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Govt concludes India-EU joint statement over Nepal’s constitution inappropriate

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KATHMANDU – The government on Friday objected the joint statement issued by the European Union and India after the thirteenth EU-India summit held in Brussels on Wednesday, which had a reference to Nepal’s recently promulgated Constitution was completely inappropriate.

According to government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai, the Cabinet meeting held Friday at Singha Durbar concluded that the EU-India joint statement on Nepal was completely inappropriate.

Point 17 of the joint statement expressed that “India and the EU have agreed on the need for a lasting and inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal that will address the remaining constitutional issues in a time-bound manner, and promote political stability and economic growth.”

The meeting also said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s state visit to China was productive.

The government said that the agreements signed with China during Prime Minister Oli’s visit to the northern neighbor were historic achievements.

Issuing a press statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took serious exception to the statement. It said that the joint statement not only hurts the sentiments of the people of Nepal but also defies the fundamental principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a country, and is in breach of the UN Charter and the norms of international law.

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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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