Three missing

ITAHARI: Three persons have been missing since the Belbari incident in eastern Nepal. According to families of Raju Marik (17) of Mrigauliya, Morang, Rajendra Marik (25) and Ashok Marik (30) of Indrapur-1, Morang, the three have been missing since the incident happened. — HNS

UN team returns

NUWAKOT: A team of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal returned after conducting investigation and monitoring the human rights status in Nuwakot. The team comprising human rights officers Buddhi Sen and Natalia De Olivera of the Regional Office in Kathmandu traveled to various districts for five days to investigate rights abuses. — RSS

Scholarship trust

BIRTAMOD: The Kankai Adarsha Residential College has established a scholarship trust in memory of Martyr Rajan Giri. Founding Principal of the Campus Jaya Narayan Dhungana made an announcement about the same at a function organised in memory of Giri. — RSS

Hailstorm kills one

JUMLA: Dhanbir Karki, 65, of Ranisain in Pandavgufa VDC of Jumla died while some cowherds were injured after they were hit by hailstone that rained here on Friday. Twelve cattle heads were also reportedly killed by the hailstone. Rainfall accompanied by hailstone has also damaged mill-et, wheat and paddy seeds. —RSS

Joint May Day fest

KATHMANDU: As a symbol of the nation’s entry into the democratic era, four trade unions on Saturday decided to celebrate May Day unitedly. Addressing a press conference organised here, representatives of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions, Democratic Confederation of Nepalese Trade Unions, Nepal Trade Union Congress and the Confederation of Nepalese Professionals said that they would celebrate the day together by organising a joint programme. “Reinstatement of Parliament is only the beginning. The way to the nation’s evolution has to be explored through a constituent assembly,” they said. — HNS

Windstorm in Kailali

DHANGADHI: A strong wind blew away roof-tiles and tin roofs of a number of houses in Kailali district on Friday night, a report said, adding that power disruption occurred in various parts of the district as the wind uprooted trees and felled electric poles. Power supply resumed in Dhangadhi, the district headquarters of Kailali, after a five-hour outage. The extent of damage caused by the wind is yet to be assessed. Publication of journals and newspapers meant for Saturday was also disrupted due to power outage. After a long spell, the district witnessed rainfall on Friday night. — RSS

Book launched

KATHMANDU: Corruption and irregularities are prevalent in every system - even in a democracy - but nobody has the right to justify autocratic moves by citing corruption and irregularities, former Chief Justice Kedra Nath Upadhyaya said on Saturday. Even if the multiparty system has shortcomings it is far better than autocracy, Upadhyaya said while releasing a book “Shahi Ayog Ko Utpati Ra Avasaan” written by journalist Bimal Gautam and published by Pairavi Prakashan. Members of Parliament Subash Nemwang and Radhe Shyam Adhikari assured they would fight corruption and irregularities. — HNS

Passengers robbed

RAJBIRAJ: A gang of dacoits looted property and cash worth Rs 10,00,000 from passengers of a bus at Bhardaha of Saptari on the Mahendra Highway on Friday night. Before looting, the dacoits blocked the section at the Koshi dam area by placing logs on the road. Most of the passengers were Nepalis serving as soldeiers in the Indian Army, said Pralhad KC, SP of the Baramjhiya-based Dantakali Battalion of the Armed Police Force. — HNS