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Ministry seeks clarifications over disfigured national flag with 4 officials

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has sought clarification from four government officials over the use of a disfigured national flag at Janaki Temple premises during the visit of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Friday.

Minister Lal Babu Pandit taking after minister-level decision on Monday has sought clarification as to how the shape of national flag was deformed and who were responsible for that, according to Spokesperson at the ministry Suresh Adhikari.

Province 2 acting Chief Secretary Hari Phuyal, Province 2 Internal Affairs and Law Ministry Secretary Deviram Bhandari, Dhanusha Chief District Officer Gopal Parajuli and Janakpur sub-metropolis executive officer Madan Bhandari are asked to furnish written clarification within three days on how the disfigured national flag ended up at the temple premises.

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The disfugured national flag was put at the place where PM KP Sharma Oli and Modi had jointly inaugurated the Ramayan Circuit and flagged off Janakpur-Ayodhyay bus service.

The flag was not triangular, almost rectangular, and the border was also too thick.

According to the constitution, the national flag of Nepal consists of two juxtaposed triangular figures with a crimson-colored base with deep blue borders, there being a white emblem of the crescent moon with eight rays visible out of sixteen in the upper part and a white emblem of a twelve-ray sun in the lower part

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FNJ condemns police assault on journalists

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KATHMANDU — Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed serious concern over police assault on media personnel on Saturday.

New Baneshwor area of Kathmandu has turned into a battle ground on Saturday afternoon after police fired 23 rounds of teargas shells at a rally organised by main opposition Nepali Congress affiliated Tarun Dal after the cadres of Tarun Dal tried to enter the restricted area.

Doxen people inluding Tarun Dal President Jeet Jung Basnet, some protestors and 11 police personnel were injured in the clash. Photo journalists Prabin Maharjan and Skanda Gautam among others were also injured in the incident.

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Meanwhile, the umbrella association of journalists across the country has informed that total five journalists were injured in course of collecting news in a demonstration launched by Nepal Congress youth wing Tarun Dal in the capital today.

Journalists injured in the demonstration are Chief Editor of hamrakura.com and Nepal Press Union general secretary Ajay Babu Siwakoti, Maheshwar Gautam of Rajdhani Daily, Nibes Kumar of New 24, Skanda Gautam and Praveen Maharjan of The Himalayan Times, according to a press statement issued by FNJ general secretary Ramesh Bista.

The federation has termed the police intervention on journalists as against free press and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution and urged the government to ensure a fear-free environment for journalists to collect news and curb such incidents in future.

Noted members of civil society including a former chief justice, human rights activists, cinema actors, doctors, lawyers and representatives of various professions as well other sectors took to the street at Baneshwar to press the government to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on the 22nd day of his 15th fast-unto-death. Dr KC is pressing for reforms in medical education.

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