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Dr KC warns of another hunger strike if govt fails to honor agreement

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KATHMANDU — Senior Orthopedic Surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Dr Govinda KC organised a press meet here on Tuesday and said that he will be compelled to go on another hunger-strike if the government fail to implement the agreement.

Medical activist Dr KC got discharged after treatment at the Hospital following 27 days of hunger-strike.

At a press conference organised at Maharajgunj-based TUTH following his discharge from the hospital, he expressed hope that the government will honour the nine-point agreement signed by him and the government representatives for reform in medical education.

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Choking up with emotions, Dr KC said, “I couldn’t check the patients for long because of the prolonged hunger strike. I don’t know if I have to stage the 16th hunger strike.”

Dr KC further reminded the Prime Minister and the government of their promises and urged them to work to fulfil the same at the earliest possible.

Earlier, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had assured that the Medical Education Bill would be passed at the Parliament and that nobody would have to go on such strikes again.

Dr KC had been receiving treatment at the hospital for the past 13 days after ending his hunger strike following a nine-point agreement with the government on July 26.

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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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