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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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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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