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Finance Minister presents annual budget for FY 2016/17 at Parliament

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KATHMANDU — Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel is presenting the yearly annual budget for the fiscal year 2016/17 at the Legislature-Parliament on Saturday.

Beginning the budget at the Parliament, the Minister said he prepared the budget in consultation with political parties, former finance ministers and various stakeholders among others.

The principal objectives of the next fiscal’s budget are to implement the Constitution, to reduce poverty and to expedite development works, according to Minister Paudel.

He announced that the post-earth quake reconstruction, hydropower, forestry and good governance are among priorities of the next budget.

Minister Poudel said government had prioritized implementation of the constitution, acceleration of development works and reduce poverty through this budget.

The government will also provide martyrs status to those who lost their lives during the Madhes movement and also provide compensation to their families.

Some main points of budget :

– Prepare DPR for East-West, Rasuwa-Pokhara-Lumbini, Kathmandu-Birgunj and Kathmandu Metro rail.
– Rs 4.2 billion allocated for Postal Road, Rs 5.33 billion for Budhi Gandaki Hydel project.
– Bhairahawa-Lumbini road to be upgraded to four-lane.
– Bagmati Museum to be established in Kathmandu.
– Multi-purpose administration building to be constructed at Babarmahal.
– Prime Minister Agriculture Modernisation Project announced, Rs 5.78 billion allotted for it.
– Those deceased in Madhes movement to receive martyrs status and compensation.
– 2.88 billion for mid-Hill highway
– Postal highway 4.20 billion
– Infrastructure tax to be levied on petrol.
– Additional Rs 300k for quake victims.
– 10 billion for fast track
– Kathmandu-Nagdhunga tunnel Rs 1.86 billion
– Each headquarters to receive Rs 90 million each

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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