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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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World mourns death of Kofi Annan

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GENEVA — Leaders across the world expressed their condolences following the death of Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan. World leaders praised Annan’s contributions and expressed their admiration for the long-time UN statesman.

Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN who rose through its ranks to become its first black African secretary-general, died on Saturday morning in Bern, Switzerland

Antonio Guterres, the current UN chief, described his predecessor as “a guiding force for good.”

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations…He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” Guterres said.

The United Nations has lowered its flags to half-mast. At UN headquarters in New York, the UN flags flew at half-mast and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Mr Annan’s portrait.

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Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness.

The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did”.

Annan had served two terms as UN secretary-general in New York from 1997-2006, retired in Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village in the nearby countryside.

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