Agitating student bodies call Morang bandh today

Biratnagar, September 18:

Eight agitating student organisations have decided to close down all educational institutions of Morang district tomorrow. The decision was taken in protest against the eastern region meeting of the government’s nominated officials in Biratnagar which is to be held. The student organisations went on the warpath after the organisers instructed all the teachers and the students of the district to attend the programme. The agitating student organisations have also decided to show black flags to Dr Tulsi Giri, vice-chairman of the council of ministers who is scheduled to be the chief guest of the programme. A report from Kavre said students of Chaitanya Multiple Campus, Banepa, have called for an indefinite closure of the campus following a 20 per cent hike in the monthly fees at Bachelor level. President of the campus unit of All Nepal National Students’ Union (ANNFSU), Nabaraj Bhurtel, said, “We have put up 25 demands, including the call for division of students into different sections as the number of students is very high.” Student leaders warned they would padlock the campus on Monday if their concerns were not taken seriously.

Meanwhile, another report from Pokhara said the youth wing of the CPN-UML, Democratic National Youth Organisation (DNYO) said it would help intensify the ongoing seven-party agitation for restoration of democracy. Speaking at an interaction programme, Sher Bahadur Tamang, vice-chairman of DNYO, said: “We are forming committees in each district to intensify the ongoing democratic movement. A workers’ convention will also be held on September 21.”