NEW DELHI — Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s appointment as brand ambassdor for the Incredible India campaign has put on hold after his name appeared in the Panama Papers.
The decision was supposed to be taken this month, but will now be taken once the clean chit is given to Bachchan. Reports suggest that the delay in decision has been due to his name in the Panama Papers leak.
Reports suggested that the papers name two shipping firms registered under his name in the tax haven.
The leaks have put his selection as ambassador for the campaign under the cloud. However, officials of the campaign have not confirmed this news, the Times of India reported.
The Indian government’s campaign came under a storm earlier this year, when its ambassador Bollywood star, Amir Khan, remarked about the growing intolerance in India.
He was removed as ambassador for the campaign, which aims to produce a positive image of India so as to attract international tourists, Indian media reported.
During an event he said that his wife was scared for his life and wanted the family to leave the country.Follow @gorkhapost
2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold
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.Follow @gorkhapost