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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, June 8, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-06-08 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 159, June 8, 2009

Dear Readers,

This is not the first time that the people having linkages with KUKL officials are getting water supply. Once again, such type of malpractice has been disclosed by a national daily. This recurring issue of unscheduled water supply should not be taken so lightly. The national daily revealed that the employees of KUKL supply water at midnights by informing the relatives and kins of the officers.

The incident was revealed after the locals of Kaldhara took control of an employee of KUKL who made unscheduled water supply in the area at midnight without any information to the local consumers. The employee confessed that his superior has directed him to supply water at the midnight after informing the superior’s relatives and friends only. However, a technician at the KUKL stated that they had to open water at the midnight as the reservoir was filled and the KUKL lacked phone numbers of all the consumers to inform them about the unscheduled water supply.
The consumers will not excuse it easily. The KUKL employee has confessed that such type of secret water supply is done in other places also. If the KUKL had to open water at the midnight, it should announce the supply schedule through appropriate communication means such as public miking. This incident has certainly raised questions on the so called equitable distribution of water by the KUKL. Let’s hope that the KUKL make necessary arrangement to inform such unscheduled water supply in the future.

NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation


KATHMANDU VALLEY

Three Communities in Lalitpur declared as Safe Water Zone
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Friday, 12 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2009, three communities – Chhusika, Chochen and Lonhala of Lalitpur district— were declared as the Safe Water Zones for the first time in Nepal under the "Partnership for Safe Water" campaign. Waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea were common in these communities in the past years. After the launching of "Partnership for Safe Water" campaign, public awareness on safe drinking water has been found remarkably increased in these communities. Nowadays, every household in the community practices household drinking water disinfection techniques.

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Bottlers Nepal, UN-HABITAT joins hands for a cause
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Kathmandu: UN-HABITAT Water for Asian Cities programme and Bottlers Nepal Limited are set to install rainwater harvesting system in historical ponds located in Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts. The bid is believed to recharge sinking water aquifer caused by over-extraction of groundwater and climate change.

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Sisdole landfill site’s shelf is only 18 months
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: Sisdole landfill site, the Valley’s only garbage disposal field, will run out of space in 18 months. Sadly, the government has no plan up the sleeve to manage the problem after the period. “The site will be full in one-and-a half years from now but we are yet to work out a long-term plan for sustainable garbage disposal,” said Dr. Sumitra Amatya, General Manager, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre under Ministry of Local Development.

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10th National Sanitation Week kicks off
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: Tenth National Sanitation Action Week (NSAW) started on June 5 with the slogan of ‘we are proud of having toilets in our homes’ in the initiation of Nepal Red Cross Society. Speaking at the opening programme organised in the capital, Purna Kumari Subedi, vice chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, stressed the need for awareness about personal hygiene and sanitation among the common people. She further said people’s health rights should be guaranteed in the constitution to be drafted.

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Central Zoo bans plastic bags
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Central Zoo administration at Jawalakhel prohibited the use of plastic bags within the zoo premises citing its adverse effect on environment. Rachana Shah, Conservation Education Officer, Central Zoo, informed of the decision.

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Thamel to get a makeover soon
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: On June 5 at around 10, Arjun Pradhan, 30, wearing a white T-shirt, hip-hop jeans and stylish shoes, put on white gloves, covered his mouth with mask, took a broom and started sweeping the roadside in Thamel. Subsequently, a group of people in almost similar outfits followed him, some with trash containers, some with brooms, shovels and dustbins, until they finished cleaning the area by noon. 

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Bagmati festival organised
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: With the hundreds of descendents on the bank of the Bishnumati River, the opening ceremony of Bagmati River Festival-2009 was conducted by Nepal River Conservation Trust. The programme was marked on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5).

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Save Valley Rivers: Environmentalists
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: On the occasion of 30th World Environment Day-2009, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Naya Bazaar Land Pulling Project and Naya Bazar Land Pulling Consumers’ Committee jointly organized a saplings plantation programme on the Bishnumati River bank on June 5.

