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Allowance increment proposal tabled in Province 3 Assembly

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At the time when the local governments are drawing flack from all quarters for raising taxes and focusing on their personal benefits, yet another proposal has been tabled in Province 3 for increasing the allowance of the elected representatives.

A provincial assembly committee has tabled a proposal suggesting a monthly salary of speaker Rs 53,000 deputy speaker and leader of the main opposition party Rs 50,000 respectively on Sunday.

If the proposal endorse, the speaker will get Rs 70,000 per month, including other perks and benefits while the deputy speaker will get Rs 59,750 in total.

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Likewise, a monthly allowance of Rs 49,000 has been proposed for chief whips of the ruling and opposition parties as well as the president of the federal affairs committee. Chief whips of other parties will get Rs 47,000 as monthly allowance if the proposal gets endorsed.

Similarly, the provincial assembly members will be entitled to get Rs 45,000 as per the proposal.

Members and officials of the provincial government will also be entitled to various other benefits, such as travel allowance and payment for their electricity and water bills.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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