Risk of pesticide: Exercise caution

DHARMENDRA KALAUNI August 22, 2017 ,The washing of the vegetables and fruits three times reduces the residue by 60-70% and dipping of agricultural produce in vinegar or salt for 15 minutes before cooking followed by thorough washing can reduce the residue by 70-80% With the pace of commercialization in the agriculture sector of Nepal, the application of pesticide has been raised rapidly in a rampant way to control the incidences of pests and disease outbreaks.Though application of the pesticide...

11.2 million SMSes sent during post-flood tariff waiver

Kathmandu, August 21 Nepal Telecom says around 11.2 million short messages have been sent and received within its network from Sunday to Tuesday as the company had announced that it would not charge any cost for the service during this period in a bid to give relief to flood victims and their relatives. While 1.73 million SMSes were sent on Sunday, the numbers stood at 4.755 million and 4.715 million on next two days, the company says. Meanwhile, the Department of Hydrology...

NPC decides to list all hydels under national priority projects

Kathmandu, August 19 The National Planning Commission — the apex planning body of the government — decided to provide special treatment to all hydropower projects in the country, listing them under ‘national priority projects’. Considering that lack of energy is a major bottleneck for development, the apex planning body of the government has instructed the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation to facilitate hydropower projects by cooperating when it is necessary to clear forests. The recent guideline issued by...

Home Minister directs to provide 24 hours service to flood-survivors

Gaushala, Aug 20: Minister for Health, Girirajmani Pokharel, has today directed the health workers of Mahottari district to provide 24 hours service for flood-survivors. Health Minister Pokharel issued such directive during a visit to the District Public Health Office at Jaleshwor. Some 40,000 families have been affected by floods in Mahottari. He also directed the health workers to reach to the flood-hit areas in the district along with medicines, and avoiding spreading of the disease. After inspecting the medicines...

NEA deploys engineers for re-survey of quake-victims in districts

Kathmandu, Aug 18: Some 332 trained engineers have initiated works as part of the re-survey in the 14 districts hardest hit by Gorkha Earthquake-2015. They will be collecting the details of earthquake-affected families there. According to the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the engineers to be deputed in the districts were imparted three-day training in Kathmandu in three groups. Two of the groups were already mobilized in earthquake-ravaged districts and the third batch has been deployed to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur...

Russian aircraft returns after examining high climate zones

Kathmandu, August 18: A Russian aircraft that arrived here a one month before to conduct a study about Nepal’s high-altitude weather and climate conditions returned some days ago after completing the two-week long study. A team comprising around 250 members including climate and weather experts from the US, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, technical human resources and crew members arrived here on the aircraft sent by the Russian Federation. The study project commissioned by the European Union was carried...

Information sought from all 744 local tiers

(Kumar Chaulagain) Kathmandu, Aug 18: The campaigners of the Right to Information (RTI) have simultaneously demanded information on activities and organizational frameworks in the 744 local units spread across the country. Coinciding with the National Information Rights Day, the Freedom Forum – which has been campaigning for freedom and RTI – will be spearheading the campaign on Thursday and Friday to seek information from all 744 local units. Freedom Forum’s Executive Chief, Taranath Dahal, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ)...

CG relief assistance to flood survivors

Rajbiraj, Aug 17: The Chaudhary Group on Wednesday distributed relief to flood survivors in three villages of Saptari district. The relief aid was distributed to 570 flood-affected families of Sakardahi, Madhuwapur and Badnaha in ward number 2, 3 and 4 of Hanumannagar Kankalani municipality. CG senior manager Anil Singh shared that the flood-affected family each was provided with 10 packet noodles, 1-kg bhujiya and a bottle mineral water. Likewise, the Rastriya Janata Party had provided financial assistance of Rs...

Biratnagar Airport likely to resume air services by Saturday

Biratnagar, Aug 17: Nepal Army personnel have been mobilized to clear the runway of Biratnagar airport as it was completely covered by mud and sand due to inundation caused by incessant rainfall. The Biratnagar Airport has shut down its all air services due to runway inundation. About 200 NA personnel have been mobilized to clear the airport runway with the help of various equipments and are expected to bring the airport back into operation by Saturday. According to, Suresh...

Free mobile health camp in flood-hit areas in Siraha

Lahan, Aug 17: The District Public Health Office (DPHO), Siraha has conducted a three-day free mobile health camp for the flood-survivors in various hardest-hit places across the district. According to the DPHO, Siraha Chief Dr Chumanlal Das, the medical team from Dhulikhel Hospital targeted Itari Prashahi at Kalyanpur Municipality-3 in the district as there were a huge number of flood-victims in need of medical care. As many as 248 flood-survivors from the locality were benefited from the medical examinations...

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