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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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