Veteran democrat dead

SYANGJA: Pim Bahadur Gurung, who took part in the democratic movement of 1950 as a cadre of the Nepali Congress-aligned Liberation Front and helped capture Bahrakot of the Syangja district during a struggle against the Rana regime, died at his home in Eladi VDC-2 of Syangja on Tuesday. He was 79. Gurung had worked with founder members of the NC, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Girija Prasad Koirala. — HNS

Pokhara school bombed

Pokhara: A Maoist on Wednesday exploded a bomb in Kumudini Homes, a noted private school in Gairapatan, Pokhara. According to the school administration, the Maoist who came on a motorcycle fled after planting the bomb in the account section at around 9:45. The Maoist had also threatened accountant Dinesh Bastola not to take new admissions. Immediately after the Maoist fled away, Bastola had picked up the bomb and threw it out of the room, but it went off near the gate of the school inflicting damages to the accounts section, windowpanes, and a school bus. — HNS

Over 10 hurt in blast

NEPALGUNJ: More than 10 people were injured when a bomb went off on the premises of the Land Revenue Office (LRO) on Wednesday, superintendent of police, Shiva Lamichhane, said. — HNS

45,000 kids out of school

Syangja: School education is out of bounds for 45,000 children in the district of Syangja, even though the literacy rate of the district stands at 67 per cent, it was informed at a gathering on Wednesday. Addressing a gathering of school principals here today, the DEO, Premnath Poudel, instructed the principals to launch special campaigns to get all of them at schools in the next academic session. — HNS

Administrators briefed

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission on Wednesday briefed the newly-appointed regional and zonal administrators on the agenda related to preparation of the electoral list which is being drawn up. — HNS

Four party cadres freed

BARA: Bara district administration office on Wednesday released four political detainees, including NC Bara district secretary Ram Ayodhya Yadav, NC (D) cadres Dhruv Gadtaula and Chandrika Gupta, and UML’s youth wing’s chief Dhruv Yadav. While NC secretary Yadav and Gadtaula were detained on March 21, Gupta was detained on April 8 and Dhurv Yadav on April 7. — HNS