IN BRIEF

Kidnappers caught

KATHMANDU: Police on Monday arrested Surendra Kumar Rana, of Myagdi, and Laxmi Krisna Bhasik, of Thimi on charge of kidnapping and trying to extort money from Shankar Raj Adhikari, of Tanahu. According to the police, unidentified persons on Sunday kidnapped Adhikari from Kantipur Photography at Putalisadak and asked for a ransom of Rs 1 lakh for his release. The police said Adhikari has been released from Samakhusi following the arrest of Rana and Bhasik. — HNS

Property gutted

KATHMANDU: Property worth Rs 550,000 was destroyed when fire engulfed a house owned by Uma Pradhan Chitrakar at Tusal, Kathmandu, on Sunday night, police said. According to the police, the fire broke out due an electric short circuit. — HNS

Woman stabbed

KATHMANDU: A 29-year old Bimala Lama was seriously injured when Maniram Limbu, 26, of Taplejung stabbed her at Lama’s inn at Jorpati on Sunday evening, police said. Limbu, a security guard at DDMA Tower office at Jorpati, stabbed her after fight broke out between them over an issue of price of liquor at Lama’s inn. Lama is undergoing treatment at TU Teaching Hospital, whereas Limbu is absconding, police said. — HNS

Gorkhapatra anniv

KATHMANDU: Minister for Information and Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Monday said that Gorkhapatra should be able to alert the people in order to make the common agenda of CA elections successful. He said this at a function to mark 107 years of Gorkhapatra and the 45th anniversary of Gorkhapatra Corporation. — RSS

NTMA stresses peace

KATHMANDU: Government officials and travel trade entrepreneurs have stressed on the need for restoration of peace in the country before the tourism sector could make a comeback. They stressed on the importance of peace at a seminar convened by Nepal Travel Media Association (NTMA) on Sunday. — HNS