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Three young entrepreneurs awarded

Thursday
Three young entrepreneurs have received ´Youth Entrepreneurial Award for Skilled People 2014´.

Minister of Youth and Sports Purushottam Poudel handed over the award to Bharat Kumar Bhattarai of Bajra Hotel, Parsu Ram Chaudhary of Pragati Tailors and Saraswoti Malla of Jagriti Tarkari Farm. They received certificates and tools worth Rs 15,000 to start their business.

Thirty seven youth entrepreneurs, including 15 women, from 17 districts had applied for the award. Of the 37 applicants, the organizers had selected seven finalists -- Amit Gurung, Bharat Kumar Bhattarai, Bhim Maya Magar, Dharma Raj Thapa, Parsu Ram Chaudhary, Saraswoti Malla and Shova Khadka.

The award ceremony was jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) on the occasion of International Youth Day.

After receiving the award, Chaudhary said his tailor was becoming popular and that he wishes to open a garment industry if he receives support from the government and other organizations.

According to AYON, the applicants were judged on the basis of four criteria: innovation, income, sustainability and impact.

Devraj Bharadwaj, president of AYON, said it is high time the government and other organizations focused on youth employment.

The theme for this year awards was ´Mentally Fit Youth for Prosperity

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