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Locals and foreign tourists unite to clean Sauraha

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RAMNAGAR — Local conservationists were joined by domestic as well as foreign tourists to clean up the protected zone in and around Sauraha of Ratnanagar in Chitwan district, on Tuesday.

Domestics tourists from various districts in Nepal along with tourists from Germany, England, France and the US joined the locals to clean-up solid wastes in and around the Dhungre Khola area, which falls under the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park.

Waste management is essential to maintain the nature and save ecology, said Aana, a tourist from Germany while expressing happiness over being able to join the cleaning campaign.

A group of teachers and students from Victor Hugo Manjushree School in Budhanilakantha, Kathmandu, who were on an educational tour, also joined the campaign.

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Locals have been organising waste collection campaign for the past week. More than four tractor-loads of solid waste has been collected and managed so far, informed conservationist and hotel proprietor Shir Lal Pariyar.

According to Pariyar, accumulating waste in the buffer zone brought by Rapti River and its subsidy rivers, which was affecting the wildlife and their habitat, prompted the waste collection campaign in the area.

During the campaign, plastic and glass bottles along with discarded cloth pieces accounted for the majority of collected waste.

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Indian truck driver held with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium

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KATHMANDU — The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested an Indian truck driver with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium from Kalanki on Sunday.

NCB, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the Indian truck with registration number WB 23 B 5885 and assrested Meraz Alam, 25, of Bihar. The truck, which entered Nepal from India yesterday offloaded a consignment of maize in Hetauda of Makwanpur and headed to Dhading to load the hashish and opium provided by local racketeers, according to police.

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The drugs were concealed in two false compartment made in cargo space of the truck.

Police said that, Alam allegedly used the truck to smuggle drugs to India for long time.

Meanwhile, the narco police had launched an investigation to ascertain the racketeer who supplied the hard drugs to Indian smugglers.

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