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Lawmakers tested for COVID, result today
Ram Kumar Kamat
Kathmandu, May 7
A total of 441 lawmakers and
employees of the Parliament
Secretariat underwent poly-
merase chain reaction test for
coronavirus today on the eve of
the budget session of the Par-
liament. They included 179
lawmakers from the House of
Representatives and 33 from
the National Assembly. Apart
from lawmakers, 229 people
whose nasal and throat swabs
were collected today included
employees of the Parliament
Secretariat and marshals, ac-
cording to Spokesperson for
the Parliament Secretariat
Dasharath Dhamala.
Prominent among those who
were tested for COVID-19 in-
A woman offering a lamp to mark the birth cluded Nepal Communist Party
anniversary of Buddha, as the full moon (NCP) Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Members of Parliament
rises above Kathmandu, on Thursday. Dahal and Nepali Congress inspecting the House of
President Sher Bahadur Deuba.
Representatives, a day before
Dhamala said the Parliament
INTERNATIONAL Secretariat would collect the budget session of the
nasal and throat swabs of Federal Parliament is
Gas leak at SKorea-owned the remaining lawmakers,
employees of the Parliament
scheduled to begin, in
Kathmandu, on Thursday.
factory in India kills 11 Secretariat and security per-
sonnel between 8:00am and
CHENNAI: At least 11 people were killed in 10:00am tomorrow.
Skanda Gautam / THT

India in a gas leak at a South Korean-owned He said results of tests were

factory making polystyrene products that
made hundreds of people sick and led to the
expected tomorrow before PM’s safety top priority
4:00pm when the budget ses-
evacuation of villagers living nearby, officials sion was slated to begin. KATHMANDU: Special prepa-
said. The accident occurred some 14 km in- The government will have to rations have been made to en-
land from the east coast city of Visakhapat- present the new fiscal budget sure safety of Prime Minister
nam, in Andhra Pradesh state, at a plant oper- on May 28. The Parliament Sec- KP Sharma Oli, who recently
ated by LG Polymers, a unit of South Korea’s retariat has adopted all precau- underwent kidney transplant
biggest petrochemical maker, LG Chem Ltd. tionary measures against COV- for the second time. According
(Details on Page 3) ID-19 pandemic — a gap of at to Dhamala, the Parliament
least two chairs between two Secretariat has ensured that
NEPAL lawmakers, sanitisation of up- more space will be maintained
per and lower houses and other between Prime Minister KP
Programmes and policies chambers in the Parliament Sharma Oli and other members
building and screening of law- of the Cabinet. Nobody will
to be presented on May 15 makers for COVID-19. Micro- be allowed to enter the PM’s
phones will be sanitised every chamber in the Parliament
KATHMANDU: President Bidhya Devi
time lawmakers use them. building and the restroom used A health worker collecting
Bhandari is scheduled to present the govern-
Dhamala said the Parliament by the PM while attending the
ment’s programmes and policies for fiscal throat swab from Agni
Secretariat had followed all the parliamentary proceedings.
year 2020-21 on May 15. As per the schedule Sapkota, speaker of the
suggestions made by experts to Only the PM and members of
prepared by the Parliament’s Secretariat, the House of Representatives, a
stem the threat of COVID-19. A the Cabinet will use the ros-
programmes and policies of the government day before budget session in
team of experts has suggested trum, while other lawmakers
will be presented during a joint session of the
that lawmakers follow the rules will use microphones attached Kathmandu, on Thursday.
House of Representatives and National As-
of isolation at their homes dur- to their seats. — HNS
sembly after concluding the pre-budget dis-
ing the budget session.
cussions. (Details on Page 4) AP

Nepal count Testing expanded in coronavirus hotspots Malaysia breather

Updated COVID-19 figures
on Thursday
Confirmed cases 101
Ram Sarraf
Birgunj, May 7
Preparations are on to conduct
COVID-19 cases in Nepal cross 100
Bhulke of Udayapur will be car-
ried out,” Devkota said, while
addressing a daily briefing in
Kathmandu this afternoon.
for illegal migrants
Discharged 22
mass testing of residents of
Chhapakaiya, an area which
try of Health and Population
tested positive for coronavi-
rus transmission, the health
Contact tracing of those infect-
ed with COVID-19 is already
Workers whose visa expired
Total tests (PCR) 14,511
has a high number of coronavi-
rus cases, in Birgunj. The
on Thursday confirmed two
new cases of novel coronavi-
ministry stated. Their throat
and nasal swabs were tested
on, according to him.
With 17 new cases, there are
after Dec 31 allowed to leave
metropolitan city has decided rus on Thursday, taking the at the National Public 28 persons undergoing COVID
to conduct mass testing in cases of COVID-19 in Nepal Health Laboratory in Kath- treatment in Birgunj-based Himalayan News Service bour, Employment and So-
New tests 415 the area after 17 new cases of to 101. A teenager, 16, and a mandu. Both the patients Narayani Hospital. cial Security today itself.
Kathmandu, May 7
coronavirus infection were de- youth, 22, from Kapilvastu are asymptomatic. — HNS With the confirmation of Stating that the depart-
In quarantine 17,372 tected yesterday. COVID-19 in 23 people from The Immigration Depart- ment is in constant touch
According to Mayor Bijaya Ward No 8 in Nepalgunj, the ment of Malaysia today with the Nepali Embassy in
In isolation 133 Kumar Sarawgi, in the first Parsa District Administration ID-19 in Nepal. process of collecting swabs directed all foreign workers Malaysia, Dahal said, “We
phase, process of collecting Office has sealed off Wards No In coordination with the Ne- from ward residents has gath- whose residential visas will take necessary steps to
(Source: MoHP)
throat and nasal swabs from at 1, 2 and 3 of the metropolis and pali Army, medical teams from ered pace in the city, focal per- expired after December 31 bring back our brothers and
least 700 Chhapakaiya resi- restricted movement on major the Epidemiology and Disease son Naresh Shrestha at Banke to leave Malaysia within sisters as soon as possible
FOREX dents will begin tomorrow. roads of the city to contain the Control Division under the De- District Health Office said. 14 days of the expiry of after the lockdown is lifted
CURRENCY UNIT BUYING (in Rs) SELLING (in Rs) He added that Nepali spread of the disease. partment of Health Services In Udayapur, at least 28 per- ‘the movement control in Malaysia and Nepal.”
Indian Rs 100 160.00 160.15 Army personnel would arrive The Ministry of Health and will reach three different sons from Bhulke area tested order’ (Malaysian term for The MCO was imple-
US Dollar 1 120.92 121.52 tomorrow with necessary Population has also decided to districts to expand COVID-19 positive for the virus while six lockdown) scheduled to mented as a preventive
Euro 1 130.50 131.15 medical equipment for con- expedite rapid diagnostic and testing, Bikash Devkota, were discharged after recover- end on May 12. measure by the federal gov-
Pound Sterling 1 149.45 150.19 ducting the tests. polymerase chain reaction test- spokesperson at the MoHP, told ing from the disease yesterday. According to the Embas- ernment of Malaysia in re-
Japanese Yen 10 11.35 11.40 Health workers from the ing in Banke and Udayapur dis- mediapersons today. “At least Nepal has 79 active sy of Nepal in Kuala Lum- sponse to the COVID-19
Chinese Yuan 1 17.06 17.15 metropolis and Narayani tricts. Along with Parsa, the two 1,000 more tests each in Bir- COVID-19 cases while 22 pur, as per the new visa pol- pandemic in the country on
The foreign exchange rates are fixed by Nepal Rastra Bank
Hospital will be deployed for districts have emerged as hot- gunj of Parsa and Nepalgunj of have already recovered from icy, workers whose visas March 18. The order was
swab collection. spots for the spread of COV- Banke and 500 more tests in the disease. have expired and are tech- commonly referred to in
nically illegal migrants local and international

Top NCP leaders seek Standing Committee meeting

can just buy tickets and media as a ‘lockdown’ or
return home without hav- ‘partial lockdown’.
ing to pay immigration or It is believed around
other fees and without fac- 700,000 Nepalis are working
ing any prosecution for in Malaysia. However, the

