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NHRC draws government’s attention

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KATHMANDU — The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has drawn the administration’s attention urging it to carry out works as per the letter and spirit of the Supreme Court verdicts related to the road expansion.

The constitutional human rights body drew the government’s attention citing the State violated the rights of the local people who are affected by the road expansion carried out in the Kathmandu Valley in contravention of even the Supreme Court’s directives and stay orders.

The NHRC also appealed to the bodies concerned to ensure that an individual’s dignity of life and the right to shelter is respected.

NHRC stated that the Supreme Court had, on December 17, 2015, drawn the government’s attention not to put marks at private houses and pull them down in a unilateral manner while carrying out the road widening works in course of implementing development and road expansion program in the urban areas without fulfilling the due process and providing compensation as specified by the law.

“The Article 25 of the Constitution of Nepal has guaranteed the right to property as the fundamental right of the citizens and the Article 126 (2) mentions that it is the duty and responsibility of the government bodies and an individual to obey the court order,” NHRC spokesperson Mohana Ansari stated in a press release today.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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