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Minor tremors of 4.2M jolt Nepal again; epicenters in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The aftershocks of the disastrous earthquake, that jolted Nepal last week, continue to shake the country even today. Nepal’s National Seismological Centre recorded two minor quakes early on Saturday with epicenters in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts.

Sindhupalchok district tremor, which occurred at 3.55 A.M., measured 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale, while the second one, felt in Dolakha district at 5.55 A.M., was of 4.3 magnitude, the Himalayan Times quoted.

The death toll of the tragedy has reached 6,624 and more than 14,000 people have been reported to be injured. According to the International Federation of Red Cross, around 40,000 homes have been destroyed in Sindupalchok alone.

Nepal’s remote mountainous areas have suffered “almost total devastation” from the powerful quake and international humanitarian bodies have called for greater urgency in relief efforts.”One of our teams that returned from Chautara in Sindupalchok district reported that 90 per cent of the homes are destroyed.

“Hospitals haves collapsed, and people are digging through the rubble with their hands in the hope that they might find family members who are still alive,” said Jagan Chapagain, Director of Asia Pacific with the IFRC. Including today’s minor tremors, the total number of earthquakes measuring more than four-magnitude on the Richter scale after the April 25 earthquake reached 121, though their frequency has come down, centre chief Lok Bijay Adhikari said.

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Special Drive on India-Nepal Border in Bihar to Instantly Clear Pending IGST Refunds of Exporters

The special drive to clear refunds on the spot is aimed at disposing all refund cases which are pending due to various errors

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The department's Patna unit will organize a 5-day IGST Refund Mela at all land customs stations (LCS) starting September 3. Pixabay

Central custom officials would kick off a special drive on India-Nepal border in Bihar to instantly clear pending IGST refunds of exporters.

The department’s Patna unit will organize a 5-day IGST Refund Mela at all land customs stations (LCS) starting September 3.

The special drive to clear refunds on the spot is aimed at disposing all refund cases which are pending due to various errors such as invoice details and bank particulars filed with the department.

The customs authorities have already sent more than 500 letters and emails to exporters explaining them the errors which led to withholding of their refunds and how they can get them back following a simple process.

India, Nepal, Exporters
Central custom officials would kick off a special drive on India-Nepal border in Bihar to instantly clear pending IGST refunds of exporters. Pixabay

Commissioner of Customs, Patna, Ranjit Kumar said that government is committed to ease of doing business and the IGST refund is automatically done if the data regarding details of invoices and banks are filed correctly in the system.

He, however, said that due to errors related to invoice and bank details, some of the IGST refund claims are not sanctioned.

Besides making exporters aware about errors and need to avoid them, the Customs Department would clear the pending refunds following submission of required details in prescribed format.

The Commissioner said that he will inaugurate an IGST Refund Mela in Raxaul on Tuesday.

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Office of the Commissioner, Customs, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand would also organize IGST Refund Week for rectification of errors and updation of export accounts from September 3.

In this regard, the authorities have informed exporters, custom house brokers, shipping lines and other members of the trade. (IANS)