Stir-hit CTEVT opens

THIMI: The padlocked office of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) resumed its regular activities from Sunday. Demanding the withdrawal of education minister’s decision to summon J B Tandon, member secretary of CTEVT, to the ministry, the employees’ associations had padlocked CTEVT since October 5. The employees’ association agreed to open the locks after the court’s decision in favour of Tandon on Friday. — HNS

Writ against Hajj

KATHMANDU: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking the apex court’s intervention against the Hajj Committee. The petitioners — Mahammud Alam, Masaruddin Ansari and Tajmul Miya — residents of Siraha, Jhapa and Sunsari respectively, moved the apex court seeking an intervention from the court on the committee’s alleged involvement in “several corruption cases” last year. The petitioner also sought the apex court order against the 20-member committee not to spend the allocated budget.— HNS

New postage stamps

KATHMANDU: Department of Postal Service (DoPS) has issued two postage stamps to commemorate 135th World Postal Service Day on Sunday. Issuing a press statement, DoPS said the new stamps were on the theme of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and butterfly. On the occasion, winners of nationwide letter writing contest were also announced. The secondary level students were asked to write letter on ‘Role of Postal Service in Making New Nepal’. Sujan Lamichhane, of Sunrise English School at Bharatpur, Chitwan was declared first in the contest. While, Sushma Dahal of Small Heaven School, Narayangarh and Rabindra Poudel of Shree Pradhumna Paneru Higher Secondary School in Syangja stood second and third, respectively. — HNS

Handicrafts fair

BHAKTAPUR: A five-day long handicrafts fair organised by Ganga Women Handicrafts Training Centre (GWHTC) kicked off in Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur, on Sunday. Ganga Devi Maka, president, GWHTC, told that essential daily commodities, along with handicrafts, would be available at reasonable price at the fair. Stalls of foodstuffs, clothes, toys, cosmetic items and other essential commodities have been put for display in the fair, Maka informed. National Trading, Nepal Salt Trading and Nepal Food Corporation, among others, have also put up their stalls in the fair that would end on October 16. — HNS

NC CC meet put off

KATHMANDU: Central committee meeting of the Nepali Congress has been deferred until Tuesday while mourning the demise of leader Chij Kumar Shrestha, who passed away on Saturday. The meeting on Tuesday will set agendas for Mahasamiti meeting scheduled for November 1-3. The meeting will also find a solution to resolve the party’s unification problem in the districts. Action against rebel candidates in the CA elections was also in the offing. — HNS

I-Day at Embassy

KATHMANDU: Indonesian Embassy on Saturday marked its 64th Independence Day, amidst a cultural programme in the capital. To make the Nepalese communities known about Indonesian culture, the programme was organised, said First Secretary of the embassy, Hendra Ifkanvar. He also said that Ambassador Zep Mirzal Zainuddin was looking forward to enhancing technical cooperation between the two countries. He said that the government of Indonesia is keenly looking forward to exchange of visits at the people-to-people level between the two countries and provide non-degree training courses to aspiring Nepalese students. Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala was present on the occasion. Indonesia got its independence in 1945. — HNS