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17 girls die in Thailand boarding school fire

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BANGKOK — At least 17 girls have been died  when a  schoolgirl boarding  in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai was burned to the ground,  harming 5 others while 2 young ladies were absent.

5 others were injured while 2 girls were missing in the incident said a police official said that the  fire broke out at the boarding-house of Pithakkiart Witthaya School in Wiengpapao district at 11 pm Sunday.

“The fire broke out at 11pm on Sunday (local time). 17 girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured,” Police Colonel Prayad Singsin, Commander of Vingpatao district in Chiang Rai said.

The girls who died in the fire were between five to 12 years old, Prayad said, adding that the school is home to girls aged from three to 13 years old.

“The fire is out, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation,” Prayad said.

Photographs on the school’s Facebook page showed firefighters struggling to douse the flames as they engulfed the white, two-story building.

There were 38 schoolgirls staying at the boarding-house who came from hilltribe villages in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to study in the town.

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First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21

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BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.

To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.

The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.

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