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Tuesday, August 11, 1998 Published at 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK

World: South Asia

Business stike ends in Nepal

Businessmen in Nepal have ended their eleven-day strike against the enforced collection of a tax on goods and services -- value added tax.

The move followed agreement with the government that businesses need not register for the tax until talks on implementing the measure are completed.

The government imposed the tax from last month.

Businesses said the tax would ruin their operations.

Correspondents say the strike is estimated to have cost millions of dollars in lost business and revenue.

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