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PESTICIDE POISONING: Four patients discharged from hospital

KATHMANDU: Four of the 15 persons who were being treated for pesticide poisoning have been discharged from hospital. Six members of a family were killed and 15 persons were taken ill after eating rotis made from pesticide-laced wheat flour in Pida VDC of Dhading on March 9. The 15 persons were undergoing treatment at Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital, Swoyambhu. With the patients’ health condition improving, we have started discharging them, according to doctors attending to them. Earlier, two patients were discharged after improvement in their health condition. Others too are recovering well, said the doctors. Sunmaya Tamang, 12, Purna Bahadur Tamang, 10, Phulmaya Tamang, 65, Laxmi Tamang, 15, and Buddha Singh Tamang, 9, were discharged today, according to Nabaraj Rupakheti, administrative officer at the hospital. . Ten-month-old Ramila Tamang and Raju Tamang, 3,..

Scholarships for six kids who consumed pesticide-laced rotis

KATHMANDU: Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal (ECAN), an umbrella organisation of educational consultancies today declared scholarship for six children from Pida VDC-8, Pukun, Dhading who had consumed rotis made from pesticide-laced flour and fallen ill on March 9. Six members of a family had died and 15 others had been taken ill after eating rotis made from wheat tainted with pesticide. Organising a programme here in Kathmandu, ECAN declared scholarships and said it would bear the expenses needed to study till secondary level in a homely environment for the kids.It said that it was going to provide Rs 20,000 as scholarship for each child every year to study. Rajendra Baral, president, ECAN, said they have allocated a total of Rs 900,000 to the children to provide education up to the secondary level. During the programme, Constituent Assembly members such as..

CIAA probe: 1,800 teachers quit

KATHMANDU-Nearly 1,800 public school teachers quit their job after the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) started investigating the authenticity of academic certificates of government school teachers since September last year. According to a report of the Department of Education (DoE) that was submitted to the CIAA on Friday, 1,796 teachers resigned between September, 2014 and February, 2015.  Among the teachers who resigned during the period,  1,330 were from primary schools, 274 from lower secondary schools, and 192 were from secondary schools.  Palpa district witnessed the highest number of resignation with 93 teachers leaving the service followed by Tanahun (83), Gorkha (80), Sindhupalchok (67), and Surkhet (62). Seventy-three teachers quit their job at various schools inside Kathmandu Valley. The anti-graft body had started the..

House panel to enquire CIAA on Anfa graft probe

KATHMANDU, MAR 16 - The Parliamentary Public Account Committee is preparing to enquire the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority regarding its investigation into corruption charges against Ganesh Thapa, thesuspended chairman of the All Nepal Football Association. A meeting of the committee on Sunday decided to seek updates from the anti-graft body’s decision regarding investigation into Thapa’s case. “Media reports say Thapa’s case has been put on hold. But, as initiator of this case, we are not still informed about the matter. That’s why we want updates from them [CIAA],” PAC member Ramhari Khatiwada said, adding, “If reports are true, we are planning to summon them before the parliament.” On February 19, the CIAA had informed that Thapa’s case was put on hold due to lack of enough evidence. The parliamentary committee, however, is not..

Police solves Ranibari murder mystery after 12 years, arrests two

Engineer couple Hemant and Anjali Shrestha. File photo Dhading- Police has finally solved the mystery behind the brutal murder of engineer couple Hemant and Anjali Shrestha after twelve years. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on Friday arrested Manraj Gurung and Pramesh Chauhan in connection with the murder and made them public in a press conference today. Pramesh Chauhan (left), and Manraj Gurung. Photos released by CIB According to police, the Shrestha couple were killed by a sharp weapon in July 2002 in their rented apartment in Ranibari, Kathmandu. Informing the media about the investigation in the conference, police said that the Shrestha couple were killed in the incident although the killers had intended to kill the house owner Gita Khadka, who lived in the top floor of the house. The assailants murdered the couple because they had to..

Rs 40 billion remains in tax arrears

Kathmandu, March 15- Forty billion rupees remains in arrears with the tax payers, according to the Ministry of Finance.             This amount remains to be realized as income tax and VAT from the taxpayers who have not regularly paid these taxes.             Speaking in an interaction organised by the Media International in the capital today, Finance Secretary Suman Prasad Sharma said that although all the Nepalis have paid tax indirectly, only 1.2 million people have come under the tax net directly.             In the discussions with the office-bearers of the Nepal Trade Association, the Republican Trade Association, Nepal Shoes Manufacturers Association, the Ekata Business Association, the Footwear Industries Association, Secretary Sharma reiterated that it is the duty of all the citizens to pay taxes for the country's prosperity. The..

Two students face proscription from exams for failing to pay fee

Kathmandu, March 15- Two students are in risk of being deprived of taking examinations set for March 24 after failing to submit due fees to their school. Subash Poudel studying in grade 9 and Subarna Poudel of grade 6 of Alakapuri Boarding School located at Chandol of Bishalnagar will be proscribed from appearing in the examinations as they could not clear the due fees of the school. The two students known to be outstanding in studies, but of an indigent background had been carrying out their study with the support from a non-governmental organization. The two students are now left helpless as the organization has withdrawn its helping hand. The students have also stopped attending regular classes from Sunday. The students currently live in a 'Shelter' named organization run by model Khusbu Oli, and had been studying under fund provided by 'Manav Kalyan Samuha' headed by..

