The Ministry of Information and Communications sought clarification from various cable operators as to why action must not be taken against them as they have violated the National Broadcasting Act.
    
Cable TV operators in Nepal today stopped airing all the Indian channels to protest blockade of a key trade checkpoint with India by agitators opposing Nepal's new Constitution.
    
The Ministry said that the cable operators violated the provisions and had stopped broadcasting the channels without any prior notice. The Ministry has asked them to furnish clarification within 24 hours and continue the broadcast.
    
President of Federation of Nepal Cable Television Association, Sushil Parajuli yesterday said that the cable operators decided to stop the broadcast of the Indian channels as 'India has been intruding in the national sovereignty of Nepal.'
    
Unrest in Nepal's Terai plains over the new Constitution has led to the blockade of Birgunj trade checkpoint with India, cutting off vital supplies.
    
The country is reeling under scarcity of essential goods including petroleum products and cooking gas due to the blockade along the border areas.
    
Normal life has been severely affected due to the growing tension in the border areas.

 

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