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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
NAC aims to bring more tourists
KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.
The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.
The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.
The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.
For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.
With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.
After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.
South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.
Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.
“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.
Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.Follow @gorkhapost