Kusunti mishap: Baby dies


The baby of Devi Karki, who was killed after an accident on Monday night, too died on Wednesday at Patan Hospital. Karki was killed along with five family members following the accident at Kusunti. She had died in hospital after doctors operated her to pull the baby safely out of her womb. The baby was kept in an incubator. Laxmi Karki, who was also injured, is being treated in a private hospital and her condition is reported to be stable. Taxi driver Dilli Man Tamang was discharged on Wednesday after treatment. Police said all the six deceased were cremated on Wednesday by Kamal Bahadur Karki, the only member of the family who escaped the accident. — HNS

Indian aid for school


The government of India will provide Rs 47.5 million for the construction of a school building of Shree Sankat Mochan Dev Sharan Ramrati Secondary School and the construction of a building, a hostel and principal’s residence of the Janakpur Nursing Campus, a press release issued by the Indian Embassy said on Wednesday. While Rs 18 million will be provided for the construction of school building, Rs 29.5 million will be provided to the campus. Under the ongoing economic cooperatin between India and Nepal, foundation stones were laid for the projects in Dhanusha and Janakpur. The projects reflect India’s commitment to strengthen bilateral ties through cooperation, especially in the sectors of education and health. — HNS

NHRC team in Taplejung


A team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently visited Taplejung, Ilam, Panchthar and Saptari to monitor the human rights situation. The team of the National Human Rights Commission expressed concern over the escalating human rights violations, Maoist activities and the overriding fear among the locals and doubted the possibility of free and fair polls, team leader Sushil Pyakurel said here on Wednesday. — HNS

24 hurt in bus mishap


At least 24 passengers were hurt, two critically, in a bus mishap in Rautahat district on Wednesday morning. The condition of Garbhu Shah of Basantpur and another unidentified woman is reported to be serious. The duo are undergoing treatment at Birgunj, police said. Other injured are undergoing treatment at Rautahat district hospital at Gaur. The passengers were hurt after the Gaur-bound bus with registratin number Na 1 Kha 7252 from the Hariharpur bazaar fell six feet down into a pool from the road at Sishwa of Gaur, the headquarters of Rautahat district. — HNS

Bandh called off


The Nepal Students Union and the Petroleum Dealers’ Association (PDA) have called off the Biratnagar bazaar and petrol pump bandhs. Demanding the immediate release of their cadres, including Kedar Karki, who were held while vandalising Tirupati and Sardar petrol pumps in Biratnagar, the NSU had called an indefinite bazaar bandh. Protesting the act of vandilising petrol pumps, the PDA had called an indefinite petrol pump bandh. The decision to call off the bandhs was reached at a meeting of the NSU and the PDA representatives on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the police freed NSU cadres, including Karki. — HNS

Exposure campaign


The mid and far-western region offices of the Janamorcha Nepal in Nepalgunj have publicised programmes against Maoist atrocities. Such programmes will be organised in Bake, Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts from January 25 to February 7. In Doti, Surkhet and Dadeldhura, such programmes will be organised from February 23 to March 5, it was stated at a press conference on Tuesday. — RSS