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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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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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