More than 2,000 Nepalese women on Friday took part in the biggest women’s run Pinkathon organised in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to celebrate their health. The event was organised in Nepal as the first international edition of India’s social campaign Pinkathon with the theme of “walk or jog for women empowerment”. Regardless of age and professions, urban women took part in the marathon spreading a message of adopting healthy lifestyle. Women of all age participated in the 21km half-marathon, 10km, 5km and 3km race starting from Dasarath Stadium. The first of its kind, Pinkathon saw overwhelming participation of young girls wearing white and pink T-shirts written “I am a Pink Sister” on it. The social event aimed to encourage women’s health and fitness and create awareness for cancer, especially breast cancer. “Pinkathon was started in India to encourage women to take up an active life and to take care of their own health. And that’s the same reason we are here in Nepal,” Milind Soman, founder of Pinkathon, told media. The event has been organised at a time when the urban women are suffering from various diseases due to excessive work and domestic pressure and unhealthy lifestyle. Cancer remains a leading cause of death globally, with breast cancer being the second most prevalent after lung cancer in Nepal. According to the World Health Organisation, every year 4,000 new patients of breast and uterine cancer appear in Nepal. Five-month old Anayasha Bhimchariya was the youngest participant of the marathon, who was accompanied by her mother Khusbu Bhimchariya. “I am here today with my baby girl to motivate other women who have been within houses so far to come out and to be concerned about the lifestyle and future. I lost my mother-in-law because of breast cancer so I want to encourage all women to take care of their health,” Bhimchariya said. The event was supported by Nepal Athletics Association and Nepal Cancer Relief Society.
A man and a woman each serving time for killing their first spouses have married in a prison in western Nepal - but won’t be able to consummate the marriage until the groom is released in 14 years. The couple are both in Kalikot district jail where Dilli Koirala, 33, is serving a 20-year sentence for murdering his wife, while Mimkosha Bista has another four years to serve for killing her husband. The match between the convicted murderers, who had never met prior to the marriage ceremony, was set up by Koirala’s mother - also in prison for helping her son kill his first wife. “He murdered his wife and I did in my husband. His mother likes me and that is one of the reasons I drew close to him,” Bista, 30, said after the wedding ceremony, according to Republica newspaper. A wedding ceremony was performed by a local priest on Thursday morning, witnessed by jail staff and fellow inmates, prison official Sanjay Mahato said. “They are not allowed to stay together in the jail as we have separate sections for male and female prisoners. But we have decided to allow them to have a face to face chat twice a month,” he added. Lawyer Danam Raj Bam, who attended the unusual marriage, said that the couple had decided to get hitched because they thought they would be unlikely to find anyone else willing to marry them. “Since we both happen to have committed the same kind of crime, we won’t be in any position to look down upon one another,” the groom Koirala said, according to local media. Kalikot district jail is a small prison in rural western Nepal with just 53 prisoners - 50 men and three women.
