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Bangladesh ambassador Shams says it will provide ports to Nepal to import fuel

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KATHMANDU — Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams said on Monday that Bangladesh would provide transit if Nepal imported petroleum products from third countries.

Speaking at a program organized by Reporters Nepal in Kathmandu, the Bangladeshi envoy said her country was ready to provide ports at Mangla and Chittagong as transit to Nepal for fuel and LPG imports.

Stating that Bangladesh knew about the existing fuel crisis in Nepal she said that Bangladesh has officially informed Nepal about the availability of the two ports and has shown interest in bringing in aviation turbine fuel from Bangladesh.

She said Nepal can be benefited by the railroad service reached out up to Rohanpur, Singhabad and Radhikapur.

Ambassador Shams pointed out the need for an immediate motor vehicle agreement between the two countries saying Nepali payload trucks can enter Bangladesh with any obstruction but Bangladeshi trucks are not allowed to enter Nepal.

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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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