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APF seize Panchaunle worth Rs 80 million from Kanchanpur

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KANCHANPUR — A huge collection of protected Panchaunle, or the Dactylorhiza hatagirea, was seized from near the Matena area of Bhimdutta Municipality in Kanchanpur on Sunday.

A team of Armed Police Force (APF) seized four sacks of the protected herb worth Rs 80 million while being transported to India on a Nepali motorbike (Ma 1 Pa 3436) and a bike with Indian license plate, UA 06 G 2963.

The confiscated herb has been sent to the District Forest Office, Kanchanpur, said Netra KC, APF’s Superintendent.

The market price of the seized herb is estimated to be more than Rs 80 million. The sale, distribution or supply of the herb is banned in Nepal.

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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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