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Dahal assures integrated development of Chitwan

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CHITWAN — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said that an integrated development model is being prepared by incorporating Chitwan and neighbouring districts.

Speaking at an interaction programme organized by Press Centre Nepal Chitwan chapter this morning, the former prime minister said that such integrated development plan should be made by incorporating Nawalpur, Makawanpur, Dhading and Thori of Parsa district.

Saying that exemplary model of development would be carried out, the Maoist Chairman stressed on the maximum utilisation of natural resources available in the region.

Prachanda, also the Member of Parliament from Chitwan-3, said that other adjoining locations should also be taken into consideration while developing the area.

“Development model should be prepared by looking at the geo-political situation of Chitwan with Nawalpur, Makawanpur, Dhading, Thori and India,” he shared.

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Stating that consultations with leaders and intellectuals were ongoing about the development of the region, the former prime minister vowed to unveil international standard of development.

“I visit different places in Chitwan whenever I visit here. I don’t visit for relaxation rather to find out the development potentials,” he revealed the purpose of his repeated visits in his hometown Chitwan.

On the occasion, Prachanda also made his statement to completely stop the practice of land plotting.

He said discussions with Israel are going on to make model agricultural region in Chitwan based on integrated agriculture system.

Likewise, the Maoist Chairman said that positive discussions were held on Tuesday evening with a Chinese delegation to establish industries in Chitwan. He said that the Chinese investors are proposing to establish steel, iron, garment and footwear factories.

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Saying that Chitwan can be a hub for education and health, Dahal claimed he was according top priority to the concerned programmes.

Likewise, he said the police headquarters of Province No. 3 would be stationed in Chitwan while the central office of the President Chure Conservation Committee would also be established in Chitwan.

Dahal also reiterated his commitments made during the election rallies and added that some projects would be advanced in the current fiscal year while some others would get budget from the upcoming fiscal year.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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