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US envoy Teplitz calls on PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — US Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B Teplitz, has called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the latter’s official residence in Baluwatar on Friday.

During the meeting, PM Oli thanked US President Donald Trump through the US Ambassador for sending the congratulatory message on his appointment as the Prime Minister.

The PM also praised the US assistance to Nepal in different sectors for long.

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Likewise, PM Oli urged the US Ambassador to immediately launch the investment of 630 million US dollars for the strengthening of Nepal’s energy and transport sectors by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project.

During the meeting, Teplitz urged PM Oli for policy-level reforms, good governance and structural changes in Nepal.

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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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