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Govt serious to remove social and legal discrimination : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the present government is serious about removing the social or legal discrimination that the women have had to face in society.

In a message today on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Oli said that the government was working to put an end to the problems faced by women as a result of social backwardness, superstition and harmful practices.

“The government shall take effective measures including through education, sensitization, legal and practical measures to put an end to the various harmful practices,” he has said in the message.

In the message, the Prime Minister has also recognized that the access of women to quality education, basic health and employment were still limited despite various endeavours to improve their situation.

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Noting that the present federal parliament of Nepal consists of more than 33 per cent women, more than 34 per cent in the provincial assembly and more than 40 per cent at the local level, Prime Minister Oli said the constitutional provision to have one among the President and Vice-president, among the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Chair and Vice-chair of the National Assembly and Mayor or Deputy Mayor at the local level as women was an important stride towards women’s empowerment.

The Government is also committed to enforcing the provisions of the various international treaties and conventions that Nepal is party to and of the Constitution to guarantee the rights of the women, the PM has said in the message.

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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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