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Rape victim’s kin await compensation

DHADING, FEB 25 -The family of a 27-year-old married woman, who was murdered and raped on September 22, 2009, never received compensation as directed by the District Court. Her 10-year-old daughter was also murdered and another one was injured in the incident. The District Court later convicted Subash Thapamagar of Dhola VDC-2 of murdering her. A single bench of Judge Rameshraj Pokharel sentenced life imprisonment to Thapamagar for murdering the woman, seven years in jail on the rape charge and additional 12 years in prison on the charge of murdering the girl. The court also ordered Thapamagar to pay Rs 200,000 as compensation to the victims’ family. Of the woman’s two surviving daughters, one is under the care of a Kathmandu-based NGO and the other is being looked after by her parents. Her husband has already married another woman. “I do not know where to go and whom to meet..

Remote school charters copter to bring guests

  DHADING, FEB 23 - Although it might sound a little off the wall, guests were flown in via a helicopter chartered for the silver jubilee celebration of a primary school located in the remote Tipling VDC-5 in the district. The Air Dynasty helicopter was used to fly Chief District Officer (CDO) Bishnu Prasad Pokhrel, Local Development Officer (LDO) Ramesh Paudel, District Education Officer (DEO) Dipendra Subedi, and the school management committee’s Chairperson Ram Bahadur Tamang to take part in the ceremony of the Gothan Devi Primary School. The helicopter carrying Tamang and DEO took off from the Capital on Sunday and landed briefly in Dhadingbesi to pick up the CDO and the LDO before flying them to the school. After attending the three-hour programme, guests were flown back to the district headquarters. Silver jubilee celebration of the six-room primary school..

Biogas plants set up in Dhading

DHADING, - In a bid to utilize organic waste for producing biogas and promote a smoke-free cooking environment, more biogas plants and improved ovens are being installed in Dhading district. Fifty-three households are the newest families to start installation of biogas plants and improved ovens in the district. While 45 families will own plants and ovens at wards 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Nalang VDC, 18 households at ward no. 9 of Nilkantha VDC will also boast of the facility very soon. The good news is the majority of biogas plant owners are marginal and small farmers who earlier had not enjoyed the facility that was mostly installed by medium sections in several Dhading villages. On the initiation of local community forest users' groups and under the financial and technical assistance of National Conservation and Development Centre (NCDC), a campaign to..

Dr Rijal fears crises on NC-UML power equation

KESHAV ADHIKARI DHADING: Nepali Congress central leader Dr Minendra Rijal has said that the new coalition government is in peril with the ripening tug of war between two largest parties—NC and CPN-UML. Inaugurating the 6th District Conference of Press Union Nepal, Dhading chapter here today, leader Rijal said that the current consensus and coalition between two largest parties is in crisis owing to the dispute mounted over the allocations of ministries. "UML has denied to join government without the home portfolio whereas NC is adamant about holding the ministry in its own pocket," Dr Rijal. “The both parties should be responsible enough to give up on some of their stances .” If parties fail to do so, the current power sharing will be dragged to the crises, he added. Dr Rijal was of the opinion that parties should not limit their roles to forming..

All eighteen dead in NAC plane crash: CAAN

Bodies airlifted to Capital, 7 recognised KATHMANDU, FEB 17 - All eighteen people on board the ill-fated Nepal Arilines twin otter that crash ed at Dhikura VDC in Khachikot of Argakhanchi district have been dead, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal confirmed.   All dead bodies have been recovered at the crash site in Masine Lek of the village. Among the deceased, seven bodies have been identified so far.   Bodies of Nepal Army Major Deepak Shrestha, Nepali Congress Jumla President Manav Sejuwal, Barsha Hamal, Sahish Hamal, Dibesh Shahi, Muna Maharjan and Rejendra Chaulagain have been recognised. A MI-17 chopper of Nepal Army and two other helicopters of Simrik Air were deployed for rescue operation. The dead bodies have been airlifted at the Tribhuvan Internation Airport, officials said. The bodies were strewn all over the hill. The..

NAC plane missing with 18 on board

• Aircraft was on its way to Jumla from Pokhara • Pilot last heard at 1:13pm       KATHMANDU: A Twin Otter belonging to the state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation, en route to Jumla from Pokhara, has been missing since this afternoon. The condition of all 18 on board, including three crew members, an infant and a Danish national, was not known till going to the press. The RA183 flight had taken off from Pokhara airport at 12:43pm and was supposed to land in Jumla at around 1:45 pm. The 9N-ABB aircraft, which has been flying for over 40 years and whose engine was overhauled around two months ago, was aviated by pilot Shanker Shrestha and co-pilot Rabindra Banjara. Another crew member in the aircraft was flight attendant Muna Maharjan. “Before the plane went missing, the pilot had held the last communication with the..

KIST Bank to ease banking woes of Dhading locals

KESHAV ADHIKARI DHADING: In a bid to ease the banking woes of people in Dhading district, KIST Bank Ltd. has initiated electric cheque clearing system, facilitating the service recipients by processing the cheques of the banks that do not have branch office in Dhading. It is however mandatory for the individuals to have an account with KIST Bank if they want to process a cheque issued with any other bank, said Rajesh Dhakal, Manager at the KIST Bank’s Dhadingbesi branch. The new cheque clearing system will be free of cost and can be assessed in a single working day, Dhakal added. The KIST Bank’s new system has come as a huge respite to the locals who had to come to Kathmandu or branches in other surrounding districts to process their cheques. -The Himalayan..

