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Journalists to avail 50 percent off in medicinal treatment

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KATHMANDU — The administration has provisioned 50 percent rebate for journalists in medical treatment in government healing facilities in in its Saturday unveiled annual budget for 2016-17.

Government, in its budget, has pledged the expansion of broadcasting of state-owned television channel- Nepal Television – and Radio Nepal in the local language at Terai.

The total of budget estimates for fiscal year 2016/017- amounting to one trillion 48 billion 921 million 432 thousand rupees- was presented at the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Saturday.

In a bid to make Nepal Television, Radio Nepal and Gorkhapattra Corporation professional and self-dependent, organizational and legal reforms will be out in place, according to the budget statement.

Similarly, the budget statement states, “The Rural Communications Development Fund will be mobilized for rendering free internet service to community colleges, community schools and primary health care centres across the country through microwave transmission.”

The budget also has it that the 4G services will be launched in Kathmandu Valley and Sub-Metropolitan Cities in the country.

Minister for Finance Bishu Prasad Poudel, who presented the upcoming budget, shared that the fastest internet service will be launced in 72 districts by installing fiber optic cables alongside Mid-hills Highway and Hulaki Road. Expansion of internet in the places difficult to install optical fiber will be carried out through microwave transmissions service.

Commenting on the budget, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Dr Mahendra Bista said that of many demands put forth by the Federations, the government only nodded to the discount on medical treatment for journalists.

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BETRAWATI— The CCTV cameras installed at main market area and road side of Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot are lying idle.

As many as 25 sets of CCTV which were installed on the initiative of Nuwakot Chamber of Commerce and Industry are now dysfunctional.

The cameras were set up at the cost of Rs 3.5 million. The concerned side has not paid any attention to repair the cameras in the public which were helpful in maintaining security in the areas.

Right now almost all the CCTVs installed in the public places are not in functioning condition, said Basanta Kunwar, Superintendant of Police.

The cameras were installed a year ago in collaboration among the Nuwakot District Development Committee, Bidur Municipality, different banks and financial institutions.

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