Anti-government protesters clashed with police in several towns across southern Nepal and attacked a municipal building yesterday as they forced a shutdown in the region over local elections. Shops, schools and factories were closed and public transport remained off the streets in the country’s southern flatland bordering India in a shutdown called by an alliance of seven regional parties dominated by ethnic Madhesis who live in the region. The Madhesis have protested against the government, which announced Monday that polls would be held on May 14 for more than 700 local bodies, the first local elections in 20 years. Delayed for years because of civil war and political infighting, the elections are warranted under the constitution that was promulgated in September 2015. But the protesters have refused to participate in the polls and are demanding amendments to the constitution. Manish Suman, a leader of the protesting group, said rallies and meetings were organised across dozens of towns and cities in the region. “Tens of thousands have participated in the rallies. They have blocked roads and chanted slogans against the government,” he said. The Madhesis say the constitution discriminates against them by limiting their representation in state institutions. They have long called for the redrawing of provincial boundaries to ensure greater representation for their community. “Some 60 protesters marched in Rajbiraj. Some of them hurled stones at a municipality building and damaged its glass windows,” Keshari Raj Ghimire, a senior police officer, said. Two protesters clashed with police while they tried to wave black flags at a former deputy prime minister visiting a south-eastern town, a local police officer said. Suman said the two were seriously injured and were being treated in hospital. An alliance of nine opposition parties in Nepal yesterday decided to obstruct the constitution amendment bill that seeks to address the demands of agitating Madhesi parties in the parliament, a media report said. A meeting of the opposition parties, led by the CPN-UML, held in Kathmandu decided to obstruct the House proceedings if the government tries to push the amendment bill through, Rastriya Janamukti Party Loktantrik- lawmaker Shiva Lal Thapa said. The opposition, however, said they will allow the proceedings to run if other issues such as election bill and impeachment motion were discussed in the parliament. The meeting also decided to hold further talks with ruling parties and United Democratic Madhesi Front on the disputed issues including the amendment bill. The government has tabled the constitution amendment bill in the parliament in order to address the demands of the agitating Madhesi parties, that mainly include re-demarcation of provincial boundary and citizenship issues. The Madhesi parties have relaunched agitation to oppose the local body election announced by the election commission on Monday. Madhesis, mostly of Indian-origin, launched a six-month-long agitation from September 2015 to February last year in which more than 50 people were killed. The agitation had also crippled the landlocked country’s economy as supplies from India were blocked.
India’s Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has announced that Kathmandu would soon be linked to New Delhi and Kolkata using direct railway lines, in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate movement of people between the two countries. Prabhu, who is in Kathmandu to address the Nepal Infrastructure Summit, said that this could happen as soon as Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for engineering surveys. He added that India was ready to share its drone technology and experience with Nepal for monitoring the project. According to experts, the move is a counter to China’s bid to expand its rail network towards Lumbini via Kathmandu. Prabhu held separate meetings with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak, Civil Aviation, Culture and Tourism Minister Jiwan Bahadur Shahi and Energy Minister Janardan Sharma. He also met Nepalese business leaders, political leaders, industry heads, with whom he discussed a wide range of infrastructure development issues.
The continuous whirl of hair dryers is a novel sound at the Blush Beauty Point parlour in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, which until just five months ago had to close at regular intervals because of power cuts. Scheduled power cuts – known as load-shedding – have been a part of daily life in the impoverished landlocked country for decades, forcing small businesses to rely on expensive generators or simply close when the lights went out. “We had to run our business according to the load-shedding schedule. Clients would call and check if there was light,” the salon’s owner Anita Shrestha said. But that has all changed since Kulman Ghising was appointed head of the Nepal Electricity Authority in September last year. Load-shedding – previously up to 16 hours a day in the winter dry season – has all but ended in the country’s three largest cities and in other major towns been reduced to around two hours on alternate days. “When I was appointed I set the goal that I would at least make Kathmandu load-shedding free,” Ghising said. “But at that time I felt that whatever I said I could manage more than that.” Demand for electricity has long outstripped supply in Nepal, with energy production severely depressed by chronic under-investment and inefficiencies in the power network. The result has been crippling for domestic industry and deterred foreign investment, while crucial infrastructure development has flagged in the years of political paralysis that followed the end of the Maoist insurgency in 2006 and the overthrow of the monarchy two years later. Ghising’s formula to end the power cuts involved tackling some basic inefficiencies. He overhauled the hydropower generation system – storing water at times of low demand so more could be generated at peak hours. He also ended a policy that provided electricity round the clock to certain industries. The policy was meant to give 24-hour power to around 20 big employers, but had expanded after decades of mission creep – and backhanders. “Before there was some mismanagement that some industries get 24 hours (of power), some industries get 12 hours, some industries get only 8 