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Kathmandu traffic police learning English ahead of SAARC summit

PRASHANT ACHARYA 
Kathmandu : With preparations for the SAARC summit in full swing in Kathmandu, traffic police personnel here are being trained on personality development and in speaking in English. Around 30 traffic officers, both males and female, are busy learning to speak in English. The training is for an hour every day, courtesy Orbit International Education. OIE chief executive Sheshraj Bhattarai said the training is free of cost and is aimed at helping traffic cops to communicate more easily with guests from abroad during the SAARC summit. He said thousands of guests from the member countries are expected to visit the capital a week before the summit. Traffic police who are deputed at vantage points in the city, especially where guests’ movements would be frequent, are being imparted the training. 

They will be guiding the guests at the airport, hotels, hospital and VIP areas. OIE director Radheyshyam Malla said, “We have decided to provide free training to traffic officers especially to enable them in communicating smoothly in English with SAARC guests including government officials, media friends and others.” Nepal Traffic Police spokesperson Basanta Pant appreciated OIE’s move and noted it would definitely help the personnel to develop skills and communicate better with foreign guests during the SAARC summit. Kalpana Pokharel, a newly joined trainee with the institution, expressed happiness with the initiative and said, “I am very happy to be part of the programme because without English it is impossible to communicate with people, especially tourists, who visit Nepal every year.” 

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