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Former minister Kharel appointed Attorney General

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed former Minister and senior advocate Agni Kharel as the Attorney General on Tuesday.

On the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Oli, President Bhandari appointed Kharel as the Attorney General as per Article 157 (2) of the Constitution, the President’s office informed.

A permanent resident of Gauradaha-3 of Jhapa, Kharel had worked as the Law Minister from 2007 to 2013 in the CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli-led government. He is the politburo member of the UML.

Attorney General Basanta Ram Bhandari had resigned from his post after Oli was appointed as the Prime Minister of Nepal on February 15.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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