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Senior citizens take to streets demanding respect for work

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KATHMANDU — Senior citizens on Sunday, organised a rally on the occasion of the International Workers Day or May Day, demanding respect for work.

The participants of the rally, including some 95-year-olds, were demonstrating in order to draw society’s attention to the fact that their labour has been going unrecognised and was not evaluated despite their huge contribution to the country’s development.

Through the rally, the elderly citizens wanted to give a message to the younger generation that it is with their hard work and contribution that they have become what they are today, and the need to respect and care for the elderly.

The senior citizens have also called on the government to make arrangements for providing them employment opportunities as long as their health permitted and to respect their labour.

The participants of the rally were holding placards with photos of fellow senior citizens weaving rugs and carrying heavy loads.

As per the National Census of 2011, the elderly population is 8.41 per cent of the total population of the country -which is 26,494,504. It is stated that 28 per cent of the 8,857 people killed in the devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015 was elderly citizens. Similarly, many of the 22,304 injured due to the earthquake were senior citizens.

Senior citizens take to streets demanding respect for work

The rally that started from the Shanti Batika at Ratnapark marched up to Bhadrakali where it turned into a mass meeting.

Addressing the mass meeting, president of the Aging Nepal, an NGO working for the senior citizens, Krishna Murari Gautam ‘Chatyang Master’ called on the government to consider increasing the age limit in civil service given the increase in the average life longevity of the Nepalis. Similarly, he called for maintaining the working age between 15 to 59 in the labour market.

President of the Help Age International Nepal, Khemraj Upadhyaya, said we should give due respect to the senior citizens and to their work.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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