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NOC slashes ATF fuel price for domestic airlines

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has slashed the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by Rs 10 per liter for domestic airlines effective from Thursday (12 midnight).

The ATF will now cost Rs 94.50 per liter for domestic airlines. The NOC has cut the ATF price in line with the fall in the price of the fuel in the international market.

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The state oil monopoly, earlier on January 2, had cut the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by Rs 2.

The NOC has been lowering the price of petroleum products in line with the fall of prices in the international market.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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