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NCP Co-Chair Dahal leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has left for China on Saturday at the special invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Before leaving, Chairman Dahal told media at Tribhuvan International Airport that major agenda of the visit was to extend and strengthen the relations between CPN and Communist Party of China.

Another focus of his visit, as Dahal said, would be the initiative to implement various issues of agreement and cooperation reached between the two countries in the past.

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During his stay, the CPN Chair and former Prime Minister would hold talks with high level leaders of China on mutual relations and also on bilateral relations.

In a different note, he said discussions were underway to unify the sister organizations of the former CPN (UML) and Maoist parties as per the party unity.

“Immediately after I return from China, all remaining issues of the unification of sister organizations would be concluded. There is no doubt unity concludes before Dashain festival,” he asserted.

Chairman Dahal had recently held a visit to the southern neighbour, India, and met the Indian PM, Home Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and discussed dimension of Nepal-India relations.

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About 7,029 girls, women rescued from traffickers in five years

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KATHMANDU—A total of 7,029 women and children were rescued from border by Nepal Police in the past five years.

They were rescued from Jhapa, Ilam, Morang, Udaypur, Sankhuwasabha, Parsa, Sarlahi, Mohottari, Siraha, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Sindhuli, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Gulmi, Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Jumla, Kailali and Kanchanpur while being trafficked. Out of those rescued, 3,896 were under the age of 18 years.

According to Nepal Police Spokesperson and Senior Superintendent of Police Uttam Raj Subedi, Nepali women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking due to the porous border with India.

Januka Dhakal, vice-chair of Samaj Utthan Mahila Manch, an organisation which has been working to prevent trafficking of girls and women, said lack of awareness and poverty made women and girls more vulnerable to trafficking. The traffickers target such women and girls with the promise of lucrative jobs in foreign countries.

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Most of such women end up in brothels in India.

Girls and women are trafficked mainly for prostitution, sex slavery and forced labour.
Nepal’s anti-trafficking law stipulates 20-year jail sentence and a fine up to Rs 200,000 for anyone found guilty of human trafficking.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved a proposal submitted by Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal seeking establishment of Human Trafficking Bureau and Cyber Bureau.

The Ministry of Finance has allocated budget for setting up the two bureaus. Nepal Police hopes that it will be easier to prevent trafficking of girls and women after the bureaus are set up.

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