Nepal’s doubts

KATHMANDU: CPN UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal on Wednesday expressed doubt about any crucial talks taking place before Tihar. Addressing party cadres in the capital on Wednesday, Nepal said the peace process is being disrupted by certain quarters. — HNS

Huts set on fire

Butwal: The landless squatters’ settlement in Butwal municipality-4, Mainanagar, was set ablaze by landowners on Wednesday. The squatters had been living in the place by constructing huts after having occupied the land. The fire has damaged food grains, clothes, utensils, and timbers. The landowners fled after setting the huts on fire. “The landless squatters set up their living by occupying land which was registered in other people’’s name “, said landowners, adding they frequently informed them to abandon the land but they did not obey, hence “we were compelled to set fire on their settlement.” — RSS

Deuba’s commitment

Kathmandu: Former PM and NC (D) president Sher Bahadur Deuba said here on Wednesday that the

Seven Party Alliance (SPA) would not leave any stone unturned to make the peace talks between SPA and the Maoists a success. Deuba made this remark while releasing Chintan Ra Anubhuti, a book penned by politician Mitra Sen Dahal. — RSS

Vitamin A campaign

KATHMANDU: Vitamin A capsules will be distributed to around 3.7 million children and deworming tablets to around 2.9 million children during the second phase of this year’s National Vitamin A Programme, the Nepali Technical Assistance Group said in a press statement issued here on Wednesday. — HNS

Symposium held

Kathmandu: Participants at a symposium held on Wednesday stressed the need to incorporate curricula on disaster preparedness in school education. The symposium was held coinciding with the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Day. — HNS

Two hurt in mishaps

NAWALPARASI: Two persons were critically injured in two separate road mishaps on the Narayangarh-Butwal section of the Mahendra highway in Nawalparasi on Wednesday. According to the Kawasoti Area Police Office, Guna Tharu (5) was critically injured when a bus hit her at Argyauli VDC. In another mishap, an unidentified elderly man was seriously injured when a bus hit him at Gaidakot-8. Both the injured are undergoing treatment at the Bharatpur Medical College, police said. — HNS

Rijal’s demand

Kathmandu: Bhutanese human rights campaigner Tek Nath Rijal on Wednesday reinforced that India and refugee representatives should be involved in the next round of Nepal-Bhutan talks scheduled for November 12 and 13. He was speaking at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club here. — HNS

Man hospitalised

MAHENDRANAGAR: Dal Bahadur BK, who sustained a bullet injury in his right leg after two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle fired at him while he was returning from India on Tuesday night, has been sent to Kohalpur on Wednesday for further treatment. BK, 40, of Deudakala VDC in Bardiya, was attacked near Sukasal on Mahendranagar-Gaddachauki road section, police said. — HNS