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11 bridges constructed in Myagdi this year alone

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MYAGDI — As many as 2,500 households have been benefitted with the construction of 11 suspension bridges at various places in Myagdi district this year.

The construction of the bridges has not only eased travel to the locals but has also helped promote tourism in these areas.

Among the 11 suspension bridges constructed in the district this year is the 365.8 metres long bridge at Raghuganga rural municipality-1.

This is the longest suspension bridge in the country and was built at a total cost of Rs 27 million 990 thousand 100. This bridge was constructed by the District Technical Office, Myagdi.

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The remaining 10 bridges are constructed by the District Technical Office, the Trail Bridge Support Unit (TBSU), SWAP, local levels, communities and local NGOs.

The total cost of these 10 bridges is Rs 300 million 439 thousand 464. A population of 14,546 of 2,503 households has been benefitted from these bridges.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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