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Govt presents policies and programs : Double figure economic growth in 5 years

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KATHMANDU — The government said it has set a target of graduating the country to the status of middle income within 10 years.

Unveiling annual policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year at the joint meet of the Federal Parliament on Monday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari mentioned that the government aims to achieve a double figure economic growth in the next five years.

“The government is working to raise the economic growth figures of the nation close to a double figure in the next fiscal, with an aim to gain double figure economic growth in the next five years,” OPresident Bhandari said.

The policies and programmes of the government also mentioned that the per capita income will be doubled in the next five years.

“The development of the provinces and local units and their needs will be prioritized while formulating federal financial and monetary policy and the provinces and local levels will have to formulate their own policies as per the priorities set by the federal government,” said President Bhandari.

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The government also plans to fulfill its aim for long-term development, end inequality, create equal opportunities for all, among others.

Saying that the nation’s economic condition is passing through a difficult phase, the government has announced that it will take necessary measures to resolve the issue.

The policy and programs have also mentioned that the purview of the existing anti-graft laws will be broadened to check corruption even in non-government bodies.

The policy and programs also pledged to formulate laws for the protection of whistle-blowers who tip off the authorities on wrongdoing and irregularities in any sector.

The government also unveiled plans to strengthen the capabilities of the judiciary so that access to justice will be swift, transparent and credible.

The government has also announced that it is to formulate national defense laws and policies and assured strengthening the security system in the country.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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