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PM Oli to give one month salary to reconstruct Dharahara, urges public to fund

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday appealed the general people to contribute financially for the rebuilding of the iconic Dharahara announcing himself to contribute one month’s salary for the same.

The historic Dharahara was crumpled in the staggering April 25 earthquake, murdering more than 30 people.

The PM made the announcement amid a program sorted out by Nepal Tourism Board and Kathmandu Metropolitan City to confirm the commitment at higher political level towards rebuilding of historical sites.

“We want to reconstruct Dharahara, the image of our pride, by funds from Nepali people, as this will give the message of national unity. Thus, I appeal to all Nepalis at home and abroad to contribute funds for its restoration,” PM Oli said on the occasion.

At the function, the slogan “I will rebuild my Dharahara myself” was launched for mobilizing the general public to contribute to the reconstruction.

“We have decided to restore the monument through our own domestic resources rather than seeking any foreign aid as the tower is directly associated with our country’s history and identity.

Oli said that the government decided to reconstruct the monument through public contributions as that would not only result in the reconstruction starting immediately but also create a sense of ownership among the people.

Deputy Prime Ministers Kamal Thapa and Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, other Cabinet ministers and Chairperson of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal were also present at the programme.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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