News Digest

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
News Digest

Sep 10, 2014-

Puppetry training for educators

KATHMANDU: The Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu in collaboration with Seto Gurans Education Foundation on Wednesday trained teachers, nurses and social workers to deliver the basic health education through the use of puppetry. Two Israeli trainers associated with ‘Puppeteers Without Borders’, an organisation which has been conducting the training worldwide, trained some two dozen educators and nurses on the use of puppets for educating children. According to Rochi Dan, one of the trainers, the use of puppets makes the information delivery system more communicative, playful and effective. Agatha Thapa of the Foundation said the right use of puppetry is a very powerful tool for early childhood development programmes. (PR)

Two held with stolen statue

BHAKTAPUR: Two people were arrested with a stolen statue of Lord Buddha from Kaushaltar while they were about to sell it for Rs 3.5 million. The arrested are Kumar Gole, 25, of Dhading and Bishnu Kumari Bharati of Nuwakot, DSP Shyam Krishna Adhikari said. Police said they are investigating into the matter. (RSS)

NC leader dies of cardiac arrest

CHITWAN: Nepali Congress District Secretary Sunil Shrestha died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning. According to family members, Shrestha had gone to bed on Tuesday after taking his regular medicine but fell unconscious all of a sudden the following morning. He was rushed to the Bharatpur Medical College, where doctors pronounced him dead. He is survived by a son and a daughter. (RSS)

Man dies in rehab centre

RUPANDEHI: The family members of a man, who died at a rehabilitation centre in Kapilvastu-4 on Wednesday, have accused the Astha Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center of torturing the victim to death. Ram Prasad Bhattarai, 28, of Butwal-14 was admitted to the centre four days ago to help him quit alcoholism. The victim’s family members said that Bhattarai’s body sustained bruises. The body was taken to Lumbini Zonal Hospital for post-mortem. (PR)

Landslides obstruct road

NUWAKOT: The Trisuli-Kathmandu stretch of the Pasang Lhamu Highway remained closed on Wednesday due to landslides at various places. Lala Singh Aire, engineer at the Road Division Office, said landslides occurred at various places on the five-kilometer stretch from Jurethum to Betini forest and that they are finding it hard to clear the obstructions. (PR)

Kharel appointed UML Chief Whip

KATHMANDU: The ruling CPN-UML appointed its lawmaker Agni Kharel as party’s Chief Whip on Wednesday, nine months after the Constituent Assembly elections. The party has yet to fill up other key positions such as deputy parliamentary party leader and whip. UML Chairman and PP leader KP Oli picked Central Committee member Kharel for the post two weeks after he was appointed as CA member by the Cabinet. Earlier, Rajendra Pandey, a leader close to Madhav Nepal, had been entrusted with the responsibility to look after the parliamentary affairs as chief whip. (pr)

Shukla elected TMLP PP leader

KATHMANDU: Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) elected Sarvendra Nath Shukla as its Parliamentary Party leader on Wednesday. A meeting of party’s Parliamentary Party elected Shukla to the post  almost 10 months after the election of Constituent Assembly. The TMLP leadership has authorised its PP leader to appoint the remaining vacancies. (PR)

Deuba’s request to UCPN (Maoist)

NUWAKOT: Former prime minister and senior Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged the UCPN (Maoist) to strike consensus on the parliamentarian system as the form of governance in the new constitution. His statement comes at a time when the Maoists are for a directly elected presidential system. Speaking at a programme in Nuwakot on Wednesday, Deuba urged the former rebels to agree on the parliamentarian system where all parties can be accommodated. According to Deuba, all contentious issues except the forms of governance has been sorted out. (PR)

Police rescue 10 women

BIRATNAGAR: Nepal police, with the help of two organisations, on Wednesday rescued eight women being trafficked to India with false promise of sending them to Kuwait, from the bordering town of Jogbani in India. Police said that the women from Khotang, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok and Kathmandu, are under the care of Small Hands Nepal, an NGO, which also helped in the rescue. According to the personnel, the woman involved in the trafficking is at large. Likewise, two girls being trafficked to India were also rescued from Maheshpur border point in Nawalparasi district on Wednesday. The girls aged 14-18 have been handed over to the District Police Office. (pr)

Law practitioners come in support of Kantipur

NEPALGUNJ: At least 30 legal practitioners from Chitwan, Banke and Baglung districts have registered their names, vowing to plead in favour of Kantipur Publications in the ongoing contempt of court charge against  the management and editorial staff of the Publications. Addressing various programmes in the districts on Wednesday, they denounced the contempt allegation against the Publications as attack on press freedom and democracy.  (pr)

Fifteen injured in Bara clash

BARA: At least 15 persons including a police personnel were hurt when two groups of local people clashed at Pipradhi VDC in the district on Wednesday. The clash ensued after the locals engaged in a bitter altercation over a dispute concerning a tour of students of local higher secondary school, police said. Police had to fire five rounds of bullet in air to take the situation under control. The injured, most of whom have sustained injuries in the clash, are undergoing treatment at theKalaiya Hospital, police said. (PR)

VDC secys flock to affluent areas

BIRATNAGAR: At a time when many remote villages in the country lack VDC secretaries, a total of 52 VDCs in Morang district has 73 VDC secretaries. A government official said that the trend of government officials preferring to work in areas having better facilities has led to the problem of VDC secretaries flocking to the same place. He said that some VDC secretaries in the district have been deputed in the district using political influence, adding that those holding positions just for name-sake are left without any work. Local Development Officer Narayan Mainali said that those VDC secretaries holding positions without work register their presence at the District Development Office. (PR)

Published: 11-09-2014 09:10

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