Meet on trafficking

Kathmandu: A two-day regional workshop on Anti-Trafficking Law Reform Initiatives began here on Thursday. Speakers at the workshop called on South Asian states to put in place a legal mechanism to combat human trafficking and bring the perpetrators of this crime to book. — HNS

Blast at Rana’s house

KATHMANDU: Some unknown persons detonated a bomb at 1:30 am on Thursday at the house of former Minister of State for Information and Communications Shrish Shumsher Rana.— RSS

Ex-armyman injured

KATHMANDU: A fomer armyman, Krishna Thapa, working as a security officer at Nepal Arab Bank at Bouddha was injured when a rifle went off accidentally. The incident occurred when his colleagues were cleaning the 12-bore gun. Thapa, who sustained injuries on his stomach, a hand and a leg, is undergoing treatment in the Army Hospital at Chhauni, police said. According to police at Bouddha, the incident occurred at around 9 am. — HNS

Tarai stir probe

BIRATNAGAR: The panel formed by the government to investigate the Tarai agitation will start work in the district from June 17. The government formed a five-member high-level commission led by Supreme Court judge Khil Raj Regmi two weeks ago. The panel which started work from the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority in Kathmandu on June 6 will continue its work in Birgunj from June 17. — HNS

Health workers’ strike

Itahari: Demanding security, health workers in Sunsari district have halted work for an indefinite period. The health workers made an announcement to this effect in a press conference in the District Public Health Office (DPHO) in Inaruwa on Thursday. Work in five primary health posts, seven health posts and 39 sub-health posts has come to a halt. — HNS

Tarai issues in UN

BARA: Human rights officer of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal, Claudia Gomez Diaz, said on Thursday that the issues raised by the Madhesi people would be conveyed to the United Nations. Diaz was addressing a programme organised by rights activists in Kalaiya to discuss the situation of human rights in the Tarai. Stating that human rights activists should not carry communal or casteist overtones, Diaz said the human rights situation in Nepal is deteriorating. — HNS