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China congratulates Speaker Mahara

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KATHMANDU — Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, has congratulated Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara for his election to the post.

Sending a letter, Chairman Zhang congratulated Speaker Mahara for his election to the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives unopposed, said Mahara’s aide Rahul Mahara.

Paying a courtesy call on Speaker Mahara at the Federal Parlaiment Building, New Baneshwor today, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong, handed over Chairman Zhang’s letter to Speaker Mahara.

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On the occasion, Speaker Mahara and the Chinese Ambassador held discussion on various issues of mutual interest including further strengthening Nepal-China relation and expanding bilateral cooperation in days ahead.

They also discussed on moving ahead by exchanging parliamentary experience of both countries. The Chinese Ambassador also congratulated Speaker Mahara for his election to the post unopposed and wished Mahara for his successful term.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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