Dahal to meet the prime minister and reschedule the Standing Committee meeting soon overstaying in the South-
east Asian country.
government does not have
proper details about the
Kumar Dahal, director number of illegal Nepali mi-
Himalayan News Service at held yesterday had put off the due to Oli’s opposition. How interests at a time of COVID-19 hal said he and the PM would meet general at the Department grants in the Southeast
Kathmandu, May 7 Standing Committee meeting as can the PM ignore 20 members crisis, as our chairperson?” again and reschedule the Standing of Foreign Employment, Asian country.
party Co-chair and Prime Minister of a powerful party body?” she wondered. Committee meeting soon. quoted Nepal’s Ambassador “The government will
Twenty Standing Committee KP Sharma Oli had left the meeting she wondered. Shakya said that they did not He said the scheduled meeting to Malaysia Uday Raj Pand- widely circulate the mes-
members of the ruling Nepal Com- midway. Oli continues to oppose “Our party is not built on the want to discuss political issues at a was put off as they needed to do ey as saying that action sage for such undocument-
munist Party (NCP) who had re- the 20 members’ demands, saying sole contribution of Oli, but count- time when the country was bat- more homework. would be taken against ed Nepali workers to capi-
cently submitted an application there was no need for holding the less other leaders and cadres have tling the COVID-19 pandemic, but Standing Committee member workers whose visas had ex- talise on this golden oppor-
demanding that a meeting of the Standing Committee meeting, as shed blood and sweat for the par- they had realised that if they did Subas Chandra Nembang, who is pired before January 1 if tunity to return to Nepal,”
party Standing Committee be held the two ordinances opposed by ty,” she added. not raise the serious issue of ordi- close to Oli, told THT that Standing they did not comply with said Dahal.
immediately, gathered at the par- the Standing Committee members Shakya said Oli decided to bring nances with the PM, then he could Committee members were free to the given instruction. “This According to him, Saudi
ty headquarters in Dhumbarahi had already been repealed. two ordinances mainly to engineer take more such steps in future to air their views, but as far as the is not a general amnesty,” Arabia has also issued simi-
today and decided to pressure the Asta Laxmi Shakya, who is split in other political parties and usurp power. Shakya said the PM Standing Committee meeting was Pandey said, adding, “Only lar notice regarding illegal
nine-member Secretariat to call among the 20 members who have to appoint his favourites in consti- offered party positions to party concerned, the last meeting of the workers whose visas have foreign workers and the
the next meeting of the Standing been seeking immediate conven- tutional bodies at a time when leaders mainly to show them in party Secretariat did not deem it expired since January 1 DoFE is working in close co-
Committee soon. ing of the Standing Committee the entire country was battling poor light — greedy and only con- appropriate to hold the next meet- have been facilitated to re- ordination with the MoFA
Standing Committee members meeting, told THT that they decid- against coronavirus. The PM’s ac- cerned about their own position ing of the Standing Committee. turn home.” to repatriate Nepali mi-
who gathered today are close to ed to gather at the party office to- tion was aimed at weakening hard- even when the country was fight- Oli is opposed to include one- Dahal added that the em- grants who have overstayed
party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal day to chalk out their strategy. earned democracy and republican ing the COVID-19 pandemic. person-one-post on the agenda of bassy had communicated their visas in the Gulf coun-
Dahal and senior leader Madhav “We felt snubbed after the order, she added. Meanwhile, talking to media- the next Standing Committee the latest development to try. Around four lakh Nepa-
Kumar Nepal. Standing Committee meeting “How can we accept Oli, who person at the Federal Parliament, meeting, something that the 20 the Ministry of Foreign Af- lis are estimated to be em-
A meeting of the party Secretari- scheduled for today was put off acted to fulfil his personal political NCP Co-Chair Pushpa Kamal Da- members want. fairs and the Ministry of La- ployed in Saudi Arabia.
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NMA demands • ONCE OV E R

10pc of total
budget for
health sector
Himalayan News Service government, non-government
and private health facilities.
A vehicle carrying vegetables
transporting people despite the
lockdown restriction, in
Chapagaun, Lalitpur, on Thursday.
Bal Krishna Thapa / THT

Kathmandu, May 7
“The government has to ar-
Nepal Medical Association to- range necessary physical infra-
day submitted a 23-point mem-
orandum to the Minister of
structure and resources to deliv-
er specialised health services
Violator fined, placed
Health and Population Bhanub- from at least one hospital in in quarantine
hakta Dhakal, putting forth a each province. It is also neces-
charter of demands in relation to sary to ensure adequate infra- LAMJUNG: A woman accused of vio-
the upcoming fiscal budget and structure and medical equip- lating the lockdown has been fined
the COVID-19 pandemic. ment at tertiary hospitals for and put in a quarantine facility in
The umbrella organisation of specialised health services and Kholasothar Rural Municipality, Lam-
medical and dental doctors de- provide postgraduate pro- jung. Mina BK of Ghan Pokhara in
manded at least 10 per cent of gramme in medical education at Marsyangdi Rural Municipality has
the total budget for health sector tertiary hospitals without charg- been quarantined in Baglungpani in
A streak of lightning near the Federal Parliament building, a day before the new session of the Parliament, in Baneshwor, as per the standard set by World ing fee to avoid shortage of med- Kholasothar Rural Municipality and
Kathmandu, on Thursday. Health Organisation. “We also ical specialists,” NMA said. was forced to pay Rs 5,000 for defying
want the government to formu- Its other demands include the rule of the ward banning move-
late necessary laws, including adoption of special policy to en- ment of people from one village, ward

Two test Tension on the border, APF Health Services Act, to make
separate provision on the forma-
tion, operation of federal health
courage doctors and health
workers deputed to remote are-
as; provision of transparent pro-
and local body to another. “As she
crossed from one local body to anoth-
er defying the rule, she was fined and

positive for check post vandalised

service related to appointment curement process of medical quarantined by the COVID-19 com-
of medical practitioners to en- equipment and kits as per WHO mittee of the ward,” said Chairperson
sure that the general public exer- guidelines; assurance of timely of Ward No1, Pema Gurung. The ward
cise their right to health as artic- maintenance and upgradation has adopted a strict policy of stopping

ulated by the constitution,” read of such equipment; appoint- the possible spread of coronavirus. It
Himalayan News Service villagers and tried to attack nel deployed along the the memorandum. ment of doctors from the ninth has taken action against 18 lockdown
the APF border check post. border on the Nepali side “We demand that the govern- level in line with the standards of violators till now. — HNS
Bara, May 7
As Indian nationals have closed the border. ment implement the Integrated other SAARC countries; increase

in RDT Tension ran high on the

Nepal-India border near
Pachgachhiya of Subarna
Rural Municipality, Bara,
started hurling stones at
the check post, people
from the bordering Nepali
villages rushed to help the
“Things escalated when
a large number of Indian
nationals tried to barge
into Nepal ignoring the
Health Infrastructure Develop-
ment Project by addressing the
liabilities of all three tiers of gov-
ernment in conformity with the
the posts of doctors as per the
federal set up; review facilities of
doctors and adjust existing 15
per cent of tax deducted at
Entry points sealed
KAVRE: With the coronavirus spread
increasing, the authority in Kavre has
Himalayan News Service after Indian nationals Nepali security personnel lockdown. Normalcy has federal set-up for classification source as the final tax. closed all entry points to the district
miffed at not being allowed and to retaliate. now returned,” said Ward of health facilities, projection of In view of the COVID-19 pan- effective from Thursday. With the clo-
Gaighat, May 7 sure movement to and from neigh-
to cross the border tried to “As things seemed to be No 3 Chairperson Mahen- need for human resources and demic, NMA has demanded
A woman, who reached her village vandalise an Armed Police getting out of hand, police dra Prasad Yadav of Subar- construction and development compulsory health insurance bouring Sindhupalchowk, Ramech-
in Solukhumbu district from Force check post today. fired a shot in the air and na Rural Municipality. of health infrastructure,” it read. and Personal Protective Equip- hap, Sindhuli, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur
Udayapur two weeks ago, has test- It started after security took the situation under Earlier, there had also NMA has underscored the ment for all doctors and health and Makwanpur has stopped. Ac-
ed positive for coronavirus anti- personnel deployed on the control,” said APF 12 Num- been a skirmish between need to conduct partnership workers, who are at the frontline. cording to COVID-19 Prevention,
bodies in the rapid diagnostic test border prevented two Indi- ber Battalion SP Digbijaya people of Nepal and India programmes between the gov- It has also urged the government Control, Management Command
carried out yesterday, according an nationals from the bor- Subedi, adding that securi- at Balirampur of Bishram- ernment and private health in- to establish National Disease Post member-secretary and District
to District Public Health Office, dering village of Hanu- ty personnel of both Nepal pur two days ago. The stitutions for expansion of quali- Control Centre and construct a Health Office Chief Narendra Jha, it
Solukhumbu. mannagar crossing over to and India then got the peo- clash had ensued after SSB ty health services. It has also 1,000-bed hospital for preven- was decided to ask all 13 local bodies
Earlier, a youth of Likhupike Nepali territory. ple to return home. personnel abused a Nepali urged the government to formu- tion and control of infectious of the district to strictly monitor their
Rural Municipality in the district According to police, Lately, as more and more farmer working in the field late and implement Health Insti- disease and management of borders and ban all movement except
too was detected with the virus things escalated shortly af- coronavirus cases are be- near the Das Gaza area and tution Quality Authority Act to health related disaster, besides in emergency cases. “The lockdown
antibodies in the RDT carried out ter the spurned duo came ing reported both in Nepal Nepali villagers came out determine the quality of health announcement of special relief will be implemented strictly in all
on Monday, the DPHO informed. back with more than 100 and India, security person- to retaliate. service to be provided by the package for the health sector. wards and settlements,” said Jha. — HNS
It is reported that a 28-year-old
Relief distributed
woman along with six other mem-
bers of her family had reached So-
t a n g R u r a l Mu n i c i p a l i t y, BHOJPUR: Sherpa Construction op-
Solukhumbu, from Maruwa of erators provided relief materials to
Katari Municipality in Udayapur poor people, who could not manage

district, on April 23. their daily meals during the lockdown
According to the chief at at Pauwadumma Rural Municipality
Solukhumbu District Health Of- in Bhojpur on Thursday. Phurtemba
fice, Karma Chandra Rajbanshi, Sherpa, Narayan Tiwari, Santosh

the woman and her family were Shrestha and Surya Tamang distribut-
admitted to an isolation ward es- ed relief materials to 250 daily wage
tablished at the Primary Health earners and the poor of wards 1 and 2
Centre in Sotang after they tested of the rural municipality. Phurtemba

positive for coronavirus in RDT Sherpa said they had distributed 25 kg
yesterday. He said a medical team rice, two packets salt and two litres
was dispatched from District Pub- cooking oil, among other materials.
lic Health Office based in Salleri, Relief materials were distributed in
the district headquarters, to col- Himalayan News Service the presence of Provincial Assembly
lect their throat swab specimens member Rajendra Kumar Rai. — HNS
Damauli, May 7
for further tests using polymerase
chain reaction method. A former Nepali Army sol- Truck-hit kills woman
“It is yet to be learnt whether dier today killed a female SIRAHA: A woman died on the spot
the collected swab specimens will leopard when the wild ani- after a truck hit her along the East-
be sent to Dharan-based BP Koi- mal attacked him at Bhanu West Highway at Golbazaar in Siraha
rala Institute of Health Sciences or Municipality in Tanahun. on Thursday. The deceased has been
the National Public Health Labo- Ram Bahadur Kumal, identified as Binda Safi, 35, of Dhang-
ratory in Kathmandu,” Rajbanshi 36, fought with a leopard adimai Municipality. The woman was
said. for 15 to 20 minutes and riding a bicycle. — HNS
He said the swab specimens killed it. He chased the
will be collected from the woman, leopard after it took a hen
her family members and health from the chicken coop.
Skanda Gautam / THT
workers involved in testing them Villagers said the valor-
and also the youth who tested A health worker collecting throat swab from Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, a day before the budget ous former Nepali Army
positive in the RDT. session of Federal Parliament, to ensure that Parliament members are COVID-19 free, in Kathmandu, on Thursday. soldier had killed the wild EMERGENCY
animal with his fists and a

