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NC,UML decide to hold decisive talks with opposition

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KATHMANDU –

The meeting of the ruling — Nepali Congress and CPN-UM — that held at prime minister’s official residence, Baluwatar on Thursday have decide to hold ‘decisive talks’ with the 30-party alliance led by UCPN-Maoist by tomorrow.

The meeting, however, concluded that they would not wait for the opposition alliance for a long time in the name consensus.

The meeting also decided to resume talks in regards to issues of the constitution from the point the parleys between the ruling and the opposition parties derailed on January 19. The meeting also decided to table the nine-point proposal during the discussions with the alliance.

During the meeting, the UML leaders denounced the opposition alliance of trying to hold the country hostage to uncertainty in the name of consensus.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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