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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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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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