Abductee freed

KATHMANDU: One Prabin Khadka, who was allegedly abducted by the Maoists on Sunday, was released on Tuesday and is undergoing treatment at the Medicare Hospital, Chabahhil. Khadka’s friend claimed that he was taken away by the Maoist cadres and detained in Thimi, Bhaktapur. The Maoists could not be reached for comments. — HNS

Freedom fighter dead

BHADRAPUR: Freedom fighter and NC leader Ratna Bahadur Thapa passed away at his residence in Duwagadhi VDC-8 of Jhapa on Monday. He was 84. Thapa is survived by three sons and four daughters. — RSS

Pilot dies in US

KATHMANDU: Helicopter Pilot Major Kishendra Bahadur Shahi, who successfully averted crash of the chopper with the then PM Man Mohan Adhikari on board, died in Parkland hospital at Texas State of the US, last Sunday. Accompanied by his two sons, he had been living in Texas for past one year for the treatment of liver and kidneys. Shahi who drove himself to the hospital died on the same day during treatment, said Texas-based online Nepali Newspaper. — RSS

RJP for front

KATHMANDU: Chairman of the Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) Surya Bahadur Thapa on Tuesday stressed the need for a front among democratic forces to meet the objectives of an election to a constituent assembly. “This is the demand of the hour,” Thapa said in a press statement, while suggesting the democratic forces to become more sincere. — HNS

Girl meets guardian

DANG: An unclaimed baby girl, Samiksha Sharma, who was injured in Saturday’s bus mishap in Salyan and was undergoing treatment at the Kohalpur Teaching Hospital, Banke, under the supervision of the CWIN Helpline, met her maternal uncle on Tuesday after a news about her was published in The Himalayan Times on Monday. Programme officer of the CWIN helpline, Kabiram Magar said: “It was revealed that the two-year-old Samiksha is the daughter of Bal Krishna Sharma, a local of Pawannagar-4, Kumalgaun in Dang and her maternal uncle Durga Prasad Sharma arrived in Kohalpur Teaching Hospital after reading the news.” — HNS

Traffic resumes

Dang: Traffic on the Salyan-Dang road section, which was disrupted since Saturday after the bus accident at Bhuntakhola, in which 42 people died, resumed on Tuesday after an agreement was reached to provide compensation to families of those killed and injured in accident. — HNS

Road office locked

Lahan: Maoist cadres padlocked Eastern Divisional Roads Office Lahan, on Tuesday demanding that the process of awarding tender should be made transparent. The office publishing a notice on September 28 had invited sealed tender bids. — HNS

Woman jailed

Bara: District Court Bara on Tuesday sentenced one Sakuntala Devi, 32 of Rampur Tokani-8 to jail for further investigation on charges of killing her stepson. Single bench of judge Shiva Prasad Parajuli ordered to send Sakuntala Devi in jail on the charge of killing her stepson, Umesh, 17 on October 8 using sharp weapon. She was arrested on October 9. — HNS