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Wildfire destroys more than 10,000 hectares of forest in Kanchanpur

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Wildfires in different community and national forests including Shuklaphant Wildlife Reserve Area have destroyed over 10,000 hectares of forests.

The District Forest Office informed that the fires have destroyed over 50 community forests and national forests as well.

Assistant Forestry officer at the Office Bishweshwar Joshi stated that the wildfire has caused damage to the biodiversity including trees and wild animals as well.

Though locals, forest officials and Nepal Army team were working out to douse the fire, it is yet to be doused.

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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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