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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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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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