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Reconstruction campaign begins in 11 districts

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KATHMANDU — The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) formally started its house rebuilding campaign to 11 severely quake-affected districts including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk on Sunday, on the occasion of first anniversary of the devastating earthquake of April 25.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari announced the beginning of the campaign by establishing the foundation stone for Gopal BK’s home in Barpak– the epicenter of April 25 quake while Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached Chautara in Sindhupalchok — the the worst-hit district in terms of casualties — to lay the foundation stone for the house of Sarbe Tamang.

President Bhandari also established the foundation stone of the quake memorial park in Barpak, Gorkha.

Likewise, The PM also handed over agreement paper for reconstruction of the house belonging to Yadu Maya Ghorasaini, a single woman, at a special function organised in Chautara.

Earlier, PM Oli had laid a floral wreath at the base of the ruins of Dharahara, in Kathmandu, in memory of those killed during the quake last year.

Deputy prime ministers, ministers, chief executive officer of National Reconstruction Authority, chief secretary, high-level government officers, security chiefs, representatives of diplomatic missions and the public offered condolences to those who died in the earthquake last year at the condolence ceremony.

The PM expressed dissatisfaction with the conditions of donors for reconstruction of houses of quake victims.

The Oli-led government has been facing criticism from all quarters, besides the International Community for delaying the reconstruction process and not providing necessary subsidies to victims to reconstruct their damaged dwellings.

The NRA announced the names of 300,981 beneficiaries in 11 of the 14 worst-his districts.

The Dolakha sub-regional office of the NRA has begun reconstruction of 10 houses in Ramechhap district.

Meanwhile the four top leaders of major parties are scheduled to inaugurate the reconstruction work of cultural heritages at a program organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in different parts of Kathmandu Valley on Monday.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

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

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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