Free health camp along with nutrition awareness held

The Nepal Students of Association of Nutrition and Dietetic, Dharan, has conducted a free health camp along with awareness on nutrition in Biratnagar Metropolitan City-1, Morang.

The organizer said that the ward of the city was selected since it has lagged behind in education and health sectors.

Ward chairman Kaji Bahadur Basnet said that camp remained fruitful since the health checkups were carried out and the information on diet and the healthy lifestyle were also shared.

Likewise, chief of health section of the metropolitan city Haidar Ali shared that a healthy baby would be borne if better nutrition was ensured from the early stage of the conception.

The blood group, fat amount, blood pressure and other basic tests were conducted in the camp.

Chairman of Association Roshan Timsina said that the visitors were also provided with free counselling service.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

PM Dahal assures to address demands of microfinance sufferers

Agast Adhikari, who had been waging a hunger strike representing the sufferers of microfinance, has stopped the strike after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' assured to address problems.

Adhikari met PM Dahal on Sunday. He however warned of resuming the hunger strike at Basantapur if the demands were not met.

PM Dahal held a discussion with chairman of struggle committee against microfinance, Punaram Gyawali, and members of network of six farmers' associations. In the meeting, PM Dahal assured to address the demands of the people suffered by the microfinance.

The struggle committee demanded the government that it addressed their problems from policy level. Forthcoming policy and budget of the government could address this serious issue, the committee argued.

Gyawali informed that they stopped agitation programmes after holding discussion with PM Dahal.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NC determined to promote labour rights, Deuba says

Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the NC would always work for the rights and interests of labourers by addressing their issues.

In a message today on the occasion of the International May Day, Deuba has wished for happiness, peace and prosperity to all working class people in Nepal and all over the world.

In his message, Deuba has recalled Nepal's first historical labour movement taken place in 2003 BS in Biratnagar under the leadership of NC. "The very labour movement was the departure of the historical people's revolution of 2007 BS. So, it is a well-known issue that the NC and labourers are supportive to each other," the former Prime Minister stated. Furthermore, Deuba has committed to work for the promotion of working class people's rights and interests.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Ayurveda is philosophy of life: Vice President Yadav

Vice President Ramsahay Prasad Yadav has said Ayurveda and treatment process is a philosophy of life.

"Some 80 percent of people in the world adopt traditional or alternative medicine. Now, demand is being raised for further research on it," Vice President Yadav said at a programme organized by the Ayurved Medical Development and Research Foundation here Sunday.

He further viewed the Ayurved is the mother of medical science. Yadav underscored the need for further development of Ayurveda.

Also speaking on the occasion, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Balendra Shah expressed happiness over the moment that Ayurveda doctor were felicited at the programme.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Int Labour Day: PM Dahal pledges to mandatorily implement Contribution-based Social Security Scheme

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' pledged to compulsorily and strictly implement the Contribution-based Social Security Scheme from upcoming fiscal year.

In his message to all Nepali workers at home and abroad on the occasion of the International Labour Day, also known as May Day and International Workers' Day, here today, PM Dahal reiterated he will take initiation to strictly and compulsorily enforce the Scheme in industries, factories and offices.

In the message, PM Dahal vowed to incorporate at least 2 per cent workers for the awards and honours annually conferred by various organs of the State.

"Furthermore, I express my commitment to make the monitoring mechanism further active to legitimize and ensure services and facilities for workers by clearly defining their role, responsibilities and rights," said the PM.

Dahal, on the occasion, also wished for health, peace, prosperity and progress to all working Nepali sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers in the country and abroad.

The Head of the State shared that he had directed all the government agencies and concerned agencies to provide occupational uniform to all workers for safety as well as to provide them proper training to operate modern machines and tools in a bid to make unskilled and untrained workers working in risky situations trained and skilled.

"I vow to stand up for the Nepali workers community especially the farmers and workers. We have a historic responsibility to usher the Nepali working-class citizens towards a new era of prosperity and social justice. I will relentlessly work to deliver on this responsibility."

The International Labour Day (May Day) is being celebrated on May 1 worldwide including in Nepal in commemoration of the workers' movement in Chicago of the USA in 1886 that demanded respect and rights to workers.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

SSC, equivalent exams begin

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2023 under 11 education boards began across the country this morning.

The exams started with Bangla (first paper) while the duration of the exam is from 10am to 1pm.

A total of 20,72,153 students under the 11 education boards - nine general, one madrasa and one technical - are expected to take part in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations.

All coaching centres across the country have been declared closed from April 26 to May 23 on the occasion of the exams.

This year, the exams will also be held in all subjects with full 100 marks but on curtailed syllabuses. The decision to shorten the syllabuses was made considering the fact that the candidates of these public exams have attended fewer in-person classes compared to the pre-Covid period.

