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5000 saplings to be planted at Pashupati

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KATHMANDU — A campaign of planting saplings has started in the Pashupati area with the objective of increasing greenery in this world heritage site and the centre of faith for the Hindus across the world.

As many as 5,000 saplings of various species of trees are to be planted under this campaign.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari on Saturday initiated the sapling planting campaign.

Two hundred and fifty saplings of various species like Belpatra, Lothsallo, Chilaune, Lapsi and Parijat were planted at Mrigasthali area on Saturday as part of the campaign, member-secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), Dr Pravin Dhakal, said.

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PADT would assign people to take care of the saplings. According to Dr Dhakal, it costs Rs 11,114 to look after a single sapling.

The PADT board has decided to allow people who want to plant saplings in the Pashupati area on special occasions like their birth day and marriage anniversary and take care of it. The Eurasia Reiyukai has taken permission this week to plant 300 saplings, the PADT said.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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