Local levels to deploy 21,000 children Injured pangolin Chief at Tanahun Divi-
sion Forest Office Kedar
Baral said the leopard had
Police Control Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

security personnel at inoculated against handed over to attacked Kumal this morn-
ing when he chased it as it
was fleeing with the hen.
Traffic Police Control Room . . . . . . . . 103
Fire Fighters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

forest office Baral also informed that Traffic Jam Information (SMS) . . . . JAM 4321

border points measles in Dhading

villagers had later cone to
help Kumal. Emergency Police Service . . . . . . . 4228435
Himalayan News Service Baral further said, “Ku- Crime Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4412748
Dhading, May 7 mal had killed the leopard
Child Missing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Himalayan News Service the Nepal-India border after Himalayan News Service launched in the district to and the villagers were hap-
the nationwide lockdown. But prevent the spread of the A rare species of pangolin was found at py because the wild cat Nepal Electricity Authority . . . . . . . 4153164
Jhapa, May 7 Dhading, May 7
thousands of people entered disease to neighbouring Tripurasundari Rural Municipality, in had attacked people a Blood Bank, Pradarshani Marg . . . . 4225344
The home ministry directed the country violating govern- More than 21,000 children local levels. Dhading, yesterday. number of times.” Baral ,
local levels to deploy security ment regulations. have been vaccinated Under the inoculation Locals handed over the injured pan- however, said the leopard Nepal Red Cross Society, Teku . . . . 4270650
personnel at every five kilo- Indian citizens even tried to against measles in Dhad- campaign, as many as golin to Dhading Division Forest Office looked sick. Bhaktapur Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . 6611661
metres distance on the border attack security personnel after ing under a special cam- 11,381 children between after minor treatment at the Livestock SP Binod Silwal of Dis- Army Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4271940
after security personnel were the APF team prevented them paign launched in the dis- six months and 15 years of Service Office in the rural municipality. trict Police Office con-
attacked in the border areas of from entering the country at trict. age have been vaccinated They said hunters might have trapped firmed that the leopard Bir Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4221988
Jhapa. Jhapa Rural Municipality on In view of the increasing in Benighatrogang Rural the wild animal and the pangolin had attacked Kumal. Po- Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital . . . . . . 6611532
District Security Committee Monday evening. Police had cases of measles in Be- Municipality. Similarly, might have been injured while strug- lice said Kumal was being
is preparing to patrol border to open fire in the air after In- nighatrorang and Gajuri more than 10,050 children gling to free itself. treated at Gandaki Hospi- Chirayu National Hospital . . . . . . . 5905888
areas after the lockdown was dian citizens tried to attack rural municipalities re- were vaccinated in Gajuri Sanju Shrestha, a local of Salyantar tal, Pokhara, and was out Kanti Children Hospital . . . . . . . . . 4411550
violated and on-duty security the police team with domestic cently, a vaccination cam- Rural Municipality. said that the injured pangolin was of danger. He received a Norvic Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4258554
personnel were attacked. weapons the same day. paign had been launched An eight-month-old found on Tuesday night. deep cut on neck, shoulder
The local levels are prepar- A section of the border area with the cooperation of all baby and another Assistant Forest Officer Eklal Nepali and hands among other Police Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4412430
ing to deploy volunteers to — 144 kilometres — connect- three levels of government 24-month-old baby had at the Divisional Forest Office said the body parts. Patan Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5522295
prevent people’s movement in ed with India has been closed. from April 29 to May 5. died in Benighatrorang animal would be released into the wild Earlier, the leopard had
Om Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4476225
the border areas. The security Jhapa Chief District Officer The disease that had Rural Municipality from after further treatment. killed half-a-dozen chil-
committee meeting decided Udaya Bahadaur Ranamagar spread from a Chepang measles in the fourth Chief of Dhading Divisional Forest dren at Bhanu Municipali- Star Hospital, Sanepa . . . . . . . . . . . 5550197
to exchange information and said that they were thinking of settlement in Ward No 6 of week of March. Office Jibnath Poudel said it was very ty and as many as five chil- Teaching Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4412505
cooperation among security increasing army patrolling Benighatrorang Rural Mu- Deaths of the two chil- difficult to manage food for the pango- dren were injured in differ-
departments. along the border areas. nicipality had claimed the dren from the disease had lin during its treatment. He said it ate ent incidents of wild ani- Grande Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5159266
Preparation is under way to Ranamagar further added lives of two children. prompted the govern- ants, among other small insects found mal attacks. Dr. Iwamura Memorial Hospital . . . . 6612695
deploy Armed Police Force on that the border points had not According to District ment to launch a special in the forest. He informed that it would The District Administra-
Tilganga Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4493775
the border for security. been completely closed even Health Office Chief Dr vaccination campaign to be released as soon as possible. tion had ordered to shoot
People’s movement had though additional security Bhuwan Poudel, the spe- stop the disease from The rare pangolin species is found in the leopard after the wild Hearse (Shav Vahan) . . . . . . . . . . . . 6612266
been completely stopped on personnel were deployed. cial campaign was spreading further. Dhading and some other places. animal started killing kids.
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Gas leak at Indian

chemical plant kills
at least 11

Coronavirus worse ‘attack’ Indians upset at delayed

People affected by gas leak at the LG Polymers Plant being transported in a vehicle in
Visakhapatnam, on Thursday.

than Pearl Harbor, 9/11, evacuation from UAE

Agence France Presse
Visakhapatnam, May 7
on each bed, many of them
children, and many uncon-
leaked because of that,” Rani
told AFP. She said local vil-
lagers raised the alarm about
says Donald Trump Agence France Presse
Dubai, May 7
The first wave of a massive exercise
times unscrupulous employers.
Delay in evacuation has left
many Indian nationals craving to
return home frustrated. The first
At least 11 people were killed Some of the patients were 3:30am, saying there was gas Agence France Presse “This is worse than Pearl Har- to bring home hundreds of thou- two flights from Abu Dhabi and
and hundreds hospitalised lying on the beds in the in the air, and police who Washington, May 7 bor. This is worse than the World sands of Indians stuck abroad was Dubai today — both destined for
after a pre-dawn gas leak at a sparse hospital wearing just rushed to the scene had to Trade Centre.” due to begin today with two flights the southern Indian state of Kerala
chemical plant in eastern In- shorts and without tops or quickly retreat for fear of be- Donald Trump has said the The Japanese assault on the from the United Arab Emirates. according to an Air India schedule,
dia today that left uncon- shoes. “I pray for everyone’s ing poisoned. coronavirus pandemic is a Pearl Harbor naval base in Ha- India banned all incoming inter- carrying just 354 people, and a
scious victims lying in the safety and well-being in “One could feel the gas in worse “attack” on the United waii drew the United States into national flights in late March as it planned flight from Doha have
streets, authorities said. Visakhapatnam,” Prime the air and it was not possi- St a t e s t h a n e i t h e r Pe a r l World War II. imposed one of the world’s strictest been postponed until the weekend.
The gas escaped out of Minister Narendra Modi said ble for any of us to stay there Harbor or 9/11, taking aim once The September 11, 2001 jihad- virus lockdowns, leaving vast num- According to Indian media re-
tanks at a complex owned by on Twitter. for more than a few min- again at China, which he said ist attacks on that killed about bers of workers and students ports, delay in the flight schedule
South Korea’s LG Chem that The plant, operated by LG utes,” she said. should have stopped the disease 3,000 people and triggered two stranded. Some 15,000 nationals has been triggered by the need to
had suspended operations Polymers, a subsidiary of LG LG Chem confirmed the in its tracks. decades of war. will be repatriated from 12 coun- test air crew for the coronavirus.
because of India’s coronavi- Chem, is on the outskirts of plant, which makes polysty- The president has ramped up So far, more than 73,000 tries on planes and naval ships, in a A naval vessel is expected to ar-
rus lockdown. Visakhapatnam. rene products, was not oper- his rhetoric against Beijing Americans have died of COV- mammoth exercise which saw the rive at Dubai’s Port Rashid, and the
Footage on Indian televi- The city and the sur- ating because of the lock- in recent weeks, as the death toll ID-19, and Tom Frieden, former civil aviation ministry’s website Indian High Commission in the
sion channels showed peo- rounding area are home to down, but said there were in the US has continued to director of the Centres for Dis- crash Wednesday as panicked citi- Maldives posted images on Twitter
ple, including women and around five million people. maintenance staff at the fa- climb, and as he agitates to re- ease Control and Prevention, zens rushed to register. of one of its warships entering Male
children, slumped motion- LG Chem released a state- cility. “While it’s true that the open the shuttered — and stut- predicted the US toll could top Two warships have steamed to Harbour ahead of Friday’s planned
less in the streets of ment in South Korea late to- factory wasn’t operating as it tering — economy. 100,000 by the end of May. the Maldives and another to the evacuation of some 1,000 people.
Visakhapatnam, an industri- day morning indicating gas was under lockdown, there While some European and “Until we have an effective UAE — home to a 3.3-mil- Other flights will leave Singa-
al port city in Andhra had stopped leaking. were maintenance workers Asian nations have started eas- vaccine, unless something unex- lion-strong Indian community, pore, Malaysia and Philippines, as
Pradesh state. “The gas leak situation is inside,” a company spokes- ing lockdowns, experts have pected happens, our viral enemy which makes up some 30 per cent well as London in the United King-
BK Naik, district hospitals now under control and we man told AFP in Seoul. warned that despite the eco- will be with us for many months of the Gulf state’s population. dom and San Francisco, New York,
coordinator, said 11 people are exploring all ways to pro- “A worker on night shift nomic pain, social distancing or years,” Frieden told a congres- The consulate in Dubai said it Chicago and Washington in the US.
had been confirmed killed vide speedy treatment for discovered the leak and re- measures remain necessary un- sional hearing. alone had received almost 200,000 But frustrations have boiled over
and 1,000 had initially been those who suffer from inhal- ported it.” til a vaccine is developed. The pandemic has hammered applications, appealing on Twitter at the slow pace of the exercise, as
hospitalised. “This is a ca- ing the leaked gas,” the state- According to the Centre Globally the virus has infected healthcare infrastructure in for ‘patience and cooperation’ as well as the fact that evacuees will
lamity,” Naik told AFP. ment said. for Science and Environ- 3.7 million people and killed many parts of the United States, India undertakes the ‘massive task’ have to pay for their passage home
However throughout the The plant had been left ment, the gas was styrene, more than 260,000 — a quarter including New York City, and its of repatriation. The oil-rich Gulf is and spend two weeks in quarantine
day hundreds of people idle because of the coronavi- which is likely carcinogenic of them in the US. impact has been particularly se- reliant on the cheap labour of mil- on arrival. “It is just propaganda,”
were released and Naik rus lockdown, according to and combined with oxygen “It should have never hap- vere on the least privileged sec- lions of foreigners — mostly from said Ishan, a 35-year-old Indian ex-
said today afternoon about Swaroop Rani, an assistant in the air forms the more le- pened,” Trump said of the dis- tions of American society, such India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lan- patriate in Dubai, who hasn’t been
600 remained in hospital, police commissioner in thal styrene dioxide. The ease that emerged in the Chi- as undocumented migrants. ka — many of whom live in squalid able to secure a passage home. “We
none of whom were in a crit- Visakhapatnam. leak happened because the nese city of Wuhan last year. Many of them are afraid of de- camps far from the region’s showy are upset over the failure of our
ical condition. “(The gas) was left there gas was not stored at the ap- “Could have been stopped at portation, as well as the risk of skyscrapers and malls. government,” said Ishan, who was
Pictures taken by AFP at because of the lockdown. It propriate temperature, the source. Could have been racking up unpayable medical But the coronavirus and the dev- a manager at a luxury services
the King George Hospital in led to a chemical reaction causing pressure to build up stopped in China.” bills and hurting their quest to astating economic impact of the company before he was made re-
the city early in the day had and heat was produced in- and breaking the valve, the “This is really the worst attack obtain legal status. As a result, pandemic has left many workers dundant last month. “What about
shown two or three patients side the tanks, and the gas CSE said. we’ve ever had,” Trump told many have contracted and died sick and others unemployed, un- the people with no money? How
reporters. of COVID-19. paid and at the mercy of some- are you helping them out?”

