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PM Deuba reshuffles cabinet, Maoist ministers relieved from portfolios

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has reshuffled the Cabinet on Tuesday evening and relieved all the ministers representing CPN (Maoist Center) from their portfolios.

However, the portfolio of CPN-United, Minister Mithila Chaudhary has been kept intact.  CPN-United was recently merged with CPN (Maoist Centre).

The prime minister has reshuffled the Cabinet after CPN (Maoist Centre)’s move to back down from its earlier decision to quit government. However, Maoist Centre said it has cancelled its decision to pull out of government after receiving tip that the government is trying to defer the elections dates.

The decision came into effect from Tuesday itself, according to Govinda Pariyar, Press Coordinator of PM Deuba.

PM Deuba has appointed Rashtriya Prajatantra PArty(RPP) Chairman Kamal Thapa as Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Jayanta Chand as Minister for Supplies, Bikram Thapa as Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare and Dil Nath Giri as Minister for Urban Development.

Likewise,  Sushil Kumar Shrestha as State Minsiter for Supplies,  Bhaskar Bhadra has been appointed as State Minister for Energy,Kunti Shahi as State Minister for Urban Development, Kanta Bhattarai has been appointed as State Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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