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Pakistan to announce national holidays on Holi, Dipawali and Easter

Gorkha Post

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan government on Tuesday adopted a resolution to announce national holidays on the annual festivals of minority communities, including Holi, Dipawali and Easter.

The resolution was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a PNL-N MNA elected on a seat reserved for minorities in Tharparkar district of Sindh.

“This house is of the opinion that the government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,” the resolution said.

Vankwani, who is also patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, was of the view that the announcement was inevitable for the good image of Pakistan as such holidays were also being observed in the United States on Eid.

According to a report there are at least 2 million Hindus in Pakistan that makes up to at least 2 percent of the country’s population.  Likewise, the total number of Christians is said to be at least 2.5 million in 2005, which is 1.6 percent of the total population in Pakistan.

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Advance booking open for Dashin

Pratigya Waiju

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Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.

The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking.  Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.

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