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Nepal-India joint technical team to visit flood-prone sites

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NEW DELHI — Nepali and Indian officials will jointly conduct an on-site inspection in Nepal’s Tarai region to assess the problem of flooding that occurs every year and find sustainable solutions to combat the crisis.

The joint team will inspect the flood-prone area in three phases—before monsoon, during monsoon and post-monsoon, according to an official at Foreign Ministry.

“It has been decided to deploy teams to study the situation of flooding to identify the real cause of inundation,” Kathmandu Post quoted an official of Foreign Ministry as saying

During the 12th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management (JCIFM) in Kathmandu, senior officials from both the countries had agreed to work on overcoming the problem caused by rivers.

It was decided that four members each from both the sides will be appointed for inspection.

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Both the teams are scheduled to visit Nepal’s Tarai region on June 27.

Director of Ganga Flood Control Commission will head the Indian side, while Deputy Director General at Department of Water Induced Disaster Management (DWIDM) was chosen to lead Nepali team.

Huge swaths of land in Nepal’s Tarai region are inundated due to the structures built by India at the bordering rivers, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and damaging property worth billions of rupees every year.

Nepal and India, in a joint statement during the state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, had reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources for mutual benefit in areas such as river training works, inundation and flood management, irrigation, and to enhance pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral projects.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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