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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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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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