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KMC demolishes shops and restaurants at Dharahara

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KATHMANDU — The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Office has started demolishing the shops and restaurants built on the premises of the Dharahara from Saturday, terminating its previous contracts with the shopkeepers.

The KMC had issued a statement on Friday asking the shops and restaurants owners inside the now-collapsed Dharahara be removed within 24 hours saying that the agreement signed with a private company Sidewalker’s, entrusted with managing Dharahara, had automatically ended after Dharahara collapsed in the 2015 April 25 Great Quake.

A meeting of KMC executive committee held on Friday had decided to demolish the buildings around Dharahara and had issued a notice to evacuate the shops and restaurants.

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It was mentioned in the notice that the contract between the shopkeepers and KMC was already terminated following the destruction of Dharahara on April 25, 2015.

Officials at the KMC said the police personnel of the KMC have been instructed to start clearing structures around Dharahara in order to start the reconstruction of the historical monument.

About 100 personnel each from Kathmandu Metropolitan Police and Nepal Police were present at the site when the police personnel evacuated shops and restaurants starting 3 pm Saturday.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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