Ore extraction halted for eight years

    KESHAV ADHIKARI DHADING: Nepal Metal Company, established to extract ores from the foothills of Ganesh Himal and the vicinity, has remained shut for eight years. Stakeholders, however, are least bothered about bringing it back into operation. Closure of the government-established company means extraction of zinc and lead from the peak and adjoining areas has stopped. What it also means is that a whopping Rs 18 crores that the government had invested for infrastructure development and research has gone waste. The company stopped its operation during the decade-long Maoist insurgency on security grounds. The government, Khetan Group and Hyderabad Industries of India have 71, 13 and 16 per cent shares in the company. Former central member of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Dhruba Thapa suspects that investors left..

Swasthani bratakatha ending today: us citizen’s phd in swasthani

Kathmandu- The month-long Swasthani bratakatha is coming to an end today with much fanfare and festivities at the banks of the Salinadi river in Sankhu, east of Kathmandu. And among many arriving Salinadi to bid adieu to the month-long fasting festival of the Hindus was Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, who holds a PhD. in Swastani bratakatha. A US citizen, Jessica completed her PhD. degree from the University of Chicago in 2010. She was reportedly inspired to pursue a research study on swasthani bratakatha after reading a section on the same in the book titled 'Dangerous Wives, Sacred Sisters' by Lynn Bennett. Jessica came to Nepal for the first time in 1999 and was recommended to go to Sankhu for her study. In order to study the text relating to Swasthani bratakatha, Jessica then learned Nepali language and also Newari language. "We suggested the same to her to study and research..

Following 6-point deal with UML, Koirala files candidacy for PM

 KATHMANDU, FEB 9  Following a power-sharing deal with the UML, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has filed his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister. Senior Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel proposed Koirala as Prime Minister, while the UML parliamentary leader KP Sharma Oli seconded the proposal. The candidacy by Koirala follows the six-point power-sharing deal between the Congress and UML. As per the deal, the elections to the posts of President, Vice-president and Chair of the Constituent Assembly will be held after the promulgation of the new constitution in a year. The two parties have also agreed to endorse the decisions of the last Constituent Assembly, which was also one of the major demands of the UCPN-M after the November elections..

Thankot-Chandragiri cable car within 18 months

KATHMANDU- Financial arrangement for cable car to be constructed from Thankot of Kathmandu to Chandragiri has been completed with the investors claiming that it will come into operation within the next one and half years. Around half a dozen financial institutions led by Citizens Bank have agreed to invest in the project to be constructed by the private sector under leadership of IME Group. Chairman of IME Group Chandra Prasad Dhakal said financial arrangement is being done through the banks operated by the private sector though Nepal Bank showed interest due to procedural hassles. A company has already been registered in the name of Kathmandu Fun Park for construction of the project. Bhatbhateni Group, Hathway Investment, Elite Capital and a few non-resident Nepalis will also invest in the company. Managing director of Hathway Investment Ambika Prasad Koirala said the formal..

Falling tree crushes man to death

DHADING, -A man was crushed to his death by a tree he felled at Jarung of Mahadevstahan VDC in the south of Dhading district. He is 48-year-old Bir Bahadur Tamang of Mahadevsthan VDC-8, the Ilaka Police Office, Gajuri stated. Tamang was felling the tree for extracting timber for building purpose and was crushed by it. His 10-year-old daughter has been left without any guardian after his death. Tamang's wife is in Kuwait in course of foreign..

Dr Bhagwan’s resignation accepted “to stop chaos at TUTH”

Prof Dr Bhagwan Koirala   "We tried to appoint Acting Dean or Dean for three months on a par with the existing regulations. But none was ready to take up the responsibility"   KATHMANDU: A few hours after Prof Dr Govinda KCresumed fast-unto-death, Tribhuvan University accepted the resignation of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital’s Executive Director Prof DrBhagwan Koirala on Saturday. Koirala had resigned yesterday after the TU failed to appoint new Dean at the Institute of Medicine. Earlier also, Koirala had put in papers on January 21 to express his solidarity to Prof KC, who had staged 13-day hunger strike earlier demanding reforms in the sector of medical education and appointment of new dean at the Institute of Medicine. TU Vice-Chancellor Prof Hira Bahadur Maharjan told THT Online this evening that he had no other option..

Famine hits Chepangs of Dhading

DHANDING: Hundreds of households of Chepang communities have been facing acute starvation for almost a month in Dhading. Chepangs based in a number of villages, including Brushbang, Jogimara, Dhusha, Mahadevsthan, Benighat, Gajuri and Pida, have been facing te worst. Devoid of foodstuffs, people from the endangered communities have no option but to wander in the jungles in search of wild roots. The Chepangs consume wild yam, roots and plants from mid-January to mid-April. From mid-June to mid-August, they face an acute food shortage as roots are not available during the period. A total of 18,000 Chepang — more than 70 per cent of them landless — live in Dhading, according to Tilak Chepang, a member of the Nepal Chepang Sangh. HIMALAYAN NEWS..

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