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4.7 magnitude aftershock rocks Dolkha

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KATHMANDU — An aftershock of the April 25 Gorkha earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale and with epicenter in Dolakha, was recorded at 10.16 this morning, the National Seismological Center stated.

Before this, an aftershock of 4.0 on the Richter scale with epicenter in Sindhupalchok was recorded on March 31.

So far 444 aftershocks measuring 4 or above on the Richter scale have been recorded after the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake, Chief at the National Seismological Centre, Lok Bijaya Adhikari, said.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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