IN BRIEF

Sit-in staged

KATHMANDU: Relatives of persons disappeared by the state staged a sit-in in front of the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar for the second day on Tuesday. They are demanding action against security officials involved in disappearing their loved ones. Traffic flow in the area was affected after hundreds of people took part on Tuesday in the sit-in. — HNS

Protest against cops

KATHMANDU: Accusing the police of beating up a youth to death, around 100 people turned up at the Metropolitan Police Circle at Balaju on Tuesday morning and demanded compensation. According to the police, Manoj Rai, who was arrested on June 12 on the charge of stealing a water pump from the house of Binaj Shrestha, was released on June 13 after he contracted jaundice and later died on June 16. Rai’s mother Kena Devi Rai, a resident of Boharatar, Kathmandu, claimed that his son died due to excessive police beating. DSP Kanchan Thapa at the police circle, however, claimed that Rai died of jaundice. “The post-mortem report is the proof,” he told this daily. — HNS

RPP-N’s king stance

KATHMANDU: The chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), Rabindra Nath Sharma, on Tuesday said that the Nepali people, not the eight political parties, have the right to decide on the fate of monarchy. Speaking at a press meet here, Sharma said constitutional monarchy was needed to save democracy in the nation and that his party favoured such an institution. Sharma added that his party would advocate for declaring Nepal a Hindu kingdom again. — HNS

Teachers’ training

KATHMANDU: With a view to imparting quality education and motivating school teachers, an Australian organisation is all set to train teachers of government schools in Lamjung and Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP) and the OZ Quest Young Australian Adventure (OQYAA) are jointly organising the programme with an aim to update Nepali teachers on the latest teaching methodologies and on making classes participatory. — HNS