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PM Oli lays foundation stone of Pokhara International Airport

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POKHARA — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has laid the foundation stone of Pokhara International Airport at Chhinedanda of Lekhanath Municipality, Kaski district on Wednesday.

Speaking at the function, PM Oli urged senior leaders of the major political parties to work actively for the development of the country brick by brick.

He also asked all to join in the development works to move the nation ahead.

UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Ministers Bajay Kumar Gachhadar and Kamal Thapa and Nepal Congress General Secretary Shashanka Koirala were present on the event.

China had pledged to give financial help to the development of the airport.

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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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