Property gutted

KATHMANDU: Property worth Rs 692,000 was destroyed in a fire that broke out at a wood factory in Thali, Kathmandu, on Saturday evening. Police said fire gutted wood and mechanical instruments of the factory owned by Raju Panta. A short circuit may have been the cause of the fire, police said. — HNS

HoR reconstruction

KATHMANDU: The Parliament Secretariat has begun its work of reconstructing the House of Representatives building at Singha Durbar in order to accommodate the interim parliament, which will be bigger in size with 330 seats than the current HoR with 205 seats. According to the General Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat, Surya Kiran Gurung, the Secretariat has already begun its preparation with the assistance of a team of engineers and architects. — HNS

Property stolen

KATHMANDU: Property worth around Rs 65,000 was stolen from the rented room of Thomas Pick on Sunday morning at Sanepa in Lalitpur. Pick, a teacher at the British School, Sanepa, had been sleeping when thieves broke the iron grill of a window and made away with Rs 10,000 in cash, two cameras, a Swiss knife, two wrist watches and emergency lights from the room. — HNS

Five held with drugs

Kathmandu: A police team from the Narcotic Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit, New Baneshwor, arrested five persons with 1.64 kg of brown heroin on different dates in the Valley, police said on Sunday. — HNS