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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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