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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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Bijaya Dashami today

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KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.

The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.

Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.

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The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.

People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.

It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.

The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.

 

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