Global COVID count China slams US after Trump’s Detained American claims he plotted
• The novel coronavirus has killed
at least 263,792 people since
the outbreak first emerged in
• China — excluding Hong Kong
and Macau — has to date de-
coronavirus ‘attack’ claim Nicolas Maduro’s capture
China last December clared 4,633 deaths and 82,885 Agence France Presse eign ministry Spokes- The 11 September Reuters leader Juan Guaido to seek In the video, Denman, 34,
• More than 3,766,180 cases cases. It has 77,957 recovered Beijing, May 7 woman Hua Chunying 2001 Jihadist attacks Caracas, May 7 Maduro’s removal. answered questions from
were registered in 195 countries cases at a press briefing. killed about 3,000 peo- A Guaido advisor told a person off-camera speaking
and territories. Of these, at least • Europe has a total of 150,249 China accused the O n We d n e s d a y ple and triggered two A former US soldier captured CNN on Wednesday that he in English.
1,179,700 are now considered deaths from 1,641,959 cases, United States today of Trump drew analogies decades of war. in Venezuela said yesterday had signed an exploratory Denman, who looked calm
recovered the United States and Canada trying to shift blame with the virus, which Trump said the Coro- that he had been contracted agreement, but it had never and wore a gray t-shirt, said his
• The United States has the high- have 77,710 deaths and over the Coronavirus, emerged in the Chinese navirus pandemic by a Florida security firm to been finalised and the opposi- mission was to secure the air-
est number of total deaths with 1,291,985 cases, Latin America after President Donald city of Wuhan last year, “should never have seize control of Caracas’ air- tion did not support the at- port and establish outer secu-
73,431 out of 1,228,609 cases. and the Caribbean have 16,425 Trump said the pan- and infamous military happened.” “It could port and bring in a plane to fly tempted incursion. rity. He did not give details on
At least 189,910 have been de- deaths and 302,702 cases, Asia demic was a worse ‘at- and terrorist attacks on have been stopped at President Nicolas Maduro to US President Donald Trump how his group planned to get
clared recovered has 9,962 deaths and 267,376 tack’ than Pearl Harbor the United States. the source. It could the United States. has denied involvement. Maduro on a plane.
• Britain now has the second cases, the Middle East has or 9/11. “This is really the have been stopped in Venezuelan authorities on A senior Trump administra- It was unclear when or
highest toll with 30,076 deaths 7,314 deaths and 202,367 cas- Tension between the worst attack we’ve ever China,” he said. Monday arrested the man, tion official said Maduro’s ac- where the video was made,
from 201,101 cases. On Tues- es, Africa has 2,007 deaths from world’s two biggest had,” Trump told re- Hua responded say- Luke Denman, along with cusations of a US role “are not and where Denman and Berry
day, figures compiled by British 51,569 cases, and Oceania 125 economies has reached porters. ing, “They might say the fellow US citizen Airan credible” and the administra- are being held.
regional health agencies put the deaths from 8,223 cases fever pitch in recent “This is worse than pandemic is compara- Berry and 11 others, in what tion remained focused on In March, the US Depart-
number of fatalities at over • Please note that due to correc- days as they have ex- Pearl Harbor. This is ble to Pearl Harbor or Maduro has called a failed plot “achieving a peaceful, demo- ment of Justice charged
32,000 tions by national authorities or changed barbed com- worse than the World 9/11, but the enemy coordinated with Washington cratic transition in Venezuela.” Maduro and a dozen other
• Italy, at one time the epicentre in late publication of data, the fig- ments on each other’s Trade Centre.” facing the US is the nov- to oust him. Secretary of State Mike Pom- current and former Venezue-
Europe, has registered 29,684 ures updated over the past 24- handling of the virus. The Japanese assault el Coronavirus”. During questioning broad- peo said on Wednesday that lan officials with “narco-terror-
deaths and 214,457 cases, hour period may not correspond “We urge the US side on the Pearl Harbor na- She said Washington cast on state television, Den- the US government would use ism” and the Trump adminis-
Spain 26,070 fatalities and exactly to the previous day’s to stop shifting the val base in Hawaii drew should “fight side-by- man said the firm, Silvercorp “every tool” to secure the tration offered a reward of $15
221,447 infections and France tallies. — bur-rbj/abm/jv/bp blame to China and the United States into side” with Beijing rather USA, had signed a contract Americans’ return, if they were million for information lead-
25,809 deaths and 174,191 turn to facts,” said for- World War II. than as ‘enemies’. with Venezuelan opposition being held in Venezuela. ing to his arrest.

