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Budget to be media friendly: Minister Rai

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai said that the upcoming budget would be media friendly.

Minister Rai said that the upcoming budget has incorporated various issues of the media sector while inaugurating the First National Assembly of the Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Journalists (FONIJ) here today.

He informed that the Ministry was drafting the new media policy to regulate and manage the media sector.

Minister Rai added the decision was made for the implementation of the Minimum Wages Fixation, accident insurance to working journalists, among others.

Similarly, he urged the media to disseminate news about the constitution ensuring the inclusive and proportional representation and rights of all.

Press Council chair Borna Bahadur Karki opined for making the national sovereignty and social harmony sound and for the same professional journalism was essential.

Similarly, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) general secretary Ujir Magar said that the FNJ was attempting to address the voices of identity and issues of working journalists.

On the occasion, different journalists’ unions and organizations representatives had addressed the programmes. The federation has 1,700 members across the country.

The national assembly participated by the delegates from 46 districts across the country will chalk out the future work plan of the Federation besides amending its statute.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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