Two hurt in bike accidents

KATHMANDU: Laxmi Kshetri, 19, of Machhapokhari Balaju and a minor Rajan Maharjan, 9, of Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City-18 were injured in separate motorbike accidents. Khsetri, who hails from Rupandehi district, was knocked down by a motorbike on Tuesday evening near her residence and was rushed to Bir Hospital for treatment. Similarly, Maharjan was hit by a motorbike at Satdobato of Lalitpur on the same evening. He is undergoing treatment at the Patan Hospital. The motorcyclists have been rounded up, police said. — HNS

Pati to be renovated

BHAKTAPUR: The historical Machhe Pati in the Mache tole of Bhaktapur Municipality is to be renovated. The pati believed to be some 200 years old will be renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 459,642. Local elderly Bikulala Sijarawar laid the foundation stone of the renovation work at a function organised on Tuesday. The reconstruction is being carried out by the local users’ committee and at the initiative of the local people. The local ward committee provided Rs 200,000, Bhaktapur Municipality provided Rs 100,000 while the rest will be met through voluntary labour and local donations, said the ward office. — RSS

Plea for release

KATHMANDU: Five human rights activists have, in a statement, said their attention has been drawn by the abduction of engineer of the Kalika Construction Pvt Ltd Yagya Prasad Timilsina, accountant Thakur Dhakal and driver Santosh Bhandari working in the construction of a bridge at Doda River in Bichawa VDC in Baisebichawa of Kanchanpur district, from their office at Baisebichawa at night on May 15 by some 10- 12 Maoists. They have made a sincere appeal to release them unharmed unconditionally on humanitarian basis. Those issuing the statement are ex-speaker Daman Nath Dhungana, Chairman of the Human Rights Protection Forum Padma Ratna Tuladhar, senior advocate Sindhunath Pyakurel, Chairman of the Nepal Human Rights Organisation Sudip Pathak and Chairman of the Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa. — RSS

Science expo concludes

LALITPUR: The medium and small scale technology exhibition organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology Research Centre for Practical Science and Technology and the Small Scale Enterprise Development Programme concluded on Wednesday. Organised with the objective of publicising traditional appropriate technology for small and medium enterprises in nepal, the exhibition featured 50 stalls and was visited by 2,800 people. The range of industries covered by the exhibition included thread, foodstuff, herbs, dairy and meat processing. — RSS