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Valley to get 170 million liters of water from Melamchi Project by next year

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has said that the Melamchi Project will bring 170 million liters water into the Kathmandu valley by next year.

Spokesperson at the Ministry, Shanker Prasad Subedi, said that the completion of Melamchi Drinking Water Project is expected to complete within next one year.

The Kathmandu valley is getting just 80 million liters of water each day against the demand of around 260 million litres.

It said Kathmandu’s water needs will be met after Melamchi project is completed.

Kathmandu denizens have been meeting their water needs from different sources including rivers, rivulets as well as underground water.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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