hours. There was unequal distribution of electricity that was not as per the rules of NEA,” said Ghising. In addition, he brought online some power plants that had been sitting idle due to poor maintenance, and launched a public awareness campaign to encourage people to avoid electricity-guzzling activities – like ironing and pumping water – in the evenings when demand for power is at its highest. But arguably the single greatest weapon Ghising has is the backing of the prime minister and the energy and finance ministers. For one of the first times in Nepal’s short history as a parliamentary democracy, all four are members of the Maoist party and that political alignment is bearing fruit. The country is due to hold its first local elections in nearly two decades later this year and the Maoists need to show results to boost their chances at the polls. But while Ghising might have turned on the lights for much of Nepal, the country will need to harness its huge hydropower potential to keep the lectricity flowing. “It’s cautious optimism because we are known to squander opportunities,” said Sujeev Shakya, founder of the Kathmandu-based Nepal Economic Forum, of the recent drop in load-shedding. He added: “Now at (the) NEA you have a good guy and he may try to reform, but the system is designed to take care of the interests of few.” Nepal with its mountain river system should be an energy-producing powerhouse. Experts say it could be generating 83,000 megawatts of power, but its total installed generation capacity currently stands at less than 2% of that. Construction on two long mooted projects is finally expected to begin later this year. It will take around seven years before they come online, but even one would double Nepal’s current generation capacity, eventually transforming it into an energy exporter. That would be a game changer for the Himalayan nation, which currently relies on India for electricity in the winter dry season. But with the average tenure of governments in Nepal at around seven months, many are concerned that another change at the top could reverse the recent gains. “Development of hydro energy infrastructure requires a long-term view. And with these short-term governments it’s very difficult to believe they can have a long-term view,” said Shakya. And on the now lit streets of Kathmandu, suspicion darkens the mood. “I don’t know the details, but I feel like Nepalis were kept in the dark for too long,” said Shrestha as she styled a client’s hair into cascading curls. “There is a tension that there will be power cuts again if the government changes.”
The United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said. Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters yesterday. “UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities concerned, including in the United States,” Kubo said. “Regardless of the change in government or government policies, I think UNHCR has a clear responsibility to pursue a protection-oriented resettlement programme.” Kubo said 1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad. “Resettlement will always be a challenging thing because only a small number of resettlement opportunities are being allocated by the international community at the moment,” Kubo said in an interview. “But it’s our job to try to consult with respective countries based on the protection and humanitarian needs of these individuals.” HT Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the resettlement proposal was “unrealistic” due to reluctance in the United States and Europe to take further Muslim refugees. Reuters reported this month that officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea were increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees had fallen through. Canada, Australia and the United States were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012. A Bangladesh government official said it was feared the programme would encourage more people from Myanmar to use it as a transit country to seek asylum in the West. Canada has said it would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, an order since suspended by a US district judge. The UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid. Kubo said he had asked Bangladesh to give the UN access to all the refugees who have recently arrived, adding that UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx. Hasina adviser Imam said providing aid to the new refugees and its citizens was the responsibility of the government. Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on October 9 had now ended. A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on February 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity. Two UN sources have separately told Reuters that more than 1,000 Rohingya may have been killed in the crackdown. Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in. “We’re now hoping for immediate access to the affected areas in northern Rakhine as soon as possible with our resources, our protection expertise,” Kubo said. “That will also have a positive impact on what is happening in Bangladesh at the moment.”
Nepal has urged the European Union to lift an air traffic ban imposed, stating that the Himalayan country has made significant progress on aviation safety, the foreign affairs ministry said here yesterday. Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat made the request to European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker during their recent meeting in Brussels, Xinhua news agency reported. “The European Commission President assured the foreign minister of looking into the matter positively based upon the facts to be provided by the government of Nepal,” the ministry said. The EU imposed a blanket ban on all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc since December 2013 under the changes to a list of unsafe carriers better known as “the EU air safety list”. During the meeting, Mahat also sought enhanced level of support from the EU in Nepal’s infrastructure development and post-earthquake reconstruction efforts, the statement said. The Nepalese minister also held a meeting with EU’s Vice President Federica Mogherini where the latter expressed the bloc’s commitment to support in Nepal’s development efforts, post-earthquake reconstruction process, constitution implementation and electoral support.
