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Govt forms 6-member committee to probe US-Bangla plane crash

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a six-member committee on Monday to probe the crash-landing of US-Bangla Airlines at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The committee is led by former director general at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Yagya Prasad Gautam. Joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane has been designated as the member secretary of the panel.

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The committee has been assigned to initiate investigation as early as possible, according to Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

The government has also paid tribute to all the victims killed in the accident and wished quick recovery of those who survived and receiving treatment at different hospitals.

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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.

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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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