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EC asks candidates not to use martyrs’ photo for election campaign

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has urged the election candidates and campaigners not to use the photos of martyrs in election campaigns to seek for votes.

“Using martyrs in any forms for influencing vote has drawn the attention of the EC,” said EC’s Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.

The election body has also directed the respective District Administration Offices, security agencies, and election observers to remove any photos of martyrs, and take actions against those found using photos of martyrs, screening videos and posting audios of movements for votes.

Likewise, the EC has also asked social networking site users not to use photos,videos and audios of martyrs on social media like Facebook, Twitter Instagram or any other social medias.

Meanwhile, the government has mobilized a total of 272,000 security forces including the Nepal Army personnel, Armed Police Force, Nepal, Nepal Police, National Investigation Department and Temporary Police for the second phase of elections.

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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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