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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

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Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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Japan to provide Rs 356 million for food assistance in Nepal

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KATHMADNU— The Government of Japan has agreed to provide grant assistance of 350 million Yen equivalent to about Rs 356 million to Nepal for carrying out food assistance programme.

The signing of Exchange of Notes towards this end was held on the witness of the foreign ministers of Nepal and Japan.

Ambassador of Nepal to Japan Prativa Rana and Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Mr Masamichi Saigo, on Monday signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of their respective governments.

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The signing ceremony was held after the bilateral meeting between foreign ministers of both countries–Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Taro Kano– at Ikura House, Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The assistance aims to support the Government of Nepal to implement the Food Assistance Program to ensure food security to the Nepali people.

The assistance from Japan will enable Nepal governmnet to procure rice and supply it to needy people.

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