UK envoy visits EC

KATHMANDU: British Ambassador to Nepal Andrew Hall on Thursday visited Election Commission to discuss the possibility of providing further assistance by the British government for the election. A meeting was held between the delegation of the British Embassy and the EC commissioners. “The British government has been positive to extend further assistance and also to send observers to Nepal, to make sure that the election is held in a free and fair manner,” said CEC Bhojraj Pokhrel. — HNS

AG’s explanation

KATHMANDU: Attorney General Yagya Murti Banjade on Thursday told the SC that he was unaware about the hand-over of Dr Amit Kumar Raut by the government of Nepal to Indian authorities. Submitting a written explanation to the court, Banjade said he was not involved in the decision to hand Dr Amit over to India. He was responding to a show cause notice issued by the SC on a PIL filed by Subodh Man Napit. — HNS

Campus chief freed

NEPALGUNJ: The campus chief of Mahendra multiple campus Nepalgunj, Rajitram Pathak, who was abducted by JTMM-Goit on Tuesday, was released on Thursday. JTMM-Goit’s Banke-Bardiya in-charge, Bhukampa Pathak, had demanded Rs 5 lakh from him as donation and told him to work in the interest of Madhesi community. — HNS

Shivpuri probe

LALITPUR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent the samples of the suspicious objects, believed to be the remains of people disappeared by the state during the Maoist insurgency, found in the Shivapuri National Park to Finland for further forensic tests. — RSS

Bank robbery

RAUTAHAT: Three looters decamped with Rs 320,000 from Agriculture Development Bank’s Gaur branch on Thursday. They also thrashed bank employees and clients and looted the amount from the loan counter at gunpoint. The three also snatched a gold necklace and ring from bank employee Upandra Mahaseth. — HNS