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Minister Pokhrel, Chinese envoy Hong jointly lay foundation stone for reconstruction Durbar High School

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong have jointly laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of Durbar High School on Friday.

The school building –the oldest school of Nepal– was severely destroyed by the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015.

The school, which is also known as Bhanu Secondary School, is being reconstructed with financial support from the Chinese government. The Chinese side aims to complete the school reconstruction in 20 months.

An agreement was reached between Nepal government’s Ministry of Finance and Chinese government’s Commerce Minister for rebuilding the school under the China Aid post-disaster reconstruction projects in Nepal.

The new building will spread over 4,200 square meters will have four stories and over 40 classrooms.

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Minister Pokharel, addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony, hoped that the school having its own history would be rebuilt with its traditional design on time. He informed about his concept to convert all community schools into well-equipped schools.

“The school is being reconstructed by the Chinese side based on the project implementation agreement reached between the governments of the two neighbors on July 13, 2017,” Minister Pokhrel said.

Likewise, Ambassador Yu said that the school will become a new symbol of Nepal-China friendship. She hoped that all the authorities concerned will cooperate with the school construction work to ensure that the project is completed on time.

“The school will be safe, beautiful and traditional, and will remain as a memento of China-Nepal friendship,” she said.

She also urged the contractor to ensure that the construction is of high standard so that the students can study in safe and comfortable environment while reiterating that the Chinese government will continue to provide help to Nepal’s economic and social development within its capacity.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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