‘Cardinal George Pell knew of clergy sex abuse allegations for decades’
Agence France Presse prejudiced. Australia’s High time, child sexual abuse was on 1973, has insisted he had no cluding child sexual abuse and al”. Searson pleaded guilty in ing hearings about the Ballarat
Sydney, May 7 Court last month acquitted the his radar,” the commission said. memory of claims of sustained his “unpleasant, strange, aggres- 1997 to physically assaulting a diocese in the 1970s and 80s, Pell
former Vatican treasurer of all “We are also satisfied that by mistreatment in Ballarat. In a sive and violent conduct”, the child but was never charged with apologised on behalf of the
Cardinal George Pell was aware charges and freed him from jail, 1973 Cardinal Pell was not only statement today, Pell said he was commission said. sexual abuse. He died in 2009. church and did admit he
of child sexual abuse by Catholic allowing the release of findings conscious of child sexual abuse “surprised by some of the views Though Pell conceded to the When the Royal Commission “mucked up” in dealing with
clergy in Australia as far back as relating to Pell from the Royal by clergy but that he also had of the Royal Commission”. inquiry that he could have been was announced in 2012, Pell — paedophile priests in the 1970s.
the 1970s and failed to seek the Commission into institutional considered measures of avoiding The commission also found “a bit more pushy” in recom- then the archbishop of Sydney — Pell, 78, spent more than a year
removal of accused priests, ac- child sex abuse. situations which might provoke that Pell should have sought the mending a course of action to called the extent of abuse in the in prison after he was convicted
cording to findings of a top-level The commission found that gossip about it.” removal of another priest, Father the archbishop, the commission Catholic Church “exaggerated”. in December 2018 of sexually
inquiry released today. Pell, when he was a priest in the The commission found it Peter Searson, after receiving a found it had been “incumbent The inquiry heard that there abusing two choirboys in the
The Royal Commission report rural diocese of Ballarat in Victo- was “likely that he knew of Rids- list of complaints from a delega- on Pell” to act in 1989 but he did were more than 4,000 alleged 1990s when he was the archbish-
was handed down in 2017 but ria state, had begun considering dale’s sexual transgressions” tion of teachers in 1989 when Pell not stand down Searson until victims of paedophilia in reli- op of Melbourne.
pages relating to Pell’s conduct in 1973 the “prudence” of now- when Pell joined a meeting was auxiliary bishop in Mel- 1997. In his statement today, Pell gious institutions, and in some He had strenuously denied the
were heavily redacted to prevent jailed child sex abuser Gerald about moving the priest to an- bourne. Searson was the subject said the teachers’ delegation “did Catholic dioceses more than 15 charges and was later acquitted
jurors in his trials on child sex Ridsdale taking boys on over- other parish in 1977. of “numerous” complaints be- not mention sexual assaults and percent of priests were perpetra- by the High Court in a second ap-
abuse allegations from being night camping trips. “By this Pell, who lived with Ridsdale in tween the 1970s and 1990s in- did not ask for Searson’s remov- tors. Repeatedly questioned dur- peal against the conviction.
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Minister Bhattarai
slams hoteliers’
Government’s programmes and policies
layoff decision
Himalayan News Service assured the businesses af-
to be presented in Parliament on May 15
Himalayan News Service President Bhandari, on the rec- programmes and policies were before the budget announcement. “Technical committees and the
Kathmandu, May 7 fected by the pandemic Kathmandu, May 7 ommendation of the Council of presented in the Parliament in pre- President Bhandari will present budget division at the Finance
necessary facilitation,” he Ministers, has already summoned vious years, it has been reversed the annual budget for 2020-21 dur- Ministry are working on govern-
Minister for Culture, Tour- said, adding that the gov- President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the budget session of Parliament at due to time constraint and unfa- ing the joint session of the House ment’s programmes and policies
ism and Civil Aviation Yo- ernment is working on nec- scheduled to present the govern- 4:00pm on May 8. As per the Parlia- vourable context owing to the of Representatives and National and the budget. As the entire
gesh Bhattarai today con- essary relief packages for ment’s programmes and policies ment’s Secretariat, pre-budget dis- COVID-19 pandemic, according to Assembly on May 28. country and the economy is suffer-
demned the decision of ho- both workers and business- for fiscal year 2020-21 on May 15. cussions will be held in the House Dasharath Dhamala, assistant The Ministry of Finance (MoF), ing from the spread of coronavirus
teliers to start laying off es, which will also be ad- As per the schedule prepared by of Representatives for three days spokesperson at the Parliament’s which is preparing the pro- and different resultant circum-
workers and warned that dressed through the pro- the Parliament’s Secretariat, the starting from May 10, while the Secretariat. grammes and policies of the gov- stances, both the programmes and
the government will take grammes and policies of programmes and policies of the pre-budget discussion in the Na- As per the Constitutional provi- ernment and the budget for the policies and the budget will
action against the hotels the government and the government will be presented dur- tional Assembly will be held for sion, the government should bring next fiscal year, said that both pro- focus on lifting the businesses,
that do so. budget for the upcoming ing a joint session of the House of two days starting from the same the fiscal budget on the 15th day of grammes and policies and the economy and the entire country
Talking to the media to- fiscal year. Representatives and National As- date. Nepali month Jestha, which falls budget will focus on supporting out of the ongoing crisis,” said
day, Minister Bhattarai said Urging hoteliers to shelve sembly after concluding the pre- Though the pre-budget discus- on May 28 this year, and conclude the economy and its revival from Uttar Kumar Khatri, spokesperson
that the decision of hotels plans to cut down workers, budget discussions. sion used to kick off only after the the pre-budget discussion 15 days the coronavirus pandemic. for MoF.
to cut down staffers during Bhattarai assured that the
the crisis is both illegal government is holding dis-
and unethical and urged cussions on providing sub-
hotels to cooperate with sidised loans without col-
the workers.
A few days ago, Hotel As-
lateral to tourism-related
businesses, along with re-
sociation Nepal (HAN) — structuring their existing
the umbrella organisation loans and providing a few World food prices
representing tourist stand- tax-related facilities.
ROME: World food prices fell for a
ard hotels in the country — Minister Bhattarai also
third consecutive month in April, hit
had decided to shut their informed that the govern-
by the economic and logistical im-
businesses completely at ment will also announce a
pact of the coronavirus pandemic,
least till mid-November by 10-year strategic plan to re-
the United Nations food agency said
paying 12.5 per cent of vive and upscale Nepal’s
on Thursday. The Food and Agricul-
staff’s basic monthly salary. tourism industry through
ture Organisation (FAO) food price
Citing that hoteliers’ the budget for 2020-21 fis-
index, which measures monthly
business was completely cal year.
changes for a basket of cereals, oil-
down due to the coronavi- “Even though we could
seeds, dairy products, meat and sug-
rus pandemic and was ex- not observe the Visit Nepal
ar, averaged 165.5 points last month,
pected to be affected for at 2020 tourism campaign
down 3.4 per cent on March. The FAO
least one year, HAN had due to the COVID-19 pan-
sugar price index fell to a 13-year low,
also decided to cut down demic, we still are prepar-
plunging 14.6 per cent from March.
staffers gradually if they did ing to observe 2020 to 2030
The vegetable oil price index fell 5.2
not cooperate on this provi- as tourism decade,” in-
per cent, while the dairy index
sion. formed Bhattarai.
dropped 3.6 per cent. The meat index
However, Bhattarai said He said that 2020 would
shed 2.7 per cent. FAO also said major
that the move to lay off be taken as a year of surviv-
producing countries suffered logisti-
workers is illegal. “The gov- al in the tourism sector,
AP cal bottlenecks, while coronavirus
ernment has already direct- 2021 as the year of revival
A file photo of fishmonger Ramu Subedi of Nepal weighing a fish at a Carrefour supermarket amid the coronavirus pandemic, in lockdowns in many nations had
ed businesses not to cut and the remaining years
Dubai. Frontline workers across Arab Gulf countries are uniquely almost entirely foreigners. The global pandemic has drawn caused a sharp fall in sales. — Reuters
down staffers during this till 2030 as tourism promo-
attention to just how vital foreigners are to the Arab Gulf countries where they work.
critical period and has also tion years.
O2-Virgin merger

‘Only genuine developers IMF approves China exports saw

MADRID: Telefonica and Liberty
Global on Thursday said they would
merge their UK units O2 and Virgin
Media to create a £38-billion tele-

to get hydro licence’ disbursement surprise 3.5 per cent coms giant that could shake up the
British market. The mega-deal is the
biggest tie-up to be unveiled since

of $214m
the coronavirus pandemic hit home

jump in April, imports fell

Himalayan News Service Stating that the government has in March, sending most of the planet
Kathmandu, May 7 regulated banks, insurance firms into lockdown and dealing a major
and cooperatives in the past due blow to the global economy. Until

to Nepal
Minister for Energy, Water Re- to the problem of public invest- now, O2, which is owned by Spain’s
sources and Irrigation Barshaman ment being drained by unscrupu- Agence France Presse In the January to February period, Telefonica, and Virgin Media, which
Pun has warned that completing lous developers, he informed that Beijing, May 7 the height of the coronavirus out- is owned by US cable giant Liberty
the normal processes alone will the ministry has a plan to prevent break in China, exports had plum- Global, have been rivals. — AFP
no longer suffice to be granted bad investment in the hydropow- Himalayan News Service China’s exports saw a shock 3.5 per meted 17.2 per cent.
generation licence for hydropow- er sector by setting uniform Kathmandu, May 7 cent rise in April despite the global Iris Pang, ING chief economist for
er plants. applicable standards for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Greater China, told AFP that another
“Only genuine developers will betterment of the overall sector. The executive board of the International official figures showed today, but ana- potential boost was China’s exports of
be granted the generation licence He also said that the govern- Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a lysts warned of weakness ahead as medical supplies as the rest of the
from now on,” said Minister ment is trying to promote Nepali disbursement to Nepal under the Rapid key markets suffer downturns. world grappled with the pandemic.
Pun, adding that risk-averse in- electricity in the international Credit Facility (RCF) equivalent to SDR The brewing threat of a renewed The manufacturing of parts for 5G
vestors should refrain from market. “The private sector 156.9 million (about $214 million, trade war with the United States infrastructure in Asian supply chains
investing in hydropower sector should now abandon the mentali- 100 per cent of quota) to help cover could also pose a problem, observers would have continued as well, and
and should rather invest in other ty of selling electricity only to urgent balance of payments (BoP) and said. given that these are tied to govern-
low-risk sectors. Nepal Electricity Authority as they fiscal needs stemming from the Imports fell 14.2 per cent on-year, a ment-planned projects, they are less
Speaking during the first anni- are able to move towards finding COVID-19 pandemic. steeper drop than last month, as per affected by market demand, Pang
versary of the Nepal Electricity an external market themselves.” The COVID-19 pandemic is having a the Customs Administration. said.
Regulatory Commission (NERC) He further informed that the severe impact on Nepal’s economy. Bloomberg had predicted 11 per But in spite of the bounceback this
today, Pun said, “Those who can- new Electricity Act, which in- During recent months, remittances cent dive in exports and 10 per cent time — the first return to positive ter-
not initiate work the day after cludes provisions that have ad- have fallen considerably, tourist arrivals plunge in imports. ritory for exports this year — analysts
getting the generation licence dressed the demands of the pri- have collapsed, and domestic activity Beijing says it has been successful do not expect the trend to last as Chi-
are better off investing in another vate players to make the power has taken a hit amid social distancing in largely curbing the spread of the vi- na’s key trading partners fall into re- A file photo of a salesperson
sector. There are many other areas sector more competitive, is under measures. rus in the country, and many busi- cession. displaying JioPhone on the
for investment.” consideration at the Parliament. “The IMF financial support will make nesses and factories are now back at Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital outskirts of Ahmedabad. India is
He further said that the govern- Speaking at the programme, a substantial contribution to filling im- work after months of closure to con- Economics said Chinese shipments gearing up to roll out a version of its
ment welcomes genuine investors Dilli Bahadur Singh, chairman of mediate external and fiscal financing tain the outbreak. are unlikely immune from the coronavirus contact-tracing
who are competent and focused NERC, said the regulatory com- needs that have emerged due to Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics sharp slowdown in global activity application that can run on mobile
on delivering quality results. “We mission will play a crucial role in COVID-19,” a media release issued by noted that ‘April shipments may have for long, pointing to a recent plunge carrier Reliance Jio’s cheap phones
will facilitate honest investors and making the electricity service the IMF says, adding, “It is also expected been boosted by exporters making up in South Korean exports and noting
clean investment in a transparent more effective, reliable and com- to catalyse additional support from for shortfalls in the first quarter due to they are a ‘timely proxy for global to increase the reach of the system.
manner.” petitive in the future. development partners.” supply constraints then’. demand’.

