Youth found dead

ITAHARI: Sushil Shrestha, a permanent resident of Kapan, Kathmandu, was found dead in Tarahara of Sunsari district on Friday. Shrestha, who had been staying in Tarahara for a few weeks, was found dead at the Tarahara Bus Park, sub-inspector Durga Adhikari said. There were blood stains in his body, the police said, suspecting that someone might have murdered the youth. The police said they had arrested Shrestha’s friend Sunil Gurung, a resident of Dillibazaar, Kathmandu, in connection with the incident. Gurung reportedly told the police that local youths had beaten Shrestha to death. — HNS

Kapilvastu bandh on

KAPILVASTU: The Kapilvastu bandh called by the CPN-Maoist continued to hit life in the district

on Friday as well. The bandh caused disruption in traffic movement on the East-West Highway. Krishnanagar Chandrauta, Bahadurgunj, Maharajgunj, Gorusinge, Taulihawa, Jitpur, Pakadi, Panati and other commercial centres remained completely shut. Vehicles bound for several destinations stayed from the district off the road. Educational institutions also remained shut, while work in government offices remained disrupted. — HNS

AP scribe honoured

DIPAYAL: Dipayal correspondent of Annapurna Post Tekendra Deuba was felicitated for his contribution to health section here on Friday. At a program, the Doti chapter of the Family Planning Association Nepal (FPAN) honoured Deuba for his contribution to health sector by writing news on health related issues. The programme was organised to mark the Golden Jubilee of the FPAN. — HNS

Man gunned down

RAJBIRAJ: Cadres of Madhesi Virus Killers (MVK) shot dead a person in Saptari district on Friday. Imamuddin Shekh (26), who was abducted from his home three days ago in Dadha-8 in the district, was gunned down by MVK cadres. ‘Shekh was arrested on the charge of his involvement in abductions, looting and spying against our party. MVK cadres killed him,’ said Gaurav, MVK central member. His body was recovered from Mehulikhola of Mainakderi, said Rajendra Parajuli, Inspector at the Kanchanpur Area Police Office. — HNS

Lightning death

RASUWA: A person was killed when a lightning struck him on Tuesday in Ibra of Rasuwa district. The deceased was identified as 48-year-old Chhowang Negyalbo Nekor Tamang of Yasra-2 in Rasuwa. The lightning struck Tamang while he was sleeping in a cowshed. Fourteen cattle were also killed in the incident. Lightning deaths are common across the country this time of the year. — RSS

New hospital soon

MADHYAPUR THIMI: The under-construction Korea-Nepal Friendship Hospital at Mechdanda of Madhyapur Thimi Ward No11 will come into operation from January. The hospital is being built at a cost of Rs 82 million. The hospital construction had begun in February 2007 on a 10-ropani plot donated by the municipality, according to hospital director Bhimsen Thapa. — HNS

Erosion control

SANISCHARE: A special programme has been initiated to control soil erosion in half a dozen Village Development Committees in eastern Jhapa. Under the programme, community forests have been handed over to locals for private use and process to introduce bio-engineering technology in Sanischare, Arjudhara, Khudunabari and Budhabare Village Development Committees has begun. Saplings of several varieties are being planted near Biring and Tiring rivers to control erosion. — RSS

Revenue loss

RASUWA: The country has been suffering losses worth millions of rupees due to the closure of Rasuwagadhi border point, the oldest border with China opened in the seventh century. Though the border was closed citing Beijing Olympics, the point has not been opened even as weeks have passed since the completion of the games. Chief District Officer Uddhab Bahadur Thapa said they have written to the Foreign Ministry to take initiatives to reopen the border.