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Nepal Army yet to select consultant for DPR

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Since one year, the laying of foundation for the Kathmandu-Tarai expressway, Nepal Army, is yet to select the consultant for preparing the detail project report.

In 2016, the KP Sharma Oli –led government of had entrusted the Army with the undertaking by cancelling the decision of previous governments towards the job to an Indian consortium.

The national defence force formally started construction work for the 76 kilometre stretch after then prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal laid the foundation stone in May 2017.

In the 15 months, the Army has hardly cleared the trees from the track.

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International bidding for the DPR was announced in February.  Six companies from five countries were shortlisted in the first phase.

Once the consultant is appointed, the project office will provide a time period of around four months to complete the study and to present the report to the Army. Hardly three years and nine months to the deadline, no significant work has been done so far.

Currently the Army is carrying out preliminary construction of the road expected to shorten travel from Nijgadh in Bara to the capital to an hour.

Although the Army has no experience of doing technically challenging projects, it has opened tracks of over two dozen crucial roads in difficult terrains.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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