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Pakistani woman arrested with fake USD, Indian currencies

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KATHMANDU —Nepal Police recently arrested a Pakistani woman from Kathmandu with big amount of counterfeit US dollars and Indian currencies.

Police have seized fake currencies having the face value of USD 19,500 and IRs 36,00,000 from her possession  as soon as she landed in the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Recognized as Shama Naz, the suspect had touched base in Kathmandu from Karachi via Doha on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, originally from Karachi, was holding passport number LW9895741 and is found to have traveled to Nepal during 6-14 March and between March 8 and April 1 this year.

Following up on a tip-off, police said, she was arrested from the Golden Gate of Tribhuvan International Airport, and the contraband worth millions of rupees was seized.

The Ranipokhari-based Metropolitan Police Office has also arrested seven others with the possession of fake Indian currencies from different places of Kathmandu.

With the help from the vegetable seller, police on May 8 arrested Mira Jirel of Jiri-7, Dolakha district and Suman Malla of Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu.

On the basis of information provided by these two, five more individuals, including major agent in Nepal, Baijanath Gupta, were arrested on different dates inside and outside the country.

Gupta, who used aliases such as Arun, Joseph, Yusuf Khan, Raju and Bijay, hails from Bihar, India. He had been living in Siraha district with his family.

According to police investigations, Gupta used to purchase fake currency notes from a Pakistani agent via hundi. He was helped by Sanad Pradhan of Juhang-5, Gulmi district.

According to police, the Pakistani national had concealed the contraband in her suitcase and in food packets to deceive the airport security system.

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She is allegedly involved in fake currency smuggling to Nepal via air route, distributing the fake bills to local contacts in Kathmandu and making payments to the local contacts through hundi.

Police said that fake US dollar bills that were seized from a Pakistani woman Saturday were of a fine quality and hard to differentiate from the real thing.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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