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Kathmandu View Tower construction delayed due to lack of materials

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KATHMANDU — The construction of Kathmandu View Tower at the Purano (old) Bus Park is not making any progress because of lack of materials.

The delay in the tower’s construction has been attributed to the fact that all the construction materials have to be imported from India, said Manoj Bhetwal, Chief of Jaleshwor Swachchhanda Bkoi Builders Pvt Ltd, which is responsible for constructing the tower under the public-private partnership model.

He said all construction materials apart from cement, stones, gravel and sand have to be brought from India.

Currently, the construction site at the Bus Park has been shielded by corrugated zinc sheets. The construction process will speed up once the materials arrive from India, Bhetwal said.

The Bus Park was relocated to the nearby Khullamunch in mid-April to lend space for the construction.

In the view of the revised building codes following the massive earthquake of last year, preparations are being made to build the tower quake-resistant with the number of storeys limited to 12.

The construction company, as a part of an agreement with the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), will operate the building for 30 years after the construction is completed. The tower construction is said to be completed within five years of the commencement.

It has been estimated that a total of Rs 3.50 billion will be spent in the construction, KMC Spokesperson Gyanendra Karki said.

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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