The examinees have, however, been directed to enter the centres 30 minutes prior to beginning of the examinations.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

People have no faith in BNP due to its double standard: Quader

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said the people have lost their faith in BNP due to the party's double standard.

"On the one hand, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they won't contest the elections but on the other hand, BNP leaders and workers submitted nomination papers for contesting the upcoming city elections in mayoral and councilor posts," he said in a statement.

The statement was issued in protest against BNP secretary general's "absolute falsehood".

Quader said BNP leaders have become frustrated after being rejected by the people again and again. So, they fear contesting polls and they always try to make the elections and the election process questionable.

He said BNP had destroyed the country's election system as the party founder military dictator Ziaur Rahman held 'yes-no' vote by keeping the military rule in force.

Holding the charge of army chief, Ziaur Rahman arranged the president election in 1978 and parliamentary elections in 1979, he said.

Following Zia's footprints, his wife Khaleda Zia held voter-less farcical election on February 15, 1996 to prolong her staying in state power, he said.

The AL general secretary said Mirpur and Magura by-elections which were held during the BNP's tenure have been regarded as the scandalous incidents in the country's history.

About Mirza Fakhrul's comment "Awami League doesn't believe in democracy," Quader said AL has waged protracted struggles and movements for establishing the people's democratic rights as well as their rights to vote and food.

The voting rights of the country's people have been established at the hands of Awami League, he said, adding that certainly AL will not receive the lesson of democracy from BNP.

He said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman gifted the people curfew-like democracy. Zia had established military dictatorship in the country in the name of democracy, he mentioned.

The minister said BNP hindered the country's democratic advancement and obstructed the people's rights to vote again and again.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Two held with huge materials of RPP

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-6) arrested two burglars and seized 5,500 kg of iron materials and copper wire of Rampal Power Plant (RPP) worth around Taka 3.20 lakh last night from Katakhali area under Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat district last night, said a RAB-6 press release today.

On a tip-off, an operation team of the elite force conducted a raid in the area and arrested them on charge of stealing iron materials of the coal-based power plant, it said.

The arrested persons were identified as Biplob Hossain, 19, and Mehedi Hasan Shanta, 23.

RAB seized over 5,500 kg of iron materials, 50 kg of copper wire and a small truck which was kept for use in construction works of Rampal Power Plant, said the RAB press release, adding that they were handed over to Fakirhat Police Station.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Maternal mortality and child marriage are declining in Bangladesh: UNFPA

Maternal mortality and child marriage rate in Bangladesh are going down, while contraceptive prevalence rate is increasing, according to the latest State of World Population Report released here today.

“Maternal mortality and child marriage rates are declining and contraceptive prevalence rate is rising. Despite this marked success, we need to do way more to achieve three zeros and SDGs,” Kristine Blokhus, Country Representative of the UNFPA in Bangladesh, said while unveiling the report at UNFPA Bangladesh office here.

UNFPA published the State of World Population report analysing major development and key trends of world population and demographics.

Total population in Bangladesh reached 169.8 million in 2022, according to the latest census. The report revealed that the country’s population is 173 million which a projection based number is for 2023.

There are more female (50.43 percent) than male (49.51 percent) population in Bangladesh, according to the Census, having the implications for the society and the economy, including reaping the gender dividend.

The age structure of the population shows a favorable demographic transition with 26 percent population aged 0-14, 68 percent aged 15-64 and 6 percent aged 65 plus.

Life expectancy at birth is 72 for men and 76 for women in 2023 (70.6 for male and 74.1 for female in 2021), the report said.

Kristine Blokhus said maternal mortality is reported in the report in 123 (death per 100,000 live births) which needs to be explained with caution, as it is based on a new estimate done by UNFPA, WHO, World Bank and UNICEF.

She said 51 percent of girls are married before they turn 18 (50 percent before aged 18 and 27 percent before 15, BDHS 2022). Bangladesh continues to have the highest rate of child marriage in Asia, she added.

About high rate of adolescent pregnancy, the UNFPA representative said adolescent birth per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years is 74, while almost one in every four married adolescents already started childbearing.

Contraceptive prevalence rate is 64 percent.

There is a marked heterogeneity in terms of women’s fertility preferences - while some women in Bangladesh preferred not to have children because they could not ensure their survival, others wanted to increase their family size by at least one son, which was seen as helping the family’s security, Kristine Blokhus said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Same group attempts attack on me: Chair Oli

Chairman of the CPN UML, KP Sharma Oli, has said he had witnessed attack attempts from same group.

