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CIB arrests 13 staffs of NCC bank for financial irregularities

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KATHMANDU — Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has raided Nepal Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank on Friday and arrested 13 staffers including the board members for their alleged involvement in financial irregularities.

CIB has arrested NCC’s board members Bishnu Rijal, Dittha Bahadur Tamang and Durga Dutta Joshi among other 10 people for misappropriating Rs 1.56 billion, according to CIB Chief DIGP Pushkar Karki.

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They were arrested for further investigation after Nepal Rastra Bank complained about financial embezzlement,according to sources.

Concluding that around Rs 2 billion was embezzled, Nepal Rastra Bank asked the Bureau to look into the case. The Central Bank has accused the NCC Bank’s board members of disbursing loans by exceeding the value of collateral.

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Dr KC continues fast-unto-death at Teaching Hospital

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who was airlifted to Kathmandu by Nepal Army personnel from Jumla on Thursday has continued his hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.

Dr KC began his 15th hunger strike from June 30 at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla. He was unwilling to be airlifted by force but later yielded after his supporters and security officials clashed.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr KC was brought to Kathmandu as per the recommendation of KAHS as his health was deteriorating day by day.

The government planned to keep Dr KC at Bir Hospital after he landed at Tundikhel at 6:65 PM Thursday by a Nepal Army helicopter. But, Dr KC refused to be examined at Bir and so he was taken to TUTH, according to sources.

Earlier, Dr KC was taken to the Nepal Army barrack in Jumla from where he was airlifted to Surkhet and later to Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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Local people had gathered at KAHS to obstruct the security personnel from taking Dr KC to the barracks. The agitating doctor had agreed to come to the capital after a clash between locals and security personnel turned violent injuring scores of people including a police constable.

Meanwhile, Out Patient Department (OPD) services at almost all hospitals and health facilities were halted Thursday after Nepal Medical Association, the professional organization of medical doctors and dentists, urged health workers to shut down services except emergency .

NMA, supporting the hunger strike staged by Dr KC, on Wednesday, called for the disruption of OPD services at health facilities including those in the private sector.

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