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Public bus crushes elderly to death in Dhading

     KESHAV ADHIKARI   DHADING: An elderly died when a passenger bus crushed him while he was about to board the vehicle on Wednesday morning. The bus (Na 2 Kha 1290) on the way to the district headquarters Dhadingbeshi from SunaulaBazaar crushed Rohini Prasad Pokharel (82) to death while he was just about to board the vehicle. Pokharel of SunaulaBazaar-7 was pushed under the rear tyre of the bus in the incident at around 11:30 am today. It has been learnt that he was on his way to receive monthly senior citizens allowance. The seriously injured elderly was rushed to the District Hospital, but the doctors declared him dead immediately. Elderly from SunaulaBazaar, Sangkosh, MuraliBhanjyang and Nilakantha VDCs have to collect the allowance from the Agricultural Development Bank, Dhadingbeshi. District Police Office said it confiscated..

700 kg of red sanders seized‚ one arrested

  KATHMANDU: Police today seized around 700 kg of red sandalwood from a van (Ba 3 Cha 6810) near Nagdhunga and detained the van driver for further investigation. A team from the Metropolitan Police Circle at Thankot found 69 logs of the precious wood kept in the vehicle during a routine check-up along the Prithvi Highway at around 12.30 pm. The cargo was bound for Kathmandu from Sarlahi. According to DSP Sudarshan Koirala, in-charge of the circle, the logs, packed in sacks, were two to three feet long. “An investigation is underway. As tomorrow is a public holiday, we will hand over the seized logs to the district forest office on Friday,” Koirala said. Smugglers push red sandalwood into Nepal mainly from Andhra Pradesh of India, in a bid to smuggle it into China via Tatopani. They try to push it through the Nepal border in the form of factory-made prayer bids,..

Nagdhunga road to be repaired before onset of monsoon

  KATHMANDU: The government has pledged to complete the reconstruction of the Nagdhunga-Naubise stretch, a part of the Tribhuvan Highway, before the onset of monsoon, which usually begins from June. If the pledge materialises, commuters heading to and leaving the Capital will soon get respite from rough-and-tumble rides on a dusty stretch that leaves them gasping for breath. Promises aside, the reconstruction work on the vital gateway to Kathmandu has remained delayed for months due to the lack of coordination between contractors and the government officials. The steepy mountainous stretch will trouble commuters further in the monsoon season if the government fails to deliver on its pledge. According to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, contractors will have to lay concrete slabs on a stretch with a total length of 1.65 km. Krishna Hari..

Family kills neighbour in revenge of 11yo murder

KESHAV ADHIKARI Hasta Bahadur Tamang‚ and his sons‚ of Lawang-7 of Mahadevsthan VDC of the district‚ mercilessly thrashed neighbour Krishna Bahadur Tamang‚ shot him on his legs and threw him off the cliff.   DHADING: In an apparent act of revenge, a murder committed 11 years ago over neighbourhood scuffles in Dhading, has led to another gruesome killing, enacted by a father and his three sons. Hasta Bahadur Tamang, and his sons, of Lawang-7 of Mahadevsthan VDC of the district, mercilessly thrashed neighbour Krishna Bahadur Tamang, shot him on his legs and threw him off the cliff. The family of Krishna Bahadur had murdered Pemba, Hasta Bahadur's son, back in 2005, over family spat. Later, when peace process started, and government started distributing cash for the conflict victims, a cunning Hasta Bahadur put the name of his murdered son in the..

Two injured as truck hits bike in Dhading

KESHAV ADHIKARI The injured have been referred to Kathmandu for further treatment.   DHADING: Two persons sustained serious injuries when a motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a truck in Pida of Dhading on Sunday morning. Motorcyclist Ramhari Bhatta and pillion-rider Anup Pandey of Syaldung, Gorkha were injured in the accident. The truck (Lu 1 Ka 977) heading toward Banepa of Kavrepalanchok from Bhairahawa of Rupandehi hit the bike (Ba 46 Pa 2039) at Pokharekhola, Pida-2 along the Prithvi Highway at around 8 am today. Police Inspector Narayan Chimauriya said the injured have been referred to Kathmandu for further treatment. Area Police Post, Gajuri confiscated the truck and arrested its driver for..

