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Nepalese police arrest 5 over kidney-smuggling

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Police in Nepal have arrested five men in connection with a kidney-smuggling racket allegedly luring poor people to hospitals in India to have their kidneys removed and sold, a police official said Monday. Among the five men, who are in their late 20s and early 40s, three were arrested in Chitwan district in south-central Nepal and one each in the ... Read More »

‘Big fishes’ involved in gold smuggling restless’

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Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that ‘big fishes’ of the gold smuggling racket have become restless as the investigation into the case is coming to a conclusion. Speaking during a press meet organised to inform about his first 100 days in the office in the Capital on Wednesday, Minister Thapa said that the deadline of the committee formed ... Read More »

Nepal’s economy to grow by 6 per cent for next three years

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The country’s economy is projected to achieve an average six per cent growth in the next three years, however the performance could be less impressive if the challenging transition to a federal system affects infrastructure provision and service delivery, according to South Asia Focus 2018, a report published by the World Bank. Despite limited resources available for infrastructure financing and ... Read More »

Heroin smuggling case: Key accused held from Nepal border

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The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Monday nabbed a man who is believed to have played a key role in smuggling a large cache of heroin into the state from Pakistan through the sea route a few months back. The accused, Arshad Sotta, was arrested from the Indo- Nepal border, said an ATS release here. Sotta was a key person in ... Read More »

Nepal to award 1,200 MW hydro project to Chinese company

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Nepal has revived a deal with a Chinese state-owned firm to construct a $2.5 billion hydroelectric plant, that had been scrapped by the previous government, officials said. Prime Minister K P Oli’s governemnt last week decided to hand over the Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project, to the China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), reversing the former Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: Biratnagar High Court orders release of SP Khanal

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The Biratnagar High Court has ordered the release of suspended Superintendent of Police Bikash Raj Khanal, one of the suspects in the 33kg gold smuggling case and the murder of carrier Sanam Shakya, on general date. A division bench of Judges Nagendralabh Karna and Thir Bahadur Karki on Tuesday ordered Khanal’s release. The High Court overturned the Morang District Court’s ... Read More »

‘Seized 10kg gold was smuggled from Tibet’

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The three men caught with 10kg gold in Gorkha district have told police that they were hired as carriers by a Chinese trader in Jong, Tibet, to deliver the consignment to Kathmandu. Tsering Dandup Lama aka Mutuk Lama and Lochan Tenwe were arrested with the gold haul worth nearly Rs50 million from Sirdibas area in Gorkha. The District Police Office ... Read More »

Police make public 2 arrested with 10 kg gold

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Police on Monday made public two persons arrested in possession of 10 kg gold from Sardibas, Chumnubri Rural Municipality-3, Gorkha on Saturday. Tsersing Dandup Lama, 58, aka Mutup of Chekampar and Lochan Tenwe, 28 were made public amid a press conference this afternoon. The market price of the confiscated precious yellow metal is Rs 9.3 million. According to police, Tsering ... Read More »

Gold smuggling probe stalls

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Despite the completion of a report that said 293 individuals are directly and indirectly involved in the 33 kg gold-smuggling scandal, the fate of the case remains in limbo as the government fails to make progress in the investigation. The investigation, which was led by then Home Ministry joint-secretary Ishwor Poudel, concluded after a 752-page report was submitted to the ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: Suspects dramatically change their statements to court

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BIRATNAGAR: Twenty-nine out of thirty suspects, who were arrested in connection to 33 kilogram gold smuggling and murder of co-conspirator Sanam Shakya, have dramatically changed their statements to the Morang District Court. A single bench of District Judge Narayan Prasad Sharma had recorded their statements for five days since Thursday. One of the suspects, Narendra Karki aka Krishna did not ... Read More »

‘Big fishes’ involved in gold smuggling restless: Home Minister Thapa

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Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that ‘big fishes’ of the gold smuggling racket have become restless as the investigation into the case is coming to a conclusion. Speaking during a press meet organised to inform about his first 100 days in the office in the Capital on Wednesday, Minister Thapa said that the deadline of the committee formed ... Read More »

Chinese woman arrested in 22 kg gold smuggling case

A Chinese citizen has been arrested in connection with the 22 kg gold smuggling case from the Tribhuvan International Airport. J Jhong (passport no. E 37476987), who arrived in Nepal boarding a Chinese aircraft via Chendu, was arrested after the immigration department discovered that her name had been “blacklisted”. A police team deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: ‘Big fish’ still elusive as panel deadline expires

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The deadline of the panelformed to probe the 33kg gold smuggling case and subsequent murder of Sanam Shakya, an alleged gold carrier, expires. The government had formed a special probe committee on under Joint Secretary at the Home Ministry Ishwor Raj Paudel. The deadline ended even as the task force is reportedly pursuing the ‘big fish’ involved in the case. ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling: Court begins recording statements of accused http://bit.ly/2HQO5iX

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The Morang District Court started recording statements of six of the 63 accused in 33 kg gold smuggling case and the subsequent murder of Sanam Shakya, an alleged smuggler. However, the recording of the statement will continue on Friday as it could not be completed today. Registrar of the District Court Nawaraj Dulal said the Court started to record statements ... Read More »

Five Indians arrested for smuggling gold in Nepal

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Five Indian nationals were on Wednesday arrested for being in possession of over 3 kg of smuggled gold, worth whopping Rs 14.7 million, at the international airport here, police said. The accused had concealed the gold in their suitcases’ wheels. “This was an innovative idea to smuggle the gold… It has been seen for the first time,” said Superintendent of ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: Court begins recording Gore’s statement

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The District Court Morang has started recording statement of Chudamani Upreti, alias Gore, the alleged mastermind of the 33 kg gold smuggling case. While recording the statement, Gore said that he was innocent and was framed. Gore revealed that many other persons are also involved in the gold smuggling racket, a source said. A single bench of District Judge Narayan ... Read More »

33 kg gold smuggling case: Gore’s another accomplice nabbed from TIA

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Police arrested another accomplice of Chudamani Upreti aka Gore, the alleged mastermind of 33 kg gold smuggling case and subsequent murder of Sanam Shakya, an alleged carrier of smuggled gold who was electrocuted to death. Ram Kumar Tiwari, who landed in Kathmandu from South Korea, was arrested from the immigration office of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) this afternoon. In the ... Read More »

China, Nepal to build Tibet-Kathmandu rail link: Reports

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BEIJING: China and Nepal have agreed to build a railway connecting Tibet with Kathmandu, among a raft of deals signed during the Nepali prime minister’s visit to Beijing. Nepal is seeking closer ties and much-needed energy and infrastructure investment from China, which has flexed greater economic and diplomatic muscle in its Himalayan neighbour in recent years. Beijing’s growing presence has ... Read More »

Nepal, China sign 8 deals worth $2.24 billion

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Nepal and China on Wednesday signed eight agreements worth $2.4 billion on the second day of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit. These agreements were reached between the two governments and private sectors where Chinese investors will put money on developing hydroelectricity, water resources, cement factories and fruit cultivation and farming. The signing ceremony took place at the Nepal Embassy ... Read More »

Elite Gurkhas from Nepal deployed to secure Trump-Kim summit

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To protect one of the highest-profile diplomatic events so far this century, Singapore has enlisted the help of its fearsome Nepalese fighters whose large curved knives, according to custom, must “taste blood” whenever they’re drawn. Wearing brown berets and equipped with body armour and assault rifles, the elite Gurkha police officers are a conspicuous part of the enveloping security force ... Read More »