One killed in mishap

NEPALGUNJ: One person was killed and 18 others injured when a microbus heading for Nepalgunj from Naubasta of Banke met with an accident at Baniyabhar on Thursday. Conductor of the microbus Nagendra Ranamagar, 18, of Rajheja-5 was killed in the accident, police said. Some 18 of the 35 passengers aboard the microbus were injured. — HNS

5 held with marijuana

PARSA: Police arrested five Indian nationals with 85 kg of marijuana from Thori VDC on April 1. The arrested were identified as Samsuddin Miya, Karim Miya, Ramari Majhi, Brijlal Bin and Dhamo Nath. Police are investigating the case. — HNS

NEA gets dues

KATHMANDU: The Momento Apparels P Ltd has recently paid Rs 6.5 million to the Nepal Electricity Authority after the CIAA began investigation into the dues it owed to the NEA. The CIAA had started probe into the case after a complaint was filed at it. — HNS

UML registered at EC

KATHMANDU: The Communist Party of Nepal-UML on Thursday became the first party to register itself at the Election Commision. “Leaders Bharat Mohan Adhikari, Amrit Kumar Bohara and others went to the EC office and registered the party in the afternoon,” said Laxman Bhattarai, the EC spokesperson. — HNS

Doc’s release sought

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Medical Association (NMA), in a press statement on Thursday, demanded immediate and safe release of Dr Murali Prasad Singh, who was kidnapped by an unidentified group from Rajbiraj on Tuesday. The NMA has appealed to the security forces to help trace Dr Singh, who worked for the Narayani Sub-regional hospital and was on leave when he was kidnapped. — HNS

Call to free lawyer

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on Thursday urged the CPN-Maoist to immediately release advocate Bhim Bahadur Bohara, who was abducted by Maoist cadres from Taplejung a week ago. “We want the Maoists to release him respecting the rule of law,” NBA vice-president Hari Prasad Uprety said in the statement. The Nepal Bar Association stated that some persons who introduced themselves as Maoists had abducted Bohara. — HNS

Two hurt in blast

SIRAHA: A stray bomb exploded on Thursday, injuring two women at Arnama Papri-9 in Lalpur near the eastern portion of the Kamal Irrigation Project. Sita Devi Safi, 43, and her daughter Kaliya Devi Safi, 20, were critically injured in the explosion, a local Shree Prasad Safi said, adding that the bomb exploded while they were collecting grass. They are undergoing treatment at a local health post. The District Police Office said it had no information of the blast. — HNS