Equal-fee demand

KATHMANDU: Eight student unions on Friday demanded that the Institute of Engineering under the Tribhuvan University bring examination fees of its constituent and affiliate campuses at par. Issuing a press release, the unions said, “Why should the TU subject students to separate exam fee regimes when students sit for exams that are identical?”

the statement questioned. Asking the TU to equalise fees before upcoming exams, the unions have threatened to act tough against the TU otherwise. — HNS

Call for unity govt

Lalitpur: General secretary of the CPN-UML Jhala Nath Khanal today stressed the need to form a consensus government to let the constitution-drafting process move smoothly. “The UML will not forge an alliance with other parties to form a government by sidelining the Maoists,” he said, addressing a district-level UML activists’ meeting in Lalitpur. Khanal said the UML would not join a Maoist-led government if other parties did not do so. “Our presence in the government will surely make a difference in the CA. We need to remember that only through consensus can we draft a constitution.” — HNS