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Chinese, Indian and Bangladesh presidents congratulate President Bhandari

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KATHMANDU — Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid have congratulated Bidya Devi Bhandari on her reelection as president of Nepal.

President Bhandari was sworn in as President for the second time on Wednesday.

According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Kathmandu, President Xi congratulated President Bhandari on her assumption of the Office of the President of Nepal.

The President of the People’s Republic of China, in the congratulatory message, has said that China attaches great importance to the development of China-Nepal relations and expressed his readiness to work together to promote bilateral relationship.

Likewise, Indian President Kovind congratulated to his Nepali counterpart Bhandari on her election as President for the second term.

President Kovind, in his message, has expressed confidence that under her wise guidance, Nepal will move forward on the path of prosperity and all-round development.

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President Kovind has also mentioned that India attaches highest priority to advancing its close and multifaceted partnership with Nepal, according to a separate press statement issued by MoFA on Thursday.

Similarly, President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid has also joined in congratulating President Bhandari on her reelection. Hamid, in a message of congratulations, has reiterated the high importance that Bangladesh attaches to its relations with Nepal and expressed commitment to working closely for further strengthening relationship for the mutual benefit, MoFA said.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Amjad Hussain B Sial, on behalf of all officials of the SAARC Secretariat, felicitated President Bhandari on her reelection.

In his letter addressed to the president, Secretary General Sial said her reelection is amply indicative of the trust and confidence that the people of Nepal rest in her sagacious leadership.

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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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