RJP seeks explanation

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) chairman and former prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa on Tuesday asked political parties to “formally describe in points” what exactly “creating a favourable environment” for constituent assembly polls meant. Referring to speeches of leaders where they often talked about “creating an environment conducive for polls,” Thapa asked the parties to explain what it really meant. — HNS

ANFU-R seizes land

KAPILVASTU: Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Farmers’ Union- Revolutionary (ANFU-R) seized 25 kathas of land belonging to a civilian Shanta Rayamajhi at Bhalbad VDC-2 on Monday. “As there was dispute over the land for the past 14 years and complaints have been received that the land was sold to Lok Bhattarai, Shanta Bhattarai and Lok Bahadur Rayamajhi illegally, the land was seized and investigation was initiated on this,” ANFU-R chairman Sher Jung said. — HNS

Korean scribes’ visit

DAMAK: A group of three Korean journalists associated with the Korean Television on Tuesday visited the Bhutanese Refugee Camp at Beldangi. They also held interaction with

the officials of camp management committee and the refugees and acquired information on the Beldangi incident on May 27 and May 28. Two refugees had died when they clashed with the security force. Riot occurred after secretary at Beldangi-2 camp, Hari Bagale, gave a remark in favour of third country resettlement. — HNS

Lightning claims one

BAGLUNG: Lightning killed a child at Jhi VDC-4 of Myagdi district on Monday. Bipana Thajali, 8, daughter of Krishna Thajali was killed when lightning struck her while she was playing at the house yard, a local, Dinesh Bogati said. — HNS

3 caught with heroin

KATHMANDU: A police team from the Metropolitan Police Sector, Janasewa, on Monday evening arrested three persons with 400 grams of heroin from Tamsipakha, Dallu. According to inspector Uma Chaturbedi at the police office, those arrested are Pramod Lama of Dhading, Ritesh Basnet and Jitu Sharma of Naradevi. “During interrogation, they revealed that one Uma Shankar had sent the narcotic from Birjung to them,” he said. The police official said that the narcotic was wrapped with a bag with a ‘Made in Thailand’ label. — HNS

JTMM-J seizes land

SIRAHA: Cadres of JTMM -Jwala Singh seized 12 bighas of land at Humannagar VDC on Tuesday. A team led by JTMM-J area no-4 in-charge Bhisma seized seven bighas of land belonging to Deepak Sapkota and Gyanu Sapkota at Humannagar-5, JTMM-J leader Swamiji Yadav said. Meanwhile, a team led by JTMM-J cadre Phul Kumar Mahato seized five bigas of land belonging to Shyam Prasad Upadhayaya at Humannagar-5 on Tuesday, Swamiji said. — HNS

Hydel project in limbo

SINDHUPALCHOWK: The Baramchi hydel project stopped functioning since Monday as landslide caused by incessant rain destroyed its pipeline. The hydel project located at Baramchi VDC in Sindhupalchowk’s northern part run by Unique Hydel Company has been generating one megawatt of power. The locals remained sans power. — HNS

Staffers’ protest

Kathmandu: Staffers of the Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) have again announced to protest against the government’s decision to privatise the water utility body. The Joint Struggle Committee of the trade unions on Tuesday decided to padlock the central office of NWSC on Wednesday to press for full implementation of the nine-point agreement made between the representatives of the trade unions and the officials from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works. “The detailed programme of our continued protest will be released soon,” said a member of the Joint Struggle Committee.— HNS

27 hurt in mishap

DHANGADHI: Twenty-seven persons were injured when a passenger bus bound for Dhangadhi from Godawari VDC of Kailali district met with an accident at Malakheti VDC on Tuesday. Critically injured Jalu Devi BK of Godawari, Kamala BK and Krishna

Bahadur Saud are undergoing treatment in Attariya-based Padma Hospital, said sub-inspector Bir Bahadur Air at the Attariya-based Regional Traffic Police Office. The bus turned turtle on the road when the driver lost control in a ditch that was on the road, police said. — HNS

Rana meets PM

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) chairman Pashupati SJB Rana on Tuesday met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and discussed on the current political situation in the country and the ‘possible role of the opposition party.’ Sources said Rana asked PM Koirala to expedite the task of ‘giving his party the tag of the opposition.’ — HNS

Cop joins JTMM-J

INARUWA: An armed head constable of the Armed Police Force (APF), Shyam Narayan Yadav, who were at large, has joined JTMM- Jwala Singh group with two sets of SLR rifle, said the Morcha. Head Constable Yadav of Kankalani Armed Police Battalion of Tankisinubari of Morang district was at large from Monday came in contact with Sunsari District Party Office of the Morcha, said Sunsari In-charge of the Morcha Sanket. — RSS

Deuba plea for polls

BAITADI: President of the Nepali Congress-Democratic (NC-D) and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday said the eight political parties should work in a “responsible manner” and hold constituent assembly (CA) elections by November. Addressing a mass meet at Khalanga bazaar, NC-D president Deuba also urged Maoists to create an atmosphere conducive to holding the constituent assembly elections. “The Maoists have not stopped terrorising people. They should stop such acts at the earliest and return the land and property they have seized during the decade-long insurgency,” he said. — HNS

NSP (A) registered

KATHMANDU: The unified Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandedevi) on Tuesday registered itself at the Election Commission with its new name, party stamp, party statute, regulations and manifesto. The two parties, NSP and NSP (Anandidevi ) had merged last Saturday. — HNS

Couple detained

BHAIRAHAWA: Young Communist League (YCL) cadres on Monday had held a couple for sending Nepali women illegally to Gulf countries for employment. The couple were released later on Tuesday. Former Lance Corporal of Nepal Army Suraj Thapa from Waling of Syangja district and his wife Hema Thapa were held from Belhiya checkpoint and released in the presence of media persons. — HNS

Strong ties stressed

RAJBIRAJ: Minister for Health and Population, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel on Tuesday said the unity of eight parties should be further strengthened to hold the constituent assembly (CA) elections by November. Inaugurating the first district conference of Jana Morcha Nepal at Kanchanpur of Saptari, Pokhrel said, “It is necessary to keep intact the unity of eight parties until the CA polls.” — HNS

Lady jumps to death

Kathmandu: A woman along with her daughter died after they jumped off the historical nine-storey palace at Basantapur in Kathmandu at around noon on Tuesday. According to police, the woman entered the museum at around 12 noon. The police quoted a group of students, who were also visiting the museum, as saying that the woman repeatedly asked them to return from the fifth floor while she was going upstairs. “The woman left her sandals inside the museum, which indicates that it can be a case of suicide,” Inspector at the Metropolitan Police Sector, Janasewa, Uma Chaturvedi said. The bodies of the two have been sent to Bir Hospital for post-mortem. — HNS