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All quake damaged houses to be rebuilt by 2077, says NRA

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KATHMANDU — Secretary at National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Arjun Kumar Karki, has said this fiscal year is being marked as the reconstruction year and all the houses destroyed by the earthquake would be completed by the end of fiscal year 2076/77BS.

It is therefore the construction of the damaged houses would be completed in the five years of the earthquake, he reiterated during a programme organized by Transparency International Nepal on reconstruction and rehabilitation after the quake.

He said those building new houses need to meet the building code.

On the occasion, leader of the Rastriya Janata Party, Mahendra Raya Yadav, complained that the foreign assistance had not reached the earthquake survivors; NRA’s activities were very slow and people were suffering from landslides and floods.

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Lawmaker Asha Kumari BK said the quake survivors have been afflicted much, so the government must pay heed to them.

Transparency International General Secretary Padmini Pradhanaga also complained that the reconstructions of quake damaged public buildings including school was lackadaisical.

Transparency International Chairperson Shreehari Aryal informed that integrity programme was launched for the reconstruction and rehabilitation following the earthquake.

The integrity programme was helping the government in the reconstruction planning, implementation and monitoring.

It was informed at the programme that only 27 percent households have reconstructed their houses so far.

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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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