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Koirala-Dahal meet postponed

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The meeting, scheduled for Friday evening between Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was postponed after Dahal cited his busy scheduled, said PM’s Press Coordinator Prakash Adhikari. The next date of meeting was not declared.

Ending the week long silence after the January clash in the Constituent Assembly, the two leaders had consented to sit for talks at 6pm when they attended in the Constitutional Council meeting earlier in the day.

Dahal expressed his inability to attend the meet at last, saying that he had to attend a meeting of the opposition alliance and the meeting was put off.

Sources said Dahal assured to announce a date for talks in the wake of counseling his party and the alliance of opposition parties.

Early yesterday, Koirala and Dahal had agreed to sit for talks at evening, as per CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang. He said he told the PM, UCPN-M seat and UML Vice-Chair Bamdev Gautam that he had stopped the voting process to encourage talks between the ruling and the agitating parties and the people were eager to know the outcome

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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