Customs agents’ stir

BIRGUNJ: Work at the Birgunj customs continued to remain disrupted for the third consecutive day on Friday due to a strike called by customs agents. Talks between customs agents and Birgunj customs ended inconclusively on Friday. The customs agents have been demanding that regulations enforced by the customs be scrapped. — HNS

Snakebite kills baby

BARA: A 10-month-old son of Panna Lal Keshari, a resident of Karaiya-7 of Bara district, died after a snake bit him on Thursday night. The snake bit the child while he was playing on the floor, family members said.— HNS

Eight arrested

BIRGUNJ: Eight persons were arrested from Hotel Krishna on Bypass Road of Birgunj on Thursday night for involvement in illicit sexual activities. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested four women, two men and hotel owner Krishna Shah and his wife, police inspector KP Sharma said. — HNS

Houses gutted

BIRGUNJ: Fire destroyed four houses in Mahuwan VDC in Parsa on Thursday night. Houses belonging to Satyadev Giri, Dhruba Giri, Bishworaj Giri and Shayam Babu Giri were gutted, police said, adding that property worth Rs 2.5 lakh was damaged. Police controlled the fire with the help of villagers. — HNS

Gautam flays Maoists

Kathmandu: UML standing committee member Bamdev Gautam said today that his party was shocked by the Maoist’s alliance with Madhesi parties for the presidential post. Gautam questioned the intention of the Maoist leadership, adding: “What does it indicate when Maoist embraces Madhesi parties who are threatening to disintegrate the country?” Speaking at an interaction organised by Reporters’ Club, Gautam blamed the Maoist leadership for trying to push the country towards an uncertain future. Maoist leader Barsha Man Pun brushed aside the allegation that his party fielded Ramraja Prasad Singh as president as per directive of unseen power centre. — HNS

Inconvenient truth

Kathmandu: The Rotaract Club of Kasthamandap (RCK) is coming up with the project of showing documentary films on the issue of global warming to the students of some colleges in the capital. The documentary film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, produced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, would be shown to high school students starting next week. This film warns that the people will face a major catastrophe within a decade due to global warming and its vicious consequences. “We have targeted the new generation as they are the ones who will be most affected by this problem,” stated a press release issued by the RCK today. — HNS

Call to teachers

BHAKTAPUR: Chairman of Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party (NWPP) Narayan Man Bijukchhe launched a book entitled ‘’The Glorious 38 Years of Mohan Sir at Bageshwari School’’ published by Bageshwari Higher Secondary School amidst a function here on Friday. The book highlights the contributions of Professor Mohan Prasad Prajapati for the academic development of the school. At the function, NWPP chairman Bijukchhe said teachers should move forward by becoming responsible, dedicated and sincere in their profession for the educational development. — RSS