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Vice President Pun returns home

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has returned home today after wrapping up six-day official visit to China.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa welcomed Vice-President Pun at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

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On the occasion, a contingent of the Nepal Army presented a guard of honour. Similarly, high-ranking officials of the government and chiefs of security bodies were also present at TIA to welcome VP Pun.

The Vice President had participated in the ’17th Western China International Fair’ and an event related to ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ during the China visit.

Likewise, VP Pun paid courtesy call on Vice-Premier of China, Secretary of Sichuan province of Communist Party of China and government representatives during the visit.

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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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