Grim global economic data shows devastating impact of coronavirus

United Nations warns of risk to world’s least-developed countries, issues new appeal for $4.7bn in funding to help them
Agence France Presse Governments around the States than Pearl Harbor or 9/11. Edouard Philippe to announce which has the second-highest The World Tourism Organisa- when he could no longer walk or
London, May 7 world are under immense pres- But experts have warned that on Thursday how this initial number of deaths in the world — tion said today that the number breathe, my daughter took the
sure to ease the economic pain social distancing will remain de-confinement will take shape. was set to crash 14 per cent this of international tourist arrivals risk, loaded him into the car and
Evidence mounted of the devas- caused by measures to stop the necessary until a vaccine is de- Many Europeans are anxious year. The forecast came a day af- will plunge by 60 to 80 per cent in drove him there. He died three
tating economic impact of the virus, which has claimed more veloped — and governments are to get back to work, like Elena ter the European Union warned 2020 because of the pandemic. weeks later.”
coronavirus pandemic today as than 263,000 lives and left half of keen to avoid a devastating sec- Isaac, a restaurant owner in Cy- of a 7.7 per cent eurozone con- The United Nations today
hard-hit Europe moved to fur-
ther ease lockdown measures
humanity under some form of
ond wave of infections.
The British government was
prus’s now-empty beach resort
of Ayia Napa.
traction in 2020.
Industrial production in Ger-
Spectre of multiple again warned of the risk to the
world’s least-developed coun-
that ground its economies to a Some European nations are today reviewing lockdown “You can’t survive with no many fell by 9.2 per cent month- famines tries, issuing a new appeal for
halt. now cautiously easing restric- measures, with a partial easing tourists ... It is impossible,” she on-month in March, official fig- $4.7 billion in funding to help
Germany and France reported tions in the hopes of stabilising expected to be announced this told AFP, as nearby residents en- ures showed today, the worst fall Many undocumented mi- them — on top of the $2 billion it
major slumps in industrial pro- their reeling economies, with weekend. joyed the loosening of a six-week since the manufacturing output grants are afraid of deportation, has already requested.
duction and Britain said its eco- some shops and schools lockdown with swims in the data series was started in 1991. as well as risk of racking up un- ‘The most devastating and
nomic output would plummet
by 14 per cent this year. The Unit-
re-opening and even Germany’s
Bundesliga football league to re-
Trouble for Mediterranean.
Economists have been warn-
The slump in France was even
greater with industrial output
payable medical bills and hurt-
ing their quest to obtain legal sta-
destabilising effects’ of the pan-
demic ‘will be felt in the world’s
ed States also announced that sume on May 15, though without tourism ing for weeks that the pandemic dropping by 16.2 per cent in tus. As a result, many have con- poorest countries’, UN Under
nearly 3.2 million laid-off work- spectators. will lead to a global economic March on a monthly basis. tracted and died of COVID-19. Secretary General for Humani-
ers applied for unemployment US President Donald Trump is The easing has already begun downturn not seen since the Airlines and travel are among “He was very ill but did not tarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said.
benefits last week as the business also pushing for lockdown meas- in Germany, Europe’s largest Great Depression of the 1930s the sectors worst hit by the pan- want to go to the hospital,” Victo- “Unless we take action now,
shutdowns caused by the viral ures to be lifted, while engaging economy, while on May 11 and new data is bringing the im- demic, with flights grounded ria, a Mexican nanny in New York we should be prepared for a sig-
outbreak deepened the worst US in a war of words with China that France is due to start emerging pact into sharper focus. worldwide and social distancing City, said of her 69-year-old hus- nificant rise in conflict, hunger
economic catastrophe in dec- saw him claim the pandemic was from a lockdown that began in The Bank of England said the measures severely limiting lei- band who had kidney problems and poverty. The spectre of mul-
ades. a worse ‘attack’ on the United mid-March, with Prime Minister economic output of Britain — sure and business trips. and diabetes. “After two weeks, tiple famines looms.”
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• TIME OUT Clubs gearing up for resumption Football set to
allow five subs
of Bundesliga in nine days’ time
Agence France Presse
in ‘temporary’
response to virus
Berlin, May 7
Bundesliga clubs were racing on
Thursday to get ready for the restart
of the season in nine days’ time,
amid concerns about whether the Agence France Presse
players will stick to the strict hy- Lausanne, May 7
giene guidelines implemented to
ensure the campaign is completed. Football’s lawmakers are this week set to
Twenty-four hours after Chancel- announce a “temporary” change to the
lor Angela Merkel’s government laws of the sport allowing teams to make
gave the German Football League up to five substitutions in games when the
AFP the green light to return, the league sport resumes after the coronavirus-in-
South Korean skating champion said it will resume the season on duced suspension.
Saturday, May 16. The Bundesliga The proposal to help teams cope with
Lim Hyo-jun arrives for his trial
will be the first top European foot- likely fixture congestion in a packed calen-
over sexual harassment at Seoul ball league to restart matches since dar was made by world governing body
Central District Court on Thursday. the outbreak of the coronavirus FIFA and is expected to be validated by the
forced lockdown measures to be International Football Association Board
imposed across the continent. (IFAB) this Friday.
Lim convicted All games will be played without
spectators. The opening day’s key
The IFAB said last week that it was work-
ing with FIFA on a “temporary dispensa-
SEOUL: South Korean Olympic short- game is between second-placed tion of Law 3 (The Players) allowing com-
track speed skating gold medallist Borussia Dortmund and arch-rivals petitions to give teams the option to use a
Lim Hyo-jun was convicted on Schalke in the Ruhr derby at Dort- maximum of five substitutes on up to
Thursday of sexually harassing a fel- mund’s Signal Iduna Park — but in- three occasions during the match, plus at
low male athlete by pulling down his stead of being roared on by an Bayern Munich goalkeeper half-time.”
trousers, a Seoul court said. Lim, 23, 81,000 crowd, the teams will play in Manuel Neuer attends a Limiting the number of occasions on
won the 1500m on home ice at the an empty stadium. training session at the which teams can make changes would re-
2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang France has already ended the team's training grounds move the incentive to do so purely for
and also took bronze in the 500m. But Ligue 1 season, with football in in Munich on Tuesday. time-wasting purposes. A sixth change
last year he was charged for forcibly England, Spain and Italy still may also be permitted in matches that go
pulling down the victim’s clothing in suspended. The situation gives to extra time. Currently teams can make
front of teammates at the national “German football a huge head three substitutions during games, al-
training centre, and in August was start”, according to Eintracht worked under unusual conditions tive cases from 1,724 tests of players “Follow The Rules!” into 28 lan- though since 2018 teams have been al-
banned from competition for a year. Frankfurt sporting director Fredi over the past few weeks. Everyone is and staff at the top 36 clubs in the guages for the 278 foreign players in lowed to make a fourth substitution in ex-
He was fined 3 million won ($2,500) Bobic. Until Merkel gave the go- happy team training is permitted first wave of testing. The onus is the league. tra time.
and ordered to undergo 40 hours of ahead, clubs had still been training again,” said Borussia’s sporting di- firmly on the players to follow the “I was horrified,” Dortmund CEO Leagues will not be obliged to imple-
therapy for sex offenders, a spokes- in small groups. rector Max Eberl. hygiene guidelines, including Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild ment the change, a source said, but they
person for Seoul Central District On Thursday, Dortmund, who The Bundesliga wants to com- avoiding contact at all times. when asked about the Kalou video. will be free to do so as soon as they restart
Court said. — AFP were four points behind leaders plete the last nine rounds of match- Hertha Berlin striker Salomon “I will tell our players again that we after almost all football around the world
Bayern Munich when the league es before June 30 to secure around Kalou, 34, was suspended earlier have a big responsibility. Hertha did shut down in mid-March because of the
Australian Open was halted in mid-March, held 300 million euros ($325 million) in this week by his club for posting a the right thing. Such individual cas- pandemic. The German Bundesliga is set
full team training for the first television money. However, it is a video on social media where he es have to be sanctioned harshly.” to be the first leading European league to
faces cancellation time in seven weeks. “We have step into the unknown. “One must shook hands with teammates. A similar message will be the restart later this month.
had very constructive talks with not forget, we are now in a situation Kalou issued an apology, but mantra at Bayern. “I hope that the The IFAB’s objective is to “protect play-
SYDNEY: Tennis Australia conceded the local health authority about it,” that we do not know,” admitted politicians pointed to the Ivory Kalou video remains an isolated ers’ health” when matches do resume,
that January’s Australian Open faces a club spokesman told AFP subsidi- Bayern Munich chairman Karl- Coast forward as an example of how case and we have received a bit of with a fixture schedule that could be even
cancellation under a worst-case sce- ary SID. He i n z Ru m m e n i g g e. “ We’re not to behave during a pandemic warning with it,” said Rummenigge. more packed than usual potentially lead-
nario, but said it was looking at a Borussia Moenchengladbach all starting a bit from zero. One which has so far claimed over 7,000 Bayern will also have a tough fixture ing to an “increased risk of injuries”. While
range of options in hope the COV- also resumed team training, despite cannot rule out that there are one lives in Germany. as they resume their search for an the measure is intended to be temporary,
ID-19 crisis eases. This year’s tennis announcing Thursday that one of or two surprises.” Germany captain Manuel Neuer eighth consecutive title. Bayern it could be maintained for the whole of the
calendar has been suspended until at their backroom staff had “a very The worry is that an outbreak of has said Bundesliga footballers travel to Berlin on Sunday, May 17, 2020-21 season and right through to the
least July 13 and, with global borders weak” positive test of the coronavi- the coronavirus in the league could have a “enormous responsibility” to where Union will not be able to rely next European Championship, which was
closed, there is uncertainty about rus and had been quarantined. again halt the resumed season, this be role models. To drum home the on the usual cauldron-like atmos- postponed by a year until June and July
when the international circuit can re- “The coaches and the team have time for good. There were 10 posi- point, German daily Bild translated phere of their home ground. 2021 because of the pandemic.
sume. The season-opening Grand
Slam is scheduled to take place in
Melbourne from January 18-31, more
than eight months away, and Tennis
Australia said it would abide by what-
ever restrictions were in place at that
‘Indian hero’ Baskov feeds Will Premier League sans
time. This year’s Wimbledon has been
cancelled for the first time since
World War II and the French Open
postponed until the end of Septem-
poor in lockdown fans be worth the wait?
ber. The US Tennis Association will Agence France Presse the Premier League was on March 9
decide in mid-June whether or not and it will not return until June at

