Guard’s body found

GAIGHAT: Fifty-one-year-old Durga Pokharel, a security guard at Udaypur Cement Factory and a resident of Mohanpur Chakraghat in Triyuga municipality, was found dead in Kharajori stream on Sunday morning. According to the police, Pokharel had left for the factory at 8 pm on Saturday. Locals suspect that he might have been murdered. — HNS

Journo passes away

Kavre: Senior journalist Bharat Raj Shrestha, 87, of Banepa municipality-2 passed away on Sunday afternoon while undergoing treatment in local Sheer Memorial Hospital. He was suffering from diabetes for 11 years. He was rushed to the hospital after he fell unconscious in the morning. Shrestha was district correspondent for the Rastriya Samachar Samiti till 12 years ago. — HNS

JTMM-R’s hope

Mahottari: Rajiv Jha, talks team coordinator of the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha-Rajan Mukti faction, said his group came to the negotiating table, keeping the Tarai people’s interests in mind. Talking to mediapersons at Jaleshwor prison in Mahottari, where he had gone along with other members of the talks team to meet the inmates, claimed that his group raised arms to fight for the rights of the Tarai people. — HNS

Sushil Koirala’s fear

Nepalgujnj: Acting president of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala said civil war would break out in the country if the Maoist combatants were integrated into the Nepal Army. Speaking at a press conference organised on Sunday by the Press Union Banke in Nepalgunj, he said the Maoist combatants should be barred from joining the NA. — HNS

NHRC concerned

NEPALGUNJ: Several human rights organisations and activists on Sunday raised concern about the controversial remarks of Minister for Culture and State Restructure Gopal Kiranti on Saturday in Nepalgunj that all Nepali nationals should have the right to own arms in the

new constitution. The Office of the High Commissioner of the Human Rights, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal Bar Association, FNJ, INSEC, CWIN, Advocacy Forum, RRN and other human rights offices said such remarks would only promote the culture of impunity and

violence. — HNS