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Banda enforcers torch taxi in Koteshwor

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KATHMANDU — The banda enforcers have torched a taxi in Koteshwor on Thursday morning.  According to SSP Sushil Bhandari, the banda enforcers torched the taxi,Ba 1 Jha 8206, stopping it on mid-way minutes after they got in. They had hired it to go to Kalanki from Koteshwor.

CPN-Maoists led by Netra Bikram Chand had called an across the nation banda today. Normal life in the Kathmandu Valley has been thrown out of gear due to banda.

Educational institutions, markets and shops pulled down their shutters from early morning, while public and private vehicles stayed off the roads.

Meanwhile, at least 21 persons have been arrested so far from various parts of the city for enforcing the banda, according to SP Pradyumna Karki of the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu.

Police have also nabbed two people with petrol bombs in Bhaktapur. They were forcing people to shut down their businesses.

According to SSP Bikram Singh Thapa,Kathmandu Police chief,  they have nabbed  Yogendra Kumal, chairman of All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union and Bishnu Hari Adhikari from Kalitmati for allegedly coercing people to shut their businesses.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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