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India admits to building bridges over Mahakali River sans Nepal’s permission

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India's built wooden makeshit bridges over Mahakali River

DARCHULA — India has admitted it’s mistake of constructing four makeshift wooden bridges over Mahakali River and a 150-metre long track and a 2 km foot trails in Darchula district without securing permission of Nepal.

The meeting was held in the Indian town of Pithoragarh on Monday to talk on the issue of Indian authorities constructing four makeshift bridges over the Mahakali River, a track and a foot trail in Nepali territory without the consent of the Nepali government.

Darchula CDO Janardan Gautam said the Indian officials admitted to the mistake of constructing the bridges and track without consent at Monday’s meeting.

The representatives of five gram panchayats (village councils) on Sunday, had submitted a letter to the Darchula District Administration Office seeking permission to build the road on the Nepali side, saying that it would facilitate the people of Nepal as well.

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Although the Indian authorities had written a letter to the Nepal government through Darchula district chief Janardan Gautam asking for a permission, officials say the Indian side went ahead with the construction without Nepal’s permission.

The Indian side has claimed that the bridges over the Mahakali River, which borders Nepal and India, and road in Darchula would serve the people of both India and Nepal.

Gautam informed that the Monday’s border meeting between the two countries also discussed various cross-border issues like human trafficking, criminal activities, smuggling of goods, drugs and animal parts.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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