Bill seeking action against PR holder civil servants endorsed

KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - The State Affairs Committee of the Legislature Parliament has endorsed the Civil Service Bill (fourth amendment) to take action against the civil servants holding permanent residency in foreign countries. The bill prepared by the Ministry of General Administration, which was under consideration at the State Affairs Committee , will now be presented before the full meeting of the Parliament. It will be enacted as a law only after it is approved by the House. The bill aims to take action against civil servants acquiring residency in foreign countries in the form of PRs, green cards and DVs, discourage civil servants from taking up any other employment apart from their official work and establish special positions in civil service. Ministry of General Administration Lalbabu Pandit registered the fourth amendment bill to the Civil Service Act 1993 in..

PM reiterates statute ‘very soon’

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waters a banyan sapling after planting it in Baireni of Dhading on Sunday, February 22, 2015. KESHAV ADHIKARI "An appropriate environment for investment and development has been created in the nation‚ of late."   Dhading: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala once again assured people that they would get the constitution from the Constituent Assembly (CA) very soon. Speaking at a function organised by Dhading district chapter of Nepali Congress (NC) in Baireni of Dhading today, the Prime Minister said the CA will issue a democratic constitution soon. Koirala was in Dhading to participate in Ganesh Man Balidan Abhiyan, organised by NC to celebrate birth centenary of its leader Ganesh Man Singh. Koirala, on the occasion, said one and all should work toward establishing peace, stability, democracy and prosperity in the..

Life jacket‚ educational materials provided to Chepang children

    Keshav Adhikari DHADING: The Chepang children from Huilingbesi of Gorkha district have been provided a big river tube (set of boating tube) and educational materials in view of the hardship they face while negotiating the Trishuli River merely on the ordinary rubber tube. The Chepang children are forced to go to school by crossing the River on a simple rubber tube because of not having a bridge in the environs. An Australian national living in Nepal for long, Linden Kein, and the students at Trinity College of Kathmandu collected the fund, bought the materials as big river tube, water proofed bag and stationeries and provided to the needy children reaching the Trishuli River banks on Saturday. Similarly, various other people working in the trekking contributed life jackets and solar bulbs to the children. There are only four Chepang houses at..

Student attacked with khukuri inside classroom in Tipling

KESHAV ADHIKARI DHADING: A student of the Dongden Secondary School of remote Tipling VDC-3 of the district has been attacked with a sharp weapon inside the classroom on Thursday. Alerong Tamang (15) aka Ashok, a ninth grader, has been attacked with a khukuri. According to the District Police Office, Dhading, a group of five to six persons including Suleman Tamang of the same school sneaked into the class room and attacked the students with a khukuri recklessly. Suleman is a premanent resident of Tipling VDC-5 of the district. Police informed that Alerong sustained critical injuries on his head, hands and legs. Locals said that the students divided in two groups used to have brawl in the past as well and as a result the group of the students led by Suleman attacked Alerong with the khukuri yesterday. Tamang who sustained multiple injuries at various parts of..

Orange production down by 30 per cent in Dhanding

  DHADING: Orange production has declined by 30 per cent in Dhading this year, owing to the drought prolonging in the district during the flowering season. Last year, the production stood at 4, 156 metric tonnes whereas this year it decreased to 3,000 metric tonnes, according to the District Agriculture Development Office, Dhading. Orange last year was cultivated in 424 hectares of land whereas this year it was cultivated in 301 hectares. Hekrang, Jawang and Dhusa of Jogimara VDC and Ghairang, Nalang and Nilkantha of Mahadevsthan VDC in the district are known to be the pocket area for orange production. Due to this, many farmers have switched to cultivation of other..

Famine in Chepang settlement‚ takes toll on kids

DHADING: Food shortage has hit a Chepang settlement in the southern belt of Dhading District, taking its toll on mostly the breast-feeding women and their children. This problem is seen at Mahadevsthan VDC, which is not yet connected to road networks. Settled predominantly by the indigenous Chepang community, Mahadevsthan is one of the remote parts of the district. Many families are marginal farmers and do not have enough to eat. Due to extreme poverty and no adequate farmland, the Chepang families face frequent famines. A study shows that many children in this settlement are malnourished. A study report brought out by an NGO, Prayash Nepal, shows that 84 children in Mahadevsthan VDC suffer from malnutrition and 152 others also show symptoms of the same. This problem is more profound at Ward Number 1, 2, 3 and 7 of the VDC with 465 households, the report states. It..

Biker injured in Dhading microbus hit

  KESHAV ADHIKARI Relatives of Shrestha vandalised the microbus as well as obstructed the Benighat road section for a while.   DHADING: A man was seriously injured in a microbus accident at Benighat of Dhading along the Prithvi Highway on Monday morning . The microbus (Ga 1 Kha 3974) which was heading towards Pokhara from Kathmandu hit the a motorcycle (Ba 33 Pa 675) coming from the opposite direction, and injured the biker Sanjay Shrestha ( 21) of Benighat in Dhading. Shrestha was taken to Kathmandu for treatment, informed Benighat Police Post. After the accident, relatives of Shrestha vandalised the microbus as well as obstructed the Benighat road section for a while demanding stern actions against the driver and proper treatment of the victim. Traffic movement resumed after police took the driver under control. Benighat Bazaar has turned into a..

Teachers beaten up‚ school vandalised

Keshav Adhikari DHADING: A group of people under the influence of alcohol today vandalised the administrative department of Harkapur Secondary School at Benighat VDC-3, Dhading, and manhandled teachers. The intoxicated people had thrashed head teacher Pahalman Shrestha, teacher Sharmila Tripathi and parent Krishna Narayan Shrestha and vandalised the administration department. Head teacher Shrestha said the group had entered the school for a discussion, but thrashed the teachers and vandalised the office. A school source said that people pretending to be parents had gone on a rampage after as many as 16 students were not allowed to appear in this year’s SLC examination for the school’s failure to receive permission to add a class. To be eligible to appear for this year’s SLC examination, registration forms should have been filled out almost 19 months ago. But the..

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