Journalism award

POKHARA: The Jagannath Sigdel Memorial Himdoot Journalism Award founded by the Himdoot Publications was presented this year to chief editor of the Pokhara Hotline daily, Madhav Sharma at a programme on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the daily on Saturday. The Award carries a purse of Rs. 5,000 and a Letter of Appreciation. — RSS

Stray bomb diffused

GAUR: A stray pipe bomb has been found in between Garuda and Shivanagar according to Area Police Office, Garuda. Security persons have detonated the bomb. It is suspected that the bomb has been put by Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Goit Group). — RSS

Accord welcomed

KATHMANDU: Neena Gill, President of the European Parliament Delegation to South Asian Countries, has welcomed the Maoist agreement to lock up their weapons and work towards signing a peace agreement by November 16. In a press release, Gill stated, “The negotiations produced the best result we could have hoped for; we must now translate this result into a major and definite turning point in the history of Nepal.” She has called on both sides to stick to the provisional calendar and finalise the peace agreement. — RSS

Student released

RAJBIRAJ: A student kidnapped a week ago by the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha has been freed from Kunauli of India on Saturday. A resident of Darlam Chaur-8, Gulmi and a student of Unique Educational Academy, Rajbiraj, 22-year-old Hom Lal Khatri was released after a ransom of Rs 30,000 was reportedly paid to the kidnappers. — RSS

Meeting kicks off

MAHENDRANAGAR: The 9th general assembly of National Federation of Disabled kicked off here on Thursday. Inaugurating the general assembly, Member Secretary of Social Welfare Council Ritu Prasad Gadtaula said the government is positive toward the issue raised by the Federation. He said the disable national policy has been already brought out and some amendments are to be made in the policy. — RSS

Lockout lifted

KANCHANPUR: The pad locks in Kanchanpur VDC of Saptari district that continued for over a month has been lifted from Thursday. The locks were opened following the understanding reached between the seven political parties, Maoists, civil society, local people and Local Development Officer. The locals padlocked the Village Development Committee office on October 8, accusing VDC Secretary Badri Nath Niraula of involving in massive corruption. — RSS