Landslip blocks road

CHITWAN: Vehicular movement has come to a halt on the Mugling-Narayangadh road after landslide occurred near Chandibhanjyang VDC-9 in Chitwan district. Two dozers of the Road Division Office, Bharatpur, and an excavator sent from the Mugling have been pressed into service to remove debris blocking the road. Efforts are under to open the road at the earliest, the Mugling Area Police Office said. Thousands of passengers have been stranded. — RSS

Three held for rape

HETAUDA: Three rickshaw-pullers were arrested while they were gang-raping a Madhesi woman at bus park on Wednesday. The arrested have been identified as Dawa Ghising of Chhatiwan VDC and Bhim Lama of Makwanpur and Shambhu Thapa of Dhading. The raped woman has taken refuge at Hetaunda branch officer of Maiti Nepal. — RSS

One killed in mishap

BHADRAPUR: A 45-year-old man was killed when an ambulance hit him in Satasidham VDC of Jhapa along the East-West Highway on Wednesday. Police said Purna Prasai of Mahabhara VDC-6 was knocked by the vehicle and he died while he was being rushed to Damak for treatment. Police have arrested the driver and impounded the ambulance. — RSS

Three abducted

GAUR: An unidentified group abducted three forest guards from Chandranigahapur village development committee of Rautahat district on Wednesday. The abducted were Nabin Kumar Chaudhari, Thaku Mahara and Surendra Gupta. They were working with District Forest Office, Rautahat. An armed group picketed a temporary forest office in Chisapani and abducted them, said an eyewitness, Gyan Bahadur Tamang. — RSS

Docs’ negligence

CHITWAN: A person died of snake-bite in Chitwan on Wednesday. Kul Bahadur Gurung of Gorkha died in course of treatment in Bharatpur hospital. However, Gurung’s kin claimed he died due to the carelessness on the part of doctors and peon of the hospital and demanded action against the guilty. The hospital administration admitted that Gurung died due to the negligence of the doctor and peon. — RSS

Saplings planted

JHAPA: Around 4,700 saplings were planted on Thursday in three bigha

of land in Biring Khola area of Ghailadubba-7 in Jhapa district. Saplings of Khayar, Kadam and Masala were planted on the initiation of Natural Disaster Management Group, Ghailadubba. The Lutheran World Federation provided saplingsfor free. — RSS

FNJ’s plea

KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali Journalists on Thursday accused management of Nepal One Television and the government of showing indifference to demands raised by journalists working for the media house. Uring Nepal One management to meet the demands of Nepal One employees, the FNJ called on the government to implem the agreement aimed at resolving the problem. —RSS

Free health service

LALITPUR: More and more patients have been visiting health and sub-health posts in Lalitpur that offer free treatment. According to District Public Health Office, nine health posts and 29 sub-health posts have been rendering their services for free. Since the introduction of free health services six months ago, over 65,060 patients availed themselves of the free service. — RSS

Mass hysteria

CHARIKOT: Satyeshwor Higher Secondary School at Dolakha’s Pawati VDC 4 has remained closed since Tuesday after 13 students of the school passed out. Girls studying in grades VIII,IX and X were taken to Pawati health post for treatment after they began suffering from dizziness, headache and paralysis. Assistant health worker Kapil Neupane said

the girls might be suffering from mass hysteria. The patients have returned home after treatment in the health post. A team from Dolakha district health office said the patients were suffering from convulsion disorder. — HNS

17 hurt in mishap

NAWALPARASI: Seventeen persons were injured when a bus heading to Narayangarh from Butwal met with an accident in Bardaghat of Nawalparasi along the East-West highway on Wednesday, police said, adding the injured have returned home after treatment in local health posts.— HNS

Photo studio looted

KATHMANDU: Robbers looted properties amounting to Rs 1.5 lakh from Chabahil-based Rosebud Digital Photo Studio on Tuesday night. According to studio owner Bibek Gurung, the robbers took away three digital Compaq cameras, 25 analog Compaq cameras, 30 batteries and Rs 8,300 from the studio. He said the robbers entered the studio by removing grills of the window. — HNS

Blast in bank

RAJBIRAJ: A bomb went off in the sub-branch office of the Agriculture Development Bank in Kanchanpur, Saptari district, on Wednesday night. According to a preliminary estimate, property worth Rs 15 lakh of the bank was destroyed in the explosion. Talking to mediapersons over telephone, Saptari district secretary of the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Ranabir Singh), claimed responsibility for the explosion. — HNS

Three abducted

RAUTAHAT: An armed gang abducted three forest guards from Gaindatar of Chandranigahapur Village Development Committee on Wednesday, according to the Rautahat District Forest Office said. The gang abducted Nabin Chaudhary, Surendra Prasad Gupta and Thagu Mahara, who were deployed in Gaindatar’s Balbot, assistant forest officer Dhirendra Prasad Singh said. SP at Rautahat District Police Office Jaya Bahadur Chand said a team of police personnel was searching the abductees. He said two persons from Gaindatar had been held for interrogation. — HNS