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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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Acid attack victim Samjhana Das succumbs to injury

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KATHMANDU — 18-year-old Samjhana Das from Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat who was undergoing treatment in Kathmandu for acid-burns, has died. Das, passed away at 11:40 pm on Sunday night at Kirtipur Hospital after infections spread to other parts of the body, according to hospital source.

Samjhana and her 16-year-old sister, Sushma from Chandra Municipality-6, Rautahat were attacked with acid while they were asleep on September 11 midnight.

Samjhana, whose 40 percent body parts were burnt was brought to the hospital in critical condition.

It was later revealed that their 50-year-old neighbour Ram Babu Paswan, in an act of unrequited love, had thrown on Das sisters, his primary target being the elder sister, Samjhana.

Ram Babu, the criminal in guise of a concerned neighbour, was later detained by the police based on circumstantial evidences.

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