Namaste in,
the US Open will be able to begin on London, May 7
the earliest, with Liverpool’s title
schedule in August. — AFP The English Premier League is ada- coronation on hold for now. After
mant that it can overcome huge such a long and unexpected lay-off,
‘Medals were stolen’
LOS ANGELES: Hall of Famer Patrick
Ewing has revealed two Olympic gold
high-fives out logistical challenges to get players
back on the pitch during the coro-
navirus crisis but has long since
league bosses are hoping there will
be an insatiable demand for their
product. Allowing fans to buy “vir-

for post-virus
accepted there will be no fans in tual season tickets” to watch every
medals and a college basketball the stadiums. match live has even been mooted
championship ring were stolen dur- English Football Association as an idea to help mitigate the loss
ing a burglary at his home several chairman Greg Clarke became the of matchday income.

cricket: Rahane
years ago. In an interview with the latest senior figure to admit this But the University of Brighton’s
syndicated “Dan Patrick Show” radio week that social-distancing guide- Mark Doidge agrees with Scuda-
and television programme, Ewing lines make it impossible for sup- more that the essence of what
said the gold he won as part of the porters to congregate in stadiums makes the Premier League special
1992 “Dream Team” was among the Agence France Presse “any time soon”. might be lost.
items stolen. “My house got broken The drive behind the Premier “Short-term there might be peo-
into in New York at one point and New Delhi, May 7
League’s “Project Restart” is the at- ple who want to watch games on
they stole my medals,” Ewing said. AFP
Namaste and clapping could replace tempt to avoid having to pay back television,” said Doidge, a senior re-
Ewing’s 1984 Olympic gold medal Moldovan tennis player Dmitrii Baskov (centre) packs food along handshakes and high-fives when cricket millions in TV revenue. Clubs could search fellow at the School of Sport
and his NCAA championship ring with Director of Ace Tennis Academy Pramesh Modi (right) and resumes after the coronavirus pandemic, reportedly miss out on £762 million and Service Management. “But I
won with Georgetown were also sto- Founder of Shree Sava Foundation Ami Pramesh Modi. India’s Ajinkya Rahane said. ($946 million) for failing to com- think the novelty will wear off very
len. Ewing, who is now Georgetown’s Wicket celebrations might look very dif- plete this season alone. According quickly when you realise that actu-
head coach, said he recovered his col- Agence France Presse are doing some great stuff. It is not ferent post-virus, the 31-year-old batsman to UEFA’s latest European Club ally a large part of what drives the
lege championship ring when it was a daily desire or action, it is now a said, predicting many changes on and off Footballing Landscape report, just game is not just the people on the
put up for sale on eBay. Ewing said he Ahmedabad, May 7
natural act of helping. I am a the field. “I think we might go back to the 13 per cent of the Premier League’s pitch, but the people in the stands.”
later obtained replacement gold Moldovan tennis player Dmitrii sportsman and nothing more than good old days when fielders would still revenue comes from gate receipts. Doidge said players and fans feed
medals after calling USA Basketball Baskov has been hailed as an “Indi- that but the desire to help is always stand in their designated positions after England’s top tier therefore has off the collective, emotional energy
director Jerry Colangelo. — AFP an hero” after joining a campaign with me.” the fall of a wicket and clap,” Rahane said. the luxury many other leagues can- in English stadiums. “That collec-
to feed Ahmedabad’s poor, who are The lockdown, imposed on “Maybe handshakes will be replaced by not afford of trying to ride out the tive atmosphere is part and parcel
Guidelines issued struggling during the coronavirus March 25, has caused misery for a namaste,” he added, referring to the In- economic storm without paying of what the game is,” he said. “If
lockdown. millions who rely on India’s vast, dian greeting where both hands are fans coming to watch in the stadi- they haven’t got that to feed off, is
LONDON: Boxers fighting in Britain
Baskov, a two-time Davis Cup hand-to-mouth informal sector. brought together in front of the chest. “But um. “We might not like it, it might the quality of football going to be
would be required to wear masks
player, arrived in India in January Ahmedabad has seen a surge in once sport resumes, you can’t take any- not be the perfect solution, but it is there and ultimately will the tele-
during ring walks and would be
to visit a tennis academy before the coronavirus cases and the city re- thing for granted. The safety of the fans will the only solution that we’ve got to visual experience be there?”
banned from using a spit bucket un-
der proposals to allow for a resump- advancing pandemic prevented mains under strict lockdown, with be of utmost importance. There will be move forward,” David Webber, a Premier League clubs are report-
tion of the sport. Boxing authorities him from returning home. The only milk and vegetable shops al- changes in lifestyle while travelling.” senior lecturer in football studies at edly already making contingency
are reportedly gearing up for a July re- 25-year-old, once a hitting partner lowed to remain open. Gujarat is The COVID-19 outbreak has brought Solent University, told AFP. plans to play out the whole of the
start following the coronavirus shut- for Wimbledon champion Simona the second-worst hit among India’s the sporting world to a halt, with the 2020 However, the billions in televi- 2020/21 season behind closed
down. The BBC said a consultation Halep, has since been helping out states and territories, with 6,625 Olympics postponed for a year and crick- sion revenues the Premier League doors. Yet, it remains to be seen if
document sent to promoters pro- by packaging food for the needy in cases and 396 deaths. et’s richest club tournament, the Indian has been able to tap into is not only there will be any demand for such a
posed that boxing cards would take Ahmedabad, capital of the western Baskov’s efforts have received Premier League, delayed indefinitely. Ra- thanks to the quality of the players deluge of sanitised matches from
place behind closed doors with a state of Gujarat. wide attention in Gujarat newspa- hane said the players will need around a on the field but the atmosphere armchair supporters, TV compa-
maximum five bouts and no “cham- He is among a team packing pers. The food packages are picked month to prepare for their comeback, provided by thousands of passion- nies and even players.
bread, rice and other dishes at the up and distributed by workers adding cricket should only return once ate fans. “It’s a strange situation not hav-
pionship contests”. Boxers would be
Ace Tennis Academy, destined for from Ahmedabad’s municipal gov- there’s a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. “The whole economic model ing the fans there. That’s what
allowed to box without a mask but
the city’s slums and containment ernment. “He (Baskov) wraps the “We would be needing three to four only works when the grounds are makes football, that’s what makes
referees and corner staff would be
zones. “My friend Pramesh Modi rotis (bread) in the silver foil with weeks of proper practice before playing pretty full,” said Richard Scuda- the atmosphere,” Tottenham and
obliged to wear them. All boxers,
mentioned this (idea of feeding the absolute precision,” Pramesh’s any kind of competitive game,” said Ra- more, who oversaw the Premier England midfielder Harry Winks
trainers and referees would be tested
poor) and I said yes, sounds great wife Ami Modi told AFP. “He is pas- hane, speaking as brand ambassador of League’s growth into a vast com- told the BBC. “It’s not something
for COVID-19 48 hours before fights
and the next day we did it and it sionate and particular with what the ELSA (English Language Speech Assis- mercial giant from 1999 to 2018. that I like and I know a lot of players
and would self-isolate at a hotel until
continued day after day,” Baskov he is doing. Since the time he got to tant) app. “I am missing my batting. But “No actor likes playing in front of an feel the same way. It’s not some-
their test result was known. — AFP
told AFP. “One hundred, 200, 300 know of this act, he has joined us obviously, cricket should only start when empty hall,” he told the Telegraph. thing that anybody really wants to
packets and then we realised we and is a hero.” we get a vaccine to fight the virus.” The last time a ball was kicked in do,” Winks added.
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Farmers’ worries eased with
delivery of paddy seeds for plantation
efforts to paddy. The cooperative’s
Chairperson Punya Ram

