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DPM Thapa leaves for India

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa left for New Delhi, India on Friday to attend and preside over the Convocation Ceremony of the South Asian University on 11 June, 2016. He will be on visit to India from 10 June, 2016 to 12 June, 2016.

During his visit, DPM Thapa will hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India and is expected to have meetings with other political leaders of the Government of India and discuss matters of mutual interest and current Nepal-India relations as well.

He will also address a gathering at the Observer Research Foundation on the current state of the Nepal-India relations and also meet the press at the Press Club of India.

Before leaving for India, talking to RSS, DPM Thapa said that his two-day visit would be centred to further strengthen bilateral relations.

The delegation comprises Joint Secretary Mani Prasad Bhattarai, and other officials of the Ministry. He is scheduled to return home on 12 June, 2016.

He was seen off at the Tribhuvan International Airport by high level officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae among others.

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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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