Maoists’ huts torched

BHAIRAHAWA: Security forces torched and destroyed 60 huts constructed by Maoists in Rupandehi district. Security sources said Maoists had built the huts on 52 bighas of land owned by Ram Janaki Trust at Bhaisakhadar of Harnaiya VDC-9. The Maoists were distributing the huts to the cadres on Friday. The Maoists also shot dead a former ward chairman on charge of spying on them. Guddi Chauhan, 35, was abducted from his house at Sakron Pakadi VDC-2 and shot at Parsa Chauraha on the Bhairahawa-Lumbini road section. — HNS

872 get eyes checked

TRIBHUVAN NAGAR: A three-day free eye camp organised jointly by the Semi-blind Association Rehabilitation Programme, Rapti Eye Hospital, Dang, Nepal Blind Association and Norwegian Association of Blind concluded on Thursday. Of 872 people who underwent eye examination, 101 were operated upon for cataract. — RSS

Skill training

DOLAKHA: Physically and visually impaired people of Dolakha have been attracted towards income generation activities. Koshis, a local NGO, has been providing various skill development and income generation training to such people to encouraging them to be self-dependent. There are 64 blind people in the district. — RSS

Road foundation laid

BIRGUNJ: District judge of Parsa Jagadish Sharma Paudyal, and mayor of Birgunj municipality Pradip Kumar Subedi, jointly laid the foundation stone of the road section from Ghantaghar to Indian Consulate General Office on Friday. The 550-metre-long road is to be constructed at a cost of Rs 5m. Mayor Subedi urged all to cooperate with the municipality for its development. — RSS

Dharamshala to be built

BIRGUNJ: A two storey dharmashala will be constructed in memory of freedom fighter late Gajendra Narayan Singh and Ram Janam Tiwari in Birgunj. The dharmashala will be constructed on four katthas of land in Birgunj municipality Ward-14 and will be constructed by Ramjanak-Gajendra Narayan Memorial Foundation Birgunj. — RSS

Gravel to be removed

BHARATPUR: Bharatpur division road office has started to remove the gravel under Lothar bridge of Mahendra Highway at the Chitwan-Makawanpur border after the river level rose. All the pillars of the bridge are nearly buried by the landslide debris brought by the stream. The debris will be removed up to 500 metres south from the bridge making a 50-metre-wide and 1.5-metre-deep waterway. — RSS

Disabled need chance

KAVRE: There is no need for pity, but of opportunities for the disabled, helpless and visually impaired, said a 19-year-old Nirmala Dangal, a disabled, at a programme organised in Dhulikhel recently. Dangal emphasised the promotion of awareness in order to eliminate discrimination against disabled people. Another girl Sharada pointed out the need for government and NGOs to be honest and work at creating more opportunities for the disabled. — RSS

Conserving temple

NEPALGUNJ: People stressed the need of environmental conservation for preserving the historical and cultural aspects of the Bageswori temple in Nepalgunj. Legend has it that the tongue of Sati Devi, wife of Lord Mahadeva, had fallen at the site where a temple was constructed later. Emphasising the need to improve sanitational condition of the temple, local Iswori Gaire said, "The dirt and garbage dumps around the temple should be managed first for keeping alive its significance." — RSS