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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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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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