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Gold smuggling case : Bajeko Sekuwa 6 outlets sealed

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KATHMANDU — A special investigation committee formed to probe the 33-kilogram gold smuggling case has sealed six outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

A special police team formed to look into gold smuggling raided the famous Nepali restaurant chain owned by Chetnath (Chetan) Bhandari and sealed six outlets.

There are total 10 outlets of the restaurant chain in the country. Among them, the team has sealed outlets located at Anamnagar, Sorhakhutte, Samakhushi, Battisputali, Kamalpokhari and Gairidhara, according to officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Owner of the Bajeko Sekuwa, Bhandari, who has been at large for several weeks, is said to be a relative of Chudamani Upreti aka Gorey — the main accused in the 33-kilogram gold smuggling case. Bhandari is being tried at the Morang District Court for his alleged connection with Gore.

The government had filed a case against Bhandari as a fugitive defendant in the gold racket case at the Morang District Court.

Home Ministry officials said one of the six sealed outlets is owned by Bhandari’s brother-in-law. The government, suspecting Bhandari’s involvement in the gold smuggling racket, had earlier suspended all his bank accounts and withheld properties registered under his name.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

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Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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