60 soldiers freed


Sixty RNA men, whom the Maoists had captured after a clash in Pili on August 7, were freed on Tuesday and handed over to ICRC officials in presence of Prakand, the Maoist in-charge of Bheri-Karnali region, commander of the Maoists’ Western Division, Prabhakar, said. “Honouring the international humanitarian law, we treated injured soldiers.” — HNS

Foundation stone laid


Indian ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Nepal-India Maternity Ward at Mechi Hospital in Bhadrapur. — HNS

US arms ban to stay


The US will continue an arms embargo on Nepal due to its failure to restore democracy after the February 1 royal takeover and because of continued rights abuses by the army, the US embassy said on Wednesday. — HNS