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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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