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66th Democracy Day today

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KATHMANDU —The 66th Democracy Day is being observed with much fanfare by organising various programs today across the country.

The Day is the reminder of the advent of democracy and the abolition of 104 years of the autocratic Rana rule 66 years ago in the country.

The Democracy Day Celebration Main Organizing Committee is to organising a special function at Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, to mark the day.

After 1951, the day holds a special significance. The journey of development and consciousness for democracy is said to have started from February 19 of that year.

On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended greetings to all Nepali people living at home and abroad, wishing that this day would inspire them to adhere to the basic norms and values of democracy.

In her message, President Bhandari said the day reminds the people of the importance of renunciation and sacrifice for change.

“Democracy is the best governance system in the world, as it makes people sovereign. We are now enjoying the federal democratic republic system after invasion on the democracy established by the people in 1951,” read the message.

Likewise, former President Ram Baran Yadav has said that no one would be freed from the responsibility until the peoples’ representatives implement the new constitution.

In his message extended on the Democracy day, Yadav said that at a time when the country is celebrating the 64th Democracy Day, it’s the responsibility of the people to strengthen the democratic system.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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