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Norway wants to support Nepal to develop education sector

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CHARIKOT — Nikolai Astrup,Minister of International Development of Norway, has said that Norway government wants to partner with Nepal for its educational development.

The Norwegian minister said so while inaugurating the Devitar Basic School at Loting, Chilankha of Bigu Rural Municipality on Wednesday. The school building was constructed with the support of the Government of Norway.

On the occasion, he said that Norway would continue to provide support to Nepal under any circumstances for the development of education sector and for the all-round development of children.

He also interacted with the teachers, students and members of the school management committee.

CWIN Nepal and Gramin Bikas Tuki Sangh have been carrying out reconstruction of 22 schools in Bigu and Kalinchok rural municipalities in Dolakha district with financial assistance provided by the Norwegian Embassy. The school buildings were damaged by the April 25, 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

Reconstruction of 12 out of the 22 schools has been completed, CWIN Nepal programme manager Rabindra Parajuli said.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian minister also held discussion with the people’s representatives of Bigu and Kalinchok rural municipalities.

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On the occasion, he inquired about the federalism, good governance and the development model incorporated in the Constitution of Nepal as well as about the effectiveness of the assistance provided by the Norwegian government, Chairman of Bigu Rural Municipality, Yudhisthir Khadka, said.

The Norwegian Minister was welcomed by Province Assembly member Pashupati Chaulagain, Khadka and the district-based government representatives when he arrived in Bigu to attend the programme.

Province lawmaker Chaulagain urged the Norwegian minister to continue support to Nepal and also thanked for the same.

Minister Astrup has arrived in Dolakha in course of his maiden foreign visit to South Asian countries after two months of taking charge as the Minister of International Development, the Embassy of Norway has stated. The Norway government is spending Rs 300 million for the reconstruction of 22 damaged school buildings in Dolakha.

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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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