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Yarsa picker shot dead in Mugu

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MUGU — A Yarsa picker was killed in an indiscriminate shooting by an unidentified armed group in course of collecting the prized herb in the alpine meadow in Mugu district on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Karma Nakhyal, 24, of Mangri, police said. The incident site is three days’ walk from the district headquarters.

Detailed report of the injured has yet to come as the incident site is in far-flung area where communication is also not accessible.

A group of at least a dozen armed people had indiscriminately opened fire when the Yarsa pickers were asleep in the night.

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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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