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27 paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters killed in ambush in central Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Up to 27 members of paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters were killed in an ambush by Islamic State (IS) militants near the town of Hawijah in Kirkuk province, a Hashd Shaabi statement said on Monday. The incident occurred on Sunday night when a force of Hashd Shaabi force were ambushed by a terrorist militants disguised in military uniforms in Hawijah area, in the southwestern part of the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the statement said. Fierce clashes erupted at the scene for more than two hours, which only ended when reinforcement force from Hashd Shaabi fighters intervened, the statement added. All the 27 paramilitary fighters were from the force ambushed by the insurgent militants, who exploited their large number and bad whether during the attack, it....
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Bodies of 9 Afghan civilians kidnapped by IS found in eastern province

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of nine civilians abducted by the Islamic State (IS) group from Kot district of the eastern Nangarhar province 18 months ago have been found, spokesman for provincial government Attaullah Khogiani said Monday. "The terrorist group abducted a dozen people including tribal elders from Seh Paye area of Kot district 18 months ago but the bodies of nine of the victims buried in a mass grave in Momandara area of Achin district were found very recently," Khogiani told reporters here. However, some sources believe that 12 bodies were discovered from a mass grave in Momandara area, once controlled by IS militants. Militants loyal to the hardliner Islamic State, according to the local officials and villagers had brutally killed and kidnapped....
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Hundreds stranded for hours in cable cars breakdown in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- More the 80 people were trapped inside the cable cars while hundreds more stranded for hours due to a breakdown at Malaysia's northern resort island of Langkawi late Sunday, local media reported. It took the operator about five hours to rectify the malfunction to begin bringing down a total of 960 tourists and 78 staff to the base station before midnight, reported state news agency Bernama. Local fire and rescue department said in an earlier statement that personnel were dispatched after being alerted in the evening on the breakdown of the 2.2-km cable car line with a peak station located 708 meters above sea level.....
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Assistance of Rs 1.5 million for school building

Babiyachaur, Feb 19 : An organization based in Belgium has aided Rs 1.5 million for the construction of a building of Jayanti Secondary School at Beni municipality-3, Bhakimli. The assistance was channelized by Himalayan Project Belgium for the school building construction being carried out under the local community leadership. The amount sent by Paul Vandre of the Project through Deepak Pun of Annapurna rural municipality-6, Chitre was handed over to School Management Committee Chairperson Padam Pun on Sunday. A community clinic has also come into operation in Chitre with the financial support of Himalayan Project. The Project has also aided in the infrastructure development of other schools in the....
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President attends special ceremony on occasion of 68th Democracy Day

Kathmandu, Feb 19 :President Bidya Devi Bhandari today attended a special function organised in the Nepal Army Pavilion,Tundikhel to mark the 68th Democracy Day. The Day commemorates the establishment of democracy in the country with the abolition of the 104-year autocratic Rana rule. Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli, member of the Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary, chiefs of constitutional bodies, chiefs of security agencies, chiefs and representatives of Nepal-based diplomatic commissions and high level government officers were also present on the occasion. On the occasion, a squad of Nepal Army offered a gun- salute to the Head-of-the-State. Likewise, the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice....
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International Karate championship on May

Khotang, Feb 19 : The second edition of Khotang-Halesi Open International Karate Championship is to be held in Diktel, Khotang on May 3-5, 2018. The Karate event is to be organized by Nepal Shito-ryu Karate Association Khotang. The Association has intensified its preparation for the championship event which is estimated to be conducted at the cost of around Rs 5 million. A main championship organizing committee has been formed under the leadership of Khotang District Coordination Committee Chairperson Babi Chamling. Karate athletes from Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are participating in the championship, shared Association Khotang Chapter Chair Sanjaya Kumar....
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Over 5000 visitors observe science exhibition

Urlabari (Morang), Feb 19 : Over 5,000 visitors observed a science and art exhibition organized by the Everest English Residential Secondary School in Sanischare, Morang. The two-day exhibition was organized to explore the creative skills of the students. It was held on the school premises on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition showcased attractive smart city, botanical garden, robot, water-lifting hydraulic system, dozer, science related products, agro accessories and daily essential house goods prepared by the students. . Botanical garden and smart city among the showcased products had impressed many of the visitors, shared School Proprietor Rabin Kandangwa. More than 5,000 visitors including students from different private schools and their guardians had observed the exhibition,....
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Historic opportunity at hand to achieve goal of prosperous Nepal: PM Oli

