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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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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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