SINGAPORE — When United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet for their expected historic summit in Singapore later this month, they will be protected by men from one of the fiercest warrior tribes in the world — the Gurkhas of Nepal.
The Gurkhas, who have a low-profile presence in Singapore, were more visible than usual at the weekend as they secured the Shangri-La Hotel for a security conference, Reuters reported.
While both leaders will bring their own personal security teams, elite Singaporean police, including its Gurkha Contingent, will be securing the summit venue, roads and hotels, according to diplomats familiar with VIP security in the island state.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Military Balance says 1,800 Gurkhas serve in the Singapore police, across six paramilitary companies.
The White House has confirmed the summit will be held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s southern island of Sentosa.
Recruited by the Singapore police from the hills of faraway Nepal, the Gurkhas were kitted out in body armour, Belgian-made FN SCAR combat assault rifles and pistols in leg holsters at the conference, in what some security experts believed was a dry run for the US-North Korea summit.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.
On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.
The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.
Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.
The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.
The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.
Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.