A 60-year-old woman was mauled to death by a wild tiger near a national park in south-central Nepal, local police said yesterday. The woman had ventured into the forest to collect fodder on Monday morning when the animal charged at her, leaving prints of its claws on her chest and back, said Subash Hamal, a police inspector in the village of Gaidakot in Nawalparasi district. “Her family began to search for her after she didn’t return home in the morning,” he said, adding that her body was found 800m from her home. The number of wild tigers in Nepal is nearly 200, with the largest number living in Chitwan National Park, which lies close to Monday’s incident. Hamal said the big cat could have left the national park, crossed a river and attacked the woman deep inside the community forest.
An 85-year-old former Gurkha is making a bid to reclaim his title as the world’s oldest person to summit Mount Everest. A Guinness World Record certificate hangs proudly in Min Bahadur Sherchan’s Kathmandu home and by the end of this year’s spring climbing season he hopes to have a second one hanging next to it. Sherchan made his historic climb in 2008 when he was 76, but he lost the record five years later when Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura summited the 8,848m (29,029ft) peak at the age of 80. Sherchan has since been on a quest to take back the title – though he says it is only to prove to himself that he can. “My aim is not to break anybody’s record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record,” Sherchan said in the Nepali capital. Nevertheless, the octogenarians have been in a tug of war for the honour of being Everest’s oldest summiteer. Both Sherchan and Miura summited in 2008, but the former soldier in the British Gurkha army secured the record by virtue of being a year older. When Miura snatched the title in 2013 Sherchan was also preparing to tackle the peak in a bid to retain his title. But delayed paperwork meant he missed the narrow window of good weather in May when most people attempt to summit. In 2015, Sherchan was on his way to Everest when a devastating quake hit Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people including 18 in an avalanche that hit the mountain’s base camp, and he was forced to turn back. “These hurdles haven’t discouraged me, I am determined to go,” he said. Ang Tsering Sherpa, the head of Nepal’s mountaineering association, has little doubt that Sherchan’s determination will carry him at least part of the way up Everest. “He is very determined and has strong willpower,” said Sherpa who worked with Sherchan during his previous record attempts. More than 450 people summited Everest last year, many using mountaineering permits that were extended by the government following the cancellation of the 2015 spring climbing season due to the earthquake. This year is expected to be particularly crowded as it is the last chance for climbers who were forced off the mountain by the quake to use their extended permits. Sherchan, who joined the British Gurkhas when he was a teenager and served for five years, said he always had a penchant for adventure. “My personal motto is that I wish to do something that no one else has done before.” With his bid to summit Everest this year, the slightly hard of hearing grandfather hopes to prove that age is no barrier to adventure. “By climbing Everest at this age I want to boost self-confidence of elderly people, inspire new generations and establish a proud identity for Nepal,” he said. “The gods should help with the weather and keep me well. I have no diseases, I’ve always been healthy. My age will not stop me.”
