Kathmandu,the capital of Nepal, has enough rice stock to last till Dashain (third week of October) according to sources in the Koshi Zonal Office of the Nepal Food Corporation in Biratnagar.

According to an NFC official, the corporation had distributed 74,000 quintal rice to the Kathmandu before Maoist, a communist party in Nepal imposed capital blockade. As much as 22,000 quintal mansuli rice from Biratnagar, 22,000 quintal from Jhapa and 30,000 quintal from Lahan was sent to Kathmandu in the second week of August.

Whether the blockade continues till third week of October there would be no shortage as the capital have enough stock“ claimed  Koshi Zone NFC chief,Padma Bahadur Kandel.

The rice  to  Kathmandu was sent after the Maoists, communist party in Nepal has issued imposed capital blockade.

“The rice was originally stocked for Dashain. But for 2,300 quintal meant for Biratnagar, remaining stock has been sent to the capital,” Kandel added.

The mansuli rice to Kathmandu and  sona mansuli rice to eastern hilly districts has sent by the Birtamod NFC office.Only some stock has left at Lahan and Biratnagar NFC offices.

NFC will be able to restock its rice godowns only in winter Kandel said, “We cannot send more rice to the capital. If we did so, we would not be able to support the eastern hilly districts if similar problem arose there.” Meanwhile, the Kathmandu blockade continued on the second day today.

 Nepali lensmen mark World Photography Day

On the 164th anniversary of the World Photography Day on 19th August, photographers and photo-journalists urged the government to make efforts to promote the day at the national level.

Making the day as national day would help them to  get due credit and recognition for their work. Also they stressed the importance of setting up of an umbrella organisation to develop professionalism in the field on the national and international levels.

President of Professional National Photographers’ Society, RK Manandhar, said that unity among different photography associations is needed for the formation of organisation.

Kishan Pradhan, chairman of the National Photographers’ Association, said a unified photojournalists’ organisation was the only way to make the voice of the nation’s photojournalists to be heard at the international level.

Chairman of Raj Parishad Standing Committee and a renowned photo journalist, Parsu Narayan Chaudhary, recognised the fact that “there has been a considerable breakthrough in technology in photo journalism.” President of Film Production Association, Yuvraj Lama, said the Nepali film industry has gradually but significantly been gaining access to latest technology required to produce a good film. 

Recalling the past years of photo journalism, renowned photo journalist Bakhat Bahadur Chitrakar said that there were only 10 photographers in the nation 30 years ago.