Maoist cadre killed

Siraha: An unidentified gang killed a district member of the CPN-Maoist, Bairasu Mandal Khatwe. Mandal was abducted from his home at Inrawa Village Development Committee-3 on Sunday night and his dead body was found at a barren field of ward number 8 of the same VDC today. There were injuries on his head and both of his eyes were plucked out, local residents said. It is suspected that Mandal was murdered the same night he was abducted. — HNS

Civic body formed

BUTWAL: An organisation named Civic Awareness Society Nepal, Siddarthnagar has been constituted with an objective to preserve nation, nationality and human rights. A gathering of social workers, intellectuals, layers, human rights activists, professors and medical workers elected Narayan Sapkota as coordinator, Kulmani Gyawali as secretary and Madha Adhikari as treasurer of the society. The gathering also elected six other members and three advisors. — RSS

9 Maoists surrender

KATHMANDU: Nine Maoists of Jaljale VDC -5 of Therathum district have surrendered before the administration. Those who surrendered are Tek Bahadur Singh, Khadga Bahadur Sangrula, Ganesh Sagrula, Yubraj Archarya, Tek Bahadur Karki, Jang Bahadur Limbu, Harka Bahadur Karki, Lal Bahadur Karki, Kedar Prasad Archarya, District Police Office, Therathum said. — RSS

Drought in Kalikot

KALIKOT: A long spell of drought has damaged the standing wheat crops here causing fear of starvation. The severe drought has caused the wheat crops to dry. Due to the lack of irrigation at Khim Dhulagoho VDC, the people have to depend on rain water for farming. This has driven the local people to go to India in search of jobs for livelihood. — RSS

Funds collected

LAMJUNG: A total of Rs 1.2 million was collected at a Tamang festival recently organised at Bhulbhule village development committee of Lamjung district. The festival was organised on the occasion of 32nd anniversary of Dharma Bhakta Lower Secondary School and Lhotchar festival. The collection of financial assistance has contributed to run the school. — RSS

Curfew time changed

HETAUDA: The local administration has altered the curfew timings in Hetauda and enforced the curfew from 6 p.m. till 5 a.m. next day to be effective from Tuesday. Chief District Officer, Mod Raj Dotel issued the curfew orders until further notice using the provision under Article 6 (Ka) of Local Administration Act, 2028. The curfew time was increased after the clashes between Maoists and security forces at different places of Hetauda on Monday night. Earlier, a prohibitory order was issued on Monday prohibiting gathering or entering the jungle area of Hetauda municipality ward numbers 2, 5 and 6. — HNS

Hunger strike ends

DHARAN: The five student leaders of Sunsari, who were staging a hunger strike to protest against the government’s decision to set up polling centres in educational institutes, on Tuesday decided to break it. The central member of the ANNFSU, Nirkumar Sambahamfe, Sunsari chairman Prakash Rai, NSU Sunsari’s former vice chairman, Shyam Pokharel, former joint secretary Bishnukumar Limbu and Kedar Chamling of the ANNFSU (United), who staged the hunger strike in the Mahendra Multiple Campus in Dharan from last Saturday, decided to break the hunger strike after the polling booth was shifted from the campus. The Election Office said at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon that the polling centre from the campus had been shifted to a nearby covered hall. NSU leader Shyam Pokharel said since their demand is fulfilled, the strike was no more necessary. — HNS