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5 football players held for match fixing

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal police has arrested five Nepal football players, including national team captain Sagar Thapa, for an alleged involvement in match fixing.

According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), those arrested are captain Sagar Thapa, vice-captain Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, former national defender Bikash Singh Chhetri, and former national player and former coach of Three Star Club Anjan KC.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) CEO Indraman Tuladhar and manager Ramesh Rayamajhi confirmed that the footballers were arrested by police.

Captain Thapa and Rai are associated with Three Star Club, while Chhetri and KC were with the same club earlier. Goalkeeper Thapa is associated is affiliated with Nepal Police Club.

MPCD chief SSP Sarbendra Khanal said Thapa and KC were the “key players” involved in the organised match fixing. “These boys go through their agents and throw away matches and manipulate results with certain goal margins as per their agreements with the bookies.

Sagar and Anjan appear to be the major player among the five,” said Khanal, adding that they had initiated the investigation in the wake of finding suspicious transactions of money in their bank accounts and a dramatic change in their lifestyles.
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“We have kept them under surveillance for the last one month after we found suspicious transactions in their bank accounts. Anjan seems to have investment of millions in several casinos in Sikkim.

All of them might have injected money into several businesses, but to have an investment in casino is something out of ordinary for a normal Nepali,” said Khanal.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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