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Fire bikes proving their worth in city

KATHMANDU: Equipped with special siren and basic fire extinguishing system, recently- launched fire bikes have proved instrumental in extinguishing fires, especially in congested and narrow alleys of the city, said Kathmandu Fire Brigade. On April 9, KFB received information about an inferno at Masang Galli of Mahabouddha. The blaze originating from an 11-KV transformer soon spread to around 400 wires tied to the pole. As it was not possible for a fire truck to enter the narrow lane, the two-wheeler ‘Toofan fire bike’ reached the site promptly and put out the blaze. On April 13...
Published On: 2014-04-19

Government to fill vacant positions soon

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Prakash Man Singh today said the government was doing groundwork to fill vacant posts in different government bodies. “We are doing our homework in a responsible way to fulfil vacancies in the government bodies. The government will take a decision in this regard in a few days,” said Singh, addressing a programme that Public Campus Professors’ Association had organised. A number of posts are lying vacant in different bodies, including the Supreme Court, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authorit...
Published On: 2014-04-19

Vitamin A campaign rolls on

KATHMANDU: The Child Health Division at the Ministry of Health and Population today launched a two-day Vitamin A and deworming capsule administration drive across the country. Under this campaign, the CHD aims to administer vitamin A drops to around 2.5 million children aged between six months and five years, and de-worming capsules to around 2.2 million children aged one to five years. The government has mobilised female community health volunteers in all wards and areas of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, sub-metropolitan cities, municipalities and village development committees to make sure...
Published On: 2014-04-19

Bid to secure bus seats for women‚ disabled

KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division today said it has convinced 8,310 owners, drivers and helpers of public vehicles to comply with the existing rules on reserved seats for women and the differently-abled people in the Kathmandu Valley so far this fiscal year. According to the Motor Vehicle and Transport Management Act, every public bus and mini-bus plying local roads must allocate six seats each for women and disabled people‚ whereas microbuses must reserve two seats each for rightful passengers. The drive is part of an awareness campaign targeting owners, drivers an...
Published On: 2014-04-19

IN BRIEF

17 injured in accident KATHMANDU: At least 17 persons were injured when a bus met with an accident in Basundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday morning. According to police, the bus (Ba 2 Kha 4638) was heading towards Basundhara from Narayan Gopal Chowk when it veered off the road at around 10 am. The accident is said to have occurred when the bus driver tried to avoid hitting a cyclist coming from the opposite direction. The injured are receiving treatment at Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Gongabu-based Green City Hospital, and Basundhara-based Chirayu National Hospital. ...
Published On: 2014-04-19

4yo girl fatally falls into well

KATHMANDU: A four-year-old girl died after she fell into a well at Prayag Pokhari of Lalitpur Submetropolitan City yesterday. Police identified the victim as Indian national Bablu Prasad’s daughter Astha Kumari. Prasad’s family lives in a rented room in the locality. The incident took place at around 5 pm yesterday, according to police. ...
Published On: 2014-04-19

Mushroom farm catches fire

KATHMANDU: Properties worth approximately Rs 250,000 were reduced to ashes when a mushroom farm at Budhachwok, Ichangunarayan-9 on the outskirts of Kathmandu caught fire today morning. As many as five cottages used to cultivate mushroom were destroyed in the fire that broke out around 11 am. The farm is owned by Mingma Lama of Pritip-8, Rasuwa, police informed....
Published On: 2014-04-19

Teenager stabbed at bakery shop

KATHAMANDU: Rajesh Dhakal (19) of Duwakot-3, Bhaktapur was seriously injured when an unidentified assailant attacked him with a sharp weapon at the New Baneshwor-based Anuj Bakery Shop on at around 4 pm Friday. Police said Dhakal was rushed to the Minbhawan-based Civil Hospital for treatment. The assailant managed to escape. Police said they are looking into the case....
Published On: 2014-04-19

Bodde expresses concern about TRC Bill with Dahal

KATHMANDU: US Ambassador Peter W Bodde today urged Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to address the concerns expressed by the United Nations and other international human rights organisations about the proposed Bill on Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances, which was tabled at the Legislature-Parliament today. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay earlier this week expressed concerns whether the Bill aimed at granting amnesties for serious human rights violations and warned that such amnesties would ‘weaken the found...
Published On: 2014-04-18

KMC brings third party criteria for new buildings

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has made it third party verification a must for construction of new buildings. Now onwards, constructions of all new buildings within the metropolis will be supervised by a third party, besides the concerned owner and KMC. According to KMC, the third party provides consultations to owners about the existing legal and technical aspects of construction and the national building code. Executive Officer of KMC, Laxman Aryal, said the new system aims to minimise irregularities in construction projects within the capital city. It will also make construct...
Published On: 2014-04-18