Two killed in mishaps

DANG/ BAGLUNG: One Shanta Bahadur Basnet, 35, of Urhari-5 Jaspur was killed after being hit by a jeep carrying passengers from Tulsipur at Tulsipur-Amiliya road section on Friday. Basnet, who was riding a bicycle, died on the spot, police said. A report from Baglung said a pedestrian, Tam Bahadur Karki, was killed on the spot when a tractor bound for Tatopani of Myagdi from Beni, the Myagdi headquarters, hit him near Mangalaghat bridge on Friday. Police said tractor fell 10 m down the road. — HNS

Refugees stage sit-in

Kathmandu: Over 40 Bhutanese refugees have started an indefinite sit-in protest in front of the UN Building, Pulchowk, from Friday demanding “immediate but durable solution” to the protracted refugee crisis. The refugees, who have come all the way from refugees camps of Jhapa and Morang, said priority should be on the “respectable repatriation” of all Bhutanese refugees back to their country, Bhutan. The refugees are also planning to stage a sit-in in front of the SAARC Building soon. — HNS

Campus offices locked

GAIGHAT: Students of Triyuga Janata Multiple Campus in Udayapur on Friday padlocked offices of the campus chief and assistant campus chief to press the administration to meet their 17-point demand. The students have demanded appointment of staffers through transparent process, appointing only qualified teachers. The lock out was carried out under the leadership of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Integrated). — HNS

Maoists seize building

PHIDIM: Maoists took control over the building of Agriculture Equipment Company (AEC) and godown, along with six ropanis of land at Phidim- 4 on Friday. The Maoists also cleared the godown to establish Peoples’ Liberation Army camp. The AEC office had been shifted to Ilam on September 17 and the building had been rented out but the Maoists constructed a welcome gate and have been setting up tents on the office premises. We took the building and the land under our control because it is a suitable place to set up camps for our militia, said Maoist district in charge, Raman, adding that the Maoist militia would stay there until the peace talks concludes. — HNS

Customs reopens

Chautara: Business transaction at the Tatopani customs point resumed on Friday. Businsess activities had come to a halt for seven days after the Chinese side fixed the number of Nepali transport carriers that could enter Khasa. The problem was resolved as an agreement was reached at the end of talks between Nepali and Chinese officials. — RSS

Official arrested

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Friday held a section officer of Department of Small and Cottage Industries at Tripureshor, Rana Bahadur Thapa, while he was taking a bribe of Rs 5,000. — HNS