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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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Bijaya Dashami today

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KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.

The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.

Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.

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The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.

People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.

It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.

The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.

 

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