Tamrat Delhi-bound

KATHMANDU: The visiting senior UN official Samuel Tamrat and chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kathmandu, Ian Martin, on Thursday left for New Delhi to take stock of Indian view about the prospect of peace and stability in Nepal. The officials may also discuss with Indian officials UN role in Nepal’s peace process. “Tamrat and Martin are scheduled to meet officials at the Indian ministry of external affairs,” said a UN source. — HNS

School inaugurated

PALPA: Japanese ambassador to Nepal, Tsutomu Hiraoka, on Thursday said any political change in Nepal would not affect the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Hiraoka said this while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Saraswati Primary School at Mashyam-2, Taridanda in Palpa. The 10-room three storey school building was constructed with assistance of Rs 4.8 million from the Japanese Government and voluntary labour. — HNS

RPP gets new office

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Prajatantra Party chairman Pashupati SJB Rana on Thursday formally inaugurated the new party office in Chabahil. The new building that belonged to Rana and his wife Usha Raje Rana was transferred in the party’s name. Earlier, the party was operating from a rented house in Kupondole. — HNS

Largest library

Hetauda: The Hetauda-based museum-cum-library, the largest documentation complex in South Asia, will be inaugurated on May 29 by Indian ambassador to Nepal, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee. It was built in 10 years at a cost of INRs 40 million. India had provided INRs 20.7 million for the construction of the complex on the premises of the Institute of Forestry. According to coordinator of the documentation complex, professor Samsul Haque, species of plants and seeds will be displayed. — HNS

Dacoits loot shops

RAJBIRAJ: A group of armed dacoits looted cash and valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakhs from three shops at Bodevsain Bazaar in Saptari on Wednesday night. Around 30 dacoits looted ornaments worth Rs 1 lakh from the jewellery shops of Santosh BK and Ram Prasad BK at Ward No 7, local residents said. Similarly, the dacoits made away with Rs 25,000 in cash, jewellery and cloth pieces from the cloth shop of Shiva Kumar Shah. — HNS

One hurt in mishap

PHIDIM: Chij Maya Idigo (55), a resident of Peltimari-4 in Jhapa, was critically injured when a truck headed for Birtamod from Tharpu bazaar of Panchthar skidded off the road and fell 100 metres down the road at Thapatar in Phidim on Wednesday, police said. It is learnt that the helper of the truck had been driving the vehicle when the accident occurred. — HNS

SLC re-exams

KAPILVASTU: The SLC re-examination in Kapilvastu began from Thursday. The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) at SanoThimi had arrange for the re-exams after the SLC answer sheets were destroyed in a Maoist attack in Taulihawa earlier. According to the District Education Office (DEO), exam section, of the total 1,602 examinees to appear in the re-exam, 30 students were absent on the first day. Most absentees were exempted examinees. Only seven examinees were absent. — HNS

Phones disrupted

DHADING: The Nepal Telecom mobile phone service in the Dhadingbesi area of Dhading district has been disrupted within one week of its resumption. The service was first disrupted three months ago due to security reasons and resumed only on April 25. However, this time around, the service was disrupted due to some technical problems, a local NT customer said. Nepal Telecom has distributed over 1,000 mobile phones in Dhadingbesi area. — HNS