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Nepali students in Dhaka hold candlelight vigil for plane crash victims

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Nepali students of University of Dhaka light candles in memory of the US-Bangla aircraft crash victims, in Dhaka.Reuters photo

DHAKA — Nepali students tudying in Bangladesh have organised a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the people killed in the US-Bengla plane crash, in front of the Raju Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday evening.

Bangladeshi US-Bengla plane had crashed on 12 March while landing at Kathmandu international airport with 71 passengers and crew onboard. According to reports 51 people have died and 20 survived. The cause of the crash is yet unknown.

Thirteen Nepali students of a Bangladeshi medical college were among 67 passengers of the aircraft that crashed near the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon. The 51 deceased include 11 of the Nepali students. The two others have been critically injured.

Bangladeshi students also joined the event, bdnews24.com reported.

Jas Bahadur Gurung, a Nepali student of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University or BSMMU, told bdnews24.com at the programme: “We extend our sympathy to the families who lost their members in the plane crash. We are deeply sorry for the deaths.”

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A similar programme was also organised at the Central Shaheed Minar under the banner of ‘Citizens Shocked at the Plane Crash’. Pratibandhi Nagarik Sangathan Parishad, a council of organisations that work for people with disabilities, also joined the event at the Shaheed Minar.

The founder of the organisation, former journalist Rafiq Zaman Rimu, died along with his wife Sanzida Haque Bipasha and their 6-year-old son Aniruddha Zaman in the plane crash.

Members of Dhaka University Film Society also joined the observation.

Meanwhile ,the private medical colleges in Bangladesh declared a three-day mourning over the deaths of the Nepali students of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet in the plane crash.

Bangladesh Private Medical College Association President Mockbul Hossain and General Secretary Enamur Rahaman MP have expressed sorrow over the deaths of the students in a condolence message.

They said the teachers, students and employees of the private medical colleges in Bangladesh would wear black badges and fly black flags for three days from Wednesday to mourn the Nepali students.

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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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