Visfot’s show of might

JANAKPURDHAM: Life was affected on Friday, the first day of the three-day Madhes bandh called as a show of strength by the new party formed by Visfot Singh who broke away from the Jay Krishna Goit-led Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha a few days ago. Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha and Sunsari districts witnessed a total shutdown. Traffic came to a halt on the East-West highway. Hundreds of passengers got stranded due to the bandh. Educational institutions shut down in Jaleshwor, Pipra, Aurahi, and Matihani of Mahottari district. However, Jaleshwor and Bardibas bazaars remained open. — HNS

Action against teacher

PYUTHAN: District Education Office (DEO), Pyuthan, on Friday ordered to take action against Susila KC, a teacher of Janajyoti Lower Secondary School, on the charge of feeding dung to the students. The school management committee has been directed to take action against teacher KC as per the report of a team deployed DEO to the school, district education officer Man Bahadur KC said. Teacher KC was charged with feeding dung to the students of grade III and IV last week. The report states that teacher KC accepted that she fed dung to the students as they did not recite the exercises as directed. — HNS

Tarai crisis discussed

KATHMANDU: The central committee meeting of the CPN-UML continued on Friday with central party members expressing their views to party General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal’s report. Majority of the members expressed concern about the “rising” crimes in the Tarai and the deteriorating law and order situation in the country. They asked the government to work to improve the law and order situation. — HNS

NHRC’s appeal

KASKI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Regional Office Pokhara, on Friday urged the CPN-Maoist to adhere to the rule of law. Issuing a press release, the officiating regional director of the NHRC, Achyut Acharya, expressed concern about the vandalism carried out by Maoist students in the Daunne English Boarding School at Bardaghat of Nawalparasi. The NHRC has asked the Maoists to stop such acts. — RSS

11 huts torched

SIRAHA: Staffers of the forest office on Thursday torched 11 huts erected on public land at Taregana of Govindapur-5, rendering the squatters, who had been living in the huts, shelterless. “Twenty-four forest staffers led by ranger Ram Narayan Yadav torched all of our huts,” a squatter Kirahi Saday said. “All my property and Rs 5,000 was gutted in the fire,” Saday further said. — HNS

Call to resume work

LAMJUNG: Staff Union of the Mid-Marsyangdi Hydroelectricity Project has called authorities concerned to resume work on the project. Issuing a statement on Friday, chairperson of the Nepal Electricity Authority Staffers’ Union Hari Narayan Yadav urged the agitators and authorities concerned to create an atmosphere to resume the project work. The project work has been stalled after locals of Bhoteodar, urging the government to build a bridge on the Bhoteodar-Belghari road, barred vehicles of the project from plying the road on Wednesday. — HNS