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Minister vows 5,000 monthly allowance to senior citizens

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MELAMCHI— Minister for Labour,Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista has committed to increase monthly allowance to Rs 5,000 for senior citizens.

At a programme organized to exchange greetings on festivals in Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk on Thursday, the Minister said that the incumbent government has prioritized the issues of education, health and employment.

Bista also argued that Nepal’s diplomatic relations with the neighboring countries was further strengthened after the formation of current government.

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Aslo speaking at the programme, former minister Sher Bahadur Tamang said that the road to link Zerokilo of Melamchi would be blacktopped by this fiscal adding that the government has moved ahead for the country’s development and prosperity.

Likewise, Social Development Minister of Province No. 3 Yubraj Dulal shared that the laws drafting process needed for the province government were completed adding that the laws would be made announced immediately after the festivals.

 

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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