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Constitution promulgation historical achievement: Bhattarai

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BARDIBAS —New Force Nepal Coordinator and Former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that the promulgation of new constitution through the Constituent Assembly (CA) was a historical and unprecedented achievement of Nepal.

Addressing an interaction organized at Bardibas of Mahottari on Monday, Dr Bhattarai made it clear that failure to internalize the achievement would undermine the value of democratic movement.

With the proclamation of the new constitution the country has ushered into the phase of economic development and prosperity, he said.

The former Prime Minister also noted that he took the move realizing the need of new force in politics to wage struggle for economic development and prosperity.

He appealed to the Madhesi parties – which are again preparing for next round of agitation – to lead the movement for economic prosperity in Madhes which he said was socially, politically and economically battered most due to past blockade and strike

Dr Bhatatrai asserted that the mutual dialogue could address the demand of more political rights in the constitution and delineation of provincial boundaries.

He called for the government and Madhesi parties to adopt flexible approach to find an agreeable point.

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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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