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Dahal elected TAAN president

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KATHMANDU — Nawaraj Dahal, who is also the coordinator of Nepal Tourism Entrepreneurs Organization, has been elected the president of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Dahal, a candidate for the post of president from the leftist alliance, was elected from the 39th annual general meeting of TAAN held on Sunday.

He secured 331 votes to clinch the TAAN presidency as against the 313 votes polled by his closest contender Mohan Lamsal from the Democratic Panel while Independent candidate Nuru Jambu Sherpa secured 50 votes in the election held for the post of TAAN president, according to the TAAN election committee.

Similarly, Khum Bahadur Subedi has been elected the senior vice-president, Jeevan Thapa Magar the first vice-president, Neel Hari Bastola the second vice-president, Aang Pemba Sherpa the general secretary, Sujan Lamichhane the secretary, Ram Krishna Timilsina the treasurer and Tara Rana the joint treasurer of TAAN.

The newly-elected working committee members include Ritu Gyamden, Rabindra Adhikari, Rajan Prasad Kapri, Gopal Shrestha, Jeevan Lama, Bbauram Gurung, Suk Bahadur Lama, Sher Bahadur Pariyar and Janga Bahadur Lama.

The newly-elected TAAN president Dahal, speaking after his election, said his priority would be to work together with all the trekking agency entrepreneurs for further raising the TAAN’s professional image.

Dahal is also the Nepali Consul for the Republic of Estonia.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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