Govt offices locked

RAJBIRAJ: Activists of the Nepal Students’ Forum (NSF) affiliated to the Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandidevi), on Tuesday padlocked all government offices in Saptari district. The students have been demanding inclusion of the issues raised by the Madhesis in the interim statute. They locked the District Administration Office, District Land Revenue Office, District Land Reform Office, District Post Office, Irrigation Office, District Education Office and others. — HNS

Teacher abducted

BARA: A group of around six persons, identifying themselves as activists of Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha, on Monday night abducted one teacher Krishna Prasad Timilsina, 56, from his residence in Kalaiya in Bara district. “They called him out of his house saying they had to interrogate him and later took him away,” said the Bara district police office (DPO). They thrashed Timilsina, a teacher of Nepal Rastriya Primary School in Bara, and also beat up his wife Maha Laxmi Devi, police said. — HNS

Rhino killed

NARAYANGARH: Poachers on Monday killed a rhino at Ghaghar area of the Chitwan National Park near Rewakhola and made away with its horn, park officials said. The rhino had cut marks in different body parts, the officials said, adding that they took away the hoofs of the rhino to the park office after performing a post-mortem. — HNS

Clarification sought

MAKAWANPUR: The royal palace has sought a clarification from Hetauda Municipality on the latter’s plan to demolish the wall of the Hetauda-based Kanti Aishwarya Palace for construction of a footpath. The palace demanded the justification in response to a letter sent by the municipality informing the palace of an eight-party decision to construct the foot path after breaking the walls of the palace. The municipality plans to construct the foot path by demolishing the palace and the forestry campus walls to expand the foot path market at Hetauda bazaar. — RSS

Stir threat

MELAMCHI: Employees of the National Hydropower Company in Indrawati-III Hydro-Electric Project have warned that they will shut the project from March 15 if their 15-point charter of demands are not met. The demands include making permanent all temporary staff and enforcement of company regulations, said president of Nepal National Employees Organisation, Yubaraj Giri. Altogether 47 employees work in the production sector of the project and all of them are temporary. — HNS

Man stabbed

KATHMANDU: A group of four unidentified persons on Tuesday evening stabbed Sher Bahadur Sherachan, owner of Harati Manpower Service at Sitapaila, police said. According to SP Dhak Bahadur Karki, at the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, Sherachan was at his home when armed men attackted him. “The assailants also showed fake pistols,” Karki added. He added that Sherachan sustained injury on his head and his condition is stable. — HNS

Help for HIV positive

POKHARA: Non-resident Nepalis living in Japan on Tuesday handed over Rs 100,000 in cash to the Kaski AIDS Control Association. Ambika Gauchan, an NRN representative, handed over the cash to Bishwo Mohan Gauchan, chairman of the Association on Tuesday. — HNS

Everest campaign

KATHMANDU: Remembering martyrs of Janaandolan II, the Democratic Everest Scaling Campaign is to summit Mt Everest from mid-March in order to set up a fund for the family members of the martyrs and those injured during the April 2006 movement. The team led by ‘’Snow Leopard’’ Ang Rita Sherpa, the mountaineer who scaled Mt Everest without oxygen 10 times, will be placing portraits of the martyrs and the flags of the eight political parties on the Everest summit. — RSS

Maoist kills self

RAJBIRAJ: A woman Maoist cadre killed herself on Monday night at her rented house in Rajbiraj-7. Nineteen-year-old Asha Kumari Shah, a resident of Chinnamasta VDC-1, who had been living in the house of Pashupati Shah shot herself. — RSS

Voters registered

RASUWA: Over 32,000 persons from Rasuwa district are expected to caste their votes in the Constituent Assembly election, a press conference organised here on Monday by the District Election Office was told. There are altogether 32,327 voters in the district. — RSS