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Act will be developed to protect women’s reproductive right :State Minister Aryal

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KATHMANDU — Minister of State for Health and Population, Padma Kumari Aryal, has said that an Act related to reproductive health would be developed to be utilised in women’s lives.

Addressing aan interaction on ‘bill related to reproductive health’ organised here today by the Women, Law and Development Forum, State Minister Aryal said that the Act would further protect women’s reproductive right.

Stating that the bodies concerned have been asked to prepare the draft of the bill at the earliest, she said the draft would be presented soon after the House begins.

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Similarly, Acting Secretary of the Ministry, Sushil Pyakurel, said that preparations were underway to give final shape to the draft by incorporating suggestions from all.

Likewise, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Binita Bhattarai, said that the Bill should be formulated in order to establish rights to safe abortion and family planning.

Forum President Mira Dhungana said that the bill should accommodate genuine compensation to women if their reproductive right is snatched away.

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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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