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Journalists’ minimum wage to be effective from July 16, says Minister Rai

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Information and Communications, Sherdhan Rai has said the minimum wage of the journalists — Rs 19,500 that the government has fixed —would come into effect from coming July 16.

Arriving home after participating in the World Summit of Information Society organized by the International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, on Saturday, Minister Rai, however said at Tribhuvan International Airport that he has taken positively the comments made by the media owners on the minimum wage fixed by the government, and further discussion would be held soon.

Efforts are underway to recognize media as the industry, he said, adding that the WSIS was very fruitful, where he shared the information about Nepal’s telecommunications and future plans.

The Minister further said he informed the WSIS that Nepal was expanding the telecommunications to the farthest rural area, making 3Gs accessible.

Some 49 districts have already got optical fibers, he said, adding that it would be spread to all districts within a year.

On a different note, he said there was no point in the comments raised over celebration of the National Journalism Day on the anniversary of the Gorkhapatra daily.

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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