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Deuba elected Congress PP leader

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected the parliamentary party leader, defeating the party’s senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel.

Deuba garnered 139 votes while his rival Paudel received only 67 votes. The largest party in the Parliament has 207 members.

Total 206 votes were cast and none was declared invalid as the party had used electronic voting machine. Lawmaker from Kathmandu-5 Narahari Acharya could not cast his vote as he is bedridden for last two months.

Votes were cast through an electronic voting machine. The voting began from 11 am and ended at 2 pm today.

The post was vacant since February 9 when the then party President and PP leader Sushil Koirala died.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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