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CIAA files graft case against 12 including TU processors and college operators

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KATHMANDU — The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Friday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 12 persons including professors of the Tribhuvan University and operators of the Teaching Hospital  and Gandaki Medical College.

Members of the monitoring team including Dr Ganesh Kumar Rai,  Dr Pradeep Gyawali, Dr Rajeev Yadav, Dr Krishna Adhikari, Dr Nara Maya Thapa and Dr Prenit Kumar Pokharel were made defendants in the case.

Likewise, the college operators Khuma Prasad Aryal, Prakash Lamichhane, Bhesh Raj Aryal,Ramesh Sharma, Hum Nath Koirala and Nisan Rajbhandari were also named defendants in the case.

The anti-graft body has blamed them for allowing affiliation by preparing false report about infrastructures before fixing numbers of students for MBBS program.

A observing team jointly deployed from the Tribhuvan University and the Nepal Medical Council had recommended to set the enrollment capacity at 150 in cahoots with the College operators while the institution lacked basic infrastructures and qualified faculty members.

The constitutional body has demanded actions against Rai and Thapa as per Section 24 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2002 while others would be taken action against as per Section 19.2 of the same Act if convicted.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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