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11 Nepalis stranded in Oman sent back home

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KATHMANDU — Eleven Nepali migrant workers who were stranded in course of foreign employment have been rescued and brought to Nepal with the coordination of the Nepali Embassy in Oman.

The Embassy stated in a press release that these Nepali migrant workers were sent back after completing the legal process of Oman. These workers were not given facilities as mentioned in their contract, the Embassy stated.

The Embassy said 20 Nepali workers who had reached Oman as scaffolding workers at the Sohar-based Muwaradbadi Hiwi Modern Trade (ASTD) Company were in trouble due to this. Out of the 20 workers, 11 had approached the Embassy seeking help.

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A team from the embassy had found the workers at a place called Barka, some 165 kilometres from the company where the workers were said to be employed, during an on-site monitoring some days back.

The embassy itself sent the workers back home after repeated contacts and discussions with the sides concerned failed to find a solution.

The embassy has also written to the office concerned in Oman, recommending legal action against the company. Embassy also said that it is making efforts for repatriating the remaining workers as well after addressing their problem.

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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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