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Govt sets minimum wage of workers at Rs 13,450 a month

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has fixed Rs 13,450 as the minimum monthly wage of labourers effective from fiscal year 2018/19.

Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista on Monday organised a press meet to make the announcement on the recommendation of Minimum Wage Determination Committee. The minimum wage will be implemented from July 17, said Minister Bista.

Speaking to the media personnel, Minister for Labour Gokarna Raj Bista said that the rate of salary increment of the workers is higher this time compared to the past increments.

The decision was taken as per the trilateral discussions held between employers, representatives of trade unions and government.

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The employer, in a meeting held on Sunday, agreed to increase the monthly wage of Rs 12,500, proposed by them, to Rs 13,450. The trade union had lowered their demand of monthly salary to Rs 14,500 from Rs 17,000.

According to the government decision, the daily minimum wage will be Rs 517 and hourly minimum wage has been set at Rs 69.

On the occasion, Chairwoman of the Committee, Bhawani Rana, said it was imperative that the trade union should join hands for effective implementation of minimum wage rule.

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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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