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PM directs army for prompt relief delivery

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today reached the Tribhuvan International Airport and directed the Nepal Army to promptly deliver the relief materials in the affected areas. The Prime Minister went to the airport this morning to take stock of activities related to relief distribution. On the occasion, PM Koirala directed the army to immediately take the relief materials coming from within the country and abroad to the earthquake-affected areas, instead of keeping that at the airport. He urged for distributing the available relief at the earliest considering public complaints of...
Published On: 2015-05-01

Nat'l Reconstruction Fund to be set up

KATHMANDU: The government today decided to establish Rs 200 billion National Reconstruction Fund to manage reconstruction works keeping in view the massive damage to structures caused by the devastating earthquake. The Cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar today decided to establish the fund with Rs 20 billion from the government’s treasury. After an almost four-hour-long Cabinet meeting, government spokesperson Minendra Rijal said the fund would be utilised to develop buildings and settlements with appropriate technology. Minister for Information and Communications Rijal said the fu...
Published On: 2015-05-01

Two held for spreading quake rumour

KATHMANDU: Police today apprehended two ‘eccentric’ men for spreading rumour about earthquake in the capital city. Sleuths of Nepal Police were after Rajendra Khadgi, 34, of Lalitpur and Hira Bahadur Thapa, 32, of Dolakha after they used loudhailers to give false alarm that predicted a high-intensity earthquake returning at 6:00pm. The rumour went viral on social media, sending a panic wave among denizens. Thousands of people panicked and ran out of their houses and assembled in open spaces ‘to prevent any untoward incident’. With the rumour spreading, Nepal Police to...
Published On: 2015-05-01

KMC to take two more days to clear garbage

KATHMANDU: Although Kathmandu Metropolitan City office started collecting garbage from the capital city since Tuesday, there are many places in the city including Anamnagar, Putali Sadak, Jamal, Bishnumati, Ring Road and Balkhu that have garbage piled up since Saturday. Jalandhar Rai, who owns a tea stall at Exhibition Road, said he had not seen any municipal employee collecting garbage since the quake struck Nepal on Saturday. Shambhu Raj KC, who is living in a tent at Tundikhel, said neither the cleaning staff from the municipality nor volunteer organisations had shown up today to collec...
Published On: 2015-05-01

28 bodies yet to be identified

KATHMANDU: There are 28 bodies of quake victims that remain to be identified. Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Kamal Singh Bam said at a press conference today that there were 32 bodies in the mortuary out of which 28 were yet to be identified. He said the DNAs of 28 bodies had been collected and their photographs and fingerprints had also been taken. Dr Pramod Shrestha, chief of Forensic Department, Teaching Hospital said although the hospital was using its ground floor as mortuary, chances of an epidemic outbreak were very slim. The hospital is keeping 27 unidentified bodies with blocks...
Published On: 2015-05-01

Valley's blocked underground water sources open up

KATHMANDU: Some of the traditional taps in the Valley that had not been operating since many years have started to flow after the earthquake of April 25. Traditional taps in Mahadevsthan and stone spouts in Matatirtha in Thankot have started to run after many years. A huge gush of water is flowing from these taps and villagers now have more than enough water for drinking, cleaning, bathing and cooking. Likewise a tap in Sundhara near Mahadevsthan has started supplying water. Sunmaya KC, 35 of Mahadevsthan said, “These traditional taps had run dry three to four years ago. I still rem...
Published On: 2015-05-01

Assurance of day care for kids in temporary camps

KATHMANDU: SOS Children’s Village Nepal has been providing day care service to kids in temporary camps for earthquake victims. They had set up a child care space near the camp. Shree Shankar Pradhananga, National Director, SOS Children’s Village Nepal, said that they have already set up child care spaces in six locations in four districts. He said, “We have set up six child care spaces — two each in Bhaktapur and Pokhara and one each in Lalitpur and Kavre to provide food, health care and engage the kids in extra-curricular activities.” He stated that parents ...
Published On: 2015-05-01

IN BRIEF: Solidarity Fund for Nepal set up

KATHMANDU: A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office of Mauritius on Thursday informed that a “Prime Minister’s Solidarity Fund for Nepal” has been created to help the victims of the earthquake of Saturday April 25. The PMO has urged all institutions and organisations, as well as the general public to contribute to the Solidarity Fund.Donations can be deposited in three bank accounts, which will be operational until May 15, 2015. The bank accounts are: State Bank of Mauritius, Account No 61030100055211; Mauritius Commercial Bank, Account No 000443528802; and...
Published On: 2015-05-01

Support pours in from many quarters for victims

KATHMANDU: Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Foundation has announced an initial commitment of US$500,000 and logistic expertise to support recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25. According to a press statement issued here today, the foundation will contribute a combination of cash and in-kind support to set up the provision of urgent relief supplies and on-the-ground logistic supports for long term recovery needs. The funds have gone to different organisations for various purposes including United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, The Worl...
Published On: 2015-04-30

1.7 million children need aid urgently says UNICEF

KATHMANDU: Around 1.7 million children are in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal, said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The children’s organisation revealed the figure as it launched a US$50.35 million appeal to get humanitarian assistance for children and their families amid growing risk of disease outbreaks. The appeal is UNICEF’s portion of a new inter-agency fundraising ask to meet immediate needs over the next three months. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake has already killed more than 5,000 people and injured more than 10,000. ...
Published On: 2015-04-30