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CEC Yadav urges media to remain as watchdog

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KATHMANDU — Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has urged the media to take up the responsibility of a watchdog to make the upcoming local level elections free and fair.

CEC Yadav was speaking at a workshop titled ‘Dissemination of Balanced News in the Forthcoming Local Level Election and Importance of News’, organised in the Capital by Tribhuvan University Central Department of Journalism and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday.

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“The Election Commission has not come across a situation of annoyance arising out of the material carried by the media in breach of the election code of conduct so far. The country has been overwhelmed with the election fervour and the media has played a laudable role in this,” CEC Yadav said.

Saying the media should disseminate balanced and objective news based on truth and fact as the date for candidacy filing was drawing closer, he informed that Commission has moved ahead far in terms of the election preparation and management.

He dubbed the local level election “historic” from the viewpoint of gender equality at the local level as per the constitution.

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Dozens of children without birth certificates admitted to schools

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MAHOTTARI — Dozens of children unable to join schools due to lack of birth certificates have been admitted to community schools under recommendation of the Gaushala municipality here.

88 children of school going age from the Dalit settlements in ward no 4 and 10 were enrolled at the community schools on Sunday.

According to source individual, Deepak Baral, 41 children from Musahar community of Bharatpurkhor in Gaushala – 10 were admitted to Janata Secondary School while 47 children from Birta in Gaushala – 4 were admitted to the National Elementary School.

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Gaushala municipality’s Mayor, Shivanath Mahato, said everything will be done to get such children admitted to the community schools. There are a total of 32 community schools in Gaushala municipality.

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