Plea to journos

KATHMANDU: Chairperson of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Dharmendra Jha said today that the state should increase opportunities for enhancing professional development and capacity building of journalists. Jha was speaking at discussion organised here by Martin Chautari on “Future agendas of the Federation of Nepali Journalists ’’. Central member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Jagat Nepal said new generation of journalists should be given practical knowledge. — RSS

Two found dead

ILAM: Two persons died in Godak and Naya Bazaar of Ilam district on Wednesday. Gopi Luintel, a driver with the Maikhola small hydel project, died after falling in a river when he was returning to his room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

One Ratna Sunuwar was found dead at Tarrebhir in Naya Bazaar of the district. — HNS

Bird flu alert in Ilam

MANGALBARE: Pointing at the spread of bird flu in Darjeeling and other parts of India, the Livestock Office in Ilam has urged people to help prevent the outbreak of bird flu in Nepal. High alert has been sounded in 13 VDCs bordering India, said chief of the Animal Quarantine Check Post Ilam Sudarshan Prasad Regmi. The office has banned the export and import of fowls via bordering areas and informed that action will be taken against the violators. — RSS

Youth electrocuted

TANAHUN: A 23-year-old youth was electrocuted in Tanahun on Thursday. The police identified the youth as Rabin Ghalan of Makawanpur district. Ghalan, who was living in Keshavtar-6, was electrocuted while he was repairing a power cable. — HNS

Four NC men expelled

BARA: The Bara chapter of the Nepali Congress has expelled four of its activists on the charge of filing candidacies against official CA poll candidates of the party. An NC district committee meeting decided to expel cadres Jitendra Singh, Suresh Khanal, Balram Prasad Shah and Jeet Bahadur Chaudhari, who had filed candidacies against the NC official candidates, NC district secretary Medeni Dev Kharel said on Wednesday. — HNS

Blockade hits life

SANKHUWASABHA: Life in northern Sankhuwasabha has been paralysed due to a blockade enforced by the Dedang Police Administration of China. The blockade has been in force for three weeks. The Chinese move has affected the people of Hatiyagola, Chepuwa, Kimathanka and Pawakhola. — RSS

Shooter arrested

BARA: People of Prastoka VDC-4 of Bara district on Wednesday held 23-year-old Ram Sakal Mahara of Praskota for shooting businessman Birendra Shah Teli, who luckily dodged the bullet. Mahara, who was held with a pistol and a bullet, was handed over to the police. — HNS

Transformer stolen

BARA: A gang of thieves stole a transformer and wire from the Khadsari Factory premises at Kalaiya -2 in Bara district on Wednesday night, a local, Sunil Yadav said. — HNS