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Pakistan doubles scholarship quota for Nepali students

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KATHMANDU — The Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu has doubled the scholarship quota being allocated for Nepali students at the local level.

The decision follows the announcement of increasing Pakistan’s scholarship quota for Nepali students made during Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent official visit to Nepal.

The Pakistan’s scholarship scheme has been in force in Nepal since the past five years. It is provided to students of primary, secondary and higher secondary level on merit basis.

The Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu provided scholarship amount to the entitled Nepali students (for the sixth year) amidst a programme here today.

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Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Khagraj Baral, Pakistani Ambassador for Nepal, Mazhar Javed, and chair of Nepal-Pakistan Friendship and Cultural Association, Himalaya Shamser JB Rana jointly presented the scholarship amount to 250 students from community and some private schools in 40 districts in the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley. They received Rs 10,000 each.

On the occasion, Secretary Baral expressed gratitude to the Government of Pakistan for its continuous support to Nepal’s human resources development and production of technical human resources.

Ambassador Javed was of the view that the scholarship scheme remained as one the means for further consolidating Nepal-Pakistan bilateral ties. The decision regarding the increment in scholarship quota shall be implemented from the upcoming year.

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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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