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Karnali Development Commission to study Hilsa border point

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KARNALI — The Karnali Development Commission is preparing for a study about the Hilsa border point along the Nepal-China border in Humla.

Hilsa is a gateway to the Mansarovar Lake in China and the study aims to systematize the activities taking place in the area.

The Commission has selected Dr Hari Roka as an expert for the study.

The objective of the study is also to develop Hilsa, a naturally beautiful place, into a tourist destination by conserving local resources and heritages.

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Hilsa is a part of Karnali Corridor and the Commission plans to establish a customs office at this point to bring trade activities under the system of law and the study will give feedbacks to the authority concerned to that end.

The study that is estimated to cost Rs 700,000 is expected to be completed within the current fiscal, Commission’s information officer Mohan Prasad Neupane said.

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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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