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Hand washing with soap and water saves Rs. 3.5 billion
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

By: Deepak Dahal

Kathmandu: We are not serious in the issues like washing hands with soap and water before eating meals, using toilet and drinking safe water. But, such habits can save around Rs. 3.5 billion in a year, which is spent in health expenses in Nepal. The Health and Population Survey conducted by Ministry of Health has stated that lives of around 11,000 children can be saved annually if we practice these healthy habits.

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Water source turns polluted
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kathmandu: Experts point out unmanaged garbage and increasing human settlements as the causes of pollution in traditional water sources like dug wells, tube wells, stonespouts, water holes and groundwater resources in the Kathmandu Valley. Water gets more polluted in the rainy season compared to other seasons. “Rain pollutes the water at sources in the monsoon,” said Roshana Shakya, chief, Central Laboratory, KUKL.

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Fund crunch on environment front
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Kathmandu: Lack of adequate funds is limiting the nation’s ability to adapt to climate change, a government official said on June 4. The grim reminder comes on the eve of World Environment Day. Umesh Prasad Mainali, secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, said, "Due to financial constraints, we are finding it really hard to implement community-level programmes, like awareness campaigns and capacity building programmes."

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A man on a mission
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Kathmandu:  It all began in August 2001, when a group of policymakers, students and celebrities gathered on the banks of the Bagmati for an unusual tour — a rafting trip down the river from Tilganga to Sankhamul, organised by Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT). Now, the single event has evolved from a one-day moment to a two-and-half-month-long festival dedicated to the river.

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Environment Journalism Award to Gorkha FM
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Kathmandu: The Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) has decided to award producer of the weekly programme ‘nature’ in Gorkha FM, with the Environmental Journalism Award- 2008 on the occasion of the World Environment Day.

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Children Health Camp on World Environment Day
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Friday, 12 June 2009

ImageLalitpur: Children Learning Centre under Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) organized free Children Health Camp on the occasion of World Environment Day in the premises of the organization. Altogether 61 children from the rental poor community in Gusingal, Lalitpur get benefited from the camp.

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Festival for Bagmati
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Friday, 12 June 2009

ImageKathmandu: The annual Bagmati River Festival for this year is starting from June 5 with an inauguration at Shova Bhagwati temple premises. Organised by the Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), the two-and-half-month long festival is promoted by Nepal Tourism Board. The festival intends to generate awareness on Bagmati’s deteriorating condition and also to attract people towards its conservation.

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KUKL does it the wrong way
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Kathmandu: Although it has not been able to spend the allocated budget of Rs. 48 million meant for improving water supply infrastructure, valley water utility Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) still knows how to spend the money. It has asked the government to ‘readjust’ the unspent amount. The remaining budget has been asked to be re-adjusted in other areas such as voluntary retirement schemes.

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Water supply to the kins of officers at midnight secretly
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

By: Surya Prasad Pandey

Kathmandu: A secret has been revealed that the staffs of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) supply water at midnights by informing the relatives and kins of the officers. The local residents took control of a KUKL staff, Pradip Pariyar on June 3 who made unscheduled water supply in Kaldhara at midnight of June 2 without any information to the local consumers.

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Ground water extraction to be regulated
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: The government is going to regulate the underground water resource usage as groundwater resource balance here is deficit compared to the groundwater recharge. Most of the rechargeable sources are sealed up due to increasing urbanization and population growth. The government is preparing to implement ‘Groundwater Management Policy’ for the first time to regulate over extraction of ground water.

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Hi-tech sanitation facilities at hand
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: A modern toilet has been set up for clean environment focusing for the visitors in Basantapur Durbar Square Area. Water, toilet paper, electricity and sanitation are managed well in the toilet for the service seekers. Service recipients have to pay Rs. 3 and Rs. 5 for short and long toilet respectively.

