Sushil off to USA
KATHMANDU: Acting president of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala will leave for USA on Monday evening for a health check-up. NC whip Sobhakar Parajuli said Koirala was heading to the US to undergo treatment for a tongue ailment. — HNS

CTEVT’s action
Madhyapur Thimi: The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training has given 15-day ultimatum to nine technical institutions when they were found to be running without minimum standard of infrastructure set by the council. The institutions under the council's threat are National Academy of Applied Sciences and Technology,Dharan, Damak Technical Institute,Damak, Saptashree Technical Institute,Birtamode, Sushma Koirala Memorial Engineering College, Dharan, Purbanchal Poly-technical Training Centre,Dharan, Bangalamukhi Technical Institute,Itahari, Oriental Treatment Cum Training Centre, Baghbazar, and Institute of Rural Health, Birgunj. — HNS

Media chiefs resign
Kathmandu: The chiefs of three government-controlled media organisations resigned from their respective posts on Sunday. Chairman of Rastriya Samachar Samiti Komal Nath Baral, chairman of Nepal Television Purna Bahadur Gharti, and chairman of the Gorakhapatra Corporation Ramesh Prasad Bhattarai handed over their resignations to the Minister for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel at the Ministry. They said they had resigned on moral grounds after the appointment of the new Information and Communications Minister. At a joint press release, they said they had resigned with the objective to promoting norms and values in politics and to establish moral values. Baral was appointed chairman of RSS on 28 October 2008. — RSS

Ex-FM passes away
Kathmandu: Former Minister for Foreign Affairs KB Shahi passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 79 on Saturday night. Shahi was being brought to Kathmandu from Nawalparasi when he breathed his last. He was the joint general secretary of the Samyukta Prajatantra Party in 1957 and was elected the member of the Rastriya Panchayat (National Legislature) in 1971. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. — RSS

Statute interaction
Lalitpur: Participants at an interaction on 'Our Constitution Our Future' expressed serious concern about the current political situation and the petty interests of the political parties. The interaction was organised by the Media Initiatives for Rights, Equity and Social Transformation-Nepal here on Sunday. The participants said people living in villages in different Tarai districts near the Nepal-India border were victims of rising criminal activities and misbehaviour of Indian security forces due to the weak presence of the state in those areas. Amik Sherchan, President of the CA National Interests Protection Committee, said that Nepalis living near the border areas were under constant insecurity due to the week presence of the government. — RSS