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DPM Thapa stresses support from international community for reconstruction

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WASHINGTON — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa underlined the need of backing from international community towards Nepal’s bid for post-earthquake reconstruction.

He made the statement during an interaction organised by Washington DC based United States Institute of Peace to mark the first year of the destructive earthquake occurred in Nepal.

Addressing the interaction, DPM Thapa said the top priority of the reconstruction is to construct private houses followed by the road and bridge, schools, health posts and tourism sites.

On the occasion, Thapa shared that the earthquake had killed around 9,000 people, damaged 600,000 houses and cost the damage worth $ 7 billion in Nepal.

“We have lost many things but not the hope to come back”, he said, pledging to complete the reconstruction of Nepal within coming five years.

“We need continuous support from international community fro the same,” he said. Thapa further informed that the government is making ground works to hold local body elections within coming mid-November so as to leverage the campaign of reconstruction as well.

Though there are disagreements on the Constitution from my side as well but I have accepted the new national charter since it is the document of compromise, he noted.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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