ONCE-OVER

Bus set ablaze

RAJBIRAJ: Cadres of the Jaya Krishna Goit-led Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (JTMM-G) torched a passenger bus heading for Biratnagar from Gaighat in Saptari’s Portaha-7 along Mahendra Highway on Sunday night. Five JTMM men who boarded the bus in Saptari’s Kanchanpur Bariyar stopped the bus (Ko 1 Kha 1855) belonging to Maa Durga Bhawani Travels before torching it. The JTMM-G’s area No 1 in-charge Ajaya said the bus was set ablaze for defying the bandh called by the group. — HNS

Baby found dead

RAUTAHAT: Police have found the body of a newborn behind the Ram temple at Gaur Municipality-9. According to Rautahat district police office, locals informed the police on Monday on seeing the body. An investigation is going on, police said, adding that the dead is yet to be identified. — HNS

Three held with arms

BIRGUNJ: Three youths were arrested with weapons and illegal drugs here on Monday. A police team arrested Ravi Bhusal, 33, of Kathmandu, Bihbav Pariyar, 17, of Kathmandu and Sanjaya Bhandari, 16, of Sarlahi with drugs and weapons at 9 am while they were heading Kathmandu from Birgunj. Two homemade pistols, seven rifle bullets and 135 pieces of Ample Narfin were seized from them, police said, adding that an Indian Sanni Paithan currently living in Balkhu had sent them with the contraband from Patna. — HNS

House cave-in kills 2

RAMECHHAP: Two of a family were killed and two were injured when a house belonging to Top Bahadur Pradhan collapsed following incessant rains at Bankimauri in Sanghutar-9 on Monday. Top Bahadur’s wife Sushila, 35, and her five-year-old son Kamal were killed in the incident, a local Bishnu Bahadur Pradhan said over telephone. — HNS

Property gutted

ITAHARI: Property worth Rs 6 million was damaged when fire broke out at a mosquito repellant coil factory at Khanar of Sunsari on Monday. The fire spread due to a short circuit, the police said. Production unit, store and the dispatch unit were gutted, proprietor Mahesh Jaju said. — HNS

ANNISU-R meet

KATHMANDU: The two-day plenary meeting of the ANNISU-R began on Monday in the presence of Maoist chairman Prachanda, senior central committee member Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Maoist leader Barshaman Pun alias Ananta. ANNISU-R treasurer Ratna Dhakal said the meeting would create an environment favourable for ensuring the polls, adding the union will begin a struggle to put pressure on the government to meet the 22-point demand furnished by the CPN-Maoist as preconditions for the polls. — HNS