Manipal toll 11


Anil Poudel, a 11-year-old who was injured in the Manipal hospital collapse on October 20, died on Saturday, the hospital said. With the death of the 11-year-old, who had been taken to Kathmandu for treatment, the death toll in the collapse has reached 11. — HNS

One found dead


Bhim Rai, a 23-year-old employee of the Lakeside-based Trek Hotel, was found dead in his bed on Saturday, the police said. Rai hailed from Dhankuta. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained. — HNS

Sunam to be awarded


The Narayan Gopal Memorial Trust has decided to confer the Narayan Gopal Memorial Award for this year on veteran musician Shuva Bahadur Sunam for his outstanding contribution to Nepali modern music for the last three decades. The decision to this effect was taken by a meeting of the Trust held on Saturday under the chairmanship of the trust chairman Nagendra Thapa. The award, which carries a purse of Rs 10,000 and a commendation letter, will be presented on December 4. — RSS

Hooch seized


The police on Saturday confiscated 200 litres of hooch from a shop selling liquor in an illegal way at Phulgama VDC-6, Beltaria, of Dhanusha district. The police also seized raw materials and other wares used for brewing the alcohol, according to the District Police Office. The liquor shop belongs to Pramod Shah of Janakpur Municipality-7. — RSS

Three houses gutted


Property worth around Rs 500,000 was gutted when a fire broke out on Friday afternoon in three houses of Bhutaha VDC- 7 in Sunsari district. The fire broke out in the house of Tahir Ansari spread to the house of Jamal Ansari and another house nearby. It took one hour for the local people, the police and the fire brigade from Inaruwa to completely douse the flames. — RSS

Woman stabbed


An unidentified group of men stabbed to death a woman of Bhadgaun Sinuwari VDC- 1 in Sunsari district on Friday night. Asha Devi Chaudhari was killed when her husband was not at home at 9:30 pm, police said. Investigation is on, police said. — RSS

Intellectuals’ request


Intellectuals and representatives of civil society of Ilam district have said the political parties should take part in the elections to be held in February 8. “Parties should not shy away from elections,” former minister Som Nath Banstola, told RSS. He added that the strategy of the seven political parties is beyond comprehension as on one hand they say they have people’s support and fear the elections on the other. Chairman of the Community Service Centre, Ilam, Gopal Bhakta Raj said the political parties should take part in the elections in order to strengthen democracy. RPP Ilam president, Dik Bahadur Koirala, said the parties should take part in the polls. — RSS

Id celebrated


Muslims in the district have concluded their greatest festival ID-ul-Fitr. Only Muslim men attended a mass prayer service held at the end of the month-long fast on Friday. According to a member of Jame Mashjid Management Committee, about 4,000 devotees attended the prayer service. — RSS

39 projects completed


Nepal Red Cross Society, Dhading branch, has completed 39 drinking water projects since 1990, which have benefited 39, 365 people. Around 16, 493 people benefited after 11 drinking water projects were completed in various schools from 1990 to 1995 with Japanese help. Eighteen drinking water projects launched with the assistance of Belgium Red Cross in Dhuwakot and Khalte VDCs have benefited 11, 882 people. — RSS

Rally for peace


A ‘huge’ protest rally will be organised by the Civil Society, Nawalparashi, in Kawashoti on Sunday, to unite people for the cause of peace and democracy in the country, Bhojraj Dahal of the Civil Society said. The peace march will be addressed by many distinguished personalities like Dr Devendraraj Pandey of Civil Society, senior human rights activist Dr Mathura Prasad Shrestha, FNJ president Bishnu Nisthuri, president of Nepal Bar Association Sambhu Thapa and journalist Shyam Shrestha, Dahal said. — HNS

‘Looters’ questioned


The police in Pokhara have expressed their commitment to work effectively to discourage theft and looting of the tourists in this tourist site. Police Inspector and chief of Ward Police Office, Baidam, Dev Bahadur Wasti said police are searching the looters involved in robbing the tourists and we will do so in the future as well to discourage such crime. “On Friday only we questioned two persons on their alleged involvement in looting tourists on Friday and they were later released,” he said, adding, search for such criminals would be intensified. — HNS