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Youths drive for change
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: Envorgs, an alliance of five environmental youth clubs will organize two separate drives — one at Basantpur Dabali, the other at Jarsingh Pauwa, Lapshedi which is 22 km outside Kathmandu — to mark World Environment Day on June 5. "The objectives of the programmes will be to raise awareness and about negative impacts of climate change," Niraj Tamrakar, programme coordinator said.

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Monitoring water quality
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: Nepal Bottled Water Industry Association has started monitoring water quality of the bottled and jar water being sold in the market from June 3 after many consumers filed complains in the association. President of Nepal Bottled Water Industry Association Suman Pradhan told that the association has started monitoring to ensure the rights of the consumers to get to use safe water.

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Waterborne diseases rise with onset of monsoon
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

By: Prem Dhakal

Kathmandu: Waterborne diseases such as gastroenteritis, typhoid and jaundice are on the rise in the Valley with the onset of monsoon, the streets littered with garbage increasing the threat of an impending jaundice disaster in Kathmandu. Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku is seeing a rise in the flow of patients in the past week, with most suffering from gastro-related problems. But doctors warn there will also be a massive increase in cases of jaundice if garbage is not removed from the streets.

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Personal hygiene antidote to water-borne ailments
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

By: Laxmi Maharjan 

Kathmandu: As the number of patients suffering from water-borne diseases rises with the onset of monsoon season, concerned bodies and organisations have begun conducting awareness programmes related to personal hygiene and sanitation.

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River fest to begin June 5
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT) will organise the annual Bagmati River Festival from June 5 till August 22. Focusing on cleaning the Bagmati and its smaller tributaries inside the Valley, the festival will have programmes like a clean-up campaign, art competitions and bird-watching tours.

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New water usage policy soon
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB), which falls under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MPPW), has started formulating a new Water Management Regulation policy for the Valley, officials said. According to Hari Prasad Dhakal, executive director at KVWSMB, the policy will come up with a definite legal framework to control the unmanaged groundwater extraction for commercial purposes by different private and drilling bodies. The work on the policy has been started after consultations with different stakeholders, he said.

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Garbage disposal to resume
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: Garbage disposal, which was disrupted due to obstruction by the locals for the past few days, is likely to resume from June 2. Stating that the Kathmandu Metropolitan City had struck a 3-point deal with Okharpauwa locals, Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Section of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, said that the locals had finally agreed to let the KMC trucks dispose garbage at the Sisdole landfill site.

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Garbage woes to end
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan staffers are going to resume garbage collection from June 2, following the agreement reached between the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) authorities and the locals of Swana, Dhading. KMC authorities and the locals had reached three-point agreements on May 31, of them, the KMC will provide budget to construct the roads and drinking water system and call the meeting of all party alliance soon for further support to the locals, according to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief at Department of Environment at KMC.

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NATIONAL

‘Where is toilet?’
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

By: Rajesh Burba

Lumbini: While roaming around the Lumbini area, a Vietnamese tourist Richard Collin wanted to go to toilet and asked a local person, ‘Where is toilet?’ ‘Please use mineral water bottle’, the person who was walking on the road answered in English, ‘Sorry sir, here is no toilet.’ The Vietnamese tourist went to the nearby bushes with a mineral water bottle after he could not find any other way of relieving himself.

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Agaiya folks drink river water
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

By: Kumar Shrestha

Banke: Residents of Agaiya are forced to drink filthy water of the Rapti River as the drinking water tank destroyed by the wild elephant has not been reconstructed yet. The District Development Committee had constructed the tank to distribute water to the local people of Agaiya.

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Drinking water project worth Rs. 22.5 million in disorder
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

By: Gokul Ghorsaine

Bara: The drinking water project constructed in Simroungadh market of Bara at an investment of Rs. 22.5 million has not come under operation even after five years of its completion as the consumers did not show readiness to pay water tariff. Ramnath Saha, engineer at the District Drinking Water and Sanitation Division Office informed that the project has not come under operation as the consumers committee formed in local level for operating the drinking water project did not show interest to operate the project.

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I have toilet in my house
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

By: Durga Lal K.C.

