Temblor affects yarsagumba collection this season

LAMJUNG: The devastating earthquake of April 25 and subsequent aftershocks have affected the collection of yarsagumba, a medicinal herb. Yarsa collectors are said to have decreased by 50 per cent in comparison to past years in Manang. Among 13 VDCs of Manang, 11 VDCs have been opened for collection of yarsa. Chief District Officer Debendra Lamichhane said the number of yarsa collectors had decreased by 50 per cent this year due to the temblor. “The number has decreased after the quake affected Gorkha, Dhading and Nuwakot, among other districts,” he said. Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Manang, had authorised the Conservation Area Management Committee to give permission to the collectors. A committee has been formed in every VDC of the district and charges up to Rs 25,000 each for permission to collect yarsa. Lalit Dangol, Assistant chief of ACAP, said that about 2,000 people had taken permission to collect the medicinal herb. Meanwhile, Manang Police have established four different police posts to prevent illegal collection of yarsa at Tilchhe, Meta, Fu, and Yakkharka of the district.

Phone lines disrupted

PHIDIM: A technical glitch at the repeater tower of Nepal Telecom in Silauti of Panchthar has adversely affected all telecom services from Monday evening. The sudden glitch seen at the tower has disrupted landline, Namaste and Sky services. Matthu Prasad Basnet, Chief at Panchthar-based Telecom Office, said that they were bringing technicians from Biratnagar to identify the problem.

Cops seize drugs

RAUTAHAT: Police arrested two persons with drugs from Gaur of Rautahat on Tuesday. The arrested have been identified as Krishna Prasad Dulal, 48, and Tej Bahadur Dhakal, 32, of Chandrapur Municipality. Police have seized drugs like Corex, Norphin, Phenargon, among others, said DSP Sudhir Raj Shahi of District Police Office, Rautahat.

Snake bite kills minor

GAIGHAT: A minor died after he was bit by a snake at Beltar-Basaha Municipality in Udayapur on Tuesday morning. The deceased has been identified as two-and-half-year-old Nishan Khadka of the municipality. SP Tek Bahadur Gurung said Khadka died during course of treatment at Nepali Army 18 No Battalion.