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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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25 Ghariyal crocodiles released into Rapti River from CNP

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CHITWAN — Twenty-five Ghariyal species of crocodiles from the crocodile breeding centre in Chitwan National Park (CNP) were released into Rapti River on Friday.

The act of releasing crocodiles into the natural habitat was carried out differently this time, with the involvement of local Bote, Majhi and Musahar communities.

The crocodiles were named after the three communities in a symbolic way to help preserve the endangered species.

The initiative was carried out by the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Chitwan with support of Zoological Society of London in Nepal.

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This innovative way of marking the crocodiles was carried out with the objective of increasing awareness of the locals in the protection and conservation of wildlife, said protection officer at CNP, Ved Bahadur Khadka.

Ghariyal species of crocodiles are now limited to Chitwan and Bardia only, and so far more than 1,000 Ghariyals have been released into the rivers. But only few have survived.

Latest census indicates there are only 198 of them in the rivers of Nepal. The crocodile breeding centre in CNP has 595 crocodiles at present, with a plan to release around 100 of them into their natural habitat this year.

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