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Update: Death toll reaches 23 in Khotang bus accident

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KHOTANG — The death toll reached to 23 when a bus bound to Kathmandu from Khotang plunged approximately 300 meters down the road at Kavrepani Bhir in Khotang on Tuesday morning.

Police Inspector Saroj Rai of the District Police Office, Khotang, said that 31 individuals have been rescued alive.

Injured passengers are being rescued by a joint team of police and locals and sent to a health post in Halesi for treatment, Rai added.

It has been learnt that the number of passengers on board the bus was 28 initially. However, the number increased to 70 when some passengers boarded the bus on their way.

The bus (Ba 2 Kha 6376) had left for Kathmandu at around 5 this morning.

Police has been trying to find the cause behind the accident.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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