100 urban bird species´ habitat under threat, activists warn of stir
KATHMANDU, May 22: More than 1000 trees along the Kalanki-Koteshwar section of the ring road are set to be chopped down in a few days to expand the existing four lane roads to eight lanes. The government of China has pledged to provide Rs 3.7 billion for the widening of the 9km stretch that is set to begin in June.
The District Forestry Office (DFO), Lalitpur and Kathmandu have permitted the Department of Road (DoR), Lalitpur to cut down as many as 1,239 trees that were planted in the 70s.
KALYANPUR (SAPTARI), May 23: Much of the eastern Tarai region remained tense for the second consecutive day as the supporters of former lawmaker Sadrul Miyan Haque, who was murdered a day ago, blocked the east-west highway and staged demonstrations against police´s inaction in several places even on Wednesday.
As Haque´s supporters and local people continued to block the Kalyanpur-Bishanpur section of the highway on Wednesday, hundreds of public as well as private vehicles were stranded throughout the day. While vehicles coming from the east have been stranded east of the Koshi barrage, vehicles coming from the west were stranded in Kadmaha and Lahan of Siraha district.
KATHMANDU, May 22: Patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes have a reason to smile as the government is mulling to provide them free medicines from the next fiscal year. The Primary Health Revitalization Division (PHRD) under the Department of Health Services (DoHS) has proposed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to start the program at least from 30 easily accessible districts.
Officials at PHRD said that all patients, irrespective of their financial condition, will get free medicines. "We have proposed distribution of medicines to all from the next fiscal year," Dr Anand Shrestha, director of PHRD, said. He said that the office conducted extensive study before preparing the proposal. "The state will not have to bear additional burden for the medicines," said Shrestha, adding, "The proposal is within the ceiling of total expenditure."
KATHMANDU, May 22: On Sunday afternoon, when Tuna Kumari Nepal, 39, of Votshipa-9 in Sindhupalchowk District, regained consciousness, she was horrified to find that the gold jewelry she had been wearing was all missing. And she could hardly stand on her feet as these were unresponsive.
It was not long before it dawned on her that she had looted after being drugged with the fruit juice that she had taken about 25 minutes earlier at the request of a woman in her forties and two men.
She was not the only woman to find herself in such a miserable predicament of late. In the last few months, several other women and elder citizens have gone to the police with similar complaints. However, the police were clueless about the culprits, who operated by drugging their victims with Lorazepam, a type of drug often used as a sedative.
KATHMANDU, May 22: Vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan Universtiy (TU) Hira Bahadur Maharjan on Wednesday directed that the mass admissions be scrapped in all the affiliated colleges as per the agreement between four student unions on Tuesday.
Maharjan gave the direction during a meeting with the student leaders affiliated to All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), All Nepal National Free Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNFSU-R), and Nepal Students´ Union (NSU).