Maoist call to VDC secys


The Palpa Joint Peoples’ Government of the Maoists has urged all the VDC secretaries of Palpa district to return to their respective offices. Over 50 secretaries, of the 65 VDCs and one municipality in the district, have been living in the district headquarters for the last two years. We urge the VDC secretaries to come back and resume their works by realizing the difficulties people have faced in doing administrative works, local Maoists’ local leader, Netra Pandey told THT. Local development officer of the Palpa district development committee, Shadananda Chaulagai, said VDC secretaries continued to attend the DDC after the Maoists locked up VDC offices. — HNS

Journalism training held


A training on journalism for students of the eighth, ninth and tenth grade of Saili Secondary School of Dhamilikawa concluded recently. Federation of Nepalese Journalists Lamjung district branch had organised the training programme with a view to inform the students on importance of communications and journalism in the present situation. — RSS

Appeal to lift blockade


Some eight associations and organisations have appealed to the Maoists to lift the transportation blockade. The Maoists have been blocking transportation from Basantapur bazaar to Myanglung bazaar for 17 days. Human Rights and Social Justice Forum, Alliance Nepal Terhathum, Industry and Commerce Association, FNJ and several other international nongovernmental organizations and civil society members issued a joint press statement urging the Maoists to immediately lift the blockade and relieve the locals from the ongoing shortage of essentials. — RSS

Aid for tsunami victims


Nepal Red Cross Society Kavre branch organised a donation collection programme in the three municipalities of the district to support the Asian tsunami victims. Members of Panauti sub branch collected Rs 10,955 from Sunthan, Karikot, Taukhal and Subbaghau. In Banepa, the Banepa sub branch of the Nepal Red Cross Society collected Rs 16,114 and Dhulikhel municipality collected Rs 5,496, according to the NRCS district branch. — RSS