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Insignia conferred on newly appointed IGPs

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KATHMANDU — The newly appointed Inspector General (IG) of Nepal Police Sarbendra Khanal and Inspector General of Armed Police Force Shailendra Khanal have been conferred insignia amid a special function organized at Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday.

Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai conferred the insignia on the new chiefs of both security forces. Both the newly appointed chiefs will be assuming office from today itself.

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A cabinet meeting called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday had appointed Sarbendra Khanal and Shailendra Khanal as Inspector General of Police (IGPs) of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force respectively.

Sarbendra Khanal will lead the 72,733-strong police force responsible for maintaining law and order, for the next 21 months while Shailendra Khanal will lead the 37,000 paramilitary Armed Police Force.

The former chiefs of both security forces, Prakash Aryal and Singha Bahadur Shrestha retired on Wednesday, owing to the 30-year service term clause.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

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The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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