Bus-hit kills child

BARA: Seven-year-old Sushmita Lama, daughter of Hari Lama of Amlekhgunj-2, died on the spot when a bus hit her at Amlekhgunj of Bara along the Pathlaiya-Hetauda road section on the Tribhuvan Highway on Friday. The bus was headed for Kathmandu from Sindhuli. Demanding compensation for the bereaved family and action against the guilty, irate locals disrupted vehicular movement on the road section. — HNS

JICA team arriving

KATHMANDU: An eight-member JICA project formation team headed by director-general of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chihiro Atsumi, is arriving in Kathmandu on a three-day visit on Monday. The team will assess Japan’s possible assistance to the peace process. Atsumi will meet government officials, political leaders and the UN officials, the Japanese embassy said in a statement. — HNS

JTMM abducts one

SIRAHA: Activists of Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM), led by Jaya Krishna Goit, on Friday morning abducted one Nil Kamal Burja Magar, accountant of the Nepal Telecom (NT) Office in Siraha. “The JTMM activists kidnapped Magar, a permanent resident of Pashupatinagar in Mahottari district, from the residential building of the Siraha NT,” said acting chief of the Siraha NT Dor Prasad Poudel. The JTMM Siraha district secretary Amithav has owned the abudction. Magar’s family urged right activists and journalists to initiate process for his release. — HNS

Training for women

Kathmandu: Women’s Alliance for Power, Peace and Democracy through Constitution Assembly on Friday initiated a 10-day-long Training of Trainers (TOT) programme for women from diverse backgrounds. The TOT will focus on disseminating information to women on the Constituent Assembly, Interim Constitution, inclusion and peace process and increase women’s participation. — HNS

CoAS in Birgunj

BIRGUNJ: Chief of Army Staff Gen Rookmangud Katawal arrived here on Friday evening to participate in the 202nd anniversary of Kalijung battalion at Sripur. He met the security officials and took stock of the security situation, a source said. — HNS

Prachanda in Chitwan

CHITWAN: Maoist chairperson Prachanda arrived in Chitwan on Friday evening in connection with the national training of party cadres. The training will begin on Sunday. “Prachanda arrived to address the national training of party cadres holding the posts of district secretary and above,” Maoist Chitwan in charge Pathik said. — HNS

Five ‘hooligans’ held

KATHMANDU: Maoists cadres on Friday held five persons for their alleged involvement in hooliganism at Tribhuvan International Airport and handed them over to the Gaushala Metropolitan Police Circle. Arun Karki, member of Battisputali Unit of the All Nepal Labour Association said, they arrested Bijaya Kumar Swar, Tirtha Adhikary, Chakra Shrestha, Ram Bahadur Deula and Dipesh Deula for hooliganism. — HNS

Talk to JTMM: Nepal

BARA: CPN (UML) general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal on Friday urged the government to hold talks with Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM). Addressing a gathering organised at Jeetpur in Bara on Friday, Nepal said, “Present problem in the Terai region should be solved in political manner by holding talks with the JTMM.” He said election to constituent assembly should be held in free and fearless atmosphere after solving the problems of citizenship and updating the voters’ list. — HNS

Entrepreneurs’ plea

KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) on Friday expressed its resentment over the bandhs and other protest programmes and said that the transportation entrepreneurs are suffering much from such activities. Issuing a statement on Friday, the FNNTE said such protests caused huge loss to the entrepreneurs. — HNS

Doctors’ shortage

MAKWANPUR: Lack of doctors and health workers has affected services in the 50-bed Hetauda Hospital. According to the hospital, 29 posts including three medical officers and 26 other health workers are lying vacant so far. Chairman of the Hospital Development Committee, Balaram Bal has said they have requested the Ministry of Health to do the needful in this connection. — RSS