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Forest fire claims one in Dhankuta

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DHANKUTA — Fires in 13 different community forests in Dhnakuta have caused damage of around Rs 20 million in the district, the Dhankuta chapter of Federation of Community Forestry Users’ Nepal (FECOFUN) said.

Likewise, Banu Chhara Rai, 51, of Shahid Bhumi Rural Municipality-2 died in the fire at Panchakanya Community Forest in the rural municipality.

Similarly, five cow sheds and four houses were gutted after the fire in Jal Kanya Community Forest in Dhankuta Municipality-9 reached the human settlement.

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District chair of FECOFUN Rajendra Khadka said that the users have witnessed the loss of around Rs 20 million after the plants and medicinal herbs were destroyed in the fires.

The fires caused due to human errors have caused a huge loss in Dhankuta this year. It is said that 100 hectares of forest in Bhanjyang Danda Community Forest, 36 hectares of forests in Badare Community Forest, 191 hectares of forest in Thulibhir Community Forest, 500 hectares of forest of Pathibhara Community Forest and others were also destroyed in the fire.

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34 people involved in sex trade arrested

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Police Circle Gongabu has arrested 34 people involved in sex trade.

During a joint operation held last night at Deepjyoti and Mitranagar area in Gongabu, law enforcement officers raided restaurants running as a cover for sex trade, sale of contraband drugs and gambling. Among the arrested 19 are men and 15 women.

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Circle’s Chief Pratap Poudel said the operation is part of a broader plan of making the Naya Bus Park area a controlled sector for human trafficking and sex trade.

He added that further investigation is being launched with police planning to file cases against 12 of the arrestees.

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