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SC stays govt decision allowing heavy vehicles along BP Highway

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued an interim order staying the government’s decision that allowed 32-seater passenger buses and vehicles weighing over 16 tons to ply on the BP Highway.

A single bench of Justice Sapana Malla Pradhan, hearing a writ petition filed by advocate Kailash Dahal, on Monday, has issued an interim order to the government to not implement the decision to allow heavy vehicles along the highway.

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The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport on May 27 had allowed 32-seater passenger buses and trucks weighing 16 tons (including cargo) to ply in the highway.

Two previous studies had found that the highway can handle load of up to 10 tons and recommended that only 18-seater vehicles, and trucks weighing less than 10 tons should use the highway.

But the ministry, ignoring the previous studies, allowed 32-seater buses and trucks weighing 16 tons to ply along the highway.

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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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