Kathmandu: Academic institutions from school to university levels are likely to waive 50 per cent monthly fee of the month during which they were closed after the earthquake on April 25.

At a meeting between the agitating student unions, representatives from Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal, National Private and Boarding Schools Association of Nepal, Guardians Association of Nepal and other stakeholders today, a proposal to waive at least 50 per cent in monthly fee of the month when academic institutions were closed was floated.

The agitating student unions, including Nepal Students Union, All Nepal National Free Students Union, All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary, have been demanding that academic institutions waive all types of fee for the month. But the private academic institutions have been refusing to oblige.

Earlier, the private academic institutions had declared to waive the fee for transportation and hostel for the month of school closure. Hari Lamsal, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, said that both sides were sticking to their stances.

“So, we requested both sides to be flexible and opt a middle path and waive 50 per cent monthly fee for the month,” said Dahal, adding, “Students and private school proprietors were positive about it. We are hopeful that they will waive at least 50 per cent of the monthly fee.”

Rs 4.55 bn in PMDRF

Kathmandu: So far Rs 4. 557 billion has been deposited in the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund set up for the support to the earthquake survivors. Various domestic and foreign business groups and organisations deposited Rs 11.519 million in the PMRDF on Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers stated.

Relief distributed

Kathmandu: The Nepali Janasamparka Committee, India, has distributed relief materials worth Rs 8.8 million to the earthquake victims in different districts.

The committee has handed over Rs 562,395 to Nepal's Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay to deposit it in the Prime Minister Natural Disaster Relief Fund, according to a press statement issued by committee Chair Bal Krishna Pandey.

Pandey said that relief materials worth INR 1.2 million from northeast region of India were sent to the quake-hit communities via Consulate General of Nepal in Kolkata while relief materials worth INR 600,000 were sent from Bhopal. Pandey added that relief materials worth INR 230,000 were also sent after collecting them in the northwest part of neighbouring country.

Likewise, relief materials worth INR 1.7 million collected from northern part of India were sent via the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi to the quake-affected communities.

Driver found dead

KATHMANDU: A bus driver was found dead in his bus (Na 5 Kha 5099) on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Prem Gurung, 52, Radha-7, Banke. He used to drive a bus on Nepalgunj-Kathmandu route, according to police.