4 Maoist victims hurt

Lalitpur: Four Maoist victims who were staging a sit-in in front of the Ministers’ Quarter in Pulchowk were injured in a clash with the police on Saturday. About 350 victims of the Maoist atrocities staged the sit-in at around 8 am. Birbal Rai, spokesperson of the National Struggle Committee of the Victims of the Maoist Atrocities said the police manhandled the protesters while staging a peaceful demonstration. Parwati Bogati, Shushma KC, Bina Adhikari, Chinimaya Neupane and Shiva Kumar Budhathoki were hurt in the clash. They returned to the camp after receiving first aid treatment. — HNS

Action against SP

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office, Ranipokhari, on Friday recommended the Police Headquarters to take action against Rana Bahadur Chand, SP at the Police Headquarters, “for misbehaving with the public”. According to a police source, the KMPCO on Friday wrote to the Police Headquarters, recommending action against Chand for misbehaving with the public at Nil Saraswoti temple on Wednesday night. The source said that Chand took out a pistol and pointed it at a taxi driver when the latter insisted for Rs 1,600 that the taxi meter read. “Inebriated Chand hired the taxi from Bhadrakali to Nil Saraswoti temple in Lazimpat. — HNS

Newar conference

KATHMANDU: Nepal Bhasha Manka Khala (NBMK) chairman Padma Ratna Tuladhar on Saturday said that an international Newar conference is going to be organised in the capital soon to show their commitment in the new political context. According to a press release issued by NBMK, general secretary of the Newar International Forum, Japan, is going to support the event. The release said the Newars are working in the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and India for the development of their language and culture. — HNS

Book released

KATHMANDU: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Pradip Gyawali on Saturday released an anthology of poems, Dasgajawari (Inside the Dasgaja), composed by youth poet RM Dangol at a function organised by the literary monthly magazine Sabda Samyojan. Addressing the programme Gyawali said literary figures could play a key role for establishment of peace in the country. Altogether 62 poems are included in the anthology. — RSS

Personalities awarded

KATHMANDU: The Simple Arts has awarded the Simple Honour of 2063 BS to litterateurs Muktinath Sharma and Damodar Pudasaini ‘Kishor’, journalist Gobardhan Puja, educationist Dr Baburam Pokhrel and actress Sharmila Malla. Senior Film Director Laxmi Nath Sharma gave away the honour to them at a programme organised here on Saturday. — RSS