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One dies, 26 injure as bus catches fire after crash with truck

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SIRAHA — A woman was killed and 26 other passengers wounded when a passenger bus burst into blazes after it collides with a truck early today at Golbazaar of Siraha under the East-West highway.

The passenger bus (Na 5 Kha 8538) collided with a truck (Na 2 Kha 4294), said Inspector, Rajendra Upadhaya, of Area Police Office, Golbazaar.

An unidentified woman burned to death in the mishap while the injured passengers were rushed to various hospitals in Golbazar for treatment.

The fire has completely destroyed the bus and the passengers’ belongings. The continual rainfall is hammering the rescue effort, police said.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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