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Nepal To Ban Alcohol, Cigarette Ads

January 4, 1999

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Nepal will soon ban all alcohol and tobacco advertisements on television and radio, the communications minister said Monday.

Jayaprakash Gupta said the government had made the decision to ``reflect the wishes″ of the Nepalese people. But he did not specify when the decision would come into effect.

The state-run television and radio stations and two other private radio stations depend on alcohol and cigarette ads for half their revenue.

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