Nepal Today

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

STUDENT UNION ELECTIONS 8 APRIL Kathmandu, 27 Feb.: Student union elections are being held in campuses 8 April. Student representatives and Tribhuvan University officials reached an agreement Tuesday. Voting is being conducted for the first time after 2011 under a mixed system of voting conducted with backing of political parties. Nnnn SSP RAVI RAJ SHRESTHA’S SUSPENSION EXTNDED Kathmandu, 27 Feb.: SSP Ravi Raj Shrestha:s suspension has been extended by a month. By the home ministry Tuesday. SSP Shrestha was suspended 31 October to investigate involvement currency smuggling at TIA. Nnnn FIRE AT ILLEGAL KOLKATA MARKET KILLS 18 Kathmandu, 27 Feb.:A fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in the India n city of Kolkata early Wednesday morning, killing at least 18 people, police said, AP reports from Kolkata. The blaze, which started before 4 a.m., was likely caused by a short circuit, said West Bengal fire minister Javed Khan. The fire was under control by mid-morning, he said, but toxic gases being released by the blaze was hampering rescue efforts. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said at least 18 people had died. He said police were looking for the owner of the building, which was filled with dozens of small shops selling various plastic products. At least eight people were hospitalized in critical condition and the death toll was expected to rise, Khan said. He called the scene of the fire "an illegal, unauthorized market." nnnn


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