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PAC directs govt to fix sugar price at Rs 63 per kg

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU—The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives has directed the Government of Nepal to fix the price of sugar at Rs 63 per kilogramme.

At the meeting of parliament’s committee today, lawmakers urged the government to intervene in the market price saying that the shopkeepers have increased the price of essential commodities just ahead of the festival.

Although the producers had promised not to increase the rates after the quantitative restriction was implemented, the price of sugar jumped from Rs 65 per kg to Rs 85 to 90 per kg after the quota went into effect.

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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies had decided to fix the retail price of the sugar at Rs 70 per kg on Wednesday and warned of legal action if they sold above the fixed price.

PAC President Bharat Kumar Shah and members Chanda Chaudhary, Parbata DC Chaudhary, Parbati Kumari Bisankhe drew government’s attention over different issues including price hike.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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