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KATHMANDU — The Nepal Transport Workers Association has said that the decision of the government to dissolve transport associations and committee has laid off some 15,000 transport employees.

The 15,000 employees were working for the 400 committees active across the country and they have all lost their job as result of the government’s decision, the Association Chair Dharma Raj Bhandari said.

The meeting Saturday of the Association has also objected to the provision made in the new civil code, which has prescribed 10 years in prison to a driver who is responsible for accident leading to fatalities.

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The meeting decision to run a nationwide campaign for a new structure as per the statute amended by the last general assembly, expand organisation in new locations, enforce minimum wage in all transport workers, exert pressure for enforcement of the social security act and form thematic committee to assign responsibilities.

Bhandari also said the Association will work with the Nepal Trade Union Congress to ensure that the rights and well-being of the transport workers are guaranteed across the country.

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CHITWAN— Two people were killed and five injured in a road accident at Kurintar of Icchakamana Rural Municipality-5 today afternoon. 

The accident occurred when a tanker (Ba 1 Jha565) hit a Maruti van (Ga 2 Cha 1751) at 12:40 pm. The van was heading towards Dhading from Pokhara and the tanker was also coming in the same direction at the time of the accident, the District Police Office, Dhading stated. 

Police identified the deceased as Chandra Bahadur Nepali, around 25 years old of Kalleri, Dhading and an unidentified child. 

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Among the five people who sustained injuries in the mishap, one person is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Bharatpur and another one at the Chitwan College of Medical Science.

It is learnt that the remaining three injured persons are being brought to Bharatpur. One among the injured is said to be in critical condition.

It is not known whether the victims were traveling in the van or tanker. The van is on the road while the tanker has fell down to the bank of the Trishuli river after the accident. 

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