Former king leaves for India

KATHMANDU: Former king Gyanendra Shah left for India to attend a nuptial ceremony of one of his relatives. It's Shah's second India visit after the Constituent Assembly stripped him of all the privileges that he had been enjoying as the head of the state. However, the date of his return is yet to be fixed though reports say he is likely to be away for nearly three weeks as he will reportedly proceed to Europe for a visit. Shah is accompanied by his wife Komal Shah and personal secretary Sagar Prasad Timalsina.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a diplomatic passport for Shah, 63, on November 20 following his request through his aide. It is the first passport that Shah holds as he did not need it for his official visits when he was head of the state.