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Government declares 16 more Madhesi as martyrs

world Updated: Mar 31, 2010 15:45 IST
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Taking the total tally of martyrs killed during the Madhesi uprising to 39, the Nepalese Government has declared that 16 more persons were killed during the unrest three years ago.

The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal made a decision in this matter, according to Madhav's press advisor Bishnu Rijal.

Earlier, the government had declared 23 people killed during Terai agitation as martyrs as per the demand made by the Madhesi based parties. The families of those declared martyrs would be provided with Rs 1 million compensation each.

The Madhesi parties had launched an agitation for greater autonomy, more rights and representation for the Madhesi people.

Similarly, the cabinet also decided to sanction Rs 200 million as relief to farmers engaged in maize cultivation in Terai districts due to unfavourable weather condition this year.

Many farmers in various Terai districts including Bara, Parsa and Rautahat had to bear heavy losses this year as the maize planted in their fields failed to bear fruit due to unfavourable weather condition.