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Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

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WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump has officially announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel amid warnings of potential unrest in the Middle East, and plans to relocate the American embassy.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would begin a process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years.

“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious — that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said in a pre-scheduled speech at the White House.

The US President admitted the move will cause dissent, but says it could help resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said adding: “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there while Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s announcement as a ‘historic landmark’ and urged other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem.

But,the Palestinians have said Trump’s move would mean the ‘kiss of death’ to the two-state solution, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory — the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem — that Israel took in 1967.

Ahead of Trump’s announcement, Washington’s allies in the region warned of dangerous consenquences.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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