Release sought

BARA: The father of Dambarmani Limbu, business manager of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd in Simara who was abducted by the Maoists, has appealed to the national and international human rights organisations for his early release. Issuing a press release on Sunday, Limbu’s 80-year-old father, Naradhwoj Thewe, said the abductee is a diabetic patient. Similarly, Jana Kalyan Club Inarwasira-9 and Kanchanpur Red Cross Tole Bara have appealed for the safety of his life. — HNS

Public holiday

KATHMANDU: The government has decided to give February 8 a public holiday in the districts where the municipality elections is being held, accorading to the Home Ministry. — RSS

THT scribe held, freed

Nepalgunj: Security forces on Sunday took in control The Himalayan Times correspondent of Mahendranagar, Rabi Dhami, while he was on his duty, and released after detaining for an hour. Dhami was taken into custody by the plain cloth security forces when he was talking with the employees of the transport entrepreneurs, who had been held by the security personnel yesterday. However, the spokesman of the Royal Nepalese Army’s 25 no Brigade, Major Indra Gurung said the incident was simply a mistake. Rights activists and the FNJ have condemned the harassment on a jounalis. The press release issued by over half a dozen human rights organisations have asked for immediate probe and actions to the culprits. —HNS

FNJ flays statements

Kathmandu: Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) on Sunday condemned Home Minister Kamal Thapa and Information and Communication State Minister Shrish Shamsher Rana’s statements against the free press. The FNJ also appealed the government to stop abducting, abusing and threatening journalists at different places of the country. It has urged the government to release ten journalists, arrested from Rajbiraj. The FNJ also objected the Press Council’s seeking of clarification to the Budhbar vernacular weekly. The FNJ also sought compensation for the damage caused in the office of the Pashimanchal FM station. —HNS

Curfew imposed

DHANGADHI: The District Administration Office, Kailali, has issued curfew order from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am next morning everyday, in all wards of the Dhangadhi municipality, in the district headquarters, until further notice. There are no changes in the curfew order already implemented in Tikapur municipality and areas adjacent to the Mahendra highway. — RSS

No hearing

Kathmandu: The Supreme Court on Sunday could not begin hearing on a petition filed by RPP leaders, including chairman Pashupati SJB Rana, seeking its order to the Election Commission against the decision of the poll body to freeze party’s election symbol, a plough. Though the case was produced before a single bench of Justice Kedar Prasad Giri, he did not start the hearing due to lack of time. A Supreme Court official said: “Justice Giri was engaged in a division bench to hear other cases and he also had to take part in a meeting.” — HNS

Rallies in India

New Delhi: India-based migrant Nepalis on Sunday staged mass rallies in three Indian cities, demanding total democracy in Nepal. The rallies were held in Madras, Hyderabad and Kolkata for reinstatement of total democracy, the Nepali Janasamparka Samitee in India said. The rallies, held by the local Nepali migrant organisations attracted thousands of Nepalis. Groups including the Nepali Janasamparka Samitee, Prabasi Nepali Sangh, Mulprabaha Ekta Samaj participated, president of the Samitee, Balkrishna Pandey, told

this daily. — HNS