Drive against sacrifice :

Itahari: Shrastha Manch of Itahari on Saturday staged a programme at the local Dakshinkali Temple against the large-scale animal sacrifice that occurs mainly during the Dashain festival. Members of the Manch urged locals, who had come to the temple to sacrifice animals, to stop the practice of sacrificing animals and birds. Manch members chanted the slogans like, “No Sacrifice of animals; sacrifice brutality.” — HNS

Schools reopen :

BAGLUNG: Over 10 schools here, which were closed, have re-opened after the government started providing funds. The government has released Rs 53,300 to these schools through the District Education Office. There are 60 schools in Baglung which have government affiliation but have no government teachers. The District Education Office has been providing allowances to such schools since the past few years. Thirty-eight schools have already been given financial aid worth the salaries of two teachers, while 11 such schools are in the process of receiving such help. Almost all schools in the district are re-operating smoothly now. — RSS

Police posts set up :

SARLAHI: Police posts, which were moved to the district headquarters due to the armed conflict, have been reinstated. As robbery cases are on the rise in rural areas due to the Dashain festival, a meeting of the district security committee has decided to re-establish police beats in different villages. In this connection, a 50-member police team has been sent to the area police office in Jharkatha. — RSS

Rise in robbery cases :

DAILEKH: Dailekh has been witnessing a rise in cases of robbery following the start of Dashian festival. A group of men is reported to have robbed valuables worth Rs 2,30,000 from one Surya Bahadur Khatri, a resident of Ward No 7 of Kal Bhairab, on Wednesday night. Khatri came across the group while he was on his way home. The robbers reportedly looted Rs 2,00,000, a golden necklace and a bracelet. — RSS

Flood-hit get aid :

NAWALPARASI: The Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation, Nepal (PABSON) on Saturday provided relief materials to 219 flood-affected families in Nawalparasi. PABSON distributed food and clothes to Majhi, Musahar and Bote families of Pithauri and Rajahar. — HNS

Alternative energy :

PARBAT: Alternative energy is catching up with farmers here after they started using bio-gas. Rapid deforestation and a sharp increase in fuel prices are the main reasons for them to take recourse to the use of alternative energy. — RSS