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Home Minister Thapa urges India to make Nepal as partner of development

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KATHMANDU — Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that friendly relations between Nepal-India should be further strengthened and it should be made more reliable in days ahead.

During the meeting with Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, at the Home Ministry on Monday, Home Minister Thapa thanked the Indian government for its continued support for Nepal’s development endeavours.

Urging the Indian Ambassador Puri to facilitate the construction of training centre of the Nepal Police to be constructed at Kavrepalanchowk with the support of Indian government, Minister Thapa expressed the belief that the Nepal would get continuous support of Indian government in the days to come.

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He said that both Nepal and India should be alert over criminal activities taking place by benefitting from the open border and urged to make Nepal a partner of the rapid development achieved by India.

Similarly, Indian Ambassador Puri said that no one can spoil the relation between Nepal and India and requested the Home Minister for India visit.

Saying he would take initiative to accelerate the construction of the training centre and the Indian government was ready to provide vehicles and training for security bodies, Ambassador Puri said that Indian entrepreneurs were ready to invest in Nepal provided guarantee of security.

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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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