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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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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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