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Forest Minister off to London

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KATHMANDU— Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet has left for the United Kingdom leading a Nepali delegation to attend the International Conference on Prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Minister Basnet left for the UK on Tuesday to attend the fourth conference being held with the objective of preventing illegal wildlife poaching for trade.

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The conference is taking place in the UK’s capital city, London, on Thursday and Friday.

According to the Forest Ministry, about 1,500 representatives from different 50 countries are participating in the conference.

Minister Basnet is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the conference on Thursday

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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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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