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Speaker Mahara takes oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara at a special ceremony held at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Sheetal Niwas this morning.

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Also present at the ceremony were the Vice-president, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, Ministers, heads of constitutional and securities bodies, high-ranking government officials.

Leader of the CPN-MC party, Mahara was elected to the post of Speaker unanimously on Saturday.

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Indian truck driver held with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium

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KATHMANDU — The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested an Indian truck driver with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium from Kalanki on Sunday.

NCB, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the Indian truck with registration number WB 23 B 5885 and assrested Meraz Alam, 25, of Bihar. The truck, which entered Nepal from India yesterday offloaded a consignment of maize in Hetauda of Makwanpur and headed to Dhading to load the hashish and opium provided by local racketeers, according to police.

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The drugs were concealed in two false compartment made in cargo space of the truck.

Police said that, Alam allegedly used the truck to smuggle drugs to India for long time.

Meanwhile, the narco police had launched an investigation to ascertain the racketeer who supplied the hard drugs to Indian smugglers.

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