RNA hands over money:

KATHMANDU: The Army handed over Rs 47,28,000 recovered from Maoists to the Nepal Rastra Bank on Thursday, according to the Directorate of Public Relations of Royal Nepalese Army. The amount was seized in the last two months from different people and finance companies with whom the Maoists had kept the money. — HNS

Man freed, rearrested:

Surkhet: Security men in plain clothes on Thursday rearrested Narendra Karki, district deputy coordinator of ANNISU-R, soon after the Appellate Court had ordered his release. Karki was dragged inside a security vehicle as he came out of the court premises. Karki had accused the security personnel of torture. Surkhet CDO Tilak Ram Adhikari said he had no knowledge of the rearrest. The Appellate Bar unit, rights activists, FNJ and the INSEC have called on the security personnel to abide by the court ruling. — HNS

Farmers damage tankers:

SYANGJA: Agitating farmers vandalised two milk tankers on Wednesday and Thursday in Syangja. Farmers are have launched an agitation against the government’s decision to hand over the Pokhara Dairy Project to the private sector. The police have seized a jeep and a motorbike used by the farmers. — HNS

RPP flays abduction:

KATHMANDU: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has expressed concern over the abduction of Lakdhwoj Kandangwa and Ganga Kharel, the headmaster and a teacher of Janata Madhyamik School, Jhapa, by the Maoists. They were kidnapped on Wednesday night from Jhapa. The party has appealed for their unconditional release. Human Rights Alliance has also urged the Maoists to release the teachers.— HNS

Mad dog menace:

GAIGHAT: People in the Triyuga municipality have been terrorised by a mad dog. The dog has bit at least 48 persons this week but they could not be treated for lack of anti-rabies vaccines in Udaypur district hospital. Hospital chief Lekh Bahadur Shrestha said anti-rabies vaccines are not available in eastern region and that demand for such has been forwarded to the centre. — HNS

Cop in Maoist custody:

ILAM: The Maoists have disclosed that police head constable Laxman Khati, who had been missing after the encounter at Sanbire a week back, is their captive. Somnath Suseli, FNJ-Ilam chairman, quoted Maoists’ Ilam district secretary, Sunil, as saying that Khatri was in their custody and was being treated as per the Geneva Convention. — HNS