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PAC directs govt to fix sugar price at Rs 63 per kg

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KATHMANDU—The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives has directed the Government of Nepal to fix the price of sugar at Rs 63 per kilogramme.

At the meeting of parliament’s committee today, lawmakers urged the government to intervene in the market price saying that the shopkeepers have increased the price of essential commodities just ahead of the festival.

Although the producers had promised not to increase the rates after the quantitative restriction was implemented, the price of sugar jumped from Rs 65 per kg to Rs 85 to 90 per kg after the quota went into effect.

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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies had decided to fix the retail price of the sugar at Rs 70 per kg on Wednesday and warned of legal action if they sold above the fixed price.

PAC President Bharat Kumar Shah and members Chanda Chaudhary, Parbata DC Chaudhary, Parbati Kumari Bisankhe drew government’s attention over different issues including price hike.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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