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Quake significantly increased poverty : Study

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KATHMANDU — The devastating earth quake, that hit Nepal last year in April 25, has significantly increased poverty in three districts – Rasuwa, Sindhupalchok and Sindhuli, according to a study carried out by the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF).

The quake, which killed nearly 9000 people, injured around 22,000 and destroyed hundreds of houses and structures, has crippled country’s economy significantly.

The report that was made public amid a program in the Capital today said the study was conducted in the three and that it was found during the study that 15-20 per cent households hit by the quake were forced to live under the poverty line due to the quake.

The report suggested to the PAF to work toward lifting standards of quake-affected impoverished families in collaboration with other various organisations.

On the occasion, chief disaster expert Man Bahadur Thapa, who is a part of the study team, stressed the need for the PAF to initiate programs like livestock insurance in raising the standards of quake-hit impoverished people.

The report also suggested that the PAF should also concentrate on the program it launched in various districts like mobile fund, coordination between town and village market and disaster risk reduction.

Likewise, PAF Vice-Chairman Yubraj Pandey said that the PAF should stress the launch of public participatory program, pointing out that it would impossible to develop the country without public participation.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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