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Janakpur-Jayanagar rail service undergoes successful test operation

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DHANUSHA — The test operation of Janakpur-Jayapur railway, Nepal’s only railway service underwent successfully on Wednesday.

The test operation was conducted by the Indian side in a bid to resume the operation of the train service which has remained completely standstill for the last four years.

During the test operation, a railway engine with 53 bogies made the 8.5 kilometres long journey from Jayanagar of Nepal to Khajuri Railway Station in India, according to the Nepal Railway Campaigner Binod Ojha.

The train moved with ease during the test operation.

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Ojha further informed that there would be no trouble in resuming railway service with the completion of the test operation.

There was a huge queue of spectators to observe the test operation of South Asia’s first railway service that connects two countries.

The Janakpur-Jayanagar-Kurtha rail service, being constructed at the Indian assistance of Rs 7 billion, is in its final phase.

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NOC hikes fuel prices

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has jacked up the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation turbine fuel with effect from Monday.

The state-owned monopoly has decided to increase Rs 1 per litre in petrol while it has increased diesel and kerosene prices by Rs 2 a litre, respectively. Likewise, price of ATF has been raised by Rs 4.5 a litre.

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Petrol will now cost Rs 111 per litre while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 95 a litr and ATF will cost Rs 104.5 a litre.

The NOC, however, has not increased the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Even with this adjustment, NOC will still incur fortnightly loss of Rs 70 million, as per Birendra Goit, spokesperson for NOC.

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