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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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Dr KC continues fast-unto-death at Teaching Hospital

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who was airlifted to Kathmandu by Nepal Army personnel from Jumla on Thursday has continued his hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.

Dr KC began his 15th hunger strike from June 30 at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla. He was unwilling to be airlifted by force but later yielded after his supporters and security officials clashed.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr KC was brought to Kathmandu as per the recommendation of KAHS as his health was deteriorating day by day.

The government planned to keep Dr KC at Bir Hospital after he landed at Tundikhel at 6:65 PM Thursday by a Nepal Army helicopter. But, Dr KC refused to be examined at Bir and so he was taken to TUTH, according to sources.

Earlier, Dr KC was taken to the Nepal Army barrack in Jumla from where he was airlifted to Surkhet and later to Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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Local people had gathered at KAHS to obstruct the security personnel from taking Dr KC to the barracks. The agitating doctor had agreed to come to the capital after a clash between locals and security personnel turned violent injuring scores of people including a police constable.

Meanwhile, Out Patient Department (OPD) services at almost all hospitals and health facilities were halted Thursday after Nepal Medical Association, the professional organization of medical doctors and dentists, urged health workers to shut down services except emergency .

NMA, supporting the hunger strike staged by Dr KC, on Wednesday, called for the disruption of OPD services at health facilities including those in the private sector.

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