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UN Security Council votes in favour of 30-day ceasefire in Syria

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The UN Security Council on Satuday has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria. Reuters photo

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council on Satuday has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria.

The unanimously approved resolution will allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations to take place. UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday for an immediate end to ‘war activities’ in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 people have lived under government siege since 2013, without enough food or medicine.

The vote, held at around 2:30pm local time, had been delayed by more than 24 hours due to disagreements between Russia and other Security Council members over the wording of the resolution.

But, shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria’s capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said. Warplanes have pounded the region for seven straight days while residents holed up in basements.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, criticised Russia for delaying the Security Council meeting saying it had ‘belatedly decided to join the international consensus’.

“Hardly anything in the resolution has changed except a few words and commas,” she said following the vote.

“Every minute the council waited on Russia, the human suffering grew,” she said.

With Reuters Inputs

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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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