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Supreme Court issues directive order to allow Nepali migrants to vote

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued a directive order for the External Voting Rights of Nepali Migrant Workers.

A joint bench of Justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Purushottam Bhandari issued the directive order in the name of Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) and other ministries concerned including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Election Commission.

Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ) had filed the Public Interest Litigation Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court on April 27, 2017 demanding the legal mechanism to ensure the voting rights of Nepali migrant workers abroad.

The top court of the country, considering the significance of the case, had issued the show cause notice on the case on May 4, 2017 and the case was placed under priority hearing.

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Over 4 million Nepali voters are said to be living in 110 different countries.

The directive order issued by the Supreme Court would provide an opportunity for the Nepali migrant workers abroad to take part in the Public affairs of their nation and choose their representatives.

Advocates Barun Ghimire, Anurag Devkota, Hari Phuyal, Alok Pokharel and Kedar Dahal argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the applicant organization.

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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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