Mishap sparks furore :

ITAHARI: Locals went on the warpath and vandalised a passenger bus after it knocked to death a seven-year-old, Sanjita Dahal, a student of the Janata Secondary School, at Haraicha of Morang on Wednesday. After the incident, students and locals vandalised the bus and blocked traffic on the Biratnagar-Biratchowk road section. Demanding that the driver be punished, family of the victim be compensated and decrepit vehicles be impounded, the people staged a protest. All private and government schools were closed, said Santosh Bhattarai, vice- principal of the Haraicha Model Residential

School. Dahal was heading to the school, police said. — HNS

Rai students’ protest :

PHIDIM: The Kirant-Rai Students’ Union district working committee, Panchthar, has protested Maoist interference in the formation of their unit. A statement issued on Wednesday by district chairman Gopal Rai said the Maoists threatened the students’ team including the union’s district secretary Madan Rai and Panc-hthar Multiple Campus Committee member Arjun Rai, who had gone to the Jal Singh secondary school to form their unit committee. — HNS

Exam schedule :

DAMAULI: The Maoist-affiliated ANNISU-R has called for changing the schedule of the first trimester examinations in all schools of the district. The ANNISU-R has objected to the schedule, saying that it would have an adverse impact on the student union’s national convention to be held in Kathmandu on September 18 to 21. ANNISU-R sent a strong warning to the district education office, telling it to change the exam schedule. The student union asked the DEO to hold the exams from September 10 to 15 instead. — HNS

Electricity conference :

KATHMANDU: A two-day conference is to be held from Thursday with a view to developing electricity between Nepal and India. About 150 electricity entrepreneurs including independent electricity producers from both the countries are taking part in the meeting organised jointly by Nepal Independent Electricity Producers’ Association and PTC India ltd. The meet will discuss various issues of exchange of Nepal-India hydropower assistance. — RSS