Kathmandu is a spiritual center for people of South Asia: Mukherjee

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has described Kathmandu as a spiritual center for the people of South Asian region.

“Kathmandu is not only the political capital of Nepal, but also a spiritual centre for the people in our region,” the Indian president said addressing a civic reception organized in his honor by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City on Thursday. “Thousands of our citizens visit Nepal in search of spiritual solace at the holy temple of Pasupatinath, and Muktinath.”

KMC gearing up to organize civic reception for Indian President

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The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office has started preparations to felicitate Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in capital Kathmandu during his state visit to Nepal from November 2.

The KMC will host the civic reception program at Rastriya Sabhagriha [City Hall] at Pradarsani Marga on November 3, where the country organized the 18th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in 2014.

Budget crunch likely to delay monuments reconstruction

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Thanks to budget constraints, the government is likely to miss its own deadline for completing the reconstruction and renovation of historical monuments that were ravaged by earthquake last year.
Officials at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said the five-year deadline for completing the renovation and reconstruction of the monuments is sure to lapse as the ministry has been receiving far less budgetary funding than it has sought.

‘Construction materials banks’ to open in quake-hit areas

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As earthquake victims who have received the first tranche of the house reconstruction grant are gearing up to rebuild their houses, the government has started preparations to set up ‘construction materials banks’ at various places in the 11 earthquake-affected districts for the convenience of the victims. These ‘banks’ or depots will have adequate stock of construction materials, which will be sold to the victims at reasonable rates, officials said.

Alpine porter wins Everest ultra marathon

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In 7 hours and 7 minutes, he completed 60 km race beating 22 other national and international competitors on Wednesday. Kulung, who is from Gudel VDC of Solukhumbu district, helps the local as well as international trekkers in the Everest region. Similarly, Pemba Sherpa of Solu Taksindu VDC and Santosh Rai of Jubing VDC of Solukhumbu district completed the race as second and third respectively. Pemba, who had also completed the first Royal Penguin Ultra marathon in 2014, finished the race in 7 hours and 23 minutes and Santosh completed it in 7 hours and 48 minutes.

NRA meeting approves additional housing grant of Rs 100,000

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The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has finally decided to provide additional Rs 100,000 in housing grant for quake victims whose homes were destroyed during last year’s earthquakes. The NRA’s steering committee meeting on Monday endorsed a proposal to provide the additional amount with the existing housing grant of Rs 200,000. This decision has come as per the announcement made by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal immediately after becoming head of the government. The steering committee, which is headed by the prime minister, is represented by various other ruling and opposition parties and several ministries.