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Number of Nepali workers leaving for Malaysia increases

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KATHMANDU — The number of Nepali workers leaving for Malaysia for employment has surpassed last year’s figure.

A total of 105,001 Nepalis flew to Malaysia in first nine months of the current fiscal for foreign employment,according to the data provided by the Ministry of Labour and Transport. The figure was 60,979 when compared to same period last year.

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According to Managing Director at the Department of Foreign Employment under the Ministry, Indra Dev Pandey, the demand for Nepali workers in the labor market of Middle-East countries including Malaysia and Qatar has increased.

Qatar falls second to Malaysia in terms of flow of the Nepali migrant workers. The data showed that 81,364 Nepalis set out for Qatar alone this year.

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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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