Three Maoists killed

DANG: Three women Maoists were killed in a security operation on the Dang-Rolpa border on Wednesday. The dead are platoon commander of ‘A’ company under the second battalion of Mangalsen first brigade Bhimmaya Pun Magar, section commander Lila BC and section member Gita Chaudhary, RNA’s Shreenath barrack said. — HNS

Fuel shortage hits flights

Surkhet: Petroleum products are in short supply in Surkhet, the headquarters of Mid-western region after Nepal Oil Corporation Surkhet failed to supply oil in time. The shortage has affected air flights from Surkhet to remote parts of the country. —HNS

Students rally in Pokhara

Pokhara: Students belonging to various associations on Thursday organised a protest rally in Pokhara, demanding an end to the state of emergency and restoration of democracy in the country. —HNS

RPP lauds poll plan

Kathmandu: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) on Thursday welcomed the King’s announcement of holding the elections of the municipalities within this year, saying that it would give the people an opportunity to exercise their right to vote. —HNS

Indian aid for school

Kathmandu: Indian ambassador to Nepal, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a school building for the Shree Juddha Secondary School in Gaur, Rautahat, today, an Indian Embassy statement said. In a separate function in Kalaiya, Mukherjee gifted a bus to Shree Durga School. —HNS

17 houses gutted

RAJBIRAJ: At least 17 houses were gutted when a fire broke out in Pathari tol, Pitrapoorba VDC-5 of Saptari district, on Wednesday. — HNS

Nine protesters held

BIRGUNJ: At least nine political cadres, including the Nepali Congress (NC) district secretary, Babulal Kumhal, were arrested from the main road in Birgunj on Thursday while they were taking part in a rally. They have been kept at the District Police Office, Birgunj, the NC stated. — HNS

Leaders’ release sought

Surkhet: A habeas corpus writ was filed on Thursday at Surkhet Appellate Court, demanding the release of four political cadres, including ex- minister Yamlal Kandel. —HNS