Kathmandu, Feb 19 : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said an era has begun to materialise people's long dream of witnessing political stability, development and prosperity in the nation. "Nepal's constitution built by the people's representatives along with guarantee of people's sovereignty, republic and federalism, social justice, inclusive ruling system and progressive changes has already come into force. The country is in the process of forming a government at every province level with the successful completion of the three-tier election," he said. In his address to a special ceremony organised at the Nepal Army Pavilion, Tundikhel today, marking the 68th Democracy Day, the Prime Minister said a historic opportunity was at hand to meet the goal of building a happy and prosperous....
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68th Democracy Day observed in Canada

Kathmandu, Feb 19 : The 68th Democracy day is observed in Canada by organising a programme at Nepali Embassy in Ottawa, Canada today. Extending tributes to known and unknown martyrs who sacrificed their lives for democracy, Ambassador Pokharel said that he was active in promoting Nepal's trade, investment and tourism in Canada as well as strengthening Nepal-Canada mutual relations. Similarly, representative of Canada-based Nepali organisations, Prabhakar Regmi, said that they have been making arrangement of teaching and learning activities for children in Nepali language for the promotion of Nepali language, literature and....
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Province 3 CM calls for change in work style change for positive results

Hetaunda, Feb 19 : Chief Minister of Province 3, Dormani Poudel, has said the change in attitude and work style was necessary to see positive outcomes in the society. In his address to a special programme organised by the Province no 3 National Democracy Celebration Committee in Hetauda today, he called on local-level representatives to rise above party interests and to contribute to bringing people's economic prosperity. On the occasion, Province Assembly speaker Sanu Kumar Shrestha hoisted a national flag. Prior to this, a cultural procession was held from Buddha Chowk to Siddhartha Higher Secondary School, observing the Democracy....
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CPN (UML) will take leadership of prosperity: leader Nepal

Gaur, Rautahat, Feb 19: CPN (UML) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the politics of the nation has now moved ahead towards the path of development and prosperity and the CPN (UML) would take its leadership. Leader Nepal said so at a press meet organised by Press Chautari Nepal at Gaur today. Saying the discussion regarding party unity between CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) has reached to its final phase, he said that probably the Party Unification Coordination Committee would finalize the decision in this regard today....
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19-member Nepali Cricket Team for World Cup Cricket Qualifier announced

Kathmandu, Feb 19 : A Nepali National Cricket Team has been announced for World Cup Cricket Qualifier taking place in Zimbabwe. International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a 19-member team under captainship of Paras Khadka along with four reserve players. They are Captain Paras Khadka, Vice-Captain Gyanendra Malla, Dillip Nath, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sharad Bheshwakar, Aarif Sheikh, Rohit Kumar Poudel, Basanta Regmi, Sompal Kami, Karan KC and Sandip Lamichhane. Similarly, Lalit Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Anil Kumar Sah and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi are also team members while Sunil Dhamala, Kishor Mahato, Siddhant Lohani and Binod Bhandari are reserve players. The tournament would start from March 4. Nepal, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong are in Group 'B'. Nepal will play....
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No ‘turn by turn’ system in premiership: leader Nepal

Gaur (Rautahat), Feb 19 : CPN (UML) leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the 'turn by turn' system should not be established to the post of Prime Minister. However, leaders of the left alliance are floating a proposal whereby the UML Chair K P Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal would become the Prime Minister on rotation. Commenting on the reportedly forged consensus over the issue, leader Nepal came with the view. Talking to mediapersons in Gaur of Rautahat Monday, leader Nepal stated that the government formed with clear majority should serve full tenure. He further added that the developmental activities would be accelerated after the expansion of....
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Cricketers to get Rs 300,000 each

Kathmandu, Feb 19 : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced to provide Rs 300,000 each to the team members of the national cricket team. Felicitating the cricketers at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar today, the PM announced the cash prize to the Nepali cricketers and coaches for their outstanding performance in the recently held ICC World Cricket League Competition organized in Namibia. The amount would be handed over to the cricketers on coming Friday. The Nepali players are leaving here for Zimbabwe coming Saturday for the World Cup Qualifier Games. The PM will bid farewell to the Nepali cricketers along with the cash prize on the same day. Meanwhile, Chairman of Madan Bhandari Sports Academy Binod Shrestha announced to provide Rs 100,000 each to the Nepali cricketers....
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Maoist Centre busy in internal talks to conclude unification process

Kathmandu, Feb 19 : The CPN (Maoist Centre) has said it is holding internal discussions to conclude the party unification with the CPN (UML) . As part of the unification, Maoist Centre Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' held an informal talk with party senior leaders at his residence in Khumaltar. Likewise, a meeting of the party coordination committee formed to facilitate the merger is taking place today. Dahal apprised the meeting of the progress in talks between himself and Prime Minister and UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli regarding the party unification, said the participants. On the party merger, talking to media-persons, Maoist Centre leader Janardan Sharma said discussions were underway to conclude the unity process. On Sunday, PM Oli and Maoist Centre Chairperson Dahal....
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