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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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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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