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House endorses Open University Bill

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KATHMANDU — The Parliament has endorsed the Nepal Open University Bill with majority on Thursday.

After Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel answered queries put forth by lawmakers of various parties over the Bill, majority of the members of the legislative body had voted for the Bill while it was presented for the decision by the Speaker.

Minister Pokharel had argued that the Open University would help the students otherwise unable to attend classes regularly get university degrees. The Bill would let everyone get access to formal education, he added.

It has already been around a decade that Nepal has been discussing possibility of opening an open university.

Lawmakers Ganesh Man Pun, Kamal Prasad Pangeni, Ramhari Subedi, Banshidhar Mishra, Janak Raj Joshi, Nisha Kumari Sah and Prem Suwal among others had aired their views over the Bill during the discussion today.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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