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Teenage girls, women unite for self defence

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DHANGADHI—Women and teenage girls are uniting for self defense in the walk of growing violence directed at them.

Enthusiastic participation could be seen at a self defense camp organized here at the initiation of National Gojoriyo Karate-Do Association.

Goma Acharya, a participant, said the camp was organized to enable women for self defence. “It is a new practice to enable us to protect ourselves in case of misbehavior and attack. So, I joined it.”

She further argued that the camp would make women physically fit to brave any assault. It is an exercise for women—who are discouraged to speak aloud and protest in society-to be bold, she asserted.

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As many as 100 outstanding performers in the camp would be made trainers.

There are nearly 1,000 women participating in the camp, which will continue for a week. Deputy Mayor of Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City, Sushila Mishra Bhatt said, “This exercise teaches the women and girls to kick properly so that they can ensure their safety.”

Similarly, Basanti Chaudhary of Women Rights Defenders’ Network, Dhangadhi Chapter, observed, “This training is aimed at developing skills to ensure self defence and chase away anyone who misbehaves and make ill attempts at girls and women.”

The camp—which first paid tribute to the late Nirmala Panta by observing one-minute silence—was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Province 7, Trilochan Bhatta.

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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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