An 85-year-old former Gurkha is making a bid to reclaim his title as the world's oldest person to summit Mount Everest. A Guinness World Record certificate hangs proudly in Min Bahadur Sherchan's Kathmandu home and by the end of this year's spring climbing season he hopes to have a second one hanging next to it. Sherchan made his historic climb in 2008 when he was 76, but he lost the record five years later when Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura summited the 8,848-metre peak at the age of 80. Sherchan has since been on a quest to take back the title -- though he says it is only to prove to himself that he can. "My aim is not to break anybody's record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record," Sherchan told AFP in the Nepali capital. Nevertheless, the octogenarians have been in a tug of war for the honour of being Everest's oldest summiteer. Both Sherchan and Miura summited in 2008, but the former soldier in the British Gurkha army secured the record by virtue of being a year older. When Miura snatched the title in 2013 Sherchan was also preparing to tackle the peak in a bid to retain his title. But delayed paperwork meant he missed the narrow window of good weather in May when most people attempt to summit. In 2015, Sherchan was on his way to Everest when a devastating quake hit Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people including 18 in an avalanche that hit the mountain's base camp, and he was forced to turn back. "These hurdles haven't discouraged me, I am determined to go," he said. 'Strong willpower' Ang Tsering Sherpa, the head of Nepal's mountaineering association, has little doubt that Sherchan's determination will carry him at least part of the way up Everest. "He is very determined and has strong willpower," said Sherpa who worked with Sherchan during his previous record attempts. More than 450 people summited Everest last year, many using mountaineering permits that were extended by the government following the cancellation of the 2015 spring climbing season due to the earthquake. This year is expected to be particularly crowded as it is the last chance for climbers who were forced off the mountain by the quake to use their extended permits. Sherchan, who joined the British Gurkhas when he was a teenager and served for five years, said he always had a penchant for adventure. "My personal motto is that I wish to do something that no one else has done before." With his bid to summit Everest this year, the slightly hard of hearing grandfather hopes to prove that age is no barrier to adventure. "By climbing Everest at this age I want to boost self-confidence of elderly people, inspire new generations and establish a proud identity for Nepal," he said. "The gods should help with the weather and keep me well. I have no diseases, I've always been healthy. My age will not stop me."
Nepal will plunge into a severe crisis in case of a failure to hold all three levels of elections within next 11 months, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said yesterday as the country’s Maoist cadres observed the 22nd ‘People’s War Day’, media reported. Dahal, chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre), said the achievements made through the Maoist ‘people’s war’ would not be allowed to go in vain at any cost. “Achievements from the people’s war will not be allowed to go waste. And we must be ready to make another sacrifice if need be to safeguard them,” he said, speaking at a programme organised at CPN (Maoist Centre) party office on the occasion. The prime minister also stressed the need for holding all three levels of elections within the next 11 months to protect the achievements gained from the revolt and the new constitution. “Our country will fall into a severe crisis if it does not happen so,” he said. Describing the constitution as a dynamic document which could be amended with time, he said the government was preparing to move ahead while protecting the rights of all. He said the Maoist war was a “historical movement” to unite hill, mountain and Tarai while sharing that people from all three parts of the country had contributed equally in the insurgency. Dahal expressed confidence that all Maoist parties will be united by next year. More than 16,000 people lost their lives during the decade-long Maoist insurgency against monarchy that ended in 2006 through a peace deal with the then government. Meanwhile, senior leader of Nepali Congress and former deputy prime minister Prakash Man Singh said the democratic system could not function without proper implementation of the new constitution that was promulgated in September 2015. “Holding timely elections are essential for the implementation of the constitution,” he said. “The local body polls, which are scheduled to take place in May, should be conducted on time so that the roots of democracy would be strengthened,” he added. While Maoist cadres marked the 22nd ‘People’s War Day’, the Conflict Victims National Society observed it as a ‘black day’ and staged an hour-long sit-in protest near the southern gate of the Singha Durbar.
Nepal has recorded a new species of bird from upper Dolpa, the largest district of the mid-western development region. Discovery of a single individual of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxitilis was made public in Kathmandu on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. The bird was seen and photographed in May near the Shey monastery within the Shey-Phoksundo National Park of Dolpa. The Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is considered as an autumn passage migrant in Pakistan and India. A four-member team including young wildlife researcher of Nepal Naresh Kusi and Geraldine Werhahn from University of Oxford made the record during their visit to the region. The team was studying the Himalayan wol, wild yak and snow leopard while they discovered this new bird species. Bird experts have claimed that more researches are needed to ascertain the status of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush in other parts of Nepal. With this record, Nepal now has a total of 886 species of birds.
