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Team formed to study quake victims’ land

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KATHMANDU — A team has been formed under the leadership of National Farmers’ Network – comprising farmer associations and organisations associated with various political parties – to take stock of the real situation of landless farmers of earthquake-affected districts.

A nine-member team has been formed under the leadership of Bhanu Sigdel, Chairman of the main opposition Nepali Congress’ sister organisation Nepal Kisan Sangh.

Sigdel informed that the task force was formed in a way to submit a report within seven days from the discussion held between National Land Rights Forum and National Farmers Network in Kathmandu on Friday.

The task force would visit districts including Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk and Lalitpur among the earthquake most-affected districts of Nepal.

Following the field visit, the Network would pile pressure on Prime Minister and National Reconstruction Authority to rehabilitate and resettle the landless farmers who have been left in lurch after the devastating earthquake, Sigdel said.

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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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