HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
July 9, 2004
KATHMANDU: Minister of Physical Planning and Works Prakash Man Singh today said the four parties in the government will strive to declare educational institutions as zone of peace. Singh, speaking at an interaction on students’ role in current politics, said a national consensus is necessary in finding a way out of the present political situation. The programme was organised by the Nepal Students Union (the student wing of the Nepali Congress-Democratic) unit committee of the Thapathali Engineering Campus. “There is no alternative to democracy hence everyone should work for its restoration,” he said. Minister of state for Education and Sports Bal Krishna Khand said the government is working on its commitment to keep conflict and violence away from all educational institutions. Khand said the government is willing to work with students in declaring educational institutions as violence free zone. The two ministers stressed curbing the ‘illegal’ activities prevalent in educational institutions. Khand further said a joint meeting of the four parties had agreed upon giving top priority to the education sector and would work towards keeping schools free of violence.
Rajan shines as MMC outplay JYC
KATHMANDU: Rajan Rayamajhi scored two goals and set up another as defending champions Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) defeated Jawalakhel Youh Club 3-1 in the day’s Super Six League match of the Martyrs’ Memorial Everest ‘A’ Division football tournament here today. The win lifted the defending champions to third spot with 29 points, one more than Tribhuvan Army Club. With two rounds remaining, Three Star Club lead the standing with 37 points, while last year’s runner-up Mahendra Police Club are at second spot with 36 points. Out-of-form Rajan Rayamajhi surprised everyone when he headed in the ball supplied by Umesh Upreti from the left flank to put MMC ahead in the 33rd minute. MMC striker Basanta Thapa,who played despite the injury incurred during their previous match against Tribhuvan Army Club, was substituted in the half time. Rajan doubled the tally in the 51st minute when his volley from the penalty area beat JYC custodian Bikash Malla and a defender standing in the goalline on Rajesh Shahi’s corner. MMC earned the corner after JYC goalkeeper Bikash Malla punched out the ball on Rajan Rayamahi’s powerful shot from about 25 yards. Fed by Manoj Thapa, Rojit’s powerful shot from about 20 yards left MMC second choice custodian Sachin Maharjan, who replaced regular goalkeeper Binod Dangol in the 72nd minute. Rojit KC scored an equaliser in the dying moments on Meghraj KC’s pass but assistant referee Narendra Shrestha adjudged that off side.