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Govt to provide pensions to farmers: Minister Gajurel

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BHADRAPUR — Minister for Agricultural Development, Haribol Gajurel, said the government would soon introduce a provision to grant state pension to farmers involved incessantly in agricultural production for at least 20 years.

Addressing a function held by the Agriculture Development Office for distributing farm machinery today, Minister Gajurel added that government had brought a 27-point working policy for people’s food security and expressed hope it would help draw youth towards agriculture from foreign employment.

“It is necessary to develop commercial and modern irrigation system and seek youths’ affiliation in agriculture,” Minister Gajurel said.

The Minister further said development in the capital would immediately follow development of the agricultural sector which in turn would strengthen the country.

On the occasion, he also pledged to formulate a substantive plan on agricultural sector in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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