Lightning kills two

RAMECHHAP: Two people died and four others injured when they were struck by a lightning at Rasnalu village development committee-8 of Ramechhap district on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Sitamaya Tamang and Taramaya Tamang. They were struck by a lightning when they were sitting outside their house, Ramechhap District Police Office said. The injured are undergoing treatment at a local health post, police said. — RSS

Cops transferred

ITAHARI: Sunsari District Police Office has taken action against three police constables found to be involved in collecting donations, abduction and taking ransoms in coordination with different armed groups operating in the Tarai. Actions against police constables Pramod Yadav, Binod Yadav and Arbinda Yadav were taken after they were found to be involved in protecting Bechen Yadav, leader of a criminal gang, a source at the Sunsari district police office said. The cops have been transferred to remote hilly districts, police said. — RSS

Children hurt in blast

BIRATNAGAR: Three children were hurt, two seriously, when a bomb went off in Rani of Biratnagar on Monday. Nine-year-old Maithu, twelve-year-old Rija Lal and nine-year-old Raja were hurt in the blast near Manoranjan Dangol’s house around 10 AM. “The bomb, which was in a rubbish dump, went off when street children were playing with it,” police said. Condition of Rija Lal and Raja is serious. — HNS

Motorcyclist dead

NEPALGUNJ: Babadin Kurmi (40) of Basudevpur village development committee-5 died in an accident in Kotharpur along the Nepalgunj-Kohalpur section of the East-West Highway on Sunday, the police said. Pillion-rider Bhusaili Teli was seriously injured in the incident. — HNS

Hundreds stranded

DAILEKH: Incessant rains have left hundreds of passengers stranded on the Thupra-Dailekh stretch of the Surkhet-Dailkeh road. The rains have rendered the road stretch inoperable. The passengers are living in the Thupra bazaar. — HNS

Dreams shattered

SANKHUWASABHA: Sujata Rai cannot afford to go to school because because of abject poverty. No different is the story of Ramesh Rai, brother of Sujata, and Jas Kumar Rai. The three are from Pawakhola village development committee of Sankhuwasabha. On the way home after cutting grass, Sujata said, “I am forced to work to make a living.” Sujata says her mother passed away two years ago and her father left them after handing Sujata and her brother Ramesh to his sister’s care. “In the absence of parents, who will admit me to school?” she questions, “Our mother passed away when I and my brother were too young.” — HNS