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HPE Ordinance endorsed

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KATHMANDU — The House of Representatives has endorsed the Health Profession Education (HPE) Act on Tuesday. Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokhrel had forwarded the ordinance to Parliament on March 28 for endorsement.

The President had promulgated the ordinance barring establishment of new medical schools in Kathmandu Valley for a decade. An ordinance needs parliamentary approval within 60 days of its first meeting to remain in effect.

The Act was formulated as demanded by Dr Govinda KC, who has been fighting for reforms in the country’s medical education sector, in line with the recommendations of a team of experts led by educationist Kedar Bhakta Mathema.

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Endorsement of the law now clears the way for full-fledged functioning of the Health Profession Education Commission which was envisaged as an overarching framework to regulate medical education, among other things in the HPE Act.

Under the law, universities are not allowed to affiliate any private medical college as an extension of their programme. Likewise, a hospital not operational for three years is ineligible to apply for affiliation as a medical college.

The Act also tightens the grip on universities authorised to affiliate colleges. A varsity needs its own medical college and full-fledged hospital to run medical courses.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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