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PABSON threatens to protest against new educational law

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KATHMANDU—Private and Boarding Schools Organization Nepal (PABSON) threatens the government to stringent protest from October 18 if their demand is not fulfilled to amend the recently endorsed Compulsory and fees Education Act.

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The recently endorsed bill contained a provision for private schools to provide scholarship up to 10 to 15 percent.  The bill also includes a tax of 25 percent on private school incomes, according to PABSON.

According to the new provision schools are to provide 10 percent scholarship with 500 students, 12 percent scholarship up to 800 students and 15 percent scholarship over 800 students.

If the demands are not fulfilled by October 17, PABSON warns to stage stringent protests nationwide.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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