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President Bhandari inaugurates Reconstruction campaign

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Saturday formally inaugurated the reconstruction campaign at a special function organised at Rani Pokhari of Kathmanduamid in the midst of the vicinity of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, previous Prime Ministers, pastors, top government authorities and representatives of the international community.

The government had chosen today to inaugurate the campaign coinciding with the 18th Earthquake Safety Day.

With this, Nepal has formally started the mega reconstruction campaign nearly nine months after the devastating earthquake on April 25 last year.

Deputy Prime Ministers Bijay Kumar Gachhadar and Kamal Thapa, National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali, United Nations Development Programme representative to Nepal Renaud Meyer among others had addressed the function.

Nepal since 1999 has been observing Magh 2 of every year as per the Nepali calendar as the National Earthquake Safety Day to call to mind the mega-earthquake of January 16, 1934, which was the greatest earthquake Nepal has faced so far since the tremors were recorded.

While President Bhandari launched the reconstruction work of Ranipokhari amid a special function at 11:56am on Saturday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli would release the Reconstruction Masterplan of Bungmati Area at Karyabinayak Municipality, Lalitpur, the same day at 4:00pm.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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