NEPAL: Kavre Times marks 10th anniversary

FNJ praises weekly for continuing to provide news under difficult circumstances

Nepal News
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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At a time when most media outlets outside Kathmandu are facing existence problem while many of them have already been closed down, Kavre Times, a vernacular weekly published from Banepa, Kavre district, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the anniversary function in Banepa, Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), Bishnu Nisthuri, said that bringing out a weekly newspaper regularly in the present difficult time is quite a challenging task and that the Kavre Times deversed praise for facing the challenge.

He further said that independent press has been the first target of the King's 'autocratic' rule.

With a slogan "Communication for Rural Development", Kavre Times has been publishing since 2052 B.S.

Meanwhile, FNJ Kavre's president, Ishwori Ojha, was awarded wiith 'Press Freedom Fighter Bharatraj Shrestha Journalism Award -- 2062' on the occasion of the 10th anniversay of Kavre Times weekly, a press release issued by the newspaper said.