Stories By 'CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL'
Residents of several parts of Kathmandu will get a much needed respite as the water utility makes supply more regular. In the northern parts of the Capital, water will now be supplied five times a week—two hours at a stretch. Earlier, tap water was received only once a week.
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Each time an airplane passes over the house he spends his day working in, Binay Uraau is reminded of his long-held dream: securing a job and flying to Qatar.Uraau, 40, who has been working as a mason building a house in Koteshwor, feels a plum job in Doha would lessen the financial burden that is there on his family of five.But that’s not the only reason he wants to board a plane for Doha soon.
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A task force, mandated by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to find out new labour destination countries, has suggested that Nepal needs to diversify its labour markets beyond Gulf Council Cooperation (GCC) countries and Malaysia.
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Take Sujita Chaudhary. In 2013, fresh out of high school, she had the same plans as her friends – as a science student, join the Institute of Medicine (IOM) or the Institute of Engineering (IOE), two of Nepal’s premier technical institutions, both under the Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest university of the country.
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Angesh Tamang, a 22-year-old from Kavrepalanchok, was planning to return to Nepal last March. But days before his flight, he died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Malaysia. Tamang wasn’t alone--he was one of the nearly 300 Nepali workers who died in Malaysia last year, making the Southeast Asian nation one of the deadliest for Nepali workers.
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Bir Bahadur Waiba and his two friends paid Rs 50,000 each to Meridian Associates Pvt Ltd, a recruiting agency, for job placements in Dubai in the United Arab of Emirates. The tissue paper manufacturing company would pay them 1,300 UAE Dirhams per month, or Rs 38,987.07, they were told.
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