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Dr KC urges govt to endorse HPE Act; warns of resorting to another hunger strike

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Dr Govinda KC has urged the government to endorse Health Profession Education (HPE) Act and address his four-point demand as soon as possible.

Organizing a press conference TUTH in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu on Thursday, Dr KC warned of resorting to another strike if the HPE Act is not endorsed immediately as per the ordinance tabled earlier in the parliament.

Dr KC said : “If the demands are not addressed on time, I will stage fast-unto-death in the interest of 30 million people in the countr.”

While underlininig the need for legal provision to end the anomalies existing in the medical education and health profession, the anti-corruption crusader expressed hopes that the Act will be endorsed by the upcoming session of the federal parliament.

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His four-point demand includes immediate approval of Medical Education Ordinance in its existing form; cancellation of TU Senate decision that snatched away the rights of the IOM, action against medical colleges charging fees against rules; immediate revoking of the government ban on protests at Maitighar Mandala in Kathmandu; action against 43 officials of the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Nepal Medical Council and experts as recommended by the Medical Education Probe Panel headed by Gauri Bahadur Karki; and action against former chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli.

Dr KC has also demanded the government rollback its decision to include Maitighar as a prohibited zone to stage demonstration.

He said the personal interests of various political parties and their leaders earlier have caused obstruction in the formulation of the Act despite tabling the ordinance in the parliament.

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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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