Accident claims child

RAJBIRAJ: One child was killed and another injured on Wednesday when a bus heading to Jhapa from Kathmandu hit her at Kalyanpur on the Mahendra Highway. The killer bus belongs to Agni Yatayat. Seven-year-old Pinki Gupta, daughter of Umesh Gupta of Kalyanpur, died on the spot, the police said, adding critically injured Amrit Gupta has been undergoing treatment at the Rajbiraj-based Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital. — HNS

Jhapa curfew lifted

DAMAK: The Jhapa District Administration Office lifted the curfew, which had been in effect since Saturday, at 8 am on Wednesday. The curfew was imposed on the 23 km stretch of the Mahendra Highway from Kankai River to Mawa River, Jhapa CDO Jaya Mukunda Khanal said, adding the curfew may be imposed in future considering the security situation. The curfew was imposed after Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajyaparisad cadres had vandalised vehicles and its cadre Raj Kumar Angdangbe was killied in police firing. — HNS

Youth kidnapped

SIRAHA: The CPN (Maoist) allegedly abducted a civilian from Siraha’s Sikron VDC on Tuesday. According to a local resident, CPN-M cadres abducted 25-year-old Kuleshwor Shah of Sikron-3 from his house on Tuesday night. A clash ensued between the abductors and Shah’s family after Shah’s family tried to save Shah, said local residents. Although YCL district president Jagat Yadav denied the Maoists’ involvement in the abduction, Shah’s family claimed that the party’s cadres were behind the abduction. — HNS

Govt for poll in 2064

LAMJUNG: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prithvi Subba Gurung on Tuesday said the government is working to hold the Constituent Assembly polls within 2064 BS. Inagurating Baglungpani Festival at Baglungpani, Gurung blamed the Maoists for the postponment of the polls and confusing the people by raising the issue of proportional election system and referendum. He said the ministry had been preparing to attract tourists

in Lamjung and Annapurna Himalayan Range. — HNS

Peace procession

BIRATNAGAR: Demanding an end to political chaos and revival of peace, the Birat Civil Society organised a peace rally here. The rally taken out from Maisthan converged into a mass meeting near the District Administration Office after passing through main thoroughfares. Human rights activists, local leaders of political parties, media persons, doctors, technicians and social workers took part in the rally. At the meeting, human rights activist leader Krishan Pahadi criticised the efforts to assimilate religion with politics. — RSS

Youth killed in mishap

NAWALPARASI: A youth was killed on Wednesday when a bus heading to Kathmandu from Dang hit him at Gaidakot of Nawalparasi on the Mahendra Highway. Twenty-five-year-old Santosh Kumar Barun, a resident of Siddharthanagar municipality, was killed when the bus hit him, the Gaidakot Area Police Office said. After the incident, irate locals obstructed the highway for five hours from 12 noon, the area police office said. Traffic resumed after an agreement was reached to provide compensation to the family of Barun, the area police office said. — HNS

Protest rally staged

POKHARA: A protest rally was staged in Pokhara on Wednesday against the incidents of killing and rape. Participants of the rally organised by Safe Environment Network Programme for Children protested the recent killing of Dhiraj Adhikari, 8, of Lalitipur and raping of Sujana BK, 8 (name changed) in Nayabazaar of the city on September 18. Participating students at the rally chanted slogans against murder and rape, demanding action against the culprits. The protest rally taken out from Nawaprabhat Higher Secondary School went to various parts of the city and converged into a corner assembly at the Prithvi chowk. — HNS

Blast in Sunsari

ITAHARI: An unidentified gang detonated a bomb at Shukrabare Haat bazaar in Sunsari district’s Ramgunj Belgachhiya VDC ward no 2 on Tuesday night. The explosion damaged shops owned by local Maoist cadre Dhirendra Gurung and Nepali Congress cadre Dinesh Chaudhary. The situation at the bazaar remained tense after two youths, who came on a motorbike, detonated the bomb, said a local Siyaram Yadav. — HNS

Little doctor drive

GAJURI: A little doctor campaign

was launched at Mahadevbesi in Dhading district on Tuesday. The campaign, which covers 10 schools in southern Dhading, aims to produce three hundred little doctors. The campaign being launched by the Chandrajyoti Integrated Rural Development Society, Dhading, and Nepal Youth Awareness Forum (NYAF) is expected to cost Rs 13, 30,000, chairman of the NYAF Hom Bahadur Bohora said. Students of the lower secondary level, upon completion of the little doctors’ training, will launch awareness programmes. — RSS

Diarrhoea outbreak

MAHENDRANAGAR: Diarrhoea is spreading here due to the use of contaminated water. The Mahakali zonal hospital said 12 to 15 patients of diarrhoea visit the hospital every day. — RSS