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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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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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