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Locals block road over woman’s death in accident

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NUWAKOT — Locals of Okharpauwa have blocked the Jitpur-Okharpauwa road in protest against the death of a local woman in a road accident.

They have been demanding action against the mini-truck driver that hit the women to death and compensation to the affected family.

As a result, vehicles carrying solid waste to the dumping site in Okharpauwa have been stranded on the road.

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Local resident Sita Balami,30, died on the spot after being hit by the mini-truck with registration number Ba 5 Kha 2523 at a resident of Kakani rural municipality-1 last night. Taking over the incident, the locals have blocked the road since early morning today.

As a result, some 100 trucks loaded with solid waste from Kathmandu have been stopped at Jitpur, according to District police chief Basant Kunwar.

Efforts are being made to resolve the issue and open the road for traffic, as a team led by the DSP at the District Police Office and another team from Kathmandu have been mobilized for the same.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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