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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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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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