| October 20, 2020

Biratnagar developmental projects in limbo

Vehicles pass under the main entrance gate of Biratnagar Sub-Metropolitan City in this recent picture
BIRATNAGAR, June 18 : “Except for Koirala residence and the airport, there's no noticeable place in Biratnagar for visitors.” That's a statement of a noted intellectual in Biratnagar Ram Babu Dahal delivered in frustrated tone and further adding that the city, which he feels is very important for the nation, has never seen actual development.

“Neither the government nor the locals could improve the situations. In fact, if you look at it now, things have gone worse from bad,” he stated. Biratnagar is indeed over a century year old city. Oldest sub - metropolitan city of the country however is still waiting to wear a look like one. Locals lament that the city has never received due attention of politicians and officials.


NOC marks beginning of Olympic Day

KATHMANDU, June 18: Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) marked the beginning of a week-long celebration of Olympic day in the capital on Friday. Accompanied by a cavalry unit of the Nepalese Army, a musical band of army led a rally of students and players.

The rally organized by Sports for All Commission under the aegis of NOC kicked off from the quake-ravaged Basantapur Durbar Square with an aim to spread the message of Olympic Movement, which champions the idea of 'Excellence, Friendship and Respect.'


Japanese arrested over swindling quake-victims

KATHMANDU, June 17: Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) on Thursday evening arrested fifty-five years old Japanese citizen along with a Nepali man on the charge of defrauding quake victims in Gorkha, the epicenter of last year's devastating earthquake.

Police have accused Hiroshi Morikawa from Japan and Bajra Gurung, 50, from Lazimpat-2, Kathmandu, of cheating quake victims by assuring them lucrative jobs in Japan.


3,000 quake victims receive relief

GORKHA, June 18: A total of 3,258 locals of Gorkha district, the epicenter of last year's earthquake, are set to receive their first installment grant amount for the reconstruction of their quake-damaged homes.

According to Local District Officer Narayan Acharya, Rs 163 million has been set aside for the quake victims of Hansapur, Saurpani and Barpak VDCs. Each household will receive Rs 50,000.


TRC probes will take intn'l law into consideration: Gurung

KATHMANDU, June 18:Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chairman Surya Kiran Gurung has said that the commission will take international law into consideration while investigating conflict-era cases.

Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of Parliament on Friday, Chairman Gurung said that the core values of international law should not be ignored during the investigation of cases from the conflict era.


SLC supplementary exams termed inappropriate

KATHMANDU, June 18:The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) has announced that it would allow SLC students who scored D or E in two subjects as per the letter grading system to take supplementary exams.

Among the total 588,152 students who appeared in the SLC this year, 147,583, including 39,257 from the exempted group, will have a chance to sit the SLC supplementary exams to be held from July 29 to August 5.


Minister urges teachers not to bring politics into classrooms

MYAGDI, June 18: Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that the trend of teachers entering school premises with political motive would be brought to an end. He stressed the need to select teachers on the basis of their qualification rather than under pressure from political parties.

“Teachers are not supposed to bring in their political ideologies into classrooms. Such teachers who are more dedicated to politics than their teaching occupation should resign.


Rehabilitated dacoit community returning to crime

SIRAHA,June 18:There was a time when Jhija and Akaura villages in Siraha were notorious as a haven for dacoits. Robbers and dacoits here were so powerful that even security personnel would not dare to enter the villages. Among the 400 households in the two villages, 135 households from 'Paswan' community would identify themselves as dacoits without hesitation. But in 1980 things chaged. The government decided to rehabilitate them in society.

The government provided them a total of 416 bigha of land and encouraged them to engage in farming. In addition, the government also provided them food rations. Following such support from the government, many people of this community quit robbery and started making their livelihoods through agriculture. While some left the village for foreign employment, some even became ascetics. However, after decades, robbers and dacoits are again surfacing in the district, according to police.

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