Nepal Today

Monday, May 13, 2013

RAJIV RAJ SINGH ARRESTED Kathmandu, 14 May: Treasurer of Nepal Taekuwando Association Treasurer Rajib Raj Singh was arrested Monday from the capital for alleged involvement in fake Indian currency notes. He was arrested from Tripureshwor.. Nnnn BASKETBALL TEAMS IN DOHA Kathmandu, 14 May: National men’s and women’s teams are in Doha. They are participating in the first FIBA 3x3 Asian Banketba;; Championship 2013Wednesday/Thursday. nnnn YARSHAGUMBA COLLECTION DRIVE BEGINS IN ROLPA Kathmandu, 14 May: Thousands of locals from Dolpa, Rolpa, Baglung, Myagdi, Jajarkot, among others, have arrived in Bukilake, eastern part of Rukum, to pick the precious yarsagumba, also known as the Himalayan Viagra, The Himalayan Times reports from Rukum,. They will start picking the herb from May 15. Some groups heading to Bukilake have been stranded on the road due to rainfall, Rukum police said. Every year, villagers embark on the hunt for the precious herb that fetches a handsome income. They usually go to Lekali area, Pupal, Jungla and Sundah of Bukilake in search of the herb. Rukum District Forest Office has started providing permission cards for yarsa collectors from this year to generate revenue and curb theft and smuggling during the season. District Forest Officer Krishnadutta Bhatta said his office has deployed forest officials at Bukilake to distribute the cards for yarsa collectors. More than one dozen schools in Ranmamaikot, Jang, Sisne, Taksera, Kol, and Kankri VDCs, among others, in the eastern part of Rukum have decided to close down until the end of yarsa collection season. As schools will remain shut for about a month, some teachers have left for their homes, while some have accompanied students to Bukilake in search of the invaluable herb. With the money earned from yarsa sale, students pay their tuition fees and contribute to household expenses. District Education Office Rukum said it will make up for the one-month study break by holding classes during the Dashain-Tihar vacation and other public holidays. This year, the government has fixed Rs 10,000 tax per kg yarsagumba. One kg of yarsa fetches between Rs between 1.4 million to Rs 2.5 million. Last year, a total of 50 kg yarsa was collected from Bukilake area. Laxman Punmagar of Maikot said yarsa transaction hovers at around 7 crore every year. Inspector Kisannand Bhatta said preparations are under way to deploy a police team from the Area Police Office Ranmamaikot to Bukilake for security. nnnn


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