Nepal on Thursday extended the mandates for two commissions tasked with probing crimes committed during the bloody civil war, hours before a deadline was due to lapse without a single case being investigated. The commissions had been given two years to look into the murders, rapes and forced disappearances perpetrated by government forces and Maoist rebels during the decade-long conflict, which ended in 2006. Their mandates were to expire at midnight Thursday, leaving thousands of victims in limbo, but in an eleventh-hour decision Kathmandu agreed to extend the investigation period. "The term of the two commissions have been extended by a year," Information Minister Surendra Kumar Karki told AFP following a cabinet meeting. Critics fear the extension is insufficient to hear the tens of thousands of complaints filed by victims seeking justice and answers about the fate of their loved ones. "We don't think a year is enough to investigate the 58,000 petitions we received," Surya Gurung, the head of the commission into war-time abuses, told AFP in a recent interview. Not a single case was investigated during the two-year mandate, with critics blaming a lack of funds and political inertia. The government was criticised for not granting the commissions the legal powers afforded under international law to prosecute war crimes, or repealing a provision granting amnesty to perpetrators. A narrow legal window for reporting rape in Nepal also effectively bars the prosecution of sexual crimes perpetrated during the civil war. Rights groups say these limitations protect war-era figures still occupying positions in military and political ranks, and stifle investigations. "An extension alone is not enough. Legal changes are needed for us to truly work and fulfil our objectives," said Lokendra Mallick, the chairman of the commission into war-time disappearances. More than 17,000 people were killed, 1,300 disappeared and thousands displaced during the civil war, which ended with a peace deal between Maoist insurgents and government forces. The pact also heralded the end of the Hindu monarchy, which fell two years later as the former rebels swept to victory in Nepal's first post-war national elections.
People drive vehicles at Ring Road in Kathmandu yesterday. Most Nepalese people are affected by the pollution due to the reconstruction of houses damaged by earthquake in 2015, including the road expansion project, the Melamchi water supply project, increasing number of vehicles and even the bricks factory near the city area.
The Nepal police yesterday presented before the media in the southern city of Birgunj five alleged agents of a foreign spy agency, who had been involved in various terror activities in Nepal and India. They were operating their ring from four foreign countries, the police said. The main accused - Samshul Hoda, 43, from Bara district of Nepal - is suspected to have planted a bomb on the Indore-Patna Express train in India on November 21, which claimed nearly 150 lives. The Nepali police secured the extradition of Hoda from Dubai on Sunday and took him to his home district Bara for further investigation. Bara Superintendent of Police (SP) Narenda Prasad Upreti, after parading the five accused men before the media, said: “We have established that Hoda and his friends were involved in terrorist activities in India. He executed his plans with support from his cronies based abroad.” Upreti said Hoda got involved in terror and other criminal activities after he lost an election in 2013 that incurred him a loss of Nepali Rs20mn. After failing to pay his debts, he first started circulating fake Indian currency notes. But he could not make enough money to pay back his debts, so he contacted the foreign spy agency, and started hiring people to carry out various terror activities in India for it, Upreti said. According to a police statement, Hoda admitted that he had paid Rs800,000 in advance to Umashankar Patel from Raxual in India through a Nepali citizen, Brij Kishore Giri, to plant the bomb in a train. Giri and his accomplices were to be paid Rs30mn more if the plan succeeded. Umashanakar later handed the money over to two Indian nationals - Arun and Dipak - from East Champaran district for planting the bomb. As per the plan, Arun and Dipak planted the bomb on the railway track but due to technical reasons, it did not go off. As the plan had failed, Giri demanded the money back, but Dipak and Arun refused to return the money. Then Giri called them to a jungle area in Bara district and killed them on December 25 last year, the police statement said. When the bodies of the two Indian nationals were found, the Bihar police launched a massive operation and arrested one Mujahir Ansari, who later disclosed Hoda and Giri’s link with those killed in the jungle. After Ansari’s sensational revelation, the Nepali police arrested Giri from Parsa district. During the interrogation, Giri revealed that the same gang was also involved in the train blast. After this, the police sent a team to Dubai to bring Hoda back to Nepal, according to the police statement. Along with Hoda and Giri, the police also paraded Ashish Singh, Ansari and Umesh Kasmar Kurmi, who all worked for Hoda and helped carry out various cross-border crimes.