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108th International Women’s Day marked

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108th International Women’s Day marked. File photo

KATHMANDU — A parade was held here in the capital on the occasion of 108th International Women’s Day on Thursday. The campaign was an initiative of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in which various individuals, organisations, social campaigners, and mediapersons participated.

The rally began from Bhrikutimandap and passed through Bhadrakali temple, Sahid Gate, New Road and converged into a corner meeting at the Shanti Batika in Ratnapark.

On the occasion, people gathered from different walks of life to express their solidarity toward women, social issues regarding women, and to raise their voices to stop violence against women.

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Individuals, women activists, women networks, women with disabilities, women’s band, women security personnel, students, men backing women issues, Nepali traditional bands, representatives from national and international organisations, among others walked together in solidarity.

Participants of the rally carried placards calling for an end to violence against women, human trafficking and building peace at home for world peace.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Thammaya Thapa called for women to be united to end violence against women.

The International Women’s Day is being observed across the globe since February 28, 1909.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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