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Nepal establishes formal diplomatic relations with Suriname

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KATHMANDU— Nepal and Suriname established formal diplomatic relations on Thursday. With the signing of a Joint Communiqué to this effect in New York, USA, the two sides have agreed to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation at the bilateral level as well as in multilateral forums.

The two countries have been working closely at the United Nations and other intergovernmental processes, including the Non-aligned Movement and the Group of 77, according to a press statement issued by New York-based Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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Nirmal Raj Kafle, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations and Mrs. Kitty Sweeb, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of their respective countries.

On the occasion, the two acting heads of the mission discussed the matters of mutual interests, including the potential areas for cooperation and issues of global concerns. Suriname, a unicameral presidential republic, lies in the northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. The number of countries with which Nepal maintains diplomatic ties has reached 163.

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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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