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Tony Hagen’s photographs in exhibition at Bhaktapur

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BHAKTAPUR — The photographs of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings taken during the 1950s by renowned Swiss geologist Toni Hagen (PhD) have been kept in exhibition at Bhaktapur from Monday.

Hagen’s daughter Katryn Hagen inaugurated the exhibition in Ganchhe of Bhaktapur Municipality on Monday evening.

The exhibition includes Hagen’s photographs of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kirtipur, archeological heritages, historical buildings, historical ponds, Durbar squares among others.

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Conservationist Rabindra Puri said that 50 photographs taken by Hagen would be kept in exhibition till April 1. He shared that the exhibition was organised to encourage people for conservation of heritage and protect them from further deteriorating.

On the occasion, Katryn Hagen expressed her pleasure regarding the exhibition of her father’s photography adding that the historical heritages in Kathmandu Valley are extremely beautiful.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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