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Nepal proposes updating MoU on labour issue with Bahrain

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has proposed to update the existing the 2008 MoU on Labour Issue and to form the Joint Technical Committee on Labour with Bahrain.

Ambassador of Nepal to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Padam Sundas made this proposal in a meeting with Jameel Bin Mohamed Ali Hamaidan, the Minister for Labour and Social Development of the Kingdom of Bahrain when he paid a courtesy call on the Bahrain Minister at West Tower, Bahrain Financial Harbour in Manama on December 4.

On the occasion, the Bahrain Minister for Labour and Social Development welcomed the Ambassador to his office and highlighted on the policies and practices on labour and social development of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Minister Hamaidan noted the proposal positively and further underscored the need to revise the MoU in line with new provisions and requirements, the Embassy of Nepal in Manama stated in a press release.

Minister Hamaidan stated that Bahrain tries to be a model in the GCC to fight any kind of discriminations, and to make sure that every person is treated well. While highlighting on labour mobility and flexi provisions, the Minister informed that Bahrain is committed to safeguard the labour rights.

During the meeting, Ambassador Sundas expressed his gratitude to the Government of Bahrain for cooperation and support extended to Nepalese nationals in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Khaga Raj Pandeya and Labour Attache Mr. Jagadish Chandra Shiwakoti were also present during the meeting.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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