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Two UK officials touch base in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — Two high level UK officials have touched base in Nepal on Tuesday.

Their visit occurs as Nepal and the UK are celebrating 200 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock touched base in Nepal for an official visit.

During their visit McDonald and Lowcock will talk about discuss bilateral and international issues with senior figures of Nepal government, including the PM, foreign minister, and finance minister, the British Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“They will also meet with a wide range of people from business and politics to discuss issues that are important to both countries, including the current political situation, human rights, and the economic and humanitarian challenges facing Nepal, ways the UK can help Nepal improve its business environment and boost bilateral trade and investment, and future development partnerships,” the statement read.

This is Mark Lowcock’s fourth visit to Nepal, he was last here in 1993 as part of delegation accompanying the late Princess Diana, it said.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold





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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