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Court orders to freeze Turkish Airlines’ bank account

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KATHMANDU — The Kathmandu District Court has ordered Standard Chartered Bank to freeze Turkish Airlines Inc’s accounts  at the bank.

The court has ordered the bank to freeze Rs 23,815,025 deposited in Turkish Airlines’ two accounts 01 257467502 and  01257467554 with the bank until the affected party, Zenith Travels Pvt Ltd, approaches the court seeking ‘reconsideration’ on the matter.

The court ordered to freeze the Turkish Airlines’ accounts with the Standard Chartered Bank after Zenith Travels Pvt Ltd filed a case against the airlines seeking compensation for the investment it had made to become the airlines’ general sales agent (GSA) in Nepal.

According to Zenith Travels Pvt Ltd, the company invested more than two crore rupees for setting up infrastructure in the hope that it would be offered the airlines’ GSA but later the airlines refused the same without paying back the money.

According to Jay Devan, managing director of Zenith Travels Pvt Ltd, the company has filed a lawsuit against the airlines after it ignored repeated requests to return the investment made by the former.

Devan said Turkish Airlines held his bank guarantee for a long time without entering any agreement.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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