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President extends greetings on eve of Eid al-Fitr

KATHMANDU: Muslims across the country will celebrate Eid al-Fitr with much gusto and fanfare tomorrow. The day marks the end of Ramadan, the holy festival of the Muslim community. The Muslims observing this festival will stay on fast for self-purification for a month. Devotees, who have been fasting during the Ramadan, observe the occasion with a feast. Revellers throng mosques before dawn for Eid prayers and listen to sermons from their religious guru. Hundreds of Muslims throng Jame Mosque at Bagbazaar in Kathmandu for the festival, which is celebrated with family and friends. Muslim fam...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Hospitals resume services

KATHMANDU: All hospitals across the nation have resumed their services from today after the withdrawal of the two-day hospital banda called by the Nepal Medical Association. All the agitation programmes were withdrawn after the government appointed Dr Prakash Sayami as the new dean of the Institute of Medicine (IoM) on the basis of seniority, addressing the fast-unto-death staged by senior Orthopedist Prof Dr Govinda KC. KC was against the appointments of the office- bearers in the vacant posts of the Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine on the basis of political conviction. The As...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Oli‚ Koirala confer on govt's ouster

KATHMANDU: Senior leader of the CPN-UML KP Sharma Oli today conferred with the Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala at the latter’s Maharajgunj residence and asked him to come up with a clear stand to oust the caretaker government from power for the formation of a unity government. Their meeting comes a day after the Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, during a press meet in Siraha, had warned the opposition parties that the incumbent government could last 25 years if they remained adamant to reach consensus on the contentious issues. Oli is also learnt to have asked K...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Kdney patients set for talks

KATHMANDU: Kidney patients, on a relay hunger strike for the last 10 days, have formed a five-member committee for talks with the Ministry of Health and Population after getting an invite from the latter for a meeting on Friday. The committee has Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, head of the transplant unit at the Bir Hospital, as facilitator. Ramesh Chalise, acting president of the Nepal Kidney Society, said they have registered a letter of interest at the ministry for discussions on their demands. The ministry will probably invite us for a meeting on Tuesday, said Chalise, adding that, despit...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Dr Govinda KC recovering

KATHMANDU: The health of Dr Govinda KC, who ended his hunger strike yesterday, is gradually improving, a doctor attending to the professor said today. Dr KC, who is now in the Coronary Care Unit of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, ended his fast on the sixth day yesterday after the government appointed Dr Prakash Sayami as new dean of the Institute of Medicine (IoM). Dr Prem Khadka, a doctor attending to KC, said he will be shifted to the general ward on Monday. He informed that KC was still suffering from low blood pressure and complained of chest pain. Dr KC, who is a senior ...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Preserve culture: Expert

KATHMANDU: Culture expert Satyamohan Joshi has said that economic progress is impossible without the development of literature, art and music. Speaking at a felicitation programme of the Sahitya Sandhya yesterday, Joshi said there is a need to promote the country’s art, culture and music. On the occasion, Madan prize laureate Joshi honoured progressive singer Sanu Pahadi with a cash award of Rs 10,000. Singer Pahadi, who has been struggling for life due to renal failure, is also living with ailments in her uterus and eyes. Dr Bharat Bahadur Karki and littérateur Shishu Devko...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Mock polls show govt unpopular

KATHMANDU: The result of the mock polls held to test the popularity of the incumbent government on last Thursday was published today. Seventeen student unions from various opposition parties today published the result saying that majority of people were in favour of a national consensus government. Out of the total votes cast, 97.41 per cent people were against this government, which meant people want the ruling coalition to step down and make way for a consensus government, they said. The agitating youth and student in the opposition parties had conducted mock polls last Thursday as par...
Published On: 2012-08-19

KMC better-equipped to extinguish blazes

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu Metropolitan City has received new fire engines, rescue trucks and other equipment for fire fighters. Ernest Prayer, fire brigade chief at Bozen/Bolzano province, Italy, handed over the fire engines and rescue equipment to Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, executive chief of KMC, at a function in the Capital today. The Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano provided the assistance to KMC with help from Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid Town. The city has received a 30-metre long ladder, a large fire engine capable of carrying 2,200 litres of payload, a small fire engine with capacity o...
Published On: 2012-08-19

Show of might outside PM's residence

KATHMANDU: Seventeen youth and student unions affiliated to the opposition parties today picketed the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar for two hours in the morning. Ramesh Poudel, secretariat member of the CPN-UML-aligned Youth Federation Nepal (YFN), said they picketed the PM’s residence from 9-11am today. Various student unions have been launching protests for the past few weeks in a bid to press the Baburam Bhattarai-led government to step down. Poudel said, “Even the results of mock polls that youth and student unions conducted suggest the unpopularity...
Published On: 2012-08-19

'Make Police Welfare Fund squeaky clean'

KATHMANDU: Inspector General of Nepal Police, Rabindra Pratap Shah, today stressed the need to make Police Welfare Fund (PWF) more transparent and bring about tangible reforms in it. Addressing the fourth general assembly of the PWF organised at the Nepal Police Headquarters, he said the fund, established to extend selfless service to all police employees, is in need of constructive reform. “The welfare fund had come under scrutiny in the past over an inequitable distribution of service and facilities, and long-standing misconception that it was a sole property of the Nepal Police Hea...
Published On: 2012-08-19