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Locals shut Sanfe-Martadi Highway demanding compensation

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BAJURA — Locals of Tipada in Badimalika Municipality-5 of Bajura have blocked the Sanfe-Martadi Highway since Monday morning demanding compensation for their land that was acquired in course of the highway construction.

The District Administration Office and people’s representatives turned deaf ears despite frequent visits to discuss the issue, complaint the locals.

They have accused the contractor company, PS Company, of failing to compensate them for their land property.

According to the residents, they found no option than closing the highway to exert pressure on authorities concerned to make the contractor respond to their issues.

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As per the papers, they were promised proper compensation for the arable land that is acquired for the road construction project. However, as many as 11 households are yet to get the compensation till now, said one Dhir Bahadur Singh.

“The road will not be opened till we are paid the compensation.”

When approached, Chief District Officer Luk Bahadur Chhetri said, “An all-party meeting was held in the District Administration Office (DAO) Sunday to seek a legal remedy of the issue. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway.”

Meanwhile, vehicles operating on short and long routes have been stranded before reaching the destination due to the highway closure.

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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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