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20 construction workers killed in Mustang tipper accident

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MUSTANG — 20 construction workers have died and 12 others were sustained injuries when a tipper carrying workers met with an accident at Syangboche in Ghyakar Damodarkunda Rural Municipality-3, Upper Mustang, on Friday.

The ill-fated tipper (Ba 2 Ka 2219) was carrying the construction workers back to the construction site after their lunch when it met with the accident in the Syangboche area,according to Chief District Officer of Mustang, Shishir Paudel.

The tipper skidded off the road and plunged near Ghiling at Damador Kunda-3 on the Mustang Korala road at around 2pm, according to Mustang police chief DSP Mahendra Khadka. The truck fell 50 meters down the Jomsom-Lomanthang road section, said police.

The incident site is 50 kilometres northeast of Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang.

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The deceased have been identified as Kabita Gharti Magar, Shanti Thapa, Gurudatta Thapa and Kamal Budha of Dang, Sukaman Roka, Mahesh Roka, Ramkumar Pun, Sontu Gharti, Srijana Magar, Bal Kumar Gharti, Suber Chaudhary, Jitmaya Gharti, Mausam Gharti and Rastra Roka of Rolpa, Sujan Ghalan (Driver) of Dhading, Jeevan Majhi of Sindhuli, Binti Roka and Binita Gharti of Kailali, Kaman Singh Roka of Kapilvastu and Krishna Chhetri of Syangja.

Those injured in the accident were rescued with the help of Nepal Army chopper and jeep. Three of the critically injured patients were airlifted to Pokhara-based Manipal Teaching Hospital by an army chopper.

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Dahal stresses on prosperity

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CHITWAN — Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed on development and prosperity of the nation.

Chairman Dahal argued to make the agro market modern and consumer friendly while inaugurating the Agriculture Promotion Market here on Sunday.

On another note, former PM Dahal said that Chitwan Metropolis City should be made exemplary in development after constructing the ring roads along the Narayani and Rapti rivers.

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Speaking in the same programme, CPN leader and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey opined to develop at least one pocket area for one product to make the nation self reliance in food grains.

The market was constructed in the investment of 66 businesspersons. A total of Rs 140 million has been spent so far for the construction, according to Thir Prasad Dhital, managing director at the market.

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