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Nepal police investigate death of girl banished for menstruating

Police in Nepal are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who was banished to a poorly-ventilated shed because she was menstruating. They say the girl suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm. Under an ancient Hindu practice, called chhaupadi, women who have their periods or who have just given birth are seen as impure.

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Melamchi project completes 64 per cent work in installing pipeline

Kathmandu, November 19 :Melamchi Drinking Water Development Project has completed 64 per cent works on installing pipeline to supply water from the Melamchi River of Sindhupalchowk. The project has expedited overall construction work and installation of distribution channel aiming to distribute water to denizens of Kathmandu Valley by October 2017.

According to the Project Implementation Directorate, the authority responsible for implementing the Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project, 430 km long pipeline has been installed so far. A total of 670 km of pipeline is needed to supply Melamchi water to individual households of the Valley. Similarly, 30 km-long bulk distribution system has been installed so far.

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A 15-year-old girl suffocated to death after she was made to sleep in a shed because she was menstruating.

A 15-year-old girl has died in 's western Achram district after she was banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient Hindu practice that has been banned for more than a decade, police said.

"We are investigating the case. We suspect that she died of suffocation from the smoke of a fire she lit to keep herself warm," local district inspector Badri Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency on Monday.

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Harvest rainwater

Rainwater harvesting can be one of the best options to conserve water and maintain environment and ecosystem in a mountainous country like Nepal. Nepal receives about 1500 mm rainfall throughout the year and more than 80 percent of it takes place during monsoon for four months beginning June to September. However, we have not been able to tap the monsoon rains which can be used for drinking and irrigation purposes during dry season.

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‘Disabled-friendly public toilets needed’

Kathmandu, November 24 :Speakers at an interaction organised in the capital expressed serious concern about the lack of disabled-friendly toilets in Kathmandu Valley, which is home to nearly four million people. Kathmandu has hardly 40 public toilets in operation and none of them are disabled-friendly. Laxmi Maharjan Devkota, chairperson at Nepal National Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, laid emphasis on construction of disabled-friendly public toilets to address the special needs of persons with disabilities. “Being the national capital, Kathmandu is still awaiting disabled-friendly toilets. It is very worrisome,” she said.

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