Typhoid menace

PHIDIM: The number of typhoid patients visiting the Panchthar district hospital has been increasing in recent days. “All 25 beds in the hospital are occupied and we are finding it difficult to admit more patients,” hospital chief Dr Shreeram Prasad Shah said. The number of typhoid patients in the hospital started increasing after Dashain, a source in the hospital said. Twenty patients were admitted in the hospital on Friday alone, it said. More and more people are suffering from viral fever and malaria, the hospital administration said. — HNS

Houses gutted

RAUTAHAT: Fifty-one huts were

destroyed in fire in Bhotetole in Bishrampur Village Development Committee-8 on Friday. The fire spread from the hut of Bal Bahadur Moktan when residents were chasing bees away on Friday, the police said, adding that the fire gutted 51 huts and caused the loss of property

worth five lakh rupees. The huts belonging to Pratap Singh Ghale, Netrapal Ale, Lalman Ghale,

Awatarsingh Ghale, Durga Thing, Bir Bahadur Thing, Amar Ale and others were destroyed in the blaze, SP Jaya Bahadur Chand said. No human casualties were reported. — HNS

Brawl mishap

LEKHNATH: Raju Pariyar (30) of Nawalparasi was killed when workers crushing stones on the banks of the Seti River clashed with each other under the influence of alcohol in Laame Ahal of Lekhnath Municipality in Kaski district on Thursday night. Kamal Rai, Ramji Rai and Ram Maya Rai of Bhojpur, Jeet Bahadur Gurung and Sanju Maya Gurung of Gorkha, Hari Bahadur Tamang of Hetauda and Resham Gurung of Lekhnath were held on the charge of involvement in the incident, the police said. — HNS

Girls found dead

RAJBIRAJ: Two girls of Saptari’s Kanchanpur–9 — 14-year-old Ful Kumari Mahato and 13-year-old Rinku Kumari Mahato were found dead in the Triyuga river on Thursday, the District Police Office said. They might have drowned while taking a dip in the river, it said. — HNS

NSP-A convention

SIRAHA: The fifth national conference of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party-Anandidevi kicked off in Lahan on Friday. Vice-president of the party Ram Baran Yadav read out the speech of the party president Anandidevi Singh. Singh has promised to retire once the conference elects new leadership. “Despite ill health, I held the reins of the party six-and-a-half-years ago to raise issues of Madhes and ensure a greater representation of Madhesis into mainstream politics,” Singh was quoted in the speech. General secretary of the party Sarita Giri said her party would play a constructive role in framing the new statute. — HNS