2 Maoists killed

POKHARA: Two Maoists were killed in a security operation in Pokhara on Thursday night. According to the District Police Office (DPO), Kaski, they were Maoist cadres. Rabiraj Shrestha, SP of the DPO, said two Maoist cadres were killed in a security operation of unified security forces in Sports Hotel at Dam side of Pokhara at around 9: 15. They were killed when the unified security forces responded to an attack on them when they were conducting a search operation here in suspicion of hiding Maoists, the SP said, adding the two were shot dead after they tried to flee by opening fire at the security forces. A statement issued by the Defence Ministry on Friday confirmed that two Maoists were killed in the security operation. — HNS

Protest against arrest

LAHAN: Members of Tribhuvan University Lecturers’ Union of Surya Narayan Satya Narayan Morbaita Yadav Multiple Campus unit gheraoed the campus chief against the arrest of lecturers, on Friday. They ghraoed the campus chief Yugal Prasad Bhunder in his office during office hours. Meanwhile, the district unit of the Professionals’ Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) has condemned the killing of a civilian in Dang. Issuing a statement on Friday the organisation also demanded the release of arrested leaders and Professionals. — HNS

Rs 10m for Dhankuta

KATHMANDU: The government decided on Friday to provide Rs 10 million for the reconstruction of physical infrastructure destroyed in the attack by the Maoists in the Eastern Development Regional Headquarters, Dhankuta, the PMO said on Friday. Meanwhile, the Maoists freed non-gazetted officer Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and chief of the District Agricultural Development Office, Sanjaya Kumar Yadav, whom they had abducted from Teliya VDC of Dhankuta following the attacks on government offices on Tuesday, on Thursday. — RSS

Gang fight claims one

JANAKPURDHAM: One Sunil Kumar Pande, 25, a resident of Janakpur municipality-7 was killed in a gang fight on Thursday. According to police, the gang fight occurred among the backers of newly-elected mayor Rajdev Yadav and backers of another member.

According to inspector Balram Yadav of the District Police office, as the two sides were disputing, Raj Kumar Karna, alias Raja, stabbed a knife at Pande. Police arrested five suspected people, police said. Police said a probe was on and assured to punish the culprit. Following the incident, ward number 7 and 10 of the municipality remained tense on Friday. — HNS

New curfew timing

JANAKPUR: The meeting of security committee held on Thursday decided to increase the curfew in Janakpur Municipality by two hours. Chief District Officer (CDO) of Dhanusha, Hari Prasad Nepal, said the curfew time was increased keeping in view the security situation of the country. The curfew time has been changed to 8 pm till 4 am daily effective from Friday. Nepal said the curfew orders were issued to maintain security. — HNS

Eight fall ill

BIRTAMOD: Eight members of a family in Heltubari of Jyamirgadhi village development committee in the district of Jhapa have fallen ill as pesticide was mistakenly poured in their tea. Ratna Bahadur Khadka, 65, and seven other family members, who drank tea at 7:00 am on Thursday, fell ill and were immediately taken to the Dhulabari Health Centre by their neighbours. They were later rushed to the Mechi Zonal Hospital Bhadrapur for treatment. — RSS

Panel formed

DOLKHA: A committee has been constituted under the coordination of chairman of the District Development Committee of Dolkha district, Suderprakash Khadka, to celebrate the 56th Democracy Day and Tribhuvan Jayanti by organising various programmes. The panel was formed following a meeting of intellectuals and representatives of the DDC. — RSS

Blast injures one

DHANKUTA: One Dhan Bahadur Rai, 15, son of Bisan Rai, a resident of Dhankuta municipality-8, Santang, was injured in when a bomb left by the Maoists went off on Thursday evening. He was playing with a socket bomb, locals said. Injured Rai was taken to BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences in Dhankuta on Friday morning. — HNS