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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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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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