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‘Wider participation must for eradication of illiteracy’

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BARDIBAS—Minister for Education, Science and Technology Girirajmani Pokharel has said the government’s lone efforts would not be enough in eliminating illiteracy from the country.

At a meeting with CPN leaders and cadres at Gauridanda in Bardibas municipality-3 today, he called for all sections of the society to get involved in uprooting social anomalies.

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He said the endorsement of the Education Bill should be taken as an achievement. Cooperation from all tiers of governments, political parties, social sector and general public can only wipe out illiteracy from the country, he further said.

“All 15 bills related to the implementation of fundamental rights have been endorsed from the parliament and also got authenticated as stipulated by the Constitution. This is a great achievement made during the period the new government is in effect”, he added.

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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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