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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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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

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Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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