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Parliament passes condolence motion on Koirala’s demise

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KATHMANDU — Parliament meeting on Thursday endorsed the condolence motion on the demise of Parliamentary Party leader of main opposition Nepali Congress and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Speaker Onsari Gharti tabled the motion which was passed unanimously. The meeting has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Member of Parliament and the former Prime Minister and also the leader of the main opposition party, stating that he had played a vital role in drafting and amending the new constitution.

The motion further reads that he had a clean political image and was a man of simplicity.

The motion states that former PM Koirala was the main opposition leader who was elected to the parliament in 2048 BS and 2056 BS from Banke and to the constituent assembly (CA) in 2070 BS from Banke-3 and Chitwan-4.

The motion further expresses deep sympathies to the bereaved family. The meeting also observed a minute’s silence in memory of Koirala.

Koirala died at the age of 76 on Tuesday early morning and was cremated on Wednesday at Pashupati Aryaghat with state honors.

Koirala served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2015.

The next meeting of the parliament is scheduled for 11:00 am on Tuesday.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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