PLA verification starts

DANG: The second phase of the verification of PLA personnel at the PLA fifth division started on Saturday. It is stated that PLA personnel of fifth divisional headquarters at Dahaban, Jwar Memorial Brigade at Tila, Mangalsen Brigade at Unga and Dirgha Memorial Brigade at Sakarm will be verified. Qualification of PLA personnel, their age and date of the recruitment, among others, will be verified in this phase, commander of the PLA fifth division, Sarad, said, adding the verification of PLA personnel started at 7 am on Saturday. Altogether 350 PLA personnel were verified on the first day on Saturday, PLA fifth division secretary Abinash said. — HNS

German assistance

HETAUDA: The German government has provided Rs 600,000 and equipment to a community forest user’s group for controlling fires in the forest. Assistant Ambassador of the German Embassy to Nepal, Norbert Meyer, provided the cash and the equipment to chairman of the Sundar Community Forest User’s Group, Buddhi Prasad Paudel. The equipment provided by the German government includes shovels, axes, first aid boxes, water tank, security dress and others. On the occasion, Mayer said of the total fire incidents in Nepal, 58 per cent are because of human cause. — RSS

Demand for poll date

KASKI: Human Rights activists here demanded that the government declare a new date for the Constituent Assembly (CA) election. Their demand came at the inauguration of the sixth Kaski branch conference of the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal (HURON). The HURON appealed to all the political parties to abide by the commitment of holding the constituent assembly elections. Central vice-chairman of the HURON, Guna Nidhi Neupane, said all political parties should be fully committed to human rights and humanitarian laws. — RSS

Varsity situation

Madhyapur Thimi: Minister for Sports and Education Pradip Nepal said on Saturday some of the universities in Nepal have witnessed a very low number of students. He said the number of students in such universities should be over 5,000. Speaking at a programme organised by the Higher Secondary Education Board at Sano Thimi, he said universities should ensure the number of students as per the requirement. He underscored the need for ensuring sound management in Purbanchal University having a total investment of Rs 240 million and 805 bighas of land. The door to study medical science for those students who have passed proficiency certificate level in health subject under the Council for Technical and Vocational Training has been opened, he said. Minister of State for Education and Sports Mohan Singh Rathor said the parties should resolve the current problem by being serious. — RSS

Deuba’s call to women

KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said the Interim Constitution of Nepal and other parliamentarian commitments have made positive provisions for women’s equal participation in state governance. Releasing a collection ‘’Sabda Chitra Ma Tis Utkrista Nari’’ (Thirty Outstanding Women in Word Picture), authored by Surya Prasad Koirala, on Saturday, he said women themselves should be active to have their representation in the Constituent Assembly. — RSS

Met office forecast

KATHMANDU: The influence of rainfall has been seen in the eastern and central hilly regions due to the occurrence of a low-pressure area in the North Bay of Bengal, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) said. Generally, the effects of monsoon used to come to an end by September 23. The Department also forecasted that generally the effect of rain in the eastern and central hilly regions, including the Kathmandu Valley, would be seen for one or two more days before this year’s active monsoon comes to an end.—RSS

Leaders meet envoy

KATHMANDU: Leaders of three major parties — Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist — jointly met Norwegian ambassador to Nepal Tore Torang on Saturday and discussed Nepal’s current political stalemate. “We discussed ways to end the current political deadlock, the ongoing session of the parliament and other issues,” UML leader Jhalanath Khanal told this daily. — HNS

Murderer arrested

NUWAKOT: Police arrested Purna Bahadur Sunar, 22, of Charghare-8 of Nuwakot on Saturday who was absconding for two years. Sunar had been on the run after killing his friend Krishna Bahadur BK two years ago and was arrested from Bhalche VDC of the district on Saturday, inspector Dilip Kumar Giri said. Sunwar killed BK by poisoning him at Kolpukhola of Duipipal VDC and he was absconding since then, the police said, adding Sunwar has owned up the murder of BK. — HNS

Dysentery death

RAJBIRAJ: Dysentery killed one more patient in Saptari district on Saturday. Bindeshwor Ram, 55, of Ranjittole in Bishnupur-9 died of dysentery, a local said, adding that over 48 persons are suffering from dysentery in Bishnupur VDC. — HNS

One found dead

SIRAHA: Police recovered the mutilated body of Shiv Kumar Mukhiya, who had been missing since September 28 from Kusundi village in Siraha district, from Kharukyahi village development committee-5 on Saturday. The reason behind the death of Mukhiya was not clear. Mukhiya was associated with the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha. — HNS

Youth’s body found

MADHYAPUR THIMI: The body of a local youngster was found in Siddhapokhari of Bhaktapur on Saturday. According to Gajursingh Bajracharya, inspector of the Metropolis Police Circle of Bhaktapur, Rajaram Tulsi of Bhaktapur-14 was found dead in a pond. — RSS

Wheelchairs donated

MADHYAPUR THIMI: Madhyapur Thimi-based Community Development Service Centre and Community Police Service on Saturday distributed wheelchairs free of cost to physically challenged people at a programme. Chief District Officer Dilli Prakash Shivakoti distributed 10 modern wheelchairs worth around Rs 200,000 to physically challenged people with the assistance of Lions Club, Dhumbarai. Educational materials and toys were also distributed to domestic child labourers. Participants at the function stressed the need for improving police-public relation. — RSS