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Minister Basnet urges Australia to provide visa for Nepalis from Nepal itself

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet has urged the Australian government to make arrangements for providing visa to Nepali students going to Australia from Nepal itself.

The Minister said this during a meeting with the Australian ambassador Peter Budd when the latter paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry of Forest and Environment on Thursday.

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At present Nepali students have to go to New Delhi, India for processing for obtaining Australian visa.

In the meeting, Minister Basnet mentioned about Australia’s cooperation in the promotion of community forestry in Nepal since two decades, he hoped for the same in the coming days as well.

Ambassador Budd said that the Australian government wanted to invest in the hydropower, environment and water supply sector in Nepal.

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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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