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Foreign minister Gyawali left for Austria

Pratigya Waiju



KATHMANDU—Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs left for Vienna, Austria today for participating in 62nd annual regular session of the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The conference is to be held from September 17 to 21.

On September 17 the minister will hold a bilateral meeting with the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Karin Kneissl.

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He will hold a meeting with Vice-president of the European Commission and High Representatives of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and security policy FedeicaMogherini and will also have meeting with European commissioner for International Coopreation and Development NevenMimica.

Krishna Raj BC, secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ghanshyam Bhandari, joint secretary and Head of Europe-America Division at the foreign ministry are also joining with Gyawali.  He will return on September 21.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft





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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