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Pashupati area declared beggars-free zone

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KATHMANDU — The Pashupati Area Development Trust has announced the Pashupati area as free of beggars.

Speaking at a program organised to make the announcement on Tuesday here, Minister for Culture and Tourism and Chair of the PADT Governing Council, Rabindra Adhikari suggested the PADT to help rehabilitate those making begging as profession and instead give them livelihood skills.

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According to a study, 182 people were based in the Pashupati main temple premises making ends meet by begging.

In collaboration with the Manav Sewa Ashram, so far 80 beggars have already been rehabilitated in Gongobu and Budhanilakantha Ashram, according to the PADT.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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