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Govt recalls envoy Upadhaya

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to recall Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyaya, on the charge of working against Nepal’s interests.

Upadhyay is the main victim of the cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit to the southern neighbor hot on the heels of a dazzling drama of regime change.

The government has decided to recall Ambassador Upadhyay after his brief discussion with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday morning taking after the cancellation of President Bhandari’s, as per the sources.

Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ambassador Upadhyaya had “defied” with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in regards to the cancellation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit to India.

Another source at MoFA said Upadhyaya, who was a Nepali Congress leader before to his appointment as ambassador, is accused of being involved in attempts to topple the incumbent government.

Upadhyay was appointed ambassador from the Nepali Congress quota in April last year.

President Bhandari’s visit, which was scheduled to begin on May 9, was cancelled by the government on Friday.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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