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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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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs





KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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