One more rhino killed

CHITWAN: A male rhino was found dead near Kalikhola of Padampur region in eastern Chitwan’s Jaladevi community forest on Wednesday. Assistant forest officer of Chitwan, Lok Raj Dhakal, said the poachers had killed the rhino a few days ago. According to the locals, two rounds of bullet sounds were heard in the area at 7:00 am on Monday. This is the fourth rhino killed in the last 15 days. According to the 2003 census, there are 372 rhinos in the Chitwan National Park. — HNS

Treatment starts

SIRAHA: Health workers have started the treatment of around 200 villagers of Rampur Birta VDC in Siraha, who had fallen sick due to food poisoning on Monday. Dr Raj Kumar Chaudhari, chief of Siraha District Public Health Office, said: “The situation has improved. Altogether 160 patients have been cured till Wednesday.” Around 200 villagers suffered from diarrhoea after eating food in a party at a local’s house on Monday,” said a social worker Jibachha Shah. — HNS

Maoists free 3 NC men

RAUTAHAT: The Maoists on Tuesday released three Nepali Congress activists — Jawahir Raut Kurmi, Ram Naresh Raut Kurmi and Krishna Nandan Yadav — whom they had abducted from their residences at Dewahi VDC, Rautahat, on Monday. They were kept at Chandranigahapur-based Maoist temporary base camp. Meanwhile, a report from Rasuwa said the Maoists on Wednesday released three of the five people kidnapped from southern Rasuwa some days ago. — HNS/RSS

Tourist dies

POKHARA: A tourist Piotra Kapko, 32, of Poland died on Tuesday night after he fell off a rooftop of the traveller Guest House at lakeside, Pokhara. He died while undergoing treatment. Post-mortem on his body has been completed, said the police. He was one of the members of the eight -member team that arrived here from Sunauli on Tuesday. — RSS

FM, TV royalty waived

KATHMANDU: The Council of Ministers has decided to waive renewal fees and additional penalties for FM and television stations for fiscal year 2006/2007 in accordance with the National Broadcasting Act, 2049 BS and the National Broadcasting Regulations, 2052 BS. — RSS

‘Inclusive democracy’

Kathmandu: State Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Urmila Aryal on Wednesday said that only inclusive democracy would ensure justice to the people who have long been denied their rights they deserve. “Democracy should include all so that no one feels alienated and insecure. It should ensure justice to the people. Injustice leads to confrontation and subsequent conflicts continue till the people can at least feel a sense of justice,” she said. Speaking at a programme on ‘Religion, Democracy and Peace’ organised by Dr Dilli Raman Regmi Foundation, Aryal said all the religions are equally and deserve respect from all. — HNS