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Sexual violence must be eliminated : President Bhandari

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KATHMANDU—President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called on the stakeholders to bring the perpetrator(s) in the rape and killing of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur to book.

The president said that it was the matter of sorrow that Nirmala’s parents and family were desperately waiting for justice, in her address to a ceremony organized to mark the National Children’s Day.

She has extended condolences to the bereaved family, stating that she was deeply saddened by the murder of Nirmala after rape.  It may be noted that 13 years-old-girl of Kanchanpur was killed after rape on July 26.

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President said,” Police, Civil society and family should be united to combat violence against children including abuse and rape. Sexual violence against children is a taboo against humanity and this must be eliminated.”

According to the president, Children of today are competent and capable citizens of the future; their health and education should be the special focus and priority of the government since their birth.

The government observed this year’s National Children’s day around the theme—“Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali; Rights of Children, Concerns of All.”

Child rights activist Gauri pradhan asserted that government of all three levels should follow Child-friendly policies, calling the children as ‘Zone of peace’.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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