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One dies, nine injured in Rukum jeep accident

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RUKUM — One person died and nine others were injured when a jeep (Lu 1 Ja 2638) en route to Aathbiskot from Musikot of West Rukum met with an accident on Wednesday evening.

Khambu Khatri, aged around 29, of Banfikot rural municipality-7 died in the accident occurred at ward 6 of the same rural municipality, confirmed District Police Office.

Khatri’s wife Amrita Khatri, 27, and seven-year-old son Hidan Khatri sustained serious injuries. Other injured are Prakash Nepali, 35, Niruta Khatri, 20, Bal Bahadur Nepali, 40, Raj Kumar Khatri, 26 and girl child Manju Khatri of ward 7 and Ramesh Khatri, 25, and Man Bahadur Bista, 38, of ward 12.

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The injured are undergoing treatment at the District Hospital Salle while the Khatri mother and son with critical injuries were sent to Nepalgunj for further treatment.

The jeep met with the accident probably due to overload of passengers beyond its capacity. Investigation into the accident is underway.

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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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