Royal functions

KATHMANDU: King Gyanendra received Letters of Credence from Ambassador-designate of Arab Republic of Egypt Abelhamid Mahmoud Soliman, Ambassador-designate of Sultanate of Oman Mohamad Bin Yousuf Bin Dawood Shalwani and Ambassador-designate of Lao People’s Democratic Republic Ly Bounkham to Nepal amidst special functions held separately at the Narayanhity Royal Palace on Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. — RSS

Technician faints

SINDHULI: A technician

of Hajma Company and main contractor of the Banepa-Bardibas Road Construction fainted as he fell down 10 meters while undertaking supervision of the road construction. Technician Morisaba, a Japanese national, fainted as he fell down while supervising at Ratanchura Village Development Committee at 3:00 pm on Thursday, said Engineer Rudra Prasad Chapagain of the same company. — RSS

NC-D’s concern

KATHMANDU: NC-D has expressed a deep concern over the recent military coup in Thailand. Issuing a statement on Thursday, Party president and former Prime Minister

Sher Bahadur Deuba, said the government should change only if people desire so. — RSS

Rally organised

BHAKTAPUR: On the occasion of the 11th Ganeshman Singh Memorial Day, the Nepali Congress-Democratic District Working Committee organised a rally at Bhaktapur, on Friday morning. The rally started from Dhudhpati went through Bhawacho, Banshagopal, Nasamana, Taumadhi, Sukuldhoka, and Golmadhi and converged into a mass meeting at Dattatraya. The rally was participated in by district level party leaders and cadres, representatives of sister organisations like the Nepal Students Union, the Farmer’s Association and Women’s Association. — RSS

Boy swept away

TAPLEJUNG: Kishor Khatiwada of Nangkholyang VDC-5, Taplejung, has gone missing when the Tamor river swept him away on Thursday. As the school was closed due to the teachers’ strike, Khatiwada had gone to the riverbank to gather limestone for whitewashing his house, said his father Dharma Prasad. Khatiwada was a fourth grader in the Nangkholyang Primary School. Search for Khatiwada is on, police said. — HNS

NEA office padlocked

RAJBIRAJ: Irked at frequent power cuts, locals in eastern Saptari on Friday padlocked the Kanchanpur sub-centre of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). Locals said they locked the office as there was no improvement in power supply position although the NEA sub-centre chief in Rajbiraj, Mohammad Aftab Alami, had, a fortnight ago, agreed to ensure regular power supply. — HNS

UML cadre shot at

RAUTAHAT: A CPN-UML cadre Maijelal Shah Kalwar of Inarwa- 4 was critically injured when a former Maoist cadre shot at him on Friday morning. The former Maoist cadre Lal Bihari Kurmi who had surrendered to the security forces, shot at Kalwar while the latter was at home, said police. Kalwar, who sustained a bullet injury in the stomach, has been taken to Birgunj for treatment, said the district police office. Police have launched a manhunt for Kurmi, said Rautahat Superintendent of Police Ram Kumar Khanal. — HNS

Girl dies of cold

ITAHARI: A cold spell after a drizzle claimed the life an 11-year-old girl on Friday. Gulabi Mandal, in Bhutaha of Ramnagar, who had gone to graze cattle on the Sunsari riverbank died after she caught a chill and went stiff due to the cold wind, said a local Tabul Ansari. Mandal, who fell unconscious because of the cold, died on way to Inaruwa District Hospital, said Ansari. — HNS

Gajurel case hearing

New Delhi: The Madras High Court of Tamil Nadu state in India will open the hearing again on the CPN (Maoist) leader CP Gajurel’s imprisonment case on Monday. The court announced the date after proceedings on Friday on a lawsuit alleging that Gajurel has been detained in an illegitimate manner, Gajurel’s lawyer A Rahul told this daily. The hearing on another case filed with the local Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court demanding the release of Gajurel on bail will also be held on Monday. — HNS