1 killed‚ another critical in Dhading bus-tipper collision

   KESHAV ADHIKARI Condition of injured tipper driver Nabin Magar of Baireni-7 is said to be critical. He has been rushed to Kathmandu for treatment.   DHADING: A person was killed and another seriously hurt in a road accident at Baireni-9 here along the Prithibi Highway this afternoon. The accident occurred at around 4:15 pm when a Gorkha-bound passenger bus (Na 4 Kha 763) and sand-loaded tipper heading to the Capital collided head-on leaving a passenger dead. Police identified the deceased as Ramkaji Thapa (40) of Gajuri-8, Dhading who died minutes after boarding the ill-fated bus. Condition of injured tipper driver Nabin Magar of Baireni-7 is said to be critical. He has been rushed to Kathmandu for treatment. Witness claimed that over-speeding at a narrow turn on the busy highway caused the fatal..

Rape victim loses job for seeking justice

DHADING: A rape victim was forced to wash her hands off her job after she filed a case against the rapist seeking justice. Juneli (name changed), currently working as a peon in a local school was raped by her own nephew. When she approached court to seek justice against the rapist, the school headmaster sacked her. Juneli, a single woman fell prey to the heinous crime on November 23, last year, by her own relative Sanjeev Simkhada after she did not cast her vote to the candidate of Nepali Congress (NC) in the November 19 CA elections. Rape accused Sanjeev; also the cadre of the Nepali Congress is currently on the run after a charge-sheet was lodged in the district court against him. Juneli claimed that she was fired from her job on March 23 as she did not pay heed to the locals' urges to withdraw case against Sanjeev. Juneli, who was making four lives including her..

6 killed‚ 10 injured in Chitwan bus accident

KESHAV ADHIKARI   DHADING: A bus met with an accident in Darchowk VDC of Chitwan district along the Prithvi Highway, killing six persons and injuring 10, on Sunday night. The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 5829) was heading towards Hile of Dhankuta from Kathmandu when it veered off the road and fell into the Trishuli River in Fisling at around 7:30 pm today. It has been learnt that the six persons died on the spot. According to the Area Police Office, Muglin, of the injured, nine persons have been taken to Bharatpur of Chitwan for medical treatment. Police said that locals, Armed Police Force (AFP) personnel and Nepal Police personnel are carrying out rescue operation. The reason behind the fatal accident is due to the narrow and bumpy road, police..

Illegal crusher works‚ sand mines closed

DHADING: District Monitoring Committee, Dhading has closed crusher industries and sand mines operating illegally across the district. Acting on a diktat from the Home Ministry, the committee wrote to entrepreneurs to shut their industries and sand mines immediately. Though over 100 crusher industries and sand mines operate on the highway and river banks in the district for years, only 50 of them are registered. Assistant Chief District Officer Bijayaraj Poudel said, “As even the registered industries and mines are involved in activities detrimental to the environment and are working against the Supreme Court’s order, we have warned them too.” . Stone crushers and sand mines were monitored after the directive from the Cabinet not to issue licence to any crusher mill and sand mine till the end of this fiscal. The Himalayan..

DPM Gautam says NC‚ UML cooperate for govt’s plans

KESHAV ADHIKARI DHADING: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam on Saturday said both Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML will cooperate with each other in implementing plans of the joint government. Speaking at the inaugural function of the CPN-UML’s Dhading Constituency 1’s convention in Salyankot of the district, Minister Gautam said his party would not obstruct any plan and programme of the government. Gautam, who is also the Vice-Chairman of CPN-UML, also assured to address demands of peace, security, education and road made by people of the constituency. He also said the government is working hard to implement the constitution within a year and conduct the local elections by mid-June. To get those tasks done, the government would try to incorporate other parties in the cabinet, added..

