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Panama Papers database opens up to the world

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A searchable database of more than 200,000 entities found in the Panama Papers investigation has been released.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) said it was publishing the information in the public interest and the data being released only represented a small fraction of the 11.5 million leaked files from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

The full dataset is also available for download from the ICIJ website.

The ICIJ said it would not publish the entire contents of the leak or disclose raw documents because of the nature of the leak, which includes personal information such as bank statements, credit card details, internal emails, property records and financial transactions dating back to the 1970s.

The database represents the largest release of information about offshore companies and those behind them, including many of the real owners behind shell companies, who in some cases went to great lengths to obscure their identities.

The new searchable database includes personal, company, client and intermediary names and allows the public to explore the networks of companies and people that used — and in some cases abused — the anonymity of secrecy jurisdictions with the help of Mossack Fonseca.

The Panama Papers revelations have reignited the debate about the need for public registries to ensure transparency about the true owners and controllers of companies.

In the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, the US Government announced last week that it had sent legislation to Congress to create a centralised federal registry of the actual owners of any newly created company.

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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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