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Colchester Gurkha's sister 'to remain in UK'

A retired Gurkha has won a battle to stop his sister being deported.

Retired Gurkha Major Udai Gurung
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Major Udai Gurung, from Colchester, said he was "over the moon" to learn that the Home Office had granted his sister Lal indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Lal, 75, came to live with her brother in 2015 after she lost everything in the Nepal earthquakes.

Major Gurung, who served this country for his entire military career and has been awarded an MBE, said he was "so relieved" to find he would not have to send his sister home.

"It's been a worrying time," he said. "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us, especially our local MP, Will Quince. Without their help, we wouldn't be here today."

Nepal tackles Everest rescue scam

helicopter performs rescue on route to Everest summit
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Earlier this year insurers threatened to pull out of Nepal.

They said thousands of climbers, making attempts on Everest and on other challenging treks in the country, had fallen to victim to a scam in which they were pressured to take costly flights down mountains unnecessarily.

Sometimes they said climbers had their food spiked to prompt illness to trigger the need for rescue.

The Guardian carries an extensive article on the scam today, reporting the Nepalese government's respone which includes legal action against at least 15 firms.

Insurers said the scam had been operating for more than five years and had caused at least one unnecessary death and dozens of rescues involving expenses claims from helicopter companies, tour operators, hotels and hospitals.

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