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NRA CEO Gyewali assumes office

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KATHMANDU — Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali has assumed his office on Thursday.

The government on Tuesday has reappointed Gyewali as CEO of NRA — mandated to execute post-earthquake reconstruction of damaged homes and heritage structures. A cabinet meeting held on Tuesday decided to reappoint Gyewali to the post for the second stint.

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Earlier, he had served as CEO of the NRA from December 25, 2015, to January 11, 2017. This is the fifth change in the leadership of the authority.

The NRA’s CEO post remained vacant after Oli government revoked all political appointments made by the former government led by Sher Bahadur Deuba after August 30, 2017.

Following this decision, NRA’s former Chief Executive Yubaraj Bhusal tendered his resignation in the first week of June.

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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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