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Nepal-India ties are deep-rooted: Minister Mahaseth

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KATHMANDU— Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth has said that the relations between Nepal and India were deep-rooted. 

The Transport Minister said this while talking to the Nepali and Indian journalists at Jayanagar on Tuesday. He had reached Jayanagar of India in course of the observation tour of the Jayanagar-Janakpur-Kurtha section of the railway being constructed here with support from the Government of India. 

He said apart from the diplomatic relations, Nepal and India also have what he called the ‘rotibeti’ relations, referring to the special relations between the peoples of the two countries. 
Minister Mahaseth added that this relation has become further cordial in the recent days.

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“The government led by KP Sharma Oli of Nepal and the government led by Narendra Modi of India too have cordial ties,” he said, pointing out that the railway project was an example of this cordiality. 

The Transport Minister also said that besides this project, construction of many other projects including the Nijgadh-Kathmandu railway and the Hulaki highway, were undergoing with India’s assistance. 

He expressed the belief that the Jayanagar-Janakpur-Kurtha railway section would be completed within December and would come into operation soon after that. 

He was accompanied by a team comprising Director General of Department of Railways Balram Mishra, the chief of the Indian construction company Ercon, Rabi Sahay, the Chief District Officer of Dhanusha district and the Superintendent of Police in the observation tour of the 29-kilometres railroad from Janakpur to Jayanagar.

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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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