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.
2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold
RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.
Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.
The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.
According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.
It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.Follow @gorkhapost