• THT 10 years ago: Alert on border to check bird flu

Jhapa, February 21, 2006

The Nepal-India border has been put under alert following the news of bird flu in India, a report from Jhapa said. Officer at the Livestock Quarantine Check post (Jhapa) Dr Dilip Sapkota said custom check posts have been put under special alert since yesterday. Mobile teams have been deployed in major checkposts like Ilam, Pashupati Nagar, Kakarvitta and Gauriganj, Sapkota said. A dealer of poultry products in Bharadapur, Asalam Minya, said the number of customers purchasing poultry products has gone down by 50 per cent after news of bird flu outbreak in India surfaced. A local poultry owner, Khadga Shrestha, expressed distress over the possibility of decrease in the sale of chickens. Maiya Shrestha, a hotelier, said customers have begun discarding chicken meat and the number of customers visiting her hotel has also gone down. Bird flu virus will not enter into the country if the concerned entrepreneurs take precautionary measures and quarantine check posts are made more effective, a report from Chitwan, citing poultry entrepreneurs, said. A meeting of poultry entrepreneurs of Chitwan was held yesterday to discuss the precautionary measures that can be taken against avian flu after H5N1 bird flu virus was traced in the Indian state of Maharastra.

Nepal snubs petition in SC seeking his release

Kathmandu, February 21, 2006

The general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal-UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal, today seriously objected to a habeas corpus writ petition produced in the Supreme Court seeking his release. Nepal and his party cadres said he doesn’t want to be freed in such a manner. The UML chieftain is under house arrest since the government crack down on party leaders prior to a planned rally in the capital on January 20. His arrest was extended for another two months yesterday. “We have decided not to accept the petition as Nepal is against being released through a habeas corpus case,” a high ranking official of the SC told this daily. Central committee member of the UML Subhas Nembang, a prominent lawyer, intervened in the matter and filed another petition seeking the apex court’s rejection of the habeas corpus petition produced by Mukunda Ghimire, who claimed to be a nephew of Nepal. “He (Nepal) was shocked to know that the petitioner moved the apex court without his consent,” Nembang told journalists. Nembang talked to Nepal over telephone and intervened in the issue. Nembang and a group of lawyers, including the president of Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa, general secretary Madhav Banskota, advocates Agni Kharel and Tika Ram Bhattarai met the SC Registrar, Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena, and requested him to reject the petition saying Nepal does not want such a case filed for him in a court of law.