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Reconstruction of Rani Pokhari to further delay

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KATHMANDU— The reconstruction of the historical Rani Pokhari damaged by the earthquake of April, 2015, will further delay due to various reasons.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City, had called the bidding for the project second time. But both the contracting companies who applied for the contract failed to meet required criteria for the project, thus causing further delay, said KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya.

“The documentation submitted by both companies is not enough to meet the criteria for the project. So another bidding is required, which takes time to happen,” said Shakya.

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Earlier, the reconstruction of the historical Rani Pokhari halted after the Department of Archeology had claimed that the reconstruction work was against the blueprint approved by it.

The DoA had written to the KMC asking it to remove the food stall, pavilion and pump house from the blueprint.

The locals and conservationalists also protested against use of concrete and modern materials in the reconstruction.

 

 

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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