In briefs

Committee reshuffled

KATHMANDU: The Nepal chapter committee of International Press Institute (IPI) has been reshuffled. The committee now chaired by Padam Singh Karki has Babita Basnet as vice chairperson, Tara Nath Dahal as general secretary and Arjun Bista as treasurer. Members of the committee are Khil Dhoj Thapa, Dr Manju Mishra, Khadgasen Oli, Gita Gautam, Shreeram Singh Basnet, Pradeep Ghimire, Sushil Koirala, Chandra Kanta Jha and Rabindra Banstola. — HNS

FNJ meet

KATHMANDU: State Minister for Information and Communication, Dilendra Prasad Badu, on Tuesday admitted that the government has not been able to fulfil the demands of the journalists. Stating that democracy cannot consolidate without a free and vibrant media, Badu said: “It is also true that media cannot sustain and consolidate without a full-fledged democracy.” Badu was addressing the annual general meeting of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Kathmandu Branch here. — HNS

SAC inspection

KATHMANDU: State affairs committee (SAC) of the House of Representatives on Monday evening visited the Armed Police Force (APF) headquarters at Halchowk, Gyanendra Hospital of the APF at Balambu and Queen Komal APF School at Kirtipur. Committee chairman Hridayram Thani said there should be better coordination between the committee and the APF. — HNS

Maoists flayed

KATHMANDU: National Coalition for Children - Children as Zone of Peace (CZOP) has condemned the Maoists for forcefully recruiting dozens of children in the People’s Liberation Army in Sankhusabha. The CZOP has demanded that the Maoists immediately free all the children below 18 years who have been abducted and forcefully taken under control. — HNS