BJP team meets PM

KATHMANDU: A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Foreign Department Chief of the party, Surendra Kumar Aurora, called on Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, at the latter’s residence at Baluwatar, on Friday morning. The five-member delegation is on a four-day visit to Nepal. — RSS

Ex-Gorkhas’ team

CHULACHULI: A team of ex-Gorkha soldiers arrived on Friday in the cantonment where the Maoists’ first division PLAs are kept. They will certify the arms and monitor the PLAs. The 14-member-team headed by Lieutenant Kaji Man Rokka will stay in the cantonment sites. “We

will discharge our duties under the direction of the United nations team. However, the UN team has not arrived,” an ex-Gorkha soldier said. Officer in the local cantonment management office, Ganesh Adhikari said the team will begin work in the cantonment based in Chulachuli from Friday. — HNS

NC issues whip

KATHMANDU: The NC Parliamentary Party Office has issued whip directives to its Members of

Parliament to compulsorily attend the meeting of the House of Representatives on January 13,14, and 15. NC Parliamentary Party Chief Whip Ananda Prasad Dhungana issued

the whip. — RSS

Bus torched

BARA: An unidentified group torched a bus in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara, on Thursday night. The group sprinkled kerosene on the bus parked in front of the Barewa Palace of Kalaiya and set fire to it, eye witnesses said. — HNS

UML meet disrupted

DHADING: Maoist cadres disrupted a programme of CPN-UML organised at Kebalpur in Dhading on Friday. Maoist cadres attacked the VDC-level party cadres’ meeting and district campaign for democratic republic organised in Kebalpur VDC, a CPN-UML source said. Hundreds of the Maoists tried to attack secretary of UML central disciplinary inspection committee, Ganga Lal Tuladhar, member of the Bagmati Zonal Committee, Jagannath Nepal and former DDC president, Khem Lohani and other UML cadres, the party source said. UML has condemned the act and demanded to take action against those involved the the attack. “We postponed the programme after the Maoists tried to obstruct the programme”, UML district secretary Guru Burlakoti said. But a local Maoist leader Ramesh Acharya said: “Maoist cadres were not involved in the incidence.” — HNS

Indian assistance

KATHMANDU: The government of India will provide grant assistance of Rs 6 million to the Kaski District Development Committee for the construction of a new library building at Shree Amar Singh Higher Secondary School at Ramghat, Kaski, a press release issued by the Embassy of India here stated on Friday. Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, ambassador of India, laid the foundation stone for the library building. — HNS

SC’s appointment

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has appointed co-registrar of the SC Durga Prasad Dawadi as Spokesman of the SC and Deputy Registrar of SC, Hemanta Rawal as the Assistant Spokesman for disseminating information on the court functioning. — RSS

Delegation meets PM

KATHMANDU: A delegation led by the Chairman of the Nepal Civil Servants Union Bhawani Prasad Thani and Vice Chairman of the Nepal Civil Servants Organisation, Ram Sharan Thapa met the PM, on Friday. On the occasion, the delegations informed PM that if the under-consideration Civil Servants Bill is not passed in the HoR, the organisations would be compelled to launch protest programmes. — RSS

Acharya’s stand

DHADING: Nepali Congress (NC) central member Narahari Acharya on Friday said that NC would participate in the constituent assembly polls for the establishment of a democratic republic in Nepal. Speaking at a seminar titled “Constituent assembly”, organised by the district’s Sarokar Group for a Constituent Assembly, Acharya said: “Supporting a republic does not mean supporting communists.” — HNS