Cash looted

LAHAN: Some five unidentified persons looted cash Rs 14,000 from Bajranga Oil Sale Center, nearby Lahan, on Monday night. The looters brandished a pistol and looted the amount, the sale center informed. Meanwhile, Maoists set fire on the pick up van plated Ba 1 Ya 901 that belonged to Nepal Telecom (Lahan), on Sunday evening, police said. — HNS

Japanese donation

KATHMANDU: Japan has donated mobile clinic van and other medical equipment, procured under the grant assistance for grassroots Human Security Projects scheme to Nepalgunj Medical College. Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Tsutomu Hiraoka handed over the donated equipment to the representative of the College at Nepalgunj on Monday, a statement issued by the Japanese embassy said. It stated that the grant was provided for the implementation of project for Medical Care and Preventive Medical Services through Out-Reached Clinic for Conflict Victims. — HNS

Maoists torch van

GAIGHAT: Two Maoists stopped a pickup van belonging to the Lahan-based Nepal Telecom Office (NTO) at gunpoint at Lalpatta of Triyuga municipality on Sunday night and set it on fire, the driver of the van, Rudra Pande, said. One of the Maoists took my mobile phone set away, the driver of the vehicle belonging to the Nepal Telecom Office further said. A large number of security personnel have been deployed in the Lalpatta area following the torching of the NTO vehicle. — HNS

King in Mustang

KATHMANDU: King Gyanendra and Queen Komal arrived in Jomsom, the Mustang district headquarters, on Monday. Security and administrative heads based in the western region welcomed the royal couple upon their arrival. The royal duo will stay in Jomsom for two days and will return to Pokhara on Wednesday. — HNS

14 captives identified

Palpa: The identities of 14 Maoists, who were held by security forces following a clash on the Arghakhanchi-Palpa border on last Monday, was made public on Monday. Jhuma Buda, Saraswati Shahi, Lalita Bhatta, Pharma Lama, Dilip Bohara, Sangita Dhami, Parvati Bhatta, Dhanisara Pariyar, Nanda Dhami, Ganga Bogati, of Dadeldhura, Dhan Kumari Dhami, Tej Bahadur Raut, Sanu Saru, Hemraj Giri, Tularaj Devkota, Tek Bahadur Rokka, Janma Simkhada and Ramesh BK were held following the clash, a report made public by the Butwal Contact Office of the NHRC. — HNS