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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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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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