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Malaysia increases minimum wages to Rs 29k

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KATHMANDU—Malaysian government’s decision to increase workers’ minimum wages would benefit thousands of Nepalis working in Malaysia.  The new rule will be effective from January 2019.

Nepali worker heading to work in Malaysia or already employed there would receive a minimum wage of Rs 28,974 per month from next year.

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Currently, the minimum wage for worker is (Malaysian Ringgit) RM 1,000 per month in peninsular Malaysia and RM 920 per month in East Malaysia that includes three states Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

The majority of Nepalis work in Peninsular Malaysia where the wage hike is RM50 compared to RM 130 in East Malaysia. Nepalis are the second highest foreign work force in Malaysia.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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