HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: Five Biratnagar-based star hotels were inspected for basic hygiene standards on Friday. Jenial, Eastern Star, Namaskar, Swagatam and Ratna were among the inspected hotels. According to coordinator of Morang District Monitoring Committee, Gopi Ghimire, the kitchens of Namaskar and Swagatam hotels were dirty and vegetarian and non-vegetarian items were kept in the same fridge. Likewise, the committee has warned Ratna hotel to maintain cleanliness at the kitchen. Similarly, date expired juice was found in Jenial. The team destroyed one tin of ghee from Biratnagar’s Aagan Hotel. The committee said it found insects in the sweets at Aadarsa Jalapangriha.
Kids, parents reunited
BIRATNAGAR: Seven of the 16 child labourers rescued from various eateries in Biratnagar two days ago were handed over to their parents on Friday. Human Rights and Environment Forum said the reunited children include Dipak Kumar Rishidev (11), Dinesh Sada (13), Bhotlal Rajbanshi (13), Santosh Rajbanshi (13), Pawanlal Mahato (10), Birendra Singh (12). –– HNS
13 injured in accident
MAHENDRANAGAR: At least 13 passengers got injured when two buses collided at Jhalari of Kanchhanpur along the East-West Highway on Friday. All the injured are undergoing treatment at a health facility in Attariya of Kailali. Of the injured, Ghumta Rana, Lila Rana, Uttam Rana of Kailali and Devendra Joshi of Beldandi of Kanchanpur are said to be in critical condition. According to an eyewitness, one of the buses numbered Ma 1 Kha 427 overturned immediately after collision. Police have arrested Ram Bahadur Dagaura, the driver of the bus numbered Ma 4 Kha for an investigation.
Kids missing in river
RASUWA: Two children from Yarsa VDC-2 have been missing in the Chepar River since Thursday evening. Dharma Ghale(15) and Sharki Tamang(11) had gone to the river with five of their friends, Yo Ghale, a local, said. According to Rasuwa DSP Achyut Pudasaini, search for the missing children is on.
SIRAHA : Police on Friday seized 200 kg of marijuana in Shakhuwankarkatti, Pipra, on Friday from smugglers, who were en route to India. Officials informed that the smugglers exchanged gunfire with police and managed to flee from the scene.
Ritual for rain
DHANKUTA: Residents of Dhankuta’s Belhara on Friday performed religious ritual (hom) to bring rain to their drought-stricken village. The religious programme was jointly organised by Belhara’s locals and Thani Temple, Village Peace Committee coordinator Rangalal Roila said. Jit Bahadur Rai, priest at the Thani Temple, said locals believe rainfall will shortly follow after the rain-making ritual. There has been no rainfall in Belhara for the past seven months.