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Indian TV channels blacked out in Nepal as crisis over new Constitution deepens
MUMBAI: The conflict between
Madhesis and Pahadis in Nepal over the
country’s new Constitution has spilled
over to the world of entertainment,
with the Federation of Nepal Cable
Television Association (FNCTA)
deciding to block Indian television
channels to protest the blockade of a
key trade checkpoint with India by
agitators opposing Nepal’s new
At a meeting held on Sunday, the cable
operators had decided to black out all
the Indian channels indefinitely from
10 am today in a symbolic protest. The
association also said that the
broadcast of Hindi channels has
already stopped in Chitwan, Pokhara
and Mahendranagar.
According to a PTI report, FNCTA
president Sushil Parajuli said they
decided to shut down the broadcast of
the Indian channels as “India has been
intruding in the national sovereignty
of Nepal”.
He also said that the federation was
being pressurised by a few parties and
the public to cut the Indian channels.
The Madhesis, who are Indian-origin
inhabitants of the Terai plains
bordering India, allege that the new
Constitution is unfair to them as it
does not guarantee enough rights and

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