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NOC MD Khadka resigns

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Managing Director (MD) Gopal Khadka, who has been accused of embezzling billions of rupees while procuring land plots to set up oil storage facilities in various districts, has resigned from his post on Thursday.

Khadka announced his resignation effective from today itself organising a press meet at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies in Singha Durbar.

Khadka said that he has resigned from his post to pave the way for the solution to the existing problem as he remained without responsibilities for a long time.

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“Though the government sacked me from my job, the Supreme Court had stayed the order and I came to work,” Khadka said, “But I wasn’t given any responsibility, so I am resigning.”

Khadka was accused of misappropriating around Rs800 million while buying land plots worth Rs1.61 billion in four places — Sarlahi Bhairahawa, Chitwan and Jhapa during his tenure at the NOC.

Separate probes conducted by five parliamentary committees and the Ministry of Supplies had revealed Khadka’s involvement in irregularities while buying land in four districts to build oil storage facilities.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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