Nepal-China study centre:

SUNSARI: A Nepal-China study centre has been set up here to give continunity to Chinese cooperation in the development of the eastern region. The centre has 27 members including Prof Bharat Pokharel as the chairman and Prof Anand Prasad Acharya as the vice-chairman. Pokharel said the centre is making preparations to construct a road that connects Nepal to Kimathanka via Jogbani. — RSS

Free eye check-up camp:

MAHENDRANAGAR: Some 588 people had their eyes examined and medicines were distributed free of cost at a health camp organised here jointly by the Geta Eye Hospital, Kailali and Doko revolving library, Mahendranagar. A group of eye specialists and professionals led by optician Dr Bidhya Panta provided their invaluable services. — RSS

Contraband seized:

KATHMANDU: The Armed Police Force revenue patrolling team on Monday confiscated goods worth about Rs 0.15 million brought to Nepal illegally. The goods, confiscated from Birtamod bazaar of Jhapa, include readymade garments, grocery, cosmetics, motor parts etc, it is said. The materials were submitted to the Mechi customs office, Kakadvitta. People who were bringing the goods fled after they saw the police team. — RSS

Compensation for victims:

SARLAHI: The district administration office, Sarlahi, will provide Rs 150,000 for every family in the district, which has lost a member in the ongoing conflict. Those killed include Balakeshari Devi of Sisautika-1, Rajendra Raya of Basantapur-8, Ramyagya Yadav of Chatul, Ram Prasad Timalsina of Rajghat-4 and Bindeshwor Mahato, Dinesh Mahato and Balkeshari Devi Paswan of Sisautia. — RSS

Training on rescue work:

GAJURI: A group of volunteers will take up rescue work along the Nagdhunga-Mugling section of the Prithvi Highway, an accident-prone section along the busy highway. ‘Paribartanka lagi pratibaddha samaj’ (Society committed to change) has imparted training to 50 persons to carry out voluntary rescue work in the area in case of an accident. People living along the highway are now taking up the job of voluntary accident rescue workers after receiving training in two phases provided by the society. — RSS

No citizenship certificates:

Biratnagar: A study shows that about 1,000 Dalit families in Biratnagar have been forced to register their land in others’ names as they do not possess citizenship certificates. Baijanath Mandal of Rampur tole bought a plot of land 15 years ago and registered it in his uncle’s name because he did not have the citizenship certificate. But Hira Lal, the uncle, sold off the land. Mandal has no idea when it was sold. Now, the buyer is threatening Mandal and his family to vacate the land but the family has nowhere to go. Basanti Paswan, 30, is living in the seven dhurs of land that she purchased from Gupta Suri, but the land is not registered in her name because she, too, does not have the citizenship certificate. They have asked the UPCA Nepal and Action Aid in Biratnagar to help them obtain citizenship certificates. Sone Lal Chaudhary of the Action Aid said pressure groups were being formed for

obtaining the citizenship certificates. —HNS

Transformer set up:

URLABARI: An electricity transformer has been set up at local Maina khadi with the objective of expanding the power supply at Hasandaha village development committee (VDC), Morang. The transformer was established under the initiation of local civil society, Hasandaha, with cooperation of the Nepal Electricity Board, Rangeli branch office. — RSS

Philately bureau opened:

SUNSARI: Director-general of the Department of Postal Services, Sridhar Gautam, inaugurated the Nepal Philately bureau counter and post-box room built in the premises of the District Post Office, Sunsari on Tuesday. He said the department is thinking of computerising postal activities. He said the department is also thinking of running services for payment of drinking water, electricity bills of customers. — RSS

Moms in health posts:

DOLAKHA: Mothers in Pawati VDC of Dolakha district have been showing growing awareness of health and coming to the sub health post on a regular basis. After the sub health post started to be run in an effective manner by the VDC health coordination committee, the mother’s group and health workers acting jointly, 35 to 40 women have been coming regularly for safe motherhood and pregnancy tests and consultations, it is stated. — RSS

Book hits stands:

KATHMANDU: Noted poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s fourth collection of new poems ‘The Lake Fewa and a Horse’ has hit the newsstands. The book contains significant poems that depict an authentic picture of the struggling Nepali people living in the idyllic landscape. The book, published by Nirala Publications, New Delhi, is divided into three parts with titles ‘Mules’, ‘A naked woman’ and ‘Content metamorphosis’. “The book will be an important introduction to Annapaurna literature,” the poet says. — RSS