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Facebook to face trial in France over nude painting case

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PARIS — Social networking company Facebook would be tried in France for blocking a Frenchprofessor’s account after he posted a picture of a nude painting, a media report said.

A French court decided on Friday that a file against the company over a painting of a nude woman can be tried in France, rejecting Facebook’s argument that it is governed by Californian law, Reuters reported.

Facebook was sued by a French professor whose account was blocked after he posted a nineteenth century painting by Gustave Courbet, ‘The Origin of the World’, portraying a women’s genitalia.

The professor filed a case against the company, saying the site could not differentiate between pornography and art.

A Paris appeals court threw out Facebook’s appeal after the company argued that only the US courts had jurisdiction to hear cases against it.

The professor’s lawyer Stephane Cottineau said, “They might be multi-nationals but the court ruling means they are not outside French law. If they set up in France and contract workers here, then French law must be applied to them,” Cottineau added.

Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, had appealed against a Paris High Court’s authority to hear the case but the appeal court said Facebook’s claim was inadmissible.

Facebook said French courts were not competent to handle the case and that the contract with the user was “not a consumer contract because Facebook’s service was free.”

The French court will now decide whether or not the professor’s freedom of expression was violated.

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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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