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Prez Bhandari to lay foundation stone of Earthquake Memorial Park in Gorkha

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GORKHA — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is set to lay foundation stone for the construction of the earthquake memorial pillar on coming Baisakh 12 (April 24) which marks the completion of a year of the ‘Gorkha Earthquake’.

Local Development Officer of Gorkha Narayan Prasad Acharya shared that the President is scheduled to lay foundation stone for the earthquake memorial park to be constructed in Barpark-4 in commemoration of those killed in the Gorkha Earthquake.

The District Natural Disaster Relief Committee took the decision to construct a memorial park in 218 ropanis land owned by the local body and the government.

A study committee had also recommended the land to be appropriate for the construction of park.

Likewise, a preparation has been made to sigh a grant agreement with a beneficiary to initiate grant handover process in Barpak on coming Baisakh 12.

“The President will also launch the reconstruction campaign by laying foundation stone for the rebuild of a house”, Acharya said, adding that “The reconstruction works will begin from Haspur of electoral constituency number 2 and Barpak of constituency number 3 of Gorkha”.

However, it is yet to ascertain from where the reconstruction works will begin in constituency number 1, he added.

As many as 472 people were killed while over 1,100 people sustained injuries in the last year’s devastating earthquake. Around 70,000 houses were completely damaged in the disaster.

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Call to revoke Citizenship Bill-2075

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BHARATPUR- Stakeholders have called upon the government to revoke the Citizenship Bill-2075 arguing that it is against the national interest. At an interaction programme organized in Chitwan on Thursday, they said that the bill brought to amend the Citizenship Act, 2063 should be postponed cautioning that it could be counterproductive.

On the occasion, Coordinator of National Awakening Council Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari said that the proposed bill serves the anti-national interests. He instead asked the government to constitute a high-powered citizenships probe commission.

“This bill is too loose than that of 2063. It should be immediately postponed and a new high-powered commission should be formed to probe the issues on citizenship,” Bhandari added.

Likewise, Chairman of Nepal Bar Association Chitwan district chapter Kamalraj Pathak, foreign affairs expert Hiranyalal Shrestha, border experts Hemanta Sedhain and Buddhi Narayan Shrestha and other speakers also shared their opinions to revoke the proposed citizenship bill and also suggested that the government should regulate the Nepal-India open border.

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