NC CC meet today

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) is scheduled to hold its central committee meeting on Thursday to finalise its view on the modality of state restructuring in the new constitution. The party had formed State Restructuring Recommendation Committee, under the coordination of vice president Gopal Man Shrestha on October 3 , to prepare a draft for the same. "I have already submitted the draft to party president Girija Prasad Koirala. The party will make its view clear on state restructuring after holding discussions on the draft in the CC meet," said Gopal Man Shrestha. The committee has recommended seven states and three tires -- central, provincial and local -- for the administrative structure. —HNS

Editors laud decision

KATHMANDU: Editors' Society of Nepal has welcomed the Sunday's Cabinet decision to address the demands of various organisations working in the media sector. Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, ESN appreciated the decision to double the funding for public welfare advertisement, to felicitate and support senior journalists, to provide relief for mediapersons victimised or killed during the insurgency. Press accreditation card distribution, evaluation of press and policy to decentralise public welfare advertisement are commendable, the Society maintained. "Such policies would help avoid the misuse of sources, but for that we need a credible mechanism," it said. "Such decisions help boost the morale of journalists and make the media more credible." — HNS

Crash dead identified

HETAUDA: Two of the four Nepalis, who were killed in the recent helicopter crash in Afghanistan, have been identified. According to locals, they are Sunil Lamichhane and Raj Khadka, both residents of Shikharpur VDC ward-9 of Makawanpur district. —HNS

Passenger bus torched

UDAYAPUR: Agitating ex-security personnel, who quit their jobs during the Maoist insurgency, torched a passenger bus at Kadmaha-Gaighat section of the Sagarmatha Highway on Wednesday. The police said that the bus was en route to Gaighat from Rajbiraj of Saptari. However, passengers are safe and sound. —HNS