Dumaru also said they are
engaging in preparing and
distributing quality seeds
in collaboration with Soil
Science Division, Nepal

one’s City
A g r i c u l t u re Re s e a rc h
Council, Khumaltar, Lalit-
pur. Dumaru shared, “We
distributed the same seeds
last year too, and farmers

responded positively on
Photos: Courtesy Minhaz Khan
ATHMANDU: At noon everyday the production from the
Minhaz Khan from Bijay Chowk, seeds. We are getting a
Gaushala makes his way to his high demand this year
coffee shop in Thamel in his fa- from other municipalities
ther’s old pickup filled with from the Valley too.”
packed biryani (a rice dish) to distribute The Municipality is de-
among the poor, homeless workers, for- livering the seeds in coor-
eigners and street children, who wait for his Bijay Laxmi Duwal I’ve heard that we will be (one paathi) Chinese Ta- dination with the wards
arrival outside his shop. Kathmandu provided seeds by Bhakta- ichin seeds to each house and local volunteers. Gora
Khan, 38, an entrepreneur, started dis- pur Municipality. We are of 10 wards for free from said there are around 50

tributing food to the poor and needy since he extension of waiting for it. If not, it will April 24. They aim to pro- local volunteers in each
March 25 under his Menz Foundation. “In the lockdown was be difficult for us to arrange vide seeds to around ward for the delivery. Raju
the initial days, there used to be 60-70 peo- a cause for worry for seeds this year.” 10,000 farmers. Lasiwa, one of the volun-
ple; now I serve more than 200 people every and stress for Pur- As per Raj Krishna Gora, “One paathi seed is teers from Ward-2, shared
day,” informed Khan. So far he has been na Gopal Rajchal. He now Coordinator of Market enough for a farm of one his team has already dis-
able to feed more than 8,000 people. had to seek alternatives for Monitoring Committee ropani. We had bought tributed seeds to 800
And distribution of food is not limited to and finish by 2:00 pm”. made of “Gore-Tex fabric which paddy seed arrangement and Agriculture Commit- around 21,000 kg of the houses, with around 50
his Thamel coffee shop; he has been reach- His work does not end here — af- can be used as a rain coat and can which he would have to tee of Bhaktapur Munici- seeds from a Bhakta- houses still left. Before the
ing out “to the needy in various parts of the ter this Khan heads out to various be washed and re-used”. start by May-end. As he was pality, though paddy plan- pur-based cooperative at distribution, volunteers
City like Baneshwore including slum areas public offices, health posts and Khan credits his father as his not able to get seeds in the tation is usually undertak- Rs 100 per kg, but as there conducted a survey verify-
along Bagmati corridor”. other areas to carry out disinfec- motivation. “I am following in the market during lockdown, en in the monsoon from are still a few houses left in ing real farmers by distrib-
His wife Roshni, 26, and two brothers — tion work. “Disinfection is very es- footsteps of my father Shamim he had made up his mind mid-June to mid-August, every ward, we are still uting forms to each house.
Hassan,12 and Hussain, 14 along with Khan sential as it’s the only weapon that Khan. He has always been open to borrow seeds of any the work of sowing seeds buying from the coopera- “We are using gloves,
prepare the food which “starts at 6:00 am kills the virus. So every day I disin- and ready about helping others. available rice species from for the plantation in seed- tive. In case some farmers masks, sanitisers, and
and goes for hours. After packing it all, I fect various places of the City with He is the inspiration behind his neighbour. But luckily, beds begins in May-June in have not received the jackets provided by the
head towards the regular point (his coffee a hydrochloride spray,” said Khan my efforts.” he received the seeds after Bhaktapur. Thus, this is seeds, we are requesting Municipality. We distrib-
shop) to distribute it around 12:00 noon, adding, “As my father is in dyeing The inner satisfaction Minhaz they were delivered to his the time when farmers them to reach respective uted the seeds by calling
business, we have hydrochloride gets makes him continue with his house in Ward-5 — courte- start arranging seeds for wards with their pass.” only a member of a house
stock. I am using it to make society selfless efforts. “A mother feeds her sy municipality authorities. the plantation. Gora claimed the seeds mentioned in the gathered
safe, as much as I can.” child with the food I give right in “The lockdown is on and “In the previous years, are from locally grown list,” said Lasiwa.
Khan has also been distributing front of me, a foreigner who’s been seeds are not available. We farmers easily availed hy-
Personal Protective Equipment stuck here looks at me with love cannot let our cultivable brid rice seeds from China
(PPE) to essential workers and of- and respect, a street child tries land lie barren. In such a by this time. But this year,
fices which he makes in his own
factory at Chaumati. “I feel in this
touching my feet after he receives
his meal. This leaves me with
situation, we are happy
with the initiation of Bhak-
imports are halted due to
the lockdown and they are • YOUR LUCK
uncertain time, it’s important for great satisfaction.” tapur Municipality to deliv- unable to arrange seeds.
everyone to remain safe, and PPE is Minhaz is using his savings for er paddy seeds to the door- They are worried and so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Convincing and caring, you work on something
the best way to keep oneself safe,” this. “I had my savings which I am step of farmers. It would we are delivering the paddy very special to help others or the environment this year. Financially,
shared Khan who has distributed using. I will continue till they last. have been difficult to find seeds — Khumal 11 Taichin you are set. If single, you are irresistible and have your pick of the
crop. You may be more devoted to your mission over finding a mate.
more than 1,200 PPEs to media or- But I have plans to continue this seeds even if the lockdown — to their doors,” informed
But if you do, it will stick. If attached, your partner allows you to be
ganisations, medical facilities and service until the lockdown ends.” ended,” said Rajchal. Gora adding, “There will be playful, even silly. You like each other’s company more and more.
volunteers, among many others. Appealing to everyone to sup- H o w e v e r, R a s m i l a a crowd creating a risk of ARIES wants to lead the game.
He assures these PPEs are de- port each other, he said, “There are Lubanjar has still not got infection if we summon
signed under the World Health Or- less poor than rich in the City. If the seeds from the munici- farmers for seed collection. A baby born today has a Sun in Taurus and a Moon in Scorpio until 3:15 am,
gansation standard and a team of everybody gets concerned and pality. “I used to buy seeds So, we decided to deliver when the moon enters Sagittarius.
10-15 individuals and 60-65 ma- reaches out to the needy ones in from a shop that is 20 min- the seeds to their homes.”
chines have been actively working the community, then no one will utes from my home. I am Gora said the Municipal- ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ambitions will stir today.
Your flair for working and dealing with all types of
to bring out these PPEs, which are die of hunger.” — Raju Upreti not sure if the shop is open. ity started delivering 2.5 kg
people can lead to a worthwhile opportunity. Follow
through on exploring offers that come your way now.
Tonight: Spend valuable time with a child who needs

POTPOURRI your attention. ✹✹✹✹✹

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Others will want to
discuss finances with you. Sincerity can become an
BLONDIE Dean Young and Denis Lebrun DENNIS Hank Ketcham issue with a loved one. Keep ties on a spiritual and
idealistic plane. Avoid anyone who exhibits addictive
behaviour. Keep your distance from the untruthful and
untrustworthy. Tonight: To yourself. ✹✹✹
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Others will be quite asser-
tive, but your winning charm and diplomacy smooth
over ruffled feathers and hurt feelings. Keep debates
and rivalry good-natured. Others have very different
tastes and preferences. Celebrate diversity and smile.
Tolerance will win you a valuable ally. Tonight: Date night. ✹✹✹✹✹
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ills of the mind and body
can be healed. A new strength and confidence
develop today. Allow others to make the plans, and
adopt a live-and-let-live attitude. If memories flood
your thoughts, make a conscious effort to focus on
the happy recollections. Tonight: Relax. ✹✹✹✹
LEO (July 23-Aug 22): Expect some fireworks today.
An exciting new prospect can be drawn toward you,
while an old involvement fades. Your creativity is off
HAGAR Chris Browne the charts and new ideas need to be given priority.
Write down what comes to you. Tonight: Play with a
child. ✹✹✹✹
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): There is an emphasis on
your home today. Change is key if anything is trou-
bling you about family. Family members will want to
progress and meet new challenges. It is your job to let
them. Tonight: In your own private Idaho. ✹✹✹
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Conversations today provide
helpful ideas and perspectives. Certain friends need
support. Overcome impatience and try to help. Com-
pose important emails. Many short trips around the
neighbourhood may be undertaken. Tonight: Catch up
with cousins you haven’t spoken to in a while. ✹✹✹
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): A friend might be jealous or
troubled. You will be called to mediate a disagreement
between companions. Annoying as this may be, your
HOCUS FOCUS Henry Boltinoff help will do good. Try your best to let everyone speak
BEETLE BAILEY Mort Walker need to. ✹✹✹
their piece. Tonight: Go over your accounts. You will

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): An adventure ends

differently than expected, but at least life is interest-
ing. Keep a perspective on emotional involvements
and how attachments impact your choices. Focus on
protecting the comfort of loved ones. Tonight: Check
in on an elderly relative who just wants to talk. ✹✹✹✹
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): You must create your
own happiness today. Create a wholesome mind-set
and direct your imagination toward positive, creative
projects. Visualisation can generate powerful magic.
Revel in the freedom that comes from time spent
alone. Tonight: Get a good night’s sleep. ✹✹✹✹
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Your social circle is inter-
esting but especially changeable all year. You must
prepare to say goodbye to old friends while greeting
new ones. Your priorities are shifting. Take the time to
BEAU PEEP Andrew Christine and Roger Kettle do some soul searching today and decide who is most
important. Tonight: Take off. ✹✹✹
PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Impressions you make to-
day affect your professional status for a long time to
come. Situations that have been developing finally
crystallise and you have the opportunity to take
on new projects. Work hard and do your very best.
Tonight: The effort pays off. ✹✹✹✹✹
Born today: Naturalist David Attenborough (1926), comedian Don Rickles
(1926), novelist Thomas Pynchon (1937) By Madalyn Aslan
The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign
name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience.
For best results, readers should refer to the dates following each sign.

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