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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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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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