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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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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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