Petrol pump looted


A gang of armed dacoits looted Rs 20,000 from a petrol pump located in Lalbandi VDC-5 of Sarlahi district on Tuesday. According to the Sarlahi SP Manohar Raimali, a gang of 10 armed dacoits looted the money from the almirah of Shyam Karki at the Chhabilal Petrol Pump last night after stabbing him in the hand. A local, Gor Khapangi, who tried to provide succour to Karki after hearing the commotion, was also manhandled by the dacoits. The spot where the dacoits carried out the robbery is located just five kilometres from the Nawalpur-based Highway Security Base Camp. Khapangi has sustained injuries in the head. Police said that both Karki and Khapangi have returned home after getting first aid at the local health post. — HNS

One shot dead


Identifying themselves as Maoists, a group of 11 people shot Laxmilal Pode, 36, dead in Ugrachandi Nala village development committee-4 of Kavrepalanchowk district on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said, adding that the group also looted Rs 30,000 cash and three mobile sets by overpowering the locals, who had gathered at the house of Tan Bahadur Karmacharya to watch people gambling. “The Janmukti Sena (people’s liberation army) has encircled your house,” the group reportedly said, calling on the people to come out with whatever they had got. The group told the locals to take Pode to the hospital before fleeing

towards the south. — HNS

Ban on gambling


The District Police Office (DPO), Banke, has imposed a ban on gambling within the Nepalgunj municipality. Shiva Lamichhane, the Superintendent of Police in Banke district, said plainclothes security personnel had been mobilised in the municipality to check upon the incidents of gambling. Security personnel have been keeping a close watch on the possible gambling spots, he said. Bichakothi, Bankebagiya, Ganeshpur and Koriyanpur are some of the gamblers’ paradise. — HNS

Fire damage


The fire that broke out at a busy market at Golmadhi, Ward No. 7, here on Tuesday caused a damage of around Rs four million, the police said. The fire, which broke out from an oil-fed lamp kept on the first floor of a house which caught the window curtain and flared up, gutted the house of Shailesh Kayastha and his cloth store . Houses of Anteshwari Mool and Sabitri Maaskey on the immediate right and left of Kayastha’’s house were also partly damaged. —RSS

Computers for school


Students of Janjagriti lower secondary school, Mahedewbeshi, will be given computer classes regularly soon. The children of laborers are studying in the school.Three computers were provided to the school by an ILO- backed body recently. —HNS

Bijukchhe on stir


President of Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party, Narayan Man Bijukchhe, inaugurating a programme organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat 1126 new year by Star Auditorium here on Wednesday, said that the political parties should not launch the agitation by taking the help of foreigners. At the programme, President Bijukchhe gave away medals, prizes and certificates to 53 students from Ward No. 6 of Bhaktapur Municipality passing the SLC Examination of 2005. Principal of the Khwapa Engineering College, Dr. Rajan Suwal said that the University was moving ahead the process of starting studies in agriculture taking into account the number of predominantly peasant population in Bhaktapur. President of the Auditorium Shyam Khyaju chaired the programme. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion. — RSS

One jailed for rape bid


Shyam Prasad Doha of Bharaul village development committee ward number 3, Sunsari district, has been jailed for trying to rape a 13-year old girl. According to a report, Dahal had attempted to rape the girl on Asoj 14 by offering her Rs 100. — RSS

‘Extortion continues’


Local tourism entrepreneurs have been worried after the Maoists began extorting money from tourists visiting the district. Recently, the Maoists reportedly extorted about Rs 75, 000 from a 14-member German trekking group, who arrived in the district headquarters, Khandbari, after trekking along the Makalu region. — RSS

‘Take part in polls’


The Lumbini zonal administrator, Ram Krishna Pant, has said no one should run away from elections, as it is the bed-rock of democracy. Speaking at a swearing-in for newly-appointed area members of District Development Committee Nawalparasi, he said the officials should work together to fulfil the noble wishes of the King. A central member of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Subhan Ali Ansari, called on the political parties to take part in the elections and help the King restore multiparty democracy. — RSS

Literary conference


The Bhanu Birthplace Development Committee, Chudi Ramgha, is going to organise a Gandaki zonal-level literary conference in Damauli on December 10. A meeting of litterateurs held under the chairmanship of committee executive director Nawin Raj Dahal made a decision to this effect. A function committee and sub-committees will be constituted soon, said Dahal. — RSS

Poets honoured


The Sayapatri Yuba Club Janagal Kavre honoured poets Chittaranjan Nepali and Madhav Lal Karmacharya with the Sayapatri National Honour on the occasion of the 97 th birth anniversary of Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Chief Guest and litterateur Kamal Mani Dixit gave them letters of appreciation and wrapped shawls around them at the function presided over by litterateur Mohan Duwal. — RSS

Mali to help quake-hit


Hikmat Bahadur Maili, the chairman of Nepal Automobile Dealers’ Association, has said he would provide assistance to the victims of quake that rocked South Asia two weeks ago. Addressing a function in the capital on the occasion of Nepal Sambat Day, Mali, who also heads the Nepal Calendar New Year Celebration Committee, said he would donate blankets worth Rs 100,000 to the quake victims. “It will be unjustifiable on the part of the Newar community to remain quite when the world witnesses changes and catastrophes,” he said, urging others to help the victims. — HNS