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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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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

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Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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