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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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