A person was killed, four others were injured in two separate accidents during the Holi festival. The deceased has been identified as Sunil Shahi, 30 from Kirtipur. As of 2:30 PM, at least 500 vehicles were taken under custody for a range of traffic rule offices – driving under the influence (44), not wearing safety helmets (25) and triple ride on two-wheelers (55). Likewise, 18 government-owned vehicles were also held in custody for plying on roads during public holiday.
The Fagu Poornima or the festival of colors is being observed with much fanfare in hilly areas, including the capital, today. The festival, however, will be observed in the Terai region on Thursday. It is celebrated mainly by the Hindus as per Hindu calendar.
Nepali Congress’s general secretary, Dr Shashanka Koirala has proposed a referendum to know what citizens think about Nepal’s federal and republic status. He said that he stood for a Hindu nation, also, because many of the voters were Hindus and it was important to pay attention to their calls for a Hindu nation.
Police have arrested four commanders of Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party from Kavre. A squad of police deployed from Metropolitan Police Crime Division Kathmandu arrested four commanders namely Shiva Dhital (Jhapa), Nripa Bahadur BK (Dang), Dikendra Rai (Bhojpur) and Bishal Tamang (Sindhupalchowk) during their raid in the district. The four commanders were arrested following police and cadres of the Chand-led NCP exchanged gunfire at Roshi Rural Municipality in Kavre on Tuesday evening.
Nepal will play against India with hopes to clinch its first trophy in the SAFF Women Football Championship. So far, Nepal has entered four finals but faced defeat from India, which has won all the trophies until now. Nepal scored four goals against Sri Lanka to secure its place in the final game of the 5th SAFF Women Football Championship. India defeated Bangladesh by three goals in the second semifinal game today.
Fugitive Indian billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said. India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s biggest banking fraud. Modi, 48, had been arrested in the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday and was due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.