KC falls in Solu

SOLUKHUMBU: Maoist candidate Gopal Kirati won the only constituency in Solukhumbu district by a huge margin of 19,095 votes over Nepali Congress leader Bal Bahadur KC’s 9,434. KC posted impressive wins from this erstwhile Nepali Congress bastion in all three previous general elections. Buddi Bahadur Rajbhandari of the Communist Party of Nepal-UML finished third with a mere 1,188 votes. — HNS

Elderly found dead

TANAHUN: A 75-year-old man was found dead in Tanahun on Monday. Body of Bam Bahadur Saru of Byas municipality-7, who had gone for fishing in in Seti river on Sunday,

was found floating in the river under Bisghare Bridge, police said, adding that the river might have swept away Saru after he suddenly fell into the river. His body has been taken to Damauli hospital for post-mortem, police said. — HNS

Two crushed to death

NARAYANGARH: Two persons were killed and one was injured on Monday when a large stone suddenly fell upon a bus near Mauwakhols at Darechowk village development committee-1 in Chitwan. Nanda Devi Jarghamagar, 55, of Sarlahi and Akbar Bahadur Gurung, 42, of Gorkha were crushed to death after a large stone from the cliff fell upon the bus, police said. Injured Mina Thapa, 42, of Lalitpur has been undergoing treatment at Bharatpur Hospital. The bus (Na 3 Kha 2871) was heading to Kathmandu from Narayangarh. — HNS

Fertiliser haul

Hetauda: A joint team of the Young Communist League (YCL) and Armed Police Force seized 132 bagsful of illegally imported low-quality chemical fertilizer in Hetauda today. The team seized Urea and DAP which were imported from the bordering markets of India through Birgunj and Gaur border points without paying customs tax. Police said a search was launched after getting a tip off that the illegal fertilizer was being transported in buses heading to Birgunj, Hetauda, Narayangarh, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Gorkha and Baglung. The illegally imported fertilizers were seized from the buses after a search on buses on the highway, DSP Sudip Subedi said. The fertilizer has been kept in police control. Ramatolai Miyan, Kantidevi Shah, Chandrika Prasad Gupta and Ram Binaya Shah who were behind the have been freed after interrogation, police said.

YCL cadres said illegal import of fertilizer in passenger buses plying on the route was rampant. —HNS

UML candidate wins

SURKHET: CPN-UML’s Yam Lal Kandel and Nar Bahadur Bista of CPN-Maoist won the poll fray from seat no 2 and 3 of Surkhet. UML’s Kandel won the poll securing 16,297 votes. According to chief election officer Dipendra Adhikary, 1,654 votes of 49,689 were discarded in Surkhet-2. In Surkhet-3, CPN-Maoist’s Nar Bahadur Bista won the poll securing 17,429 votes. Re-election in Surkhet- 1 has been scheduled for April 19. After the murder of CPN-UML’s Rishi Prasad Sharma on April 8, Election Commission had put off the poll.— HNS

5 hurt in Birgunj blast

BIRGUNJ: Five persons were injured in a bomb blast at a busy road in Maisthan of Birgunj at about 7:30 pm on Monday. The injured have been identified as Sunil Sharma of Birgunj-12, Raju Rauniyar of Birgunj-11, Piki Keshari of Birgunj-13, Kasturi Timla of Birgunj-10 and Munna Shrestha of Makwanpur. — RSS

Re-polling on April 19

DHADING: Re-election in Darkha, Gumdi and Sertung VDCs under Dhading-1 would be held on April 19. According to the district election office, the election was rescheduled in the said centres as the boxes and other poll documents from there got lost while being brought to the district headquarters. — HNS

NC leader quits post

DHADINg: Nepali Congress mahasamiti member from Dhading district Hari Prasad Simkhada on Monday resigned from his post after the party’s humiliating defeat in the CA polls. He blamed traditional thought and lack of democracy in NC leadership for the defeat. — HNS

Nembang’s take

ILAM: Speaker Subas Nembang said on Monday it was the victory of all castes, linguistic communities and backward classes among others rather than the victory of political parties in the CA election. Nembang said the unity among parties should be intact to build a new Nepal. — RSS