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  After Everest Tragedy, All Expeditions Called Off
       BHANUBHAKTA NIROULA  
 
    SOLUKHUMBU, April 20 : After a deadly avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpa guides on the Mount Everest last week, all expedition groups have called off their journeys.

Members of 15 expedition groups, who were in the Everest base camp waiting for weather to improve, on Sunday decided to return, declaring 2014 as a ´black year´ in the history of mountaineering. These groups consist of about 300 mountaineers, their Sherpa guides and high-altitude workers.

 
  Melamchi Project To Gain Pace From June
       REPUBLICA  
 
    KATHMANDU, April 20 : If the commitment of Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee (MDWDC) is anything to go by, Kathmanduties´ protracted wait for drinking water will come to an end soon. Officials at the committee said that existing water woes of the valley denizens will end within the next two years as they are planning to complete the much awaited project by April 2016.

"The construction works of the project will be carried out in full swing after June. We are working to complete the project within the next two years," Krishna Prasad Acharya, executive director of the MDWDC, said. He said that an Italian company has been building tunnel from four different sites.

 
  Auditor General's Report Reveals Rampant Corruption In DEOs
       NIRJANA SHARMA  
 
    KATHMANDU, April 20 : A District Education Office (DEO) generally governs and supports all educational institutions in the concerned district.

However, a lot of DEOs seem to take their responsibility a bit too seriously, according to the Office of the Auditor General.

For instance, Mohattari DEO is one of them. It allocated Rs 400,000 to a teacher for his daughter´s marriage.


 
  Allure Of Devotional Songs Draws Devotees To Pashupatinath In Droves
       PRATIBHA RAWAL  
 
    KATHMANDU, April 20: For the last seven years, it has been part of her daily routine to attend Pashupati Bagmati Ganga Aarati, organized by Shree Pashupatinath and Bagmati Ganga Aarati Sewa Samiti on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple every day in the evening. Shanti Shah, 45, is ready to forgo all other activities to be present at the aarati, which are basically devotional songs Hindu devotees sing while worshipping deities.

As usual, Shah came to watch the aarti on Friday with her neighbors. As soon as the singers began to croon, she closed her eyes and continuously sang along with them, opening her eyes only at the end of each song.

 
  Hawkers Warn Of Tougher Protests After Talks With Authorities Fail
       REPUBLICA  
 
    KATHMANDU, April 20: Agitating street vendors have accused the government of trying to snatch away their livelihood by forcing them to move to areas where they would find no buyers.

On Sunday, the third consecutive meeting among the agitating street vendors and officials of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) ended inconclusively after the government bodies stood firm on their decision not to allow the street vendors in busy areas.

 
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