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Bird flu scare



KATHMANDU: Bird flu was detected in a private poultry firm on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Friday. Dr Narayan Ghimire, spokesperson for the Directorate of Animal Health, confirmed that samples sent to the lab tested positive for H5N1 virus. He said 2,390 birds from the Jitpurphedi-based farm of Kishor Tandukar were culled and 100 kg chicken feed destroyed on Friday and Saturday. This is the seventh incident of bird flu in the Kathmandu Valley. The virus was last detected in the valley at poultry firms in Sitapaila.

Singer freed

KATHNANDU: A day after their arrest on ‘drug abuse’ charge, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) released singer Sugam Pokharel and six others from custody on Saturday. They were held with two gramme heroin from Maitidevi on Friday. NCB officials said Pokharel and his friends were suspected to be drug users, not peddlers and the amount was too little to bring formal charges against them. The detainees were handed over to their respective guardians urging the families to take them to rehabilitation centre.

Office robbed

KATHMANDU: An unidentified person riding on motorcycle entered the office of Shikha Travel and Tours in Balaju and robbed Rs 400,000 from the counter on Friday evening. Police said the man had taken Arjun Thapa of Gorkha, an employee at the cash counter, under control by displaying a knife before making off with the cash. The culprit is at large. Police said they were interrogating Thapa to check whether he was indirectly involved in the incident.

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