Bandh call

PARASI: Nawalparasi district headquarters, Parasi, has been shut down since Tuesday morning over the issue of a person’s death in a road accident. Shanker Musahar, 50, of Ramgram-12 died while undergoing treatment at the Bhairahawa medical college after he was hit by a motorbike on Monday along the Sunawal-Parasi road section. Shanker’s kin and locals shut Parasi demanding compensation and action against motorbike rider. Following the strike, vehicular movement has been completely halted, police said. — RSS

UNMIN’s offer

LAHAN: UN Mission in Nepal Eastern Regional Chief Andrew Macgregor on Monday said the UNMIN is ready to facilitate holding the constituent assembly election in a peaceful manner. Speaking at a programme organised by the Broader Alliance Programme for Human Rights and Peace in Siraha, he said the UNMIN has played substantial role in the management of Maoist combatants’ arms. He also stressed on the strong alliance of the eight parties for the election. — RSS

Fasting observed

LAHAN: Maithili women began observing this year’s Jitiya fasting on Tuesday by taking holy baths in the nearby ponds and rivers. It is observed on Aswin Saptami every year as per the Nepali calendar. All the Maithili women observe this fasting for the longevity of their

sons and they fast until Thursday. A devotee Sudha Karna said all women observing fasting will not drink water. — RSS

Lumbini master plan

BHAIRAHAWA: Lion Club of Siddharthanagar on Tuesday organised an inter-dialogue on ‘’Tourism Development of Lumbini and Construction of International Airport’’. Participants at the function stressed on the need to develop an international airport in Lumbini. They also urged to complete Lumbini master plan for tourism development in the area. Cultural expert Dr Gitu Giri said the Lumbini master plan was delayed because of economic constraints. —RSS