Every student in the Dhikpur VDC of Dang district have constructed toilet in their house. The VDC is located 12 kilometres away from the district headquarters, Ghorahi. Having toilet in house is the matter of pride for the students in the VDC. Whenever any kind of competitive programme and rally take place in any part of the district, the students carry placards featuring, “I am proud of having toilet in my house” along with them.

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Judibela VDC-9 declared open defecation free zone
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Rautahat: Judibela VDC-9 of Rautahat has been declared open defecation zone on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Brawl for water, six injured
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

Rautahat: About six people were injured when a brawl took place between two groups in Tulsi VDC on June 4 for the issue of using water of a public hand pump. The police have arrested two people. The brawl took place when a group led by local Jaya Karan Mukhiya manhandled an elderly Mangal Mukhiya for using water of a public hand pump.

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Sunsari water has arsenic content: report
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Friday, 12 June 2009

Inaruwa: Water in 28 villages of Sunsari District has been found with arsenic contamination while water of six of these villages has been badly affected by the same contamination. The report of arsenic contamination was made public at a programme held to minimize arsenic contamination and to decontaminate drinking water. The programme was organized by Nepal Red Cross Society.

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Water project for Butwal hits a snag
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Friday, 12 June 2009

By: Sher Bahadur KC

ImageButwal: The Sisne project, conceived to reduce the drinking-water problem in Butwal, has hit a roadblock right at its start, at its restart actually, after suffering a delay of 12 years due to several reasons. About 30 households of Dobhan-1 and Dobhan-4, near the source of the Sisne River in Palpa, have obstructed the project´s construction, claiming that the water from the river is not even sufficient for the villages´ drinking and irrigation needs.

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Drinking water scarcity in Pashupatinagar
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Ilam: Residents of Pashupatinagar are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the flood washed away the water source at Manebhanjyng. As there is no alternative source of drinking water, the locals are forced to cover a distance of 3 kilometers to fetch water.

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Dozens of drinking water project in dilapidated condition
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Ilam: Dozens of drinking water project operated in the district with financial support of Asian Development Bank and UNICEF  are in dilapidated condition due to lack of regular monitoring by the donor agencies and negligence by the consumers.

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Water scarcity
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Butwal: Following prolonged dry-spell in the country, Butwal, a town in the western Nepal, is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. The water problem has augmented after the Nepal Water Supply Corporation started supplying water once a day. Earlier, the corporation used to supply water twice a day, in the morning and evening.

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Bishajari Taal to get facelift
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Chitwan: There is good news for conservationists. Bishajari Taal (known as twenty thousand lakes), whose existence is in peril due to lack of conservation, is getting a facelift soon. Situated near Bharatpur Municipality and surrounded by the Tikauli jungle, it has received a financial assistance of Rs. 7,000,000 from several organisations.

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Water scarce in Biratnagar
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

By: Ajit Tiwari

Biratnagar: Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) is unable to cater to the needs of almost 60% of Biratnagar residents despite the availability of drinkable water just 40 feet under ground. Though NWSC has set up pipeline to cover whole of Biratnagar, only 40 per cent of the population is currently receiving water while the rest have to wait for the completion of seven deep tube-wells and three overhead storage tanks.

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Drinking water shortage in Eastern Chitwan
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Chitwan: Residents of Pithuwa and Jutpani are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water after the dug wells dried up with the onset of summer. As a result, the locals are forced to spend hours to fetch water from Hadi River. Residents of Pithuwa have been suffering from water woes for the past 15 years as the concerned agency has not explored long-term solution for solving drinking water problem.

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Drinking water projects constructed
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Damauli: With financial support of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Committee and Nepal Red Cross Society Tanahun chapter, construction works of five drinking water projects have been completed in Tanahun at the investment of Rs. 6.1 million.

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EDITORIAL

Bagmati laments
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

There can be no doubt that Bagmati River is synonymous with the Kathmandu civilization. But, the source of all that rejuvenation for the people and their development is itself in tears all because it is no more a flowing body of clean water. It has taken only mere two or so decades to foul the holy waters.

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