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Govt to provide legal service for Nepalis in foreign jails

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to provide legal services for the legal security of the Nepalis languishing in foreign jails, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A meeting presided over by Labour Minister Gokarna Bista who is also the Chairman of Foreign Employment Promotion Board has decided to provide legal service through Nepali Embassy.

Some 528 Nepalis are languishing in foreign jails, the Ministry said.

“Nepalis are doing their time in foreign jails due to lack of legal security”, Bista said. “The state should protect those citizens. We are working seriously for the same,” he added.

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The meeting has also decided to appoint staffers who are well known about local people, law and language of the concerned countries.

The board has formed a task force to fix the standard to provide legal service which, after holding discussion with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will fix standard within seven days.

The Board, in a bid to ease the family members of the Nepali migrant workers, has also decided to provide service from the province and local level.

A high-level committee has been formed under the headship of the secretary of Labour Ministry for the same.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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