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Focal officer for women cops

KATHMANDU: In a bid to deal with violence, including sexual harassment, and discrimination against women police personnel in the Kathmandu Valley, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office has designated DSP Ganga Panta as its focal officer. The appointment comes after the formulation of a Gender Policy of Nepal Police, 2012. The focal officer will look into cases of alleged harassment, violence and discrimination against 350-odd women cops based in the Kathmandu Valley and report to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. “After getting the report, Metropolitan Police Commissio...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Combat viral hepatitis: WHO

KATHMANDU: On the occasion of the World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organisation’s regional office for South-East Asia has appealed to various stakeholders to increase awareness on and understanding of viral hepatitis. According to a WHO press statement, viral hepatitis deserves greater priority in terms of resources and effort and surveillance. WHO has also highlighted the need to increase infant immunisation coverage for hepatitis B, which must reach levels greater than 95 per cent. It has also sought mandatory screening of all blood and blood products for hepatitis B and C. Poin...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Two held for forging citizenhip‚ bank fraud

KATHMANDU: Police said they arrested Bijaya Kumar Das of Biratnagar, Morang and Tankanath Acharya of Thapathumka-3, Sindhuli on the charge of document forgery and bank fraud from separate place of Lalitpur. They are accused of forging documents, including citizenship, and taking credit cards and loan from several banks, financial institutions and cooperatives using the faked documents. Acting on a tip off, a special team of security personnel from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) held Das from Kusunti and Acharya from Mahalaxmisthan respectively and handed over to the Metropolitan...
Published On: 2012-07-28

No facility to former political VIPs‚ demands NC Prez

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala has said that no facilities from state coffers should be given to distinguished personalities active in politics. It was quite irrelevant for the incumbent government with caretaker status to decide to provide privileges to former VIPs instead of maintaining fiscal austerity, President Koirala further said. He was addressing the closing ceremony of the three-day relay hunger strike that was staged by Nepal Civil Society at Shantibatika, Ratna Park since Thursday. The relay hunger strike was organised against the government's decision t...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Worker electrocuted at sweet shop in Balaju

KATHMANDU: A worker at a sweet shop in Bypass, Balaju died after getting electric shock on Saturday morning. Identified as Samar Mallik (34) of Kolkata, the victim fell unconscious when he got electric shock due to short circuit in the fridge at the Pilung Mithai Pasal at 6:10 this morning. Police said he breathed his last at the Balaju-based Janamaitri Hospital during the course of treatment. An investigation has been initiated to look into the incident, police said....
Published On: 2012-07-28

YAN seeks withdrawal of govt decision to provide facility to VIPs

KATHMANDU: Youth Association of Nepal close to the CPN-UML has warned of launching an agitation if the government did not take back its decision to provide facility from the state coffer to its former senior officials at the earliest. Speaking at a news conference organised by the Association here on Saturday to make public the decisions of its three-day central committee meeting that concluded Friday, Association Chairman Mahesh Basnet demanded that the decision be immediately withdrawn. "Otherwise, the Association would be compelled to launch a campaign against the government move,&qu...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Govt committed to maintain quality education: Sharma

KATHMANDU: Education Minister Dinanath Sharma has said the government is ready to take all possible steps to maintain the quality education in the country. Speaking at a programme organised by the Nepal National Guardians' Association to honour students and schools securing the top marks in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations- 2068 BS here on Saturday, Sharma said though pass results in the examinations were less than of the previous years, quality of education has not gone down. The Education Minister underlined the need of a partnership between the community and private scho...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Teku-Balkhu stretch demolition drive underway

KATHMANDU: The government has started demolishing roadside physical infrastructures from Teku-based National Trading Limited via Kuleshwor to Balkhu since Saturday morning. Demolition of the roadside constructions in the area is taking place with the help of the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Kathmandu Metropolis, Metropolitan Traffic Police Range, Department of Urban Development and Physical Planning and Works and the Nepal Police. Prior to this, the Authority has set a demarcation line on both side of the road in the area for demolishing physical constructions. It is learnt that...
Published On: 2012-07-28

UML Advisor Gyawali passes away

KATHMANDU: Central Advisor of CPN- UML, Keshav Gyawali passed away at Ganga Lal Hospital at Bansbari in the capital last night. He was 65. Gyawali, a resident of Rupandehi district, was suffering from high blood pressure, and heart related diseases. He is survived by wife, one son and three daughters. He had four decades’ long experience and contribution to the communist movement, said party leader Tilak Acharya. His funeral was performed at Pashupati Aryaghat today ...
Published On: 2012-07-28

Report paints gloomy picture

KATHMANDU: Trafficking in women and children continues unabated despite the public awareness campaign and police crackdown on traffickers. According to Maiti Nepal, a non-government organisation working for girls and women, the total number of trafficking deaths in 2011 was 25. Till the end of June in 2012, trafficking has already claimed 21 lives. With the average half yearly calculation of both years, trafficking cases have increased 42 per cent. The half-yearly data of Maiti Nepal also indicate the increase in domestic violence in the country. The total cases of domestic violence rep...
Published On: 2012-07-27