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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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