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NC leader Khadka passes away

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) leader and former minister Khum Bahadur Khadha passed away after multiple organ failure on Friday while receiving treatment in New Delhi, India, NC spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma confirmed. He was 67.

Khadha had been on life support for a week at Appolo hospital after his condition deteriorated critically. He had earlier received a kidney transplant and was taken to India for further treatment in February following complications including kidney, chest and nervous system before dying of multiple organ failure.

A team of specialist doctors including kidney transplant specialist Dr. Sandeep Gulariya, chest specialist Dr. Rajesh Chawal and Neuro specialist Dr. Mukul Barma had attended senior Nepali politician Khadka at the hospital.

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Khadka, who won in all three parliamentary elections from Dang district after restoration of democracy in 1990, held ministerial portfolios for 12 times in his controversial political career.

He had a tainted image outside the party following corruption scandals, but his friendly nature with party workers and a long history of struggle at the time of the party-less Panchayat period kept him popular within the party.

He had been advocating a Hindu state in Nepal and expressing discontent with the new constitution. The NC had decided to send party leaders including Ramesh Lekhak and Shankar Bhandari to Delhi to observe his treatment.

Khadka had lived in exile in India with party founding leader BP Koirala.

The body of Khadka would be flown back to Kathmandu from New Delhi tomorrow evening, according to spokesperson Sharma.

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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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