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Deliberations on govt policies and programs begin

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KATHMANDU — Deliberations on the government’s policies and programs presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on May 21 have started in the House of Representatives today.

Lawmaker Baburam Bhattarai, while taking part in the deliberations, commented that the policies and programs were positive as they aim to double the per capita income, end unemployment, generate 5,000 megawatt power among others in a period of five years.

He further shared that the policies and programs also mention infrastructure development, adding that clarity was of utmost importance to achieve these goals.

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He suggested the government to bring concrete plans rather than ambitious ones. Lawmaker Bhattarai, also the coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal party, opined to invite foreign investments by keeping national interest at the centre. He urged the government to concretise the programs to institutionalise federalism in the country.

Similarly, lawmaker Bishal Bhattarai stressed on preparing the concrete foundation for the implementation of the policy and program.

Lawmaker Yagya Raj Sunar said that the policy and programme was effective as it focused on various areas with concrete programs.

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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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