BHAKTAPUR — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ananda Pokharel and Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party (NWPP) Chairman, Narayanman Bijukche, today jointly launched the reconstruction work in Bhatkapur city.
As a part of the Heritage Reconstruction National Program the government started from this day, foundation stones were laid for reconstruction of the Lyaku Dwaka (entrance gate to Durbar Square) and Silu Mahadev temple (Fasidega).
At the program, Minister Pokharel said that 800,000 houses were damaged during the devastating earthquake, and that government was expediting the reconstruction work.
NWPP Chair Bijukchhe said the reconstruction work cannot be handed over to the construction contractors, and work should be dealt with through Consumer Committee.
The cost for reconstructing Fasidega is estimated at Rs 55 million and Lyaku Dwaka at Rs 3.398 million.
Two held on charge of girls trafficking
BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.
The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.
The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.
Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.
According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.
It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.
The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.Follow @gorkhapost