HIV victims hard put getting ARV services

DHADING: Bereft of a service centre that will provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the district itself, HIV patients in Dhading are compelled to make a long and expensive journey to faraway places to get the freebie. As many as 172 persons have contracted HIV in Nilkantha, Tripureshwor, Kumur, Chainpur and other VDCs in the district. It is suspected that there are around 1,000 HIV/AIDs victims in the entire district, most of whom are yet to be identified and fear the social stigma they are in for upon being diagnosed with the fatal disease. Stakeholders attribute the increasing number of HIV patients to the growing trend among youth to leave home for foreign employment and indulgence in unsafe sex, drug addiction and the flourishing flesh trade, mainly along the highways. “It’s unfortunate that we don’t have an ARV service centre in the district..

Flock of vultures spotted in Dhading

DHADING, MAR 10 - Local people have spotted a flock ofvultures on the banks of the Aashu stream at Tadibesi that borders Salyantar and Jyamarung in the district. They said around 50 vultures with their chicks have been living in the area for the past one week. “The endangered birds would not be seen there earlier. We do not know where they came from,” local resident Laxmi Subedi said. They also said the scavengers might have come to the area to feed on caresses of dead animals on the river banks. This is good news for conversationalists and many others at a time when people from various quarters are raising voices for conserving the endangered birds. Many vulture restaurants have been in operation, giving shelter and food to the endangered birds. Likewise, Pithauli in Nawal-parasi, Gaidahawa Lake in Rupandehi, Lalmatiya and Bijauri in Dang and Khuriya in..

Cement dust in vegetable pocket

  DHADING, - Dhunibesi village of Dhading has provided the recent example of how much people have to suffer in lack of coordination between the responsible government boides. The land in Dhunibesi village, that was declared vegetable pocket after years by the Agricultural Development Office, is now filled with cement dust and concrete. The farmers blame the ministries of agriculture and industry for that. Around 800 farmers of Dhunibesi, Naubise-4 and the surrounding areas had been producing vegetables worth Rs 500 million a year. The Agricultural Development Office had even declared it vegetable basket and pocket after being impressed with the local enthusiasm for commercial farming. This is the main center of Dhading that contributes over 20 percent of annual supply to the Kalimati Vegetables Market. But that center is now covered with cement dust..

Dhading Police establishes women cells in all VDCs

DHADING, MAR 09 - The District Police Office in Dhading has established women cells at all 50 VDCs in the district to curb violence against women. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashok Singh, the women cells comprise of women rights activists from all wards of the concerned VDC and aim at providing assistance to victims of domestic violence as well as gender-based discrimination and create awareness in the local level. Meanwhile, a district-level Women Service Committee (WSC) comprising police officials and women rights activists has also been formed to provide all kinds of legal assistance to women who are subjected to domestic violence. According to WSC Ganga Shrestha, the committee has also formed an advisory group comprising the Chief District Officer, police chief in the district, Women Development Officer and district attorney. “We have..

Locals bearing the impact of mine

DHADING: Though no longer in operation, a stone mine in Bandregaun village in Baireni of Dhading has been adversely affecting the local environment and people residing in the area. It has also negatively impacted the community forest and is causing water sources to dry up. The mine has further damaged an irrigation project, which is under construction with the assistance of Asian Development Bank. Started with an estimated cost of Rs 16.6 million about four years ago, the Daltar Bhaltar Khestekhola Irrigation has suffered due to the illegally operating mine. “Besides other impacts, the mine has damaged the irrigation canal and blocked the canal water course,” said the irrigation project consumers’ committee Chair Modnath Khatiwada. Earlier, the mine had been shut about four months ago following the complaints about the destruction of forest and damage to the..

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