Ambulance torched

Surkhet: A gang torched an ambulance in Surkhet on Friday. The ambulance heading from Banke to Kohalpur was set ablaze at Kerachari section of Ratna Highway at 9:00 am. The ambulance was carrying a patient Chandra Kala Subedi. “The ambulance was stopped for plying on bandh. We were forced to get off before they torched the vehicle,” said the driver, Sukh Dev Nepali. — HNS

Rs 14.4m Indian aid

KATHMANDU: The government of India has sanctioned Rs 14.4 million for the construction of a library at Birendra Multiple Campus, Bharatpur. According to the statement issued here on Friday, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Embassy of India, the Municipality Office, Bhaktapur and Birendra Campus.— HNS

Aussie released on bail

POKHARA: Kaski District Court ordered the release of Australian national Janjung Nangdel on a bail of Rs 6,30,000 on Friday. He was arrested on February 9 for providing fake visa to Manoj Poudel, 18, of Pardi, Pokhara-17 after charging Rs 3,00,000 with the promise of taking him abroad, said Sub-inspector Shovakar Bhandari. — HNS

Two swindlers nabbed

RAUTAHAT: Police arrested two operators of a financial firm called Economic Development Council on Friday. The men were absconding for the past four years after cheating the locals. Area Police Office, Chandranigahapur, identified them as Balram Gautam and Buddhi Sagar Chapagain of Koteshwor, Kathmandu-35. The duo are accused of swindling the locals

of Rs 3 million which they had deposited at its office in 2001. — HNS

Dolakha chief of FNJ quits

Charikot: Dolakha district chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), Chiranjivi Maskey, submitted his resignation to the committee coordinator on Friday stating that he no longer wishes to remain an ex-officio member of the district monitoring committee. — HNS

Monitoring panel meets

KATHMANDU: The Central Monitoring, Direction and Coordination Committee met under the convenorship of Chief Secretary Bimal Prasad Koirala on Friday. The meeting took various decisions like district and regional level monitoring be done by the secretaries of ministries and submission of its report to the committee and responding to the complaints received at lease once a week, says the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. — RSS

Protest for peace

BARA: The sister organisations of several political outfits held a protest at Ganaja Bhawanipur of Bara on Friday demanding restoration of peace.— HNS