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Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Kathmandu, 10 July: An Austrian Company has been selected for constructing a Water Treatment Plant due to be constructed at Sundarijal in Kathmandu, RSS reports..

The Plant will process around 85 million liters of water of Melamchi River to be brought through a tunnel every day.

According to Ministry of Urban Development, the Austrian company selected through Global tender is Va Tech Wabag Ltd. There is partnership of Pratibha Industries Ltd of India in the company.

A bilateral agreement was reached between Melamchi Water Supply Development Board and the Company at a programme organised here on Wednesday.

Executive Director of the Board, Krishna Prasad Acharya and S. Natraj from the Company signed the agreement.

As per the agreement, the Company would complete the construction of the Plant within 27 months.

The Company had made a bid of around Rs. 4.20 billion for the construction of the Plant.

On the occasion, Urban Development Minister, Chhabiraj Panta, said that the government has been completing all works in time to complete the Melamchi Water Supply Project, which the government has put on high-priority.

Minister Panta also urged all local communities to support the project.

Similarly, Chief Secretary Leela Mani Poudyal, expressed the belief that the project would pay attention to complete its works in time as per the aspirations of the capital dwellers.

Secretary at the Ministry, Kishor Thapa, informed that an agreement will be reached regarding the construction of a tunnel of Melamchi next week.

The Ministry has a target to provide water of Melamchi river to valley dwellers by Mid -April 2016. The Ministry has set a new deadline to complete the project within three years.

The Asian Development Bank, Government of Japan as well as other donor agencies have been providing financial assistance to the project.However, there was a target to complete the project, which is in high-priority of the Government of Nepal since 2001, within 2007.


Kathmandu, 10 July:: A Buddhist guru Chhona Gonchhe Rinpoche, who is also the thirteenth incarnation of the Lama, has arrived in Kathmandu from Arunachal Pradhesh of India on Wednesday, RSS reports..
He arrived here to attend the World Peace Worship (Dukpachhesi) to be organized by the Buddhist Education and Meditation Centre at Swoyambhu.

He is to participate in the Worship as the main spiritual leader. Guru Rinpoche was received by Centre's Acharya Sonam Gyurme Tamang and other senior religious leaders at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The special worship to last for two days will start from tomorrow at 8:00 am while the special guest Rinpoche would deliver sermon on the second day.

He is former chief minister of Arunachal province, and popular guru of the Mahayan community. He is scheduled to return India on July 14.

Kathmandu, 10 July:: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's security chief was killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack in the volatile port city of Karachi on Wednesday as he stopped his armored vehicle to buy some fruit, police said, Reuters reports from Islamabad..

A senior officer in Pakistan's financial capital told Reuters that Bilal Shaikh - Zardari's close aide - was killed along with two other people in a prosperous area of eastern Karachi. About a dozen others were wounded.

"It seems that the suicide attacker walked up to Bilal Shaikh's vehicle and blew himself up outside the front passenger seat of the vehicle where Shaikh was seated," said police officer Raja Umar Khattab.

Pakistan has been hit by a spate of bombings since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn in last month, underscoring the challenges facing the nuclear-armed nation in taming a Taliban-linked insurgency.

A police escort was accompanying Shaikh's white armored sports utility vehicle when the attack took place. No one immediately claimed responsibility.

Shaikh - who had survived an earlier assassination attempt near his home in Karachi about a year ago - used to change his routes several times while travelling around Karachi, one of Pakistan's most violent cities.

Both Zardari and Sharif have issued separate statements condemning the incident, a private television channel reported.


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