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KATHMANDU — Transport entrepreneurs have halted operation of vehicles across the country today apparently in a bid to press the government to bow down to their monopoly as a syndicate.

As a result, life has been affected including in the capital city, with passengers leaving for their destinations stranded. The protest was called by the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA).
The agitators have demanded a scrape of the recently issued Transport Management Directive that intends to break syndicate and other monopoly of transport entrepreneurs.

The FNNTEA argued that the Directive was brought in place without consulting them.

“Our aim is also to end bad practices and activities in transport. However, the government has tried to squeeze us by issuing the Directive without consulting us, and especially at a time when we were demanding a powerful authority that would serve the rights and interests of the government, transport entrepreneurs and the consumers,” said FNNTEA General Secretary Saroj Sitaula.

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However, other transport entrepreneurs who are not associated with the FNNTEA have showed their readiness to operate vehicles only if the government provides security.

“We are ready to operate vehicles if the government provides security,” said General Secretary of Tourist Bus Association of Nepal Krishna Acharya.

Approximately 400,000 public vehicles across the country are associated with the 305 transport entrepreneur committees under the FNNTEA.

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Govt committed to develop Tarai region : PM Oli

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JANAKPUR — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stressed the need to revolutionize and modernize the agriculture sector in Province 2.

Addressing the the provincial assembly of Province 2 in Janakpur on Saturday, PM Oli said that doing so would help to increase production by as much as four times.

On the occasion, PM Oli said that he is committed to develop Tarai region of Nepal.

He also expressed the federal government’s commitment to bring necessary changes and support the provincial government to meet its goals and urged provincial ministers and parliamentarians to put forward favorable plans and policies to modernize agriculture, one of the major sources of employment in the country.

PM Oli said that a ship that will leave from Nepal to Kolkata of India will be operated from Province 2 He further said that the ship will be operated from three rivers of Nepal soon.

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He further said that the Postal Highway will be completed within the next five years. Stating that he has a good relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PM Oli said that the relationship between two countries would be strengthened further.

Oli also highlighted the benefits of cross border connectivity through trains and highways that would help to strengthen trade relationships with both the neighbors while increasing people-to-people relationship.

As soon as the meeting began at Province Assembly, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) lawmakers Bisheshwor Prasad Yadav, Upendra Mahato and Gauri Narayan Sah boycotted the meeting and walked out of the hall.

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