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Briton detained for joining in Singha Darbar picketing

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KATHMANDU — Police on Monday detained a British traveler on the charge of illegally partaking in the sit-in launched by the Sanghiya Gathabandhan (Federal Alliance) while picketing Singha Durbar.

The detainee has been identified as Martin Benjamin Travers, a man in his mid-forties, holding passport number 512793532. He, however, had not carried his passport when he was taken in police custody.

Travers had landed in Nepal on March 9 this year on a three-month tourist visa.

Kathmandu’s chief district officer (CDO) Ram Krishna Subedi said that the activities of the British tourist were against Nepal’s constitution and against the immigration laws.

Nepal’s immigration law does not allow foreigners from taking part in the country’s domestic politics.

During preliminary investigation, Travers has reportedly claimed that he participated in the protest program without any political motives.

Some foreigners were seen taking part in the protests against the new constitution and incumbent government yesterday as well as today.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that it is also investigating on other tourists participating in the protest programs with the support of visuals and still photos recorded by the security forces.

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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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