He blamed the government that it failed to arrest those attempting repeatedly to attack him. Chairman Oli said it during a programme organized at party headquarters, Chyasal, Lalitpur on Sunday.

During the programme organized on the occasion of 73rd establishment day of All Nepal Peasants' Association, Chairman Oli informed that attempts were made to attack him in Jhapa, Ilam and Panchthar districts. "A gang of 20 to 25 youths blocked the way, tried to fight and pelted stone on my vehicle," he said, wondering why the government did not take action against them.

He further complained that he was verbally abused. "Some were in the name of communist, some in other camouflage were attacking CPN UML," he made aware the party leaders and cadres.

Moreover, Chairman Oli urged the peasant leaders to devote to works. He expressed worry over competition for post rather than works.

"Leaders of peasant's federation do not need to show identity card but devote to agriculture and livestock," he reminded.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Kapan murder: Nira killed for robbery, one arrested

An investigation of police into a murder case of Kapan, Kathmandu district unraveled that 35-year-old Nira Pandey Acharya was murdered with a motive of robbery.

Nira, who ran a kitchen supply store at Sarswatinagar of Kapan, was stabbed to death by alleged murderer Binod BK, a local resident of Mechi Municipality-10 in Jhapa district and currently residing at Lokanthali of Bhaktapur Municipality-1, Bhaktapur district.

Police on Sunday- the 11th day of the murder, made public the culprit and revealed the mysteries surrounding the murder.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police said that further investigation into the case could bring out more motives behind the murder to light.

The police arrested BK from Jhapa yesterday and made public on Sunday. CIB's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dinesh Acharya shared that alleged BK confessed in his statement that he murdered Nira, stabbing with a knife in various parts of her body when she tried to resist him during the robbery.

According to the police, BK used to work in a casino and later as a bouncer. He got involved in robbery after he got into debt and rendered cash-strapped.

The alleged murderer, as told by police, was hiding in Bhaktapur for almost a week after the crime and then left for Jhapa. After murdering Nira, he robbed gold chain and money.

He left that robbed gold chain as collateral at Pathivara Gold Silver Shop at Tarkeshwor in Kathmandu and took Rs 55,000.

The police confiscated clothes, shoe and bag used by the alleged murderer during the incident. The incident was initially probed by District Police Office, and Kathmandu Valley Police Investigation Office.

After failing to reach the conclusion during the investigation, the CIB stepped in and formed a high-level investigation committee led by AIG Kiran Bajracharya.

Chiefs of Kathmandu Valley Crime Investigation Office and District Police Range, Kathmandu were also in the committee that meticulously launched a probe into the case and reached the conclusion.

On the day of murder, BK entered Nira's shop in the pretext of buying goods. While trying to talk to Nira, other people came in and he left the shop saying that he would return after withdrawing money from the ATM machine, said CIB's Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjay Singh Thapa.

Second time, he went to her shop while she was alone there. Nira, who was originally from Baglung, had been running the kitchen supply shop for nearly a decade. On that fateful day, BK came in the guise of a customer and stabbed her in various parts of her body when she tried to resist him.

Severely injured by the stabbing, Nira was rushed to Teaching Hospital, Maharjgunj, where she was declared dead by the doctors.

The couple had been residing in a rented place nearby her shop. Her husband had an electronics shop in the ground floor of the house where the couple stayed. Their rented room and electronic shop was in few minutes of walking distance from her shop.

There is a counter behind her shop where she would usually go and stay when there were no customers. She was attacked at the same situation.

Since the counter is behind the shop, nobody could take notice of the murder. In absence of CCTV cameras, investigation became a trying affair for the police.

Later, police studied the CCTV footages obtained from surrounding. The incident was first noticed by a woman who had been to Nira's shop to pay back the money she owed to Nira while buying utensil.

After not finding Nira in the shop, the woman called her husband through mobile phone and inquired Nira's whereabouts. Her husband asked that woman to go and check her in the counter behind.

Inside the counter was Nira lying in the pool of blood. Aghast at the harrowing scene, the woman then reported the incident to the police.

Police, during the investigation, concluded that there was no domestic reason behind the incident. It was also learned that few minutes before her murder, Nira had posted a video in social networking site marketing an electric bat used for eliminating mosquitoes.

Earlier, the irate locals and shop-keepers at Saraswatinagar staged protests in the incident site and demanded investigation and bring to book the culprit.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Light tremor felt in Chattogram

A light earthquake measuring 4.6 magnitude in the Richter Scale was felt in Chattogram and some other parts of the country today.

The tremor was felt around 12:56 pm, said a Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) press release.

The epicenter of the tremor was located at Mawlaik in Myanmar, 400 kilometers South East of BMD Seismic Centre at Agargaon in the city.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha