Free education plan

KATHMANDU: The Vajra Academy on Sunday announced that it would provide free education to helpless children. Inaugurating the building of the Academy, its chairman in Holland Dr Martin Olthoff and chairman of Nepal branch, Ram Kaji Paudel announced that it would provide education to the helpless children who cannot afford education. Secretary of the Academy Tika Dhoj Bhandari said the academy is a non-profit organisation. — HNS

JTMM-Goit’s stand

KATHMANDU: Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Goit) group has said it would halt the militant’s actions, kidnappings and forceful revenue collection from Sunday. In the statement released by Saptari District Coordinator of the Morcha Shyam, it is expressed that the action has been halted to expose criminal gangs that were engaged in killings and kidnapping in the name of Morcha. JTMM Goit declared truce a day after JwalaSingh announced an end to ceasefire. — RSS

Idol seized

Kathmandu: Police team from Metropolitan Police Section, Durbarmarg, today seized a Buddha idol weighing 11 kg from the Durbarmarg. The brass idol resembles the idol stolen from Uttaranchal of India some months ago. “We have found that the seized idol resembles with that reported, through Interpol, to have been stolen from India some months ago. However, we are trying to verify,” SP Dhak Bahadur Karki at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, said. “We have handed over the idol to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division for further investigation,” he added. — HNS

Cadre threatened

RAMECHHAP: CPN (UML) Ramechhap flayed the Maoist action of threatening its cadre. The press release issued by the party district secretary Dev Shanker Poudel said that the party’s Kathmandu-Ramechhap Liaison president Kumar Ghimire was threatened, over phone, of death. The press release also said that such intimidation only weakens the democratic process. — HNS

112-yr-old gets paper

GORKHA: Citizenship distribution team issued a citizenship certificate to a 112-year-old man at his own house. Assistant chief district officer Bijay Raj Poudel said Bhagirathi Bhattarai, 112, of Tandrang VDC ward no 3 was issued with the citizenship certificate at his house. This is the first time that such a senior person was issued with citizenship certificate in Gorkha district. At least 22,000 citizenship certificates have already been issued in Gorkha since January 15, assistant CDO Poudel said. — HNS

‘Parliament supreme’

KANCHANPUR: Chairman of the CPN (United Marxist) Hemant Bahadur BC has said the Parliament is the supreme body, so, it should declare the end of monarchy. Speaking at the press conference he said: “The Jana Andolan II has given the mandate for ending the autocratic royal regime and to head the country for progressive change, so there is no need to wait for the Constituent Assembly polls.” He also accused the US of interfering in Nepali politics. — RSS

Panel formed

KASKI: A gathering of the people whose family members have been disappeared has formed a 13-member Disappeared Family Society, Kaski under the Chairmanship of Ananath Baral. Devilal Lamichhane, Krishna Prasad Parajuli and Arati Sharma are the vice chairman,

aecretary and treasurer respectively of the committee respectively. Speaking at the gathering, CPN-Maoist Gandak Regional Bureau Member Sagar demanded disclosure of information on situations of the disappeared civilians. — RSS

Resumption of stir

KANCHANPUR: The Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM), Jwala Singh Group has returned to armed struggle once again. Jwala Singh, the chairman of the JTMM informed this by publishing a press statement. The group had declared to stall its armed action to sit for dialogue at the call of the government, only a few days ago. The statement said the JTMM has decided to resume armed struggle because the government did not create environment for talks. — RSS

Cultural fest held

RAMECHHAP: The Indigenous Nationalities’ Federation organised a cultural festival in Manthali, the Ramechap district headquarters, with a main slogan calling for the establishment of a federal, loktantrik, republican set up as well as the right to self-determination and inclusive electoral system on the basis of population.Magar, Sunuwars, Tamangs, Sherpaa, Hamu and other indigenous communities presented their traditional dresses and dances. — RSS