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Australian national held with hashish

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KATHMANDU —A 52-year-old Australian national has been arrested with a possession of 845 grams hashish from the Tribhuvan International Airport on Tuesday.

The arrestee has been identified as Robert Puch (international ID P8123183). He was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau while preparing onboard a Turkish Air flight (TK 727) destined for Istanbul.

The drug was found hiding inside an acoustic guitar he was carrying when anti-drug officials scanned the guitar, according to NCB.

Puch was on his way to Greece via Istanbul with the hard drug. An official said X-ray scanning detected hashish in the guitar’s body.

He used to work as a garment exporter in Kathmandu and had married a Nepali woman some six years back.

Puch will face charges under the Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 1976.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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