth to an infant out of an illicit relation with her brother-in-law, it is reported. — RSS

Schools renovated:

PUTALIBAJAR: The school reform programme implemented in the schools here under the Basic Primary Education Project by the District Education Office Syangja has been completed recently. The programme was run in 35 schools this year and that remarkable progress has been made in the school’s physical and educational reform, the district educational office informed. Under the programme each school was provided with Rs 25,000 for school repair and Rs 35,000 for constructing toilets and drinking water supply, DEO Prem Nath Poudel informed. About 25 per cent of the total cost was borne by the community, he said. — RSS

Teaching method popular:

METHINKOT: The Child Teaching Methods used for providing practical knowledge to children in their local environment has been very effective in various schools here. Such classes conducted in 56 schools of Kavre district under the initiative of the District Education Office, the UNICEF Nepal and the Community Development Prabartan Kendra has helped increase number of students in schools, a teacher Kamal Chimoriya of Krishna Primary School said. — RSS

Drinking water project:

RAMECHHAP: The construction of a drinking water project operated by pumping system has been completed in Lyanglyang of Ramechhap district. Water is pumped some 700 metres downhill to supply water for the villagers living on the hills, Toran Bahadur Shahi, chairman of the Dharapani Drinking Water User’s Committee said. The project has benefited some 111 households. The project was constructed at the cost of Rs 2.057 million. — RSS