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NAST installs 4 seismic sensors in Valley

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KATHMANDU — The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has installed earthquake early warning sensors, known as seismic sensors, in four different places in the Kathmandu Valley on the first anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake.

The sirens would alert people as much as 10-20 seconds before a major earthquake.

The NAST, an autonomous apex body under the Ministry of Science and Technology, installed the sirens at Khumaltar, Kirtipur, Godawari and Sinamangal, according to Dr Suresh Kumar Dhungel, Chief of Faculty of Technology at NAST.

He told RSS that sirens will disseminate information on quake occurred within the 80 kilo metres of range of the installation.

The sirens installed were provided by Institute of Care Life in China. “NAST is going to install more of such sirens in other places across the nation provided the government supports the initiative,” Dr Dhungel said.

NAST has chosen to install one seismic siren in its premises, whereas another in Central Department of Geology at Tribhuwan University in Kirtipur.

Similarly, installed among the sirens were one at Bhrikuti Hotel at Godawari and Sourya School at Singamangal.

NAST, following the 7.6-magnitude Gorkha Earthquake in April 25, 2015, had agreed to install 120 early warning sensors, covering one-third of the country.

Saurya School’s Principal Bhimang Limbu shared that with the installation of seismic siren, the public, parents, teachers and people in the surrounding were hopeful of early warning information.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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