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Govt. appoints six joint secretaries; destroys good worth 1.1 million rupees

KATHMANDU: The government has promoted six joint secretaries to the post of secretaries. A cabinet meeting on Sunday held at Prime Minister´s Office decided to promote Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Raj Kumar Malla, Lok Darshan Regmi, Shanker Adhikary, Naindrau Updadhyaya and Sriranjan Lakaul.

Similarly, the meeting also decided to appoint Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Niranjan Man Singh Basnet as Nepal´s envoy to Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the government has burned and destroyed smuggled and date-expired food items worth Rs 1.1 million in the premises of Mechi customs office.

A statement issued on Sunday stated that the food items included date-expired oil of Murali, Double Sher, Do phul and Tulsi brands along with biscuits, soft drinks, gram flour (besan) and tomato sauce of various brands.

The items were burned in the presence of local security bodies and the representatives of Food Quarantine Laboratory, Kakarbhitta, Jhapa, which works under the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control.

Prevalence of date-expired food items in the market has emerged as a major concern of Nepali consumers in the past few years. The Department has been attempting to address this problem, but has long been complaining about the lack of adequate human resources to tackle it.

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