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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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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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