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Mars crater named after Nepal quake village Langtang

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A crater on Mars has been named after one of the villages worst hit by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

At least 215 people were killed in Langtang, a popular trekking site, when the quake triggered an avalanche that submerged the village, last year.

The International Astronomical Union has named a 9.8km wide crater on Mars as Langtang.

The researcher behind the move, Tjalling de Haas, said it was “a tribute” to the Nepali village.

Dr de Haas, who studies Mars’s physical geography at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, told the BBC he chose Langtang because his colleague had worked there while studying Himalayan glaciers.

“It was his base camp for a long period, so we said maybe it’s a nice tribute to call [the crater] Langtang,” he said.

Langtang was a ‘scientifically important’ crater, Dr De Haas said. “The marks on the top of the crater wall were probably water flows, and below them you can see ridges – the remains of former glaciers.”

He has named another crater Bunnik, after his hometown near Utrecht. Both names were approved by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.

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4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs

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SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.

Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.

The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.

The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.

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