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Federal Alliance to picket Singha Durbar on May 14

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KATHMANDU — The Federal Alliance of 27 political parties and groups have announced a fresh protest programs on Friday.

The meeting of the alliance held at the Tinkune-based central party office of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Friday afternoon decided to resume protest from last week of April and unveiled protest programs for 15 days. The protest will be organized in all three geographical regions—Tarai, Hill and Mountain.

The programs include handing over a memo on their demands to the government through District Administration Offices, carrying out public demonstrations including rallies and mass meetings in district headquarters, mass assemblies in major cities and towns of the nation, raising black flags at government office premises and picket Singha Durbar among others.

According to the protest programs, the alliance will picket Singha Durbar, the main administrative building of the country, on May 14.

The alliance will submit protest memo on April 27 and put up black flags at government offices on April 29, according to the programs.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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