Arrest warrant

RAJBIRAJ: The District Administration Office, Saptari, has issued an arrest warrant to Surya Narayan Mandal, former chairman of the Chhinnamasta VDC on Friday. The warrant was issued after six dalits of Rampura VDC filed a complaint on Wednesday accusing Mandal of manhandling them, CDO Anand Raj Pokharel said. The claimants said that Mandal had been arrested and later released on remand for manhandling 60 dalits six months ago. They said the accused was trying to take revenge for his arrest. Mandal could not be contacted for comments. — HNS

Textbooks in short supply

TANAHUN: Though the academic session began a week ago, school textbooks are in short supply here. Hari Karki of Hamro Pustak Pasal said he had asked the Sajha Prakashan for 300 copies each of Social Studies and Nepali books but got only 100 copies each. He added none of the grade IX and X books of optional subjects were available in the district. The guardians are also confused after the schools were asked to distribute the books directly to the primary-level students as per the new rule. Earlier, the guardians would deposit the bills of the books purchased and get the refund. — HNS

Truck runs over cleaner

BARA: The cleaner of a truck, who fell off the vehicle and was critically injured when the back wheel of the truck crushed him at Pathlaiya on Thursday night, died while he was being rushed to the Narayani sub-regional hospital in Birgunj for treatment, the mid-regional traffic police office, Pathlaiya, stated. The truck with registration number Na 2 Kha 8299 was carrying iron rods from Parwanipur to Kathmandu. The deceased has been identified as 16-year-old Surendra Syangtan, a resident of Palung Dandibas in Makawanpur. — HNS

Biogas plants for terai

KATHMANDU: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to build 10,000 toilets with attached biogas plants in terai as part of the efforts launched under the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) project. The understanding was signed with Biogas Sector Partnership Nepal. The installation of biogas plants is expected to be instrumental in conserving forest with saving put at 45,000 metric tonne of firewood while other benefits include freedom from acute respiratory diseases and possibility of local population getting rid of diarrhoea with the improvement in sanitation, press release said. — HNS

14 political cadres held

DANG: Fourteen activists of different political parties, including the NC-D district chairman, Hari Prasad Rajaure, who were taking out a rally against the February 1 royal move, were arrested from the Bal Mandir Chowk on Friday. Earlier, Rajuare had issued a statement criticising the RCCC’s decision to hand over arrest warrants to political leaders. The NC Dang chairman, Bir Keshari Gautam, was arrested in the morning, but was freed later, the police said. — HNS

Relief for fire victims

MAHOTTARI: Nepal Red Cross Society, Mahottari, distributed relief materials to fire victims of Khuttapiparadi VDC-6 on Thursday. The materials consisted of clothes, tents, blankets, utensils and food items, according to the Red Cross general secretary Dipak Mishra. — RSS

7,462 undergo abortion

DHANKUTA: Altogether 7,462 women underwent abortion last year after it became legal. The director of Department of Family Health, Dr Pyush Kumar Rajendra, revealed this fact at a function held here on safe abortion service jointly organised by Family Health Unit and District Health Office, Dhankuta. — RSS