Nepal royals spent Nature Conservation Trust money lavishly: report

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Kathmandu, Mar 26 (UNI) A huge amount of money was squandered on foreign travels, expensive parties and other unaccounted spendings in the past 10 years when King Gyanendra and his son Paras headed National Trust For Nature Conservation, local media reports said here today.

According to the report prepared after a four-month study, millions of rupees were released to the royal family for foreign visits including trips to England for Queen Komal's check-up, Gyanendra's foreign visits and Paras' trips to Austria and France, kantipur said quoting the reports published after four months of study.

Similarly, about Rs 1.3 million was wasted on alcohol and Rs 130,146 on tips given away in hotels, it said.

''The palace is still using computers, cars, and other equipment worth 5.8 million rupees,'' the report said.

''Most money released by NTNC was used for entertainment of the royal family,'' said Bimal Kumar Baniya, secretary of the Trust.

King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation was headed by king Gyanendra and later his son prince Paras.

The Trust was renamed as National Trust For Nature Conservation after the end of Gyanendra's rule.

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