ACHHAM — Travel has become easier on the Pushpalal (Mid-hills) Highway with the construction of a concrete bridge over the Karnali river which forms the border between Achham and Dailekh districts.
This is the longest bridge among the 80 bridges that are to be constructed under the Mid-hills Highway that runs begins at Paanchthar in the east and ends at Jhulaghat in far-west. It is 200 metres long and constructed at Belkhet. The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 225 million.
The locals are happy with the construction of the concrete bridge. Before this, vehicles and goods were transported across the river with the help of ferry.
“The construction of the bridge here has now made travel easier not only for the vehicles but also for the locals,” said one Meena Nepali of Bayala, Achham.
Forty-eight out of the 80 concrete bridges have been constructed under the highway. Thirty-two are under construction. The Pushpalal Highway is 1,786 kilometres long. It connects 215 settlements of 25 districts in the hilly region.Follow @gorkhapost
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost