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KATHMANDU: The Nepal Electricity Authority has reduced daily load-shedding hours to 12 from 14. The authority’s Load Dispatch Centre today said the cut will take effect from Sunday, bringing down the 97-hour weekly outage to 84 hours. Currently, the country imports about 140 MW from India via different transmission lines. The NEA said the import of a further 30 MW from India will resume in about two weeks. Following an increase in outage hours a couple of weeks ago, PM had taken steps to bring down the outage hours. LDC officials said outage hours will not go up further.

One held with heroin

KATHMANDU: The Narcotics Drug Bureau on Thursday arrested Ikram Ansari (38) of Baharaich, India, with nine gramme of heroin at Kalanki. Police said he was suspected of smuggling hardcore drugs to the Kathmandu Valley from India.

Fugitive nabbed

KATHMANDU: Police on Friday nabbed Suraj Darlami (21) of Sitapaila, who had been absconding after attacking a German national at Halchowk on July 12, 2012 with a sharp weapon. He has been charged with attempted murder.

Burglary in Lalitpur

LALITPUR: A gang of robbers broke into the house of Ram Bahadur Rawal in Tikathali and made off with cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 180,000 on Thursday. A complaint said the loot included Rs 30,000 and 2.5 tolas of gold.

Man found dead

BHAKTAPUR: Dayaram Machheju (37) of Jagati was found dead in Sipadole on Thursday night. Police said his body was spotted floating in a reservoir on the premises of Mata Brick Kiln. An investigation is on.

Lakhs gutted in blazes

KATHMANDU: Fires gutted properties worth around five lakh rupees in Kathmandu on Friday. A fire broke out in the rented room of Tek Bahadur Magar in Bishnu Budhanilkantha, causing losses worth Rs 300,000, while blaze in the house of Thaila Galang in Lapsiphedi gutted property worth Rs 200,000.

Ambassador’s pledge

KATHMANDU: Ambassador of India to Nepal Jayant Prasad on Friday said India is willing to harness water resources in Nepal. Addressing the 33rd anniversary of Pashupati Multiple Campus, Ambassador Prasad announced that his country will provide Mahatma Gandhi scholarship to top-scoring boy and girl students of Grade 11 studying at the campus. They will get IRs 2000 per month for two years.

Journalism freeship

KATHMANDU: Ministry of Information and Communications on Friday okayed a proposal to provide scholarship to journalism students at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels from next academic session. Information and Communications Minister Rajkishor Yadav said the next Cabinet meeting is likely to pass the proposal. He said government will provide scholarship to 20 students every year.

Envoy’s farewell call

KATHMANDU: Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yang Houlan, on Friday paid a farewell visit to President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter’s office in Shital Niwas. At the meeting, President Yadav expressed gratitude to the Chinese envoy for his role in strengthening relations between Nepal and China, the Office of the President said in a statement. Ambassador Yang has been called back before completion of his three-year term.

Bankers held for fraud

KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of the Nepal Police today arrested acting General Manager of the Sundhara-based Himalaya Finance, Shyam Krishna Shrestha, and the finance’s former chairman Himalaya Bhakta Pradhananga. SP Ishwar Babu Karki said police made the arrests acting on complaints.

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