NC leader dies

NUWAKOT: Senior leader and general convention representative of the Nepali Congress, Nuwakot, Govinda Prasad Pandey died on Thursday. He was 66. Pandey died while undergoing treatment in the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for high blood pressure, NC Nuwakot District Working Committee said, expressing grief over his death.— HNS

US staffers to return

KATHMANDU: The United States has permitted all non-emergency US mission personnel and their families to return to Nepal. The decision by the country’s State Department was taken following a recommendation by the US embassy here, a statement issued on Friday said. The United States had on April 24 called back the mission’s non-emergency personnel and their families. —HNS

Govt’s order

KATHMANDU: The government on Friday asked all persons who have been issued diplomatic passports to return the same. A cabinet meeting gave such persons 15 days to return the passports. —HNS

Oli lauds Japan role

KATHMANDU: Foreign Minister KP Oli on Friday said Japan has played an important role in Nepal’s economic and social development. Oli was speaking at a programme organised to launch the Goldenn Jubilee Celebrations of Nepal-Japan Diplomatic Relations. He also expressed Nepal’s commitment to help Japan in maintaining world peace. Japanese envoy to Nepal Tsutomu Hiraoka was also present on the occasion. — HNS

Villagers kill tiger

TANAHUN: Villagers on Friday killed a tiger after the animal attacked two persons working in a maize field at Benibagar of Purkot VDC in Tanahun district, injuring them seriously. Local residents Kul Prasad Dhakal, 62, and Mod Ram Dawadi, 48, were injured in the attack. The inured are undergoing treatment in the Gorkha Polyclinic at Turture.

Police said other villagers who were present in the field at the time killed the tiger with their axes, spades, batons and stones and handed it over to the police. An officer at the District Police Office said staffers of Bhanu Range post have reached the police post at Purkot to collect the carcass. — HNS

Book on royal rule

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress (D) President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday launched a book One year of royal rule. The book, which enumerates the anomalies witnessed in the royal rule that lasted from February 1, 2005 to April 24, 2006, was written by NC(D) MP from Kanchanpur Ramesh Lekhak. The project was promoted by Ganesh Man Singh Academy. — HNS

Carter greets PM

KATHMANDU: Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, has sent a message to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala congratulating him on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Nepal and the success of the people’s movement and the reinstatement of the House of Representatives. In his message, Carter also expressed his support for peace-building in Nepal. — RSS