Maoists seize property

BAGLUNG: The Maoists have seized the house and property of Kamal Ghimire, a former Baglung district committee member and leader of the CPN-UML, on the charge of embezzling funds, amounting to Rs 2,000, of Thanapati lower secondary school. Ghimire is a resident of Gawalichaur VDC. “Since he didn’t heed our requests to mend his ways, we were compelled to take the action,” said a press release issued on Saturday by Sati Kumar Kanchha, Maoists’ secretary of Baglung area number 3. — HNS

Traffic comes to a halt

GAIGHAT: Owing to a three-day bandh called by the Maoists, vehicular movement came to a halt in the districts of Saptari and Siraha on Saturday. The Maoists had called the bandh on Friday to protest the killing of their cadres. Since most of the roads pass through the two districts, no vehicle left Gaighat, Beltar and Katari of the Udayapur district. Some of the stranded travellers were using cycles to enter Dhanusha. — HNS

Suspension bridge built

PARBAT: A suspension bridge linking local Arthar VDC and Dansingh VDC in Syangja district has been completed recently. The bridge which was constructed with the financial assistance of the Kaduri Agriculture Association and the British Gorkha Nepal has benefited some 25,000 people. The 54-metre-long bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs 1640,000. — RSS

Youth killed

KHANDABARI : Armed Maoists killed a youth at Khandbari municipality ward No 5, Sekaha on Friday night. Dinesh Darji, 22, of Khandbari municipality ward no 7 Malta had been abducted by the Maoists a week ago from his home. — RSS

Robbery prevented

BHARATPUR: Security forces thwarted an attempt to loot travellers at the Mahanari VDC Haniman stream on the Narayanghad-Hetauda section of the Mahendra Highway on Saturday morning. The Indrabaksh Company of Sunachuri informed that the looters fled the scene after a team of security forces reached there upon receiving information that some 150 vehicles have been blocked by looters. — RSS

Schools’ closure protested

ILAM: Several organisations have demanded the withdrawal of the two-week-long educational strike called by the All Nepal National Independeng Students’ Union-Revolutionary. Human Rights Forum, Federation of Nepalese Journalists Ilam, Tribhuvan University Campus Teachers’ Association Ilam, Appellate Court Bar Association Ilam, Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation of Nepal and Intellectuals’ Council Ilam in a joint statement issued on Saturday urged the ANNISU-R to withdraw the strike. — RSS